Our Mission

BreakLine has redesigned education to meet the needs of the 21st-century workforce. A multi-year degree should not be the only path to a successful career. Our hands-on approach prepares BreakLiners to take their next step in the tech industry. You can read about our values here.

BreakLine participants find opportunities commensurate with their experience and potential and our partners access a new pipeline of exceptional talent. In the process, we are creating a world-class community of emerging leaders.

Our BreakLiners are outstanding. You can read their stories in our BreakLine Profiles in Service series. You can also see more about our work in the SF Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal, and on ABC News.

BreakLine Team | Bethany Coates

Bethany Coates

CEO & Founder

Before founding BreakLine, Bethany was an Assistant Dean at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she led social impact education. Earlier in her career, she was a consultant at McKinsey & Co, a leading management consulting firm. She earned her BA from Princeton and her MBA from Stanford. She has served on the advisory boards of a number of nonprofits and social ventures, including Brilliant.org, PROMOTE, and Samaschool. In 2018, she was honored to receive the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service on behalf of the BreakLine team.

Ranee Bhutani

Business Operations

Before joining BreakLine, Ranee was an Associate Director on the Global Innovation Programs team at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She was responsible for managing the operations of Stanford Ignite, the school’s flagship program in innovation and entrepreneurship, and she led the expansion of the program in the United States, India, France, and England. Ranee received her MA(Hons) from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

Casey Deeds

Brand Experience

Casey joined BreakLine shortly after graduating from Stanford University where she majored in Product Design. She competed as a striker on the Stanford Varsity Field Hockey team all four years, claiming a conference champion title her senior season. While at Stanford, Casey worked for Stanford Academic Computing Services as a Lead Tech and managed a team of students responsible for campus technical support. She’s the proud daughter of a former Naval Aviator.

Lauren Faul


Lauren joins the BreakLine team after having worked largely in the Department of Defense arena for more than a decade. Covering ground on Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, non-profit sector, and as a government contractor, she consistently acted as a liaison between various and multiple entities to develop engagement plans that created partnerships and preserve missions. Lauren is a certified Life Coach and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Texas A&M University. She is a proud military brat and grateful wife of a BreakLine alum and Marine attack pilot.

Caroline Beaudoin

Customer Success & Sales

Caroline was a scholar athlete at Stanford University, majoring in Science, Technology, and Society. She captained the Varsity Women’s Field Hockey team to the program’s first ever conference championship in her senior year. While at Stanford, Caroline served as the Director of Technology and Communications for Stanford’s pre-professional club, Stanford Marketing. She is also the proud sister of an Army veteran.

Molly Peterson | BreakLine

Molly Peterson


Molly is an Air Force veteran and BreakLine alum (Summer 2017 cohort). She served 12 years on Active Duty as a C-17 and KC-10 pilot and, through the BreakLine Tech program, successfully transitioned to a role as a Business Integrity Team Lead at Facebook Austin. Her journey led her back to BreakLine, where she pursues her passion of helping talented veterans find meaningful employment after service. Molly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Philosophy from Loyola Marymount University, and in her spare time she flies for the airlines.

Millie Stefanowicz

Customer Success

Millie has been involved with BreakLine since her sophomore year in college. She graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a concentration in Architectural Design. While at Stanford, Millie captained the field hockey team to the second of consecutive conference championships. Prior to joining the BreakLine team full-time, she continued her outreach while working as a construction project manager in Philadelphia. Millie is also the proud cousin of a Marine.

Alexandra Downey

Storytelling & Marketing

Alexandra joins BreakLine with a diverse background, including working at startups, the UN, on Wall Street, and for social enterprises. The variety of her experiences lends itself to her curiosity and inquisitiveness about people and their histories. Alexandra is passionate about telling the incredible stories of the BreakLine community and the many possibilities they inspire, as well as connecting BreakLine to even more extraordinary human beings and partners. She earned an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business and a BA in English and History from Loyola College in Baltimore.

Kim Maldonado Fox

Talent Recruiting

Kim played NCAA Division 1 soccer at The Citadel, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She is the first member of her family to earn a college degree. She is also the proud wife to an Army officer.

Alyssa Wilson


Alyssa is an English teacher for Teach for America. She graduated from Texas A&M University, where she majored in English with a concentration in Rhetoric & Composition. While earning her undergraduate degree, she was a consultant for the University Writing Center and volunteered with elementary students to motivate them to develop a passion for reading and writing.

Zayn Knaub

Customer Success

Zayn joins BreakLine from MuleSoft, where he was a top-performing Senior Principal Customer Success Manager. He was responsible for partnering with MuleSoft’s strategic, high-tech customers in order to help them accomplish their digital transformation objectives. Zayn is also an alum from one of BreakLine’s first-ever programs. Prior to attending BreakLine, he was an active duty Intelligence Weapons Officer in the US Air Force. Zayn received his BS from the Air Force Academy in Geospatial Sciences and his MA in Diplomacy – International Terrorism from Norwich University.

Laura Palmer

Customer Success

With a dedication to helping underrepresented minorities thrive in tech, Laura is excited to bring her background in Recruiting and Diversity & Inclusion initiatives to the BreakLine team. Prior to breaking into her startup career, Laura pursued a love of all things enology in Nebraska, New England, and Napa Valley. She graduated from Creighton University with a BA in Spanish. She later received recognition as a Certified Specialist of Wine, Certified Specialist of Spirits, and she studied for the Wine and Spirits Education Trust Diploma Program.

Sophia Beaudoin

Talent Recruiting

Sophia joined BreakLine full time after interning since her junior year of college. She graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Government and minors in English and Sustainability Sciences. She captained the Cornell Varsity Volleyball team as well as served in the Student Athlete Advisory Council. She is passionate about enabling underrepresented communities with access to opportunities in tech, and is the proud sister of Army and Air Force veterans.

Sergio Padilla


Sergio is a United States Air Force veteran and BreakLine alum. He served as a Personnel Officer for 7 years, including tours to Afghanistan & Honduras. People Operations is his passion, and he has since led recruiting & HR teams in education, retail, and hospitality. He is excited to further BreakLine’s efforts in connecting high performing veterans, women, and people of color to meaningful careers in tech. Sergio was born and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico and now lives in Alaska where he & his wife, Courtney, who is active duty in the Air Force, take full advantage of the great outdoors.

Kendrick Vaughn


Kendrick joins the BreakLine family with a deep desire to create pipelines of opportunity and make the world a more equitable place for his children and all people of color. Kendrick brings twelve years of military service and a passion for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion to the team. He formerly served as West Point’s Director of Diversity Admissions and Outreach, where he led the effort to matriculate 3 of the 4 most diverse classes in the Academy’s 200+ year history. Kendrick received a BS in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy as well as an MBA from the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Kendrick is happily married with two amazing children.

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