With an average of more than 10 years of staffing industry experience, we think we have the best team in Charleston. Find out more about The Alternative Staffing team by clicking on a name below:
Jan Cappellini, CTS, CSP
Since starting her career as a labor manager of a local, industrial, staffing agency, Jan has been an integral part of the staffing industry for the past 25 years. In 1993, she opened Alternative Staffing, Inc. in a small office on Remount Road to offer custom staffing solutions to local business. In 2009, Alternative Staffing opened its state-of-the-art facility—right up the road from that first small office.
From the beginning, Jan has believed in investing in the community that embraced Alternative Staffing. She has been a member of the South Carolina Staffing Association for years and served numerous positions on the board, including two terms as president. Jan is also very involved in the business community and has been a board member for the Trident Workforce Investment Board for more than 10 years, serving as chair for two of those years. An active Rotarian, Jan is a big supporter of Communities in Schools and a leader in fundraising for the Annual Roundball Classic Basketball Tournament.
A long-time advocate of the use of professional affiliated staffing services and certified recruiters, Jan is also an aggressive proponent of membership in The South Carolina Staffing Association, believing that membership in this association promotes ethical behavior in our industry.
Alternative Staffing partners closely with the One Stop System and other community agencies to provide employment opportunities.
Jan graduated from the Illinois State University Magna Cum Laude with a degree in social work.
Craig Lake, President
Craig’s knowledge and hands-on experience with skilled trades and other industrial positions was invaluable in his early career and continue to serve us well today.
In 1993, Craig and Jan decided to leave the world of corporate staffing and start their own business. Based on the belief that they could offer clients an alternative to the one-size-fits-all staff solutions that were available in the market, Alternative Staffing was born.When he is not directing operations as president of Alternative Staffing, Inc., Craig enjoys golfing and being on the water with his family.
Vicki Hotchkiss, Sales Manager
Vicki brings more than 15 years of outside sales experience to Alternative Staffing. With previous work in media sales in the Charleston market and more than five years in office management in the Myrtle Beach area, Vicki is known for being very involved in various community networking groups.
Vicki received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina. When she isn’t selling for us, Vicki loves to spend time with her son and husband, enjoys traveling, water sports and reading. She supports Low Country Orphan Relief and St. Jude’s.
Jonathan Vallentine, Area Manager
In today’s tough business environment, it means a lot to have someone in your corner who has been there and done that. Jonathan is a decisive and result oriented Recruiting Manager with an extensive background in Warehousing and Distribution. Jonathan brings over 20 years in human capital management expertise to the team and consistently delivers. He is a hands-on recruiter and manager who strategically partners with business leaders across the Lowcountry to deliver best in class solutions that exceed cost, accuracy and service goals.
After completing his under graduate degree and commitment to the US Air Force, Jonathan applied the skills gained as a member of the 81st Aerial Port Squadron on Charleston Air Force Base as a recruiter focusing on staffing for distribution centers in the Tri-County Area. Since that time, his repertoire has grown. He is now a considered the Answer Man for clients and employees alike.
Sam James, Transportation
Virgie Jones, Administrative Assistant
A favorite of clients and candidates alike, Virgie is one of the most senior members of our staff. Having completed two years of business school, “Miss Virgie” served as the Manager of our Clerical Division from 1998 to 2009.
When our offices were consolidated, she agreed to continue on staff in a less taxing, administrative roll. When she is not working. Miss Virgie regularly leads the 5:00 pm children’s choir practice at her church.
Ruby Mae Johnson Wallace, Branch Manager
After spending a few years as a stay-at-home wife and mother, Ruby mae wanted to get back into the workforce. Her career path went from cosmetology to customer service before landing an Alternative Staffing field associate. After that assignment ended, we literally could not get rid of her. Ruby mae showed up at our office every day, even when there weren’t any assignments available. She watched and learned, even teaching herself how to work the computers, and fell in love with the staffing industry.
Her hard work and perseverance paid off, Ruby mae has been with Alternative Staffing ever since. Working her way from receptionist to recruiter, Ruby mae was named office manager in 2010.
Ruby mae is mother to three beautiful daughters, Alicia, Aaliyha and Alayisha and loves to travel and read romance novels.
Chellet Davis, Assistant Manager
A day wouldn’t be complete if you don’t hear from Chellet. Her prompt phone calls have been a mainstay here at Alternative Staffing. Chellet runs the Summerville, SC office with pride and prestige. If you’re looking for a hard working recruiter in the Summerville area, Chellet is your gal.
Sarah Myers, Senior Recruiter
On our team Sarah is known as ‘The Real Deal.’ As part of her role, Sarah spends just as much time on-site learning processes as she does behind a desk recruiting. She goes above and beyond to learn more than what is contained on a candidate’s resume; she knows what they ate for breakfast. Managing our Skilled Industrial Placement Operation, Sarah uses her extensive talent network to expand our pool of pre-qualified industrial candidates and pulls from her manufacturing background to serve as our client liaison.
After serving twelve years in the U.S. Navy, Sarah settled here in the Charleston area in 1995, and we are glad she did. From that time until joining our time in 2002, she was a leader in Lowcountry Manufacturing. Since that time, she has been a client favorite in our Skilled Industrial Division.
Misty Walker-Smith, Accounting Manager
Misty Walker-Smith brings years of book keeping, payroll, and human resources experience to Alternative. Misty and her family moved to the Charleston Area from Indiana three years ago. She enjoys fishing, gardening, and drawing. She is also a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts. Misty has also served in leadership capacities with the Cub Scouts and Ashley Ridge JROTC Booster Club.
Mike Cumbee, Coordinator
With an ever growing background in human resources, business development, account management and recruiting, Mike has the ability to adapt and flourish in any situation. Mike’s experiences working in stressful, ever changing positions have allowed him to cement himself as a highly valuable asset to any organization. Mike takes pride in his never tiring work ethic, his ability to work well with others and his professionalism where others would be found lacking. Mike does everything from interviews and benefits, all the way to drug screening and backgrounds.
In Mike’s free time he likes to modify his cars. He has a history of racing and even was part owner of a race team back in the early 2000’s. Mike has an extreme passion for anything with a motor.
Paul Kirkland, HR Specialist
Paul joined Alternative Staffing with an expertise in management and customer service. He gained incredible experience in the food and beverage industry as the general manager of a high volume restaurant for six years along with working for Fortune 500 companies.
Paul is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a BA in Graphic Design. In his spare time, Paul enjoys doing freelance work for local businesses and non-profits. As a Georgia native and UGA alumni, Paul is an avid Georgia Bulldogs fan, “Go Dawgs!”
You can count on Paul at Alternative Staffing to provide his impeccable service and superior dedication.
Jeremy Strayer, Recruiter
Having roots from Pittsburgh, PA, Jeremy’s passions lie and die with the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates. Jeremy also has a sincere passion to help others. He leads by example with a tireless work ethic that has allowed him to outperform expectations throughout his professional career.
Shortly after proudly serving 8 years as a HR Sergeant in the US Army, Jeremy attained his Business Administration Bachelorette degree from Charleston Southern University. Since beginning his recruiting career in 2013, Jeremy’s determination is to continue helping others change the world, one person, one job at a time.
Samantha Ringer, Accounts Receivable Associate
Samantha came to Alternative Staffing with the desire to always work hard and learn new things. Trying to keep up with Sarah’s instructions hasn’t been easiest of things, but her determination to move up the chain to recruiter status one day has kept her focused. That was her dream anyway, until she positions changed, and now she is helping Misty run the payroll office, as well as being our AR/AP associate. It was a change scenery, but she couldn’t be any happier helping and getting ready for each payroll week.
Samantha was living in her small New York town when she decided to follow her husband Jimmy, who is currently serving in the United States Air Force, to Joint Base Charleston. She enjoys spending most of her time relaxing with her three dogs, Amelia, Han and Leia. When she isn’t relaxing, Sam likes to like to take her Jeep around a few mud puddles and recreate the back woods activities from which her husband and herself came.
Lisa Fairman, Front Desk Associate
With a resume rooted in front office and customer service, Lisa brings a cheerful demeanor to the receptionist position. With an eagerness to learn, but more importantly to help others, Lisa is the engine that ignites itself and chooses the enduring climb. In her spare time she like to cook, walk her dogs, and listen to her husband play drums.