Chaloner has a long history of communications executive search. We stand behind our placements and have an excellent completion record. Our team has many years of executive search and communications experience. We provide impeccable client service and are highly efficient and fun to work with.

Mike Patino

Michael Patino

Chairman & Partner

Michael became Chairman and a Partner at Chaloner in 2014. He also serves as the Managing Director & CEO of Patino Associates, a boutique executive search firm for Corporate Affairs leadership roles, since its creation in 2008. Michael is also a founding member of the Corporate Affairs Search Alliance (CASA), which was formed in 2022. Michael’s driving vision behind his professional activities is to make the Communications/Corporate Affairs industry better.

Before launching Patino Associates, Michael was a consultant in the Corporate Communications Practice of Spencer Stuart, and before that developed the Corporate Communications Practice at Russell Reynolds Associates. Earlier in his career, Michael was an Account Manager with the Corporate Executive Board (now Gartner), a "best practices" consulting firm where he was responsible for over sixty relationships with Fortune 1000 firms. Before that, Michael worked as the Director of Special Projects in the Sports Division of E.J. Krause & Associates. Michael began his career in public relations at Entertainment Weekly, a Time Inc. publication.

Michael received his B.A. degree from Princeton University. Michael and his wife, Karyn, live in Vienna, VA with their three children, Eli, Lee, and Thomas.


If I wasn’t a recruiter, I would be: a casting agent or an NFL scout. I would always be involved in talent in some way!
People would be surprised to know I: wrote a script for a television pilot in my first job. As a producer, I led the casting of the pilot which included Matthew Morrision (of “Glee” fame) and Laura Bell Bundy (nominated for the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Legally Blonde)


Amy Segelin


Amy joined Chaloner in 2001 as the company’s first-ever project manager, and was quickly promoted to recruiter. In 2004, she relocated to New York and established the company’s second location. She was President of the firm for seven years and eventually became co-owner.

Today, as Partner, she co-leads the mission driven practice, builds business and works on national searches in all industries. She has a strong focus on philanthropy, non-profit and mission driven organizations. Amy graduated from St. Lawrence University, and before joining Chaloner, she worked for global retailer Talbots. Actively involved with several charities, she often speaks at communications and recruitment industry events. Amy lives in Brooklyn with her husband and three children.


Greatest accomplishments: Daily: Sitting down to dinner; In life: my three children.
Favorite place I’ve traveled: Toss up- Malpais, Costa Rica or Singapore.
Hidden Talent: I am a great pillow and blanket fort builder.
A tour of the neighborhood I work in would include: A cafe mocha from Balthazar, a stop by The Deitch Wall, and a spin through Bloomingdales.
Talent I wish I had: Floral Arranging.


Jenn Saldarelli

Vice President

Jenn is a vice president at Chaloner and brings over fifteen years of recruiting experience to her role. She began her career at Chaloner in Boston and later played a key role in establishing our New York City office in 2007.

Over the years she has partnered with large corporate brands, mission-driven organizations, and PR/Communications consultancies of all sizes to identify and place top communications and marketing talent. She has worked across sectors including healthcare, consumer, financial services, technology and non-profit.

More recently Jenn has worked most closely with our client partners in the greater Washington, DC area, although she continues to lead searches across the country. A Massachusetts native, Jenn graduated from The College of the Holy Cross with a degree in art history. She resides in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband and two young children.


Best advice: “Park wisely” – my dad’s favorite pearl of wisdom.
If I weren’t a recruiter I’d be: A producer on The Today Show.
If I could have any superpower it would be: The ability to make my kids fall asleep on command. No more sips of water or "one last book!"
Best thing about Chaloner/being a recruiter: When you meet a candidate and just know your client will love them.
People would be surprised to know I: Produced two of my husband’s plays at the New York International Fringe Festival.


Beth Kitzinger

Vice President

Beth Kitzinger joined Chaloner in 2017 as Vice President, managing national searches in all industries with a focus on mission-driven and philanthropic organizations. Her nearly 25 years as a practitioner, strategist, operations/HR head and agency leader in the communications industry make her well-suited as a recruiter in the industry.

As co-lead of the mission-driven practice at Chaloner, Beth has worked with numerous non-profits, foundations, public affairs firms and public-private partnerships addressing some of the largest and most urgent issues facing our country and planet.


Greatest accomplishments: My children and independently installing an entire Elfa closet system in my master bedroom closet.
Best advice I’ve ever received: “Be sure you are ready for the answer before you ask the question.”
If I wasn’t a recruiter, I would be: The owner of a very cool kids/tween/teen clothing store.
Recipe you know by heart: My great grandma’s German Chocolate cake.
Talent I wish I had: I wish I could sing. I’m in awe and jealous of people who can just open their mouths and have in-tune, harmonious beautiful music come out.
Favorite place I’ve travelled: Barcelona, Spain or Harbour Island, Bahamas.


Jocelyn Hecht

Senior Associate

As a Senior Associate, Jocelyn Hecht brings more than 25 years of both recruitment and public relations experience to Chaloner. Jocelyn has established long-term partnerships with many clients across the country, representing Fortune 500 companies, top global PR agencies, and start-up companies ranging in size.

She has worked across industries, including consumer, financial services, healthcare, higher education, and non-profit to identify top communications and PR talent.

Prior to recruiting, Jocelyn began her career with two of Chicago's premier agencies; Edelman Public Relations and Wunderman Chicago, where she served in a client service capacity. Jocelyn received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. A native Bostonian, Jocelyn now lives in the Chicago area with her husband, two sons, and three year-old goldendoodle.


I can never leave the home without: Burt’s Bees chapstick, my phone, and my sunglasses.
What is a talent you wish you had?: I wish I could bake as well as my grandfather. He founded a bakery in Boston (still in existence today!) that makes the most amazing challah, half moon cookies, and other things. While I have all the recipes, they are in huge quantities and written in Yiddish so it’s nearly impossible to replicate at home!
If I wasn't a recruiter, I'd be: Either a baker or a Boston tour guide. Or maybe a tour guide of Boston bakeries.
What is a recipe you know by heart?: My great Aunt Charlotte’s noodle kugel. It’s from the “old” country and it’s fabulous. It’s completely different than any other kind of kugel anyone has ever had before and I’m always asked for the recipe.
People would be surprised to know I: As the granddaughter of a baker, I don’t particularly like chocolate and, unrelated, I was a synchronized swimmer in high school.
What was your first job?: At 13, I was a counselor-in-training at Jay’s Camp, a day camp just outside of Chicago. I was having the summer of my life with the kids until one little girl gave me chicken pox and then I was home in bed for the rest of the summer!


Nina Angeles

Associate Director of Research

Nina is the Associate Director of Research at Chaloner. As an executive search researcher with nonprofit experience in education program management, research and evaluation, and workforce training, Nina brings in-depth industry knowledge to her role with Chaloner. Previously, Nina was a Senior Research Associate with Koya Partners, where she supported clients working across racial justice, philanthropy, social impact, civil rights, and more.

Nina lives in the greater Boston area where you can find her learning new languages, singing at wedding gigs with her partner, and finding new ways and flavors to enhance her ramen game.


Never leave home without: My headphones. I love listening to music, podcasts, and more music..
If I wasn’t a recruiter, I would be: A teacher or counselor.
What is the best advice you've ever received? Maya Angelou's words on "When you know better, you do better," - though I didn't receive these words of advice directly (I wish!), they've guided me through challenges and mistakes that I look back on as formative, life lessons learned
What song or artist are you currently listening to? Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak who make up Silk Sonic - their sound is magic!
What's a snapshot of your bucket list? Surfing in New Zealand, becoming fluent in 3 languages, and starting a wedding band that gigs out regularly

Elizabeth Houde

Project Manager

Elizabeth is a Project Manager at Chaloner. After graduating from Guilford College where they majored in English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and minored in communications, Elizabeth started their career in New York City in publishing as an editorial coordinator.

In their free time, you can find them singing at karaoke or watching old seasons of Project Runway.

What is a recipe you know by heart? I want to say my mom's bread recipe, but last time I tried to make it without looking, I put in too much flour.
What song or artist are you currently listening to? Half Waif! They recently released some piano covers of a few of their songs, and they're very good.