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  • Things to do in Australia
  • Being a recent empty nester

Laura Coverstone

Laura serves as the Managing Partner for the JobfitMatters team. She has nearly two decades of managerial and leadership experience in the Human Resources field. She earned a Master’s Degree in Communication from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Communications from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Since joining JobfitMatters, she has been instrumental in developing best-practice improvements and efficiencies, building our K-12 network, and successfully delivering our search consulting services to over 100 clients. She and her husband, Alan, have two sons and are active in church, family, and community pursuits.

What others are saying about Laura:

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  • Adoption and raising teenage girls
  • Uniqueness
  • Golf

Ed Poff

Ed Poff has been a part of SIMA® International since 2003. He served as Executive Director of SI’s 24 practice organization for six years and has flourished in his own SIMA based coaching and consulting practice for the past twelve years. His practice is focused on identifying and applying the unique abilities and talents of individuals to build and maximize high performing teams, and executive and career coaching. Ed has closely partnered with JobfitMatters since 2009 in JFM’s leadership search work with nonprofit and faith-based schools and organizations.

Prior to his practice work, Ed enjoyed 20-years of identifying talent and team building at AT&T. He served in senior management roles, product management, advanced solutions development and was an integral part of building two internet startup companies. Ed participated in AT&T’s two Malcolm Baldridge Quality Awards, and his passion for quality management has grown over the years to include TQM, Lean Enterprise, and Six Sigma certifications.

In addition, Ed has been very active in the communities where he has lived. He has led or served on numerous boards including the New York State Museum, the Hartford Arts Council, three churches, and two private Christian schools. Ed celebrates 33 years of marriage, and he and his wife have four children.

Ed earned a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Liberty University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from James Madison University.

What others are saying about Ed:

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  • The Florida Panhandle
  • Long bicycle rides
  • Hammond B3 Organ

Tommy W. Thomas

Dr. Tommy Thomas is the Founder of JobfitMatters, as well as a Senior Consultant in select searches. He specializes in cabinet-level retained executive search for nonprofit and faith-based organizations. Tommy has been a licensed SIMA consultant since 1996, and is widely regarded as one of the premier leaders in Christ-centered executive search.

One of his greatest assets is his very extensive network of contacts and connectors in faith-based organizations. Tommy has led more than 150 cabinet-level searches, many of which have included some of the largest and most well-known Christian institutions in the U.S. He has also served on the adjunct faculties of the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Southeastern Institute of Technology, Samford University, and Omega Graduate School.

Degrees he holds include the Doctor of Philosophy from Omega Graduate School, the Master’s in Business Administration from Samford University, and the Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University. Tommy is the author of The Perfect Search: What Every Nonprofit Board Member Needs to Know About Hiring the Next Chief Executive and a contributor to Christian Leadership Essentials – A Handbook for Managing Christian Organizations, editor: David S. Dockery.

What others are saying about Tommy:

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  • Faith and work
  • Living in Scotland
  • Boston Terriers

Marana Basie

Marana serves as a Search Consultant on the JobfitMatters team. Her background is in Christian higher education recruitment & selection, residence life, and talent development. Additionally, she has experience in K-12 curriculum editing and has served in various roles in the for-profit business sector. Marana earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science from Erskine College and is a certified facilitator of the team assessment, The 6 Types of Working Genius.

An enthusiastic people developer, Marana is passionate about the gift entrusted to JobfitMatters of partnering with schools, universities, ministries, and non-profits to identify the top-tier leaders who are uniquely gifted, equipped, and called to lead these exceptional Christ-centered organizations.

Marana and her husband, John, have three college-aged children. In her free time, you can find her spending time with family & friends, welcoming students around the dinner table, and walking her energetic dog.

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  • Best “bang for your buck” restaurants
  • Running
  • Funny videos and memes

Annie Patton

Annie serves as a Search Consultant for the JobfitMatters team.  She began her career as a recruiter in 2006 at an information technology recruiting firm, where she held roles in Senior Recruiting, Account Management, Client Relationship Management and as the first internal Trainer for the firm.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Business from the University of Tennessee.

Since joining JobfitMatters, she has delighted in working with a stellar group of professionals who work tirelessly to fit leaders with the right schools, universities, ministries and non-profits. She and her husband, John, have a daughter and three sons and are active in church, a very large extended family, and community pursuits.

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