Expert Staffing Begins At Home

At Excel Personnel Services, we have hired the best possible team to staff the Central Coast. Our three California staffing agency offices have experts specializing in job placement, temp-to-hire, and more. Whether you’re a company interested in filling open positions or someone seeking a job, the staff in our three offices serves the entire area around Santa Maria, Lompoc, and Santa Barbara. Here’s the temp agency staff you’ll be working with.

Michelle Hodapp

Certified Staffing Professional

CEO / Founder


Michelle is the CEO and founder of Excel Personnel Services, started in 1995. The business has steadily grown to a trusted California staffing agency with three offices on the Central Coast, including Lompoc, Santa Maria, and Santa Barbara.

As a person who loves to mingle in the industry that she loves, Michelle is the current Los Angeles Chapter President of California Staffing Professionals Association and has served on the state Board. She is a current Certified Staffing Professional through the American Staffing Association and was honored to receive the Los Angeles Chapter Staffing Professional of the Year award for 2016/2017.

Michelle is a member of Rotary, serving as a current Board Member and past President. She is also past Chair of the Board with the Lompoc Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Board and Membership Development Committee of the Lompoc YMCA, the Lompoc Economic Development Committee, and the Lompoc High School ROP Business Academy Committee. 

Excel Personnel Services is a firm believer in giving back to our communities by hosting annual events benefiting school-aged children, senior citizens, and people with disabilities. The staffing agency also provides annual scholarships to college-bound and trade school students, as well as donations to many other non-profits.


Tasha Bukowski

Director of Operations

Tasha was born and raised in the Santa Ynez Valley. After her graduation, she spent several years in Orange County where she discovered the benefits of working for a staffing company. Tasha was able to gain valuable experience in many industries while diversifying her skillsets. After returning to the Central Coast in 1999, Tasha joined the Excel team, meticulously climbing the ladder of success in various roles from Receptionist to Recruiter to Job Placement Coordinator. 

In 2011 Tasha transitioned onto the executive management team and is now the Operations Manager, overseeing the operations of our California staffing agency. In 2016 she earned her Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) designation through the American Staffing Association. 

Tasha spends most of her days helping clients find the right fit for their staffing needs, which in turn helps job seekers find work! 

Jim Hensley

Certified Staffing Professional

Business Development Manager


Jim Hensley was raised in Ventura County but has made the Lompoc Valley his home for the last 22 years. Jim has been a sales and marketing professional for over 26 years, and providing outstanding customer service is his number one priority. Jim’s role as the Business Development Manager of our California staffing agency keeps him busy bringing in new business as well as maintaining existing relationships with our many clients. He is a member of the American Staffing Association as well as the California Staffing Professionals Association. Jim earned his Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) Credential from the American Staffing Association in July 2018.

Family is very important to Jim. He is married to Deidre, a fifth-grade teacher. They have two children, Mary and Jacob. He currently enjoys volunteering with both the Boy Scouts and Lompoc High School PTSA. His hobbies include camping, cycling, movies, and music. 

Veronica Lopez

Recruiting Coordinator

Veronica was born and raised in the Lompoc Valley. After proving to be an outstanding employee working temporary assignments through Excel, the staffing agency quickly realized it needed to snatch her up to be part of the team. 

In 2019 Veronica was hired as a Receptionist and was quickly promoted to Junior Recruiter. At our staffing agency she recruits candidates, screens them, and matches job seekers to our many opportunities.

As a social butterfly, Veronica is driven to help others in need and lift them to their highest potential, making her the perfect person to work in the staffing industry. In her free time, Veronica loves spending time with her family enjoying their movie night traditions.


Ruben Lopez


Ruben was born and raised in Santa Maria, California. Ruben has over 20 years of customer service and support experience. As a Recruiter for Excel, Ruben uses his knowledge and expertise to help our candidates find the best opportunities available.

Eljurious Whiteside
HR Coordinator/Safety Officer

Eljurious was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. After graduating high school he proudly served 12 years active duty in the United States Air Force and currently serves in the Air Force Reserves. As a Staffing Coordinator for Excel, Eljurious’ unique background in manufacturing and customer service provides him with valuable insight to what clients are really looking for in new hires, adding another level of expertise to the Excel team!

Christina Sutton
Staffing Assistant

Christina was born and raised in the Lompoc Valley. After receiving her Associates Degree at Allan Hancock College, she pursued work in customer service and administrative positions where she lets her outstanding people and organizational skills shine.

Outside of work Christina enjoys reading, drawing and spending time with family and friends.

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