The Chief of Staff Team


Jessica Underwood

Founder & Visionary

Jessica founded Chief of Staff KC – a staffing solutions company for the modern office – in 2011. As a woman-owned, family business, Chief of Staff focuses on placing great quality candidates in today’s office cultures. The company has carved out a focus on developing a personable and approachable appeal to Kansas City’s top administrative talent and the companies who value their people.


Casey Wright

President & Co-Owner

With over 13 years of recruiting and sales experience, Casey is excited to take over as President of Chief of Staff and to build out a well-rounded, experienced team focused on growth. Casey is a proven leader and focuses on Accounting and Finance placements from entry-level roles up to executive-level positions.


Katie Newton

Talent Operations

Katie has extensive experience in office management and is an integral part of the Chief of Staff team. Katie has a strong work ethic, fun -loving personality and knows the importance of hiring a reliable employee.



Tiffany Riggs

Division Manager

Growing up in Kansas City, Tiffany has always been eager to help others and see them succeed. She always had a competitive streak and demanded a high level of performance from herself. Tiffany uses that to motivate herself to build one-on-one relationships with each and every candidate, insuring successful placements with candidates that not only fit the job skills criteria, but also fit the clients’ culture.



Emerson Hodes

Senior Talent Scout & Marketing Manager

Emerson recently moved back to his hometown to join the Chief of Staff team. He has extensive experience with recruiting and sales and is looking forward to becoming a key contributor in both areas for COS. Emerson is a people person at heart and enjoys networking and building strong business relationships with candidates and clients.



Lisa Acree

Division Manager

Lisa is a native Kansas Citian who grew up in the Lee’s Summit area. With 10 years of experience in the HR Industry, and over 7 of those in recruiting, Lisa is excited to join the Chief of Staff Team to lead the HR Division! She will be helping companies find the right talent while also working with individuals looking for a better career opportunity. She’s passionate about making the right long-term fit for both employers and employees.




Bryce Shepherd

Talent Scout

Bryce is a Liberty native who is excited to be a big part of the Chief of Staff’s Finance and Accounting Division. As a former collegiate athlete at William Jewell College, he’s glad to have found a career that allows him to help others while scratching the itch to compete.



Briley Beets

Recruiting Coordinator

Briley is a lifelong Kansan who graduated from Emporia State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication. She has lots of experience working in a fast-paced office and working with a team. Briley loves to help people and is eager to help improve the lives of others in the KC area.



Lucas Berry

Talent Scout

Lucas was born and raised in the greater Kansas City area and is excited to be a part of a growing Chief of Staff team. With a background in sales, Lucas brings a competitive personality and a large personal network to the table. He has always been a people person and values developing long-lasting personal and professional relationships.