Our Team

Pete Almond


Pete joined Almond & Associates in 1999, and currently owns and manages the Tacoma office. A Tacoma local and Stadium High School Alumni, Pete utilizes a customer-focused, relational approach to recruiting.  His passion for directly recruiting top talent has been a prominent aspect of Almond & Associates’ success for almost twenty years. His recruiting specialties lie within financial and accounting roles. As the branch manager, Pete is responsible for overall branch operations and staff management as well as client development.  Pete spends his free time with his family camping, and traveling to recreational destinations around the Northwest. He is also a car and boat enthusiast, and enjoys cooking and diving.

Zada Grant


Zada joined Almond & Associates in 2016. During her seven years in retail management, she found a passion for customer service. Her goal is to build solid relationships with our clients and candidates to ensure she can deliver an excellent experience. Zada’s experience with working in a variety of industries gives her an edge in determining her clients’ needs. Zada is a California native. After living in many states across the country, she made Washington her home in 2009. Zada has been an active volunteer in her community. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, cooking, and cheering for the Seattle Seahawks.

Karissa Valine-Plaza

Staffing & Recruiting Coordinator

Karissa joined the Almond & Associates team in 2016 after graduating from Humboldt State University. During her time in college, Karissa worked as a Communication Consultant for local nonprofits. Through this experience, she discovered her passion for developing relationships and creating positive change for others within their professional lives. She is excited to continue this trend through staffing and recruiting. A California native, Karissa moved to Washington for a change of scenery. She loves the rain, mountains, and evergreen trees. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and hiking with her husband and snuggling their cats.