Meet The Team

Miranda Trudell
PEO Office Assistant

I have lived in Luray, Virginia for 15 years, and graduated from Luray High School in 2019. I am currently pursuing a degree in business with a focus on marketing & management. In my spare time, I like to take my puppy on little adventures to Lake Anna for a boat day! I have had many years of customer service experience and previously came from an assisting position. I look forward to learning and growing with this company!

Tasha Haddock


Tasha Haddock joined LaunchPointPEO in 2020 and brings over 10 years of experience in customer service and Human Resources. Born into a patriotic military family, Tasha’s original career plan was to join the USAF as she places high value on service before self. A passionate life student, she thrives on genuine connections; helping others to unlock their unique potential. When not in her professional realm, Tasha can be found adventuring outdoors or at the ball field with her husband and three boys.

Alexa Lockhart

Alexa is currently enrolled to receive her degree in Environmental Science with a focus in Conservation. With 10 years of experience in Customer Service, she genuinely enjoys learning about people and their stories. In the hopes of furthering her own career, as well as those she communicates with, she joined LaunchPointPEO as a Recruiter in August 2021. In her spare time, she likes to read and spend time with her family.

Colton Wolf


Thelma Poock

Recruiting Assistant

Colton Wolf has been with LaunchPointPEO since August of 2020.  Colton is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (Go Rams!) and holds a B.A. of Political Science.  He strives to put his heart into his work and push the company toward success.  Colton is an avid learner and believes that you can never have too much knowledge.  In his spare time, Colton can be found reading a book, spending time outdoors, or enjoying time with loved ones.   

Thelma Poock joined LaunchPointPEO as a Recruiting Assistant during the summer of 2019. She brings with her a wide variety of experiences, including a past career in education, where she served as an elementary and special education teacher, along with being a parent educator. As the spouse of a now retired USAF member, Thelma was given the opportunity to live in a multitude of places, having a number of volunteer positions supporting military families and the local community. Thelma strongly believes that reaching out and helping others by making a positive impact is top priority. She views her position at LaunchPointPEO as a way to help others by linking them with a job that will move them forward in their career. Thelma and her husband have raised two children that are now adults out on their own. Two golden retrievers fill the empty nest! Thelma and one of her goldens volunteer together as a certified therapy team visiting nursing homes and library reading programs.

Rachel Aleshire

Payroll Clerk

Rachel Aleshire graduated from Bridgewater College with a Bachelor of Science in Communication, Technology, and Culture. Rachel joined LaunchPoint PEO in February of 2021. She started as a HR Assistant but has recently transitioned into the role of Payroll Clerk. Rachel enjoys playing games with her family and friends and hanging out with her dogs in her spare time. She also loves acting and has been involved in her local community theater and haunted house attraction for many years, which also got her involved with special effects makeup. Rachel is excited to continue to gain experience and to grow with LaunchPoint PEO.

Jennifer Buracker

PEO Deputy Director

Jen Buracker has over twenty years in the customer service field. She has been with LaunchPointPEO since the very beginning, helping with the researching and standing up of the PEO. Before taking on her role as the Account Manager, she worked for Subsidium for a combined total of seven years. Jen recently was promoted from Account Manager to Deputy PEO Director taking on more responsibilities while continuing to learn and grow with LaunchPointPEO.  Although she loves being an Account Manager she and is still available if you need her, she wanted to branch out and learn more.

She is a mom to three wonderful children and is enjoying her new role of “Grammie” to three grandchildren. Jen is very family oriented and enjoys traveling to watch her children play sports and spending all the time she can with her close friends and loved ones.

Sydney Knight
Account Manager

Kristy Balsley
HR Associate

Before starting my career with Launchpoint I worked with Biolife Plasma Services for 17 years as a Training Supervisor. I grew up in the small town of Luray, VA .  I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Toby for 19 years. We have three amazing kids, Ryan who is almost 21, Mckenna is 15 and Joslyn is almost 5.  As if my children don’t keep me on my toes enough, I have a 2 year old Saint Bernard named Sulley. He truly thinks he is a lap dog and will whine if you don’t let him lay with you on the couch. Most of my spare time is spent hanging out with my children. Our favorite thing to do together is vacationing in the Outer Banks. We go there as a family for the last 10 years. 

Sydney is starting out as an HR Associate who will be training to be an Account Manager. Sydney has several years of customer service experience. She loves working with people and loves learning. She looks forward to taking on more responsibilties. An interesting fact about Sydney is that she is a former cast member of Walt Disney World while enrolled in the Disney College Program. She completed this program in 2019. Sydney currently attends Blue Ridge Community College where she is pursuing her General Education Associates Degree. Coming from a military family, Sydney’s original goal was not to go to college but to join the Army. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her daughter and enjoys the outside.

Tracy Grimes
HR Associate

Tracy Grimes has over Fifteen years in the customer service field. She has been with LaunchPointPEO since November 2019 in Payroll as the Senior Payroll Specialist, through taking a brief personal leave this year has returned to work in a new role as HR Associate. She really enjoyed her time in Payroll but is very excited to learn and adopt in her new role. Tracy is a mother of 3 wonderful children and a grandmother to 3 also wonderful grandchildren. Tracy loves to paint and spread time outdoors watching her grandchildren play and grow.