About Us

Executive Search Team

With leadership backgrounds in both executive search as well as the healthcare and academic industries, the Cejka Search team brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to each executive search engagement. We understand today’s leadership challenges and are committed to preparing our clients for the challenges of tomorrow. Our executives are nationally recognized, published industry thought leaders and subject matter experts who are routinely called upon for national speaking engagements, discussion panels, podcasts and consultations.

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Joyce E. Tucker, Executive Vice President, Managing Principal
As a seasoned clinical and operational healthcare executive for more than 30 years, Joyce is responsible for senior-level healthcare search services and consultation. Prior to joining Cejka Search, Joyce’s executive recruitment experience included leadership positions with The Chase Group and a leading healthcare executive search firm. Joyce’s healthcare management experience includes serving as Administrator for Hunkeler Eye Institute, LLC/Nova Med, Inc., where she was responsible for a large, physician-led practice with specialty surgery centers nationwide. She served as the Vice President of Patient Care Services for Park Lane Medical Center/Health Midwest, an integrated delivery system with 13 hospitals, a health plan, home health and a hospital-sponsored, multi-specialty medical group with 140 physicians in approximately 35 locations. Joyce holds an M.S. in Health Services Management from Webster University and a B.S.N. from Maryville University of Saint Louis. She is also an active member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

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Mark Madden, Executive Vice President, Managing Principal
As Executive Vice President, Managing Principal of Cejka Search, Mark leads executive search services for senior healthcare executive positions. During his more than 25 years in executive recruitment, Mark has achieved consistently excellent results in partnering with organizations, boards and search committees for successful search outcomes. Mark is also a sought-after speaker on various healthcare topics, including current healthcare leadership competencies, skills and trends. He is active on the speaker circuit and quoted in industry publications, including Modern Healthcare, Becker’s Hospital Review and CEO Reviews. He is a member of ACHE, AESC, MGMA and HFMA. Mark earned a B.A. in Business from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business.

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John Elffers, Vice President of Executive Search Services, Cejka Search
John brings more than 25 years of experience in helping client partners meet or exceed their talent goals. At Cejka Search, he has consistently established and maintained lasting partnerships with highly regarded healthcare organizations nationwide. Having served previously as Vice President of Development and Vice President of Operations, John has the insight required to expand market scope and optimize positioning for successful executive searches. He has a thorough understanding of Cejka Search clients’ needs from an organizational design and strategic thinking standpoint, which has made him a trusted advisor within the industry. John also brings comprehensive sales experience and a wealth of knowledge cultivated by serving all levels of the healthcare industry.

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Rebecca Kapphahn, Vice President, Search Consultant
With more than 18 years dedicated to healthcare recruitment, Rebecca assists clients regularly in assessing their organization’s immediate and future needs. Working directly with clients throughout each engagement, Rebecca provides not only a personalized search process but also strategic counsel, creating actionable plans to best position the organization and the role in the marketplace. Prior to joining Cejka Search in 2006, Rebecca had already built a strong track record in healthcare recruitment operations. She has been consistently recognized for her successful sourcing and candidate acquisition techniques as well as her strong leadership of high-performing recruitment teams. Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.


Todd Wozniak, Vice President, Search Consultant
As Vice President, Search Consultant Todd provides strategic management of complex executive search recruitments. Taking a collaborative approach with both internal search team members and client stakeholders, Todd plans and facilitates the implementation of full life cycle recruitment processes, providing guidance and counsel to both clients and candidates throughout. He works closely with clients from the first steps of the search engagement to identify organizational needs and priorities, developing highly personalized recruitment strategies designed to ensure that only the most highly qualified candidates are presented. Serving clients in rural healthcare, hospitals and health systems, medical groups and more, Todd has placed top level operational, financial, and clinical leaders nationwide. Todd earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. He holds a Certified Research Associate designation through AESC, and is a Certified Internet Recruiter though AIRS.

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Jennifer Sonneland, Senior Associate Consultant
Jennifer is an experienced recruiter in the search industry with a proven track record in placing executives and practicing physicians with healthcare clients nationwide. Prior to joining Cejka Search, she held roles of progressive responsibility within a nationally recognized physician recruitment and client services organization. Most recently she served as their Manager of Recruitment Process Outsourcing Operations and Custom Sourcing. Jennifer earned a B.S. in Communications from Boston University.

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Emily Perkins, Senior Associate Consultant
Emily brings deep expertise in talent development to her client searches at Cejka Search. Emily is committed to supporting the needs and goals of clients and candidates through the full cycle of an executive search. She utilizes her strong network of health care professionals and her deep understanding of the health care industry to identify the right leaders for the right positions. Emily earned a B.S. in Liberal Arts from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

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Amy Jones, Senior Associate Consultant
Building on a decade of executive recruitment experience, Amy is a seasoned recruitment consultant who brings a deep understanding of the full recruiting process and expertise in candidate identification with a client-centered approach. In addition, Amy possesses a foundational background in marketing and customer relations, with a focus on transparent communication and providing the highest level of customer service to all those involved in the search process.

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Heather Van Hecke, Associate Consultant
Heather Van Hecke is a motivated search expert, with experience in staffing and recruitment. Prior to joining Cejka Search, she held progressive roles in business development and recruitment across multiple industries. Heather earned a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Missouri – Saint Louis.


Chris Wilmore, Associate Consultant
Chris Wilmore is an Associate Consultant with Cejka Search. With more than two decades of experience in communications and marketing, he is a strategic thinker and proven relationship-builder. Before joining Cejka Search, Chris managed communications, social media, public relations and marketing for media and broadcast organizations. Chris earned his B.S. in Communications from the University of Tennessee.

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Beth Briggs, Associate Consultant
Beth brings more than 12 years in the executive search industry to her client searches, in addition to foundational experience in sales and marketing. She draws on her expertise in recruiting and her ability to build relationships to support clients and candidates in filling C-level executives, physician leaders, key members of senior management and academic medicine faculty positions. Prior to joining Cejka Search, she focused on physician search, recruiting for a multitude of medical specialties and placed physicians in hospitals, clinics and medical groups across the country. Beth earned a B.S. in Human Environmental Sciences from the University of Missouri – Columbia.