Meet some of the members of our recruiting team, your first points of contact during the Hormel Foods hiring process.
Director of Talent Acquisition
Amy Sheehan feels fortunate to play a role in attracting talent to the company and belief of the company’s purpose statement of “Inspired People. Inspired Food.™” And Hormel Foods is equally happy that Amy came on board in 2008.
A native of Chicago, Amy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She began her career in public relations in Orlando, Fla. After a few years, she returned to her roots in Chicagoland, where she accepted a new challenge: a position in the human resources field as a recruiter. She worked for Ernst & Young LLP and the American Dental Association before joining the Hormel Foods team. Since then, she has served as corporate recruiter, supervisor of recruiting and manager of talent acquisition, her current role.
Amy unwinds (and celebrates her team’s many successes) by cooking, being active and spending time with her family.
Supervisor of Professional Recruitment
Katie Lenway was raised in Austin, Minn., the hometown of Hormel Foods and the place she affectionately calls SPAMTOWN USA. It must have been fate. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and holds a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Katie joined Hormel Foods soon after completing her degrees, working in the company’s foodservice sales group in New York, New Jersey and finally, Pennsylvania. After three years, she joined the recruiting team, a job that brought her back home to Minnesota.
In her spare time, Katie enjoys putting her CIA degree to good use by cooking and baking. She also unwinds by getting lost in reality television and walking her dog, Pearl.
Human Resources Recruiting Clerk
In addition to putting her heart and soul into her job, Emily Evenson has countless other passions, including hanging out with her son, Jack. “He’s my best buddy,” says the HR recruiting clerk.
Emily started with Hormel Foods in May 2015 as a sales support specialist and joined the HR recruiting team in late 2017. She was born and raised in Adams, Minn., and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Southern New Hampshire University.
She loves spending time with family and friends, and by her own admission, is a huge Twins and Vikings fan. She loves food and music, too. Weather permitting, you’ll usually find her outdoors.
Campus Recruiting Specialist
Kelly Fleming would be a professional traveler if she could. In the meantime, she satisfies her passion for adventure and meeting new people by serving as the campus recruiting specialist for Hormel Foods.
Kelly grew up in Owatonna, Minn., and attended Minnesota State University – Mankato, where she received a degree in political science and English. She’s been with Hormel Foods—in her words—“too many years to count,” having a wide array of growth experiences with functional areas such as marketing services, audio-visual and consumer engagement. She’s been part of the recruiting team for more than five years.
When she’s not packing her bags for a road trip, Kelly is spending time with family and friends, or reading a great book that she can’t put down.
Chelsea Anderson is one of the first people new team members meet when they begin at the Corporate Office in Austin, Minn., and that’s a very good thing. She handles the job of onboarding coordinator beautifully, making sure newly hired associates move smoothly and easily into their roles and departments.
Chelsea has been a member of the Corporate Office human resources team since 2014, holding positions in talent acquisition, benefits and supply chain.
In addition to a job she loves, Chelsea lives for spending time with friends and family (including her twin sister). The fact that she settled in her hometown of Albert Lea, Minn., after completing her degree at Minnesota State University-Mankato means there’s no shortage of special people to fill her life. When she needs to kick back and unwind, Chelsea snuggles up with her golden doodle, Mac, and checks out the lineup on Bravo. “It’s my guilty pleasure. I’ll watch just about anything the network airs.”
Kali Gaspar is well-qualified for her role as a corporate recruiter for production, quality control, engineering and procurement professionals. The South Dakota State University grad was hired by Hormel Foods in 2012 as a production supervisor at the Dubuque, Iowa, facility, bringing her degree in economics and business to the job.
A move to the company’s headquarters in Austin, Minn., in 2014 gave Kali another opportunity as a production supervisor, a position that eventually led her to corporate recruiting.
In her spare time, Kali loves to be with family and friends, packing her bags for a trip just about anywhere and cheering for her alma mater. Go Jacks!
Adonis Wooten-Herron is known for his sense of humor, a trait that can put job candidates instantly at ease. “If I notice someone is nervous, I open with a corny joke,” he says. “What do you call a nosy pepper? Jalepeno [read: all up in ya] business!”
The Kansas State University graduate has been a member of the Hormel Foods team since January 2017, having served as a sales rep for Foodservice in Dallas-Fort Worth, a territory sales manager in Birmingham, Ala., and finally, corporate recruiter in Austin, Minn., his current position.
Family, faith and iced coffee make Adonis’ life worth living. Puppy Luna keeps it interesting. The pair can be seen around Rochester, Minn., taking long walks to Adonis’ favorite burrito spot and a myriad of coffee shops.
Jaime Kaiser is ideally suited to her role as a corporate recruiter. After all, she joined the company twice, the second time with an understanding of all that Hormel Foods has to offer. Since 2011, she’s worked in marketing and human resources positions, demonstrating the range of career opportunities available to team members.
Jaime grew up in Austin, Minn. Though she left to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration and human resources management at Winona State University, she eagerly returned to the town she and Hormel Foods call home. Known for being highly organized, Jaime is always several steps ahead of her recruits, keeping them apprised of the hiring process. The best part of her job is that no two days are the same. The best part of her free time? Camping with family and friends.
The importance of his role as a corporate recruiter has been top of mind for Andrew LaFaver since day one with Hormel Foods. It’s the job he was hired for; the job that keeps him “constantly learning and gaining exposure to different aspects of the organization.” The fact that he’s surrounded by a fun and supportive team makes him even more grateful he paid close attention to his own recruiter when joining Hormel Foods in late 2019.
For Andrew, a good day at work starts with a hot cup of coffee and consists of interviews with interesting and engaging candidates, not to mention an accepted offer or two. When he’s able to welcome a new-hire to the company, Andrew’s pretty much living the dream.
He loves to embrace new experiences – food, events, activities – and traveled to 13 countries throughout Europe and Asia after receiving his bachelor’s degree in international business from the University of Missouri. These days, Andrew is happily settled in Rochester, Minn., and enjoys rooting from afar for his favorite St. Louis sports teams.
Campus Recruiting Coordinator
Meeting Hormel Foods job candidates adds up to a good day at work for Kathy Bell. “I love when I can finally put a face with a name,” says the campus recruiting coordinator.
She’s in the right spot. Networking and building bridges with other departments and other employees, not to mention making connections with Hormel Foods job candidates, are among the best parts of her job.
Kathy has a certificate in human resources and organizational leadership from Rasmussen College and plans to complete her bachelor’s degree there as well. She joined Hormel Foods in 2012 as a temporary employee in Grocery Products. Several months later, she was assigned to Human Resources, where she’s held a number of positions with increasing responsibilities.