United Staffing Associates is a privately-owned temporary staffing agency that offers multiple staffing solutions to a variety of businesses of all sizes and industries. Temporary, Temporary-to-Hire, Direct Placement and Payroll Service options are available to adjust to your immediate needs. Our diverse and highly skilled workforce consists of more than 90 in-house employees and thousands of temporary, temporary-to-hire, and direct placements. We are engaged in every aspect of the employment industry which includes staffing, hiring and recruiting and providing human resources, safety training and skill testing support. We care about our environment and are committed to safety, occupational health management, and risk control. With active employee and customer participation, safety training, work site hazard identification, and management and safety program innovation, our persistent efforts to improve upon a safe work environment continue to pay off. We offer free services for training and certifying temporary employees in maintaining a safe workplace, including free forklift training and certification, new employee safety orientations, and on-site safety evaluations.
Our core approach consists of two key principles: A customer service-oriented approach in order to drive value and efficiency, and employee engagement through respect, fairness and equal treatment. By treating everyone with dignity, USA acknowledges that each individual can make a positive, long-term contribution to the company as a whole.
We began August 19, 2002 from modest accommodations in Templeton, California and quickly outgrew the space and officially moved our first location to Paso Robles, California the following year. Our quest to improve the employment industry by providing a personal experience to clients and employees alike quickly resulted in success. As a result of hard work and determination, we now operate from a dozen branch locations in order to serve a diverse collection of businesses.
Meet the Team
David Elson has worked in the staffing industry since 1992. Prior to opening the company in 2002, he held accounting and operations positions for several California employment agencies. With an intense drive and motivation to match the right employee with the right employer, Elson divides his time between all of the various USA locations and still finds time to recruit, interview, and train new employees alongside his staff. A Certified Trainer in Forklift certification and possessing years of education which consists of finance, accounting, and general education, Elson continues to support and lead his company in each local community he serves.
Vice-President - General Counsel
After graduating with a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Tax Accounting from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, William Hills relocated to New York to attend law school. Earning his Juris Doctor from Hofstra University, and admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey, Hills has held various roles at several financial services companies. With experience in legal matters typically affecting businesses ranging from regulatory and compliance, employment issues, commercial transactions, contracts, and corporate governance. Hills is registered as in-house counsel in California and joined United Staffing Associates in 2014. Hills is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel; a national bar association serving in-house corporate counsel interests.
Chief Financial Officer
Susan Elson joined USA in 2004 and has processed all financial aspects of the business since. Elson worked for a Fortune 500 company in Iowa while obtaining her Bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa. After graduation, Elson relocated to California in order to provide financial support to the company.
Based in the Central Valley, Julie Camacho provides hands on support to the Porterville and Visalia branch locations and supplies daily accounts receivable assistance to all USA locations and clients. Prior to joining the company in 2002, Camacho worked for the City of Tulare for 10 years which included working as the Senior Services Activities Coordinator and providing years of administrative support in multiple departments. Working and residing within her neighboring community, Camacho offers firsthand knowledge of her surrounding areas by networking with local businesses and is committed to growing the company throughout all of its regions.
Vice-President - Human Resources & Employment Counsel
Shawnté Priest joins the USA team after working in various industries serving as a senior-level HR leader for over 10 years. Her passion for leading and mentoring people prompted her to further her education after her undergraduate studies. Once in law school, Priest dedicated her studies to understanding complex employment and labor issues, eventually leading her to more advanced HR and legal specialist roles. As a member of the State Bar of California, Priest has continued ongoing education and committee involvement with an emphasis in employment and labor. Yet, she has expanded her knowledge in the areas of regulatory compliance, risk management, corporate governance and dispute resolution. Priest is an active member of the Risk Management Society, the Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California and the Association of Corporate Counsel and has a passion for philanthropy supporting causes such as UNICEF, the March of Dimes and various causes supporting underprivileged youth.
Vice-President - Operations
Donna Tarr joined the USA family in May 2016 after retiring as a Police Dispatch Supervisor. Born and raised in Iowa, Tarr and her family relocated to California in the early 80’s. She worked for the cities of Porterville and Irvine for 26 years. Living in the Central Valley and Southern California gave Tarr insight into the diversity and needs of various communities. She developed her management and communication skills leading by example in a structured, procedure-driven, detail-oriented, and stressful environment in an emergency 911 dispatch center. Tarr understands the importance of communication, oversight, structured documentation, and training. Her unique background and experience will assist her to develop and maintain best practices to standardize work flow providing consistency within USA while serving our clients. Tarr’s experience in Law Enforcement and education in Business Management is an asset to our team. Tarr shares the vision and values of USA to provide the highest level of quality customer service while supporting her staff in serving the community.
Greg D. Elson
Director of Communication & Technology
Greg Elson's background includes more than 20 years of design, publication, and printing experience as well as several years of computer programming and software assistance knowledge. Before joining USA, Elson was the Director of Communications and Graphic Designer for a sizeable non-profit organization. Based in Chandler, Arizona, Elson develops and refines USA print advertising, provides company Web site support, creates and designs company logos, print materials, and trade show set design and construction.
Director of Marketing & Brand Development
Wendi Patterson joined USA in 2004 after relocating from Kern County to the Central Coast. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing and a Masters of Business Administration in Business Marketing, Patterson oversees all of USA’s branding, advertising, promotion, public and media relations, trade shows, and marketing strategies while simultaneously managing the San Luis Obispo branch office. Patterson is an active SLO Pride volunteer and member of the Central Coast Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction.
Director of Business Development
Before joining USA in 2007, Jorge Ramos had worked in the employment industry for over 10 years. Having worked as a Branch Manager, Regional Sales Manager, and Vice President of Marketing, Ramos owns a multi-faceted comprehension of the staffing industry. Ramos is a Central Valley native and attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a baseball scholarship. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Applied Art and Graphic Design, Ramos relocated back to the Central Valley and owned his own business for a period of years. Actively involved in his local community, Ramos provides local sales and business development to USA 's Visalia and Porterville locations and delivers daily motivation and support to his staff and all those he encounters.
Norma J. White
Director of Health & Safety
Norma White brought over 27 years experience in Federal & State safety regulatory compliance to USA after joining the company in 2007. She has worked with the Central Coast & Central California County Environmental Health Agencies, Weights & Measures, Air Pollution Control Districts, Cal/OSHA, & Cal/EPA. White holds many certifications which include Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and has attended Food Safety training at Texas A&M University. With seven years experience as a Federal Food Inspector, White is considered an expert at assisting clients prepare for (and pass) third party audits; she has developed & implemented dozens of required safety programs, policies, and practices required by the many regulatory agencies.