Shari Dingle Costantini founded Avant Healthcare Professionals in 2003. Avant has placed thousands of internationally educated nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists with healthcare facilities throughout the U.S.
Costantini is a renowned expert in the healthcare industry, with 30 years of experience in strategic leadership, nursing, and international staffing. She was named “100 Most Influential People in Staffing” in 2013 and “Global Power 100 – Women in Staffing” in 2017 and again 2018 by Staffing Industry Analysts.
Costantini serves as president of the American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment, a trade association she helped form in 2007. Through AAIHR, Costantini actively lobbies Congress for immigration reform to allow a consistent flow of highly skilled healthcare professionals.
Costantini was named 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year Healthcare by i4 Business Magazine and 2016 Entrepreneurial Vanguard award recipient from Junior Achievement. In 2017 she was the winner of EY Entrepreneur of the Year award in healthcare for Florida. Later that year, she successfully recapitalized the private-equity backed company, partnering with Jackson Healthcare. Avant is now part of the Jackson family of companies, the third-largest provider of healthcare staffing in the US.