Our Team


Jean Kripton-Durham

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.


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.