Our Team

Jack Manning – President   email   linked-in

Jack Manning noticed a glaring flaw in the job-placement industry. Many firms were more concerned with quickly filling a position for their clients rather than finding a candidate who fits perfectly the client’s needs. Having worked with job recruiters as both a client and job candidate, he saw an opportunity to be the solution to this challenge. He founded Manning Personnel Group in 1992.

Prior to starting the company, Jack had a career in finance at Johnson & Johnson followed by the Gillette Company. In 1986, he moved first as a partner for a national accounting & finance recruiting firm and then with KPMG’s Boston office as a Manager in their Executive Recruiting practice. All of these valuable experiences that helped Jack form his vision for MPG.

Jack is a graduate of Villanova University and has taken advanced tax courses at Bentley College. He is a board member with the New England Center and Home for Veterans, he chairs their Nominating Committee and sits on their Audit Committee as well. He also chairs the Finance Committee for Old Colony Hospice and is a member of the Personnel Board for the town of Hingham, MA.

Kelly Manning – Executive Vice President   email   linked-in

In her role as Executive Vice President, Kelly oversees day-to-day operations of the firm’s temporary job placement contracts, which she created at MPG in 2002. She is also a client-services expert, helping other MPG team members gain the skills needed to provide the best service possible.

In her 20+ years of experience in the field, Kelly has built a client network ranging from pre-IPO startups to Fortune 500 companies. She has worked with and developed an expertise in assisting companies in industries such as health and life science, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, technology and financial services.

Prior to joining the family business, Kelly worked with an administrative recruiting firm in Boston. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of University of Massachusetts at Boston, where she double-majored in psychology and sociology, and she is a graduate of Notre Dame Academy in Hingham.

Kerri Burke – Vice President   email   linked-in

Kerri is a marketing/recruiting/accounting/finance/just-about-everything whiz for MPG. She joined our team in the early 2000’s after graduating from Westfield State College with a major in Business Management. Before she started at MPG, she developed an extensive client network as a sales manager with a national retail/manufacturing organization. She’s a natural at client-relationship building, plus knows the ins and outs of matching job candidates with the right positions thanks to 10+ years of recruiting experience.

She recently became a member of the Boston Women in Finance group. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, Jay, daughter, Ella and son Rowan.

Mary Manning – Vice President & Treasurer   email   linked-in

Mary came to MPG after building an impressive resume in the arts. She is classically trained and graduated from the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. She went on to earn a theatre and dance degree from Providence College. After dancing with the Boston Ballet and Fusionworks Dance Company in Rhode Island, she transitioned to a career in recruiting. Mary has developed a significant outreach program with the Boston artistic community and sits on the Board of Directors of Fusionworks Dance Company of Rhode Island.

Colleen Manning – Vice President   email   linked-in

Colleen brings nearly a decade of talent acquisition experience to her role. She has built a career-long reputation for relentlessly sourcing and attracting talent for job seekers and employers across a variety of industries and disciplines.

She is responsible for all search activities at Manning Personnel Group, from entry level to the C-suite. Colleen enjoys preparing candidates for interviews, helping them with networking and showcasing their talents during the hiring process.

Prior to joining MPG, she spent five years in the television industry. Most recently, she was the morning anchor at the ABC affiliate in Springfield, MA. Colleen earned a B.A. in Communications from the Catholic University of America, where she was a member of the Lady Cardinals basketball team. She is also a graduate of Notre Dame Academy. Colleen lives in Hingham with her husband, Tom, their son, Liam, and daughter, Gabriella.

Timothy Manning – Vice President   email   linked-in

Tim worked in politics and management consulting before he joined the family business. In his role as a Senior Recruiter, Tim uses a personalized approach to help candidates with their job searches. He enjoys interacting with each individual to find out which type of position will allow them to thrive.

Tim is an avid Boston sports fan and also enjoys volunteering with the Missionaries of Charity. He received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in history from Boston College. He lives on the South Shore with his wife, Jennifer, and their two sons.

David Conlon – Vice President   email   linked-in

David grew up in Medfield, MA and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Political Science in 2012. Prior to joining MPG in 2014, David worked at a Start-Up Company as an Operations Manager. He was able to develop strong problem-solving skills in a small, hands-on environment and discover the benefits of working collaboratively towards a common goal. David’s dedication and commitment allows him to connect with his candidates on a personal level to best understand an individual’s strengths and provide the best career advice.

Ali Chojnacki – Manager   email   linked-in

Ali joined Manning Personnel Group in 2017 as a Senior Recruiter. Prior to joining Manning, Ali gained great experience in the aviation industry where she worked collaboratively with senior management and external vendors and gained strong skills in problem solving and communication. She continued her career in sales where she honed her ability to understand the specific needs of clients through creative outreach and extensive cold calling. These skills have proved valuable in her role as a Senior Recruiter with MPG.

Ali is originally from Erie, PA but has been in New England for almost 10 years. She graduated from Daniel Webster College with a Bachelor of Science in Air Traffic Management and received her Master’s in Business Administration, from Southern New Hampshire University. Ali lives in Brighton, and enjoys traveling back to PA to visit her family.

Dan Fitzpatrick – Manager   email   linked-in

Dan joined Manning 2018 as a Senior Recruiter. Prior to joining the team Dan managed multiple restaurants in one of Boston’s leading restaurant groups. Here, he was able to hone the skills of communication, leadership, and customer service. Dan was responsible for recruiting, hiring, and on-boarding new staff in each of the restaurants. Dan thrives working in a fast-paced environment.

Dan grew up in Newton, MA. He attended Saint Michael’s College in 2016 majoring in Business Administration.

Helane Childs – Manager   email   linked-in

Helane has returned to Manning Personnel as a successful recruiting manager, rejoining us after taking time off to raise a family. She is currently active in multiple nonprofit organizations including Dress for Success in Boston, and for many years was President of the Cohasset Special Education Parent’s Advisory Council. Helane has always worked tirelessly with her candidates–she brings energy and enthusiasm to her work every day. Helane is an honors graduate of Emerson College and lives in Cohasset with her husband, two children and their French Bulldog, Ringo. Helane can be found most weekends in New Hampshire enjoying the outdoors.

Albert Hessberg – Manager, Recruiting and Client Development   email   linked-in

Albert grew up in Albany, NY and graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in sociology in 2010. Albert moved to Boston in 2011 and before joining MPG in 2019, he worked at a publicly traded software company where he specialized in project management and was responsible for all Subcontractors in North America. His experience in client services, management, and working in a fast paced team oriented environment prepared him well for his current role. His ability to connect with people on a personal level helps with candidate and client relationships.

Albert currently lives on the South Shore with his wife Caroline and their dog Farley. In the warmer months he can found on the beach fishing at sunrise.

Alexa Bourque – Talent Acquisition Manager & HR Generalist   email   linked-in

Alexa started working at MPG in November, 2016, as an Administrative Assistant. We quickly discovered she had a knack for sourcing new candidates, and within her first year, promoted her to Talent Acquisition Analyst. A critical member of the team, Alexa helps the recruiters find exceptional talent in the Boston area. She also plays an important role with our digital media.

Alexa is a graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, ME, where she earned her degree in Psychology. As a retired member of the Varsity Field Hockey Team, Alexa is always a team-player and utilizes her competitive nature in her work.

Alexa currently lives in the North End and enjoys spending her free time exploring Boston. A Rhode Islander at heart, she can often be found visiting her family in Providence and Westerly, as well.

Regan Duffee – Operations Associate   email   linked-in

Regan has spent most of her life riding horses, competing in horse shows across the country including Maclay Finals at Madison Square Garden. While studying English and Women’s Studies at the University of Connecticut, she was also the captain of the equestrian team. Two years after graduating, Regan opened her own business, an equestrian facility to teach riding lessons and train horses. After eleven years as a professional rider, Regan reached out to MPG to help her transition from rural Rhode Island to Boston in October 2017. Her experience as a previous business owner has made her a huge asset to the Manning Team where she handles the office administrative duties, as well as the AP & AR functions.

Since moving to Boston, Regan has not only become an enthusiastic member of November Project, but has also checked off a few bucket list items, including running her first half marathon, hiking to the top of Mount Washington, and climbing Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park.

Anna Van Patten – Talent Acquisition Analyst/Marketing & Social Media Strategist   email   linked-in

Originally from Upstate New York, Anna moved to California where she attended Santa Clara University. She graduated with a degree in Environmental Science and began working in the non-profit sector at a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center as the Volunteer and Outreach Manager. She learned to wear many hats and especially enjoyed managing volunteers and the varied communications needs of the Center. Anna relocated from California to Boston, joining Manning Personnel Group in November 2019 as a Talent Acquisition Analyst.

Anna is currently living in the Back Bay area. She enjoys backpacking, camping and exploring New England with her 2 dogs and a cat (all rescues).

Richard Bagge – Chief Financial Officer   email   linked-in

Rich joined Manning Personnel Group in January of 2016 as the Chief Financial Officer. He oversees all aspects of the finance, accounting, IT, and administration for the firm.

Prior to joining Manning Personnel, he was the Chief Financial Officer for Hearthstone Partners, the Boston area franchisee for Cosi. As CFO, Rich oversaw finance, accounting, human resources, information technology, and real estate for all 14 restaurants.

Rich enjoys volunteering at South Boston Catholic Charities where he mentors youths in Boston. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Wondermore, a non-profit dedicated to cultivating children’s curiosity, creativity and academic achievement.

Rich graduated from University of Massachusetts with a B.A. in Political Science and Government.