Leadership

Leo Sheridan, Executive Chairman and CEO, Advanced Group

Leo Sheridan is Executive Chairman and CEO of the Advanced Group, a global staffing and outsourcing solutions provider serving the US, Europe and APAC. In 1988, Sheridan founded Advanced Resources, and as the firm quickly expanded, he added additional businesses to create the Advanced Group. Today, the Advanced Group includes Advanced Clinical, Catena Solutions, the WunderLand Group, and Advanced RPO.

Leo earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from St. Michael’s College in Vermont. He completed the Executive Management Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Leo has provided leadership to a variety of professional organizations including TechServe Alliance and Young Presidents’ Organization. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Cristo Rey Network and is the past chairman of the American Staffing Association Board of Directors.

Ivy Hall, Chief of Staff

Ivy partners closely with the Executive Chairman and CEO to enable communication and collaboration across the company, build alignment and help the Executive Leadership Team execute key initiatives.

Prior to joining Advanced Group, Ivy worked for Chicago Public Schools, the third largest school district in the United States, and the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events. She is a skilled project manager with extensive experience planning and executing multiple world-renowned events, spearheading process improvements, advancing strategic initiatives, and enhancing cross-functional team collaboration while simultaneously building strategic relationships across organizations and communities.

Ivy is a lifelong Chicagoan and holds a BS in Tourism Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She is a member of several civic and non-profit organizations, including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Eric Dutcher, Chief Financial Officer, Advanced Clinical

Eric Dutcher serves as the Chief Financial Officer at Advanced Clinical, leveraging over two decades of experience from renowned organizations like CoreLogic, MoneyGram International, Inc., Strait Lane Capital Partners, and Affiliated Computer Services.

During his tenure as CFO at MBO Partners, Eric played a pivotal role in the company’s 2022 debt and equity recapitalization. His expertise in staffing and outsourcing industries revolves around talent development, technology utilization for optimal delivery and strategic financial management.

Beyond his financial acumen, Eric is a strong advocate for justice, diversity, and inclusion, supporting the voices of Generation Z leaders through #Zinspiration quotes on LinkedIn. He is also a certified life coach, actively promoting mental health therapy and coaching team members to overcome challenges.

Educationally, Eric holds an MBA from Texas Tech University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.

As Advanced Group's CFO, Eric Dutcher embodies leadership, strategic insight and a commitment to fostering growth within and beyond the financial landscape.

Mary Finley, Chief People Officer

Mary leads People & Culture for Advanced Group, bringing a human-centric approach to business strategy. She leads global human resources strategies across talent acquisition, people operations, people & culture and learning & development, with a keen focus on employee well-being, diversity, inclusion and belonging, professional and leadership development and cultivating an agile and change-ready workforce.

Prior to joining Advanced Group, Mary led global Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development and strategic HR for TwentyEighty, a global leader in workplace performance solutions. While at TwentyEighty, she also held business operations roles, which included leading global sales operations, running an executive PMO and working to integrate business lines post-acquisition.

Mary holds the SPHR and PMP certifications, a master’s certificate in Project Management from George Washington University and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington.

Sean Diwan, Chief Information Officer

Sean Diwan is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Advanced Group’s family of companies, responsible for all aspects of technology globally.

Over the past 18+ years, Sean has successfully held various CIO, CTO technology leadership roles across a variety of industries (Healthcare Providers, Financial Services, RCM, Medical Devices, Global Education firms, Banking, Insurance, Tech startups, etc.) for prominent firms globally with added focus on turnarounds, scaling, optimization, M&A, tech stack modernization, digital transformation, product development & engineering, cost efficiency, and operational excellence.  Sean holds a BA from KSOU along with in flight MHA from LSUS.

Diana R. Karabelas, Esq., Chief Legal Officer

Diana serves as Chief Legal Officer and Privacy Officer to Advanced Group’s family of companies. With over 25 years of experience, she applies broad expertise in business strategy, corporate law, regulatory compliance, government affairs, employment law, litigation, mediation, workforce solutions and international operations in support of firm-wide initiatives and the Executive Leadership Team. Prior to joining Advanced Group, Diana was Deputy General Counsel for Adecco Group NA, a subsidiary of Adecco Group AG, a leading global provider of staffing and human capital solutions.

Diana is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPPE) and also holds the designation of Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM). Since 2005, she has served as a member of the American Staffing Association’s legal/legislative committee and was a member of its Board of Directors from 2010 through 2014. She received her Juris Doctorate from the Syracuse University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with minors in Economics and History from New York University.

Jason Rubinstein, Chief Transformation Officer

As Advanced Group’s Chief Transformation Officer, Jason is responsible for leading strategy, growth and innovation across all of AG’s businesses. Jason has successfully built and managed new consumer and enterprise applications, services and companies as a CxO and GM-level executive at a broad range of companies over the past 25+ years including Cisco Systems (global network equipment and SaaS), EmployBridge (#1 industrial staffing company in N. America), Uptake (AI and SaaS), Syniverse (global mobile services provider) and Redbox (entertainment).

Jason holds a BA from New York University, an MM from Yale University, and a Blockchain certificate from MIT Sloan. He also serves as an advisor to multiple start-ups and incubators including Techstars and holds 13 patents.

Julie Ross, President and CEO, Advanced Clinical

Julie is a tenured executive leader responsible for all aspects of strategic planning, corporate alliances, sales and marketing, operations, financial management and regulatory compliance for Advanced Clinical and is a long-time active member of Healthcare Buisinesswoman’s Association (HBA) – currently serving as Vice-Chair of the Global Board. She has been instrumental in leading the growth, profitability and overall success of multiple companies and has held positions in executive leadership and corporate officer roles, including leadership at a top five CRO. Her oversight of global functional areas focuses on innovative methods for reducing the time and cost within clinical trials.

With over 25 years of clinical research experience, Julie has participated in fundraising, mergers and acquisitions, authored many clinical research articles and is a well-known industry speaker. She is a change management expert and industry thought leader who has successfully led multiple company integrations, implemented a variety of cutting-edge technologies and platforms and served six years as Board President for a non-profit community group where she navigated a headquarter change twice and raised money through angel investors. Personally, Julie is a wife and mom to four grown children, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse with a bachelor's degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology and received the coveted HBA Chair Award in 2019 and the PharmaVoice 100 Red Jacket award in 2020.

Pam Verhoff, President and CEO, Advanced RPO

Pam is an accomplished executive leader that has extensive experience building RPO businesses and solutions, as well as developing growth strategy. Pam is responsible for all aspects of strategic planning, sales and marketing, operations, financial management and compliance for Advanced RPO. Her success has largely been a result of building high performance teams and creating a values-driven culture resulting in exceptional employee engagement.

Pam is passionate about impacting every client’s talent acquisition results. The ultimate compliment is when clients tell her that Advanced RPO “gets it.” She hears it often and Pam believes it’s a result of the experience and strength of the team along with the unique approach we take with each client engagement. Our agenda is not to disrupt, it is to collaborate, innovate and leverage best practices to create an efficient hiring program. Pam’s goal is to provide business leaders peace of mind by creating confidence in their talent acquisition function.