Our Team

Expert credentials. Tremendous experience. Valuable tenure. Our Big 4 and industry work experience, combined with extensive executive search expertise, gives us insight into the most technical details of our clients’ needs. Our candidates and clients know their search is in qualified hands.

Meet our award-winning team of professionals:

 

Cliff T. Edwards, MBA - President, CEO and Majority Owner
Email: cliff@thomasedwards.com
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Cliff is the CEO and majority shareholder of Thomas, Edwards Group. Prior to starting Thomas, Edwards Group, Cliff held various financial roles in banking, accounting and management consulting. He was a Manager in Coopers & Lybrand's national banking and real estate consulting groups. Before that, he was a commercial real estate lender at a regional savings bank, an accounting manager for a financial institution and a staff auditor in public accounting. He earned a BBA in Accounting from the University of Oklahoma. He also earned an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business. Cliff passed the CPA exam in 1985 but is no longer licensed to practice. Cliff is a Board member of the Dallas Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI).

Under Cliff’s vision and leadership, Thomas, Edwards Group made the Inc. 5000 list in 2016, has won "Best Places to Work" awards several times and is regularly included in the Dallas Business Journal's Book of Lists. The company celebrated its 20th year in business in February 2017.

 

Sharon Lukich, CPA - Partner, Director of Business Development
Email: sharon@thomasedwards.com
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Sharon has over 10 years of experience in accounting and management consulting. Prior to entering the search industry, she served as Controller for a major division of the Baylor Health Care System. Sharon started her career in the Big 4 with PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand), specializing in both audit and litigation consulting. She has been with Thomas, Edwards Group since 2001. In addition to being a Partner with the firm, Sharon also directs the firm’s Business Development efforts. For the first 14 years with the firm, she was a Senior Search Consultant in the Executive Search Division. She earned a BS in Accounting Control Systems from the University of North Texas and is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas. Sharon serves on the board of the TSCPA and is a former DCPAS board member. She is a multi-year Professional Search award winner for both the Dallas and Texas areas.

Sharon is married with two children. In addition to her participation in various professional organizations, Sharon is very active in the fight to raise awareness and end autism.

 

Tom Delanoy, CPA - Partner, Managing Director
Email: tom@thomasedwards.com
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Tom has more than a dozen years of experience in progressive accounting and finance functions across the manufacturing, hospitality and service industries. He served as Director of Planning and Analysis for the international division of Yum! Brands. Tom also was Controller for Brach’s Confections, and began his career in Big 4 audit with PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Price Waterhouse). He has been with Thomas, Edwards Group since 2006, having worked in both the Executive Search and the Contract Services Divisions. After 3 years with the firm, Tom was promoted into the role of Managing Director. Tom is a proud Aggie. He earned a BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University and is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas. He is a multi-year Professional Search award winner for the Contract Services category in Dallas. During Tom’s tenure as Managing Director, Thomas, Edwards Group was named to the Inc. 5000 list.

Tom is married and has three children. He has been active in youth sports, including coaching as well as serving in leadership roles.

 

Debbie Vanicek, CPA - Director, Executive Search Division
Email: debbie@thomasedwards.com
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Debbie has 16 years of corporate and operational accounting experience, including financial reporting, process re-engineering and software implementations. She started her career in Big 4 audit with Ernst & Young (formerly Arthur Young) before moving into industry. Debbie served as Controller for a hi-tech company, and was in a management role with Frito-Lay. She also was Assistant Controller for Weblink Wireless (formerly PageMart Wireless). Debbie has been with Thomas, Edwards Group since 2004, having worked in the Contract Services division prior to moving into the Executive Search Division where she currently serves as Director of that group. She earned her BBA in Accounting from Texas Tech University and is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas. Debbie is a multi-year Professional Search award winner for the Dallas and Texas areas.

Debbie is a previous board member and remains very active with the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).

 

Monica Westerfield, MBA - Candidate Recruiter
Email: monica@thomasedwards.com
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Monica began her career in internal audit with NationsBank, focusing on internal controls documentation as well as financial and operational audits for the Trust, Mortgage, and General Bank areas. Prior to joining the Thomas, Edwards’ team in 2010, she was a Staffing Manager in both agency and corporate recruiting roles with additional experience in on-site staffing for a high-profile client and experience in out-placement assistance with a well-respected branch of a global career services organization. Monica specializes in finding talent in the areas of accounting, finance, and human resources at all levels and across multiple industries. Additionally, she works with the TEG management team to provide training to new employees of the firm. Monica earned both an MBA and a BS in Accounting from Oklahoma State University.

Monica is an active volunteer in her sons’ school and sports organizations. She has also served on and/or chaired several committees at Grace Avenue UMC that revolve around finance, human resources, and welcoming new members and currently is on the Staff-Parish Relations Committee. Monica has also served as a past hospitality chairman of the Pi Beta Phi alumnae chapter for the Richardson-Plano area.

 

Ben Pinto, CPA - Director, Contract Services Division
Email: ben@thomasedwards.com
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Ben brings 20+ years of accounting and finance experience working with companies of various sizes and industries including insurance, manufacturing, oil & gas, professional services, real estate and retail. He currently serves as Director of the Contract Services Division for the firm. Prior to joining Thomas, Edwards Group, Ben was a Business Development Manager and an Executive Search Recruiter with a professional services firm for 12 years. He also served as a Regional Manager and VP for a national, privately-held company in the automotive industry. He began his career in Big 4 audit with Ernst & Young and is a Texas CPA and member of the Dallas Chapter of CPAs. A proud Aggie, Ben graduated from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Accounting.

Ben is married to his college sweetheart and has two grown daughters and a son-in-law (also all Aggies-whoop!). He is a longtime member of Watermark Community Church and serves with several not for profit organizations including Water is Basic, The Marcella Project and New Friends New Life.

 

Sara Janicula - Senior Staffing Consultant
Email: sara@thomasedwards.com
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Sara is a graduate of the University of Oregon where she earned a BS in Business Administration. She also studied in Alaska, Illinois and Tennessee before becoming an Oregon Duck. Sara graduated Summa Cum Laude and worked full time while attending school. She began her professional career with Thomas, Edwards Group after graduation. She started with the Executive Search Division in 2012 and is currently working in the Contract Services Division.

Sara enjoys mountain biking, beach volleyball, the symphony, and spending time with her family including her husband and identical twin sister.

 

Kristy Kim – Search Consultant
Email: kristy@thomasedwards.com
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Kristy has several years of finance experience in the insurance industry, including client side consulting across a variety of industries for non-profits, small and midsize businesses and also national clients. Before joining the Executive Search Division of Thomas, Edwards Group in 2015, she served as a Risk Consultant for Liberty Mutual Holdings and previously was a Business Analyst performing variance analysis and delivering continuous improvement initiatives with LEAN methodologies. Kristy earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin where she was active in the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, Forever Texas spirit group, and a founding member of the BBA Women’s Forum. She also holds the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation. Kristy is currently a board member of 4Word, a national professional women’s organization.

When she is not traveling with her husband and son Kristy enjoys training for marathons but would much rather be trail running. She is a member of Watermark Community Church where she actively serves in the Careers in Motion ministry dedicated to helping job seekers during periods of transition and career change.

 

Storey Edwards – Senior Staffing Consultant
Email: storey@thomasedwards.com
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Storey graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Communications and Leadership Development from the University of Kentucky. Although she is a native of East Texas, Storey attended the University of Kentucky on a full-ride gymnastics scholarship. While earning her degree, she trained and competed as an SEC Division I athlete on the UK Gymnastics Team where she also served as team captain. Storey joined Thomas, Edwards Group in 2016 and is currently a Staffing Consultant in the Contract Services Division. Following graduation, Storey served as an Executive Staff Member at Christian Student Fellowship, a campus ministry at the University of Kentucky.

Storey is an active member of Watermark Community Church and enjoys serving in the middle school ministry. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, swimming, and laughing!

 

Lawren Kinghorn – Search Consultant
Email: lawren@thomasedwards.com
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Lawren earned a BBA in Marketing with a minor in Political Science from Baylor University. During her time at Baylor, Lawren was an active member of several political organizations and her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. She also served as a student body officer and held various leadership positions within Student Government. Following graduation, Lawren joined Thomas, Edwards Group in 2016 as a Search Consultant within the Executive Search Division.

Lawren enjoys playing musical instruments, being involved in her church, and spoiling her labrador retriever, Thatcher.

 

Britton Pavlic, CPA – Managing Director, Fort Worth
Email: britton@thomasedwards.com
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Britton has more than 10 years of experience in progressive accounting and finance functions across the distribution, manufacturing and non-profit industries. He began his career in Big 4 audit with Ernst & Young in Fort Worth, and he served most recently as VP of Finance and Controller at the United Way of Tarrant County. He joined Thomas, Edwards Group in 2017 as Managing Director of the Fort Worth office. Britton is a proud Horned Frog. He earned a dual BBA in Accounting and Finance from Texas Christian University and is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas. Britton is an active member of the Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs.

Britton is actively involved in community outreach in Fort Worth, having served his church in a variety of capacities, as well as programs aimed at ending chronic homelessness in Tarrant County.

 

Elaine Small, CPA – Search Consultant
Email: elaine@thomasedwards.com
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Elaine has many years of experience in corporate and property accounting, as well as financial planning and reporting in the oil and gas industry. Elaine is a licensed CPA and CMA. She attended Texas A & M University where she earned her BBA in Accounting, while working to pay 100% of college expenses. Elaine enthusiastically joined Thomas, Edwards Group in 2017 as a Search Consultant in the Executive Search Division.

Elaine enjoys yoga, traveling, spending time with her family and her involvement with Down syndrome individuals.

 

Julie Robinson – Senior Search Consultant
Email: julie@thomasedwards.com
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Julie is an experienced talent acquisition and recruiting professional with more than 15 years working in both executive search and corporate environments. She began her career in advertising sales and later joined Robert Half International where she managed permanent search for the accounting and finance division for nearly ten years. Julie later transitioned into a corporate environment where she focused on developing and executing talent acquisition strategy. Julie graduated with a BS in Hotel Restaurant Management from the University of North Texas and lives in Plano.

 

Samantha White – Staffing Assistant
Email: samantha@thomasedwards.com
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Samantha graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BBA in Marketing from Texas A&M University. During her time at A&M, Samantha was an active member of many student organizations and worked for Mays Business School giving prospective student tours. She also served as a lead volunteer for a local non-profit. Following graduation, Samantha joined Thomas, Edwards Group in 2018 as a Staffing Assistant in the Contract Services division.

Samantha enjoys going back to College Station for Aggie football games, being involved in The Village Church, and volunteering with Vickery Youth Ministry.

 

Burney Threadgill – Staffing Assistant
Email: burney@thomasedwards.com
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Burney is a graduate of Texas Christian University, where he finished with a BS in Economics and a minor in Energy Technology & Management. During his time at TCU, Burney was actively involved in several student organizations, including the TCU Energy Club and the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He also served as a volunteer at the Starpoint and KinderFrogs schools on campus. Burney began his professional career with Thomas, Edwards Group in 2018 as a Staffing Assistant in the Fort Worth office, working on both contract and permanent placement positions.

Burney enjoys going to Horned Frog football games, playing golf, and anything that lets him be outdoors with friends and family. He is also a proud Eagle Scout.

 

Johanna Haynes – Talent Acquisition Manager
Email: johanna@thomasedwards.com
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Johanna leads the firm’s internal recruiting function and brings over ten years of experience in recruiting, corporate communications, and marketing in a range of environments, including corporations, agencies, non-profits, and governments. Prior to joining Thomas, Edwards Group, Johanna held recruiting roles in healthcare and management consulting sourcing talent at all levels. She also possesses additional corporate experience in training and project management. Johanna earned a BA in Communications from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

When not recruiting, Johanna enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, along with traveling, reading, and occasional wine tasting.

 

Dawn Garlitz – Director, Business Development
Email: dawn@thomasedwards.com
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Dawn brings over 15 years of experience in the recruiting and professional search industry, and she possesses significant business development and client relationship expertise. Before starting her career, Dawn earned a BS in Communications Rhetoric and English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has worked in both large national and smaller regional/local search firms and has demonstrated success with building strong teams and developing new markets Dawn is active in many professional networking organizations such as FEI and HRSW and also participates in Chi Omega Alumnae events. She joined Thomas Edwards Group in 2018 as Director, Business Development and enjoys partnering to provide outstanding talent and service to a loyal client base.

Dawn enjoys giving back to her community through service and development projects, as well as traveling and spending time with her family.

 

Meredith Cowling – Staffing Assistant
Email: meredith@thomasedwards.com
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Meredith is a graduate of Texas Tech University, where she earned a BS in Marketing. During her time as a Red Raider, she was actively involved Young Life and was a campus recruiter for Kanakuk Kamps. Prior to joining Thomas, Edwards Group, Meredith was an Internet Sales Manager for a local dealership in Lubbock, Texas. She joined Thomas, Edwards Group in 2018 as a Staffing Assistant in the Fort Worth office, working on both contract and permanent positions.

In her free time Meredith enjoys hiking, fishing, and skiing with her husband. She played tennis competitively during college and still enjoys the sport recreationally.

 

Steve Benenson – Staffing Consultant
Email: steve@thomasedwards.com
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Steve has over 20 years of experience working for corporate, consulting, and government entities. He earned both a BA and an MA in Economics from Emory University, and also earned an MBA with a Finance concentration from the University of Texas at Austin. Steve began his career with the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta, and then moved into the corporate world in an FP&A position with Sabre. Next, he spent 15 years in consulting roles with companies like KPMG, Deloitte and progressively smaller niche firms. Steve joined Thomas, Edwards Group in 2018 as a Search Consultant in the Executive Search Division.

Steve is married and has two boys. He serves on the boards of the Corinthian Sailing Club and Camp John Marc, a camp for kids with chronic medical issues, and has been a long-time volunteer serving meals to Dallas’ homeless community at The Stewpot.

 

Gretchen Zimmerman, CPA - Controller
Email: gretchen@thomasedwards.com
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Gretchen started her career with Occidental Chemical in Dallas, and then spent eleven years in the publishing industry before moving into the software development side of accounting. During that time, she worked with numerous companies around the country implementing ERP systems and instilling best practices. Gretchen received her BBA in Accounting from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University – San Marcos) and is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas. Gretchen started with Thomas, Edwards Group in 2014 as Controller.

Gretchen enjoys watching soccer, antiquing and spending time with her husband and three children. She is active in National Charity League and Young Men’s Service League where she has served on the local Boards as Treasurer.

 

Susan Reddington - Office Manager
Email: susan@thomasedwards.com
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Susan has over 20 years of experience as an Accounting Assistant and has been with Thomas, Edwards Group since 2001. Her responsibilities include completing weekly payroll for the Contract Services Division, accounts payable and receivable, and other office management duties. Prior to joining the firm, Sue also worked in the healthcare and media industries.