Our Team

Meet the TriStarr team.

Part of what makes the professionals at TriStarr stand above the rest of the employment agencies and recruiters is our genuine commitment to the communities in which we live. Members of the Lancaster, PA, business community are familiar with principals Joan and Scott because they give back in so many ways. But giving back at TriStarr goes beyond business development and networking – we have a culture of good people giving back every day.

Joan Paxton, President

I am responsible for the strategic initiatives of the company. My priority is to keep current on industry trends, the local economy and business climate, and think like our clients. I also oversee the compliance side of the business-legal, accounting, finance, and risk management categories.

I’m an accidental entrepreneur.

My college majors were psychology and sociology but, thankfully, I had some accounting coursework, too. I started my professional career in San Antonio, TX, in the 1980s as so many college grads do: as a “temp.” I must have made a good impression, because the staffing firm offered me a job on their direct staff, and the rest is history. When I returned to my hometown of Lancaster, PA, I was able to open a branch office for TriStarr, and then, after three years, bought the office and became the owner.

My commitment to the community

My strongest commitment recently has been to the United Way of Lancaster County, but I’ve been involved with many community service organizations through the years.

  • Central Market Trust, Board of Directors
  • Essence of Humanity Governing Committee
  • EDC Finance Corp., Board of Directors
  • Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Board of Directors
  • Workforce Investment Board/Private Industry Council, Board of Directors
  • Junior Achievement of Central Pennsylvania, Board of Directors
  • Lancaster YMCA, Board of Directors

Scott Fiore, Vice President, Partner

I manage operations for TriStarr, making sure we consistently deliver great results for our clients and candidates. The best part about my job is that I get to work with an incredibly talented group of knowledgeable staffing professionals.

I am a certified Behavioral Assessment analyst.

This means that I am an expert in skills testing and personality and behavioral assessments for screening, selection, performance management, and team building. I’ve consulted with clients throughout the United States, helping them develop more effective hiring and talent management systems.

If you need a speaker for an upcoming event, I am a regular presenter on the topic of personality and behavioral assessments.

From financial service sales to staffing, recruiting and consulting.

My career started in sales within the financial services industry. In the early 90s, I moved on to Berk-Tek, a leading global manufacturer of data communication wire and cable. That was a great experience for me, as I quickly rose through the ranks holding positions in product management, regional sales management, and national sales and market management.

In 1995, I joined TriStarr, and I discovered my passion for the staffing industry.

My commitment to the community

Two of my passions are education and making Lancaster an attractive place to work and raise a family. I’ve served my community in these two areas for many years.

  • Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Board of Directors
  • United Way of Lancaster County, Board of Directors
  • Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Board of Directors, Chair
  • Long’s Park Amphitheater Foundation, Board of Directors, Chair
  • Manheim Township School District, Superintendent’s Lay Advisory Committee
  • Manheim Township School District, Strategic Planning Committee
  • Manheim Township Educational Foundation Board of Directors
  • Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, Board of Directors

Theresa Swartz, Director of Finance

I am the Director of Finance, responsible for all accounting functions of TriStarr. I handle payroll, technology, and communications.

Accounting is my career of choice.

I earned my accounting degree from York College, and have been in the accounting field since 1986. I started my career as a staff accountant for Tyson Foods, and moved on to be the Accounting Manager for Charles Chips. I joined the TriStarr team in 1996.

My commitment to the community

I focus my community service on young people in our community. I have been a Girl Scout leader, and I volunteer with my church’s youth group. I also look forward participating each year in the United Way’s Day of Caring.

Kayla Ferdiani, Executive Assistant

I work under Joan, Scott, and Theresa to complete any tasks that may need my assistance.  I assist with payroll, billing, invoices, scheduling, and anything they throw my way. I  look for new employees for the executive recruiters and run background checks on potential employees for the staffing managers. I try to be a jack of all trades.

I started working at a mental health crisis unit right out of college as a service coordinator. This solidified my passion for working with people, but also showed me how to approach every situation with an open mind.  After moving from Maryland, I applied to TriStarr to explore different career opportunities that could allow me to grow further in a company. Since taking on this position, I have learned that there is more than one way to help people in life.

My personal commitments are to my family and friends, who push me to be the best I can be every day. Also, my dog, who always pushes me to take her for walks, even though I just want to watch Netflix.


Penny Hammer, Executive Recruiter

As an Executive Recruiter at TriStarr, I oversee our Professional Staffing Division.  I assist our clients with a broad range of professional searches, including:

  • Engineering
  • Human Resources
  • Finance
  • Operations
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Marketing
  • Construction Management
  • General Business Management

Finding the right people for your organization.

I believe that you can’t find a good fit for a position without first understanding the company’s culture. Once I have a good sense of culture and need we will work together to find you great candidates to consider.

My commitment to the community

Our family supports many local educational and athletic programs. In addition, the Humane League of Lancaster, ASPCA, and other animal causes are near and dear to my heart. Over the years, we have adopted several rescue dogs and given them forever homes. Someday, I hope to go back to my roots: living on a horse ranch and providing a multitude of animals a loving home.

James MacMinn, Executive Recruiter

I am a professional recruiter working on direct hire placements, in a variety of industries. I specialize in building organizational teams and key leadership growth strategies. I am able to locate the best available candidates in hard-to-find places. I work with companies that have definitive needs with concise business models.

Structure and team building mean success in life and business.

My career started in the military as I served as an officer in the U.S. Army. It is there that I learned structure, team building, and best practices in life. I transitioned into civilian life in the mortgage and banking sector, building a mortgage company from the ground up. While overseas, I was given my first opportunity in executive search. I expanded on this, gaining valuable experience working for a recruitment firm in Philadelphia, PA. I continue doing the same thing today, helping people and businesses alike solve problems as part of the TriStarr organization.

Tasha D’Orazio, Manager, Development

My job is to understand the Human Resource needs of a client and ascertain that TriStarr is a viable resource for support. I can help by asking the appropriate questions to understand a client’s wishes so that our team can find the best-suited person/service.

There and back again

I started in the staffing industry in 1994 – a week after graduating from Gettysburg College. My first 20-year stint in staffing was in the industrial world. I started as a staffer and eventually moved into other roles in training, managing and developing new clients. Eventually, I needed more time to spend with my family. But after a year off, the staffing industry was calling my name again.

My commitment to the community

I am currently an elementary school PTO president and member of the Lancaster SHRM. I have also been on the board of the Workforce Investment Board Youth Council, taught Human Resources in Spanish and English for Assetts and was a member of Leadership Lancaster class of 2004. I also support local charities such as Girls on the Run, MS, YMCA and March of Dimes.

Lauren Hunter, Lead Staffing Manager

I work with companies throughout Lancaster County and the Susquehanna Valley to find the best administrative and office professional employees in the area.

If you’re an employer, I will help you find the right fit for your open positions and temporary needs. If you’re a job seeker, I’ll work with you to explore employment options and hopefully get you out to work.  Making a successful match is very satisfying.

I’m a TriStarr alumna.

I actually registered with TriStarr for temporary work in 2007, after relocating here from North Carolina. A week later, I was called to interview for an internal position and the rest is history.

My commitment to the community

I’m a big fan of buying local and supporting small businesses. Many of my groceries come from Lancaster Central Market and my favorite shops line the streets of downtown.

Linda Rissmiller, Staffing Manager

As a Staffing Manager with more than 20 years of experience, I help clients in Lancaster, Harrisburg, and York, PA, find the best employees possible.  In my role, I pre-screen, interview, evaluate skills and experience, and match the best candidates with our clients.

Focused on clients and candidates.

I assist our clients by recruiting strong candidates.  As a Staffing Manager, my focus is on finding the best employee with skills and experience you are seeking.

For candidates, I work hard to match education, skills, and experience with potential employers.

I have a background in human resources and have experience working in the health care sector, specifically. After leaving the workforce to raise a family, I came to TriStarr 20 years ago as a candidate, and ended up as a member of the team.

My commitment to the community

My commitment has revolved around work and my family. Having two extremely active kids, I have been heavily involved with their school, clubs, and sports activities. My children have both graduated from college, so I’m looking forward to the next phase of my life, and will see where that takes me.

Lauren Finger, Staffing Manager

As a Staffing Manager, I help clients find the best administrative and professional employees. I evaluate existing hiring needs, and prepare a staffing plan to accomplish goals.

Focused on clients and candidates.

I assist our clients by recruiting strong candidates. As a Staffing Manager, I exercise judgment and discretion with skilled candidates, and effectively source, interview and match candidates to current and future job requirements. This role requires the ability to create employment partnerships with candidates in order to effectively manage their career search.

My commitment revolves around my work and family. I have two young children, and am actively involved in their sports, school, clubs, etc. I love seeing my children grow every day, and am always looking forward to what tomorrow has to bring.

Stephanie Seifrit, Staffing Manager

I am a staffing manager who works with the focus to find our clients the absolute strongest candidates.  This process is a comprehensive one, including pre-screening, interviewing, assessing experience and skills.  I have over 16 years of experience in human services, so working with people is my specialty.   I have a heart for excellence and a drive to make the best workplace match for both the client and candidate.

I love this community and have a passion to give back whenever I can.  I have been a volunteer “Big Sister” to a teen in the county for the past 3 years.  It has been an exciting and fulfilling journey!  In addition, my family and I are huge animal lovers and support several local animal rescues.  We have 4 adopted furbabies at home who are our world!

Clara Almy, Staffing Manager

As a Staffing Manager, I help our clients find the best employees for their positions. I screen and interview candidates to bring through our process.

I started at TriStarr in our RPO department before moving into the Staffing Manager role. I came to TriStarr when I moved back to Lancaster after living and working in France as an English Teacher. Like many of our candidates, I applied to TriStarr to explore different career options. Having experienced multiple sides of our process, I know how to effectively communicate and interact with candidates and clients alike to find the best fit.

I grew up in Lancaster and love to see local businesses thrive. You can find me wandering around Central Market on Saturdays, taking in the vibrant arts culture downtown, and trying out all the wonderful restaurants in the area!

Liz Kingsbury, Front Office Administrator

I am the Front Office Administrator.  It is my smiling face that greets you at the door and my happy voice that answers the phone. I also support the Staffing Managers.

If you’re a new candidate, I will guide you through the application/acceptance process from resolving testing issues to scheduling your interview to completing your paperwork.  I am also here to answer any general questions you may have.