Meet Our Staff


Jeff Tavangar

President and CEO

Jeff Tavangar is the President and CEO of The Armada Group. Jeff provides the strategic vision for the company and leads business development efforts. Prior to starting Armada in 1995, Jeff was a top revenue producer for Surfsoft's engineering services practice and Heuristics Search contract staffing group. His major clients included Sun Microsystems, Adobe Systems, EDS, Hitachi, and Canon. He holds a Bachelors degree from the University of California, Irvine and is an active member of the TechServe Alliance. Jeff resides in Santa Cruz, CA with his wife Rasa, and two daughters. He is also an avid surfer, snowboarder, and mountain biker.

Lisa Sullivan

Chief Operating Officer

Lisa Sullivan is the Chief Operating Officer at The Armada Group. As the COO, Lisa aims to further strengthen Armada's On Demand Talent service capabilities to meet the evolving needs of Armada's clients. Prior to her role as the COO, Lisa was The Armada Group's VP of Client Services responsible for sales management, recruitment, and customer relations. She successfully partnered with clients such as Cisco, Sony, CEA, and Harman International to ensure that all their IT infrastructure, application, software development, and project management needs were fulfilled. In addition, Lisa served as the Director of Business Development and started her career at Armada as a technical recruiter when she joined Armada in 1996. She is also an avid wakeboarder and runner with a passion for sports.

Shelley Baca

Director of HR & Administration

Shelley has served as the Director of HR & Administration since November 2012. She had previously served as Armada's HR Manager since January 2007. Prior to joining Armada, Shelley served as the HR, payroll, and benefits assistant at Campbell Lodging, Inc., a hotel management company, from May 1999 to December 2006. At Campbell Lodging, Inc., she executed the payroll and benefits of a multi-state corporation. In addition, she worked to improve and standardize processes, and procedures, in support of a growing organization. Shelley holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration / HR Management from San Jose State University. In 2008, she earned the designation of Professional in Human Resources. She enjoys traveling, cooking, soap-making, scrapbooking, remodeling/redecorating, and spending time with her family.

Crystal McKee

Director of Talent Acquisition

Crystal McKee has served as the Director of Talent Acquisition since November 2012. Prior to her role, she had served as Armada's Recruiting Manager since July 2010 and as the Lead Technical Recruiter since May 2008. As the Lead Technical Recruiter, Crystal had worked to place skilled, technical talent for many of our clients. She has been recognized, by many, as a talented Technical Recruiter, excellent manager, and excellent coach who leads by example for her team. Crystal holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and Marketing Management from San Francisco State University. She enjoys hobbies such as softball, CrossFit, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family, and friends.

Jesse Oehler

Technical Recruiter II

The road to recruiting has been an exciting path for me. I graduated San Jose State University with a B.A. in Global studies. Since that time I have lived in Germany, and backpacked throughout Europe and Southeast Asia. I moved from the California coast to the frozen tundra of South Dakota and back; built houses, served coffee, and worked in the North Dakota oil fields in between. I enjoy meeting and talking with new people every day, and helping candidates realize their full professional potential and aspirations by matching them with the perfect opportunity. When I am not fitting the pieces to these complex puzzles together, you can find me spending time with my family, surfing, playing basketball, or behind a good book in Santa Cruz.

Lauren Twisselman

Technical Recruiter II

What I enjoy most about recruiting is that it allows me to add to the success of so many intelligent and passionate individuals. As recruiting can be challenging, the greatest fulfillment comes from connecting extraordinary talent with world class opportunities. When I'm not at the office you can find me running, surfing and enjoying the incredible beaches and outdoors in Santa Cruz. My greatest passions in life are traveling the world and enjoying music.

Jennifer Ireland

Business Development Manager

I started off my career in the fitness industry but, after 14 years, decided to seek new challenges elsewhere. The past 3+ years at The Armada Group has given me the opportunity to build upon my lifelong interest in technology while continuing to utilize my passion to help people. I started at The Armada Group as a recruiter and within a year was promoted to Business Development Manager. In my role as Business Development Manager, I have the privilege to work with many rapidly growing companies and startups to help them realize their growth potential. My goal is to provide an amazing client experience and build lasting relationships. When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters while my active side enjoys working out and staying healthy.

Matthew Reid

Technical Recruiter

I am a graduate of San Jose State University, where I received a B.S. degree in marketing. I was first introduced to recruiting through my fraternity and was instantly hooked. I enjoy interacting with others, meeting new people, and helping them achieve their goals. In my free time I enjoy hanging out at the beach with my friends, catching up on my favorite shows, and playing the occasional game of baseball.

Masha Perlstein

Technical Recruiter

I have always loved helping people and prior to recruiting, I was teaching and then working in Silicon Valley as an Event Planner. This is where I truly found my passion to work within the growing sector of IT. As a recruiter, I find myself challenged every day, not only to find the right opportunities for individuals, but to continually learn more in the IT world. When I am not connecting extraordinary talent with world class opportunities, you can find me exercising, enjoying the outdoors, camping, hiking, spending time with friends, reading a good book or playing with my two dogs, Sandy and Simba.