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Our Team

Mathys+Potestio provides creative staffing and placement services. We’re recruiters but creatives, too. M+P was founded by two creative industry vets who’ve worked as copywriters, designers, project managers, account managers…we’ve even done paste-up. If that doesn’t say how long we’ve been around, maybe our typewriters will.

Josh Bahns

comes from a small town called Brentwood, which is known for its corn on the cob. He’s proud of his roots and he’s even prouder to now live in San Francisco. If you were in his neighborhood, you might see him cruising around on his e-bike, playing some tennis, or trying not to freak out about Steve Kerr being his neighbor. Prior to joining M+P, Josh worked in recruiting, education, and retail. His first car was a 2012 CRV – that he still drives today!

Angie Kollar

is from Portland but just made a big move to Pittsburgh. When not recruiting, she’s outdoors doing fun things like skiing, kayaking, and camping or indoors trying new foods, treasure hunting, and painting. And she’s got a thing for blue Ford Mustangs; her first car was a 1995, her second a 2007.

Jaade Archer

was born and raised in Vancouver, WA, but has also lived in Seattle and New York. They say all roads lead back home and that’s exactly where you’ll find her, although traveling is her true love. When she’s not laughing with family and friends or planning her next trip she enjoys reading, practicing yoga, or rummaging through thrift stores. Her background is in graphic design, writing, and videography (before vlogging was cool). She bought her first car in 2022 and is now a proud owner of a 2006 silver Volvo named Lola.

Kristen Barleen

hails from the (East) Bay Area – she’s a transplant and proud of it! She moved to the PNW in 2005 and never really went back. After a colorful career path, she found herself asking “what do I really enjoy doing?” A consistent theme was helping people: she loves to listen to a good story and find solutions along the way. When she’s not at M+P you can find her making music, going to concerts, making playlists, and spending quality time with friends and family. Her first car was a light blue 1995 Toyota Previa, the family minivan. Man, if those walls could talk!

Anita Beshirs

is a native Mississippian who relocated from Arkansas to San Francisco over two decades ago and never looked back. Her background is in PR, writing, talent management, operations, marketing, and a brief stint owning a dog walking service (because dogs are excellent co-workers). After trying to figure out which career fit best, she realized it was helping other people figure out that same quandary. As a local artist and advocate, she shows her own work locally and nationally, curates at local businesses, and organizes art walks. Her first car was a 1974 Plymouth Valiant with no functioning seat belts. Luckily, she was unharmed after a minor accident without them but the car, sadly, went to car heaven.

Camille Burkett

is a proud SoCal native who will take any opportunity to tell you what she loves about LA. You can usually find her digging through bins of vintage clothes, attempting new recipes, or seeking out obscure horror movies. Her first car was a 1984 Volvo named Willhamina who was the color of the sky on a perfect clear day.

Isaac Chapman

is a Kentucky native and yes, he does love fried chicken, thanks for asking. With short-ish stints in Austin and Nashville, Isaac finally landed in Los Angeles in early 2012 and hasn’t looked back… except for that one time. His career has been focused on creative services in Digital Advertising, Architecture, and Interior Design. In late 2018 he traded in his “designer” title for a “recruiter” one, and has loved every minute of it. He’s an avid home cook, baker, barista, and bartender. He and his wife live in Los Feliz, CA with their 20-or-so plant babies. His first car was a 1991 Cadillac Sedan deVille purchased for $600 that he saved up for by mowing lawns.

Tamara Fakhoury

was born in Illinois and raised in Washington. With years as a barista and a marketing assistant before recruiting, she can make you a mean cup of coffee (yes, please). She’s often watching TV (bad or good, Tamara’s not picky), getting paranoid with tales of true crime, catching a show with friends, or traveling wherever the mood takes her. Her first car was a 2004 Ford Explorer passed on from her parents to her brother to her; the brother was kind enough to carve his name into the radio panel for her.

Michelle Holbein

is a Wisconsin native with a human resources background in both manufacturing and higher education. Her loves include hiking and exploring new places, checking out new eateries, and daydreaming about her next travel destination. Her first car was a 1987 Mercury Topaz with a working heater, which was essential to surviving many brutal Wisconsin winters.

Nicole Holle

is one of four Austin natives left in town, having worked as a producer at an ad agency before landing in creative recruiting. She’s married to a designer, so she’s always surrounded by creatives. You can get her attention quickly by mentioning hiking, traveling abroad, movies, or pouring a drink involving ginger beer. Her first car was a ’95 Izuzu Rodeo, but her most beloved car was a white ’96 Oldsmobile named Betty.

Natalie Holzer

hails from the Big Sky state and considers Montana her first love, although living in Oregon for the past 15 years, she now considers it mapped in her heart for good! Her love of creative started with her background as a local film & television talent agent here in Portland.  When she’s not lusting for the sunshine, she can either be found at a happy hour, watching Dateline, or out for a stroll/hike.  Her first car was an Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme which made friends with a few city light poles while trying to navigate the mean, snowy streets of Billings, but the heater and tape deck never failed her.

Eric Howes

is a designer and (sort of) developer who likes type, maps, and other forms of data. His favorite color, even though it’s technically not a color, is grey. He moved from Michigan, where people regularly drive through snow. He bought his first grey car for $200, which had a heater that worked for awhile.

Jordan Livingston

was raised in Ogden, Utah, and has a varied professional background, having worked in journalism, ecommerce, sales, recruiting and education. He loves facilitating relationships and becomes quite excited about any conversation that involves baseball or rock-and-roll trivia. His first truck was a 1984 Mazda pickup. He had to pop the clutch to get it started…but the heater worked.

Jackie Mathys

has been running creative staffing agencies in Portland since the late 90s. Prior to placing creatives, she was one–a freelance copywriter for seven years, and staff writer for POWDER magazine before that. Originally from sunny Southern California, Jackie has called Portland home since 1990. Her first car was a yellow Fiat 128.

Catherine Maletis

is a born and raised Portlander and proud of it! With experience at everything from Fortune 500 companies to non-profits, the one consistent thread that energizes Catherine is helping people. When she’s not at M+P you can find her spending quality time with friends and family, supporting the local Portland foodie scene, and most certainly on the golf course. Her first car was a silver 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee, but it was in 2005 that Catherine learned from a Colorado state trooper that you do, in fact, need updated tags.

Lindsay Melnick

grew up in New Jersey, but spent years in Massachusetts, New York, Hawaii, and Western Australia before settling down in California. A former Apparel Designer, she spends her non-recruiting hours surfing, biking, walking the dog, and hanging out with her son. Her first car was a Honda Prelude when she was 17; she used to push it out of her parents’ driveway every Tuesday night to drive to New York City for Dead cover night at the Wetlands. She never got caught!

Racquel Miller

is from southern California but has lived in Oregon, Colorado, Hawaii, and now Washington. Her background is in Human Resources and Operations, largely because she loves connecting with people and learning more about them. You can usually find her scouting authentic Mexican food or doing something outdoors with her family. Her first car was a ’99 Chevy Prism named Pebbles whose AC always worked; what more could an LA girl ask for?

Colin Perkins

moved to Los Angeles in 2017 from itty bitty Rhode Island (for reference, if you doubled the size of Los Angeles, you’d get one Rhode Island). You can find him cycling around town, drinking natural wines, thrifting, or buying sneakers and caring for his houseplants. While he’s worked in recruitment for awhile now, his first two jobs – Stop & Shop cashier and restaurant host – bought him a 1997 Audi A4 with 184,000 miles on it. It cost him $1,200 and a 30 pack of beer. Don’t worry, his Dad bought the booze.

Hannah Risser-Sperry

is from Massachusetts and Vermont, and spent some years in France before making her way to Portland. She’s been a nanny, a farmer, a teacher, and a writer. She likes good design, better writing, and Our Lord and Savior PJ Harvey. She dislikes pastels. Her first car was a Toyota Previa, previously used to transport sheep around the family farm. Go ahead, try getting hay out of a car’s cloth interior.

Molly Setchko

was born and raised in Eugene, OR. She hung up her Birkenstocks and tie-dye and headed to Portland years ago, but you’ll still find her at Autzen Stadium during Duck football season! She has a background in special education, talent acquisition, and all things office and admin. When she’s not at work with her M+P fam, she’s most likely playing with the nearest dog, snacking on a variety of cheeses and wine, doing hot yoga, or gardening. Her first car was a Toyota Camry that, despite being hit by every other driver in Portland, was reliable for longer than it should have been.

Britney Jo Styer

is Chicago-born, Austin-based, and passport-driven. With a background in web development and design, she can sling code like it’s going out of style, but found her passion helping other people find theirs. Usually she’s eating as much queso as possible and exploring the ATX with her husband and two pups. Her first car was a black Ford Explorer that may or may not have had duct tape holding parts of it together.

Janessa Tamez

is from an industrial town in Indiana but currently lays her head in Austin, Texas. When not enjoying local comedians or visiting art museums, she’s drawing or painting at home with the love of her life, Pickles the Pug. Her first car was a 2000 Chevy Malibu with no working AC; once you got the windows down and the highway winds blowing, it wasn’t so bad.

Brett Thacher

has a history of solving client problems as an agency account director, where he and his teams led marketing programs for Fortune 100 companies. Raised in Iowa, he traded his farm roots for the big cities of New York and LA before he settled in Portland. Brett loves camping, hiking, college basketball, live music and impromptu dance parties with his daughter. His first car was a 1981 Datsun 200sx hatchback.

Tom Timmel

is from Rockford, Illinois, but he doesn’t remember it. He grew up in New York and Ohio, spent time in Washington DC and Vermont, and ended up in Alaska for 20+ years. He’s spent time as a business manager, an operations manager, an executive director (interim, but still), and a general manager. His first car was a red 1982 VW Rabbit that had faded to orange, which was sadly destroyed by a deer (RIP) en route to a Dead show. #TommyTimmy

 

Molly Wiley

is like everyone else from Austin by being a California native. She has a background in graphic communication, web and digital media. Her loves include typography, craft beer, being outside, and dancing in a studio or her kitchen. She also has a passionate affinity for baked goods. Her first car was an Acura that died more than it ran, forcing her onto a cruiser bike more often than not.