The Advisory Board for Minnesota Recruiters is responsible for setting the overall strategy and direction for the community, content, education and agendas for our recruiting conferences and events.


President & Community Leader



With 22 years of human resources and talent acquisition 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 talent acquisition for MongoDB.

Jason 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.

He is the founder of the Recruiters Network, and serves as the president and community leader for several of the nation’s largest and most active regional recruiting communities including Minnesota Recruiters, California Recruiters, Denver Recruiters, Florida Recruiters, Wisconsin Recruiters, Michigan Recruiters and Oregon Recruiters.

Advisory Board Members



Robert Hoefer Rob is a Talent Acquisition Sourcer at Best Buy, where he finds candidates for their growing Information Technology department. He manages Best Buy’s Talent Acquisition social media platforms, is considered a LinkedIn SME, is involved in University Recruiting, attends hackathons, and loves participating in recruiting events.

Rob has 11 plus years in Recruiter/Staffing/Talent Acquisition and has been Sourcing for about 7 years. He has 4 years of experience running a corporate recruiting social media strategy. Rob has worked for Cargill, Accenture, Supervalu, UnitedHealth Group and Levi Strauss & Co.

Born and raised in Minnesota, he received his bachelor’s degree from St Cloud State, where he started his career in Human Resources as an Intern in the HR Department. He has also been an avid volunteer at The Walker Art Center since 2008 as an Information Guide.



Tara is the Talent Acquisition Specialist at Spok, Inc. (pronounced “spoke”), where she recruits talented individuals within the critical communications technology industry. After earning her Bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas, she worked at Target HQ and at Northwestern Mutual – The Columns Resource Group, where she managed all the hiring for the Network Office as well as recruitment, training, and retention for Financial Advisors. She even worked with her own husband!

Tara brings over 15 years of recruiting experience, and is excited by the opportunity to meet and learn from new people and share her ideas with others! And, she has a strong passion for recruiting and focuses on the candidate experience, as well as ensuring the fit is *always* right for both the candidate and the company.



Josh Rock is a Recruiting Specialist with Fairview Health Services. He has 13 years in Talent Acquisition and recruitment marketing, where he’s partnered with Minnesota’s small businesses & Fortune 500 across the US.

Josh is an active volunteer leader with the MNSHRM State Council, serving currently as the College Relations Director. He also is the Lead Moderator of #JobHuntChat, a Twitter-based advice chat that serves job seekers across the US & Canada each Monday night.

Born & raised in Minnesota, Josh attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He has three talented children (Sami, Cullen & Brayden) and is an avid hockey fan.



NaCole leads the Talent Acquisition team and is an HR Business Partner with Restaurant Technologies. For the past 11 years, her primary career focus has been supporting growth companies during intensive and targeted hiring phases.  Since joining Restaurant Technologies in 2015, NaCole has led the talent acquisition team to triple-digit hiring year over year and partnered with several departments to contribute to a company all-time high of 85%+ retention.

Prior to finding her calling in Human Resources, she was a licensed cosmetologist and worked for the top Aveda salon in Minnesota. Her passion for top-notch customer service led her to begin her corporate career in recruiting and providing an exemplary candidate experience. With vast exposure to all segments of talent acquisition, from a staffing agency to corporate recruiting, NaCole’s knowledge is an invaluable component of her success and her contribution to the company.

NaCole and her family live in the western suburbs on the shores of Lake Minnetonka.  You will find them boating and wakesurfing in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter.  She manages a household of four busy and amazing kids and an equally amazing husband!



Kate Bischoff is an energetic and enthusiastic attorney and SHRM-SCP human resources professional, who advises employers in a wide range of industries on employment law matters from recruitment to termination and beyond. Kate’s recruiting experience comes from her experience as the Human Resources Officer for the U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem and U.S. Embassy Zambia – two places where recruiting presents interesting challenges. With this experience, Kate understands the business needs of recruiters and looks for practical and compliant solutions.

A self-professed technology geek, Kate is particularly passionate about the use and impact of social media and technology in the workplace. You can find her tweeting about technology and human resources from her office, her home, and just about everywhere in between.



Ryan Stene, a proven recruitment strategist, is the Talent Acquisition Capability Manager with Best Buy. With more than 12 years of recruitment marketing, strategy and technology experience, he has worked with some of the largest brands in the US. Ryan and his team are responsible for the recruiting operations at Best Buy, which include all processes (corporate, retail, university and executive recruiting), vendor management, employment branding, recruiting technology and attraction strategy for both Corporate and Retail groups.

Ryan is in the area he feels most passionate about, consulting and helping Best Buy recruit better, smarter and more effectively. Ryan brings a consultative approach and understanding what makes them unique and drives to enhance and evolve their recruitment strategy. Ryan develops recruitment media solutions that are both strategically focused and tactically driven. He has been a part of MN Recruiters since our inception and loves being a part of such an amazing community of talented professionals.



Kelli is the Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition for Border Foods where she oversees a team of three and Talent Acquisition strategy for the company. Kelli has spent a majority of her 10 years in HR in Talent Acquisition.  Prior to joining the team at Border Foods, Kelli spent the last 5 years at Caribou Coffee & Einstein Bros Bagels (now Coffee and Bagel Brands) where she was an HR Manager and Recruiting Specialist. She is extremely passionate about creating processes that deliver an end to end “white glove” experience for both the candidate and hiring manager alike.

Although born and raised in MN, Kelli spent a large part of 2015-2016 living in Colorado and Arizona while working with Einstein’s. She and her husband now reside in Savage, MN with their daughter, Harper, and two dogs, Lucy and Diego. Fun fact; on September 13th, 2016, Kelli donated bone marrow through Be The Match to a 13-year-old boy in Canada with Severe Aplastic Anemia.

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