NHA, CEO and Founder
Tom Zeleny, NHA, CEO and Founder
In addition to having been a licensed administrator for over 20 years, Tom is also an expert consultant for a state Board of Nursing Home Administrators, and testified as a subject matter expert for operational and regulatory compliance for long term care. He has worked for prestigious national and privately-owned providers in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors as Administrator, Executive Director and multi-site manager. This hands-on experience has helped him consistently place candidates in senior living positions throughout the United States since 2003.
Tom received his Certificate of Gerontology from Colorado State University, and has received professional certification from the American College of Nursing Home Administrators (ACHCA). Tom maintains an active Administrator’s license, and continues to keep abreast of the constant regulatory changes that affect senior living clients and candidates. He has been selected as speaker for multiple state organizations on topics to include: talent acquisition, effective salary negotiation, generational differences in the workforce, job performance standards and job descriptions, as well as other human resource-related best practice topics.
Acute Care Division Director
Beth Lane, Acute Care Division Director
Beth has 27 years of experience in the healthcare industry – 21 of those years were as co-founder / Vice President of a Start-Up Staffing company in North Texas and founder of a full time direct placement division for nation-wide placements of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, healthcare executives, and directors.
Beth began her healthcare career as a Business Office Director for the Director of Anesthesiology at the North Texas Medical Hospital in McKinney, Texas. The next 8 years included work for Human Resources at Wysong Hospital in McKinney; Medical Secretary for 2 surgeons in McKinney; and Workers Comp Specialist for an Orthopedic Surgeon in McKinney. This experience positioned Beth to lead a new start-up healthcare staffing company in North Texas, as Vice President in 1997.
Beth states, “I am committed to the executives in the acute care industry to provide the best qualified personnel for Interim and Full Time Positions.”
Beth will be focusing her expertise in healthcare to the Acute Care industry for interim and full time CNOs and other executive level positions. Participating hospitals will benefit by having access to executives in the healthcare industry who focus on the best healthcare outcomes.
She became associated with Aspen Associates Group during an executive level placement in Colorado. Beth attended East Texas State University, currently Texas A&M – Commerce. She is a current or past member or Affiliate of: ASA, TAS, TAPC, NAPS, ERA, DFWHC, DFW Alliance for Healthcare Excellence, and other associations in the DFW area.
Laura Leppky, Executive Recruiter
Laura began her experience in recruiting at the Nebraska Foundation, where she worked as Supervisor of Alumni Benefactions. She loved recruiting donors for student fundraisers for the University of Nebraska, where she graduated with a B.S. degree in Human Development. After graduation, Laura combined her recruiting and management skills as Project Manager with a multi-national company, where she managed five sites and over four hundred agents, around the United States and Canada.
As the corporate Project Manager, Laura handled daily operations, as well as sourced/recruited new agents for her sites. While she loved management, recruiting is where she wanted to focus her professional energy. She relocated from Lincoln, NE to Denver, CO to join Aspen Associates Group.
Laura’s knowledge of Human Development, and experience in recruiting paired with her enthusiasm to help make a favorable impact in other’s lives, give her a unique perspective in producing positive outcomes for clients as well as candidates throughout the recruiting process.
Marie Besgrove, Associate Recruiter
Marie received her Bachelor in Psychology from Metropolitan State University knowing that she wanted to spend her professional career working with the public & help make a difference in someone’s life. While pursing a career in sales, she was able to work on her professional development as a team leader. She earned an award with her prior company, the Circle of Excellence, for outstanding achievements in teamwork, integrity, execution, results, and relationships. Her experience in sales and leadership encouraged her to constantly be striving for professional excellence and to explore new challenges so she could continue to grow.
Two years prior to coming on board with Aspen Associates, Marie recruited heavily on college campuses for entry level sales roles. She developed a passion for being a positive influence in the lives of young college graduates as they take their first steps into the professional world and chose to pursue recruiting as her career to continue to make a difference in the lives of candidates. After her experience in entry-level recruiting, she decided to take on a new challenge in the senior living term care & skilled nursing recruiting profession. She is incredibly excited to utilize her strong sales background and continue pursuing her passion for working with people to in being a positive influence in a people’s professional life.
In her free time, Marie enjoys taking her dogs to the dog park and exploring new restaurants with her husband.
Jim Byrne, Executive Recruiter
Jim Byrne has an extensive background as a Human Resources Generalist. He has occupied key senior HR positions in financial services, banking, government and healthcare (long term and acute care) . As a recruiter, Jim has conducted successful professional searches for all levels; from entry-level to C-level senior management.
Jim has lived on the East Coast, Midwest and now the Mountain States. As a result, he has established a substantial network of resources he brings to executive search activities around the country. He has a BA from the University of Maryland, College Park and is enrolled in the Master’s program in Organization Improvement at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.
Annell Mook, Executive Recruiter
Annell has forty years of experience in the healthcare industry. She began as an admissions director for a hospital, and grew to become an owner of a corporation that developed customer service and supervisory training programs for over 400 hospitals. Annell’s long-term-care experience includes serving as Director, Regional Director, and Area Director of skilled nursing centers, assisted and independent living communities. She also was the Director of Provider Network and Sales for United Health Care’s Evercare program. Throughout her endeavors, Annell discovered that she had a talent for recruiting great people and helping them realize their career goals.
She appreciates being associated with Aspen Associate Group because of its dedication to matching skill sets and culture sets between employees and employers and the resulting successes that ensue. Annell attended the University of Kentucky. Most of her career has been in Colorado. She has been involved as an officer, or on the board of numerous organizations that serve seniors – including White House Conference on Aging. She was a recent recipient of the Colorado Gerontology Society’s Al Berger Distinguished Service in Aging Award.