Our search practice is concentrated in healthcare; we complete searches in Compliance and Privacy (Audit, Risk and Security) nationally. Based in Connecticut, we have also established a strong presence locally and in the Northeast. Healthcare organizations of all sizes and specialties have turned to Matthews & Stephens for assistance with their search needs.
Steve has been associated with the executive search industry since 1988 in many niche markets. Since founding Matthews & Stephens Associates in 1992 he has led the firm from a start up to a multi-discipline, multimillion dollar executive search firm serving a national market. For the past 8 years he has focused on the growth and development of Matthews & Stephens, providing executive search, primarily serving the healthcare marketplace. In conjunction with the Matthews & Stephens team, Steve has completed almost 900 searches.
Steve has assisted his clients in completing critical executive leadership searches at all levels, including the VP and President levels. His recruiting knowledge and experience covers hospitals, health centers, integrated delivery systems, large physician practices, behavioral health, medical device and healthcare consulting firms. He’s successfully placed candidates at healthcare organizations of all sizes nationwide. Steve’s process is thorough and his approach is detailed and thoughtful. He’s able to locate appropriate candidates professionally and effectively.
Steve has achieved his Certified Personnel Consultant designation, which is the highest professional designation in the industry and has conducted industry courses covering legal and ethical guidelines of the executive search process. He is a member of National Personnel Associates, a private membership organization of over 400 executive recruiters located across the country. Matthews & Stephens has been recognized as one of the leading firms in the network. Steve is also a member of the National Association of Personnel Services, which is recognized as the industry’s governing body.
Steve is passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Fitness and spending time down by the shore keep him busy when he is not in the office.
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Carrie joined Matthews & Stephens Associates in 2009. She has close to 20 years of experience in marketing, business development and project management with proven skills in both creative execution and general management. Carrie approaches all projects with conscientious determination and attention to detail. She listens closely to her clients, assesses their needs and puts every effort into creating win-win situations for all. Her style is very focused yet flexible; she’s able to immediately respond to any changing needs or goals that her clients may have while keeping the process enjoyable. She feels very strongly that when you do the right thing everybody wins!
Carrie has successfully recruited for several key roles within the executive leadership team at healthcare organizations of all sizes. She’s experienced at recruiting for organizations in thriving metropolitan areas as well as rural areas and quiet communities from coast to coast; she understands the importance of tailoring her approach to suit each given organization’s personality. She has been able to identify and recruit candidates that possessed very specialized, niche skill sets that fulfilled the objectives of each organization as well as fit seamlessly into each organization’s unique culture. Carrie is collaborative with everyone from the hiring managers and those in the human resource department to any administrative assistants that are involved to make for an easy and comfortable working relationship.
Her recruiting specialties include Healthcare Compliance and Financial Management positions at the Manager, Director, VP and President level. She is a lead contributor to the Workplace Wellness program for our clients.
Carrie is also a certified Health Coach and Reiki practitioner as well as a published author. She’s an avid health, wellness and fitness enthusiast. She especially enjoys strength training, barre workouts, yoga and creating gluten-free/dairy-free recipes for her family.
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Linda joined Matthews & Stephens Associates in 2013. She possesses 15 years in the staffing industry as a recruiter/consultant and is a career sales professional with 6 years of experience in marketing direct sales. Linda’s ability to understand the business and what it takes to be successful in a variety of functions is what sets her apart. She demonstrates strong communication skills, analytical ability, poise, creativity and dedication. Linda’s focus is on process improvement and innovative thinking; she thrives on change and adapts quickly to challenging environments.
Since joining Matthews & Stephens Associates she has successfully led searches for a Senior Clinical Data Manager and Quality Engineer for a leading medical technology consulting firm; Psychiatrists and APRNs, Management and Clinical positions in large and small behavioral health organizations. Linda has successfully placed professionals in a variety of industries including healthcare, legal, financial, and architectural.
When she has an opportunity to travel on vacation she loves to explore the beauty and history of far-away places. At home she’s a gourmet cook and amateur gardener.
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Julie began her career as an Executive Recruiter at Matthews & Stephens Associates, Inc. in 2007. Shortly thereafter, she worked her way up to the role of Vice President. She’s recently returned to Matthews & Stephens to lead business development within our organization. Julie’s intimate knowledge of our company, in addition to her extensive entrepreneurial, strategic planning, and business development experience, makes her the perfect individual to spearhead our organization’s business development efforts. In this role, Julie’s working closely with our executive search team, while promoting our focus in healthcare and compliance through several avenues, including social media.
In addition to business development, Julie is the creator, editor and a reporter for our first newsletter, THE TALENT ADVISORY.
Outside of the workplace, Julie loves spending time with her family, reading, hiking and enjoying the outdoors.
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Melisa joined Matthews & Stephens Associates in 2015. She possesses wide expertise in the medical market place with significant exposure in various healthcare fields. Melisa brings over 9 years of experience in Provider Relations with Connecticut Medicaid, giving her significant exposure and building relationships with nonprofit organizations and FQHC’s. She is a creative, energetic consultant with a strong clinical acumen. Melisa is known for her exceptional communication skills which allows her to work cohesively with clients and candidates. Her compassion and understanding allows her to make a connection with each candidate and her diligence is evident in that no talent is left untouched.
Melisa’s background has allowed her to fill a plethora of positions within the amount of time that she has been with Matthews & Stephens Associates. Making a tremendous contribution to MSA, she has led many searches with hospitals, primary care settings, non-profit organizations, behavioral health, and home health care organizations. Her versatility has allowed her to fill varying positions in different departments within the same organizations. These vary from accounting, process improvement, to compliance departments. Melisa’s personable and vibrant personality are indispensable assets to the recruitment process, allowing her to provide comfort and confidence to employers and candidates, creating a pain free process from beginning to end.
Her recruitment focus in the healthcare arena is unique because she works on both clinical and nonclinical opportunities, thus allowing an array of positions from individual contributor to VP level. She is a lead contributor to the Workplace Wellness program for our clients.
In addition, Melisa is an active certified Personal Trainer, and instructs multiple Group Fitness genres. In her spare time she enjoys playing sports, riding her bike, and coaching her daughter’s soccer team.
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Helen joined Matthews & Stephens Associates in 2006 as a Research Associate and Executive Assistant. Bringing over 17 years of experience supporting senior level management, Helen is an integral part of the Matthews & Stephens team. She began her career in administrative roles in the computer distributing and employee benefits industry where she developed her skills in project management, data maintenance and client service. Helen currently leads the research team, executing targeted sourcing strategy to identify the best, most qualified candidates who meet specific client needs. At Matthews & Stephens, she has successfully assisted in numerous search projects to support the diverse needs of the recruiting team. Helen earned her BS in Human Development and Family Relations from the University of Connecticut.
Outside of the office, Helen enjoys spending time with her family. She is an avid cook and reader who also likes to exercise and spend time outdoors!
Diana joined Matthews & Stephens Associates in 2013 and brings over 30 years of passion and dedication. Her previous experience has been in positions as Director of Sales, Marketing, Property Management, Consulting and Healthcare Recruitment. Diana consistently utilizes her strengths in commitment, creativity and sales to market each endeavor to its full potential. Bringing a positive energy and rewarding experience to each and every client; she cherishes the relationships that she has developed. The experience of establishing, designing and operating two successful restaurants enhanced her sales, creativity, planning and management skills. As Director of Sales/Marketing & Wedding Specialist for two premier Hartford venues, Diana was able to incorporate these business skills and strengths to execute flawless and memorable social events.
Diana is a key member of the team, coordinating initial contact with qualified candidates. She uses her ability to be versatile, supporting the varied needs of our consultants on a daily basis.
Diana is talented in interior decorating and enjoys creative DIY craft projects. On weekends you might find her antiquing, hiking or spending time with her son.
Matthew joined Matthews & Stephens Associates in 2016 in our research team. With 10 years in customer service, and 6 years of management experience, he possesses exceptional communication skills and an invaluable work ethic. One of the strengths he has acquired through his years in management is his ability to problem solve, and make the best out of any given situation. Matthew’s knowledge and understanding of the healthcare field is growing rapidly, and his natural drive is always pushing him toward the next challenge.
Matthew holds his black belt in martial arts and a 3rd degree brown belt in Jitsu and Shaolin Kempo, as well as training in independent professional wrestling.
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“I have to commend you on your recruiting expertise and judgment throughout the process. I never felt that you were the exclusive recruiter for (health system). Throughout the process, I felt that my goals and objectives were just as important as (health system).”
“Because of your straightforward and kind approach, this process was a very surprisingly pleasant experience. I actually looked forward to every communication with you- whether it be the weekly phone call or email.”
“I found your expertise particularly helpful! Your integrity, professionalism and attention to detail was evident as you guided me through the process. I appreciated your availability to answer my questions and your frequent communication at each point along the way.”
“Thank you. You have been an absolute delight to work with during this process keeping me posted every step of the way and acting as a trusted adviser and coach.”
“I will recommend you to all of my friends and colleagues, as I have had a remarkably positive experience working with you. I will never again embark on a job search without your expertise and experience guiding me along the way.”
“I consider myself to be fortunate enough to have had this experience and wish the same for anyone else that follows.”
“You helped to keep me focused, confident, and you called immediately after each interview with follow up information.”
“Throughout my job search, you provided excellent advice, guidance, and coaching to assist me in the job search process. Your follow-through, attention to detail, and empathy helped make the process just about hassle free.”
“I am very pleased with the results of the search. In the end we had some highly qualified candidates from which to choose. Thank you for your perseverance during the search.”
“You were prompt, responsive and thorough. As stated many a time, you provided a great slate of candidates for our consideration. I look forward to future work with you.”
“You have done a tremendous job in targeting the right people for the openings which we contracted you for and were instrumental and very successful in understanding the hiring objectives of our organization and identifying suitable candidates that possess the skills and capabilities that the hiring managers you worked with were seeking.”
“I would recommend Matthews & Stephens Associates as a business partner for your recruiting needs. Their commitment to finding qualified candidates & ability to present more than one applicant with those qualifications is impressive.”
“The screening of candidates that you provide ensures that I’m not wasting my time, interviewing candidates who are not qualified. Your network of contacts and other search techniques means that we’re getting exposure to candidates we wouldn’t be reaching on our own.”
“This was a very positive experience and I felt as though I was your only client. The attention to detail, communication and overviews on each candidate were excellent.”
“The intensity and dedication of your recruiting process found the right candidates for our search.”
“Matthews-Stephens was referred to me by our Chief Compliance Officer when she announced her retirement. I scheduled a call with Carrie Lombardi and Steve Baskowski, and they were quite positive that they could assist (organization). Overall, the experience was very professional and exceeded expectations. “
“No stone was left unturned in your search for candidates.”
“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your recruitment services to any organization looking for a solid partnership with a passionate recruiter every step along the way.”
“I am very pleased with the results of the search. In the end we had some highly qualified candidates from which to choose.”
“Overall, the experience was very professional and exceeded expectations.”
“As stated many a time, you provided a great slate of candidates for our consideration. I look forward to future work with you. Thank you!”
“If a future compliance or privacy position should open up that I need to fill, Matthews & Stephens Associates would be the first and only firm that I would look to for support and recommend.”