Prairie is a certified WBE providing IT talent acquisition support to Fortune 500 as well as other premier companies. From the vantage point of our strategically located Midwest offices, Prairie is ideally situated to represent companies and individuals across the country. Our clients count on Prairie to support their nationwide staffing needs covering a full spectrum of technology positions. Prairie’s principals have over 50 years of combined industry experience. This, and the unique dedication we have to our customers success, is the key to our own success.
President And Owner
Linda O’Dea is the President of Prairie and has over 30 years of industry experience. Having started her career as a software developer, Linda moved into a management role and worked with outside agencies to assist her in engaging qualified technical staff. Her experiences working with these agencies prompted her to consider starting her own firm. She strongly felt that there was a place in the market for a company that is truly attentive to the needs of their clients and the goals of the technical professionals they hire. In 1997, Linda’s dream became a reality and Prairie was born. Linda’s vision for Prairie is to provide dependable, friendly, responsive recruiting services with unsurpassed ethical standards. Since 1997, Prairie has exceeded client expectations with the level of customer service and care given to each and every placement.
Brian O’Dea joined Prairie in 1998 with a background in sales. He used that experience to perform both sales and recruiting functions. As the company grew, his responsibilities shifted to focus more on account management. Brian has a proven history of success and of driving business and operational initiatives. Matching up a client’s needs with a professional’s skills and goals is as much an art as a science. Brian and the entire Prairie team enjoy the sincere feeling of satisfaction when we are able to facilitate that ideal match. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science, in Biology from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.
Susan Kouzmanoff, CIR
Senior Technical Recruiter
Senior Technical Recruiter
Kristin Ahern is a Senior Technical Recruiter with over 20 years of IT recruiting experience. She is an effective problem solver with a strong work ethic and a passion for recruiting. She creates relationships with other people that are generally long-term and built on mutual trust and respect. She enjoys helping people find their future careers within the IT industry. She remains positive in everything she does and puts her best foot forward on representing clients, candidates and Prairie, Inc. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.
Business Dev. Manager
Kaitlyn Nortz is a Business Development Manager at Prairie Consulting. She started off in the industry as an IT Recruiter and quickly transitioned into a role that focused on developing relationships with new clients. She enjoys learning how to solve client problems and building relationships. Outside of work you may catch her running along the lake shore or walking a six pound dog.