About Us

Boutique Recruiting. Powered by relationships.

Boutique Recruiting helps place finance, accounting and admin professionals throughout Southern California. Our principals have deep relationships within the business community and we take the time to find the right candidates.

Our Mission

We are a team with shared goals; mindfully placing candidates in the workforce to successfully fulfill their career dreams and goals, support their families—while encouraging a sense of purpose and value. For our clients, we are creating a new kind of placement firm that values connection, personalization, commitment, impact, boldness and achievement. At Boutique Recruiting, you are at the heart of our success.

Core Values


We value the human relationship, taking the time to meet “face-to-face” with both candidates and hiring companies.


We know our clients and candidates are unique and distinct with individual desires and requirements.


Every day we have the opportunity to impact the business community by providing our clients with access to top talent; their long- term success matters to us.


Our team is tenacious and driven; unafraid to establish vital relationships that help secure our candidate a dream career and uncover top talent for our clients


We produce top quality candidates, fast, by being innovative and proactive, delivering the exact technical and cultural fit.


We stand behind our work and go above and beyond to ensure the success of our clients and candidates.

Put Us to the Test

Sema is great specialist! Thank you for working with me and finding me this amazing opportunity! Looking forward to work with you in the future and will recommend you to my connections!

Dmitry Budanov Finance and Accounting Manager

Innesa has helped to fill temporary staffing needs for me. She takes time to understand the business and the particular role we are searching for and always presents quality candidates. The process from expressing a need, scheduling interviews, and getting somebody in the positions was quick and easy.

Eric Eddy, CPA Controller TEAL Electronics Corporation

Sema works tirelessly to fill positions with not just any candidate, but the right candidate. She is always communicating, so you always know where she's at with a project. She's a great asset.

Andrea Salazar Senior Executive Assistant

I have worked with Innesa for a couple of years and she has been great to work with. She has presented very qualified candidates to us and she is very responsive and easy to work with. I would definitely recommend her.

Laurie Sneve SVP, Chief Accounting Officer Retail Opportunity Investments Corp.

Sema is the first recruiter I met when I relocated to San Diego and I met a dozen after her but she's the one who landed me in my current role and she was the most personable and responsive of all of the recruiters I worked with. She's professional and a great negotiator. I highly recommend Sema to help you locate an executive role in San Diego.

Jennifer Trainer Interim Controller

Sema is excellent! Very professional, quick, and was able to help me out even though my needs were a little different from the norm... highly recommend her!

Karilyn Edwards Accounting Manager

Innesa has partnered with me and the recruiting team at Volcano on several occasions. Her responses to our needs have been exemplary. She clearly understands what it means to quickly, yet thoughtfully partner to solve difficult talent problems. Thanks for making a difference and doing it with personality. Keep it going!

Cole Williamson,
Director of Human Resources
and Administrative Services
Profil Institute for Clinical Research, Inc.

We’re committed to long-term relationships.

We’re proud of the long lasting partnerships we have with our clients and our candidates. We’ve helped companies staff up as they’ve grown over the years.  We’ve also helped our candidates progress throughout their careers, placing them in mid-level positions and then in management positions years later.

We do what’s right for our clients and our candidates. We won’t send an unqualified candidate just to fill a slot. We’re more concerned with the long-term success than short-term check-the-box mentality.

Innesa Burrola


Innesa worked her way through college and was named 2021 CEO of the Year, 2020 Top Business Leader 40 Under 40 in San Diego, and 2019 Businesswoman of the Year Award Finalist, by the San Diego Business Journal and was the recipient of the 2020 Businesswoman of the Year Finalist by Enterprising Women Magazine. Her unstoppable devotion to a better life and strong work ethic was instilled at a very early age. After graduation, she was immediately recruited into the staffing industry and since then has worked for three larger staffing companies within the Southern California marketplace. While she established many valuable relationships during this period, she also wanted to be able to provide a more personalized service to her clients. After forming a successful partnership with her sister at their last corporate job, Innesa and her sister decided to venture off and form their own Boutique Recruiting firm. Now, they serve over 3000 clients here in the San Diego area and nationally.

Innesa is a successful Mompreneur who enjoys spending time with her three kids and wonderful husband. Innesa is committed to living a very mindful, healthy, and active lifestyle. Some of her most recent hobbies include meditation, writing and volunteering.

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Sema Zavulunova

V.P. of Recruiting Services

Sema is a first-generation American. She immigrated with her family in 1991 and was raised in a refugee, hardworking, and entrepreneurial family. Sema started working at the age of 14 and never shied away from hard work. She consistently maintained a full-time job while attending Arizona State University; she graduated in the top of her class with honors. Shortly after graduating, she landed a position with a staffing company and started her career. She quickly understood how the staffing industry works and what it takes to make successful employer/candidate matches. Sema has a natural talent and the ability to build immediate connections with her candidates. Her genuine, enthusiastic, and determined approach has helped her find over 1000 candidates new jobs throughout her career. She has maintained relationships with people from the beginning and continues to have excellent associations within her network of professionals. Sema manages a team of recruiters and enjoys her time teaching, mentoring, and engaging with her staff to exceed goals and expectations—ensuring everyone is on the path to success. As a young entrepreneur, in her early 20’s, Sema matured quickly to fill leadership shoes and continues to learn and progress in all areas of business and personal growth.

In her free time Sema enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and her large Russian family and friends. She enjoys cooking, finding new recipes, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and is all about constant growth and education to better herself.


Serena Greenwood

SR. Executive Recruiter

Serena obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from San Diego State University. She has a passion for making a positive contribution to the lives of those she serves; and a gift for matching talented people with the right companies and teams for the ideal long term match.  For the past 11 years, Serena has built long term trusting business relationships with key executives and candidates of all levels in the San Diego area. She began her career in the healthcare and sales fields and then transitioned that community commitment to guiding candidates in career growth within the recruiting field where she has truly found her calling.

On a personal note, she was born and raised in Michigan and settled in San Diego during college. She exudes a strong midwestern work ethic coupled with a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. She is the proud mother of two boys and enjoys activities such as hiking, traveling, dancing and water sports.


Jennie Gonzalez

SR. Executive Recruiter

Jennie, is a native San Diegan and extremely well networked in the greater San Diego area. With over 15+ years of talent acquisition experience, Jennie is a highly experienced recruiter supporting a diverse range of clients. In her role as a Senior Executive Recruiter, Jennie has a blended role as both a Recruiter and Business Development where she supports clients in developing staffing strategies for both short and long-term purposes, coordinates interviews and conducts candidate screening calls, and places candidates in positions across a wide range of functional areas and compensation levels. Her dynamic, positive energy and business savvy approach is what clients love about her. Jennie can take the most unique niche roles and find the perfect candidate.

On a personal level, Jennie has recently celebrated her success in the recruiting business, by purchasing a new home that she enjoys with her active teenage daughter. They both love to travel and plan to fill up their passports with stamps from around the world—attending live music events, concerts, festivals and plays.


Erika Hurt

SR. Executive Recruiter

Erika has a bachelor's degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University. She is an experienced staffing and recruiting professional with a strong background in recruiting, nonprofit program coordination, public speaking, and leadership! She is an enthusiastic, think outside the box recruiting professional and her momentum and drive for the staffing industry shines in her relationships with her candidates. Along with her strong talent pipeline, Erika's passion in seeing candidates find a perfect fit and helping clients find the talent that they need to grow their companies is the cornerstone of her success.

On a personal note, Erika spends her free time on personal growth, honing her leadership skills and is always learning something new. She loves hanging out with her big San Diego family, friends, and her beloved Basset Hound named Angela.


Jeff Parker

SR. Executive Recruiter

Jeff was born in New Orleans and raised in Germany. After attending the University of Washington for Computer Engineering, he realized that he was looking for more of a people focused profession. After eight years of building sales and service teams in an industrial setting, he was introduced to the staffing industry and hasn't looked back since. With over 10 years of full-cycle staffing experience in placing admin, accounting, HR and legal candidates, he finds immense satisfaction in connecting great candidates with awesome clients—it’s the ultimate win-win-win situation.

Jeff has built notable and long-lasting relationships all throughout Southern California. He is thrilled to be able to join Boutique Recruiting and to be a part of our well-known reputation both internally and externally.

Outside of spending time with his family of 5, he thoroughly enjoys cooking, woodworking, and zentangling (glorified doodling). Jeff is competitive and fun natured. His sense of humor keeps everyone around him laughing.


Yuliya Kulchitskiy

Executive Recruiter

Yuliya has an excellent background in recruiting — specializing in accounting, finance, administrative, human resources, customer service, sales, marketing, technology, and manufacturing roles — across varied industries, from medical to agriculture. Yuli is highly experienced and works with candidates from all levels from clerical support to C-level executives.

Her strong detail and organizational skills are a major asset to her success in the staffing industry. She is a great listener and aims to build solid relationships with her candidates. Her dedication to help others find a perfect career match gives her great satisfaction.


Madisyn Napier

SR. Staffing Manager

Madisyn is a Seattle native that made her way to San Diego less than three years ago.  She graduated from a top business school in Silicon Valley while playing both soccer and softball at the collegiate level. Madisyn’s passion lies with helping others and making a positive impact on each person she comes in contact with. In October 2016, she endured on a 7 week volunteer trip to South Africa to help teach English and Physical Education to the local primary schools. She plans to travel the world and volunteer at each place she goes to. She is an animal lover, sports enthusiast and beach fanatic! She is proud to be a part of the Boutique family and looks forward to touching the lives of the people we serve!

Madisyn recently got engaged and she is looking forward to this next chapter of her life.


John Walsh

Staffing Associate

John earned his master's degree from California State University at San Marcos and has experience in management, sales and customer service. Originally from North Carolina, John now calls San Diego home and joined Boutique Recruiting because he loves that it's a profession that allows him to help people in a real tangible way. Helping others improve their lives by assisting them launching a career, better their position, or find a better opportunity is what inspires him. Overall, John believes that it's all about the people.

In his free time, John enjoys golf, movies, and hanging out with his dogs.


Cathy Trinh

Strategic Recruiting Partner

Cathy Trinh is a highly successful recruiter that brings over 20 years of experience in the talent acquisition and staffing industry. She is a fierce advocate for connecting jobseekers to the next level of their career and connecting small-to-Fortune 500 companies to incredible Top Talent.

We are incredibly excited to have Cathy as our Strategic Recruiting Partner in the LA/OC Region. Cathy leads with a humble heart and from the foundational principle of heart & hustle. Her philosophy is based on a life-long journey of transformation and abundance mindset knowledge, and she looks forward to supporting clients of Boutique Recruiting, OC/LA Region with the same heart. We are so excited to have her on our team!

Cathy earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton and has participated in dozens of personal development programs leading future leaders to their best self. She is also a #1 international bestselling author, global keynote speaker, Vietnam-born mother, cancer survivor, mental health advocate, and addiction recovery expert. Her next endeavor is to perform on the stage of Ted Talk with a message of “How to Master the Art of Slowing Down to Accomplish more.” WOW!


Kaite Locke

Technical Recruiter

With over 16 years of strategic sales and marketing experience with worldwide corporations, Katie is highly skilled at putting the right candidates in a perfect role that fits their goals and objectives. As a seasoned recruiter, she has in-depth knowledge of the staffing industry and goes above beyond to please employers and job seekers.

Katie possesses a sincere passion for recruiting and loves connecting with different candidates from backgrounds. She enjoys establishing lasting relationships with clients by offering them the best experience that she possibly can—helping the right talent grow at each stage of their career by connecting them with the industry’s leading companies.

In her free time, Katie loves to travel both locally and internationally, enjoys food and wine festivals, and attends concerts and all types of events.


Mariya Boruhkov

Recruiting Coordinator

Mariya is a San Diego State graduate who has outstanding organizational skills with a strong customer service and administrative background. Mariya uses her skills to keep the Boutique Recruiting staff organized and efficient. Her positive helpful nature keeps the office running smoothly and her key responsibilities with job openings is very important to the organization. If you're working as a temp, you'll likely hear her friendly voice on phone or email.

In her free time, Mariya loves to go to the beach with her family, paddleboard, hike, and she enjoys exploring new places.


Kayla Antonio

Recruiting Assistant

Kayla is a customer-focused, self-motivated individual with experience in retail, sales and marketing. Her ability to prioritize customers’ needs and maintain tight-knit, successful relationships with customers makes her an important part of the Boutique Recruiting team. She is a self-starter who thrives in fast-paced environments and has a passion for recruiting because it is relationship-focused. Kayla says "I truly believe that the human connection is something technology can never fully replace!"

Based in Southern California her entire life, Kayla likes to spend time with family and friends, enjoys working out, reading, and hanging out at the beach.


Nicole Kilar

Sales Account Manager

Nicole moved to San Diego 8 years ago to attend San Diego State University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with a minor in Marketing. She started her recruiting career right out of college and quickly worked up the ranks as an Account Manager with a nationally known recruiting firm. Hardworking and passionate, Nicole loves developing strong relationships with well-known business leaders in a wide range of industries. She chooses to work for Boutique Recruiting because of the positive, progressive, woman-owned environment, and their commitment to bring a valuable experience to both clients and candidates.

Nicole's clients love her and say this:
"Thank you for your wonderful assistance in finding a part-time assistant for me. Your time, consideration, perseverance, and professional courtesy are greatly appreciated. "

"First let me say that you did an amazing job finding great candidates for our consideration and in such a short period of time! I am very impressed. Thank you for all your hard work"

Nicole is bi-lingual in polish and a first-generation American. In her free time, she loves cooking, working out, exploring new restaurants, and spending time with her fiancé and 2 kitties.


Tyson Scott

Sales Account Manager

Tyson is a dynamic sales professional with an outstanding record of success in the recruiting industry. He is seasoned in sales, leadership, and has a strong background helping his clients fulfill their human capital strategies maintains a loyal customer base.

Tyson is a former U.S. Marine Corps Officer and Combat Veteran, serving in multiple command, operational and training positions for over 10 years.

He enjoys playing guitar, classic cars, surfing and snowboarding with his wife, and spending time with their dogs Luna, Echo and Augie, and cat, Kitty.

Megan Russell

Megan Russell

Sales Account Manager

Megan is a dedicated Account Manager with over 5 years of managerial experience and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of San Francisco. Megan is team-oriented, productivity-minded, with impeccable attention to detail. She is known for her sincere desire and willingness to successfully assist clients. To know that she has helped a client and had a positive impact on a candidate's career is truly meaningful to her. Megan believes that the in-person connection at Boutique Recruiting is what makes a successful placement and contributes to the bottom line of her clients' business.

In her free time, she loves to be with family, get caught up on "true crime", and explore the taco scene in San Diego.


Courtney Konenski

Junior Account Manager

Courtney is a recent graduate of Florida State University where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Marketing. In her sales and marketing background, she has worn many hats and made an impact! She is a trusted Sales Assistant at Boutique Recruiting whose positive attitude keeps her agile and able to navigate the fluidity of new and ever-changing environments. Courtney is passionate and dedicated to the success of Boutique Recruiting's clients—always aiming to exceed expectations.

Originally from Florida, Courtney now calls San Diego home and enjoys the beach activities, hiking, and tending to her kitten.


Aimee Flores

Sales Assistant

Aimee is a local San Diegan who graduated from California State University, San Marcos. She has a remarkable aptitude for making instant connections with people from all walks of life. She is a good listener who strives to form strong bonds with others. Aimee is all about continuous improvement and wants to excel at Boutique Recruiting by learning everything she can. She's a hardworking, team-oriented, mindful, and active individual. In her spare time, Aimee enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her dog, Izzy. She enjoys weightlifting and traveling to new places.

Paige De Guzman

Paige de Guzman

Accountant/HR Generalist

Paige was born in Naples, Italy and grew up in Orlando, Florida. In 2006, she decided to move to San Diego to pursue cooler weather and a healthier lifestyle. She has diverse work experience, is highly organized, and possesses a witty and cheerful personality. Her determination and "get-the-job-done" approach to her work are beneficial to all of us here at Boutique Recruiting. As a retired semi-professional football player and a lifetime competitor in various sports, Paige is in the unique position to tackle any challenges that come her way.

When she’s not working, you can find her paddling in any body of water, traveling the world with her long-time partner or adventuring with her rescued Belgian Malinois, Saige.


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What determines a successful placement?

Every Relationship begins face to face.

In our deep experience we’ve discovered the primary deciding factor on determining if a placement will be successful—company culture. It’s one thing to find qualified candidates, but it takes an investment of time to ensure a candidate will fit with a company’s culture.

We meet every candidate we place in order to get to know them. (In fact, if they won’t invest the time to meet with us, we won’t work with them. This is the very least we owe our client companies.)

Likewise, we meet with every company that is considering our services. We meet their management team and associate staff members. We tour the office and lunch room. And we interview thoroughly asking many questions:  do employees eat lunch together? are they expected to attend happy hours? is the office quiet? Or does music play overhead? do people really take their vacations? While you might be primarily concerned with a candidate’s technical abilities, it’s the personal and group fit that determines if an employee will stay onboard for the long term.