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Katalyst Group Kevin Kaye



A natural affinity towards accounting and finance, alongside an authentic human approach towards building relationships and appreciating the in-demand skills businesses need to succeed, describes Kevin Kaye professionally and personally. Right after graduating from the University of Iowa, Kevin joined Bidwell & Company as a staff accountant. Embracing his strengths in relating to others through genuine conversation and communication, growing a network, and problem solving, Kevin identified a natural fit to apply these technical and soft skills to benefit the accounting and finance community. He then joined one of the world’s largest staffing and recruitment firms, Robert Half International. Over the course of eight years Kevin developed and grew the company’s presence in Vancouver, Chicago, and Portland, quickly becoming a key contributor in successfully training and mentoring high-performance teams. READ MORE

Katalyst Group Catie Burke


Executive Recruiter + Manager of Business Development

With a background in the travel industry, Catie decided to pivot to executive search in 2020. Given her outgoing and approachable personality, Catie is well-suited to connecting on a human level and serving as a resource to both individuals and organizations. Catie has a proven track record placing candidates in specialty roles like Pricing Analysts. Coming from a family of accountants, along with four accounting classes in her college days, Catie is closely familiar with the specific requirements organizations are seeking and the value in which individuals offer with their hard-earned and unique skill set.

Catie attended Purdue University and in her free time enjoys traveling, cooking, dining at the many restaurants in Chicago, and taking care of her Corgi named Woodie.

Katalyst Group Jane Hudson


Executive Recruiter

Jane’s shared passion for supporting individuals on their journey to taking the next step in advancing their career, brought her to Katalyst Group. Knowing that her role as an executive recruiter can contribute towards making positive change happen for candidates and organizations, motivates Jane on a daily basis. Jane spent more than 20 years in Accounting Management for a major health care company, acquiring experience recruiting and hiring accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash application, staff accountants, team leaders, and responsibility for all of the company’s transactional accounting.

Post corporate accounting, Jane worked in finance and accounting recruiting for a large national firm, applying her corporate accounting background.

In her spare time, Jane enjoys reading, exercising, going to the beach, and spending time at the baseball field watching her son play college baseball. Jane earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a C.P.A. license.

Erin Jewell


Executive Recruiter

With a commitment to being fair to all parties involved, Erin serves as part negotiator, consultant, client service representative and listener. Knowing the process from beginning to end, both the rewards of matching talent with an organization and the challenges of kicking off a search, Erin stays focused on building meaningful relationships with individuals and hiring managers. Making the verbal offer, to Erin, is one of her favorite steps in the recruitment process, where she shares the excitement alongside the candidate as they envision themselves in their new role.

Erin has over a decade of recruiting experience, having started her journey in a nonprofit start-up. Since then, Erin has served recruiting roles in both the environmental and financial services industries. Enjoying both laugh-out-loud humor as well as crime podcasts and a variety of fiction, nonfiction and autobiographies, Erin also spends her free time visiting friends and family on the West coast. Erin earned a BBA in Marketing from Saginaw Valley State University.

Katalyst Group Jenny Burke


Project Manager

Jenny’s over 30 years of finance and accounting experience gives her a first-hand appreciation of the in-demand skills candidates offer and how they can match with our organizations’ requirements. As Project Manager, Jenny supports the efforts of the executive recruiters as well as reviewing, editing and formatting candidates’ resumes. Collaborating with the recruiter, Jenny prepares a description and summary of candidate qualifications, career aspirations and goals, salary desired and other relevant information.

During the course of Jenny’s career, she has worked in public accounting, industry and educational organizations and at the collegiate level. She holds an Illinois C.P.A. license, a master’s degree in Finance from DePaul University, a master’s degree in Taxation from Northern Illinois University, and an undergraduate degree from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.


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