Kristin Stafford
Founder & CEO

Kristin is a successful serial entrepreneur specializing in SaaS and enterprise platforms supporting global compliance and background screening.

Kristin is the co-founder and CEO of Vital4, a global enterprise, cloud-based platform, which provides instant data screening to support compliance, background screening, due diligence and more, on a global scale.

Kristin is the former co-founder and managing partner of one of the first independent wholesale international background screening firms in the US. Kristin managed and developed the company from the ground up into a multi-million-dollar business, that recently sold the platform she designed to Dun and Bradstreet in 2021.

Kristin has more than 20 years of experience in operations management, process architecture and software development. She has organized and managed teams of over 100 employees and consultants and brings to the table a vast array of experience in facilitating the requirements of corporate clients in the development and implementation of operations systems management and software development. Before entering the international background screening space, she managed the financial operations of a large Atlanta-based financial services corporation, served as a senior consultant for Delta Technology and Northern Trust Bank and held a management role within a start-up division of GE Capital.

When Kristin isn’t busy running Vital4, she is usually found surrounded by family and friends, or on some wild adventure with her three children, hubby Scott, and her three fur babies Chubbs, Mable and Dipper.

Amy Barbieri
Co-Founder, President & Chief Customer Officer

Amy oversees Vital4’s marketing and business development efforts. Amy brings a wealth of knowledge in international background screening and has worked closely with some of the largest consumer reporting agencies in the world to provide them with the most compliant background screening and due diligence solutions available on the market.

Amy has held several Executive Sales Director and VP positions and has over 17 years’ experience in enterprise sales with 10 years’ experience in technology; specializing in converged communications, integration services, data storage, co-location services, and SaaS technology. Amy has over six years’ experience as VP of Business development of a full-service marketing agency that specialized in branding, creative and interactive design, public relations, TV, radio & digital advertising.

Amy brings over five years’ experience in international background screening and corporate risk and compliance solutions. She was the former Director of Strategic Accounts at an international background screening company where she worked closely with her partner Kristin Stafford. Amy was instrumental as the only business development resource in growing the company over 42% in 2015. Kristin Stafford hand-selected Amy in 2014 due to her extensive background in technology/business development to help launch a due diligence SaaS platform that Stafford created and designed. The Chief Security Officer of ADP quickly endorsed the software. Amy was successful in enabling the quick adoption of the technology by several of the largest global background screening companies in the world.

Amy’s intimate understanding of international background screening and global due diligence combined with her expertise in cloud software applications makes her a valuable asset to Vital4 and the future growth of the business. She has been a member of PBSA (Professional Background Screeners Association) since 2014. Amy is also a member of the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics.

When Amy isn’t busy selling and marketing, she enjoys spending time with her two teenage daughters and traveling with friends. Amy loves yoga, tennis, and working out. Amy also has a passion for food and wine and enjoys the dynamic food scene in Atlanta.

Jonas Van der Biest
Chief Technology Officer

Jonas is the CTO of Vital4 and leads the development team. He is responsible for the global application architecture and research of future technology implementations.

While being an active developer for more than 15 years, Jonas has been enjoying mentoring others to help achieve their goals. In his past job experience, he loved helping startup companies succeed.

He likes to be challenged and keep up with technology, as it’s a fast-changing world. He has a great amount of experience with cloud solutions and writes software with high availability and scalability in mind. Over the years he’s been designing and building both front-end and back-end systems, which have allowed him to take part in the complete application lifecycle. Jonas places great importance on performance, quality, automation and innovation. To achieve this, it’s crucial for him to find and use the right tools that help him get the job done.

In his free time, Jonas likes to practice a variety of sports and be active. Originally, Jonas is from Belgium but moved over to Malta to enjoy life in a warmer climate.

Dawn Marchand
Chief Compliance Officer

Dawn was one of a limited few that contributed initially to the start-up phase alongside Kristin Stafford at one of the first independent wholesale international background screening firms in the US. Her contributions in product development & management, compliance, vendor management, resource allocation, process mapping & improvement and quality assurance provided her with expertise in many areas required for Vital4’s success.

After accepting a highly sought opportunity in the film industry and obtaining an entirely new skillset in large budget logistics and coordination, Kristin lured her back to the team as a founder and partner of Vital4.

As the business leader of compliance and GBS product management, Dawn has been critical in the research, analysis, development, pricing, implementation and compliance management of over 3,000 services in over 220 countries worldwide.

Dawn has established working relationships with over 70 different countries government agencies and worked with suppliers from all over the world. Dawn’s continuous audit of Vital4’s services and the data privacy laws that govern them are essential to the continued success and growth of the organization.

Scott Stafford
Chief Information Officer

Scott Stafford is a co-founder and the CIO of VITAL4. Scott manages all business aspects of the development lifecycle and ensures successful delivery of all related technology products and services.

Scott brings a wealth of knowledge and experience related to cloud technology applications, as well as, over 15 years contributing and managing all aspects of a software development lifecycle including, use case studies, process engineering, requirements, design, user test case documentation, technical writing and training, user testing, solution design, integration and implementation.

Scott’s prior endeavor was with IBM where he held a role as the Senior Product Owner for the “Innovation Team” of IBM’s Cloud Technology Division. Over the last several years Scott has managed CRM integrations for Salesforce, Microsoft CRM, Sugar, and NetSuite.

When Scott isn’t busy keeping up with all things technology at Vital4 he can be found in his Birkenstocks relaxing on the lake with his three kids, friends and family.

Robin Boyle
Chief Financial Officer, CPA, CMA

Robin joined VITAL4 in September of 2020 with thirty-four years of Accounting and Finance Experience which will be instrumental in helping to move Vital4 forward as a high-growth company.

Prior to Vital4, Robin was the CFO for seven start-up companies formed after the sale of former Virginia based International Communications Group to a Fortune 500 company in which she stayed on board after her family relocated to Georgia to assist with the integration process and final tax returns.

Robin, originally from Missouri, worked for Cambridge Engineering, Inc. as the Director of Finance for seventeen years before relocating to Virginia.  During her tenure at Cambridge, Robin developed a reporting package and identified/tracked KPI’s to help drive the business to success.

Robin received her Executive MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and her Bachelor’s degree from Southeast Missouri State University with a double major in Accounting and Finance.

When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and her two dogs and two cats.  She has four daughters and two granddaughters.  The youngest daughter is a sophomore in college in the pursuit of a nursing degree.   She also enjoys walking and Yoga.

Todd McCormick
Chief Revenue Officer

Todd is a seasoned CRO, with over 20 years of experience as a top performer and sales leader. Todd brings a highly successful track record in scaling companies both domestically and internationally and thrives within the dynamics of high-growth technology companies.

Prior to Vital4, Todd was the CRO at Atlanta-based Terminus, an account-based marketing software platform, where he successfully grew its business by over 420% in less than three years. Before Terminus, Todd held the role of SVP of Worldwide Sales for Silverpop where he nearly doubled its business in less than two years prior to the acquisition by IBM. Proceeding his success with Silverpop, he was the VP of Sales at PGi and the President of the Recruiter Business Unit and Canadian Operations at CareerBuilder.

Todd oversees Vital4’s expansion efforts which include new customer acquisition, partnerships, marketing and international expansion.

Todd is passionate about building businesses, developing talent and scaling SaaS B2B technology companies. Todd received his Master of Business Administration from Emory University and his Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration from The University of Alabama.

When Todd is not working, he enjoys spending quality time with his family.

Kathy Escoto
Chief Operating Officer

Kathy is an accomplished business and technology executive with a wealth of experience from startups to large corporations. Always motivated by creating something new, she has built and led large global teams, driven critical transformations both in IT and culture, optimized services/products saving millions, and led technology innovations for new advancements. Always through the magic combination of technology and people.

Kathy is Chief Operating Officer for Vital4, responsible for building strong partnerships with key customers and partners for joint success. She helps customers strategize, envision, and execute for results.

Kathy has more than 25 years of experience in various IT and leadership roles throughout her career, across great companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Georgia-Pacific, Equifax, as well as smaller companies and startups. In her previous role at The Coca-Cola Company, Kathy led global teams forging new ground for critical digital transformations and drove global innovation efforts, focused on emerging technologies, partnerships, and startups. She is known for fostering relationships between people and technology for execution, in order to address key business challenges. Kathy currently is a board member of Startup Runway and has a passion for entrepreneurship and start-ups.

In her spare time, Kathy enjoys spending time with her hubby, Moe, their 4 boys, and Bella the pup. She loves traveling (always a beach!), cooking out with friends, working out, dancing, and is a foodie/wine-lover.

Lindsay Earwood
VITAL4Search Program Manager

Lindsay joined Vital4 in late 2016 and serves as the Program Manager for our search SaaS platform. Lindsay and her team perform extensive research and documentation of source information for all Vital4’s search products. They continuously audit all data sources across the platform to keep Vital4’s search platform updated and relevant. Lindsay ensures Vital4’s search platform meets clients evolving needs from a data, technical and a business perspective.

Lindsay has several years’ prior experience with an international background screening company as the lead in the support and development of a SaaS platform that provided complex data to CRA’s (Consumer Reporting Agencies). She oversaw all pre & post development source and data research and management to ensure use of the technology was accurate and compliant at all times. Lindsay was also responsible for providing critical input and internal training and support while managing solution design for existing and potential clients of the compliance software platform marketed.

Lindsay’s experience in this specialty niche space is of great value to Vital4. Lindsay brings innovative ideas to the Vital4’s search platform as the company continuously evolves and enhances the platform to support the ever-changing needs of the global compliance landscape.

Tracey Rucker
Senior Director, Partner Services

Tracey was an original contributor and management team member alongside Kristin Stafford at one of the first independent wholesale international background screening firms in the US. Tracey developed expertise in all aspects of Global Due Diligence and Background Screening Operations, Business Analysis, Quality Assurance, Compliance, Change Management, User Implementation & Training, Key Account Management, Client Services, Vendor Management & Global Product Analysis & Processing, Process Mapping and System Documentation.

As a founding partner and Director of Operations, Tracey has utilized every aspect of her vast skill set and experience to ensure the current and future success of Vital4.

Her established and long-standing relationships with many Consumer Reporting Agencies around the world now provide Vital4 with strong strategic partnerships that would typically take years to cultivate and achieve. As a partner and Director of Operations, Tracey delivers an exceptional level of quality in all areas of her extensive experience and is a critical contributor to the organization.

Tracey has been a member of NAPBS (National Association of Professional Background Screeners) since 2009.