Meet the Coaches
"Vocation does not mean a goal that I pursue. It means a calling that I hear. Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am."
- Parker Palmer
Meet Our Coaches
CEO of DC Accelerator
Financial Advisor at Merrill LynchAbout Eddy
Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch
Ed Moss is a partner of Clark, Moss & Associates, a wealth management and financial planning practice at Merrill Lynch that specializes in advising entrepreneurs and senior corporate executives. Ed graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Economics from the University of Dallas and holds the Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designations. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Ed worked as an analyst and consultant with various investment management and information technology firms in the US, Latin America, and Europe. His prior experience includes corporate finance, private equity investments, and systems integration. He lives in Great Falls with his wife Sarah and their two boys.
Freelance Art Scholar with multidisciplinary backgroundAbout Natalie
Freelance Art Scholar with multidisciplinary background
Natalie Peters is a freelance art scholar, writer and editor. She has over seven years of experience in art research, curatorial, exhibition development, and project management. Natalie has a master’s degree in the History of Decorative Arts from George Mason University-Smithsonian Institution with a specialty in glass studies and design history. She has worked at various Smithsonian museums and art collections in DC. Her historical research and writing on American ecclesiastical mosaics was published in the exhibition catalog Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics in 2017. Prior to specializing in the arts, she worked in sales and management in the corporate and small business sector. She and her husband live in Washington, DC.
CEO of GuideQuestAbout Kumar
CEO of GuideQuest
Kumar is the founder and CEO of GuideQuest (www.guidequest.com), a company specializing in leadership consulting and coaching solutions. He has more than 13 years of executive experience in both government and business. Since graduating from West Point more than 30 years ago, he has consistently built and led highly successful teams as an airborne and ranger-qualified military officer, diplomat, special agent, government executive and startup sales executive. Kumar is a former U.S. Department of Homeland Security deputy assistant secretary, and served as chief operating officer of its largest criminal investigative agency. He received the Presidential Rank Award for his leadership of a global workforce consisting of 20,000 employees assigned to 47 countries. Kumar served in locations throughout the United States and Europe, leading operations to counter transnational threats. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from West Point and Johns Hopkins University. He and his wife Laura have been married for 30 years and are the proud adoptive parents of three children.
Lawyer and Writer, Davis Legal MediaAbout Alexandra
Lawyer and Writer, Davis Legal Media
Alexandra is an attorney and the founder of Davis Legal Media, a content marketing company serving law firms and legal service providers. A North Carolina native, she holds an undergraduate degree in English and Comparative Literature from UNC-Chapel Hill and a JD from Campbell University. Prior to launching Davis Legal Media in 2018, Alexandra worked as a litigation attorney at a reputable Raleigh law firm.
Alexandra is also a writer on issues at the intersection of culture, faith, and family life, and is a regular contributor to Verily Magazine. Her work has been featured in a variety of online and print outlets, including FemCatholic, Every Day Mamas, Above the Law, Attorney at Work, The Lawyerist, and many more. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and infant son.
Founder & Executive Director, Girl TalkAbout Julie
Founder & Executive Director, Girl Talk
Julie is the founder and executive director of Girl Talk, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to building a sisterhood of self-worth for women in middle school, high school, and college. She is a proud New Jersey native and graduate of The Catholic University of America, receiving her undergraduate degree in psychology and her Master of Science in Business. Motivated by her passion for creative entrepreneurship, she has spent the past few years working in startups, higher-ed, and non-profit management. Most recently, she has served as the Director of Operations for the Leonine Forum, a young professional fellowship dedicated to cultivating virtuous living in the nation’s emerging leaders.
Julie speaks to a variety of audiences on self-worth, confidence, and entrepreneurship, including the Busch School of Business, the Catholic Information Center (CIC), and the Yuma Center. She has been featured on EWTN News Nightly with Lauren Ashburn, and regularly speaks to middle school, high school, and college audiences with an emphasis on personal storytelling. Julie hopes to inspire every person to recognize and radiate his or her inherent dignity!
Principal, Strategy and New Ventures, EAB Global, Inc.About Apoorva
Principal, Strategy and New Ventures, EAB Global, Inc.
Apoorva Shah is a principal in the Strategy and New Ventures division of EAB, a best practice research and technology company serving the education sector. In this role, he leads efforts in firm strategy, new product development, and M&A. Some of his current project areas include data warehousing for universities, academic growth and innovation for professional schools, and adult learner marketing. Apoorva has supported the development of several EAB businesses including most recently Academic Performance Solutions, which helps university leaders use data and analytics to manage academic costs and improve program performance.
Apoorva holds a BA from Rice University. Prior to joining EAB, Apoorva was a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where his research focused on political economy and demographics. At AEI, Apoorva co-founded the institute’s India Studies program, the Banter podcast, and the American Enterprise Debates series.
Certified Life Coach and Resident CounselorAbout Ana
Certified Life Coach and Resident Counselor
Ana Yrausquin is a certified life coach, mentor, and resident psychotherapist. Ana holds a B.A. in Psychology from the Catholic University of America and a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University. Ana is passionate about mental health and is particularly interested in depression and anxiety. She has experience in leading group therapy sessions, individual therapy, and life coaching. Ana’s writing has been published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Journal of Public Child Welfare, and Child Trends. She is an occasional contributor to How She Does It: The Professional Woman’s Guide to an Inspired, Intentional, Integrated Life. She is a frequent speaker on topics relating to time management and work-life balance. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three little boys.
CEO of the Kilner Group and Founder of TowerHill RealtyAbout Pat
CEO of the Kilner Group and Founder of TowerHill Realty
Pat Kilner is the CEO of the Kilner Group Companies, which includes The Kilner Group Residential, KG Builder Solutions and TowerHill Realty. Additionally, Pat and his brother Michael are working to launch a training organization in the real estate space called the Indispensable Agent. Pat has served on a variety of boards and is the current Chairman of the Board at the Heights School. Pat has been called upon by numerous organizations in the for-profit and not-for-profit space to lead their strategic planning, goal setting, and visioning exercises. Pat graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2001 and earned his Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain in 2003. He currently resides in Potomac, Maryland, with his wife Elena and their six children.
Director, Maximus Federal ServicesAbout Patrick
Director, Maximus Federal Services
Patrick Kane is a Director at MAXIMUS Federal Services in Falls Church, Virginia. A graduate of the University of Dallas, Patrick has 14 years of experience in program and project management, strategy, program analysis, strategic communications, management consulting, information technology, and client delivery. His clients include all branches of the military and a multitude of federal agencies; corporations such as Amazon, GlaxoSmithKline, and Dynamics Research Corporation; and nonprofits such as the Asian American Initiative and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). He lives in Falls Church with his wife and six children.
Consultant, Gallup Inc.About Rob
Consultant, Gallup Inc.
Rob is an expert in innovation and change management for public sector institutions, globally and nationally. He has worked for government clients, higher education institutions, university hospitals, think tanks, international humanitarian organizations, community-based not-for-profits and Fortune 500 companies. Currently he is a consultant with Gallup who conducts surveys, one-on-one interviews and analysis of organizational performance. His areas of expertise include: cultural transformation, talent optimization, organizational effectiveness, manager training and customer centricity.
Prior to Gallup, Rob was part of change management and growth initiatives for the American Red Cross, a Latin American university hospital and a global think tank. He holds a Master’s in Organizational Culture and Governance from the University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain, as well as a B.A. in Finance and International Business from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Rob lives in Petworth with his lovely wife and two wonderful daughters.
Founder & CEO of Tenunto ConsultingAbout Regina
Founder & CEO of Tenunto Consulting
Regina Bethencourt is the founder and CEO of Tenunto (www.tenutoconsulting.com), a branding firm that specializes in visual identity, web development and content writing for small to medium-sized businesses. She has a decade of experience in branding, marketing and communications and formerly served as the Director of Marketing & Communications for Yuma Center, a women’s leadership organization. Regina started her career in political journalism, working for the Washington Examiner, before moving to the business side of communications. She still keeps her journalism roots alive as an occasional contributor to Verily Magazine (link to articles) and she volunteers for Girl Talk, a non-profit for high school and college women. Regina lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and two children ages 3 and 1.
Project Manager, Resource Environmental SolutionsAbout Stas
Project Manager, Resource Environmental Solutions
Stas Cynkar is a project manager at Resource Environmental Solutions where he manages construction projects focused on ecological restoration. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), he has managed teams that have restored streams and built wetlands throughout Virginia and Maryland. Stas graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Classics. He lives in Herndon, Virginia with his wife Mary and their three children.
Teacher, The Heights SchoolAbout Bill
Teacher, The Heights School
Bill Dardis teaches English, history, science and religion at the Heights School in Potomac, MD. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Mr. Dardis worked as an IT consultant for Ernst & Young in New York City. He later founded UrbanFUTURE, a character-based mentoring program for inner-city youth in St. Louis. For the past 20 years he has run professional development programs for suburban and at-risk youth in St. Louis, Chicago, and Washington. A native of New Orleans, Mr. Dardis has enjoyed the District of Columbia for the past 7 years.