Meet The Team
Kellie Sarn Managing Partner
Kellie is a Partner and is responsible for strategically and operationally developing and deploying Kinsley Sarn’s marketing, brand strategy, and client experiences. She also leads the development of the communication plan that raises our awareness in the market and contributes to the company’s recognition as a value-added partner to current and future clients. To drive recognition and enhance our client relationships, she leverages various mediums to share her ideas and industry best practices.
Kellie’s energy, commitment and ability to listen and deeply engage to understand our clients’ challenges have made her a valuable resource on numerous projects. She works closely with the team to strategize how to attract the best talent and create a positive and impactful presence in key environments. She also helps carry out the vision by partnering with clients and team-members and expanding what is possible in the identification and retention of great talent.
Previously employed at Purdue University, Kellie developed and rolled out their now thriving student retention program, Supplemental Instruction (SI). Prior, she was with eGenerosity, a technology start-up where she created the strategic marketing and communications program and Sunrise Assisted Living as an Executive Director. Her early career included roles with Andersen Consulting, as a Marketing and Technology Trade Consultant, and NBC News as a News Desk Communications Specialist. She has her MS in Applied Behavioral Science from John Hopkins University and a BA in Communications from DePauw University.
Richard Kinsley Partner
Before forming Kinsley Sarn Executive Search, Rick was a corporate officer and held senior executive positions with Fortune 500 companies including AlliedSignal, Standard Oil of Ohio and British Oxygen Corporation. Rick has been directly accountable for the global leadership of successful people processes and programs for large, multi-national companies serving global markets. During his career, Rick held general management, sales, marketing, business development, operations, and quality management positions.
Rick has extensive experience coaching, developing, and recruiting C-suite executives, Board members, and other senior leaders. His industry experience includes materials, mining, electronics, capital equipment, life sciences, retail, and consumer packaging. He is a sought-after facilitator and public speaker. His effectiveness in optimizing leadership and organizational performance, combined with his broad knowledge of business strategies and best practices, has proven exceptionally valuable to his clients.
Rick earned dual degrees (Economics and Human Resources Management) from Le Moyne College and an MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School. He is certified in executive assessment, and has personally conducted hundreds of executive selection and development assessments in multiple industries. Certified as a facilitator and coach by the prestigious Arbinger Institute; Rick is also a Six Sigma Black Belt and is certified in psychometric evaluation by the Performance Assessment Network®.
Jonathan Sarn Partner
With over twenty years of progressive Human Resources experience, Jon leads our Executive Recruitment practice. With precision and insight, he serves as a strategic business partner and an honest, knowledgeable search and career consultant. He utilizes a proven recruitment methodology along with an instinctive aptitude to generate effective talent matches. With insightful connections, creative finesse, and an unwavering focus on execution, he delivers consultative service and expert results that create genuine business value with each and every search. After a placement, Jon remains in close contact with his clients and candidates, keeping track of their progress and staying current on industry developments. Further, the successful longevity of his placements reflects well on the extensive work he does to find the ideal match that has led to a retention rate north of 95%. The sustained investment Jon makes in both client and candidate is a key differentiator.
Jon’s prior corporate experience was last spent with Great Lakes Chemical where he was responsible for Corporate HR and Global Compensation, Benefits and HRIS. In this role he led the effort to identify, assess and develop high potential talent across the corporate functions and led the design and implementation of a global compensation structure. During the merger with Crompton Chemicals, Jon led a team to design and implement the global HR organization, programs and policies for the new organization. At USF&G, Jon’s last role was as the strategic partner to the Corporate Finance, Legal, Realty Advisors, Falcon Asset Management and F&G Reinsurance businesses. In addition to being responsible for recruiting and staffing all leadership positions, Jon was involved in the design and implementation of a performance management process that incorporated business goals, 360-degree feedback, employee development and succession planning.
Jon received his assessment training while at Great Lakes and has participated in several key executives’ reviews. He has had M&A experience with each of his employers, with particular expertise in staffing and talent assessments designed to support the successful integration. Jon holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire and a MS in Behavioral Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. He attended the Advance HR Executive program at the University of Michigan and is a certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt, a DDI trainer and a CCP.
Paula Lerzak Vice President
Paula Lerzak is an executive search professional who possesses deep experience working with venture backed start-ups and publicly traded companies in the technology and consumer industries. Her understanding of the nuances of technology roles and client needs enables her to quickly identify talent fitting critical roles. Prior to joining Kinsley Sarn, Paula was a partner at a Silicon Valley based boutique search firm where she placed key executive talent and engineering team roll-outs requiring quick ramp-ups. Her experience includes recruiting technical roles in SaaS, IT, professional services, hardware and software spaces. Paula brings demonstrated success in full life-cycle recruiting, including identification, assessment, offer negotiation and closing. Her proven client management and trusted advisor experience enables her to manage and effectively balance key relationships with candidates, corporate executives, and peers.
Prior to moving into search, Paula held executive positions in marketing, marcom, and strategic alliances. Her experience building and leading cross-functional teams, including sales, marketing, and technology, has equipped her to target and deliver the perfect candidate in those fields and beyond. Paula began her career at Apple Computer as a product management specialist, helping introduce the LaserWriter. She moved to Forsythe Solutions to become a National Services Manager, scaling the team and ultimately leading 40 technical consultants that generated $1.2M in gross product margin. A California native, Paula earned a BA from UC Santa Barbara.
Mario Mathieson Senior Consultant
Before joining the team, Mario held a wide variety of senior Human Resources leadership roles with Fortune 1000 companies including Hadeed Steel, Great Lakes Chemical and Chemtura Corporation. He has a wealth of senior-level and international Human Resources experience. He has partnered and assisted many Global Business P&L leaders of large Business units with global teams covering commercial, manufacturing, finance and supply chain operations to drive business results under very challenging business conditions and circumstances.
Mario has been accountable for placing senior executives globally and leading talent management programs and business performance improvement projects at business level. He has led regional Human Resources teams in Latin America, EMEA and APAC to deliver world class functional services to multiple business and functional organizations, including the design of country HR policies and procedures covering employee relations, compensation and benefits, talent management and M&A.
Mario has been project leader of major M&A activities, tax optimization principle initiatives, and restructuring programs globally including the design and execution of formal employee relations consultation and communications programs and activities in several global locations. As a respected executive coach to business and functional leaders, Mario has been a trusted member of multiple executive teams, and is known for his “plan it, design it and get it done” ethos.
Culturally highly adept, Mario is bi-lingual (English and Italian) and has lived and worked successfully literally all over the world from Asia/Pacific, to the Middle-East, to Europe, to North and South America. Based in Manchester, England Mario leads our international business providing leadership of retained executive search engagements as well as consulting assignments involving leadership development, talent management, culture shaping and engagement strategies, M & A support, and other human capital challenges.
HEATHER COOKE Executive Recruiter
Heather had a broad career within Human Resources that spanned almost ten years designing, implementing and refining the programs and processes focused on attracting, retaining and motivating her customers inside companies like Fairfield Manufacturing and Great Lakes Chemical. She rejoined Rick and Jon at Kinsley Sarn in 2007 as Executive Recruiter. In this role, she contributes to the overall success of the company by sourcing, assessing, and following through with top talent in the marketplace.
Heather’s specialization includes recruiting senior managers and directors across a broad range of industry sectors and functional areas including Operations, R&D, Sales, Finance, Supply Chain and Human Resources. Her high touch and collaborative approach with candidates makes her an invaluable partner throughout the search process. Her expertise in all aspects of the search process enables her to add significant value and her people skills, tenacity and drive are a true differentiator.
Heather graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Political Science, Public and Environmental Affairs. She resides in West Lafayette, Indiana with her husband and two sons.