GradStaff CEO Brian Weed is an experienced business leader with nearly 30 years of experience helping companies of all sizes boost revenue and improve processes as well as outcomes, particularly in the higher education market. Brian comes to GradStaff after a successful run as CEO of Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, an upscale chain of beauty schools. During his time at Tricoci University, the fast-growing company was among the industry leaders in successfully placing its graduates with leading salons and spas. Prior to Tricoci University, Brian held senior leadership roles with Avendra, a leading supply chain services company serving hospitality companies, and Hyatt Hotels Corporation. In addition, he was a Partner at the Boston Consulting Group. Brian is an active philanthropist with a passion for improving outcomes for students from under-resourced urban neighborhoods. He is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
Kara WestrichChief Operating Officer
Kara Westrich joined GradStaff in 2004. Her responsibilities as Chief Operating Officer involve managing sales and operations nationwide, overseeing 9 hub offices.
Kara came to GradStaff with a background in the insurance and non-profit sectors and experience in sales and training. She was the key account manager responsible for developing the St. Louis office and subsequently opening and developing other locations in the Western Region. Kara is the primary contact in many of GradStaff’s largest, national accounts and instrumental in the development of new national accounts. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Southeast Missouri State University and MBA from the University of Missouri.
Dana SokollVice President - Midwest Region
Dana Sokoll is the Vice President for GradStaff’s Midwest Region and based in Minneapolis, where she oversees the Twin Cities market and the Upper Midwest. She is well-respected for her expertise in entry-level hiring and manages a number of Fortune 500 accounts across numerous industries.
Dana joined GradStaff in 2004 as an Account Manager in our Chicago location, then relocated to Minneapolis and returned to GradStaff as Territory Manager in 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in human resources and business administration from Oakland University.
Jacqueline WolfsonVice President - Eastern Region
Jacqueline Wolfson has been with GradStaff since 2006 having started with the company upon earning her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.
She has been a key account manager in building the Philadelphia office since 2007 and opening the New Jersey office in 2012. She now serves as the Vice President of the Eastern Region, working to continue to expand GradStaff’s East Coast operations and overseeing the regional offices of Atlanta, Philadelphia and New York Metro.
Jaclyn SchlaikjerSenior Vice President - Corporate Support
As the Senior Vice President of Corporate Support for GradStaff, Jackie has a wide variety of responsibilities. She plays a central role in the company by coordinating support functions critical to GradStaff’s success. These include information technology, internal systems, real estate, facilities, marketing, logistics, on-boarding and many other functions.
Jackie joined GradStaff in 2005 as a recent college graduate and has proven to be a great example of GradStaff’s expertise in matching a career path with transferable skills. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology.