Maureen Mackey

Maureen Mackey

Founder and President

Maureen Mackey is the Founder and President of Mackey Staffing & Co. LLC and was a Co-Founder and Partner at Mackey & Guasco Staffing (MGS), founded in 2002. She has been a leader in the Staffing Industry for over 35 years specializing in the areas of Human Resources, Office Administration, and Healthcare. Prior to launching MGS, Maureen was a Co-Founder and Partner at Impact Personnel in Norwalk, CT.  Over the years, Maureen has held a number of Board positions for the Southern Connecticut Chapter of The Society of Human Resources Management (SOCT SHRM) including President for two terms. Additionally, Maureen served on The Advisory Board of and is a member of The CEO Roundtable.  She has also served on the Board of Directors as Vice President of Programs with the National Human Resources Association (NHRA) and has been affiliated with both The Connecticut Association of Personnel Services (CAPS) and the American Staffing Association (ASA) over the course of her career. Maureen earned her BA from Pace University in New York.

Maureen is a “SUPER EMPATH” which means her intuition allows her to have an uncanny ability to read and expertly match candidates to a variety of corporate cultures with EASE. In addition, Maureen has mastered the art of networking while maintaining an empathetic personal approach to both job seekers and businesses alike. In other words, Maureen will go to the “end of the earth” to understand and be of service to you!

Maureen’s passion:

Maureen enjoys traveling, is an avid foodie and loves to cook --- she believes she was a superstar on the Food Network in another life! Maureen loves to entertain -- making people feel welcome in her home and life.

Maureen can be contacted at:

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Melissa Mongillo

Melissa Mongillo

Vice President of Recruiting and Business Development

As Vice President of Recruiting and Business Development, Melissa uses a consultative approach to understand her clients’ hiring needs. Employers rely on Melissa to help them position their organizations to attract the best prospects and manage the screening, interview, and offer process. In addition, Melissa coaches candidates through the challenge of navigating a job change. Her strong empathy skills enable her to meet people where they are at, and she spends time helping guide them through their transition. “My approach may be unique from a staffing perspective, but it’s how I’ve operated from the very beginning, People First”.

For more than 15 years, Melissa has applied her strong relationship-building and coaching talents within the staffing and recruiting industry.

Melissa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Relations from the University of Connecticut, GO HUSKIES! She is a member of the American Staffing Association, Society for Human Resource Management, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Melissa’s passions: 

Melissa is a mom to her daughter, Maya, and 3 dogs. She enjoys spending time traveling with her family and hosting dinners with family and friends.  She also spends time supporting local youth and families as an elected Board of Education and Pop Warner Board member, and active volunteer for the Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys and Girls Club. She loves HOT Yoga, wine, and good coffee.

Melissa can be contacted at:

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Nancy Marino

Nancy Marino

VP of Recruitment

Nancy joined Mackey Staffing & Co. in 2010 as Director of Recruitment with 20+ years’ Staffing Industry experience and 13 years of Corporate HR experience.  Her HR experience includes Recruiting, Benefits, Employee Relations, Onboarding and RIFs.  As the VP of Recruitment, Nancy is responsible for Recruiting Direct-Hire placements and focuses on driving Sales activities for their rapidly growing Recruiting team. Nancy has been nominated for the 2016 Fairchester Recruiting Summit Awards in the category of 'Top Recruiter in an Employment Agency or Search Firm'.

Nancy’s passion:

Nancy is a supporter of animal causes, enjoys travel and spending time with friends and family.

Nancy can be contacted at:

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Deborah DiRago

Deborah DiRago

Senior Recruiting Specialist

"Deb" has successfully been in the staffing industry for over 20 years specializing in the areas of Administrative, Finance and Accounting, Supply Chain, Legal, Human Resources, Marketing and HealthCare.  She recruits for Temp, Temp to Hire, Contract and Direct-Hire positions.  Deborah prides herself on sourcing top-quality talent and matching them with top-notch companies.

Before joining the staffing industry, Deborah attended Iona College and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  While attending Iona College she had the opportunity to work for a staffing agency where she developed an interest and passion for the staffing industry and never left it.

Deb's Passion:

Deborah enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.  During the summer Deborah enjoys boating on Candlewood Lake and Lake George.

Deb can be contacted at:

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Donna Frate

Manager of Accounting/Director of Operations

Donna joined Mackey Staffing & Co. in 2008 with 10+ years’ of accounting and banking experience. Her expertise includes general accounting, collections, financial analysis, insurance and monitoring budgets and profitability. In 2023 she was promoted to Operations Manager. In addition to her financial responsibilities with Mackey Staffing & Co., Donna is in charge of all on and off boarding, workers comp, unemployment claims, vendor management, contract renewals, 401K and Pension administration.  

Donna’s passion:

Donna loves animals, especially cats, and baking.  Her free time is spent with family and friends.

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