Our Team


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Jean Kripton-Durham
President

Jean is a successful entrepreneur who for 30 years has provided staffing to law firms, corporations and government entities.

Jean used her hands-on-knowledge from her Eight years as Human Resources Operations Manager preceded by ten years of law firm experience to launch her company. She has a vision, insight and a true passion for people. This helped her build a million dollar company by 1995 and sustain long-standing relationships with Chicago’s top legal and business leaders.

Jean loves to learn and keeps up with the latest technologies and recruiting techniques. After surviving three recessions, Jean Kripton Inc. is still thriving and stronger than ever.

Jean has served on the Board for Illinois Search & Staffing Association. In addition to her successful staffing firm, Jean is also a certified 5 O’clock Club career counselor. The Five O’Clock Club is a national program that offers individual career counseling as well as career development and job search programs. Jean also served as Executive Council member for the Cara Program. Jean has done workshops on Transition, Job Placement and Interviewing.

When she is not working she is spending time with her husband, two children and her Bernese Mountain dog, Lucca.

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Luis E. Barrios
Managing Director

Luis has a real passion for recruiting and he brings to the table 14 years of staffing experience and extensive knowledge of the internal operations of what it takes to make an office run. Prior to joining Jean Kripton Inc., Luis was an Executive Search Manager with Blackman Kallick, the ninth largest accounting firm in Chicago. Luis worked on not only managing the ProjecTemps division but was also responsible for the internal recruitment for the firm. Luis started his career in legal and business development at Robert Half International, Inc., the world’s largest specialized staffing firm where he excelled.

Throughout his career, Luis has handled training and operations at global companies and brings his expertise to Jean Kripton Inc. to expand and grow operations. Luis is known for his consultative approach in working closely with clients to fully understand their requirements and recruit candidates who will best serve their needs. Luis attended Columbia College and studied Liberal Arts and is bilingual in English and Spanish.

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Jane Danley Cruz
Senior Recruiter

Jane is a recruiter everyone wants on their team. Her talents and energy are abundant, her judgement is nuanced and on point. She is passionate about recruiting – helping companies find talent who excel in their field, while simultaneously helping candidates find the position they desire. It’s the best of both worlds; and she enjoys working collaboratively and developing strong relationships.

Jane’s career spans nearly 20 years of broad-based recruiting and talent management; with roots in executive, corporate, communication/marketing, real estate, and non-profit recruiting. However, her most recent experience as Corporate Recruiter in the Assisted Living/Skilled Nursing/Short Term Rehabilitation industry, has resulted in a deep and thorough understanding of the healthcare staffing landscape.

Her integrated approach spans traditional, social media, and innovative talent acquisition strategies and has resulted in success in a highly competitive market. She is an expert at leveraging past knowledge and experience outside of recruiting to meet the recruiting needs of healthcare organizations and corporations. Jane is a valuable resource and partner to clients and candidates alike.

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Jodi Matucha
Recruiting Manager | Legal and Corporate Talent Acquisition

Jodi Matucha is a Human Resources professional with more than 10 years of recruiting experience in legal and corporate.  Before joining Jean Kripton Inc., she was the  Human Resources Director at a mid-sized Chicago Loop law firm, where she was in charge of the recruiting process for all staff and non-partner attorneys.  Jodi brings a unique perspective to her job, having been a human resources professional in both law firms and corporate companies: she understands what employers are looking for in candidates, and how to best articulate it to provide them with the best possible matches. At the same time, she helps candidates identify and realize their potential so they can focus on finding the best career fit.

Jodi enjoys fostering professional development and growth in candidates, which allows her to screen and identify the best people for the right positions.  Based in Indianapolis, Jodi serves the legal services markets both in the Indianapolis and the Chicago-area, where she grew up and spent the first part of her career. She specializes in placements of attorneys, support staff, human resources, financial and accounting professionals, and executives.