Our Team

Our Team

Led by a team of highly experienced recruiting professionals, Byrnes & Rupkey has quickly emerged as an industry leader in specialty recruitment. Passionate about the industries they serve, these professionals demonstrate this by their energy and enthusiasm to support companies that positively influence our society. The Byrnes & Rupkey team is highly committed to creating partnerships with client companies who are equally focused on their business objectives. Byrnes & Rupkey uses a consultative approach which allows them to find the right candidates for a strategic long-term fit, as well as to earn the role of a trusted long-term recruitment partner.

Kristy Staggs

President/CEO & Owner

Kristy Staggs is the President/CEO & Owner of Byrnes & Rupkey, Inc. Kristy started recruiting in 1997 and continues to provide top talent for Fortune 50 – 1000 companies to niche market clients. Kristy’s passion and enthusiasm leads her to be a consistent top biller. Kristy was awarded a Silver Medallion for $500,000 billings by Inter-City Personnel Association.

Kristy brings passion, strategic focus and professionalism to her clients. Outstanding at networking, she is focused on recruiting the exact talent for each search assignment. Kristy values having exclusive and long-term relationships with candidates and clients.

Kristy’s functional expertise includes Food and Beverage Manufacturing, Automotive Manufacturing, Human Resources, Consumer Packaged Goods Manufacturing, Heavy and Agricultural Manufacturing, Engineering, General Management, Supply Chain Management, Hydraulics Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Marketing, Environmental Health & Safety, Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma.

Lois Rupkey

Executive Vice President

A seasoned National Executive Recruiter, Lois owned and managed Byrnes and Rupkey, Inc., from 1988 to April 2018. She is currently managing multiple accounts as Executive Vice President.
Lois excels at listening to clients’ needs and bringing value to their partnership by consistent follow up and staying current on industry developments.

With 30 years’ experience in recruitment, Lois is passionate in her drive to assist companies in finding the best talent at the right time. Serving as a trusted partner, Lois collaborates with clients regarding their organizational needs to bring added value to their partnership. Partners include niche market companies as well as Fortune 50 - 1000 companies. Lois runs a vibrant desk and is a participative member with each client company with whom she works. She works heavily in the Manufacturing arena, with a specialty in Food and Beverage Manufacturing.

Sara Gallagher

VP of Talent Acquisition/Account Manager

Sara Gallagher joined Byrnes & Rupkey, Inc. in 2007.  As VP of Talent Acquisition/Account Manager, Sara excels in recruiting strong talent to fill roles that client companies indicate are ‘difficult to fill’ searches.  Sara supports the Senior Account Executives at Byrnes & Rupkey, Inc. while managing her own growing client base in the automotive industry.

Sara has ten years’ experience matching the career needs of candidates with the professional needs of top companies in specialty areas.  She collaborates closely with clients, to assure that the candidates she presents to them match both their culture and their job description. 

Sara’s functional expertise includes Automotive Manufacturing, Food and Beverage Manufacturing, Engineering, Human Resources, Consumer Packaged Goods Manufacturing, Heavy and Agricultural Manufacturing, General Management, Supply Chain Management, Hydraulics Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Marketing, Environmental Health & Safety, Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma.

Katy McCracken

Executive Recruiter

Katy McCracken joined Byrnes & Rupkey, Inc. in 2013. Katy is an Executive Recruiter. She has innate ability to recruit top talent for client companies. Her passion guides her to excel in matching the career needs of candidates to a good ‘home’ with a client company. She is also Webmaster managing the Byrnes & Rupkey, Inc. website.

Katy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Northern Iowa in 2013. Katy’s high energy, work ethic and agility in recruiting is a great asset to the Byrnes & Rupkey, Inc. team.

Katy’s functional expertise includes Consumer Packaged Goods Manufacturing, Accounting, Food and Beverage Manufacturing, Human Resources, Heavy and Agricultural Manufacturing, Engineering, Automotive Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Hydraulics Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Marketing, Environmental Health & Safety, Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma.

Emily Bonnstetter

Junior Executive Recruiter

Emily Bonnstetter graduated from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), with a B.A. degree in Management with an emphasis in Human Resources. Emily is a local Cedar Valley SHRM member. Prior to attending UNI, Emily attained an A.A. degree from Iowa Lakes Community College and graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors. She was also a member of the Presidential Scholar program and a mathematics tutor. While Emily enjoys being involved on campus, she also has a great passion for her business-related job experiences. She is pursuing a M.A. degree in Human Resources.

Hannah Dettwiler

Marketing Specialist

Originally from North Liberty, Hannah Dettwiler graduated from Iowa City West in 2013 and ventured off to Cedar Falls to pursue her degree in Communication Studies in the fall of 2013. She then graduated from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) with a B.A. degree in Communication Studies with minors in Public Relations and Journalism. Throughout college, Hannah was a member of the Salt Company, Campus Activities Board (CAB) and interned with the University of Northern Iowa Athletics.

In her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, reading, going to concerts/events and cheering on the Chicago Cubs year after year.
Hannah is excited to get started working for Byrnes and Rupkey assisting in the marketing and social media side of the company as a Marketing Specialist.

Sienna Becker

HR Intern

Sienna is a student at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) pursuing a degree in Management with an emphasis in Human Resources and a minor in Spanish. Sienna is a part of UNI SHRM and serves as the Vice President of UNI Women in Business. Sienna enjoys staying active and being involved by exercising and volunteering in the Cedar Valley.