Executive Team

President

Ken Tracy

Ken, together with his wife, Elizabeth, founded TaleMed in 2006 with a vision of delivering cost-effective, efficient staffing solutions for hospitals across the country. With his strategic acumen and forward thinking, Ken has helped make TaleMed one of the fastest-growing, highest-rated travel nurse companies. The company has been Joint Commission Certified since 2007. Ken received the Ernst & Young Midwest Region Finalist award in 2015 and 2016,

Prior to TaleMed, Ken served as President at Trasys and Vice President at Fluor Daniel. At Traysys, he built the IT company and its project management, database management and web interface services from the ground up. In 2000, it was the fastest growing tech firm in the United States. At Fluor Daniel, a global engineering and construction company, he managed the staffing and deliverables for commercial and industrial building projects, including multiple buildings exceeding $100 million.

Passionate about serving the community, Ken was president of Cincinnati Christian University, his alma mater, from 2014 to 2016. He serves as a local government elected official as a member of the Board of Trustees for Miami Township in Clermont County since 2004, and he is a member of the Board of Trustees for Kentucky Christian University.

Along with Elizabeth, he co-founded Impacting Tomorrow, a medical- and faith-based philanthropic foundation that seeks to make a positive impact by contributing financial support and volunteers to local and global mission projects. Ken is also an active volunteer and fundraiser with many Cincinnati-area charities, including those supported by Impacting Tomorrow.

As an avid sports fan, he enjoys attending college basketball games and served as the Men’s Basketball coach at CCU from 2012-14.

CEO

Elizabeth Tracy

Elizabeth, CEO of TaleMed, studied business management at Cincinnati Christian University. She co-founded TaleMed with her husband in 2006. Under her leadership, TaleMed has gone from a startup to one of the leading healthcare and travel nursing companies in the country. They were awarded Woman-Owned Business of the Year by the Clermont Chamber of Commerce in 2016.

She’s a strong and passionate leader who believes in giving every employee the support they need so they can fully engage for others. Elizabeth serves on the Board of Directors for the Milford Miami Township Chamber of Commerce and is a true community servant, continually seeking opportunities to balance business with opportunities to give back to her community.

In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family – husband, Ken, daughters, Katelyn and Kristina, and son-in-law DJ.

Chief Financial Officer

Dave Buffenbarger

Dave, chief financial officer of TaleMed, studied accounting and finance at Wright State University. With over 30 years of experience, Dave has used his accounting and financial expertise to prepare, maintain and report accurate financial data, manage government compliance, oversee tax preparation and manage cash flow and other company assets.

He serves on the Board of Trustees for Cincinnati Christian University.

As a devoted father and sports fan, you can find him and wife, Jill, cheering on their children, Seth and Ellie, at sporting events all over town. He coaches and serves as a board member for both Mason Youth Basketball and Ohio Thunder Softball, and as president of the board for Mason High School Softball Boosters.

Vice President

Randy Baker

Randy, vice president of TaleMed, studied business management and pre-law at Ohio University. For the last 12 years, he has directed the finance division of the company.

Randy also serves on the Board of Directors for Clermont Connect. As a board member, he works to balance the growth and development of Clermont County while seeking to maintain a rural small town feel throughout the community.

Randy enjoys spending time with his wife Michelle and two daughters Laura and Rachel along with his son-in-law Carter. He also likes to paint and travel in his spare time and is a devoted FC Cincinnati soccer fan.

Senior Director of Staffing Operations

Steve Williams

Steve, senior director of staffing operations, studied business management at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Beginning his TaleMed career as a staffing coordinator in 2011, he helped evaluate and place travel healthcare professionals with hospitals.

Now as senior director, Steve creates the strategic plans for TaleMed’s hiring process and ensures field staff are working in alignment with company goals. One of his most rewarding responsibilities is helping recruiters further their professional and personal development.

An All-American college baseball player, Steve stays active in the community as a volunteer for Milford Church of Christ and Matthew 25: Ministries. In his free time, he enjoys traveling to historic sites, going to Cincinnati sporting events and being newly engaged.

Director of Staffing Operations

Kristen Huff

Kristen, director of staffing operations, studied communications, public relations and psychology at the University of Cincinnati. Joining TaleMed in 2012 as a staffing coordinator and then working as the company’s first team lead, she became the Director of Staffing Operations in 2017. With her strong communication skills and commitment to excellence, she creates and manages TaleMed’s overall strategy for travel healthcare professional recruitment.

Nominated in 2017 for Clermont County’s Young Professional of the Year award, Kristen is equally dedicated to giving back to the community. She’s an avid volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House, City Gospel Mission and the Stray Animal Adoption Program (SAAP).

In her free time, Kristen enjoys spending time with her husband Dustin, son Easton and their two rescue dogs Griffey and Rocky. A Cincinnati native, she enjoys concerts, traveling and home décor.

Human Resources Manager

Toria Root

Toria, internal human resources manager at TaleMed, studied communications at the University of Cincinnati. She started as an Employee Services Coordinator at TaleMed and provided human resources for field staff, before becoming HR Manager for internal staff in 2016.

As HR Manager, Toria helps hire and retain employees, participates in all staff performance reviews and guides professional development. She also helps enhance the company’s culture by instilling the six core values of Respect, Innovation, Consistency, Humility, Excellence and Resilience.

A Cincinnati native, Toria enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews, going on Back2Back mission trips and volunteering with Matthew 25: Ministries and the Stray Animal Adoption Program (SAAP).

Human Resources Manager

Jessica Meek

Jessica, human resources manager at TaleMed, studied business management with a marketing concentration at Cincinnati Christian University. She began her career at TaleMed as an employee services coordinator before being promoted to HR manager in May 2018.

In her HR role, Jessica reviews contracts for the recruiting department, manages benefit enrollment and maintenance and creates and implements departmental processes. She also partners with other department leads to create strategic plans for company growth.

Jessica’s outside-of-work interests include baking, cooking and spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys film photography and design.

Compliance Department Manager and Team Lead

Steve Schlegel

Steve, compliance department manager at TaleMed, studied history at the University of Cincinnati. With 11 years of industry experience, he started his professional career in marketing and compliance coordinator roles at two Cincinnati-area staffing agencies.

At TaleMed, Steve trains and manages compliance team members as they coordinate smooth hospital starts of travel healthcare professionals. In addition, he builds strong client relationships to ensure that they have fully credentialed nurses and allied health professionals in alignment with The Joint Commission, TaleMed and hospital standards.

Outside of work, Steve enjoys taking care of his two dogs – an English Springer Spaniel and a shepherd/husky mix – along with dog watching other furry friends. He also golfs, hikes and volunteers during his free time.

Compliance Operations Manager

Ashley Watts

Ashley, compliance operations manager at TaleMed, started her collegiate years studying at Stetson University in Florida to be a teacher. She decided to go a different route and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business administration.

Discovering TaleMed at a Career Fair, Ashley works to ensure that all travelers are up to date with their testing, drug screening and licensing that meet The Joint Commission, TaleMed and facility standards. In her management role, she continually improves compliance processes and priorities while also guiding the professional development and ensuring the success of her team.

In her free time, she likes to run, bake, play with her dog and spend time with her husband, Brandon, and her close-knit family. She also is a musician for her church, playing several different instruments.