About Us

Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, The Charis Group leads the recruiting profession globally in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We serve the industries of: Occupational Health and Safety; Fire Department Safety/First Responders/EMS; Law Enforcement; Welding Safety; Construction Safety and Tools; Cleanroom Control/Contamination Control;Oil and Gas Safety; and Specialty Tools & Fasteners. We recruit for in disciplinesfrom Entry Level to Divisional Presidents of: Sales, Marketing, Product Development, Operations, and Purchasing/Buyers.

Since 1997, The Charis Group has enhanced its recruiting expertise and industry knowledge by being industry specific and we are the trusted advisor to the industries we serve, which builds long-term and long-lasting relationships.

We understand the hiring challenges that our clients face and we are dedicated to uncovering and qualifying the most qualified candidates. We truly seek to understand the desires and career goals of thecandidates as we spend the necessary time listening to and uncovering their true skill sets and relevant experience that will enhance the candidate’s career goals. By listening and truly understanding both our client’s needs and the candidate’s career desires we are able to bring two partnerships together for the benefit of both.

Our passion lies equally with our clients and candidates. We do more than just match our clients and candidates with a job opening. We are not simply a job recruiting organization. Professional recruiting is more sophisticated than that!

While searching on behalf of our clients, we take whatever time is necessary to listen carefully to the candidates. The candidate’s career success are important but that does not necessarily make a great fit with a company nor does it set the candidate up for long term employment with that one company. Chemistry is vital in any relationship, and 80% of any hire.

This is a MAJOR point in what sets us apart from all other recruiters. We spend the necessary time and listenin our discussions with our clients and potential candidates. We engage in conversation with our clients on their culture, the personalities that encompass the company, the company’s growth path, and career growth opportunities and of course the “actual” expectations of the position. With this information we are able to attract and captivate the “passive” candidate, that our clients would have interest in, but are unable to attract on their own.

We spend the necessary timewith potential candidates and listen to their career goals, what truly motivates them, the culture they work best in, their skill sets for success and how they have used these skills to achieve their accomplishments. We discuss and LISTEN to how they would like to enhance their career and what do they see as their next great career move.

Then the final step, which is another MAJOR point in what sets us apart from all other recruiters, is that we analyze and look at both our clients and the candidate’s goals and expectations, as they both must line up. This creates success for both, which equals longevity of employment. For our client’s that equals profits and for the candidates that equals career enhancement and excitement!

Our Membership includes but is not limited to:

  • The National Safety Council
  • The American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • The American Society of Safety Engineers
  • VPPPA – Voluntary Protection Programs Participants Association
  • STAFDA – Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association
  • The International Association of Fire Chiefs


Founder Nancy Sheaffer, President of The Charis Group, is the energy behind this organization. Her dynamic approach to recruiting, plus her many years of experience, and success record have made her company the recruiter of choice in our industries.

Sheaffer is well known as a top recruiter, and is the recipient of one of the recruiting industry’s top awards: Certified Senior Account Manager (CSAM). She is also a member of the National Safety Council, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, American Society for Industrial Security and Security Industry Association among other industry trade groups.


Jeff Sheaffer, Vice President, oversees the recruiting/candidate side of operations of The Charis Group. Jeff appraises candidate talent and working together with Nancy, aligns the strongest and most talented candidates with client’s who expect and receive, the highest quality of candidates.

Jeff joined The Charis Group in August of 2004. Jeff was previously employed in outside sales at the Steris Corporation, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of infection control products. Jeff brings over 20 years of corporate sales experience and numerous sales awards into this position.