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 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
ChangeMS 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
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.

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

State University of New York at Buffalo
BA, Fashion 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

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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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Amy Bessel
Placement Director

IT

amy@apbuffalo.com

Position, Professional Experience & Background

Amy joined the AP team in September 2017 as Placement Director for the IT Division.  She has over 20 years of experience as a Professional Recruiter, specializing in IT placements.  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
ashley@apbuffalo.com

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

 

Jessica
Jessica Mittner
Placement Director

St. John Fisher College
BS, Business Management, Concentration in HR & Marketing
jessica@apbuffalo.com

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.

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Alexis Mammoliti
Human Resources Coordinator

University at Buffalo
BA, Business Administration, HR concentration
Alexis@apbuffalo.com

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. .

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

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