Our Leadership

The Choice’s entire team is our leadership team. Our team reflects our approach to engaging citizen leaders. Each team member is empowered to make a difference.

Our team of leaders is enhanced by a level of directors and corporate associates that help drive our success each and every day.

Cheryl Marquis


Cheryl Marquis joined The Choice’s team over a decade ago and serves as the President of our operations. Cheryl knows the nation’s capital, having managed some of the largest staffing contracts in Washington, DC. Cheryl’s focus on quality recruiting has driven The Choice’s growth for over a decade.

Drew Hudson


Cheryl’s leadership style is complemented by the CEO of The Choice, Drew Hudson. Drew brings over two decades of government contracting experience to The Choice. His career brand leads the organization’s appreciation of Citizen Leaders as he values talent investing in organization mission and not just “working”.

Kate Brady Lyons

Vice President, Recruiting & Compliance

Kate Brady Lyons serves as our Vice President of Recruiting and Compliance. Kate’s eye for quality is unparalleled. Her calm demeanor, work ethic and intelligence contribute to her ability to play dual roles in The Choice’s organization. Her decade of experience and strong leadership make her a source of wisdom and guidance for both her fellow colleagues and her clients.

Tara Rickert

Vice President, Finance & Administration

Tara Rickert is entering her second decade of sharing her talents and time with The Choice. Tara leads our Finance and Administrative function, ensuring our clients and associates have zero issues with their financial interface with The Choice. Tara also manages our Federal, State and Local Contracts to ensure compliance to municipal and FAR regulations.

Allison Gierszewski

Senior Recruiter

Allison Gierszewski is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a background in business administration and hospitality management. Her background in hospitality and hotels gives her a distinctive approach to recruiting and customer service. She has been with The Choice for over five years. Allison is a DC native and enjoys the opportunity to connect Washington, DC professionals.

Ellen Cook


Ellen is a Recruiter at The Choice Inc. She first joined The Choice Inc. team as a Recruiting Coordinator at the start of 2018. After several months in the role, she was elevated to a Recruiter due to her interest in becoming involved in the talent acquisition process. Her interest in the recruiting field stemmed from serving as a liaison to external candidates in her previous roles to assist in their interview coordination.
Her favorite part of working on The Choice Inc. is the chance to connect strong candidates with great opportunities at mission-based organizations in DC’s ever-changing job market. Her second favorite part is the office dog, Louie!

Erica Bennedict


Erica Benedict is the newest addition to The Choice’s recruiting team. She recently moved to the DC area, originally hailing from New York City. Erica loves to assist individuals with navigating the job marketing in Washington DC. Nothing makes her happier than helping someone land their dream job!

Shannon Dunn

HR/Payroll Coordinator

Shannon handles all Human Resources dealings for The Choice. She assists all of our associates in matters of payroll, timekeeping, and benefits.

Tracy Paquin


Our Chairwoman, Tracy Paquin, began her career as a recruiter at The Choice in 1984. Her story is a true testament to the advancement of a career brand through becoming Vice President, Equity Owner, President, Majority Owner and now Chairwoman.