Our Team

Nicola Norris
Owner-Bellevue
Email: nicola.norris@almondsearch.com
Direct Line: 425-455-2573

Nicola opened Almond & Associates’ Bellevue office in 1998.  She is responsible for overall branch operations and staff management as well as client development.  She has built a successful career in the staffing industry with a track record of nearly 20 years of satisfied, long term clients, and takes great pride in being a local woman-owned business.

It is Nicola’s passion for staffing and recruiting that really sets her apart.  Her mission is to provide superior quality staffing solutions to companies in the greater Seattle/Eastside area. Together with the support of her wonderful staff, Nicola has built her firms reputation with its professionalism and comprehensive staffing services.  The firm prides itself on establishing on-going relationships with its candidates and clients.  In addition to doing the work she loves, Nicola is also very active in her local community as well, volunteering for a number of different organizations.

Nicola earned her Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University. She currently resides in Redmond with her husband and two children.  In her free time she enjoys yoga, walks with her Bichon Frise, and family trips to Arizona. 

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Brett A. Norris
Vice President-Bellevue
Email: brett.norris@almondsearch.com 
Direct Line: 425-455-2564

Brett is a graduate of Arizona State University and has been with Almond & Associates for 15 years and is one of the founders of Almond Bellevue LLC.  Throughout Brett’s 15 years of recruiting experience, he has placed candidates in a wide variety of positions with clients covering a range of industries.   It is with this broad range of experience that Brett has developed a large database of valuable networking sources and candidate contacts.  Brett thoroughly understands the importance of placing “top-notch” candidates within an organization and the direct affect their contributions make toward the company’s overall success.  He strives to establish long lasting business relationships with both candidates and clients alike and values the level of professionalism Almond & Associates represents.

Brett is a native of Washington and is quite active in the local community and supports a variety of charitable organizations including; The Multiple Sclerosis Society, Larche’ Farms and the Red Cross.   He enjoys spending time with his family and plays an active role in his two kids many academic and athletic activities.

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Carmen Chamberlin
Staffing Manager-Bellevue
Email: carmen.chamberlin@almondsearch.com
Direct Line: 425-455-0257

Washington native Carmen joined Almond & Associates Bellevue Office in 2005. Carmen is responsible for recruiting for a broad range of positions in various industries. She has had the opportunity to work with some of the top talent and companies in the Puget Sound area. Carmen has a passion for recruiting, and takes pride in getting to know the candidates and clients she works with.  Carmen holds a goal to build and maintain strong long-term relationships with everyone she works with.

Carmen is active in community volunteering with the local organizations.  She graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree and today resides with her husband in Sammamish. She is a dog lover, is passionate about the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders and enjoys traveling to warm and sunny locations.

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London Jensen
Staffing Specialist-Bellevue
Email: london.jensen@almondsearch.com
Direct Line: 425-974-1801

London was born and raised in Washington State and currently lives in Bellevue. She joined the Almond & Associates Bellevue staff in 2012 after graduating from Washington State University with a BA in Organizational Communication and minors in both Hospitality Business Management and Sociology. During her time at school she was very active in her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and held a few different leadership positions for her chapter.  London enjoys working with a variety of industries with companies both large and small, while learning something new every day. She is looking forward to the future and establishing her career at Almond & Associates. Outside of the office London is an avid runner and participates in many races around the Seattle area. She loves the summertime and traveling and spending time with friends and family.

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Pete Almond
Owner-Tacoma
Email: pete.almond@almondsearch.com  
Direct line: 253-682-3676

Pete joined Almond & Associates in 1999.  He owns and manages the Tacoma office. In his current role as manager, he is responsible for overall branch operations and staff management as well as client development.  Pete has a passion for directly recruiting top talent and has displayed that for over a decade.  Pete spends his limited free time with his family camping, and travelling to recreational destinations around the Northwest.

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Valerie Sowell
Staffing Manager-Tacoma
Email: valeries@almondsearch.com
Direct Line: 253-682-3674

People-person, WWU alumni and coffee addict, Valerie joined the staffing team at Almond & Associates in 2011 after several years of recruitment and community relations for a higher education institution.  Since then, she’s been responsible for strengthening relationships and partnering with businesses throughout the South Sound. Valerie also works to recruit top talent, satisfying the temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct hire staffing needs of the local businesses Almond & Associates serves.  Val lives in and loves Tacoma, spending as much of her free time enjoying the area with her adoring family and fantastic friends as she can find time for.

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Byron Conforti
Staffing Manager-Tacoma
Email: byron.conforti@almondsearch.com
Direct line: 253-682-3692

Byron joined the Almond & Associates staff in 2008 after graduating from the University of Puget Sound with a BA in English and completing a minor in History. An avid soccer player and fan, he has been an assistant coach with the University of Puget Sound Men's Soccer program since 2007.  Byron played all four years for the Loggers soccer team and was a co-captain in 2006 when the team won the Northwest conference championship title.  He is originally from Boise, Idaho and still has family there.  He is also a two-time club president for his Talk of Tacoma Toastmasters Group.

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Meghan Lewis
Staffing Specialist - Bellevue
Email: meghan.lewis@almondsearch.com
Direct line: 425-455-2224

After graduating from Gonzaga University, Meghan volunteered in New Jersey through the Jesuit Volunteer Corporation as a Children’s Services Assistant at a transitional housing unit. After her year volunteer year ended, she moved back to Washington State and started at Almond and Associates in 2001. She has recently returned as a staffing specialist in a part-time capacity. She took several years off to raise her two curious, inquisitive, and silly boys. She is thrilled to be back placing professional candidates and establishing and maintaining client relationships. Meghan also works to recruit top talent, satisfying the temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct hire staffing needs of the local businesses Almond & Associates serves. She spends her free time cooking Italian cuisine, traveling, playing volleyball, and running around with her busy family.

Erica Woods
Staffing Specialist - Tacoma
Email: erica.woods@almondsearch.com
Direct line: 253-682-3680

Erica joined the Almond & Associates Tacoma staffing team after graduating from Central Washington University in the summer of 2013. Considered to be a people person, her ultimate goal is to build solid relationships with our clients, to insure they are satisfied with our services and that our candidates have an excellent experience throughout the recruitment and hiring process. A native to Washington, Erica remains active in the community. Volunteering as often as she can and participating in numerous outdoor activities such as scuba diving throughout the Puget Sound area. Erica has a Bachelor of Science in International Wine Business and a minor in Business Administration, Erica is passionate about wine and the quality time she gets to spend with friends and family.








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