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Meet the Team

Because Wheless Partners is in the ‘people’ business, we have a special appreciation for committed, highly qualified and collaborative executives.

That’s why we’re particularly proud to put men and women of uncommon character, grace and personal dedication on the point of each and every client relationship. Our consultants, researchers and administrative leaders bring deep industry experience and a richly informed perspective coupled with a willingness to flex their approach to best fit your immediate and long-term needs.

Our team is engaged with and has special access to the leaders of exceptional global enterprises, mid-market companies, public and private institutions and not-for-profit agencies, and bring significant referral networks that accelerate the realization of your objectives. When clients get to know our consultants, they come to appreciate the real value of a trusted partner committed to elevating their culture, performance and people. We invite you to learn more about our team of world-class search and consulting professionals.


Brian Aston

National Healthcare Practice

Brian served as SVP & COO for a 5 hospital, $1.8 billion system ranked a Top 15 health system with over 10,000 employees...READ MORE

Ed McCracken

National HealthCare Practice

Ed served as Chief Nurse Executive & Chief Clinical Officer for more than 2 decades in various organizations, including 1000-bed major, multi-hospital systems...READ MORE

Scott Watson

Senior Partner

Scott brings more than 27 years of executive search experience in serving the leadership needs of clients in hospital/health systems...READ MORE

Michael JR Wheless

Board & CEO Succession Practice

Michael J.R. Wheless is the Division President responsible for engaging Boards of Directors, CEOs, and senior...READ MORE

Lisa J. Marks

Senior Partner

Formerly a CEO with an international nonprofit, Lisa offers invaluable vision & connectivity when identifying and accessing great leaders. As a trusted advisor to clients...READ MORE

Michael Ballew

Senior Partner

Michael is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years’ experience in senior-level recruitment with expertise in management, workplace diversity, counseling...READ MORE

Kate Schmitz

Senior Search Consultant
Kate Schmitz

Former VP of Strategic Planning, Kate built new teams/divisions for major health systems that were recognized for high employee engagement, retention, performance...READ MORE

Lisa Carter

Senior Search Consultant

Lisa served as SVP of Human Resources for a multi-hospital, with expertise in talent acquisition/management, employee engagement & diversity/inclusion...READ MORE

Lisa Hart

Senior Search Consultant

Known as a business strategist & key catalyst for advancement, positive momentum and vitality, Lisa’s skill to quickly grasp key business...READ MORE

Bern Wilkinson

Senior Search Consultant

As Senior Search Consultant for Wheless Partners, Bern brings 20+ years of experience earned within high touch...READ MORE

Janet Eyster

Communication Strategist

Janet is a Business Development and Executive Communications Leader with demonstrated success driving growth...READ MORE

Amanda Hargrove

Director of Search Operations

A visionary, results-oriented & energetic leader, Amanda serves as a catalyst & facilitator for extraordinary customer-driven support...READ MORE

Will McCracken

Director of Search Operations

Will is highly skilled in business operations and delivering flawless client experience, with project management expertise...READ MORE

Lucy Poole

Director of Search Operations

Lucy’s focus and specializes is the Higher Education space and Corporate Executive Leadership Searches...READ MORE

Melissa Cassell

Director of Marketing

Melissa is known for her proactive and relentless pursuit of achieving client objectives with excellence. She orchestrates the...READ MORE

Executive Team

Mike Wheless


Before Mike founded the firm in 1986, he worked in the radiology field and it was there that he developed...READ MORE

Josh Hannum


Josh is a seasoned executive with over 25 years as a CPA, and in CFO/COO rolls across a wide variety of sectors...READ MORE

“At Wheless, we don’t see different things… we just see things differently.”

Our position and core belief at Wheless is that through our efforts, we positively change the trajectories of individuals, groups and organizations. It’s our passion to position those we serve to thrive in an ever increasingly competitive world. Nice words. But words without a strategy and a methodology are really just vapor. Wheless has a bulletproof, unique and game changing strategy.

We are currently seeking business professionals who can bring substantial experience, character, ambition and vision to our recruiting and consulting team from locations across the United States and around the world.

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