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.

  • United Way of Lancaster County, 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

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.

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.

Linda Rissmiller, Staffing Manager

As a Staffing Manager with more than sixteen 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 16 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 will both be in college this year, so I’m looking forward to the next phase of my life, and will see where that takes me.

Lauren Hunter, 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.

Anna Reilly, RPO Manager

I manage our RPO (Recruitment Processing Outsourcing) clients, helping them with their talent acquisition. I work with our clients to ascertain what their hiring needs are and then develop the best strategies to attract candidates to fill their reoccurring needs.

Coming full circle

I first started working with TriStarr when I was still in college at Millersville University. I was placed on numerous assignments during college and after I graduated before I found my first full-time job. I worked for a nonprofit for a year and half, but was laid off because of their financial difficulties. However, that turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it led me back to working at TriStarr. I couldn’t be happier.

My commitment to the community

I’m deeply committed to impacting youth and young adults to become positive influences on the world. I do that by mentoring and staying involved with Millersville University.

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.

Hannah Rowley, Staffing Manager

I work with Lancaster County, PA, and surrounding area businesses to fill employment needs with the very best candidates. I recruit, screen, interview, and place candidates in a variety of office professional, administrative and clerical positions.

If you have an open position, let me help you find the most qualified and suited person for that role. If you are a job seeker, let’s discuss what you are looking for and how we can find your perfect match in the employment marketplace.

You can take the woman out of Lancaster …

After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Communications, I came to TriStarr to find some temporary work while I “figured out what I wanted to do with my life.” A few temporary positions led eventually to an offer to work internally in the TriStarr office, which provided me additional opportunities for growth.  But the draw of an urban area pulled me to the DC metro area for several years to pursue a position with CEB, an executive consulting and advisory company.  After fighting beltway traffic day after day, I found myself eager to come back to Lancaster County and TriStarr, again, looking for new opportunities.  Everything comes full circle, because shortly thereafter, I was hired as a Staffing Manager.

My commitment to the community

I feel it is important to support local business. Lancaster Central Market and various boutiques in Downtown Lancaster are my favorites. I am also active with my synagogue, Shaarai Shomayim. I am extremely passionate about animals and am always looking for new ways to support the local shelters.

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.

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.

Sarah Mallory, Recruiter

I’m the candidates’ first contact at TriStarr. I guide our candidates through the application process and recommend incoming candidates to our staffing managers for positions we currently have available. I reach out to new candidates in effort to help match them with our clients’ open positions.

From temporary to permanent

Like many people, I came to TriStarr for a temporary position while I was transitioning from school to work. I was offered a temporary assignment that grew into a permanent opportunity with TriStarr. I was thrilled to be able to begin helping others experience the high level of excellence I encountered as a temporary through TriStarr

My commitment to the community

For many years I have been an active member of the arts community in Lancaster. I have been a part of numerous productions at the Fulton Theatre and continue to support local artists and musicians through First Friday events downtown.

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.