Our Team

Meet the WaveMakers

Meet the best, most experienced team in the industry. As “WaveMakers,” our passion drives us to identify creative ways to transform the world of independent work by delivering added value and unique solutions to our clients, consultants and partners.

Executive team

Teresa Creech

Teresa Creech

Chief Executive Officer (Lead WaveMaker), TalentWave

Teresa is the WaveMaker leading the evolution of the independent talent market. She has made a splash in the talent industry for 22 years working in staffing, HCM technology, global MSP/VMS and IC compliance.

She is a pragmatic strategist and it shows. “I am passionate about building the vision and plan for TalentWave, stretching market approaches, and embracing experimentation, but equally committed to making sure that the path is achievable and expectations are exceeded,” she says.

What’s the next big thing for Teresa? She plans to enable the marriage of independent workers and client work needs to drive greater access, accountability, compliance and flexibility at TalentWave. She endeavors to open new possibilities for talent engagement across multiple platforms through Enterprise MSP or VMS programs, Talent Cloud providers, RPO architecture and direct sourcing teams.

Her happy place? Preparing and hosting large Sunday dinners with family and friends

What’s so funny? Her kids’ reactions to her awful jokes

Her superpower: Balance

Kieran Brady

Kieran Brady

Chief Operations Officer

As COO WaveMaker, Kieran promotes a positive work experience with customers and their independent workers, from program kick-off to conclusion. He ensures that all TalentWave customers get the sponsorship, service and support they need to motivate their independent workforce to meet and beat program objectives.

What’s the next big thing for Kieran? As the independent workforce grows in all skill sets, Kieran will work with companies to create and execute standard independent workforce strategy for expanding labor pools.

One word to describe Kieran: Straightforward

When he’s not at work? He’s with his wife and four kids, walking or hiking, at the movies or sharing great food

His superpower: He’s got WOO (the art of winning others over).

Jim Hanrahan

Jim Hanrahan

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Jim is the WaveMaker responsible for navigating the most profitable growth path forward for TalentWave. Jim sees himself as part CFO and part chef, stirring together TalentWave’s many ingredients for workforce management, innovation and efficiency in order to find the best recipe for successful growth.

What’s the next big thing for Jim? He will continue to stir the pot of profitability. At the same time, he’ll study how companies adapt to realize corporate objectives in a business world that is coalescing around the rapidly expanding use of independent experts.

What’s on his bucket list? Small stuff like cycling across the US and a return trip to New Zealand

Proudest accomplishment? His family!

One word to describe Jim: Relentless (see cycling reference)

Karen Sawyer

Karen Sawyer

Senior Vice President, Sales

Karen is the WaveMaker who pours her passion for tackling complex problems into leading her sales team to deliver talent solutions that help clients meet their program goals and realize optimum value to make their businesses better.

What’s the next big thing for Karen? To continue to creatively and collaboratively develop new ways for companies to leverage the independent workforce, in all its variations, in order to maximize their potential and standout.  “I love understanding the individual needs and challenges of the businesses we work with to develop tailored solutions that truly help them achieve their goals and maximize talent.”

What is she doing when she’s not at work? Spending time with her husband, 2 children and French Bulldog, Bear.  You’ll find them hiking, camping, attending sporting events, reading or eating. 

Proudest accomplishment: Successfully getting her family through her husband’s medical schooling while fulfilling her own career goals

Superpower: Making the best of any situation

Neal Bhamre

Neal Bhamre

Senior Vice President, Industry Solutions

Neal is the WaveMaker responsible for devising and delivering innovative contingent workforce solutions to meet the evolving needs of TalentWave clients. With two decades in the industry, Neal is an expert at adapting and advancing workforce technology, practices and systems to keep pace with industry change.

What’s the next big thing for Neal? Neal believes that workers will one day be fully in charge of every aspect of their own career destiny. So, he relentlessly explores how the rapid evolution of this self-directed workforce will change the nature of recruitment employment.

“I envision a time when workers will be presidents of their own personal employment brands and responsible for every aspect of work, from finding their next gig to securing their own benefits out in the open marketplace,” he says.

Something most people do not know about Neal: He loves good jokes, especially ones that surprise or shock the audience

One week anywhere in the world? Marbella, Spain – his family’s homeland

His proudest accomplishment? His brilliant, teenage daughter

Catherine Chidyausiku

Catherine Chidyausiku

Senior Vice President, Legal & Compliance

Catherine is the WaveMaker in charge of mitigating risk for TalentWave and its clients with her deft legal skills and workforce compliance expertise. Independent contractor engagement can be a complex endeavor but Catherine, with her 15 years of experience in this industry, makes it look easy.

What’s next for Catherine? She will focus on the employment market’s continued shift towards greater use of independent contractors. She will diligently track how the expanding gig economy will make waves for which independent workers and TalentWave clients need to be prepared.

What’s on her bucket list? A trip to Switzerland for this fourth generation African

Points of pride? Successfully transitioning from working in property law under the Roman-Dutch legal system to working in US employment law

One word to describe Catherine: Calm

Board of Directors

Angela Selden

Angela Selden

Angela Selden is a board member and Audit Committee member at TalentWave. She brings more than 25 years of experience in business process outsourcing (BPO) and technology-enabled services, where she has sold and delivered solutions to Fortune 500 companies. She also serves as Executive Chairman of Skybridge Americas.

Most recently she was Co-Chairman and CEO of Workforce Insight along with an Advisor with Baird Capital. She also served as CEO and Co-Chairman of Arise Virtual Solutions, Inc. from 2005 to 2013, where 25,000 independent contractors powered Arise’ service delivery. Before joining Arise, Angela spent 18 years at Accenture, the last five serving in significant leadership roles in the North America Consumer and Industrial Products group and the North America Retail group.

Angela graduated from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Computer Science. She serves on the University’s Opus College of Business Board of Governors and was honored as the University’s Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012.

David Kennedy

David Kennedy

David is Serent’s co-Founder and one of its Partners. He leads Serent’s investments in healthcare, tech-enabled business process outsourcing (BPO) and education.

Prior to co-founding Serent, David was co-CEO of ServiceSource (NASDAQ: SREV), a BPO and SaaS company that served many of the world’s leading technology companies. Under David’s leadership, ServiceSource grew revenues, profits, and employees organically by 10x and returned over 20x to its shareholders. Previously David was a consultant at McKinsey & Company in London, Dublin and San Francisco, and an Operations Manager at HJ Heinz in Central & Eastern Europe.

David has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Business from University College Dublin in Ireland, both received with first class honors, and received the IAM Gold Medal as the leading undergraduate of his year. He has also received an MBA and MA from Stanford University, where he was an Arjay Miller scholar. He was awarded and subsequently declined a Fulbright Scholarship for his studies at Stanford.

Shanti Atkins

Shanti Atkins

Shanti a seasoned entrepreneur and senior business executive with more than 15 years of experience building innovative, fast-growth organizations. She is the founder of NAVEX Global, the world’s largest ethics and compliance software and services company, with more than 8,000 customers around the globe. Under Shanti’s leadership, NAVEX grew from less than $5 million in revenues to more than $100 million and has become one of the most recognized brands in governance, risk and compliance (GRC). In addition to her current role at NAVEX, Shanti serves on several company boards, primarily focused on software and tech-enabled services.

Shanti has deep experience working with entrepreneurs and investors, with a passion and track record for helping good companies become great. She has advised some of the world’s leading brands on workplace compliance and how to build exceptional cultures. In 2014, she was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.

Shanti received her Masters of Law (LL.M.) from Harvard University where she was a Viscount Bennett Fellow. She received her J.D. and her B.A. (Film) from Queen’s University (Canada) where she was a Queen’s National Scholar. She has been a featured expert for a wide range of media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and The Huffington Post.

Stephen Blunck

Stephen Blunck

Prior to joining Serent, Stephen was an investment professional at Advent International, a leading global private equity firm. At Advent International, Stephen was responsible for sourcing, executing, and managing investments in companies in the healthcare market. Stephen worked closely with management teams on multiple initiatives, including developing sales and marketing strategies, executing on M&A, and designing talent acquisition and retention roadmaps. Prior to Advent International, Stephen worked at Bain & Company in Dallas, Texas. At Bain, Stephen worked in the Private Equity practice, and in the advisory business where he worked with businesses across various industries and functional areas including corporate strategy, operations, and HR.

Stephen has an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller scholar. He also has a BS in Business Management from Brigham Young University where he graduated magna cum laude.