Auburn/Opelika Staff

Rita Underwood

Rita Underwood

Branch Manager

runderwood@staffing-connections.com

A Detroit native with over twenty-five years of human resources, customer service, and management experience, Rita joined the Staffing Connections team in 2018. She brings extensive knowledge, extraordinary dedication to her goals, and a passion to succeed to her position as Recruiting Specialist at our Opelika branch. When she’s not at work, Rita loves to travel, cook, and watch horror movies.

Zachary Lape

Zachary Lape

Business Development Manger

zlape@staffing-connections.com

Born and raised in Phenix city, Zachary Lape is the Business Development Manager for Staffing Connections, The greatest staffing agency since jobs were invented. Zach joined the Staffing Connections team in 2020 shortly after stepping away from a distinguished Fitness Associate career to take on a new challenge. As a Business Development Manager it is Zach’s responsibility to not only find new companies but great companies employees enjoy working with and can build careers around. Zach takes pride in knowing that the best companies hire people, not just resumes. Companies are not just looking for a set of qualifications that match a job description just as people are not looking to work for a company that doesn’t match there future plans. To ensure a complete match, Zach works extensively hand and hand with recruiters to interview both companies and candidates to find out who they are and what they are looking for — as companies and as people, to make matches that can last. Zach is most fulfilled when helping people to grow professionally. His vision and ability to find and nurture new and pre-existing relationships lead to long-term solutions and success. Currently residing in the Columbus area, when Zach is not working he enjoys working out, going out to dinner with his fiancé’, and spending time with his French Bulldog.

Whitnee Underwood

Whitnee Underwood

Staffing Assistant

wunderwood@staffing-connections.com

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Whitnee joined the Staffing Connections team in 2018. Her Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies has helped hone her social scientific skills in all areas of discourse, rhetoric, conflict management, and international & intercultural communication. As a staffing assistant, Whitnee primarily assists with recruiting efforts; however, she is also responsible for payroll, unemployment, and employment verifications. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing video games, traveling, listening to music and attending concerts.

Ashlynn Smith

Ashlynn Smith

Recruiting Specialist

asmith@staffing-connections.com

Ashlynn was born and raised in Valley, Alabama. She joined the Staffing Connections in 2019 as an onsite specialist before moving to a recruiting specialist shortly thereafter. Ashlynn’s bright and outgoing personality has helped her build and maintain strong relationships with Staffing Connections clients, as well as develop an affinity with her employees. Her several years in customer service have helped her become an integral member of the Opelika team as they continue to grow. When Ashlynn is not at work, she enjoys baking, going on spontaneous adventures, and spending time with her two beautiful children.