Lily Winsaft

Founder And Principal

Lily created Aldebaran Associates shortly after 9/11. It was a challenging time for our national economy but in many ways it was the best time to start a company dedicated to helping people advance their careers. Lily’s professional background spans 25 years of experience in business development and sales. She is an idea machine and a true entrepreneur with a love for making a difference in how people view themselves both personally and professionally.

Lily graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, which has helped fuel her natural ability to understand human nature. She is an adept relationship builder, coach, and leader. Professional recruiting and career coaching are the vehicles through which she is able to fulfill on her lifelong dream “To Create a World Where People Love What They Do.”

Lance Winsaft

President And Managing Partner

Lance hails from the East Coast having lived in New York, South Florida, and Atlanta. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in Philosophy, and since then, Lance has worked with some of the best business coaches and mentors in the country. In 2014, he bought 50% ownership stake in Aldebaran Recruiting and now manages the Aldebaran Sales and Recruiting teams that support our operations and clients nationwide.

Lance is a subject matter expert on the topics of talent acquisition, recruiting and headhunting, staff augmentation, leadership and management training, sales, and culture building. He loves the outdoors, travelling, watching comic book movies, playing poker, and his 2 dogs Elvis and Tasha.

Brandi Wheeler

Director of Client Relations And Business Development

Brandi is a born and raised Georgia native who loves all things Southern! She graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Psychology, focusing on Child & Family Development. She prides herself on her ability to build and maintain relationships with people from all walks of life, and strives to help people reach their career goals and full potential. She is constantly bringing great value to our recruiting efforts and business expansion. She enjoys hiking, yoga, basketball, football (GO DAWGS!!), and anything on the beach. However, nothing exceeds her love for UGA and a peaceful, country landscape!

Jackie Kellam

Director of Recruiting And Business Development

Jackie began her career in recruiting shortly after moving to San Diego. She graduated from the University of Colorado (Go Buffs!) with a B.S. in Sociology. After graduating she found a career in Chicago real estate, nurturing her passion of working in a fast paced environment while helping people make important decisions. She used to help people find homes, now she helps them find jobs! Jackie enjoys running, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family. Her ability to connect with top companies and talent alike has helped her to thrive at Aldebaran Recruiting.

Mark Kapov

Senior Associate, Recruiting And Business Development

Mark is a born and raised San Diego native. He graduated from St. Mary’s College of California in the Bay Area with a B.A. in the Integral Program (Great Books - Pre-Law). Known for his penchant to create lasting relationships, Mark’s biggest strength in recruiting lies in establishing an honest and transparent rapport with his candidates, always present to what really matters to them and their future. He is a drummer, percussionist, and former record label executive in A&R, who enjoys biking, hiking, baseball (lifetime Padres fan aka Friar Faithful), football and great live music wherever it can be found! Mark’s passion for people and his commitment to having them live a life they love are the driving forces that truly embody the core values at Aldebaran Recruiting.

Jess Sankowski

Senior Associate, Recruiting And Business Development

Jess is a San Diego native with a passion for helping people live their most successful lives. After learning the ins and outs of the recruiting world, Jess has ​found a career that allows her to do just that! In her free time she enjoys coming up with delicious recipes in the kitchen and binge watching the next trending Netflix series. Jess also has a passion for helping animals and is an active kitten foster​ volunteer with the San Diego Humane Society.

Mimi Cerutti

Sales And Marketing Specialist

Mimi is a born and raised San Diego native along with her entire family. She is very much a family woman, with five children and a grand baby girl. Her professional experience lies in business organization and management and she keeps our sales pipeline and marketing channels smooth and seamless! She has a passion for health and wellness, and loves road trips, hiking, and anything outdoors.

Amanda Lang

Recruiting Coordinator And Operations Manager

Amanda was born and raised just outside Detroit. After a long stint in Seattle, she made her way to San Diego in 2014. Amanda has extensive high level customer service experience credited mostly to her background in retail management. As the liaison between our clients and candidates, she is highly organized and keeps our process seamless for both parties! Amanda spends most of her spare time outside surfing, camping, and hiking. When she isn't soaking up the sun Amanda likes to craft, read, and watch professional wrestling!

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