The High Country Staffing Team
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.
Tera Orey – Account Representative
A native of Northern Virginia, Tera developed a sharp eye and passion for recruiting while living in the DC Metro area. She graduated from George Mason University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She moved to Denver in 2009, and has since immersed herself in the Denver HR and Recruitment market.
Tera’s joining High Country Search in January of 2019, was not an accident. Having decided both Denver and recruiting were going to be long term for her, Tera launched an extensive search of the top staffing firms in Denver. Her decision was going to be based on two criteria: First, she knew she wanted to be with a homegrown local firm. This way she could concentrate on relationship-based selling and recruiting. Second, she was looking for a quality product she believed in. What stood out as she talked to High Country is she felt like she was talking to the top professional recruiters in the Denver area. After an extensive, six month process, one firm kept coming to the top of her list and now Tera is proud to call High Country Search her forever home.
Tera is PHR and SHRM-CP certified. She volunteers with Denver Dress for Success, a local nonprofit that helps at-risk women find & retain employment. She lives in the Washington Park neighborhood with her daughter Dylan and pup Mia. Together they enjoy visiting the Denver botanic gardens, working on her 1920s Wash Park bungalow, skiing, hiking, and entertaining family and friends.
Mark Duggan – Senior 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, three children (Dominic, Emerson and Bryce), and his dog Reggie. They are all huge Denver Broncos fans and enjoy anything camping and outdoor related.
Jo Flores – Partner, 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.
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.
Shelbi Robinson – Staffing Manager
A Southern California native, Shelbi received her Bachelors in Sociology at California State University Fullerton in 2016. She moved to Denver, Colorado shortly after graduation to pursue her career. In fall of 2018, Shelbi came on board at High Country Search Group as a Recruiting Staffing Manager with two years experience in the industry.
She specializes within accounting, payroll, human resources and administrative professionals in the Denver Metro ranging in direct hire and temporary placements. She finds her passion as well as prosperity in providing growth and opportunity for others.
As a Denver transplant, Shelbi truly enjoys her time well spent with family, fishing, 4X4 trips, snowboarding, concerts, getting stamps in her passport, and her most favorite: time with her four legged friends!
Morgan Kennedy – Staffing Manager
A Colorado native, Morgan received a degree in Finance from Oregon State University in 2014, where she also played Division 1 Soccer. Due to injury, Morgan was able to transfer and begin her masters at Florida State University, where she was able to help the Seminoles to their first ever Division 1 National Championship in soccer.
It is rooted in her competitive background that she wanted to pursue a career which would continue to help her fuel this natural drive and winning mentality. Morgan comes to High Country with a passion to seek out talent and build relationships by providing her candidates and clients with an unparalleled degree of service.
In her free time, you can find Morgan doing pretty much anything outside. Whether it’s being out at the soccer fields, going for a hike, or hanging out with her 150 pound, four-legged friend, Bo.
Michelle Gistaro – Staffing Manager
Originally from San Diego, Michelle attended the University of Arizona where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Regional Development. Shortly after graduating she packed up her bags and moved to Vail to work on the mountains and enjoy a life of simplicity. After moving around for a few years, she eventually found herself back in Colorado and began her career in staffing and hasn’t looked back since. During her time at The Premier Group she became the Denver Division Manager, where she was responsible for a team of recruiters. After four years of focusing on construction staffing, she decided she was ready for a change. She began her research on the best staffing firms in the Denver area and with a little help from her friend, Tera, she landed on High Country Search. When she’s not working, you can find her hanging out with her dog, Cow, hiking, snowboarding and spending time with her husband and her friends.