a national executive search firm

Tina Dugas, Senior Associate

A native New Yorker, Tina discovered a passion for communications and PR as an intern while in college, and launched her career with a boutique PR firm in NYC. As Vice President, Healthcare at Porter Novelli, she established the agency’s first multi-cultural marketing division for clients with diverse marketing needs. She served the City of New York as Vice President of Marketing and Special Events for the Off Track Betting (OTB) Corporation before being recruited and relocating to Chicago to lead Burrell Communications Group as Senior Vice President.

Tina has since spent her recruiting career cultivating partnerships among clients and candidates, providing career counseling and helping candidates to identify and secure career opportunities. Clients have included Fortune corporations, agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Throughout her career, Tina has enjoyed supporting PRSA (Public Relations Society of America) and BPRS (the Black PR Society), and she was presented with an MVP Award by National BPRS. She is recognized by AIRS (Advanced Internet Recruitment Strategies) as a Certified Recruiter in Diversity, Internet and Social Sourcing.

Tina has proudly served the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) on the Midwest Region Scholarship Selection Committee. She is a regular participant in DePaul University’s PR curriculum activities, appearing on panels, critiquing presentations, contributing blogs and providing interview and job search counsel to students. She also volunteers her time to help students and budding professionals, as well as seasoned executives, who wish to fine-tune their resumes and interview skills.

A CUNY graduate of Hunter College, Tina holds a BA in Communications. She is a classically trained pianist and plays multiple instruments. Although a city girl, she is passionate about the care of domestic and urban animals, and the preservation of wildlife and natural environments and volunteers with a variety of animal care organizations.

More About Tina


Guilty pleasure — Butter pecan ice cream and Sorachi Ace beer made by the Brooklyn Brewery

People would be surprised to know — I’m from New York City because I don’t carry an expected accent…until I utter the word “door” (which has 2 syllables in my world), or I get excited

Hidden talent — I’m a classically trained pianist, but along the way, I also learned to play the accordion, flute, guitar, violin and the xylophone!

If I wasn’t a recruiter — I’d be a veterinarian or would live and work in an animal sanctuary since I’ve always loved owning and caring for birds, reptiles, dogs, cats and much more!

My first job — from college was working for a small PR firm where my first client was a pet product association, and I became their first Director of the Pet Information Bureau

Best thing about being a recruiter — Being able to channel a passion for matchmaking by helping people of all ages connect to fulfilling jobs. And of course, being able to meet so many new and interesting people every day is icing on the cake!