The Advisory Board/Volunteer Members for Wisconsin Recruiters is responsible for setting the overall strategy and direction for the community, in addition to setting content and agendas for our events and conferences.





With over 20 years of recruiting and human resources leadership experience, Jason Buss is a recognized expert with deep experience in identifying, recruiting and hiring high-performing teams. He is currently the Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition & Workforce Strategy for MongoDB.

Jason founded the Recruiters Network in 2011, an organization committed to advancing the talent acquisition profession through continuing education, professional development, recruiting conferences and networking events. Jason has built and led several of the nation’s largest and most active regional recruiting communities and he has authored and published content in, and has been quoted by The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Bloomberg, MarketWatch, Society for Human Resource Management, Corporate Executive Board and more.

Outside of work you can find Jason enjoying the outdoors in the Bay Area, indulging in froyo, exploring a new part of the world on vacation, hanging out with his family, or tending to their adorable yet bossy Pekingese named Otis.

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Matt is the Director of Partner Relations with Carex Consulting Group.  Matt has 20 years of Human Resources experience specializing in the field of talent acquisition.  Specific areas of concentration include recruitment strategy, workforce planning, assessment and selection, metrics, candidate experience and process design.  Matt is a strong proponent of leveraging technology in the recruiting process where he has experience with multiple applicant tracking systems and leverages numerous existing and emerging recruiting tools/resources. 

A little bit more about Matt:

  • Matt is the President of Wisconsin Recruiters, a networking and professional development organization for Talent Acquisition professionals throughout Wisconsin.  He also sits on the Advisory Board for Chicago Recruiters.
  • Matt is a member of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement Dane County and is on the planning committee for Food-for-Kidz, a local non-profit that has packaged and distributed over 2 million meals worldwide since its inception in 2006.
  • Matt was born in Connecticut, grew up in Massachusetts and Minnesota, and lived in Colorado for several years before moving to Madison in 2000.


Advisory Board Members



Amanda loves people and questions.  So, the world of talent is meant to be.  She is the CEO of newance, a NEWaukee powered talent agency, bringing creative solutions to talent challenges across Wisconsin. Amanda believes strongly in continuous improvement and its application across the talent lifecycle often drawing inspiration from best practices in user experience, marketing and other innovative industries. With over a decade of experience in engaging tough to find and even tougher to recruit talent, she’s passionate about growing Wisconsin’s recruiting community.



John is the President of Fusion Recruiters, which has recently been published for the third consecutive year as a top retained executive search firm in Wisconsin.  John brings over 20 years of Human Resources and Talent Acquisition leadership across both leading agency and corporate environments (including companies such as GE Healthcare and Miller Brewing).  Shortly after receiving his degree in Human Resources from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, John quickly realized how much he enjoyed the recruiting component of Human Resources – the people, the process, and the impact that talented hires made to both the company and the culture of organizations.  As recruiters, there’s no greater enjoyment than knowing that we’ve been able to assist in significantly helping a client hire a top-talent candidate while also positively impacting that candidate’s career and the well-being of their family.


John is also a proud member of the leadership team of Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, and annually sponsors events supporting Children’s Hospital and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 



Bob has been with Baker Tilly Search & Staffing since 2007 starting with their team in Madison, WI, and now is leading their Search & Staffing division in Appleton, WI.  His team helps organizations outside Baker Tilly identify top-talent for their accounting and finance teams by providing both temporary/temp-to-hire and direct-hire recruiting services. One thing he enjoys about his position is the opportunity to partner with and be an advisor to a variety of organizations ranging from non-profits or small, privately-held businesses up through some of the market’s largest employers.

Bob graduated with bachelors’ degrees in business administration and psychology from Ripon College.  He also sits on the board for Green Bay West Rotary, Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), and has been involved with several community organizations including the YMCA, United Way, and Junior Achievement.



Janet Johnson is the Chief Operating Officer of QualiTemps, Inc. and the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for The QTI Group. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of ten QualiTemps branch offices. Additionally, Janet is responsible for the coordination of sales and marketing activities across all the QTI companies. She has many years of experience in the sales and marketing area, particularly in the development of large volume, high level sales and cause related marketing programs.

Janet holds a BA in Communications, minor in Advertising and concentration in PR from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Currently, she is an active board member of multiple organizations including the Affiliated Staffing Group, Wisconsin Association of Staffing Services, Garding Against Cancer and the Wisconsin Recruiters Network. Janet is the Past-Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross Badger Chapter, and a past board member of Catholic Charities. She has served as an alumni member of Leadership Greater Madison, the site council board for the Oregon School District, and has been an Ambassador for the Madison Chamber of Commerce.




Katie is a Recruiting Manager with Exact Sciences. Katie has been recruiting for 16 years and has experience across multiple industries working for corporations, agencies, and contracting directly with companies. Katie feels passionate about connecting people, engaging with tomorrow’s talent, and finding creative solutions to solve complex recruiting needs.

She is involved with a Pathways Program through the Madison Metropolitan School District to help partner with educators and students of the possibilities of careers after high school. 

Katie grew up in Wisconsin, enjoys spending time with family and friends, and is a foodie who enjoys to cook, visit the farmer’s market, and visit the many amazing local restaurants in the Madison area.



Tanya is a HR Director at Paradigm Software, an international software development company with offices in multiple countries.   She is responsible for leading the global recruitment practice, in addition to the employee lifecycle, from brand awareness to employee alums. Tanya’s experience ranges across industries, agencies & sectors (public & private), but she is most passionate about the dynamic environment that comes in software.  One of her favorite pieces of her role is training new talent acquisition team members to navigate the recruitment process & build organizations through smart and intentional growth.


Tanya graduated with two Bachelors’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a proud Badger.  Tanya grew up in Wisconsin and enjoys exploring everything the state has to offer with family & friends.  An avid camper, reader, and wine drinker, Tanya loves exploring new things while embracing the traditions she grew up with.



Matt is a Corporate Recruiter with American Family Insurance. Matt loves to help people, and his background includes more than 20 years of  HR/talent acquisition experiences across multiple companies and industries throughout the Madison area. Matt earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration with an emphasis in human resources management from the University of Wisconsin Platteville.

Matt grew up in Wisconsin. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, grilling/smoking food, craft beer, and all Wisconsin sports, especially the Brewers.



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