Like many in the hospitality business, Deana started in restaurants as a teenager, working as a busser, dishwasher and server. She graduated from college with an Education degree, and after a few years teaching she transitioned to Human Resources at a small restaurant chain in Minnesota. After a stint as a Manager of Ciatti's Restaurant in St. Paul, Deana joined Buffets, Inc., where she spent several years in Human Resources before leaving the cold winters and moving to California as a Staffing Manager.
She joined Gecko Hospitality in 2012, and works with Gecko Partner, Scott Butts, recruiting for the state of Arizona.
Deana enjoys developing relationships with candidates and is intuitive and passionate about finding people with talent, integrity and energy, and working with clients to find the best match.
Besides enjoying outdoor activities in the beautiful Southern California weather, Deana is a member of three book clubs, and has two wonderful and happy adult children.