About Pro Search

We are proud to be Maine's largest independently owned recruiting and staffing firm.  We know our success is a result of the trust placed with us by our client companies and our candidates and temporary/contract employees.   We also know that our effectiveness can be measured in large part by the longevity of our professional staff - we like to call ourselves Pro Searchers!

Established in 1994 by Founder and President Edward McKersie, CPC, we have helped many of  Maine’s best companies build their teams by recruiting key players and providing temporary and contract employees.  Prior to establishing Pro Search, Inc., Ed was Director of Search Services for the corporate offices of a national employment services firm, responsible for recruiting, hiring and training search consultants for the company's 35 office network.

The number one reason for our success is the trust that so many people have placed with our team over the years.   We define customers not only as the client companies that partner with us for their recruiting and staffing needs, but also the job seekers looking for that next career move, and our temporary and contract employees that work at our client’s every day.   We know we have to earn that trust from our customers every day.

Job Seekers

Our goal for job seekers is to offer valuable advice on job search strategies, interview techniques and compensation issues. We give candid feedback regarding marketability, and discuss all viable options with applicants - developing a game plan that will lead to interviews and offers. They say looking for another career opportunity is a full time job; let the people who do it for a living assist you!

Our intimate knowledge of our clients includes an understanding of their company culture, management style and future business plans. This not only allows a prospective applicant to make an informed decision before accepting an interview, it gives them the insight required to interview effectively. This "competitive advantage" really can make a difference!

Our direct access and relationships with decision makers at our clients allows us to circumvent the "resume screen" that often disqualifies a candidate before the interviewing even starts.

We often represent opportunities simply unavailable from other resources. With our understanding of our client company's business needs, we often can create opportunities that don't currently exist by leveraging your background and our reputation into an initial meeting between you and a decision maker at our client.

Client Companies

Today’s employers know that their most important asset and their biggest competitive advantage is their team of employees.  At Pro Search, our goal is to work closely with our client companies to develop a game plan for growth and continued success.  We do that by getting to know our client’s culture, business goals and growth plans.   Our value is in finding truly great people for our clients – people who aren’t just qualified, but excited about the opportunity to join a client and make a difference.

Pro Search Gives Back Program

 At Pro Search, we’re very proud of where we live and work and we are dedicated to supporting our community.  As Maine’s largest and most respected recruiting and staffing firm, we also know we have a responsibility to give back.  We are very aware that our success and our ability to give back to our community is only possible through the hard work of our temporary and contract employees AND our partnership with our many loyal clients.

With this in mind, in 2008 we created the Pro Search Client Give Back Program, donating 5 cents for every hour our temporary and contract employees work at community organizations in Southern Maine.  Each quarter, we make that donation on behalf of our client companies.

Since 2008, we have contributed over $10,000 each year to Maine based charities and non-profits.  Below is a list of the great organizations we have supported through this program:
Wayside Soup Kitchen, Share our Strength, Volunteers of America, Easter Seals, March of Dimes, Project Grace, Goodwill of Northern New England, National Kidney Foundation and United Way of Greater Portland.

To learn more, or if you are a Maine based non-profit that would like to be considered for this program, please contact Dave Vasconcelos at dvasconcelos@psicareers.com or at 207-775-7600.

Meet Team Pro Search Hover over the pictures to read our bios

Edward S. McKersie, CPC

Founder and President

Edward S. McKersie, CPC

emckersie@psicareers.com
Ed McKersie is the Founder and President of Pro Search, Inc. Established in 1994 in Portland, the firm is now the largest locally owned (non-franchised) firm of its kind in the State of Maine. He is the Founder and President of LiveandWorkinMaine LLC, a state wide initiative launched in November 2015 to increase awareness of career opportunities here in Maine. He is past President of the Human Resources Association of Southern Maine. He also served on the Maine Society of Human Resources Management Council where he was charged with establishing the Best Places to Work in Maine program.  He was inducted into the SHRM Maine HR Hall of Fame in 2012. Ed graduated from Bentley University  in 1983 and moved to Maine in 1989.

Dave Vasconcelos

Director, Business Development

Dave Vasconcelos

dvasconcelos@psicareers.com
Dave is responsible for account management, new business development and ensuring we exceed our client's expectations every day.  A graduate of Villanova University, Dave has spent his professional career assisting companies throughout Maine with their marketing, advertising and now employment needs.  Dave serves on the board of Junior Achievement of Greater Portland, the Human Resources Association of Southern Maine, as well as the Maine State Human Resources Council. He is also the co-chair of The Best Places to Work in Maine, and also sits on the STRIVE Advisory Committee.  Prior to joining Pro Search in 2009, Dave spent over 15 years in media sales with Time Warner here in Maine.  Dave has been a Pro Searcher since 2009!

Rhiana Lippold Leavitt, CPC, CTS

Director, Temporary Staffing Services

Rhiana Lippold Leavitt, CPC, CTS

rleavitt@psicareers.com
Rhiana is a Portland native and has her bachelor’s degree in Marketing from St. Bonaventure University in New York. She previously worked at Pierce Promotions as Manager of the Recruitment Department and at Wright Express as a Human Resource Specialist. Rhiana is a committee chair for the annual March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction. At Pro Search, Rhiana is responsible for interviewing and placing temporary and temp to hire candidates.  Rhiana has been a Pro Searcher since 2003!

Sarah Davies, CPC

Senior IT Recruiter

Sarah Davies, CPC

sdavies@psicareers.com
Sarah works with local and national candidates to find the right resource for our clients. She delivers high quality service to both our candidates and clients. Sarah has been an IT Recruiter for more than 12 years in Connecticut and Maine. Some of her clients have included CIGNA, ING, MassMutual, Maine Medical Center, L.L.Bean, Fleet Financial, Unum, Wright Express, State of Connecticut, State of Maine, Pfizer and IDEXX Laboratories. A Maine native, Sarah earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Hartford. She sits on the Board of Directors for Volunteers of America Northern New England.  Sarah has been a Pro Searcher since 2004!

Mary Warren Libby, CPC

Senior Recruiter

Mary Warren Libby, CPC

mwarren@psicareers.com
Mary is a Maine native and has her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire. She previously worked for UNUM in their Corporate Recruiting department where she gained experience recruiting at all levels of the company. Mary is active on the executive board of the young members of the Chamber of Commerce group called PROPEL and is also on the board of the Maine State Chapter of the March of Dimes. Mary handles all recruiting efforts for non-IT related search assignments. Mary has been a Pro Searcher since 2004!

Todd Chamberlain

Director, IT Contract Staffing Services

Todd Chamberlain

tchamberlain@psicareers.com
A Maine native, Todd graduated from the University of Maine Farmington, and has been in the recruiting industry since 2003. Todd is Founder and President of B.A.S.S.A (Beaver Alum Supporting Student Athletes) a Non-Profit formed to provide scholarships for UMF student athletes and financial support to Athletic Programs. Actively involved since 2007, Todd has been the Chair of USM Corporate Partners, is on the USM Foundation Board and is also the founder of the IT Contractor Networking Group of Maine. Todd lives in Cumberland with his wife, two young sons and their dog Porter.  Todd has been a Pro Searcher since 2005!

Dana Woodbury

Senior Recruiter

Dana Woodbury

dwoodbury@psicareers.com
Dana joined Pro Search in 2013 as a Recruiter, and handles a wide range of local, regional and national search assignments.  Prior to joining our team, Dana spent time as a corporate recruiter for a fast growing advertising agency and as a recruiter/researcher for a prominent Maine based recruiting firm. Dana graduated from Keene State College.  Dana has been a Pro Searcher since 2013!

Emily Stadler

Staffing Associate

Emily Stadler

estadler@psicareers.com
Emily is responsible for all onboarding of our temporary and contract employees, as well as our weekly payroll.  As part of the Temporary Staffing team, Emily also assists in sourcing and staffing client projects.  Emily received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from University of Southern Maine. Prior to joining Pro Search, she was employed at AMEC in Federal Marketing and Proposals, developing multi-million dollar Government proposals and Pierce Promotions as Assistant Manager of the Sponsorship and Venue Management Department.  Emily has been a Pro Searcher since 2013!

Audra Williams

Sourcing & Engagement Specialist

Audra Williams

awilliams@psicareers.com
Audra handles our applicant engagement efforts, including leading our social media and email campaigns.  She also is a key part of our Temporary Staffing Team, recruiting and evaluating applicants for our client assignments.  Audra, a Maine native, started with us as our Office Manager.  She keeps us organized and focused on delivering on our promise to our applicants and temporary/contract employees.  audra-photo

Kathleen Parker

IT Recruiter

Kathleen Parker

kparker@psicareers.com
Kathleen handles sourcing, recruiting and placement of IT professionals for our IT Contract Services Team.  With a prior career in IT, Kathleen is uniquely qualified to screen and evaluate IT talent for our client companies.  She joined Pro Search after a year as an IT Recruiter with a staffing firm in Missouri.  Kathleen has been a Pro Searcher since 2015!

Andrea (Brown) Gleason, CPC, CPA

Recruiting Consultant

Andrea (Brown) Gleason, CPC, CPA

abrown@psicareers.com
Andrea is a Maine native and spent four years in public accounting before joining Pro Search.  As an Audit Senior with Baker, Newman & Noyes, Andrea was responsible for managing audits with a primary focus in the healthcare industry. Andrea graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. She is an active member of the Maine State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Human Resource Association of Southern Maine.    Andrea has been a Pro Searcher since 1995!

Shelbi Guimond

Office Manager

Shelbi Guimond

sguimond@psicareers.com
A Maine native and graduate of the University of Southern Maine, Shelbi joined our team after working for two Maine based companies. Her experience includes office administration, sales support and recruiting/sourcing. As our Office Manager, she supports our team with onboarding new employees, sourcing and recruiting for our Direct Hire Team, and generally making sure we are all doing what we are supposed to every day. Shelbi has been a Pro Searcher since 2017!