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Carolyn Gala


Carolyn started in the staffing industry nearly 30 years ago, as an employee with Key Resource Group. Within two years, she was managing the direct hire division and had founded and managed a legal placement division that is still, to this day, WNY’s premier legal staffing service. Within 15 years she became a Partner with KRG, and in 2006 became the sole owner of Key Resource Group.


Cheryl’s relationship with Key Resource Group started over 15 years ago, when she met Carolyn Gala, Owner, through their mutual affiliation in a professional organization. Fast forward to 2013, when Cheryl started consulting with KRG, as KRG’s outsourced CFO. Building on the foundation that Cheryl and Carolyn started all those many years ago, Cheryl’s relationship with KRG evolved into what it is today. Cheryl is President of KRG, managing KRG’s day-to-day operations, as well as providing strategic direction to ensure KRG’s continued success.

With an MBA and B.S. in Accounting and Finance from the University at Buffalo (SUNY), Cheryl is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New York State. Cheryl is Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and the Hamburg Alumni Foundation.

Cheryl LickfeldAn avid reader, on the weekend you can find Cheryl curled up with a good book. Or you might find her about town enjoying the wonderful restaurant scene in Buffalo.

Vice President

As Vice President, Peggy brings over 15 years of experience in recruiting to the KRG team, where she specializes in legal placements. Over the years Peggy has become an expert at understanding the needs of her clients and candidates to make that perfect fit. Her favorite part of the job is helping candidates achieve their career goals, while helping clients find the best talent the WNY area has to offer. As she says, “Truly, when we connect candidates that fit our clients’ needs there is nothing more fulfilling.”

If she wasn’t working as a recruiter, Peggy would most likely own a cupcake bakery (she just can’t get over that annoying 4:00am start time), or produce a reality show about the KRG office. A true iPhone addict, Peggy loves searching online news sites for activities and events in Buffalo to attend with her husband and daughter.

Senior Staffing Manager

Our rock star recruiter, Mary has over 20 years experience recruiting across a variety of industries. While she previously specialized in temporary and temp-to-hire placements, Mary has recently made the switch back to focusing on the healthcare industry. Over the years Mary has even perfected the art of making a placement when she’s on vacation or out of the office!

Mary KerrThough her favorite vacation destinations are New York City and California, Mary loves exploring new places, and finding new treasures to satisfy her love for interior design.

Staffing Manager

Ann Cardena brings close to 30 years of management, sales and business development experience to the KRG recruiting team. In her previous life, Ann worked primarily in the travel and hospitality industries, owning her own business and for several Fortune 500 companies. After living in Southern California for a number of years, Ann decided to return to WNY to be closer to family and to take part in Buffalo’s rebirth.

Ann is an excellent communicator and a strategic thinker, always looking towards what the future may hold. She enjoys the challenge recruiting brings in finding the right person for each job. Ann loves how as a Recruiter, she can build relationships with people from all walks of life and from all over WNY. Through her experience with a variety of industries, Ann is able to tap into her unparalleled network of contacts that can open doors like magic.

Director of Professional Recruiting

Dave has been involved in the staffing industry for over 20 years, handling executive level placement and contract staffing in accounting, sales, marketing, and engineering. His primary focus is the fluid power and motion control industries. A CPA, Dave began his career in accounting, and prior to his involvement in staffing he spent 7 years on the audit staff of Price Waterhouse – a position he left to become CFO of one of WNY’s largest staffing firms.


Tiffany is very excited about the opportunity to join the KRG team as a Recruiter. She has always been a people person and looks forward to developing lasting relationships along the way. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Organizational Leadership at Medaille College here in Buffalo, NY. As a native Buffalonian, Tiffany enjoys catching the occasional Sabres and Bandits games. She loves traveling and spending...

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