Tina Merker | Recruiting & Associate Care Manager


Tina came to IO in 2004 when she was introduced to Cindi through the small group ministry at their church.  “As always, God’s timing is perfect,” Tina says.  At the same time that Cindi found out that Tina’s professional background included 11 years in the staffing industry, IO had a need for a recruiter.  Tina stepped into the part-time workforce after taking 5 years off from the corporate world when her daughter was born. 

Tina spent 6 years working with IO as a recruiter, then as a manager of placement and associate care.  In 2009, Tina stepped away from IO for 4 years to focus on her family and increasing school & church responsibilities.  She has recently returned to the IO role of overseeing the recruiting and associate care areas. Tina is a native Tennessean, and received her BA from Vanderbilt University and her MBA from the University of Tennessee.  She worked for Exxon for 4 years, and then spent over 11 years at Norrell Services in various sales, training, marketing, and management roles.

In her spare time, Tina enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, walking with friends, and reading great fiction.