Meet The Team at Premier Medical Staffing Services


Welcome to our Family! At Premier, we are with you every step of the way. From our Compliance Team to the Executive Team, we all have a hand in making sure you’re taken care of in your healthcare career or healthcare staffing journey with us. In everything we do, we believe it will make a positive difference in those we serve.

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Laura Hanoski
Owner, Managing Member
18 years ago Laura co-founded Premier Medical Staffing Services (“Premier”), a Wisconsin Certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise, with her husband, Mark Hanoski. Laura is a nurse by trade and has worked in a variety of specialty areas as a pool nurse, including 6 years in orthopedics. She has a passion for healthcare and improving quality of life for patients. Laura oversees all the clinical aspects of Premier, from medication teaching to maintaining Joint Commission standards. She works alongside Mark to help grow and plan the future of Premier. In 2017, Laura Hanoski started a non-profit called Heroes for Healthcare. This organization helps military personnel transition to civilian life and Veterans find their career in healthcare. Learn more by visiting
Laura attended a Tony Robbins conference and walked across fire.
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Mark Hanoski
Mark is an experienced manager with expertise in the understanding of the complexities in delivering health care services to the medical industry. Mark is versed in healthcare requirements and operational issues that face and challenge healthcare systems today such as the Affordable Care Act, cost containment, joint commission, census fluctuation and budget concerns. Sound clinical background, including 8 years of extensive professional experience as a healthcare professional, has helped Mark in his ability to see and understand the whole healthcare picture. His ongoing, long-term goal is to continue his professional growth in healthcare and to support his company by managing and creating unity within the organization for a better work environment and a smoother running organization.
Mark originally went to college to become a professional piano player (Performance Major).
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Cherise Strzok
Director of Operations
Cherise Strzok wears a multitude of hats in her executive leadership role managing operations of Premier Medical Staffing Services. She has been a family member growing with Premier since 2007. Cherise began her career at Premier holding a dual role of Account Management in Therapy & Pharmacy; working in business development, client management, as well as recruiting establishing/maintaining relationships with over 150 hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities and private practice groups through-out the Midwest. She began managing daily operations for the company in February of 2014 and transitioned into her role as Director of Operations in December of 2016. She graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism management from UW-Stout. Combined with years of management experience within restaurants and healthcare, Cherise brings an extensive knowledge in the elevated customer service experience, leadership and business acumen.
Cherise had participated in a Royalty Spaghetti Eating Contest where she was able to mow down a pound of spaghetti noodles in under 90 seconds!
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Lindsay DeGroot
Senior Division Manager
Lindsay is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Her role as Division Manager at Premier Medical Staffing Services is a great fit for Lindsay given her precise communication skills and penchant for relationship building with her staff and clientele.
Lindsay is a lefty!
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Brianna Hahn
Client Manager
Brianna is a local Wisconsin girl and graduated from UW-Stout with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism and a Minor in Business Management. She has experience in Hotel and Retail Management with a passion for customer service, personal attention, and a drive to go the extra mile. Brianna spends her time with family and friends exploring the city, vacationing in Northern WI, and finding new restaurants and breweries to try. She loves to cook and ride her bike along the Milwaukee lakefront.
Brianna is a great cook. She can take any dish or leftover and make it into a gourmet feast!
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Rich Zanon
Client Manager
Rich is a graduate of UW-Whitewater and brings program management and recruiting experience from both sides of the table – the client and professional service. Having an understanding of what a business wants and how it operates allows for Rich to provide the most efficient strategies that create tremendous value to managers and executives. When he’s not identifying and bringing solutions to his clients, you will find Rich playing volleyball, softball, brewing beer, and having amazing adventures with his wife and two young boys.
Rich graduated as a licensed teacher - he taught business and technology courses for two years.
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John Brock
Client Manager
John comes to Premier with 5 years of recruitment experience and 30 years of management experience in the service industry. He strives to incorporate his leadership, coaching, and mentoring skills into any role he is in; and believes communication is the key piece to any successful team. He enjoys music from Johnny Cash to Mozart, any WI sporting event, movies of all genres, and spending time with family and friends. John is here to ensure his clients enjoy the adventure of the healthcare industry and build a long-lasting professional relationship.
John gets a kick out of making others laugh and is always quick to drop an "Anchorman" quote (we’re sure his home is full of mahogany and leather bound books)
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Brian Houchens
Client Manager
Brian comes to Premier with 9 years of hospitality management in hotel operations. He specializes in customer and employee engagement and satisfaction. Brian believes that communication is key to driving success and building strong and lasting relationships with clients and coworkers.
Brian has two dogs!
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Kelly Foley
Lead Talent Acquisition Manager
Prior to joining Premier Medical Staffing Services, Kelly spent several years recruiting, scheduling, and managing healthcare professionals. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree at Cardinal Stritch University along with her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification. With Kelly’s combined healthcare knowledge and background in recruiting and HR, she is able to assist the corporate team in the on-boarding process as well as additional professional development opportunities for our corporate staff.
She is known to be the “cat lover” in the office, however, she also owns a husky.
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Amanda Padilla
Lead Talent Acquisition Manager
Prior to joining Premier Medical Staffing Services, Amanda was new to the recruiting world and being a recent graduate from Concordia University Wisconsin, she was eager to apply her knowledge to helping medical professionals. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Biomedical Sciences and has past experience in healthcare, customer service, and management. She was drawn to this position at Premier because of her outgoing personality and love for helping others be successful. Outside of the office, Amanda enjoys being active, spending time with the ones she loves, and is a major dog lover.
Amanda is a “dog mom” to an English Bulldog named Bane.
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Stephanie Brown
Lead Talent Acquisition Manager
Building relationships is important to Stephanie.She has a Bachelor’s in Business Management and Human Resources from Herzing University. Stephanie has experience in the HR field in industries such as home health. Previously she was an Operations Manager for a different staffing agency, so Premier is excited to have Stephanie's experience as part of the team. She enjoys spending time with her baby girl, running outside in the summer, and playing tennis.
Stephanie loves wine and dance! She created her own dance team in high school!
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Kenda Qualman
Talent Acquisition Manager
Kenda was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She attended Marian University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Human Resources/Information Technology. Kenda is married and has 4 children. She has experience recruiting in healthcare including focuses in life sciences (biopharmaceutical manufacturing), information technology, health insurance, engineering, and travel nursing. Kenda is now working on becoming an expert in correctional nursing and correctional pharmacy.
Kenda is a foodie! She loves going out to eat and trying new things.
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Liz Tronnier
Talent Acquisition Manager
Liz comes to Premier with account management and human resources experience. One of her favorite things is connecting with people who have a passion for healthcare and who genuinely love helping others. It’s all about discovering people’s dreams and matching them with assignments that will allow them to grow and do their very best work. When not looking to grow the amazing talent pool at Premier, Liz enjoys hanging out with her family and friends at the Milwaukee County Zoo and all the various festivals in the greater Milwaukee area.
Liz loves traveling to Disney World.
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Brandon Bobb
Talent Acquisition Manager
Brandon graduated UW-Milwaukee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and has had a wide range of experiences. After college he worked in recruiting and quickly fell in love with the aspect of helping others find their perfect career. He recruited for roles such as Merchandisers, Warehouse Workers and even Truck Drivers! Brandon also had some healthcare experience thanks to an internship during college working with a Mobility Company. Brandon loves sports, rock climbing and having a good laugh with friends!
Brandon was a racing sausage with the Milwaukee Brewers for 2 summers, unfortunately he never won the race but taking pictures with the fans was his favorite part!
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Carrie Weber
Talent Acquisition Manager
Building genuine and long-lasting relationships by providing excellent customer service is at the core of what Carrie loves doing at Premier Medical Staffing Services. While completing her degree in radio and television broadcast she discovered she enjoyed connecting with people and hearing their unique life stories. At Premier, she helps Medical Professionals write the story of a successful career that truly makes an impact on the lives of those they meet. Outside of the office, she enjoys staying active, cooking and baking, watching movies (Academy Award winners and Razzies alike), traveling, and of course spending time with her cat and Zen Master, Stu.
Carrie is trained in voice over work and has experience in Improv and Theater!
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Amy Schauer
Talent Acquisition Manager
Amy was born and raised in Washington State before relocating to Milwaukee, WI. She graduated from Arizona State University where she received her Bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership and comes to Premier Medical with over 10 years of retail management experience. She is passionate about helping others grow and reach their career aspirations which led her to pursue a career in recruiting. Amy is a dog-lover (she has an Australian Shepard/Blue Heeler) and a traveling football fan!
Amy's goal is to attend an NFL game at every stadium in the nation. She is currently at 7/31!
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Lauren Hanoski
Talent Acquisition Manager
Lauren was born and raised in New Berlin, WI. She recently graduated from Carroll University where she received a Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training plus a minor in Healthcare Administration. She has always had a passion for healthcare and helping others be successful. Lauren has spent 5 summers with Premier working as an intern learning several different roles and is excited to grow and become a full-time member of the Premier Family. Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with friends and family and staying active.
Lauren has been a gymnast for 16 years and also sang in an Acapella group in college
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Leigh Tracy, COTA, CKTI
Talent Acquisition Manager
Leigh comes to Premier with over 26 years of healthcare experience in the field of Occupational Therapy, clinical management and instruction. Leigh has worked in many settings over the years such as; LTAC, acute, SNF, rehab, out patient and home care. She is very passionate about building relationships with her clinicians as she herself was a field staff member with Premier. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, stand up paddle boarding, reading, playing ukulele, camping in Door County and hiking. She has two therapy dogs, Poppy and Cooper, that she loves spending time with.
Leigh is one of two COTA’s in the world that are Certified Kinesio Tape Instructors.
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Macenzie Kaelin
Talent Acquisition Manager
Building long lasting relationships is very important to Macenzie. She is experienced in the healthcare field and started off 3 years ago as an activity’s director for the elderly. Being able to brighten their day and provide them with exciting experiences was one of her main goals. In her last job she worked on recruiting quality healthcare workers for a in-home healthcare agency. She is passionate about helping others and making sure they grow in their career. In her free time, she loves to head up north and stay by the lake as well as get together with friends and family.
Macenzie spent her childhood sailing on Lake Michigan
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Hannah O'Connor
Talent Acquisition Manager
Hannah came to Premier from her prior career as a speech-language pathologist, with experience in the acute, outpatient, and inpatient settings, specializing in neurological disorders. In her days as an SLP helping patients in time of extreme hardship, she collaborated with a variety of allied health and nurses, allowing her to see firsthand the careers that Premier supports. She understands the emotional and mental resilience required in these careers, so she is so delighted to move into a role that supports those who dedicate their lives to helping others! Hannah is also a pilates instructor at Flying Squirrel Pilates in downtown Milwaukee. In her spare time, she enjoys perusing thrift and record stores, painting, having a good goof, and baking her kitchen into oblivion.
Hannah advanced in her area and regional spelling bees and used to study words all the time!
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Kimberly Mitchell
Talent Acquisition Manager
Kimberly comes to Premier with a degree in Healthcare & Business Administration. She is a Chicago native with a breadth of experience within the healthcare field. Her passion for the medical field is clear; from experiencing the first robotic surgery at Rush in Chicago, IL, experiencing kidney transplants, and serving as the Director of a dialysis medical auditor for 7 years - Kimberly understands her clinician's needs firsthand. In her free time, Kimberly enjoys horseback riding and reading.
Kimberly is a 4-time Ballroom Dance champion!
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Allison Ceretto
Talent Acquisition Manager
Allison joins Premier with a background in both recruiting and healthcare. Her passion for helping others has been valuable in both fields and her dedication to the clinicians and team allow her to build long-lasting relationships. Her mission and passion are to cultivate talent with meaningful and rewarding employment opportunities. Allison prides herself on her strong ethics and honest values. She believes that everyone deserves to be happy and productive in the workplace, which then allows for a happy and healthy home life. Outside of work, Allison is the mom of two toddlers which keeps her on her toes, and enjoys spending time with her family and close friends.
Allison and her husband were detained at the Vatican for accidentally leaving a cellphone on a table.
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Sarah Koeppel
Recruiting Coordinator
Sarah graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Healthcare Administration. She grew up in a small town outside of Jefferson, WI on a hobby farm where she raised animals to show at the local county fair. Her favorite things to do outside of work are walking her rescue dog, Luna, watching crime-dramas, listening to music, and exploring breweries throughout Wisconsin and nationwide.
Sarah sang with a professional jazz combo at the Cotton Club in New York City.
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John Helm
Recruiting Coordinator
John prides himself on positively impacting the lives of others. He joins Premier with 5 years of recruiting experience where his skills in communication allowed him to effectively assist those in need of his services. John believes that relating to others is the key to truly understanding his clinicians. His motto is that “teamwork makes the dream work!”
John is the lead vocalist of the band "The New Grey!"
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Regina Jones
Recruiting Assistant & Scheduler
Regina has been on a healthcare career path for the last 20 years, working as a clinician and now getting to sit on the other side of the table. She is always ready to learn something new and wanting to grow with the company she is involved in. When she is not at work she is spending time with her 4 children and getting them prepared for the world. Her hobbies include hiking, kayaking and horseback riding. She is not afraid to go out and get what she wants out of life!
Regina has played City League Softball for the last 33 years and plans to continue until she has to retire her cleats
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Brenda Denk
Compliance Specialist
Brenda is a graduate of UW-Whitewater and has a BBA in Human Resources Management. She has a rich background in healthcare, mainly focused with practice plan management. The Compliance specialist role is a perfect fit for her talents and experiences. Brenda is a good listener and enjoys drawing people out. She has two ‘grown’ children - one who currently attends college and the second finishing up high school.
Brenda and her family foster dogs for the Humane Society taking care of them in preparation to find their forever homes.
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Rochelle Tarkington
Compliance Specialist
Rochelle is a graduate of Bryant & Stratton with a BS in Health Services Administration. She has a rich background in healthcare that goes back 25 years, this passion comes from life experiences and patient services - she believes the Compliance specialist role is a perfect fit for her talents and experiences. Rochelle is married, with 2 adult children; both living in New Mexico. She enjoys vacationing in Las Vegas, going to jazz concerts and listening to live music.
Rochelle was involved in her school's orchestra, playing the Cello for 5+ years.
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Mallory Keel
Compliance Specialist
Mallory is married and has two children as well as two bonus children. She has a decade of experience in the customer service, banking, and healthcare industries, most recently as a customer experience lead. She is very passionate about ensuring the client experience is maximized through building strong business relationships, consistent teamwork and working with intentionality every day. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family.
Mallory loves all things Disney and visits Disney World at least once a year
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Lyndi Mirkes
Billing and Payroll Specialist
Lyndi graduated with a BS from UW-Oshkosh. She was a gymnast her entire life until the age of 23. She has a husband, 2 teens and a dog. Lyndi is busy carting them around and coaching competitive gymnastics at night.
Lyndi can still walk on her hands!
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Jenny Augustynowicz
Billing and On-Call Specialist
Jenny has been employed with Aurora Health Care for 14 years. For the past 11 years, she has worked in Labor and Delivery in the Aurora Women’s Pavilion at the Aurora West Allis Medical Center. Jennifer grew up in Oak Creek and lives in Caledonia with her boyfriend, Paul, their crazy, sweet, funny son, Gavin, their cat, Jack, and their 2 Vizsla dogs, Mollie and Callie Rae.
Mollie broke Jenny's knee in 2014, and it took over a year to heal! She still loves her, though!
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Debbie Travanty
On-Call Scheduler
As On-Call Scheduler, Debbie is available for staff and clients during non-business hours. She is a graduate of Carroll University with a double major in Business and Psychology. Debbie lives in Waukesha, WI with her husband and 3 children. In her spare time, Debbie enjoys volunteering at her children’s schools, attending their sports and activities, long walks, and biking.
As a teenager she modeled for retail stores, featured in TV commercials and magazines.
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Janelle Thompson
Marketing Manager
Janelle is the Marketing Manager at Premier Medical Staffing Services. What gets her up every morning is the variety of branding projects her team creates and executes that showcase Premier's Core Values and the Premier Experience. Previously, Janelle worked in marketing for a marketing agency, assisted living corporation, and commercial real estate firm. She graduated from UW-Eau Claire and her love for hot chocolate is endless.
Frank Sinatra, Jr. winked at Janelle.
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Meaghan Hoadley
Marketing Coordinator and Graphic Designer
As a graduate of UW-Milwaukee with a few years of marketing experience under her belt, Meaghan joins the Premier Medical Staffing Services family to help promote the Premier Experience! Bringing along her knowledge of advertising and some recruiting, as well as a passion for photography/videography, she brings an exciting energy to the Marketing Team.
She recently became a first-time dog mom to the most wonderful white German Shepherd, Mia.
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Katy Konkel
Marketing Content Coordinator
Katy is a highly motivated, passionate and organized storyteller that enjoys curating content for both internal and external platforms. While she loves the creativity a career in marketing affords, she is equally as passionate about using analytics to drive decision making. Crafting honest, engaging communication pieces that speak to a variety of audience types is what gets her up and going in the morning.
Katy did a brief stint as a tour bus driver in Ketchikan, Alaska one summer in college
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