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Team

Sophia Hain

Sophia joined the Talent Acquisition team at Merit America as a founding Candidate Experience Specialist. She brings professional experiences spanning the nonprofit, corporate, startup, and academic sectors, with her most recent role being a Talent Acquisition Manager in the social impact sector where she predominantly sourced and recruited for tech functions. She has supported career…

Jaime Swank

Jaime Swank is a Job Success Specialist, helping learners find jobs that align with their goals. Before joining Merit America, Jaime worked on political campaigns, going door-to-door to persuade voters and managing volunteers nationwide. For the past four years, Jaime supported and mentored training program participants and alumni, coaching them in applying, interviewing, and negotiating…

Kourtney Reynolds

Kourtney is the Associate Director of Admissions at Merit America. She is passionate about cultivating leadership and providing access to quality experiences for all learners. Kourtney affectionately calls both Charlotte, NC, and Baltimore, MD, home. She is a servant leader at heart and true creative, living by the philosophy that “Anything is Possible” with a…

Tyshawn Lytle

Tyshawn was born and raised in Florida and currently resides in the Greater Orlando area with his girlfriend and their Staffy named Kaiba. Tyshawn’s professional journey started at Florida International University where he studied Computer Science and competed as a student athlete for the Track and Field Team. Tyshawn most recently was an Instructor for…

Rob Kairuz

Rob was mostly raised in Hollywood, Florida, having lived in 26 states growing up. Currently, he resides in sunny Gainesville, Florida with his daughter, Kali, wife, Diana, and cherished doggie, Sadie. He got his start in the hospitality industry, navigating sales and customer service roles with Royal Caribbean International. Later, he shifted gears to account…

Jennay Rechel-Barkley

Jennay is passionate about helping others reach their career goals. She completed her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at Tiffin University and began her career in Higher Education and Career Coaching before transitioning to Talent Development within the startup environment. Jennay specifically has a heart to help underrepresented populations and makes it her life’s…

Diamond Curtis

Diamond, a native of Miami, FL, effortlessly channeled her passion for the community into guiding individuals on their career paths. As a first-generation college graduate, she intimately understands the unique challenges of forging professional journeys, boasting an impressive academic background—a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a focus on Public Relations from Florida International University,…

Meryl Seah

Meryl is a Data Scientist at Merit America, working with the Program Team. She was previously a data scientist at Meta, where she used her data analysis and data visualization skills to help teams make informed product decisions. Meryl studied mathematics and statistics at the University of Chicago, and is excited to be part of…

Kenitza Carrillo

Kenitza is a proud first generation college graduate and professional. Her passion for helping others stemmed from her journey in navigating the educational inequalities she faced in academia. Kenitza earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and a Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership from California…

Brooke Young

Brooke is a Phoenix, AZ transplant from the greater Seattle, WA area. Her passions are: helping underserved populations to aspire, using data to educate and motivate, and planning community activities. Brooke comes to Merit America with experience helping large and small HR departments from various industries strategize recruitment marketing practices. She loves using data to…

Meghan Gallagher

Meghan comes to Merit America from working in higher education at Arizona State University. Throughout her experience in higher education she worked with students in many different capacities from residential life, student leadership and development of professional certificates. She enjoys being a resource and supporter to people as they further their education. Outside of work…

Spencer Smith

Spencer is a Data Scientist working with the Growth and Marketing Team. He’s excited to bring his years of experience working at tech startups to help scale Merit America’s mission. This role allows him to combine his love of data with his passion for empowering others. Outside of work, Spencer enjoys playing and watching sports,…

Chris Miller

Chris is the Manager of Growth Partnerships at Merit America. He’s passionate about helping people unlock their full potential through developing education and training programs that work for everyone, regardless of their circumstances. He focuses on building strong relationships and has a background in managing complex partnership programs and cross-functional projects. Prior to joining Merit…

Andrew Burch

My work experience includes graphic design, warehouse management and customer support, as well as recent volunteer work with an organization that brings attention to local charities. I currently live in North Carolina and when I’m not working I am spending time with my family, drawing, reading or driving to the mountains. I am a proud…

George Gutierrez

George held various roles in the B2B sales industry, focusing primarily on logistics and processes. Merit’s commitment to the success of their learners is what initially impressed George – and as he looked into the company’s mission and culture, that grew into admiration and the desire to be a part of helping that mission. In his free time…

Anna Ogilson

As Merit America’s Strategy Analyst, Anna leverages actionable insights and performance measurement to drive sustainable projects and processes. Partnering closely with the executive team, she leads cross-functional initiatives to deliver data-driven results and maximize organizational effectiveness. Before joining the Merit America team, Anna streamlined systems and built programs at Tech Elevator as a Business Analyst,…

Bradley Seltzer

Bradley is the Development Coordinator at Merit America, and has previously worked in fundraising and marketing at United Cerebral Palsy Central PA, The Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg. Bradley is based in Pennsylvania and has a degree in Political Science from Dickinson College. Bradley is committed to enhancing our…

Kevin Hatcher

Kevin has spent the past 10 years in strategic partnerships and business development building and leveraging partnerships to launch and grow new products and business lines in education. Throughout his career, he’s worked for Teach For America, Coursera, and Meta– alongside incredibly talented folks–to ship initiatives and products that have meaningfully impacted the lives of…

Ahmed Malik

Ahmed Malik, Senior Product Designer at Merit America, specializes in crafting intuitive designs that resonate with both coaches and learners. Before joining Merit America, he honed his skills at Experian, focusing on fintech products. Based in Los Angeles, California, Ahmed is driven by the thrill of seamlessly merging business objectives with innovative design to best…

Tanesha Dixon

Tanesha Dixon (she/her) is a longtime educator bringing over 15 years of experience in edtech, higher education, non-profit, and corporate finance. Most recently, Tanesha served as a Student Success Manager for 2U, Inc, partnering with universities and corporate partners to provide high-quality global online learning. Tanesha earned her master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration from…