ABOUTAlaska's Leading Employment Company for 40 years
Alaska’s only full-service employment company.
Celebrating 40 years in business in Alaska, Alaska Executive Search (AES) is the leading choice for employers and job seekers.
Our expert staff is uniquely qualified to help you save time, money, and frustration in your employee or employment search.
Meet our Team
Owner, Managing Director
Paula has dedicated her professional career to helping develop professionals in the workplace. As a 4th generation Alaskan business owner, she learned the benefits of a strong work ethic and willingness to ask for guidance early on. After she graduated from High School in Wasilla (don’t hold that against her), she attended Northern Arizona University where she enjoyed a semester abroad at the London School of Business, University of London. She returned to Alaska, where she attained her Small Business Administration degree at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. After a 20 year career as an Executive Director in Healthcare, Paula decided to expand into a variety of industries. In the time since then, she has conducted multiple training seminars, coaching sessions, operational/financial controls assessments, facilitation, board development and business planning. Her straightforward and honest approach to business provides a practical perspective to complex issues. Paula has a deep desire to improve things and facilitate constructive change. Where many people might only see things as they are right now, Paula looks for the way things could be made better or to draw connections between seemingly different situations and processes. Once she sees these opportunities, Paula works tirelessly to realize them through her work ethic and her skills as a communicator.
Courtney Otero has joined us as the medical recruiter. She comes to us with over 10 years of experience in the medical field, consisting of various roles, including business development, sales, marketing, advertising and recruiting. She found a passion for recruiting after spending a year recruiting nurses in Rhode Island. “There’s no bigger thrill then finding the right candidate for right job.
Growing up in Germany, she has had the opportunity to travel all over the world and being a military spouse, she understands how difficult it is to move around all the time and the hardships it is finding employment. She is committed to helping other military spouses and Veterans find employment
Courtney possesses her Master of Arts Degree in Healthcare Leadership Communication, a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing.
Cherissa’s background is in telecommunications and operations, which she developed working in her hometown of Kotzebue, Alaska. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Management, all the while playing for local softball teams as either first baseman or catcher. While she loves being back in Anchorage, she misses visiting Maui and the island culture, and is always happy to plan her next vacation there. Cherissa brings to AES a fresh and delightful spirit, helping to make her team, candidates and clients feel welcome and cared for.
ASSOCIATE RECRUITER IT AND TEMPORARY WORKFORCE PLACEMENTS
Crystal is one of our AES success stories, working with several of our clients until a position within the company became available. With a Bachelor’s degree in English and previous experience in recruiting, she brings valuable writing and communication skills to the team; while her talent for process development has brought highly effective and optimal operations within our company, as well as with our clients and candidates alike.
ASSOCIATE RECRUITER MEDICAL AND EXECUTIVE PLACEMENTS
Jacqueline is a certified copywriter who studied International and Global Studies at Sydney University, majoring in American Studies. After temping in a variety of roles and industries, Jacqueline ran an IT company and an entertainment venue (not at the same time!) with her husband. Emigrating to the US, Jacqueline worked for an attorney in New Orleans, assisting clients who had been affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Moving to Alaska, Jacqueline came to Alaska Executive Search in search of temp work and never left. She enjoys learning what makes someone excited about their work and loves the chance to meet inspirational and motivated individuals. Spare time is time for travel and landscape photography, whether natural or industrial.
Talent Acquisition & Account Management
Kelly Stewart was raised in Anchorage, earning her degree in Chemistry at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has spent 17 years in technology, resources and team development. As a contractor at Alyeska Pipeline she was directly responsible for hiring a wide variety of IT professionals including specialists in network, security and application specialists.
Talent Acquisition Executive and Medical Recruitment
Dawn has enjoyed a successful 20 years working in the Medical industry. She has an expert grasp on all areas of leading a successful private practice, including supervisory experience in operations, medical billing and coding, ancillary medical staff and front line service. She has effectively participated in securing physician talent right here in Alaska. Holding certifications as a CPC, COSC and CRHC she brings applied knowledge to screening candidates on behalf of our clients.
Business Development director
Our core values drive everything we do
CONFIDENTIALITY, PROFESSIONALISM, EXPERTISE, AND PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT
“Alaska Executive Search is our recruiting firm of choice for all of our personnel needs. Over many years AES has successfully staffed numerous entry-level to executive-level positions throughout our company. [Our AES staffing consultant] goes well above and beyond with each search to ensure our business needs are met. The AES staff is very attentive to our specific recruiting requirements and consistently presents us with the most qualified and appropriate candidates for the job. As a growing company, we are constantly recruiting for all-star employees. AES is the first call we make with every job opening to be filled.”
–RS | Human Resources Manager | Telecom Company