Who is Green Mountain Lion Corporation?

Kristie Stern

President & Managing Partner

Kristie Stern, Managing Partner of Green Mountain Lion Corp, brings a wealth of expertise to talent search & acquisition, providing top notch client services. Her many years in sales & marketing have given her an insider’s understanding of best practices. Kristie employs her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Emory University focused on non-verbal communication to ensure a solid candidate and client match. She has worked to conduct searches for multinational companies all the way to smaller niche players across a variety of industries including Agriculture, Construction, Industrial, and Manufacturing. Her dedication to providing the highest quality of customer service shows in the longstanding and positive relationships she has with her clients and candidates. 

When Kristie isn’t meeting new people, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, reading, working out, and traveling.

kstern@grnvt.com 8024488249

Sara Kopac

Director of Sourcing and Training

Sara joined Green Mountain Lion Corporation in early 2016, and immediately began building a network of professionals in the construction, agricultural, and outdoor power industries. She recruited for her own customer support team’s candidates in her prior role at a website design company. She had exposure to the construction industry through her father’s career.  In 2002 and again in 2018, Sara helped her parents build their new home, getting a hand in everything from land clearing and foundation tarring to raising walls and installing insulation.

Sara lives north of Boston, MA with her husband and puppy, and they can be found making home cooked, healthy meals, hiking, or working on home renovation projects.

skopac@grnvt.com 8024488268

Kate Ziek

Director of Recruiting

Kate is Green Mountain Lion Corporation’s Director of Recruiting. Her competitive drive and passion for building winning teams started long before joining the GMLC team with her robust background in sports and leadership. Her Masters in Organizational Leadership, paired with her decisive nature, allow her to quickly identify and place top performing industry professionals. 

Kate, a Canadian native, lives in Georgia, VT, with her husband, two kids and animals on their small family farm. She is an avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan, poutine expert, and outdoor enthusiast. 

kziek@grnvt.com 8024488254

Amanda Thibault

Recruiter & Strategic Accounts Manager

Amanda is a Recruiter & Strategic Accounts Manager specializing in construction and agricultural machinery. Prior to joining GMLC in the fall of 2021, Amanda amassed 10 years of experience as a broadcast meteorologist in North Dakota and Vermont. 

Amanda has a passion for our planet and the way we interact with it. Amanda is dedicated to environmental responsibility and an ever-evolving understanding of climate change, green-technology and sustainable practices.

Focused on effective communication, Amanda brings a sharp eye for detail, a keen ear and the ability to ask the right questions to ensure long lasting relationships for a sustainable workforce.

A Florida native, Amanda is from the Tampa Bay area, but lives now in northern Vermont, at the base of Smugglers’ Notch, where she enjoys volunteering in the community, hiking, snowshoeing and spending as much time outdoors as possible with her husband, daughter, son, and dog, Scout.

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athibault@grnvt.com 8027862142

Recruiter Sydney Dugdale

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Sydney is a Recruiter with a specialization in construction and agricultural machinery. With a background in Health Promotion, Sydney has always possessed a deep-seated passion for connecting with people and helping them on their journey to self-improvement. When she decided to transition away from the healthcare field, she embarked on a career in recruiting, allowing her to maintain her commitment to establishing meaningful connections and offering support while building sustainable teams.

As an alumna of Queens University of Charlotte and a native of North Carolina, Sydney now calls the Charlotte metro area her home, where she lives with her husband and their canine companion, Bear. Outside of her professional life, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, leading an active lifestyle, and escaping to the mountains for weekend getaways.

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srussell@grnvt.com 8024488269

Sean Parker

Marketing Manager

Sean is Green Mountain Lion Corporation’s Marketing Manager. Leveraging an extensive background in broadcasting & communications, Sean ensures our messaging aligns with our core values as a company. As a natural storyteller, he enjoys connecting others by sharing tales of success by industry leaders in construction & agriculture. Sean has also helped lead the charge in establishing our expansive video library, including our professional development series, “Can We Find a Time to Talk?”.

Prior to being appointed Marketing Manager, Sean was a recruiter with GMLC, specializing in heavy machinery, renewables, energy storage and HVAC-R. He has a passion for a clean environment and a green grid. Sean came to GMLC with over a decade of experience as a broadcast meteorologist, working for several television stations across the country, forecasting the weather and teaching kids about STEM careers. 

Sean and his wife live north of Burlington, VT. They enjoy spending as much time outdoors as they possibly can, especially fishing and running. Always on the hunt for the next master angler lake trout, you can find them in their vintage aluminum boat or out on the ice.

sparker@grnvt.com 8024488272

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