Meet the TorchLight Team

What makes TorchLight one of the Washington, D.C. region’s leading marketing and communications recruiting firms? Our people.

Meet Heidi
President and CEO

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Heidi Parsont started her own firm in order to focus on that which she loves most: matching top talent with the right employer to create a rewarding, long-term relationship. In fact, she built her reputation on it.  

Meet Julie
Chief Culture Officer

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Julie Lowe has a knack for building strong partnerships with both internal and external clients and strategically recruiting for difficult-to-fill positions. Not only can she design and deliver an impeccable customer service program–she’s made it a daily practice.

Meet Stephanie
Vice President of Business Development and Account Management

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A trained actress, Stephanie Ranno knows that goosebump-inducing moment when the curtain goes up, the applause begins, and you’re standing on stage in the role you were meant for. And, as a veteran of the recruiting industry, she is equally passionate about helping Washington-area professionals experience that same electric energy when the curtain goes up on their new marketing careers working for TorchLight’s clients.

Meet Heather
Senior Director of Recruiting Operations and Engagement

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Heather Pederson joins TorchLight with over 15 years of experience in global human resources leadership, as well as general program and project management. She is passionate about people—especially collaborative team leadership and engagement.

Meet Beth
Account Director

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Clients will find Beth Ranzer to be both knowledgeable and passionate about building and fostering client relationships. In her more than 15 years of experience, Beth has held seats on both sides of the table. As a former marketing consultant, Beth uniquely understands the proactive, prompt solutions that companies require. And, as an experienced marketing leader, she also recognizes the special skills and talent businesses need to stay on the cutting edge and grow the business. 

Meet Amy
Account Director

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Amy Tsuchitani is able to connect with clients and candidates through their shared professional experiences. An accomplished marketer with 15 years of experience, Amy’s “insider’s” perspective of the marketing industry lends a unique, supporting element to the recruiting process.

Meet Julie
Marketing Director

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Julie Rutherford is always up for a challenge, whether launching innovative new marketing programs or moving overseas for a new job in 4 weeks! Julie has spent the bulk of her career in digital marketing and media, working for the interactive divisions of several large publishers including the International Herald Tribune, Washington Post Digital and News Corp.

Meet Susan
Operations Manager

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No matter how you calculate it, when it comes to serving TorchLight’s clients, Susan Mullin is key to the equation.

This former actuarial consultant—once spending her professional days crunching numbers for large corporations and nonprofits—is not only a maven of math and savvy with spreadsheets; she’s also an adept administrator. Today she puts these impeccable skills to work to benefit both clients and TorchLight’s team of recruiters in her dual roles as client services coordinator and company bookkeeper.

Meet Autumn
Recruiting Manager

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To say Autumn Conrad Schiff is passionate about the marketing industry would be an understatement. Every day, Autumn channels her enthusiasm and rich professional experience into creating successful, long-term matches for our clients.

Meet Jen
Client Services Senior Manager

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Jennifer (“Jen”) Todd works closely with our clients and candidates to ensure all their needs are met. Her diverse background and attention to detail allow Jen to easily step in and provide both clients and candidates with outstanding customer service.

Meet Katie
Account Manager

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One of our newest team members, Katie Hart, brings a keen understanding of client business needs and challenges from her experience as a media sales account executive. She is skilled at bringing creative solutions to the table and effectively managing a diverse set of clients.

Meet Sammy
Marketing, Client Services Project Manager

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After a stint at a Washington, D.C. strategic communications agency, where she was responsible for client relations and for recruiting and managing the firm’s internship program, Samantha (“Sammy”) Nguyen knows hiring from both sides.

Today she puts these skills to work as our Marketing, Client Services Project Manager to ensure that TorchLight clients and candidates have a positive, successful recruiting experience.


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