Our Family Grew by 5!

At The First String we bring the best of the best to the family so that we can continue to provide the best service out there. We make sure every person that joins our team is passionate about not only the healthcare professionals who we connect with daily, but also is committed to improving the healthcare industry as a whole.

Meet the newest additions:


Kelsi Phillips

Kelsi graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor’s degree in History. She is thrilled to join the First String Healthcare to support the Interim Recruitment Team by sourcing candidates and building new relationships.

I LOVE: traveling, hiking, cats and Mexican food.

MY GUILTY PLEASURE: Blue Oyster Cult, ice cream, coffee

FAVORITE QUOTE: “A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.” – Kurt Vonnegut

IN MY SPARE TIME: you can find me climbing, at the gym, practicing the bass, hiking in Joshua Tree National Park or going to concerts.


Joe Della Maggiore

Joe graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication. With his sights set on Permanent Recruiting, Joe is hoping to build quality relationships with good people across the Healthcare landscape. He loves connecting with people and is looking to match them with opportunities that they are passionate about.

I LOVE: going camping with friends, fishing, surfing, skateboarding, golfing, road trips, good whiskey and rock n roll.

MY GUILTY PLEASURE: late night breakfast burritos and The Office

FAVORITE QUOTE: “When the going gets weird, the weird get professional”

IN MY SPARE TIME: you can find me in my backyard shaping surfboards, floating around the Pacific, at a local concert, or relaxing on the golf course.


Jessica Zell


McKenna Johnson

McKenna graduated from University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Public Relations and a minor in Business. She is currently a part of The First String Permanent sourcing team. She is excited to support the team in finding qualified candidates for available opportunities.

I LOVE: my Golden Retriever, traveling, concerts, the beach and the Oregon Ducks.

MY GUILTY PLEASURE: red wine, reality TV and Mexican food

FAVORITE QUOTE: “You win some, you lose some” 

IN MY SPARE TIME: you can find me spending time with my friends and family, shopping, exercising, or at the beach.


Michael Della Maggiore

Michael graduated from University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a minor in Business and Music. With the goal of becoming a recruiter for the permanent division, he is looking to create and sustain real connections with good people. As a recruitment research analyst, he will strive to connect people to opportunities that can highlight their passions and strengths.

I LOVE: backpacking, snowboarding, traveling, watching baseball and watching my Ducks play on Saturdays.


FAVORITE QUOTE: “You have to be odd to be number one” 

IN MY SPARE TIME: you can find me rooting for my Ducks, playing golf, camping or checking out a local brewery trying to find the best IPA out there.

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