The Team

Pauline O’Brien is the CIS Director of Career & Recruitment Services. Originally from Ireland, Pauline moved to the Netherlands when she was seventeen years old. Her career began in association management at the International Pharmaceutical Federation after completing her studies in PR, Marketing & Management. She managed membership, conferences & exhibitions, and team training globally. At The Blue Lynx Group in the Netherlands, she served in succession as Regional Manager, Operations Manager and Operations Director. She developed corporate recruitment strategies to recruit and place multilingual, international professionals and Executives worldwide. Relationship building is high on Pauline’s list of priorities to fully understand the varying nature of recruitment needs of CIS Member Schools. Pauline has a wealth of recruitment industry experience in the corporate world – bringing a fresh perspective to the established way of recruiting in international schools.
Joe Cornacchio is a consultant for CIS Leadership Search Services. With more than thirty years of international school experience, Joe has an extensive background in leadership and teacher recruitment as well as a diverse skill set and experience in human resources management. He joined CIS in 2011 from Jakarta International School, where he served as the Head of Organisational Development. Joe is based in Florida in the United States.
Becky Hazlett began working for CIS, on what was originally supposed to be a temporary basis, more than 10 years ago after gaining a degree in English Literature. With a decade’s worth of recruitment experience, she has seen a lot of changes and improvements. She is proud to work for an organisation that embraces change. Becky relocated along with the CIS offices from the UK to the Netherlands in 2011. She has helped to organise 27 recruitment fairs worldwide, facilitating countless placements and loves to meet candidates in person (or via video) and discuss their educational philosophies. Fully integrated in Dutch society, she enjoys eating liquorish and on special occasions, raw herring.
Dr. Ilse Huijskens acquired a Ph.D. in Life Sciences at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Once she received her doctorate, Ilse returned to the Netherlands after six years of residency in Canada to work as a post-doctoral fellow at Leiden University. Realising that what she enjoyed most about the work was interacting with people, Ilse sought a new challenge that would provide more such opportunities and became senior scientific consultant at Kelly Services, a global recruitment organisation. At CIS, Ilse enjoys engaging with so many diverse and international educators while applying her analytical mind to the job search and selection process.
Tanja Janjic trained as a nurse in Yugoslavia but never practiced. Instead, she started her career as an interpreter at the UN in Bosnia; Tanja then moved to Spain and subsequently Italy, before settling in the Netherlands. Tanja has a degree in psychology which is invaluable when it comes to interviewing candidates and figuring out the right fit! She is great at counselling candidates! Tanja also brings corporate recruitment experience to the team having worked for Avery Dennison. 


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