DeLaina is a Senior Associate, working in the Sports and Higher Education practices for Parker Executive Search.
DeLaina brings a unique perspective to the Parker Executive Search team having been a former student-athlete and Student Services professional at the Division I level. In her current role, her main responsibilities are to conduct comprehensive research on clients and target institutions, develop and execute a detailed search strategy, and assist in the recruitment of qualified candidates based on the needs of the client and institution. DeLaina’s passion, energy, and strong communication skills are key assets to the firm.
In addition to her duties at Parker Executive Search, DeLaina has also been a speaker at National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Conferences, Women Leaders in College Sports, NEXT LEVEL Symposium, Rising Coaches, Big 12 Black Assistant Coaches Alliance, Black Coaches United, Women of Color (WoC) Athletic Director Network, and the NCAA – Emerging Leaders Seminar, Post-Grad Internship Program, and the Leadership Institute.
Prior to joining Parker Executive Search, DeLaina worked for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Athletic Department in the office of Career & Leadership, helping to prepare student-athletes for their personal and professional endeavors post collegiate career.
DeLaina earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Communication from the University of Central Florida with a minor in Mass Communication. She competed as a four-year starter for the UCF Women’s Volleyball team and helped lead the team to its first American Athletic Conference Championship in 2014 and first bid to the NCAA tournament since 2003. During her career at UCF, she earned such accolades as Player of the Year, Female Scholar Athlete of the Year for the AAC, and 3x All-American Honorable Mention.
From UCF, DeLaina attended Michigan State University and became a Graduate Assistant working with the university’s Student-Athlete Support Services. She graduated with a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Student-Athlete Development.
Outside of work, DeLaina enjoys playing volleyball, exploring, and spending her time away from the office with friends and family. DeLaina also enjoys volunteering with organizations that empower and educate future leaders in pursuit of careers within athletics. DeLaina and her husband, AJ, live in Dacula, GA, with their dog Rona.