Meet The Team

Welcome to our team at ATC Healthcare Staffing, where the charm of Charleston’s beaches meets the energy of Atlanta’s skyscrapers. Our mission is simple: we’re here to make careers thrive, promote wellness for patients, and spread positivity far and wide. Get to know our wonderful team better – a group fueled by genuine passion. Our focus is on aiding you in finding the right staff or taking that crucial next step in your career.

Judi Tompkins

Regional CEO and Franchise Owner

Judi has over 30 years business experience in the accounting and healthcare industries. Helping people to find jobs in these times is incredibly satisfying for her. Judi is an avid hiker, and hopes to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail someday. Judi lives with her family in the Atlanta area.

Sara McBride 

Regional COO and Franchise Owner

Sara is a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience in both the accounting and hospitality industries. Originally from Atlanta, she grew up in southern California, where her love for the outdoors took root. A year spent in Florence, Italy, left her with a deep appreciation for travel, art history, and diverse world cultures.  Now residing in Atlanta with her husband, Sara’s household is graced by two adorable papillon dogs and two rambunctious ragdoll cats, whom they consider their fur babies. In her rare moments of free time, she competes in ballroom dancing, showcasing her dedication to this art form and her passion for competition.

Trisha McDuffie

Human Resources Director

Trisha joined ATC in 2010 and brings over 38 years of human resources experience. While she was born in Tokyo, Japan, she has called Georgia home for most of her life. Trisha is a lifelong Clemson Tigers enthusiast.  Trisha is a strong advocate for Breast Cancer Awareness and Lyme Disease Awareness. She uses her voice to raise awareness about these important causes to make a genuine impact.

Sierra Baker 

Thomasville Branch Manager

Sierra, currently living in Cairo, GA is a proud mother of two wonderful children and a supportive figure for her younger brother. Her credentials as a certified Phlebotomist and Clinical Medical Assistant add a wonder perspective to her career in the healthcare sector.  Sierra finds immense joy in planning gatherings and cherishing moments with her children and extended family. Her daily aspiration is to be the source of someone’s smile.

Kara Brown

Atlanta and Charleston Human Resources Manager

Kara has been with ATC since 2017 doing payroll and human resources. She has an extensive background in hospitality and restaurant management. Kara attended college at the University of South Carolina Upstate and graduated with a BA in Psychology. Living in Charleston, South Carolina,  Kara enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys at the beach or outdoors as well as reading in her spare time.


Adam Christenson

Atlanta Credentialing Specialist – Specialized Care

Adam moved to Middle Georgia from Southern California in 2017 with his amazing wife of eighteen years and five beautiful children. Adam enjoys working in a team environment and is looking forward to working with the ATC family. When he is not working, Adam loves spending time with his wife and children going fishing, camping, and enjoying the outdoors. Adam also enjoys woodworking, drawing, painting, and doing tattoos in his free time.

Shanna Christenson

Atlanta Manager – Specialized Care

Shanna’s journey’s been a wild mix, from being a Human Services Administrator, Bookkeeper, Mental Health Residential Manager, to a Nurse Staffing Manager. But what really fires her up? It’s being part of a dynamic team, no matter what the title says. She’s been with ATC Healthcare since 2020, starting off as a recruiter and steadily moving up. Shanna’s got this firm belief: titles are just labels, they don’t define how much she rocks as a team player or an individual.  Born in Southern California, she swapped coasts for Middle Georgia in 2017 and felt right at home with the Southern vibe. When she’s not wearing her work hat, you’ll find her hanging out with her four kids. Fishing, crafting, and cooking up new recipes – she’s into it all. Shanna’s all about seizing the day and embracing whatever cool surprises life throws her way.

Thea Deaton

Charleston Sales Manager

Thea Deaton grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where all of her immediate family still resides. She is the newest addition to the ATC family and has 6+ years of sales experience. Thea is a professional photographer and currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina. Thea loves to hike, bike, fish, and her latest hobby is pickleball.

Bobbie Jean Goodman

Charleston Recruiter

Bobbie Jean has been working for ATC Charleston since 2019. She returned to ATC after a 15-year hiatus in teaching. Bobbie Jean taught elementary school in Dorchester District Two and loved every minute of it. During that time, she learned to multi-task, become a good communicator, and work together as a team. Bobbie Jean is a Charleston native, graduating from College of Charleston in 2004. She lives in Charleston with her husband and two incredible children. Bobbie Jean enjoys spending time with them at home and out around town. They keep her very busy with all their many interests! Bobbie Jean looks forward to meeting your needs and helping you find the perfect opportunity! “Love your work, then you will find pleasure in mastering it”.

Nakia Heyward

Charleston Recruiting Assistant

Nakia Heyward was born in North Charleston South Carolina but was raised in Goose Creek South Carolina, where she currently resides. For over 27 years, Nakia’s professional background has been in healthcare. She joined the ATC family in August of 2021 as an On-Call Coordinator and she recently transitioned to her new role as a recruiting assistant. Nakia is married with four beautiful children (three boys and one girl) and has two granddaughters and one fur baby. Nakia enjoys spending time with family and hosting and catering parties in her free time. Nakia enjoys meeting new people and being able to work with all the different healthcare professionals that have chosen this rewarding profession. She is a firm believer in, “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life”.

Lindsey Knutsen 

Atlanta Staffing Manager

Lindsey was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she currently resides with her boyfriend and two dogs. Lindsey has had the pleasure of wearing many different hats within the business office including recruiting, payroll, billing, and accounting. In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys spending time with loved ones going to see live music, sightseeing, and trying new restaurants.

Olivia McDuffie

Milledgeville Payroll Assistant and Office Clerk

Olivia resides in Milledgeville, GA. She received her Batchelor’s Degree in English and is currently attending Georgia College and State University to obtain her Master’s Degree in English. Olivia is a book and music enthusiast and enjoys attending concerts and spending time with her family, friends, and her Shih Tzu dog, Susie-Q.


Elma Ocasio

Atlanta and Charleston HR Assistant

Elma Ocasio comes from a small town named Derventa in Bosnia and Hercegovina. During the Ex-Yugoslavian war in 1992, Elma and her family immigrated to Germany where she lived for 7 years. In 1999, Elma and her family settled in Georgia and have called it home ever since. She now lives in Acworth with her husband (Joe) and 2 kids (Daris and Jayla). Elma enjoys spending time with her family, working on small DIY projects around the house, and loves weekend trips to go sightseeing.


Sonia Pennell

On-call Agent

Sonia, a Charleston area native, is a life-long member at Highland Park Baptist Church in Hanahan, SC. She currently lives with her father, Michael 72yo, in Moncks Corner, SC with the Cooper River as their backyard. Sonia would love to say she cares for her father, but he still thinks he is young and does what he wants! Sonia raised her daughter, Faith, as a single mom.  Faith is now an adult and living on her own.  But Sonia and Faith keep their childhood alive by being passholders at Disney World, their home away from home.   Sonia dreams of one day going to Israel to visit Jerusalem to walk where Jesus walked.


Abigail Prater

Atlanta and Charleston Credentialing Specialist

Abigail has worked in the healthcare staffing industry for 9 years, and began her career while obtaining her English Literature degree. She and her husband reside in Georgia with their 6 pets. Her interests include animal rescue, reading, and spending time outdoors.

Christy Richard

Milledgeville and Atlanta Human Resources Associate

Christy Richard grew up on a farm in Jones County, with her parents and brothers. In her early 20s, she moved to Wilkinson County, where she currently resides with her husband and pets. She loves and enjoys anything outdoors: lake days, camping, fishing and just enjoying time with her loved ones. On cold and rainy days, she enjoys crafts and making things with her Cricut and Sublimation printer. Her and her husband dream of one day, buying land, building their dream home and raising farm animals.

Jane Torres

Charleston Payroll Manager

Jane has over 20 years of experience hiring, building teams, and processing payroll for multiple hospitality groups.  Jane grew up in Arizona and graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Biology where she was also an ASU Cheerleader.  She currently resides outside of NYC with her husband, son, daughter, and four fur babies.

Amber Willingham

Thomasville Credentialing Specialist

Amber currently resides in her hometown of Camilla, GA. In December 2021, she received her degree in Healthcare Management from Albany State University. In the future, Amber plans on obtaining her MBA. During her free time, she enjoys singing, cooking, journaling, shopping, and traveling.

Valarie Yarborough

Charleston Senior Recruiter

Valarie Yarborough moved to beautiful Charleston in 2013 but is a North Carolinian at heart! Valarie’s professional background has been in the recruiting and healthcare industries for the past 17 years. She joined ATC Healthcare in September of 2015. Valarie loves the challenges of the healthcare staffing industry. In Valarie’s free time you can find her at the beach, outdoors, spending time with friends and her dog, traveling, and listening to live music. If you are looking for the next step in your career, Valarie would love to provide any help that she can, especially if you are looking for full-time work or Travel contracts. Reach out to her for your next opportunity!