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.
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.
Solution Center Supervisor
Jaime Kaiser is a supervisor in our Solution Center, a one-stop shop to help team members understand their job opportunities, benefits, pay and other human resources information. 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.
Nancy Roxana Garcia
Campus Recruiting Coordinator
Nancy Roxana Garcia’s dedication to customer service has made each of her jobs a valuable part of her professional experience. She had a career in banking before joining Hormel Foods in 2005. Since then, Nancy has held positions in information technology, corporate packaging and human resources.
As the campus recruiting coordinator at the company’s Corporate Office (Austin, Minn.), Nancy works as a liaison between the Hormel Foods recruiting team and various colleges and universities.
A graduate of Riverland Community College, Nancy loves to draw, paint and dance. She grew up in nearby Blooming Prairie, Minn.
When Sarah Wayne lands on a good thing, she knows it, and she wants others to know it too. As an HR technician at the Corporate Office (Austin, Minn.), Sarah manages the Hormel Foods relocation and recognition programs, along with the CARE program, which gives assistance to team members facing challenges in their personal lives.
Hormel Foods is the first employer the University of Wisconsin-Stout graduate signed on with. She began in 2008 as a supervisor at the company’s Dold Foods (Wichita, Kan.) location before joining the human resources team. She was a compensation technician and compensation analyst before assuming her current position.
In her spare time, Sarah enjoys time with family and friends, being outdoors and watching her favorite shows and Wisconsin sports teams.
HR Recruiting Clerk
Luz Rubio admits she could work on home decorating projects for hours. Fortunately for Hormel Foods job candidates, she also loves her new position in the company’s human resources department.
Luz came on board in 2021 as the HR recruiting clerk. As such, she serves as the liaison between candidates and the interview team. Speaking to each prospective team member is a treat for Luz; when the person is hired, it’s even better.
Luz’s career has given her experience in healthcare and the financial services sectors. She’s also spent time volunteering at her local library and for United Way.
Sheltering in place is no problem for this Riverland College grad. Among her many interests, she is fond of spending time with her family, reading and watching great movies.
Manager, Corporate Office Human Resources and Staffing at Jennie-O Turkey Store
If Robin Kopel had a superpower, she would like it to be healing. Instead, she’s content being inspired every day by people, endless learning, individuals’ skills and experience, and Grow Talent opportunities for team members. What gets her going each morning is knowing she’s part of a company that places people first; one that allows her to share her passion and talent via school outreach.
Although she moved to Minnesota many years ago, Robin still calls Wisconsin home. (Yes, she is a Green Bay Packers fan living and working in Vikings territory.) She is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Stout’s hotel and restaurant management program and spent 10 years in the hotel industry prior to joining the Hormel Foods human resources team more than 23 years ago.
Leisure travel is a must for Robin, and Greece has recently risen to the top of her list. “Too much to see, and so little time,” she laments.
Corporate Employment and Affirmative Action Coordinator at Jennie-O Turkey Store
When Meredith Lippert speaks to job candidates about the benefits of working for Hormel Foods and Jennie-O, she brings some serious credibility to the table. Meredith has been part of the team for more than 15 years.
She signed on in 2006, accepting an offer to be a human resources representative for the Jennie-O segment. Three years later, she was promoted to her current role, which continues to challenge her and provide her with opportunities to develop her skills and career. Before joining Jennie-O, Meredith was an assistant manager for Walgreens.
A graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, Meredith holds a bachelor’s degree in business management with a concentration in human resources. Away from the office, she enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with family and friends at the lake or around a bonfire, activities that perfectly balance her busy days at Jennie-O.
Makinna Lee’s interests and activities are second only to her passion and energy – for animals, football, cooking, community service, traveling and – well, you get the picture. She came to Hormel Foods in 2018 as a member of the company’s nationally recognized internship program. After finishing up the last of her classes at Kansas State University (home of her beloved Wildcats), she became a full-time member of the production team at the Hormel Foods Austin (Minn.) Plant.
As a corporate recruiter at the Hormel Foods Global Headquarters in Austin, Makinna is living proof of the career opportunities offered at the award-winning organization. She is constantly looking for challenges, and Hormel Foods has always come through. That’s important to someone as competitive as Makinna. (Even her chocolate chip cookies are extraordinary!) “The sky’s the limit here,” she says.