TNAA Leadership Team

A company, and its leadership, built on doing what's right.

Leadership That Knows the Travel Nursing Industry Inside and Out

Travel Nurse Across America was founded in 1999 by people who believed they could change the travel nursing industry for the better. Our leaders didn’t see travel nursing as a chance to make money, but an opportunity to place talented caregivers in jobs they love. This vision, along with a culture of honesty, transparency and unmatched customer service, has been passed down to our current leadership and continues to guide our growth.

Tim McKenzie

As President and CEO of Travel Nurse Across America, Tim oversees a dynamic group of healthcare staffing professionals whose dedication to outstanding personal service and long-term relationship building has helped the agency emerge as an industry leader. 

Jean Cook

As COO, Jean is responsible for the efficiency of the business, overseeing the company’s ongoing operations and procedures. Additionally, her role comes with a focus on promoting the culture, vision and strategic plan. Jean joined TNAA in 2016 as CFO, and became COO in 2020. She has over 30 years of finance, HR and risk management experience, with 20 of those years being in executive leadership.

Fred Kauber

As Chief Innovation Officer, Fred leads a team focused on product, process and technology strategy and execution to drive TNAA’s continuing growth though digital platform innovation, data science, and other emerging capabilities. Fred possesses more than two decades of executive leadership experience, along with vast knowledge of the business technology, product management, marketing and operations disciplines garnered through roles as CIO, CTO, CMO and CPO at Fortune 500, midsize and startup ventures. Committed to the advancement of his profession, Fred also teaches enterprise technology strategy as an adjunct professor in the graduate program of the NYU School of Professional Studies, mentors aspiring CIOs at Columbia University and is a Certified ScrumMaster.

Scott Rosenberg

As CFO, Scott is responsible for TNAA’s areas of finance and administration. He helps provide strategic oversight and direction for the financial processes, such as analysis, reporting, and budgeting/planning efforts. Scott brings with him over 20 years of financial and operational leadership experience, along with experience across the healthcare, staffing, technology, retail, and supply chain sectors.

Kathy Kerstiens

As SVP of Client Services, Kathy manages TNAA’s new and existing relationships with client facilities, ensuring their complete satisfaction. She oversees a team of Client Services Directors and Account Managers located throughout the country, assisting with the fulfillment of assignment orders, closing of new business, and arranging visits to facilities. Kathy has more than 15 years experience in management and talent acquisition and has held senior roles in healthcare staffing since 2005. She is an expert communicator with the ability to effectively negotiate win-win outcomes.

Rose Fulton

As TNAA’s SVP of Recruitment, Rose trains, mentors and motivates a nationwide team of recruiters and recruiter liaisons. She is responsible for the conversion of new applications and retention of travelers on assignment, as well as the overall results and growth of her team. Partnering with all internal departments, she works to ultimately enhance the TNAA experience for travelers and quickly resolve any issues that arise. With more than 20 years experience in sales management, Rose is a proven motivator and an expert in conversion of leads.

Photo of Nancy ThibodeauNancy Thibodeau

Nancy Thibodeau, the VP of Recruitment and Training at TNAA, leads new recruiters, preparing them to support healthcare travelers and client facilities while exceeding the company’s revenue targets. She comes to her role with 20 years of industry experience and stays informed on industry news to contribute to the direction and success of TNAA and keep her training methods up-to-date. Nancy works with several TNAA departments, cultivating meaningful relationships with them and working with them to implement new and updated processes and help the company grow. Nancy knows TNAA travelers provide amazing care, and she’s happy to be a part of an organization that indirectly impacts patients’ lives by placing the right travelers at the right assignments.

Carla Price

As TNAA’s VP of Human Resources, Carla supports all of the company’s full-time administrative staff members and active travel nurses nationwide. She is responsible for facility contract maintenance, benefits administration, workers’ compensation, unemployment administration, and compliance with Joint Commission, OSHA and CDC requirements. Carla also consults with management on quality assurance related issues, staffing and programs, and assists the CEO with operational processes. She holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification and is a member of the Human Resource Management Association and the Society for Human Resource Management.

Lee Jernigan

As VP Information Services, Lee Jernigan manages TNAA’s technical infrastructure, designs and implements programming solutions, and collaborates with department leaders to develop new solutions to optimize their efficiency. He also oversees the company’s IT support and programming teams. Lee has more than 14 years’ experience, working in positions from IT support to Chief Information Officer. His wide range of experience includes mainframe programming, web technologies, database scripting and Windows programming.

Shannon Baker

As VP of Compliance, Shannon manages TNAA’s Quality Assurance team and ensures that all active nurse files are completed correctly by facility, state and TNAA guidelines. She is responsible for the development and implementation of new hire and ongoing training for her department, as well as TNAA’s adherence to Joint Commission requirements. Shannon has been working in compliance since 2008 and has been with TNAA since 2013.

Jill Eliassen

As TNAA’s VP of Clinical Services, Jill provides clinical support to client facilities and travel nurses throughout assignments to create a successful temporary staffing experience for both. Working with many of TNAA’s internal departments, Jill is involved at every step of an assignment’s creation and placement, ensuring that each one meets the needs of the facilities and the nurses’ goals. After receiving her nursing degree in 1998, Jill spent 12 years working in multiple acute care settings. She has been in the travel nursing industry since 2011 and serves as a member of the NATHO Clinical Executive Council.

Kurtis Cochran

As VP of Strategic Finance and Corporate Development, Kurtis is responsible for TNAA’s efforts in identifying, assessing, and executing business development opportunities as well as industry and competitor analysis. In his role, Kurtis works with the TNAA leadership and Board of Directors to develop the growth strategies, operational efficiency initiatives, and the metrics used to keep the company at the forefront of the travel nursing industry. Kurtis has more than 8 years experience in financial analysis and management. Kurtis joined TNAA in 2014 as Director of Special Projects.

Mitzi Anthony

Mitzi Anthony, the VP of Enterprise Platforms Product Manager, is responsible for bridging the gaps between teams of different expertise, such as the IT team and other departments, at Travel Nurse Across America. In her role, she ensures communication and collaboration between teams by effectively translating business needs and technical information and clearly defining expectations to produce definitive results for the company. Mitzi has worked in the technology sector for more than 30 years and brought her expertise to TNAA in 2016.

Scott Knox

As VP of Marketing, Scott Knox directs the company’s marketing and lead generation initiatives. He leads a team of marketing specialists who are responsible for TNAA’s email marketing, social media, and internal and external content creation. Scott has been with TNAA since 2016 and brings more than 10 years of experience in strategic marketing solutions that drive leads and long-term results.