Amanda was born in Smithfield, NC, has lived in 8 states, and has called Irving, TX home for the past 24 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 29-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 31 years. If you know her, then you know how proud she is of their 21 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 around the U.S. and internationally, 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 10 years excelling in roles such as recruiting, account management, and sales, with her most recent role being Business Development Manager. In addition to her role at Thorn, Lisa has been very involved professionally with the local SHRM chapter, DallasHR, and is the Director-Elect of the Education Committee in 2020.
Outside of work Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, watching her son play ball, watching her daughter cheer competitively, indulging in wine, watching college football (BOOMER SOONER), country dancing, and watching Food Network.
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 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Management. Shortly after graduation, Paige joined Thorn Network as an Executive Recruiter and has since moved into a Talent Manager role working with clients, recruiting, and training. She has a passion for helping companies find top talent and providing real-time data and insights on the market!
Outside of Thorn, Paige enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband. In addition, she enjoys traveling, Texas Tech Football, and is a food junkie!
Austin was born in Dallas and grew up in Plano, TX. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management at the University of Texas at Dallas and began working at Thorn Network as an intern. He transitioned into recruiting at Thorn shortly after graduating, and loves helping both candidates and clients.
Outside of Thorn, you will find Austin spending time in nature doing a wide array of outdoor activities and sports such as running, hiking, camping, lifting, and archery. He also loves studying health and personal growth principles, reading books, spending time with family and friends, and meeting new people.
Ryan was born in Dallas and grew up in Plano, TX. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Media Strategies from Texas Tech University, and shortly after began his career within recruiting at Thorn Network. He enjoys helping top talent across several industries find new growth opportunities within their career, but also loves working with recurring and new clients!
Outside of Thorn, Ryan enjoys anything and everything sports (playing golf, watching whatever sport, commissioning his fantasy football league, etc.), reading new books, watching new films, listening to various podcasts, working out on a “semi-regular" basis, hanging out with good friends, and enjoying a nice cold beverage.
Priscilla was born in Carrollton and grew up in Frisco, TX. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. She joined the Thorn Network team as a Recruiting Coordinator her senior year of college.
Outside of Thorn, Priscilla enjoys traveling, all genres of music, and is the proud parent of two beautiful dachshunds. She has a passion for food and culture and is always up to trying new things. In her spare time, she enjoys going out for long walks, and visiting museums, the theater, and concerts.
Ujjval was born in San Francisco but spent most of his time growing up in Ontario, Canada. He is currently a student at the University of Texas at Dallas pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management. He joined Thorn Network as a Recruiting Coordinator to kickstart his career in the Human Resources field. He is eager to learn about what the field has to offer, as well as what he can offer to the field.
Outside of Thorn, Ujjval is an avid basketball fan, music lover, and also enjoys writing from time to time. He loves cold weather, new experiences, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.