What makes TorchLight one of the Washington, D.C. region’s leading marketing and communications recruiting firms? Our people.

Heidi Parsont

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CEO and Founder

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Heidi Parsont started her own firm in order to focus on that which she loves most: matching top talent with the right employer to create a rewarding, long-term relationship. In fact, she built her reputation on it.

Prior to founding TorchLight, Heidi worked at Melcrum, an internal communications consulting firm. There, she built a client base that included more than 300 of the Fortune 1000 companies, significantly increasing the company’s market penetration for a newly-developed research platform.

As director/vice president with McKinley Marketing Partners, Heidi worked with senior marketing, communications and PR professionals to fill more than 150 positions. Prior to McKinley, Heidi led the sales and client relations team at National Journal Group, an Atlantic Media Company.

Heidi holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Colgate University and a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University. She currently serves on the board of United Community, a leading human services nonprofit agency in Northern Virginia.

Heidi lives in Alexandria, Va., with her husband and two children.

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Julie Lowe

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Chief Culture Officer

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Julie Lowe has a knack for building strong internal cultures as well as candidate and client partnerships. Not only can she design and deliver an impeccable employee experience--she’s made it a daily practice.

Julie began her 20-year career working in the hospitality industry. It was there that Julie found her passion for working with people to build their careers and grow the organization. This passion led her to work with a wide range of employers in a variety of industries from food service to government contractors, military branches and many others.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations/Journalism, with a minor in Psychology, from California State University, Long Beach. She enjoys remote work living where she can spend time with her family by her pool at her new home in St. Louis.

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Stephanie Ranno

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Senior Vice President, Growth

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A trained actress, Stephanie Ranno knows that goosebump-inducing moment when the curtain goes up, the applause begins, and you’re standing on stage in the role you were meant for.

As a veteran of the recruiting industry, Stephanie is equally passionate about helping Washington-area professionals experience that same electric energy when the curtain goes up on their new marketing careers working for TorchLight’s clients.

As Vice President of Business Development and Account Management, Stephanie brings TorchLight’s expertise to the enterprise market, developing strategies and relationships to help Fortune 5000 companies operating in the D.C. metro area with their full-time permanent and contract staffing needs. She thrives on helping companies create great teams with great people to meet the dynamic, rapidly changing needs of today’s marketing world.

Prior to joining TorchLight, Stephanie spent more than a dozen years in the recruiting and staffing industry, most recently as Managing Director of SHIFT Recruiting and Strategic Account Manager of Profiles, both in Baltimore. She began her career in development and fundraising for two Baltimore nonprofits: Port Discovery – The Children’s Museum and Center Stage.

She was recently selected by The Daily Record as one of Maryland’s 2017 Leading Women, singled out for her professional experience, community involvement and a commitment to inspiring change. Her community service leadership includes providing career-based advice and mentoring to unemployed individuals in Baltimore City through Maryland New Directions and serving on the National Advisory Council of MADE: In America, an organization founded to promote and support American industry and craft production.

An accomplished community actor, Stephanie also is a familiar face to Baltimore residents, having appeared in countless musical and dramatic theatre performances over the years—more than 60 or 70 in total, she estimates. Recently, with young children at home, she participated in her first “theatre job share” by splitting a role with an actor friend—proof that flexibility on the job really does work and is here to stay!

Stephanie holds a bachelor of arts degree in history and a minor in theatre production and performance from Lynchburg College.

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Julie Rutherford

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Senior Marketing Director

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Julie Rutherford is always up for a challenge, whether launching innovative new marketing programs or moving overseas for a new job in 4 weeks! Julie has extensive experience in all facets of marketing on the consumer and b2b sides.

She worked for the interactive divisions of several large publishers including the Paris-based International Herald Tribune, Washington Post Digital and News Corp.

Most recently, she worked in a variety of marketing and customer service positions for a global educational travel company. As TorchLight’s Marketing Director, Julie is able to authentically connect with our clients and candidates using a variety of channels.

Julie currently serves on the board of C4K, a Charlottesville-based non-profit dedicated to providing STEAM educational opportunities to youth in need. Julie has a B.A. in English Literature and French and an M.A. in English, all from the University of Virginia. She currently lives in Charlottesville with her husband, two sons and extremely spoiled Frenchies.

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Sue Mullin

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Vice President, Operations

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No matter how you calculate it, when it comes to serving TorchLight’s clients, Susan Mullin is key to the equation. Sue is a former actuarial consultant—once spending her professional days crunching numbers for large corporations and nonprofits.

She is not only a maven of math and savvy with spreadsheets; she’s also an adept administrator. Today she puts these impeccable skills to work to benefit both clients and TorchLight’s team of recruiters in her dual roles as client services coordinator and company bookkeeper.

Susan started her career in the actuarial practice of Towers Watson – Boston, formerly Towers Perrin, designing and valuing retirement plan alternatives for large companies and non-profits. She then went on to serve as consultant in the Arlington office of Towers Watson, where she primarily focused on defined benefit pension plan administration. After leaving Towers Watson, Susan served as director of compensation and benefits at Atlantic Media Company. More recently, she worked alongside her husband, running the finance and human resource functions of their bathroom remodeling business.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Colgate University. She lives in Silver Spring, Md., with her husband and young son.

With a toddler to keep up with, “spare time” is a luxury in Susan’s world. However, that doesn’t stop her from dreaming of foreign travel — a passion that was ignited in college when she taught English abroad for two years in Japan and in the former Czechoslovakia. Having grown up in a small town in upstate New York, the experience “opened her eyes to the world” and left Susan with a true passion for travel and learning about other cultures.

Though one day again she’ll be consumed by flight and passport numbers, Susan’s days for now are filled with phone numbers and invoice numbers—whether helping schedule client interviews or keeping TorchLight’s accounting running smoothly.

And that’s expertise we all can count on!

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Amy Tsuchitani

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Senior Account Director

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Amy Tsuchitani is able to connect with clients and candidates through their shared professional experiences. An accomplished marketer with 15 years of experience, Amy’s insider perspective on the marketing industry lends a unique, supporting element to the recruiting process.

Amy’s career started as marketing coordinator for two of the biggest names in the sports marketing business: IMG (International Management Group) and Octagon Athlete Representation. Four years later, Amy became a regional marketing manager with Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), where she managed the regional events and partnerships program and coordinated marketing efforts for 63 dealerships in the northeast region.

Following MBUSA, Amy joined The Atlantic Media Company as a senior marketing manager. There she had the opportunity to work on custom event and marketing programs for premier clients like Pfizer, Booz Allen Hamilton and more.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from James Madison University. She lives in Arlington, Va., with her husband and two children.

With her keen fashion sense, Amy thoroughly enjoys her unofficial role as fashion advisor to her friends. After many strategic hours in any store with a name ending in “basement,” the closets of Amy’s friends are transformed with all the latest trends, and the local Goodwill is graciously restocked.

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Meet Diana

Account Director

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Diana Gardner comes to TorchLight with more than two decades of strategic marketing and communications experience. Diana is deeply passionate about building partnerships, the recruiting process, and helping candidates and companies find the right fit.

Having served on both the agency and client-side of the house, Diana has successfully led award-winning print and digital marketing, advocacy, and fundraising campaigns for start-up brands and household names across the nonprofit, commercial, government, and political sectors. Diana has advised national grassroots organizations on developing multimillion-dollar initiatives across a broad range of direct, digital, and traditional communications. Some of her past clients include Autism Speaks, Easter Seals, Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, United States Department of Defense, United States Department of Commerce, and several presidential and congressional candidates.

Before joining Torchlight, Diana was VP of Client Development for a communications and fundraising agency, where she oversaw client leadership and development for the firm’s enterprise accounts.

Diana holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising/public relations from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Science from Florida State University. A Yacht Rock enthusiast and self-described gym rat/meathead, Diana lives for college football, Caymus Cabernet, obscure pop culture trivia, and all things vinyl. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, teenage daughter, and golden retriever.

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Meet Jen

Director, Client Services & Engagement

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Jennifer, or Jen, Todd works closely with our clients and candidates to ensure all their needs are met. Her diverse background and attention to detail allow Jen to easily step in and provide both clients and candidates with outstanding customer service.

After four years in accounting and finance, Jen was recruited into the role of staffing manager for Robert Half International. As the wife of a naval officer, Jen has traveled extensively — an experience that taught her cultural sensitivity skills, which enable her to connect with clients and candidates from diverse backgrounds and heritages.

While living in Germany, Jen developed and taught a business language course for German corporate executives and managers through inlingua, the international language school. Prior to joining TorchLight, Jen worked with Heidi at McKinley Marketing Partners as a marketing recruiter.

Jen holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration, with a concentration in Accounting and Finance, from Austin Peay State University. She lives in Alexandria, Va., with her husband and two sons.

Being the history lover that she is, the D.C. metro area has been a virtual treasure trove for Jen. When not wandering cobblestone streets or walking the steps of pristine memorials, Jen spends her time boating on the Potomac and cheering on the professional sports teams of Washington, D.C.

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Meet Kim

Senior Manager, HR & Benefits

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Kim Trucano manages various benefit and payroll activities for TorchLight Hire.  Kim strives to make the human resources experience a positive one for each candidate and 

Kim started off in a different recruiting world, working in admissions for Georgetown 
University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service program.  From there, she went on to 
serve as the Admissions Director for American University’s School of International 
Service before heading up the admissions department at Envision EMI, Inc., a company that sponsors youth leadership development programs. While at Envision, Kim made the move to the human resources team, which launched a new career path. From there, 
she became the Benefits Manager at Atlantic Media, confirming how much she enjoyed working in the field of benefits.   

At TorchLight, Kim enjoys interacting with new hires and existing employees on benefit 
and payroll-related matters. Whether she’s working directly with people or behind the 
scenes, processing the payroll, she appreciates that no day at TorchLight is ever the 

Born and raised outside of Rochester, New York where the winters are long and 
bitter, Kim thoroughly appreciates the brief, mild winters in the DC area.  She also 
values living in a metropolitan area that has green space right around the corner. 

Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts in French literature and East Asian studies.  She lives in 
Arlington, Virginia with her husband, two children and two French bulldogs. In her free 
time, you can find Kim in the kitchen baking, cheering on her kids from various 
sidelines, or trying to get her strong-willed dogs to walk around the block. 

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Gaby Gramont

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Marketing Manager

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Gabrielle (Gaby) Gramont brings an innovative and fresh approach to TorchLight’s digital outreach with a focus on social media, SEO and content creation.

Bilingual in English and Spanish (and conversational in Italian!), Gaby is a dual Peruvian/American citizen and has travelled extensively in Chile, Peru, Italy and the United States. As an undergrad, she was involved in a student organization that raises awareness and funds to support crucial needs in Latin America. She also worked at a non-profit in Lima focused on food security and sustainable agriculture.

Gaby is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in Media Studies and Psychology.

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Meet Jasmine

Talent Acquisition Specialist

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Jasmine Armwood brings several years of diverse human resources and recruiting experience to the Torchlight team. Prior to joining TorchLight, Jasmine worked in industries including food service, finance and big-box retail.

Determining the correct placements while establishing relationships with candidates has always been a part of Jasmine's professional passion. Originally from the Eastern shore of Maryland, she has lived in the Baltimore/Washington DC area for over a decade and enjoys the area's upbeat lifestyle that offers plenty of activities to enjoy.

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Meet Danielle

Talent Acquisition Specialist

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Danielle Harvey comes to TorchLight with key experience in the Human Resources field with a focus on the Talent Development and Talent Acquisition specialties. Danielle prides herself on her ability to build lasting relationships with candidates as she really enjoys taking the time to get to know them.

Her keen passion for working with others highlights her love for working in this space because it allows her to meet new people and forge new relationships daily! A native of East Tennessee, she grew up in and currently resides in its “sweetest” city: Sweetwater. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University (Go Bucs!) and shortly after that, graduated from Tusculum University with a master’s degree in Talent Development.

Recently engaged, she and her fiancé are planning an out-of-country elopement in Iceland in August of 2022! In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time outdoors with her fiancé and two dogs, and doing workout classes like boxing, HIIT and riding her stationary bike.

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Meet Yeabsera

Business Development Specialist

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Yeabsera Jirata comes to TorchLight with business development and marketing experience in multiple industries. Yeabsera's creative mind and outgoing personality helps him develop and foster new client relationships that deliver results.

Yeabsera was born and raised in Ethiopia and moved to Maryland with his family in 2005. He has lived in the area ever since and is a huge Ravens fan. He is also involved in the community through his love of Futbol (soccer). He runs his own soccer academy which helps him give back to his community.

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Meet Kathryn


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Armed with a master’s degree in counseling, Kathryn Bailey has always loved listening to people—learning their challenges, their goals, what makes them tick. So it should come as no surprise that today, she uses these very skills as a counselor to job candidates, helping them live their best professional lives possible. This TorchLight recruiter wakes up every morning eager to make connections between the DC region’s leading companies and the very best marketing talent.

After obtaining her degree from Providence College and working in sales for Xerox, Kathryn turned her focus to human resources, holding positions in the digital media and publishing industry with recognized brands such as Bloomberg BNA and Atlantic Media.

Kathryn uniquely understands the many demands facing in-house recruiters today and aims to be a trusted partner to help them succeed in finding and hiring the region’s most experienced marketing professionals.

If she wasn’t working in recruiting, Kathryn would be a professional organizer, a skill she finds “fun” and “relaxing.” For now, though, she spends her days chasing after her two young boys, organizing the myriad resumes that cross her desk—and helping DC’s top companies hire the best talent.

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