Our Team Of Recruitment Technology Experts

Our Leadership and Team Of Experts

Meet Our Team Of Innovators & Experts In The Recruitment Technology Industry 
Doug Coull
Founder & CEO

Doug founded APS in 1986 after a successful management career in the contract engineering industry. A leader in technology development for nearly 30 years, Doug brings a unique perspective to the development and user adoption of software and technology in the HR community.

Mike Estrada
Chief Financial Officer

After a decade of managing contract staffing firms, Mike made a home at APS in 1995. An early career as a contract programmer offered an opportunity to travel the world, and that is a passion he still lives today. A dugout canoe in the piranha-infested waters of the Peruvian Amazon. Sure!

LJ Morris
Chief Technology Officer & Partner

As a strong advocate of agile development, he believes the secret to survival in a tech-world is to remain fluid, and adapt on a moment’s notice. An admitted tech-junky, LJ bridges the gap between technology and people. LJ holds an MBA in Finance, a BS in General Business and Computer Science.

Sylvia Dahlby

We call Sylvia ``Miss Know-It-All`` since she's worked in the recruitment industry for over 35 years and has a massive LinkedIn network. When she's not cultivating relationships with our clients to help their business grow, Sylvia can be found growing pineapples and orchids in her tropical garden. She's a pioneer of telework and currently resides in Hilo, Hawaii.

Rob Mayers
Account Management

Rob is a rock star corproate recruiter who used SmartSearch to hire over 700+ candidates in the life sciences industry, and subsequently joined APS so he can help other recruiters by leverage SmartSearch to make better hiring decisions. Rob loves sailing, surfing, camping and traveling, or just enjoying family time with his kids.

Debbie Sims
Client Care Implementation Manager / Trainer

19+ years at SmartSearch, Debbie earned a ‘celebrity’ status according to many SmartSearch users. She oversees client implementation, data migrations, training, candidate experience, and client-system configuration. She ensures clients get the most out of SmartSearch. Debbie enjoys helping clients be more productive – her record speaks for itself. Debbie is a proud mother of three children.

Jess Jebrail
Director of Professional Services

Jess works with SmartSearch clients large and small to develop custom solutions that keep their work rising to the top water. When Jess isn’t writing code, he enjoys the outdoors and volunteer work at the California GSP Rescue.

Tony Espinosa
Tech Support Manager

Tony migrated to California from the beautiful island of Guam over 24 years ago. A true islander at heart, Tony brings a casual professionalism and patient spirit of the island to our SmartSearch support team. He’s always ready to help and teach but more importantly ready to listen and learn.

Karla Pugliese
Tech Support/QA/QC Specialist

Karla has been with SmartSearch over 20 years. She's done everything from edit and scan resumes (back in the day) to create tutorial videos. Today, she resides comfortably in the tech support department, where she enjoys talking to clients and excels at helping them find new ways to get their work accomplished.

Maria Kelmis
Product Utilization Specialist

Maria’s main responsibilities ensure clients are taking full advantage of what SmartSearch has to offer and reduce under-utilization. In addition to improving user adoption, Maria is the in-house Report Writer guru (AKA Report Whisperer) and backup trainer for the main SmartSearch product. To satisfy her creative side, Maria paints and is a published author.

Nick de Calonne
IT/Network Manager

Basically if it comes out of the wall it’s Nick’s domain. Nick started working for SmartSearch right out of high school in 1998. His years of dedication and hard work garnered him the position of IT/Network Manager. In his spare time, Nick rides his motorcycle at the local canyons and at the track and enjoys spending time with his kids.

Colin Craig
Systems Engineer

Colin manages and monitors all installed systems and infrastructures, in addition to configures, tests and maintains operating systems, application software and system management tools. When not working, he loves to surf, jump out of perfectly good airplanes. An overall sense of adventure. Colin, honorably served our country in the military.

Jeffery Swan
Tech Support/Data Migration Specialist

Jeffery specializes in data migration/conversion in addition to providing our clients with excellent technical support. One of his proudest accomplishments is serving In the Unites States Army. Outside of work he enjoys hiking, staying fit and traveling the world.

Tyler Coull
Tech Support Specialist

Tyler is the first line of defense in support. With his extensive knowledge about the ins and outs of SmartSearch he can quickly identify, verify and resolve any issues or questions you may have. His friendly attitude and easygoing demeanor stem from growing up in sunny San Diego where he enjoys his free time relaxing at the beach, hiking, camping and spending quality time with friends and family.

Diane Mitchell
Office Receptionist / Accounting Clerk

Diane is a jack-of-all-trades. She serves as the receptionist managing all incoming calls, as well as our official welcoming committee for new Companies in the setup of their account. In addition, she assists our CFO, Mike, with accounting, billing and payables duties.

Cyndy Trivella
Marketing Manager

Cyndy has been in the HR marketing and communications space for over 20 years and loves that she learns something new every day about what makes for good communications and products that appeal to a buying audience. When not dabbling in marketing, she enjoys helping job seekers to fine tune their career search and is always ready to lend a hand to help protect animals against abuse and neglect.

Lucky Lou
Chief Security Officer

Lucky has a very important job at SmartSearch as our head of security. She has a nose for sniffing out trouble before it happens and is always ready to take on anything thrown her way. The SmartSearch staff relies on Lucky to save the day and to always be ready, willing and able to take on any delivery person that comes her way.

  • WSP Parsons
  • VCG Corp
  • The Stepping Stone Group
  • The Spear Group
  • The Armada Group
  • Staff Matters
  • SIS
  • Simply Biotech
  • RecruiterGuy.com
  • Rail Personnel
  • PrimeStaff
  • Novotus
  • MMC Group
  • L.J. Gonzer Associates
  • Kineticom
  • Geologics
  • eStaff, LLC
  • Datrose
  • CRSgroup
  • CPIM Group
  • Borderless
  • Belcan
  • Amtec Engineering
  • Alternate
  • Alphanumeric
  • Alcock & McFadden
  • Adecco
  • Accurate Placement
  • Acacia Networks