The High Country Staffing Team
John Padilla – Director
As a Colorado native, John has built an incredible network over his twenty-one years in the Recruiting industry. John graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in Political Science and has worked in a variety of roles with the past 11 years focused on executive leadership. Throughout his professional career, John has built a reputation of trust and integrity and a passion for finding people jobs.
John lives in Lone Tree, CO with his beautiful wife MJ and three children, Joe, Grace and Sloane. He enjoys coaching youth Basketball and Football and is actively involved serving on the board for Advocates for Children (CASA).
Sam Sliney – Account Manager
Originally from Southern California, Sam attended college at IUPUI in Indianapolis, IN where she was a Division I scholarship athlete and Dean’s List regular. After graduating with her degree in Communication Studies, Sam traded cornfields for mountains and moved to Colorado.
Prior to joining the High Country team, Sam spent four years working as the Head Personal Trainer for a local Denver gym. She made a name for herself by developing close working relationships with her clients, understanding their needs, and developing a plan to help them achieve their goals. With her passion for working with people and strong competitive drive, the transition into a career in recruiting has been rewarding. “Helping my clients improve their quality of life through fitness was incredibly rewarding. By joining High Country Staffing it has given me the opportunity to again have an immense impact … this time in peoples’ professional lives.”
In her free time you can either find Sam up in the mountains snowboarding and mountain biking, or at Wash Park running and enjoying lawn games.
Kristen Rivrud – Account Representative
Originally from Minnesota and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, Kristen has lived in the Denver area since 2001. Kristen was the Division Director at Robert Half International for 6.5 years. She spent the last two years doing Healthcare Sales before coming back to her true passion.
In her free time Kristen enjoys spending time with her husband Hans and her two sons Bjorn and Oskar.
Mary Detwiler – Account Manager
A New York native…. and a J E T S, Jets, Jets, Jets fan, Mary has been in the Recruiting field since 2007. She started her career with a large National recruiting firm, cutting her teeth in the industry as a Staffing Manager before taking on the responsibility of running her own team. Mary then did a 2 ½ year stint as a Corporate Recruiter for a Fortune 200 telecommunications company before being called back to the agency world. Over the next five she rose to the role of Area Manager presiding over all of Colorado for another large National firm before deciding it was time to trade in the short-term “grow the business at all costs” mentality of the National firms for the more sustainable “do things ethically, consistently, and ultra professionally for the long-term, and clients and candidates will eventually beat a path to your door” mentality of High Country Staffing.
Having moved to Colorado from New York in 2001, Mary has embraced the Colorado lifestyle and enjoys the mountains and outdoor time with her husband Dave and 2 kids Leighton and Peter. She is a huge sports and music fan, and tries to catch both avenues live as often as possible.
CJ Dunning – Business Development Manager
Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, CJ grew up in Colorado and is a Northern Arizona University Lumberjack Alumni with a Dual Major, Dual Minor in Pre-Law, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Political Science, and Sociology; emphasizing in Aerospace Dynamics through AFROTC. After CJ’s time in Flagstaff, she pursued an athletic career in Bodybuilding and Fitness, and ultimately a short Wrestling career signing with WWE/NXT.
CJ entered the staffing industry in 2014 and has enjoyed great success placing IT, Accounting, Finance & HR professionals. In 2017, after finding what she thought was a good philosophical match of long-term relationships with a focus on quality direct source recruiting, she joined High Country Search to help top talent align with the top performing companies in the Denver area market.
A downtown Denverite, she can usually be found snowboarding, fishing, hiking, or taking advantage of the Colorado outdoors.
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Mark Duggan – Staffing Manager
A Nebraska native, Mark graduated with a double major in Corporate Finance and Commercial Banking from the University of Nebraska of Omaha in 2011. Soon after graduating, Mark moved to Colorado with his wife Anna and discovered his passion for sales, recruiting and of course the mountains. Mark joined High Country Staffing in 2015 after spending nearly 4 years with Robert Half International as a Division Director.
Sports and anything competitive is right up Mark’s alley. He brings that competitive background and team oriented nature into his work and prides himself in being prepared for anything that comes across his desk. Mark truly believes in building strong relationships with his candidates and clients and cares about the wellbeing of both parties.
Away from the office, Mark spends as much time as possible with his wife, two children (Dominic and Emerson), and his dog Reggie. They are all huge Denver Broncos fans and enjoy anything camping and outdoor related.
Jo Flores – Staffing Manager
Jo began his staffing career back in 2007 for a large nationwide staffing firm with his primary area of focus and expertise focused in the field IT Recruitment and Account Management. During the last 4 years he held the role of Sr. Professional Recruiter where he was responsible for about 20% of the overall placements in the office and ranked within the top 15% of his peers company wide. Jo’s responsibilities included training of new hires, office management, talent acquisition and maintenance of vendor/manager relations; all while running a complete desk with the sole responsibility of over 50 contractors (on average) in the field any given week. Jo attended the University of Colorado where he graduated with a Degree in Business Marketing and Administration.
Jo is a native to Colorado, an avid Broncos Fan and would consider himself a complete homer when it comes to any Colorado sport. Other than attending sporting events, Jo likes traveling, snowboarding and occasional camping and fishing. He’s apart of a few sporting leagues throughout the year including Volleyball, Bowling, Kickball and Soccer.
Matt Shannon – Staffing Manager
Prior to relocating his family to Denver in 2013, Matt began a recruiting career in 2012 working as a recruiter for a small Staffing firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In High Country’s Staffing group, Matt feels he’s found the established Staffing firm he was looking for in Denver which matches his passion for service, quality, results and he’s incredibly happy to be living and working in the Mile High City.
Born and raised in Tulsa, early in his life, Matt spent time traveling and writing music with various regional and national music acts. Matt obtained a B.S. in Secondary Education from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Matt and his wife enjoy playing music together and spending time outdoors with their two sons Jonas and Felix.
Sergio Raphael-Sisneros – Staffing Manager
A Denver native, Sergio began his recruiting career in 2012 with a national fitness corporation. He then continued his passion for recruitment working for a large national recruiting firm specializing in accounting finance positions. Sergio also has an extensive sales background in various industries and has an ability to connect with people and build strong long lasting relationships. Through these positions Sergio has focused on his passion of changing the lives of individuals by connecting them with companies that align with their career goals.
Sergio has an especially competitive background in sports, he played baseball and wrestled from the time he was five through High School until an injury benched him. He never lost his competitive edge and instead used his injury to influence his drive and fortitude, which he has integrated into all aspects of his life. Sergio lives in Parker, CO with his wife Victoria, and their two children, Jagger and Sophia. They are Boston Red Sox’s fans and spend their weekends with their four dogs. They enjoy doing anything outdoors, especially their camping trips in Glenwood Springs.