Great Service Starts with Great Staff!

Our agency has been helping good people find honest work since we opened our doors in October of 1998… and that started with our staff! In the years since, although some of our staff has changed and we have  grown, one thing remains the same: our staff is treated like family. We have some folks who work “behind the scenes” to get your time cards and paychecks processed and the following staff members are available in our branches for clients, employees, and applicants:

Affinity Personnel Solutions- Buffalo:

Tom Scanlon, CSP – General Manager 

Tom is one of two senior executives who have been a part of the company since its founding in 1998.  Tom is an alumnus of the University of Buffalo and was a Series 7 Registered Stock Broker, Real Estate Broker and Business Broker before establishing several local area businesses as either a founder or co-founder.  In 1996, he entered the staffing industry as senior executive and two years later became General Manager of APS.  Tom is a Certified Staffing Professional (CSP)through the American Staffing Association.

Isabel Diaz, CSP – Southtown’s Area Manager 

Isabel has worked at APS for 16+ years. She is a Certified Staffing Professional specializing in high volume accounts. She has been a Branch Manager for 12 years. Isabel deals directly with clients and applicants on a daily basis.

Erika Hawley, CSP – Northtown’s Area Manager

Erika received her undergraduate degree from Canisius College and, after falling in love with the Queen city, decided to stay. Shortly after leaving school in 2011, she accepted a full time job with APS as an administrative assistant soon thereafter earning a role as a recruiter, assistant branch manager, and now Northtown’s Area Manager. In this role, she has learned to put on several “hats”: assisting in new client development and on-boarding, assisting with operational functions and internal training, dabbling in website updates and advertising, etc etc. Most importantly, Erika is a true “people-centric” person- she enjoys maintaining a role in the recruiting arena, for both meeting and interviewing prospective employees  and working closely with a dedicated client base.

Darren Ziembo – Regional Sales Manager

Darren handles the strategic development and on-boarding of new business relationships with a wide variety of clients across Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania. While earning his Bachelor’s degree in Communications from SUNY Oswego, he worked as a temp for APS on a few assignments during summer and holiday breaks. After completing his degree, he got a permanent spot on our team! Since that time,  he has worked in sales, client development, and direct recruiting for APS for more than 8 years. Clients and coworkers appreciate his drive and willingness to help out wherever he can.  Part of his success comes from understanding our client’s staffing needs first hand- as a former temp, he understands the high demands of industry!

Eric Gunderson, CSP – Recruiting Coordinator 

Eric received his undergraduate degree from University at Buffalo before beginning his career in the staffing industry. After two years of recruiting experience in the Rochester area, he joined the Kenmore branch of APS and has been in this role for over a year.  Eric is a Certified Staffing Professional who specializes in the recruitment and placement of individuals within skilled trades, manufacturing, industrial, and administrative roles for a wide variety of companies in Western NY. His prior experience in landscaping, skilled trades, and heavy labor allows him to identify with applicants and potential candidates in order to match them up best with opportunities for our clients. Timeliness and feedback are very essential for speed to market recruitment, and this is something that Eric pushes for on a daily basis for both applicants and clients.

Jessica Haight – Talent Outreach Coordinator 

Jessica received her undergraduate from Niagara University in Communication Studies. She began her career here as an Administrative Assistant and was shortly promoted to Talent Outreach Coordinator. Her prior experience in Public Relations and Customer Service gives her the ability to effectively communicate with our applicants in a variety of platforms: Facebook, job boards, you name it!

Stephanie Lefko– Administrative Assistant

Stephanie has been a member of the APS team since 2013 . As the office Administrative Assistant, Stephanie’s main duties include assisting applicants, employees, and clients, both in office and on the phone. She tends to many of the day-to-day office duties, such as scheduling appointments, data entry, and maintaining the office filing system. With an always-sunny disposition, Stephanie strives to make everyone feel welcomed in the office!



Chalise Bayletts, CSP – Branch Manager

Chalise has worked with APS for five years. Beginning as an administrative assistant, she quickly absorbed recruiting responsibility, then was promoted to  Branch Manager. As a Certified Staffing Professional, Chalise has placed people in the manufacturing field, skilled trades, administrative, and higher level management  positions. As a hands-on manager, Chalise tends to wear many hats: from on-boarding new clients, to processing weekly payroll, interviewing applicants- she is a leader who works alongside her staff to ensure day-to-day operations run smoothly.


Sarah Jordan, CSP – Recruiting Coordinator

Sarah is a Certified Staffing Professional who has worked for APS for 4 years. She began here as an Administrative Assistant but was promoted to Recruiting Coordinator. She has an Associates in Administration and one in Accounting. Sarah interviews and helps place applicants at positions with our clients, focusing on placements in manufacturing and administration industries.

Padraic “Paddy” Gray– Account Manager 

Paddy graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2005 and spent the next decade in the advertising field where he gained strong marketing and entrepreneurial skills through owning his own ad agency.  With an interest in manufacturing, he made the switch to a Project Manager/Quote Analyst role. There, he gained a strong understanding of how the manufacturing world operates and enjoyed working with all levels of the production team from the Chief Engineers to the floor laborers and everyone in between.  His understanding of the industrial realm gives him a competitive advantage by better understanding the goals, objectives, and daily challenges that exist within the industrial setting and is able to navigate those waters with a high level of efficiency to create a win/win for the employer and the employee alike.  In a search for a more personally rewarding career, he ventured into the Recruiting industry to help people by finding them employment; it was here that he found his niche. Whether he is  finding success in sourcing Engineers for organizations that needed top notch, experienced talent or developing relationships with clients,  his business acumen coupled with his experience in the advertising, manufacturing, and recruiting makes him a valuable liaison between the employer and employee in virtually all industries.