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Our Team

Mathys+Potestio provides creative staffing and placement services. We’re recruiters but creatives, too. M+P was founded by two creative industry vets who’ve worked as copywriters, designers, project managers, account managers…we’ve even done paste-up. If that doesn’t say how long we’ve been around, maybe our typewriters will.

Jackie Mathys

has been running creative staffing agencies in Portland since the late 90s. Prior to placing creatives, she was one–a freelance copywriter for seven years, and staff writer for POWDER magazine before that. Originally from sunny Southern California, Jackie has called Portland home since 1990. Her first car was a yellow Fiat 128.

Steve Potestio

grew up in Portland, worked in San Francisco as a graphic designer and writer for many years, and has agency executive management experience in HR and operations. His staffing experience includes working at FILTER, co-founding 52 Limited and now managing the growth of M+P in Portland, Austin and Los Angeles. His first car was a 1969 Scout. What heater?

Nicole Anderson

is a native Californian who landed in Portland in 2007, and has considered it home ever since. She brings to M+P a background in digital marketing, human resources, and management at Fortune 100 companies, and loves using her experience and powers for good in helping candidates find the right fit. She can also be found volunteering for cancer-related causes, life coaching, enjoying live music over a glass of local wine or beer, and escaping with the occasional Netflix marathon. Her first car was a 1985 red Honda CRX with no backseat, yet somehow still managed to magically transport people and cargo.

Janessa Knodt

The daughter of a traveling helicopter pilot, Janessa grew up all over this great land, (but mostly in a smelly old Mazda) with key stops in Thibodaux, LA and Fanwood, New Jersey. Eventually, she landed in Northern California. After graduating from UCSD she got right out of Dodge, chasing her advertising dreams to Chicago, where she worked as a copywriter for 10 years. Those nice paychecks and stability were overrated, so in 2011 she chucked it all and opened her own flower shop. Today she finds herself in Portland, managing social media and freaking out over moss. Her first car was a tan 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme named Betty, and she was perfect.

Sherry Gutell

is an LA native and very proud of it. She plans on living there for the rest of her life, unless her husband can convince her mom and whole family to move too.  Her friends would describe her as someone that will always be there for you and tell you that you’re doing great .. even if you’re not.  Her background includes various roles in marketing and advertising on the agency side plus a short period of entrepreneurship, when she opened her own online jewelry boutique.  After a year and a half of running her own business, she concluded that she missed paydays and she prefers to work for someone else.

If you ever need a tequila drinking partner or shopping buddy, she is your gal.  Her first car was a black C240 Mercedes Benz .. did we mention she’s from LA? 

Flavia Arsenault

realized creatives really do run the world, and joined M+P to see what all the fuss was about. She has a background in academic fundraising and agency management from the client side. Her first car was a 2015 Mini Cooper. That’s right—moving to LA forced her to buy her first car. In her spare time she funded a Kickstarter project, and she volunteers on the board of AIGA Los Angeles.

Jordan Livingston

was raised in Ogden, Utah, and has a varied professional background, having worked in journalism, ecommerce, sales, recruiting and education. He loves facilitating relationships and becomes quite excited about any conversation that involves baseball or rock-and-roll trivia. His first truck was a 1984 Mazda pickup. He had to pop the clutch to get it started…but the heater worked.

Eric Howes

is a designer and (sort of) developer who likes type, maps, and other forms of data. His favorite color, even though it’s technically not a color, is grey. He moved from Michigan, where people regularly drive through snow. He bought his first grey car for $200, which had a heater that worked for awhile.

Blaire Ottoboni

brings a background in digital marketing and a passion for company culture to M+P. When not out exploring the menus at her favorite PDX restaurants, you might find her at yoga or hopping on a plane to somewhere far, far away. She mastered the art of driving a pickup truck out near the garlic fields in Gilroy at the age of 11.

Molly Hitchings

is like everyone else from Austin by being a California native. She has a background in graphic communication, web and digital media. Her loves include typography, craft beer, being outside, and dancing in a studio or her kitchen. She also has a passionate affinity for baked goods. Her first car was an Acura that died more than it ran, forcing her onto a cruiser bike more often than not.

Dave Couzens

grew up in the mean streets of Detroit Rock City’s suburbs. He has a background working in various support and account management roles with staffing and vendor management agencies over the last 10 years. He enjoys viewing sports, taking hikes and indulging in PDX’s food and craft beer scene. His first car was a 1990 Ford Probe with a working heater.

 

Nicole Holle

is one of four Austin natives left in town, having worked as a producer at an ad agency before landing in creative recruiting. She’s married to a designer, so she’s always surrounded by creatives. You can get her attention quickly by mentioning hiking, traveling abroad, movies, or pouring a drink involving ginger beer. Her first car was a ’95 Izuzu Rodeo, but her most beloved car was a white ’96 Oldsmobile named Betty.

Christie Drew

has worked as a freelance production artist for design agencies throughout Portland, lending her a familiarity with the talent she will help place. A Chicago native, Christie moved to Portland in 1995 and definitely calls Oregon home. She enjoys hiking Portland trails, hanging out at the coast and swooning over high performance cars. Her first ride, however, was a 1988 Plymouth Sundance with a working heater. Pretty essential.

Molly Setchko

was born and raised in Eugene, OR. She hung up her Birkenstocks and tie dye and headed to Portland a few years ago, but you’ll still find her at Autzen Stadium during Duck football season! She has a background in special education, talent acquisition, all things office and admin, and is now diving in to the creative world. When she’s not at work with her M+P fam, she’s most likely playing with the nearest dog, snacking on a variety of cheeses, doing hot yoga, or gardening.

Michelle Holbein

is a Wisconsin native with a human resources background in both manufacturing and higher education. Her loves include hiking and exploring new places, checking out new eateries, and daydreaming about her next travel destination. Her first car was a 1987 Mercury Topaz with a working heater, which was essential to surviving many brutal Wisconsin winters.

Katy Eddy

has a background in operations and office management, but really, she’s interested in evolutionary psychology and human cognition. She moved to Portland from San Francisco where she shaped company culture at Soundcloud and Braintree. Katy is fluent in German and makes a mean Pfifferlingsaucesemmelknödel. Katy can usually be found running along the waterfront, hiking, traveling, or exploring Portland’s food scene.

Crissy Coleman

is a native Oregonian who’s been recruiting for most of her adult life. With particular experience working with digital media professionals, she loves helping people discover their career passions and realize their professional goals. When not meeting candidates over a cappuccino, Crissy likes to travel to warm places, sweat it out in a spin class, and spend Sundays at brunch with good friends.

Brett Thacher

has a history of solving client problems as an agency account director, where he and his teams led marketing programs for Fortune 100 companies. Raised in Iowa, he traded his farm roots for the big cities of New York and LA before he settled in Portland. Brett loves camping, hiking, college basketball, live music and impromptu dance parties with his daughter. His first car was a 1981 Datsun 200sx hatchback.

Ben Peterson

grew up in the Bay Area, cheering for the steroid-fueled Oakland A’s of the late 1980s. He has a background in communications consulting and writing, previously serving as principal partner of his agency, Peterson Skolnick & Dodge. Ben brings communications expertise in the areas of education, arts and culture, health care, law, and fundraising. He’s a little too into sports, especially when it comes to his alma mater’s football team, the USC Trojans. His first car was a yellow 1980 Ford Futura that only worked about half the time. Oh, and he wants you to know that he’s bowled a perfect game.