Meet Our Consultants

About The Quest Consulting Team

Quest Management Consultants team of professionals is comprised of individuals with extensive backgrounds in management consulting, human resources, training and staff development, communications, diversity training, management, and counseling. In addition to these credentials, each consultant has completed an in-depth training program conducted by one of the profession’s leading consultants.


Joe Wiley
President and Founder

Joe’s professional background includes 30 plus years of human resources experience with three major St. Louis corporations: Pfizer, General Dynamics and the Monsanto Company.  After 23 years with Monsanto, he chose an early retirement and decided to venture into the human resource consulting business. He founded Quest Management Consultants in August of 2003 and is the 100% owner of the company. Quest specializes in career transition, executive search, executive coaching, and organization improvement. Quest has worked with some of the top companies in St. Louis assisting them with their outplacement and staffing needs. A substantial part of his business is conducted with organizations outside the St. Louis area. Quest is a member of OI Partners, which enhances our ability to deliver outplacement service on a national basis.  

At Monsanto, he successfully led the Chemical Company’s recruiting initiative, and in addition to recruiting top talent, he developed award winning recruitment programs. Joe also managed a number of downsizing projects across the country. He worked with a variety of career transition vendors which has given him a great deal of experience and insight into the career transition process. He has a strong foundation in human resources with assignments at plant locations, the division level and in corporate assignments. His broad experience in human resources is a plus in assisting client companies with their human resources needs. Since 2003, Quest has completed over 100 searches in a wide variety of industries across many different disciplines. Quest strives to present a balanced slate of candidates for each assignment. Joe’s broad human resource experience plays a key role in Quest Managements ability to provide cost effective and high quality service. 
A former basketball star, and member of the St. Louis University Hall of Fame, he is the consummate team player.  Joe earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Master of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from St. Louis University.

Joe is an active member of the following organizations:

  • Board of Directors – United Way of Greater St. Louis
  • Board of Trustees- St. Louis Zoo
  • Board of Directors-St, Louis Public Library Foundation 
  • Board of Directors-Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation
  • Executive Committee - St. Louis University Billiken Club
  • Management Advisory Board- St. Louis University John Cook School of Business
  • Honorary Chairperson-Joe Wiley Society (Cardinal Ritter Prep High School)
  • Advisory Board - Toussaint Capital

Joe was recognized in February 2009 by the St. Louis Business Journal as One of the Most Influential St. Louisans. In September 2009 he received the Inclusive Leadership Award which recognizes St. Louis’ most influential minority business leaders. In September 2011he received St. Louis University’s College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Merit Award.

Finally, he finds time to serve as a basketball TV sports analyst for the St. Louis
University Billiken Basketball team. 


Howard W. Curtis
Executive Vice-President, Search

Howard Curtis’s background includes over 35 years of human resources experience with two major corporations; as the owner of a consulting business; as a consultant, on assignment, with Fortune 50 companies in the Asia and Europe; and as an executive in the search business. He began his professional career with the Stewart-Warner Corporation in Chicago and then joined Monsanto in the early 1970’s. While at Monsanto, Howard held a number of varied assignments in plant locations, on the staff of the Monsanto Agricultural Company, and at the corporate level. Prior to his early retirement in 1996, he led the Global People Strategies Team with responsibilities for worldwide staffing, succession planning, people development, and international assignments. In 1995, his staffing team filled over 1,000 positions.

At Monsanto, Howard supported a number of businesses with human resources strategies and during the 90’s, the strategies included downsizing. However, in the face of those difficult times, he always ensured the people impacted had quality career transition services. His ability to provide career counseling and leadership development was valued and continues to be in this present role.

Here at Quest Management Consultants, Howard is concentrating on strengthening the retained executive search practice and works with senior level executives in the career transition process.

He earned a B.S. degree in Business and Economics from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois and a M.A. degree in Human Resource Management form Washington University. Howard was awarded an honorary Doctorate Degree in Public Service from MacMurray College.

Howard currently serves on the Board of Friendship Village - Chesterfield and Sunset Hills, Gaining Christ Ministries, on the Advisory Board of Firm Foundation, and trustee emeriti on MacMurray’s Board.


Kathie S. McCloskey
Senior Vice President, Consulting Services

Kathie McCloskey’s professional background encompasses 30 years in human resources management and organizational development in corporate and operational environments. She has been affiliated with a major healthcare system as well as companies in the defense, medical products, media and insurance industries. Earlier in her career, Kathie held positions as an account representative and branch manager for a major temporary staffing firm.

Kathie served as an organizational development consultant with responsibility for change management, leadership development, HR strategy. She has had responsibilities as a human resource generalist with special emphasis on organizational leadership, career development, training, performance management, recruitment and organizational restructuring.

Kathie worked closely with her client organizations to develop leadership and supervisory training programs and competency-based career development programs. She partnered with a client group to develop human resource initiatives related to the complete transformation of the organization. Kathie has also been actively involved in the development of numerous human resource communications and employee relations initiatives. Throughout her career, she managed corporate restructuring and reduction in force processes, working closely with several career transition firms.

In addition to her experience managing reductions in force, Kathie has been through a career transition process herself and is very sensitive to the needs of our individual clients. She is able to speak to them from the perspective of one who understands the challenges of developing a career transition campaign firsthand.

Kathie earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri St. Louis. She is certified as a DDI professional and leadership development facilitator, member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), ASTD and is an active volunteer in the community.


Patricia A. Mathews
Senior Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness

Patricia Mathews is the President of Workplace Solutions Consultants, which is her own consulting practice. She has over 25 years experience in human resources management and consulting in which her expertise at creating and fine-tuning the processes to manage human assets was developed.

A gifted speaker and author of various articles on human resources management, including Dual Career Couples and Relocation, HR Pitfalls for Growing Companies, and The HR Image Makeover: From Cost Center to Profit Maker, Ms. Mathews has worked with organizations in human resources strategy development, total quality management, and customer service initiatives. This includes development and administration of policies and procedures, employment and recruitment, compensation, wage and salary administration, benefits administration, employee relations, training and development, career development, employee survey administration and analysis, organization development, and labor relations.

Her previous work experience included Vice President of Associate Services for CHAN Healthcare Auditors, Vice President of Human Resources for the Argosy Gaming Company, Human Resources Director for Busch Agricultural Resources (a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.), and Manager of College Recruiting for Occidental Chemical Co., a division of Occidental Petroleum.

She has served as Honorary Co-Chairperson of the President’s National Business Advisory Council, and Co-Chairperson of the HR Special Interest Group for Rising Media. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Human Resources Management Association, World at Work, various non-profit organizations and a women’s investment club. She is Past President of the Board of Directors for Art St. Louis.

Ms. Mathews holds an MBA in Operations Planning & Controls from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a diploma from the Royal Academy of Arts & Sciences in Antwerp, Belgium.


Randy Samuelson
Director, Contingency Search

Randy Samuelson’s professional background encompasses 28 years in the executive recruiting industry. Randy is a St. Louis native. He has recruiting experience in multiple industries including manufacturing, banking, health care, communications and nonprofit organizations. He has successfully completed search projects for positions in many functional areas including: accounting, finance, supply chain, logistics, distribution, sales, marketing, human resources, operations, management and customer service. Randy has placed mid to executive level professionals in companies from small to Fortune 500.

Randy is a Certified Personnel Consultant and participates in numerous charity functions for The Backstoppers Inc, American Cancer Society, Multiple Scierosis Society and American Heart Association.


Linda G. Monday
Consultant

Linda Monday has spent over 25 years in various Human Resources roles including training specialist, human resources and training manager, organization development and training director, and consultant, working in both manufacturing and health insurance organizations. She has also taught a college-level course on Leadership.

During most of Linda’s career, she spent time working internally with organizations developing performance management processes and systems, consulting with departments and staff as they dealt with a changing organization, providing process improvement expertise to design more efficient processes, helping the organization define and shape a new corporate culture after a merger, and delivering management/professional development training with clients across the country. She is a certified facilitator with several of the major training vendors (DDI, Achieve Global, Blessing/ White, Senn Delaney, etc.) and while she enjoys facilitating training workshops, her preference is working one-on-one and with small groups.

She has worked on the corporate HR side of outplacement – managing the processes and the paperwork, meeting with employees, coordinating the outplacement packages and services with vendors - and is happy now to be working from the other side. Having gone through career transition twice during her career, Linda has first hand experience in what it feels like to hear that your position has been eliminated and what it takes to get back on track in developing and implementing a career strategy.

Linda earned a BA in Sociology from Bradley University and a MS in Instructional Technology from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. She has also earned a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation from the Society of Human Resources Management. Her community work includes former Board Member, Secretary of the Board and currently sitting on the Employment Development Council for Independence Center.

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