Meet Our Team

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Kelly Cultrara
President / Partner

SUNY College at Buffalo
Business Management
kcultrara@apbuffalo.com

Position, Professional Experience & Background

With over 20 years of experience in the recruitment and staffing industry, Kelly manages the operations of our Buffalo placement office. She joined AP Professionals in 2004 and will be celebrating her 13 year anniversary with the Advantage Company in April.

She is a dynamic sales and marketing professional with an extensive professional network. Niche markets include Sales, Marketing, Human Resources, Administrative and Healthcare. Furthermore, Kelly has made a lasting commitment to serve in the community and serves on several Boards and Committees. Consistent with AP’s motto, she strives to develop relationships that last a lifetime.

Professional Affiliations

NHRA of WNY – Co President
SHRM
Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Leadership Buffalo, Class of 2009
Recruitment Leaders

Community Affiliations

Angels of Awareness, Board of Directors
Child and Adolescent Treatment Services (CATS) Co-Chair 2015 Fire and Ice Gala
ChangeMS Wellness Foundation
Women and Children’s Hospital Foundation
March of Dimes, Former Buffalo Chapter Board Member
Boys and Girls Town of Italy
Muscular Dystrophy Association

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Ron Papaj
Division President
AP Technical Search and Operational Excellence

University at Buffalo Law School
Juris Doctor Degree
Canisius College
BS, Business Management
RPapaj@aptechsearch.com

Position, Professional Experience & Background

Technical Search and Operational Excellence, is a division of AP. Professionals of Western New York. Ron has been with the firm since October of 1997, and specializes in Engineering, CAD Design, Manufacturing Operations, and Organization Performance Excellence. Prior to joining AP., Ron worked as Business Manager for PC Industrial Design, A CAD Design Firm; as Project Manager with the Engineering Firms’ Hatch Associates and Hibbard Engineers; and as Contract Administrator with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority on the Buffalo Light Rail Rapid Transit Project.

Ron earned a Business Management Degree from Canisius College and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University at Buffalo Law School.

Professional Affiliations

Ron is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Engineering Society of Buffalo and the Technology Advisory Board of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District. Ron is a member of the American Society of Quality.

Rachel Lowe
Placement Director

Niagara County Community College
AS, Business Management
rlowe@apbuffalo.com

Position, Professional Experience & Background

Rachel Lowe has 11 years of experience as a Professional Recruiter, specializing in Administrative, Sales, Customer Service, Human Resources, Marketing and IT placements. She has been with AP. Professionals since 2004. She started her career as an Administrate Assistant at the Advantage Company working under the President for 2 years. Her background in a professional office role makes her uniquely qualified to understand the mechanics needed in order to effectively place professional office personnel. She prides herself on her successful ability to source, recruit, and effectively place WNY’s top talent.

Professional Affiliations

NAPW -National Association of Professional Woman – Member
BNP- Buffalo Networking Professionals – Co-Founder
NHRA(National Human Resources Association) – Member

Community Affiliations

Hospice
March of Dimes
Roswell
Make-A-Wish
City of Buffalo Animal Shelter

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Kayla Bajak
Placement Manager

University of Buffalo
BA, Communications
KBajak@apbuffalo.com

Position, Professional Experience & Background

Kayla Bajak currently serves in the role of a Recruiter on the Administrative Placement division at AP WNY. After interning within the office for over a year and a half, she officially became a permanent member of the team as of May 2014. She recently graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelors degree in Communication.

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Barbara Strother
Placement Director
Accounting/Finance/IT

Chatham University
BA, History, Secondary Education Certification
BStrother@apbuffalo.com

Position, Professional Experience & Background

Barbara Strother joined the AP team in February of 2013 as a Placement Coordinator. In February of 2014, she was promoted to the Payroll & Recruiting Coordinator. Barbara joined the AP Buffalo team as a Placement Director in Spring of 2015.  Having worked in administrative, payroll and junior recruiter roles before moving into a senior role, gives her a solid understanding of the industry and both the clients’ and candidates’ needs.  She focuses on accounting, finance and IT placement services for contract/consulting, contract to hire, and direct hire needs.

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Dawn Fletch
Director of New Buisness Development
Accounting/Finance/IT

State University of New York at Buffalo
BA, Fashon Merchandising, Minor in Business Studies
Dfletch@apbuffalo.com

Position, Professional Experience & Background

Dawn Fletch joined the AP team in September 2016 as Our Director of New Business Development. She came to us after a very successful 13-year career working with The Buffalo News as a Recruitment Account Executive. Dawn has over 20 years experience in the Human Resources arena including recruitment and sales.

As the Director of New Business Development, Dawn focuses primarily on developing relationships with new and existing clients and also assists with recruitment and interviewing for accounting and IT candidates.

Community Affiliations

Dodge Road Elementary PTA – Board Member – Co President 2015-2017

Danielle Monty-Fraser
Payroll Manager & Office Manager

SUNY Brockport
BS Degree
danielle@apbuffalo.com

Position, Professional Experience & Background

Danielle currently serves as the Payroll Manager/Sales Support Specialist in support of the Administrative Placement division at AP. Professionals. Danielle also manages payroll for the temporary employees for all three divisions of AP. WNY. She joined the team in March of 2011 and has worked in a variety of roles throughout that time, including Administrative Coordinator and Placement Manager. Danielle brings eight years of staffing industry experience, having previously worked for an international workforce solutions provider.

Professional Affiliations

NHRA of WNY – Co Secretary

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Andrea Lefler
Placement Coordinator

State University of New York at Fredonia
BS, Public Relations
ALefler@apbuffalo.com

Position, Professional Experience & Background

Andrea is the Placement Coordinator supporting AP Professionals of WNY. She joined the team in February 2015 and assists with temporary and permanent needs as well as day to day operation and management of the office. As a recent graduate from Fredonia State University, Andrea has a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a minor in leadership studies as well as a unique background in event planning, writing, as well as various new media roles. She has quickly become an indispensable member of our team here in Buffalo.

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Meghan Carlucci
Placement Coordinator

State University of New York at Buffalo
BS, Marketing
Mcarlucci@apbuffalo.com

Position, Professional Experience & Background

Meghan joined the AP team in February of 2016 as an Intern and became permanent shortly after in May of 2016. She currently serves in the role of a Placement Coordinator, supporting both the Accounting and Administrative divisions. Meghan recently graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She strives to succeed at AP Professionals, delivering the best services to clients and candidates.

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Nicole Hemedinger
Intern

Canisius College
BA, Psychology
Intern@apbuffalo.com

Position, Professional Experience & Background

Nicole joined our team in September of 2016 as an intern. She came to our office with a strong customer service, payroll and human resources background. She graduated from Canisius College in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Nicole is determined to utilize her work background in combination with her degree to provide an exceptional experience for all of our clients and candidates.

Mark Pautler
Managing Partner

University of Buffalo
BS, School of Management
mark@rochesterap.com

Position, Professional Experience & Background

Mark is the Managing Partner and President of AP Professionals of New York which includes our three offices in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse NY. Mark has recruited and sold in the staffing industry since 1987. Mark also has ownership in our AP Arizona office.

Professional Affiliations

Institute of Management Accountants
– Board Member since 1988
CEO Roundtable
Brockport Accounting Advisory Board

Community Affiliations

Pluta Cancer Center
Golisano Children’s Hospital Stroll for Kids
Ronald McDonald House
McQuaid Jesuit Bash

Joe Kreuz
Founder

University of Buffalo
BS, School of Management
jkreuz@apbuffalo.com

Position, Professional Experience & Background

AP Professionals of WNY LLC was founded in 1993 by Joseph R. Kreuz following a career at the world’s premier Fortune 500 search and staffing firm. AP and its related affiliate companies currently employ over 800 people with offices throughout the US, Canada, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the European community.

Professional Affiliations

Board member, University at Buffalo- School of Management
Past board chair, Gateway-Longview

Community Affiliations

Women and Children’s Hospital
United Way
SABAH
Buffalo Renaissance Foundation
UB School of Management
UB Alumni