We at EmPower HealthIT are genuinely invested in your success. We’ll do everything in our power to make sure your experience is one that allows you to succeed professionally and personally. We build trust with new candidates with our proven practices. Are you ready to start your next adventure? Get on board with us!

Dedicated Passionate Team

EmPower Health IT has been a tremendous asset as we seek to fill difficult to recruit positions. They are a true business partner.


I love being a part of a group of professionals that inspire one another to excel everyday.

–Dawn Whitney, CEO

… by far the front-runner in delivering candidates.

–Rady Children’s Hospital

As our client, you are immediately partnering with seasoned staff and subject matter experts who understand that the success of your business lies within understanding your industry, your team dynamics and the best skill fit for your organization.


As our candidate, you will actually speak with a Recruiter who knows how best to market your skills, can get you in front of the decision maker and who will truly listen and advise you on the best changes to make to your resume and interviewing techniques. AND…we will call you back!

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Founder and CEO
I love being a part of a group of professionals that inspire one another to excel everyday.

Dawn Whitney is Founder and CEO of EmPower HealthIT (formerly MotivAction Recruiting) and EmPower Nursing & Allied Solutions  based in Portland, Oregon. She started the company in 2005 from her dining room table with one employee based in New York that is still an active Recruiter today. Each year the business has grown exponentially, even during the recent “down years” in staffing (2008-2009). Between 2011 and 2012, her business grew 47% fueled mostly by long term clients that have used her team to staff for new consulting engagements across the US. In 2015, her company expanded and grew 32% from 2014! The firm’s primary business is Direct Hire placements, Consulting Engagements and Executive Retained Search. Dawn is responsible for the daily operations, management of staff, recruitment, new business development and ongoing client relationships. Her organization includes a team of specialized Healthcare Informatics Recruiters that focus exclusively in their respective staffing discipline. In addition to a local team, she has “virtual” recruiters scattered across the US to assist in filling the diverse needs of her clients. Dawn formed MotivAction Recruiting (now EmPower HealthIT) after 15 years of success in the staffing industry for two publicly traded organizations. While serving as a Vice President at her most recent position, World Health, she was personally responsible for the oversight of the firm’s Healthcare Informatics division, which produced annual revenue in excess of $6 million within its first 8 months of “start-up” operation. Her business development, leadership and a results-oriented philosophy assisted in fueling the organization’s fast growth within the healthcare sector.


Prior to World Heath, Dawn was National Executive Director for Hall Kinion (now KForce) with responsibilities for a $30M business unit which included several offices across the US.  Her specialty within Hall Kinion was to open new offices, assist them to profitability quickly and to turnaround stagnant, non-productive offices. She became an expert in teaching and mentoring other recruiters, and account managers that quickly grew into top performers within the company.  In addition to her training, sales and expansion responsibilities, she was extremely successful in growing business units and developing leaders. She was a top performer several years in a row running her own book of business while training and mentoring others.


Dawn’s newest venture started November 2, 2015 as another start-up within the Healthcare market.  Her clients were asking her to assist them in staffing Travel Nurses and Allied Health staff within their hospitals. She investigated and considered several nursing company acquisitions, yet, settled on starting another successful company from the ground up once again.  She hired several experts within the nursing space, including an RN that is recruiting other RN’s and in her first week of the launch, landed eight new clients.   Her team created the name of the new company, as a division of EmPower HealthIT, that best embodied their culture and belief system. This company is called EmPower Nursing & Allied Solutions. They staff travelers and direct hire professionals within the nursing and allied health space. We are excited about the growth and expansion of these two companies in 2016 and beyond.  Dawn and her husband Ryan live in Portland, Oregon and LaQuinta, California. Their 21 year old son, Cole, is a successful employee of EmPower HealthIt and also resides in Portland.

Bookkeeper & Contract Manager
I love going to work for the job as well as the environment. I feel challenged each day and we have leadership that encourages us to set goals, grow, take charge and have fun too!

Diane Tooze Storer works at EmPower HealthIT as our Bookkeeper and Contract Manager. She has been the Bookkeeper and owner of her own family construction business for the last 10 years. Her attention to detail, love of math and desire to be in a positive team environment made it a perfect match for us! She is willing to help in many areas of the business and will help with a smile! Aside from work, Diane likes to find great places to eat, enjoy the outdoors and play with her friends and family (husband Tyler, daughter Kalia & son Emerson).

IT Recruiter
Vanessa has been with EmPower for 3 years and has over 10 years of combined experience in customer service, management and sales. She thrives in environments that are fast-paced and loves working on collaborative teams. She is passionate about building relationships. Vanessa enjoys strength training, yoga, meditation, salsa dancing and traveling. She loves spending time with her friends and family and is always on the go, but also loves to curl up on the couch with a good book.
IT Recruiter

Tammera is an IT Recruiter at Emower. She brings over 10 years of experience in management, sourcing talent, sales, team building and recruitment. She is passionate about serving others and thrives in helping achieve results and goals. Tammera is a firm believer that positive action generates inspiration. She takes pride in building relationships and helping individuals be in an environment where they feel valued and appreciated. Outside of work Tammera enjoys spending time with her family and her fur babies, they enjoy sports, camping, traveling and art. Tammera also enjoys reading and education on self growth,  improvements and development.

IT Recruiter

Halsea is an IT Recruiter and has been with EmPower for almost two years. She is passionate about Healthcare Informatics Technology and placing IT professionals across the country. Previous to IT recruiting, Halsea was a Travel Nurse and Allied Health recruiter. Halsea enjoys spending time with her family, cycling classes, and golfing in the summer.

Director of Client Relations
Hannah is new to the team as a HealthIT staffing specialist, transitioning into Business Development. She previously worked for EmPower as the social media and PR intern during college in 2014. Her passion for small business started with her own company, launched in 2017 – that she still runs today. After-hours you can catch Hannah on a run, crafting a new recipe, and spending quality time with her new baby girl.

Ready to take on a new challenge? We’re here to help you start your next adventure.