Meet Our Recruiters

Thomas Wilson, SVP, Head of Talent Acquisition

Thomas Wilson

SVP, Head of Talent Acquisition
Supports Senior Leadership
Thomas on LinkedIn

After a career as a producer and manager in Sales & Trading at Merrill Lynch, I have enjoyed a second chapter of 10+ years in talent and recruiting leadership roles. At OppenheimerFunds, we believe that creating outstanding experiences for both the candidate and the hiring manager is the best way to hire consistently exceptional talent. In addition to leading the team, I recruit for senior roles across the company.

Fun Fact

I love to listen to audiobooks – podcasts, too – and typically consume several fiction and non-fiction books at a time.

Favorite Quote

“If each of us hires people who are bigger than us, we shall become a company of giants.” (David Ogilvy)

Diana Ferguson, VP Talent Acquisition

Diana Ferguson

VP Talent Acquisition
Supports Technology, Global Operations and Corporate
Diana on LinkedIn

With 20+ years of experience, I have recruited everyone from Sales and Marketing to C-Level Executives, for every kind of company from startups to Fortune 100 firms. I currently support OppenheimerFunds for Technology and Global Operations, as well as various lines of business at our Denver campus.

Fun Fact

I summited my first 14er for my 50th birthday.

Favorite Quote

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” (Norman Vincent Peale)

Valerie Vadala, VP, Talent Acquisition

Valerie Vadala

VP, Talent Acquisition
Supports Distribution and Legal
Valerie on LinkedIn

I’ve been in recruiting for 23 years (my headshot is slightly airbrushed, and I have a talented colorist). I got my first job in talent acquisition while fleeing the practice of law, when I was hired to recruit for a search firm that specialized in temporary legal staffing and contingency search. From there, I moved into retained search at Heidrick & Struggles, in-house recruitment at Lehman Brothers and capital markets recruiting at Credit Suisse. I also ran Talent Acquisition for Experian Marketing Services before joining OppenheimerFunds in 2014. I support our Distribution and Legal organizations, but I have also filled roles in Compliance, Finance, Risk, Human Resources and Investments. I’m always learning and never bored.

Fun Fact

I can recite the names of all 50 states in less than 30 seconds.

Favorite Quote

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." (Oscar Wilde)

Joshua Morales, AVP, Talent Acquisition

Joshua Morales

AVP, Talent Acquisition
Supports Distribution, Beta Solutions and Other Areas
Joshua on LinkedIn

I spent a year with a recruitment agency before joining OppenheimerFunds in 2013. As a recruiter, I partner with managers to develop and execute talent acquisition strategies. I focus on Distribution and Beta Solutions (ETFs), in addition to covering other areas. I’m passionate about recruiting top talent to drive our company’s success.

Fun Fact

I love the island life. My favorites include Aruba, Anguilla, Barbados, St. John, St. Maarten and St. Barth.

Favorite Quote

“There may be people who have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” (Derek Jeter)

Kristen Paeplow, Senior Recruiter

Kristen Paeplow

Senior Recruiter
Supports the Transfer Agency, Global Operations and Denver Corporate
Kristen on LinkedIn

I have been recruiting for 11.5 years. I began my recruiting career at Randstad, a staffing agency, where I was both a sales agent and recruiter, followed by six years in corporate recruiting at Aimco. This is where I really fell in love with recruiting and discovered my passion for solving staffing issues and hiring the best talent. I was fortunate enough to find my home at OppenheimerFunds and have been here for almost a year. I absolutely love the culture, professionalism, and the integrity of the organization. I support the Transfer Agency, Global Operations and Denver Corporate.

Fun Fact

I am a Colorado native who has never actually skied.

Favorite Quote

"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." (Albert Einstein)

Viktoria S., Senior Recruiter

Viktoria S.

Senior Recruiter
Supports Investments Products, Investments, Finance and Compliance and Risk
Viktoria on LinkedIn

I started my career at an agency that recruits predominately for software developers and quants. After working there for seven years, I moved into the corporate side, where I have been recruiting for the last four years. I joined OppenheimerFunds a year ago from a sell-side firm.

Fun Fact

I've seen probably close to 100 Broadway & Off-Broadway plays and musicals.

Favorite Quote

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” (Albert Einstein)

Andrew Hoppas, Recruiter

Andrew Hoppas

Supports Marketing & Technology
Andrew on LinkedIn

I’ve been a recruiter for 4.5 years. I started my career on the agency side, where I recruited for other financial companies such as BNY, Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Bloomberg. After a few years, I wanted to recruit in-house for a company that had a mission and principles that I believed in, to add value to a specific firm. That’s what brought me to OppenheimerFunds.

Fun Fact

I’ve traveled to five continents and I am an Eagle Scout.

Favorite Quote

“Anything in life worth doing is worth overdoing.”

Jasmine Prasetyo, HR Coordinator

Jasmine Prasetyo

HR Coordinator
Supports Technology and Global Operations
Jasmine on LinkedIn

My very first experience working in recruiting was as an intern at OppenheimerFunds before I graduated college. After school, I worked for a recruitment agency focused on all areas of technology for one year, before re-joining OppenheimerFunds as an HR Coordinator.

Fun Fact

My favorite hobby is cooking – I make a mean crème brule!

Favorite Quote

"There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs."

Elizabeth F., HR Service Representative

Elizabeth F.

HR Service Representative
Supports recruiters in Denver and New York
Elizabeth on LinkedIn

I worked previously in the Home Building Industry with recruiting and onboarding systems. With OppenheimerFunds for 10 years, I support our recruiters by making sure information is correct and helping to get new employees through the hiring and onboarding process. When opportunities arise, I assist by sourcing for positions on the Internet.

Fun Fact

I am a mother of three children and a grandmother of six.

Favorite Quote

“You can have the best strategy and the best building in the world, but if you don’t have the hearts and minds of the people who work with you, none of it comes to life.” (Renee West, Luxor and Excalibur Hotels)