Amanda was born in Smithfield, NC, has lived in 8 states, and has called Irving, TX home for the past 26 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communications from Purdue University in 1991. She began her career as a Recruiter with the recruitment research firm from which Thorn was founded, and has enjoyed a 31-year career with the company. Her passion is connecting talent, and she is known for building bridges; she has friends all across North America that include Thorn Alumni, Thorn clients, and Thorn candidates.
Under Amanda's leadership, Thorn has been honored to receive numerous awards of excellence, including Dallas Business Journal's Best Places to Work, along with the Rising Star and Bronze awards for Best Recruiting Team of the Year from Dallas HR and Texas Recruiters Network. Amanda has invested in the talent acquisition community over the years by training many Fortune 500 companies on passive talent recruiting, sitting on HR/talent boards, and developing some of the best and brightest talent leaders in the nation.
Outside of Thorn, Amanda spends her time on the six 'F's—Faith, Family, Friends, Food, Fitness, and Finance. She has enjoyed spending time with her husband, Tony, for 34 years. If you know her, then you know how proud she is of their 24-year-old twins. Amanda spends her Saturday mornings doing home visits for St. Vincent de Paul, and her afternoons watching and/or playing sports. Amanda is a recent avid pickle ball fan and can't wait to live on the beach—of course, still making connections from there!
Leann was born in Tomball, TX, moved to Houston, TX, and then made her way to Dallas in 2016. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Management with a Human Resource Management emphasis from University of Houston – Main Campus, and had the opportunity to intern with fantastic organizations like the EEOC and CDW. Shortly after graduation she began her career within recruiting at Thorn Network and is now a Recruiting Manager. She is passionate about helping talented individuals get their dream jobs, taking care of her wonderful clients, and training/developing her rock star team.
Outside the office, Leann enjoys traveling with her incredible husband, Geoff, as well as caring for her rambunctious rescue pup!
Lisa grew up in Denton, Texas and graduated from the University of North Texas where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Creative Writing. Lisa has a passion for human resources, specifically recruiting, probably due to her desire to help others. Lisa joined Thorn right out of college as a Recruiter and has spent over 13 years excelling in roles such as recruiting, account management, and sales, with her most recent role being a Talent Manager. In addition to her role at Thorn, Lisa has been very involved professionally with the local SHRM chapter, DallasHR, serving on the Board of Directors and is active on her local PTA Board.
Outside of work Lisa resides in Flower Mound, Texas with her family and enjoys spending time with her kids and husband, watching her son play baseball, watching her daughter compete in All Star Cheer, indulging in wine, watching college football (BOOMER SOONER), country dancing, and watching Food Network/HGTV.
Jenna was born and raised in the small town of Albany, TX (population about 1,200)! She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Sport Science from Howard Payne University and joined Thorn right away. Jenna has been instrumental in Thorn's outstanding national reputation, recruiting talent for some of Thorn's top and most valuable clients. Her clients rave about her quality, communication, and dedication to client satisfaction.
Outside of Thorn, Jenna loves spending time with her husband, Nick and two daughters, Sara & Emily. She loves to run and is always training for her next race. The family stays busy with its church and sports activities.
Paige grew up in Plano, TX and graduated from the University of North Texas in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Management. Shortly after graduation, Paige joined Thorn Network as an Executive Recruiter and received various promotions over the last 7 years with the last move into a Talent Manager role. In her current role as Talent Manager, Paige actively recruits, manages client relations and mentors. She has supported across various industries to include healthcare, financial services, higher education, manufacturing, supply chain & logistics, along with many others. She has a passion for helping companies find top talent and providing real-time data and insights on today’s market.
Outside of Thorn, Paige enjoys spending time with her 3-year-old daughter and husband. In addition, she enjoys traveling, Texas Tech sports, and trying new restaurants in the DFW area.
Ariel grew up in Plano, TX and recently graduated from The University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. In her role as Talent Acquisition Specialist, Ariel supports the recruiting team with various different tasks to help achieve their goals and overall company goals. Since graduating, Ariel has been using her experience with Thorn and her degree to get into the working field full-time.
Outside of Thorn, Ariel enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys reading, going to concerts, spending time outdoors, and listening to music.