JoAnn Xydis

Vice President, Administration

JoAnn has been an integral part of TERRA’s success story, serving in a variety of roles. She started with the company as a recruiter, quickly became a top producer, and was promoted to Seattle Branch Manager in 2005. Her current role as Vice President of Administration is a critical role responsible for HR, risk management, enterprise business services, and ensuring organizational alignment to the company’s strategic initiatives and growth plans.

JoAnn’s work experience prior to TERRA included case management and recruitment of volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Also, while earning her degree at the University of Washingto,n she worked at the campus career center counseling students on their job search.

JoAnn is a native of the Puget Sound area. In addition to her enjoyment of running and other fitness pursuits, JoAnn loves to travel. A favorite destination is a charming family-owned hotel on the Greek Island of Paros that she and husband Jason visit as often as their busy schedules will allow. She has two young children, Jonny and Joslyn.

Tell me about your first job?

My first job was as a babysitter. It really taught me about responsibility – I never once canceled on a family. Oh, and I also learned to always make sure the kids went to the bathroom before they went to bed.

What other professions would you like to try?

I’ve always dreamed of owning my own little coffee shop in some warm place of the world, where I can enjoy the sun & have customers that become more like family to me.

If you could possess any super power, what would it be?

The power of flight. I would love to be able to travel the world without having to deal with airports & crying kids on the plane (mine included).

What do you enjoy most about working in the staffing industry?

I love the matchmaking! I am a huge fan of reality shows (the Bachelor/Bachelorette) because besides laughing at all the craziness, I enjoy making my top picks at the beginning of the season to see who fits best with the other match. This same thing applies to the staffing world; there usually is a lot of craziness, but there is also a lot of fun with finding that right fit!

Best career advice you’ve ever received?

One thing I’ve learned from my parents is to work hard & never give up. This perspective has helped me in every aspect of my life.