Meet the Team
"We can build a happy life only on the foundation of our own nature."
- Gretchen Rubin
CEO of DC Accelerator
Financial Advisor, Merrill LynchAbout Eddy
Financial Advisor, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Entrepreneur | Professor | InvestorAbout Laurance
Entrepreneur | Professor | Investor
Over the last 10 years Laurance has been an entrepreneur and investor in several ventures, including health care software; strategy and management consulting; communication management software; industrial real estate technology; and aviation MRO capabilities in Southeast Asia. He is also the co-founder of a DC-based venture incubation organization. He has served in senior leadership positions in a NYC-based turnaround and restructuring firm and in a Dubai-based sovereign wealth fund.
Laurance spent 13 years with KPMG LLP (later BearingPoint), serving in positions such as Managing Director of the Middle East practice and Managing Director of Border Security and Transportation.
Laurance received his commission as an Air Force officer upon graduating from Texas A&M University in 1986 and earned his Masters from Troy St University while serving our country during multiple overseas tours of duty. He has also completed executive education at Columbia Business School.
He serves as a board member of Fertility Education and Medical Management (FEMM), and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), and serves as an advisor and board member of numerous Catholic organizations.
Laurance, his bride, Kathy, and their son reside in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He and his wife have been foster-parents to 16 children. He is an avid cyclist, has served as a crewman on a Dubai-based yacht racing team, and races sports cars.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Donor Relations, Youth Leadership FoundationAbout Amanda
Director of Donor Relations, Youth Leadership Foundation
In 2016, Amanda Tindall joined the Youth Leadership Foundation, a mentoring program for deserving DC youth, as Director of the PALS Program for Girls. She was inspired by its spirit of joy, excellence, and service in education. In her current role as YLF’s Director of Donor Relations, she is passionate about developing relationships with YLF partners to better serve the youth of Washington. A graduate of Hillsdale College with a B.A. in English, she has worked with students at the elementary, middle, and high-school levels. In addition, she has worked as a staff writer and journalist for newspapers such as the Toledo Free Press and the Washington Post Express.
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 & 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!