Our Team


Penda Aiken


Penda brings over 30 years of experience leading client-focused workforce solution projects, project management, and staff augmentation teams. She is responsible for maintaining a profitable revenue stream while building market share in various industries such as construction, healthcare and information technology. Through her leadership, PAI has successfully completed over 25,000 engagements in a wide range of disciplines and has achieved annual sales of $15 million.
Penda is a member of various community boards and conducts numerous philanthropic endeavors. She holds a B.A from the CUNY Baccalaureate Program and an MFA from Columbia University.

LinkedIn: @PendaAiken

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Jeffrey (Jeff) Shlager

Talent Acquisition Manager

Jeff brings to Penda Aiken over 25 years of experience in the recruitment industry.  Having formerly created and built a boutique recruitment company with specialties in finance/accounting, creative/technical, legal and administrative staffing, he has previously developed staffing programs for leading investment banks and law firms including Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.


Earlene Robinson

Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist

Earlene has over 17 years of experience as a recruiter and account manager for Fortune 100 companies, government sector, and non-profit organizations. She has successfully placed workers in various positions ranging from clerical to analysts and accountants. At PAI, Earlene focuses on the construction and disaster recovery industry, placing project managers and other professionals.


Earlene volunteers as a community worker at her local church, providing food for the less fortunate, as well as supporting the church’s Executive Board. Earlene holds a B.A. degree from Brooklyn College.

LinkedIn: @EarleneRobinson

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Marilyn Rickman

Talent Acquisition Specialist


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Peggy Smalls

Talent Acquisition Specialist


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Kendra Jordan-Louis

Healthcare Talent Acquisition Specialist


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LaShone Sweeney

HR Manager


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Lucia Santana

HR Coordinator


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Kijo Aiken

Finance Director


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Carlton Basdeo

Accounting Financial Analyst


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Danielle Lopez

Operations Manager


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Irene Z. Robertson

Executive Assistant

Irene is a skilled administrative professional with over a decade of cross-functional administrative and executive support experience. At PAI, Irene's focus is digital marketing and process improvement. She holds a BA in English from Queens College.

Irene is a former Personal Trainer, triathlete, and published author. She is also an avid traveler, and has been to 38 of the 50 United States, with plans to finish the map in 2024.

LinkedIn: @IreneZRobertson

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Donovan Chavez

Executive Assistant


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Penda Aiken, Inc. 

Consultant Management Team

In addition to our in-house staff, PAI has an expansive team of seasoned experts in the workforce and compliance space. Our consultants have a combined (75) years of professional experience in the areas of healthcare, construction, transportation, aviation, and related services. We are uniquely positioned to provide valuable insight and assistance in support of your projects and initiatives.