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Our Team

Meet your Ellevate team! We are a dynamic group coming from diverse backgrounds and industries, and yet we can all agree on a few basic ideals. Women are awesome. Through networking and education, women can flourish. And by engaging and empowering professional women economically, we can activate a community of current and future leaders who have the power to change the world. We hope you'll join us on this exhilarating journey.

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Maricella Herrera Avila
Maricella Herrera Avila

Senior Director of Operations & Strategy

Allison Matejczyk
Allison Matejczyk

Director of Corporate Partnerships

Tina Pettigrew
Tina Pettigrew

Director of Communications

Rebecca Spitzer
Rebecca Spitzer

Director of Product

Ben Sochar
Ben Sochar

Technical Lead

Samantha Giannangeli
Samantha Giannangeli

People Operations Manager

Madeline Kelley
Madeline Kelley

Business Development Associate

Sivi Ananthasingam
Sivi Ananthasingam

Client Relations Associate

Johanna Pulgarin
Johanna Pulgarin

Program Manager

Samantha Schwarz
Samantha Schwarz

Junior Program Manager

Jess Matley
Jess Matley

Chapter Operations & Event Coordinator

Raquel Ugalde
Raquel Ugalde

Chapter Operations Manager

Rachel Maïga
Rachel Maïga

Chapter Operations Manager

Alison Williams
Alison Williams

Marketing Coordinator

Hoa Newton
Hoa Newton

Full Stack Engineer

Elisa Verna
Elisa Verna

Junior Engineer

Kirsten Penaloza
Kirsten Penaloza

Customer Experience Coordinator

Jessica Pelaez
Jessica Pelaez

Operations Coordinator

Laura Ackerman
Laura Ackerman

Marketing Manager

Taylor Bolton
Taylor Bolton

Communications Coordinate

Rebecca Pisko
Rebecca Pisko

Content Coordinator


Chapter Officers

Emily Bezak, MBA
Emily Bezak, MBA

Direct Marketing Officer

Dollar Bank

Marketing Lead

Pittsburgh

RM Harrison
RM Harrison

CEO + Business Strategist

RM Harrison

Community Influence Lead

Austin

Tracy Arakaki, PhD, PMP, PBA
Tracy Arakaki, PhD, PMP, PBA

Project Manager

Covance

Membership Co-Lead

Seattle | Bellevue | Puget Sound

Rocio Chisholm
Rocio Chisholm

Global Marketing Manager

Medtronic

Membership Lead

Washington, D.C.

Lisa Magnuson
Lisa Magnuson

Chief Brand Officer

SHIFT

Executive Council & Innovator Lead

Chicago

Kimberly Ramirez
Kimberly Ramirez

Co-founder

FactSumo

Social Media Lead

Philadelphia

Julie Holunga
Julie Holunga

Founder, Speaker, Trainer

Chinook Executive Solutions

Treasurer

Boulder

Leah Kagan
Leah Kagan

Director, Major and Planned Gifts

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Inc.

Treasurer

Fairfield | Westchester

Cati Diaconescu
Cati Diaconescu

Treasurer

Charlotte

Mary Simmons, PHR, SHRM-CP
Mary Simmons, PHR, SHRM-CP

Director of HR Consulting; PHR

Portnoy, Messinger,Pearl and Associates, Inc.

Membership Lead

Long Island

Nesa Opp
Nesa Opp

Owner/Franchise Development

Scout & Mlolly's Boutique

Member Acquisition Lead

Denver

Janet Andrews
Janet Andrews

Founder, Coach and Consultant

Consociata LLC

President

Seattle | Bellevue | Puget Sound

Violeta Kertesz Noya
Violeta Kertesz Noya

Head of Media and Business Development

Talent Marcel

Co-President

São Paulo

Tara Lynn Foster
Tara Lynn Foster

Speaker | Trainer | Coach | People-Process Consulting

Tara Lynn Foster, LLC

President

Charlotte