Meet the J. Morrissey Team
Meet our passionate team of staffing and recruiting experts who are dedicated to making the perfect matches between dynamic businesses and talented people.
Krisha Morander, CPCVice President, Healthcare & Information Technology
Colin PatersonAssistant Vice President, Accounting & Finance and Office Services
Katrina LazerowStaffing Manager, Healthcare Staffing Services
Abby BlanchardStaffing Manager, Office Support Group, Springfield Office
President & CEO
James D. Morrissey is an owner and a Co-Founder of J. Morrissey & Company. His Executive Search, Contract Staffing and Consulting experience spans a period of over thirty years. He is nationally recognized as both a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and a Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist (CTS), having successfully satisfied all testing and experience requirements necessary for these national certifications.
James is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Personnel Services, Inc. (NAPS) and has also served the Board as Secretary/Treasurer and District Director. He is a past member of the Executive Committee and has Chaired the Leadership Committee, the Finance & Audit Committee and Co-Chaired the Certification Committee. He is also a past Vice President for the Connecticut Association of Personnel Services.
He currently sits on the Board of Trustees of The Bushnell Performing Arts Center and Chaired their Human Resources Committee for fourteen years.
Prior to his career in the personnel services industry, James served as an Audit Manager for the international public accounting firm, Coopers and Lybrand. James is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Connecticut and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accounts. Jim earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the State University of New York at Albany.
Barbara A. Morrissey is an Owner and Co-Founder of J. Morrissey & Company. Since the company's founding in 1986, Barbara was primarily responsible for charting the growth of the Staffing Services Division of J. Morrissey & Company from its initial beginnings in accounting temporary services to a full-service temporary staffing group. Over the years her role expanded to include managing the growth of many company services.
Prior to her career in personnel, Barbara was the Accounting Manager at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C., in Hartford. Previously, she was Assistant to the Controller for Smith Kline Instruments, Inc., of South Windsor a division of Smith Kline/Beckman.
Barbara attended College at the State University of New York at Geneseo. She is a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC), a Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist (CTS) and a member of the National Association of Personnel Services. Barbara is a past President of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Staffing Association and a member of the Human Resources Association of Central Connecticut.
Erik Heller, CPC, CTS
Senior Vice President & COO
Erik J. Heller has over 20 years of experience in the Recruiting and Staffing industry and has been with J.Morrissey since 1994 holding various roles with increasing responsibility. He is nationally recognized as a Certified Personnel Consultant and Certified Temporary Specialist.
As the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, Erik is responsible for the operations of all J.Morrissey offices (Windsor CT, Shelton CT, Springfield MA) as well as running a successful Healthcare Practice. He has experience placing Healthcare professionals into a variety of environments including: hospitals, managed care organizations, physician practices, management service organizations, home care agencies, and long term care facilities. In addition, Erik has a comprehensive understanding of Healthcare Reimbursement, the Revenue Cycle, Case Management and Managed Care.
Erik is a founding member and Chairman of the American Staffing Association’s Connecticut Regional Council, formerly known as the Connecticut Staffing Association, and is a Past President of the Connecticut Association of Personnel Services. He served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee from 1999 to 2012 holding various roles such as Treasurer, 1st and 2nd Vice President Chairs. Other association’s Erik has involvement in: the National Association of Personnel Services, American Staffing Association’s Healthcare Section, Quinnipiac University Alumni Association, the Connecticut Medical Group Management Association, the Connecticut Case Management Society, and is a former Board member for the SummerWind Performing Arts Center.
Erik attended Quinnipiac College where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources.
Donna McCarty, CPC
Senior Vice President & CAO
Donna R. McCarty, CPC has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry within Connecticut and nationally. Donna has been associated with area hospitals, a health maintenance organization and a national home infusion therapy company. In these settings, she had the opportunity to be involved in every facet of healthcare, primarily in financial and administrative capacities.
As Senior Vice President & CAO, Donna performs executive searches for leadership roles in healthcare and non-profit organizations. She is also responsible for compliance, contracting, education, public relations, and on-boarding of new employees at J. Morrissey.
Donna’s community involvement includes a longstanding relationship with Prevent Blindness Connecticut. She has served two terms as board chair, was the 1998 recipient of the Robert and Joyce Polk Award for distinguished service, and the 2001 recipient of the Cincinatus Award for outstanding service and dedication. She was also the past president and founder of the Greater Hartford Chapter of the Quinnipiac University Alumni Association and was a member of the Quinnipiac University National Alumni Board of Governors for 18 years. Donna has also served as past president of the Connecticut Women in Health Care Management, served on the UCONN Health Care Management Advisory Board for the university’s undergraduate and graduate health care programs, and The Hartford Courant CareerbuilderRx Advisory Board. Most recently, she was co-chair for Relay For Life in Plainville, CT in 2008-2010. Donna was a founder and president of Women Executives in Healthcare until 2016.
Donna is a 1990 cum laude graduate of Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Management.
Erik Morrissey, CPA
Senior Vice President & CFO
Erik J. Morrissey, CPA, leads our Accounting and Finance Group, focusing on direct hire placements across all industries. Erik is responsible for representing top talented accounting and finance professionals at all levels of their careers.
Prior to joining J. Morrissey, Erik was an Experienced Audit Senior with CohnReznick LLP and worked with clients in manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, professional services, educational, and not-for-profit. As lead auditor on his engagements, he was able to learn various management styles and organizational structures which allows him to better understand the true needs of his clients as a recruiter. His knowledge of the accounting industry enables him to communicate effectively with his candidates to ensure the right fit for both parties.
Erik is actively involved in the Cherish the Children Foundation; serves on the Board of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce as Vice President – Community Relations; serves on the CTCPA Golf Tournament Interest Group and the CTCPA Future Professional Accountant Committee; Serves on the Bushnell Young Professionals Advisory Group and on the Post University Accounting Advisory Board.
Erik is also a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and Glastonbury Hills Country Club.
Erik obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. He also has his Master’s Degree in Accounting from Post University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Krisha Morander, CPC
Vice President, Healthcare & Information Technology
Krisha joined J Morrissey in 2004 placing healthcare professionals in clinical and non-clinical roles on a direct hire basis. She is a hands-on Recruiter who specializes in Clinical Informatics and Traditional Information Technology recruitment both in direct hire and contract placements.
Krisha also complements her searches in the areas of nursing, psych, and clinical trials & research, Billing, Data Analyst, Mid to Director Level and C Level. She continues to stay connected with the evolving and complex industry through her membership with the New England Chapter of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
She formerly was an Admissions Officer, assisting students for entrance to The Univ of Saint Joseph's School of Pharmacy and was a Lead Staffing Coordinator for New England Home care and Health Resources earlier in her career.
Krisha has been continually recognized within our agency for achieving record-high placement activity.
Krisha majored in marketing with a concentration in Human Resources. Krisha’s industry knowledge, communication skills and passion for recruiting make her an invaluable recruiter here at J. Morrissey.
Staffing Manager, Healthcare Staffing Services
Ally Wachtel is a Staffing Manager with our Healthcare Staffing Services group, and she has been with J. Morrissey for nearly five years. Ally focuses on temporary and temporary-to-hire positions. Some of the positions she recruits for are RN’s, LPN’s, Nurse Case Managers, Medical Assistants, Medical Coders, Medical Billers, Insurance Follow Up, Medical Secretaries, Medical Records, Patient Registration, Charge Entry, Payment Posting, Claims, Customer Service and any other position, either clinical or non-clinical, in a healthcare or healthcare insurance environment.
Prior to joining J. Morrissey, Ally worked for over 20 years in the financial industry as a Life Insurance Underwriter holding an Assistant Vice President title. While there, she was responsible for a number of initiatives including various recruiting efforts across her department.
Account Manager, Springfield Office
Melissa Cartier is an Account Manager in our J. Morrissey Springfield Office. Melissa has been with J.Morrissey for over 3 years and brings to us several years of career services and counseling experience. Melissa works with large and small companies in the Springfield area, and is responsible for managing new and current clients as well as recruiting and onboarding temporary candidates for temporary positions.
Prior to joining J. Morrissey, Melissa was the Director of Career Services at Premier Education Group where she performed various career development functions and achieved company benchmark placement rates. Melissa started her career as a Certified Medical Assistant, which has provided her with valuable insights into the healthcare industry and has helped her form strong connections with her clients and candidates.
In addition to her passion for recruiting and building relationships, Melissa volunteers her time public speaking in schools where she delivers presentations on career development and growth. Melissa also belongs to the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce. Her industry knowledge, commitment to quality service, and enthusiasm for people make her an invaluable member of the J. Morrissey team.
Assistant Vice President, Accounting & Finance and Office Services
Colin Paterson has over 6 years of experience in the staffing industry and leads our Office Support team here at J. Morrissey. He primarily focuses on temporary placements of office and financial professional across all industries.
Prior to joining J. Morrissey, Colin was a Contracts and Recruiting Manager at a national recruiting and staffing firm where he led a team of recruiters focusing on sourcing and filling skilled positions across manufacturing, engineering and distribution industries. While there he learned various management styles, industry trends, sales techniques and situational leadership skills.
Colin is actively involved with Quinnipiac Valley Chamber of Commerce, Bristol Continuing Education, and the Central Connecticut State University Alumni Association. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Central Connecticut State University. His recruiting and staffing industry knowledge enables him to communicate effectively with his candidates and clients to ensure good matches on both sides.
Executive Recruiter, Accounting & Finance
Nick Paez has over 5 years of experience in the staffing industry and works directly in our Accounting & Finance Division, as well as our Office Support Group. He focuses on both direct hire, as well as temp-to-perm and contract placements of office and financial professionals across all industries.
Prior to joining J. Morrissey, Nick was a Recruiting Manager at a national recruiting and staffing firm where he focused on sourcing and filling skilled positions across transportation, manufacturing and distribution industries.
Nick won the 2019 Recruiter of the Year award across the nation at his previous company! He has recruiting and sales experience in many industries. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, Sport & Leisure Management. Nick’s diligence and industry knowledge makes him an invaluable asset to our team.
Staffing Manager, Healthcare Staffing Services
Katrina Lazerow is a Staffing Manager with our Healthcare Staffing Services Group. Katrina primarily focuses on temporary and temporary-to-hire placements of Healthcare positions, both Clinical and Non-Clinical, across many environments.
Prior to joining J. Morrissey, Katrina specialized as a National & Strategic Accounts Manager in the manufacturing and logistics industry, where she excelled in high volume recruiting and client development.
Katrina is no stranger to the importance of providing clients with exceptional care and consideration. She prides herself on having the ability to be versatile and is dedicated to sourcing strong and qualified candidates. Katrina is a person who understands how staffing truly works and has the personal touch to match a great employee, with a great job, at a great company.
Associate Recruiter, Information Technology
Chris Gamber Graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York with a Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration and was a member of the Men’s Lacrosse Team. Chris has a passion to help IT professionals with their career goals has joined J Morrissey to represent our Information Technology recruitment team for Direct Hire and contract placements.
Digital Marketing Manager
Jennifer Morrissey manages all of the marketing efforts for J. Morrissey & Company. She primarily focuses on maintaining and optimizing our website, managing our social media efforts, as well planning and executing the overall marketing strategy for J. Morrissey.
Prior to joining the J. Morrissey team, Jennifer gained several years of experience working as a digital strategist and account executive in a marketing agency environment. While there, she was responsible for building and maintaining client relationships, digital strategy and content creation for a variety of small and large businesses. Jennifer received her Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Arizona State University.
Sue Osowiecki joined J. Morrissey team in June of 2015. As Office Manager, Sue handles many important responsibilities at our agency including employment verifications, processing the temporary associate time cards, wage verifications, compliance, process improvement, contract agreements and a variety of other office service duties.
Prior to joining J.Morrissey, Sue worked as a Branch Manager at a Federal Credit Union in CT, where she managed sales and overall branch operations. Sue’s exceptional customer service combined with her strong work ethic make her an invaluable member of our agency.
Marcia Hires is an Administrative Assistant with the J. Morrissey Windsor team. As Administrative Assistant, Marcia handles many essential responsibilities for our Windsor office including formatting resumes, processing temporary associate time cards, contract agreements, greeting visitors, answering phones, and a variety of other administrative duties.
Prior to joining J. Morrissey, Marcia gained valuable administrative and customer service experience working as an Office Manager at a business valuation firm and also as an Administrative Assistant at a local school. Marcia’s approachable personality combined with her excellent attention to detail and strong work ethic makes her an important member of our team.
Staffing Associate II, Healthcare Staffing Services
Emily Leopard works directly with our Healthcare Staffing Services Group as a Staffing Associate II. She focuses on temp and temp-to-hire placement of both clinical and non-clinical healthcare positions within many different settings to include: Physician Practices (Primary Care and Specialties), Acute Care and Out – Patient settings such as Urgent Care, Cancer Centers, Laboratory.
Prior to J. Morrissey, Emily obtained great communication skills and customer service experience working in the healthcare field for 12 years as a surgical scheduler, medical executive assistant and receptionist. Her valuable insights and experience within the healthcare industry, strong work ethic and outgoing personality make her a great asset to the J. Morrissey team.