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Jim Rudman

CEO & Partner

610.725.0290 x 422

Jim is the founder of Ashton Tweed and co-creator of the Life Sciences Talent Bank. He has specialized in identifying talent in the life sciences industry for over 25 years. Ashton Tweed was formed in 2004 to combine the flexibility and versatility of Interim Talent (highly skilled professionals on a project basis) with the art and refinement of Executive Search (very specialized talent on a retained, permanent basis). Jim is passionate about providing superior services to both candidates and clients alike. Jim and his wife have four children, and he enjoys the Philadelphia restaurant scene and the occasional Ashton cigar!

Jordan Warshafsky


610.725.0290 x 441

Jordan has over 35 years of life science industry experience with an extensive background in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biotechnology. A co-creator of the Life Sciences Talent Bank, he has previously held industry senior corporate-level leadership positions in business development, global marketing and strategic planning to include being the President of a start-up life science company. Jordan is the company “ambassador” and can be found at many of the region’s Life Sciences Industry meetings. He is married with three wonderful sons, enjoys travelling internationally and spending time with friends and family.

Lea Wolfinger

Vice President

610.725.0290 x 443

Lea has over 18 years of executive recruiting experience, with over 10 years devoted to the life sciences industry. She works in all areas of placement within the Life Sciences, with a focus on interim, interim-to-hire, and permanent positions at the executive level. Lea pioneers the development of creative strategies to identify and connect with top candidates. In addition, she works closely with Ashton Tweed partners to meet business development goals and retain client business. Due to her enthusiasm, creativity, and focus, she is a self-starter that can tackle any project. Lea also loves the summer, staying fit, and going to the beach every chance she gets.

Robert Ruth

Vice President & Managing Director

610.725.0290 x 426

Robert brings over 25 years of experience driving strategic recruitment strategies in the pharmaceutical and life sciences segments and provides unparalleled support to his clients as a talent and business adviser. Prior to joining Ashton Tweed, Robert was a Vice President and Principal at The Stevenson Group. Earlier experience includes a global leadership role at Novartis as Global Staffing Head for both the Clinical Development Franchises and Drug Safety and Epidemiology, and also Head of Staffing for the US Development organization. Additional roles prior included Roche, Sanofi-Synthelabo, Wyeth, Pfizer, and Aventis. Outside of the office, Robert is an accomplished musician and plays the tuba in the renowned NJ-based Hanover Wind Symphony. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids.

Ashley Phillips

Director - Executive Recruitment

610.725.0290 x 451

Ashley has over 10 years of experience in the life sciences industry. She leverages her background in health sciences and psychology when recruiting for senior level positions. Ashley manages both candidates and clients throughout the entire search process, ensuring a steady stream of communication is facilitated between all parties. She has a passion for placing executives in leadership roles so that they can continue improving patient outcomes for future generations. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to new places, and getting outside as often as possible for a good run.

Cindy Warner

Director - Executive Recruitment


Cindy has over 15 years executive search experience having transitioned into search from the advertising industry. The past 10 years have been dedicated to life sciences including pharma, biotech, medical devices, and consumer health. She has successfully worked in a broad range of disciplines, including C-suite roles. When she’s not on the phone, she loves to cook, go to concerts, and hike with her dog Harry.

Mary Porreca

Director - Executive Recruitment

610.725.0290 x 425

Mary brings 20+ years of strategic and tactical search techniques to attract top quality candidates and has been associated with Ashton Tweed since 2004. Prior to joining Ashton Tweed, Mary enjoyed a rewarding career with Diversified Search, where she was instrumental in managing multiple on-going high profile executive searches across all disciplines. On the Corporate side, Mary worked with Lincoln Financial Group as a Staffing Consultant responsible for determining staffing needs. Mary is married and appreciates travel, music/dance, cooking, and spending time with her adult children.

Bill Thornton

Director - Executive Recruitment


Bill Thornton has a decade of experience recruiting in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device sectors, specializing within the Regulatory Affairs space. Previous roles have included Pharmaceutical Recruiter at Fiore Global Search, Permanent Placement Recruiter at General Healthcare Resources, and Director of Regulatory Affairs Recruitment at Klein Hersh International. Bill is a fitness enthusiast, an avid sports viewer, and has a passion for coaching, especially football.

Jennifer Kravitz

Associate Director - Executive Recruitment


Jen has a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University and uses her diverse background in customer service and scientific roles to engage candidates on relevant searches. Jen is detail oriented, with excellent communication skills, including a proven ability to translate her meteorological background, strong analytical skills and problem-solving techniques into a purpose-driven leadership role. When not busy chasing around her two charismatic little boys, she likes camping with the family, gardening, and enjoying nature.

Alicia Mullin

Director - Research

610.725.0290 x 450

Alicia has a B.S. and M.S. in Biology from Pennsylvania State University. Her career work has included Client Relations with Alliance Consulting Group, Associate Scientist at SmithKline, a Biology Teacher for Teach for America, and a Sales Representative at Merck. In recent years Alicia has been raising her two children. At Ashton Tweed, Alicia specializes in narrow research for highly specialized projects. With over seven years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Alicia utilizes her extensive knowledge as a tool in her research.

Jodi Herbein

Director - Administration

610.725.0290 x 454

Jodi is happy to be overseeing the accounting at Ashton Tweed as well as handling other administrative duties. She graduated from Millersville University and has worked with a variety of different businesses. Jodi has a love for numbers and finances, but she truly enjoys the balance of accounting and administrative tasks along with getting to connect with Ashton Tweed’s candidates and clients from all around the country. Jodi is a mom to three amazing daughters, and enjoys music, working out, cooking, and her crazy dog, Curley.

Eryn Utz

Director - Information Technology

610.725.0290 x 424

Eryn manages Ashton Tweed’s database of over 70,000 contacts and provides our team with superior research for all of our positions. Additionally she manages administration and our outsourced research functions. She has an in-depth knowledge of computer science and software engineering. Eryn is also an expert in historical costume, dance, and cooking. She and her husband have three grown children.

Kelsey Hoffman

Director - Marketing

610.725.0290 x 453

Kelsey is energetic and creative. With a background in film and creative writing, she manages the company marketing programs and gives her initiatives and digital media campaigns an innovative spin. Her specialty within Ashton Tweed is marketing yourself and your skills through various outlets. In her free time, Kelsey is a writer and figure skater.