• Team

    Meet Our Rock Stars


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.

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.

Masha Perlstein

Technical Recruiter

I started off my career in teaching and then moved into Event Sales and Planning when I moved to the Bay Area. I have always loved helping people and working at the Armada Group has provided me the opportunity to help people find the right career opportunities. I started out at the Armada Group as a Sourcer and was promoted the next year to a Technical Recruiter. When I am not building relationships with my candidates, you can find me spending time with my husband, exercising, enjoying the outdoors, camping, hiking, spending time with friends, reading a good book or playing with my two dogs, Sandy and Simba.

Steven Eichhorn

Technical Recruiter

I came to Armada after recently graduating from Young Harris College in Georgia, where I pursued my passion for baseball. Helping others is something I thoroughly enjoy, which is why recruiting is such a fulfilling profession. It is great to develop relationships with a variety of people with different backgrounds and aspirations and assist them with achieving their goals, while at the same time gaining invaluable knowledge about the ever-changing tech industry. In my free time, I enjoy working out, making music, and playing all types of competitive games.

Austin Conner

Technical Recruiter

I started off my career in management and sales, and that alongside a passion for helping others has led me to The Armada Group, and provided me the opportunity to help propel people forward in their careers. I grew up local to Santa Cruz, and after spending 8 years in Reno, recently moved back to the area. In my free time I enjoy working out at the gym as an active member of the fitness community for over 8 years. Feel free to get in touch!

Jesse Sanborn

Technical Recruiter

I am a recent college graduate who is excited to help others advance in their career. I have previous work experience in the restaurant industry and in sports, so my mind is always on the next challenge. Through my experience in this profession, I have truly enjoyed getting to know the individuals I have had the chance to represent with hopes of building long-term relationships. Each day is another opportunity to learn more about this profession, the tech industry, my consultants, and myself. Outside of work I enjoy watching sports, playing basketball, hanging with friends, and meeting new people. Feel free to reach out!