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Our Team

Team Behind Us

AP’s Western New York Team

AP’s Western New York team has over 165 years of combined agency experience and has placed over 4000 career-minded candidates.

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Kelly Cultrara
President / Partner

SUNY College at Buffalo Business Management

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Kelly Cultrara
Position, Professional Experience & Background

With over 20 years of experience in the recruitment and staffing industry, Kelly leads the operations of our original flagship office headquartered in the Walker Center. She joined AP Professionals in 2004. In 2016, she became an equity partner of the Advantage Business Exchange, a trusted one-stop venue for all of our consumer, commercial and government clients by enabling direct access to all of our premium resources.

Kelly is a dynamic sales and marketing professional with an extensive professional network. Niche markets include Sales, Marketing, Human Resources, Accounting, Engineering, IT , 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
  • 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 Fire and Ice Gala
  • Change MS Wellness Foundation, Vice President
  • 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

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Ron Papaj
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.

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Joe Kreuz
Founder

University of Buffalo BS, School of Management

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Joe Kreuz
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.

Joe has worked in the staffing industry since 1984. He’s expanded their footprint in the UK twice in his career, dating back to 1989 and a second time under a new brand in 2014.

Professional Affiliations
  • Board member, University at Buffalo- School of Management
  • Past board chair, Gateway-Longview
Community Affiliations
  • John R. Oishei Children's Hospital
  • United Way
  • SABAH
  • Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative
  • Buffalo Renaissance Foundation
  • UB School of Management
  • UB Alumni
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Mark Pautler
Partner

University of Buffalo
BS, School of Management

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Mark Pautler
Position, Professional Experience & Background

Mark founded AP’s Rochester office in 1998 and expanded AP’s footprint to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1998. 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
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Dawn Fletch
Director of New Business Development Accounting/Finance/IT

University of Buffalo BS, School of Management

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Dawn Fletch
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
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Amy Bessel
Information Technology Placement Director

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Amy Bessel
Position, Professional Experience & Background

Amy has over 20 years of experience as a Professional Recruiter, specializing in IT placements. She joined the AP team in September 2017 as Placement Director for the IT Division. Amy is an accomplished, ambitious professional with full life cycle recruiting experience and a strong passion for helping people. With her proven ability to network she is able create and maintain long-term partnerships, building relationships that last a lifetime.

Community Affiliations
  • Elly’s Angels
  • Heart Animal Rescue and Adoption
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Ashley Cultrara
Placement Coordinator

SUNY Buffalo State BA, Psychology

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Ashley Cultrara
Position, Professional Experience & Background

Ashley started her career in the fashion industry as early as 15 which has inspired her to fulfill her passion for individuality and creativity. In addition to gaining extensive knowledge in the industry, she has harnessed her organizational, customer service, and leadership skills. That experience combined with obtaining her BA in Psychology in 2017 has led to her current role with AP Professionals of WNY where she is a passionate HR professional dedicated to understanding the psychology of people and what motivates them, to best help them into the right careers.

Community Affiliations
  • Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation
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Jessica Mittner
Placement Director

St. John Fisher College
BS, Business Management, Concentration in HR & Marketing

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Jessica Mittner
Position, Professional Experience & Background

Jessica originally started with the AP team in January of 2011 as an Intern in the Rochester, NY office. After she graduated from St. John Fisher College, in 2012, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, a Concentration in HR and Marketing, and a Minor in International Studies, she joined the Buffalo team permanently. In 2013, Jessica moved out of state. During her time out of state, she gained 5 years of additional staffing experience. She rejoined the AP Buffalo team in 2018 as a Placement Director for the Administrative Division. Happy to be back with AP Professionals and back in Buffalo, Jessica uses her 8+ years of combined experience to connect people with great opportunities and provide clients with the best possible candidates and service.

Professional Affiliations
    Community Affiliations
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      Alexis Mammoliti
      Placement Manager

      University at Buffalo
      BA, Business Administration, HR concentration

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      Alexis Mammoliti
      Position, Professional Experience & Background

      Alexis joined the AP team in May of 2019 as their summer intern and became a permanent member of the staff in July of 2019. She came to us after a 5 year long career at one of our affiliated companies Tony Walker & Co. specializing in Customer Service and Human Resources, which is where she got her passion for helping people. Her experience with the affiliated company made her transition to AP Professionals seamless. She dedicates herself to having a unique understanding of people and strong communicative and interpersonal skills. Alexis graduated from the University at Buffalo in Fall of 2017 with a Bachelors in Business Administration concentrating in Human Resources Management. She strives to succeed at AP Professionals by progressing into a full-time recruiter position and being able to deliver the best service to all its clients.

      Professional Affiliations
        Community Affiliations
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          Phil Cultrara
          Placement Manager

          University
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          Phil Cultrara
          Position, Professional Experience & Background

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          Kathy Koscielniak
          Operational Excellence

          University
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          Kathy Koscielniak
          Position, Professional Experience & Background

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