Meet the Innovators

Innovations is committed to helping people launch and elevate their
careers. Your success is our success. 



Paula founded Innovations PSI, Inc. in 1985 to provide personalized recruitment services to the financial services industry. For 32 years she has assisted companies in their quest to identify and hire the top talent needed to achieve business goals. Paula prides herself on establishing and maintaining relationships with her clients and strives to maintain a record of customer satisfaction and excellence. Forming strong ties to both companies and individuals has allowed Innovations to be a leading provider of talent recruitment in the financial services. Paula is also active at Wells Fargo Advisory Committee and at Glide Memorial.


Laura Kent
Senior Vice president

Laura Kent is a Senior Vice President at Innovations with a BA from University of California Santa Barbara. A Bay Area native with over 25 years of experience, she has placed countless candidates in many industries, including Finance, Technology, Hedge Funds, and Consumer companies.  Laura partners with her candidates and clients to understand just what they are looking for and has the knack for finding the perfect match! Laura has maintained strong relationships with her candidates over the years, many of which have advanced and are now clients who hire from Innovations. In her free time, Laura volunteers for a non-profit that studies rare diseases in hopes of finding treatment options. She also enjoys spending time at the beach with her family and  highly energetic and adorable standard poodle, Stone!

Laura Geranen
Senior vice president 

Laura is a Senior Vice President in the Direct Hire Division. She joined Innovations PSI as an Associate in 1993, and has worked as a recruiter both in San Francisco and overseas throughout most of her career. Laura enjoys hiking, biking and sailing. She spent a year sailing though the South Pacific to New Zealand where she enjoyed diving, filming underwater sea life, and experiencing other cultures with friends. Laura is a fourth generation San Francisco Bay Area native who has a background in yacht racing and competing in local triathlons.

Jon Swartz
Executive Search Manager

Jon Swartz is the Executive Search Manager at Innovations PSI. He began his career at Robert Half in 2012. His recruitment focus is with banks, RIA's, asset management and alternative investment firms. Jon is passionate about networking and relationship building. He frequents weekly networking events that focus on both business development and philanthropic, community outreach. He also enjoys soccer, cycling, running, and travel.

Isabella Jaffe
candidate Sourcer

Isabella joined Innovations in 2016. She graduated with a BA in both International Relations and German from Chico State University. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and watching Bay Area sports.   

Lou DiRienzo
Executive recruiter

Lou DiRienzo is an Executive Recruiter at Innovations PSI. Lou started as a Staff Accountant for a CPA firm, and after 7 years of consistent growth, Lou was an Experienced Senior Accountant looking for his next career path. Lou’s industry expertise has made him a subject matter expert for both clients and candidates. Lou holds his dual Masters in Public Accounting and Finance from Iona College. Lou enjoys traveling – once he visits Antarctica, he can check off all the continents from his bucket list.

Roxanne Jow stuart
Director, Temporary Staffing

Roxanne Jow Stuart is Director of the Temporary Staffing Division at Innovations PSI. After receiving her AA Degree in Merchandising and Management from FIDM, Roxanne helped start the company with Paula Todd in 1985. She grew the temporary division for 10 years before leaving Innovations to raise her family. Roxanne has recently returned to Innovations to continue growing our Temporary Staffing platform. Roxanne is an avid Bay Area sports fan. She loves the Warriors and is 49er Faithful.


Julia Soares Teitelbaum
Recruiting Coordinator

Julia joined Innovations in 2019 after graduating from the University of Oregon. She holds a BA in public relations and political science. Julia is very well traveled, enjoys Latin dancing, playing guitar, and being outdoors in the sunshine with friends. Julia’s favorite activity is horseback riding on her family’s ranch in Brazil. She looks forward to involving herself further in business development strategy at Innovations.


Melissa Alvarez
Front desk coordinator

Melissa joined Innovations in 2018 as the Front Desk Coordinator/Administrative Assistant. She holds a BS in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting from the University of San Francisco. On the weekends you can find Melissa baking cheesecake for her friends or spending her time sight seeing around the Bay Area. 

Jason Todd
Research Associate

Jason joined Innovations in 2014 as a Research Associate. He attended Santa Monica College and majored in Business Administration. Jason is a bay area native as well as an avid sports fan. His favorite teams are the Warriors, 49ers, and the Giants.