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Our Team Reflects 
the Communities 
We Serve

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Our Team Reflects 
the Communities 
We Serve

Our Team Reflects the Communities 
We Serve

About Us

BreakLine is a social venture that helps outstanding women, people of color, people with disabilities, and veterans accelerate into their next careers.

You can learn more about our origin story and values, and meet the team below.

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Our Founding Story

Founder & CEO, Bethany Coates, shares the origin story of BreakLine Education - a company hyper-focused on helping high-performing women, people of color, people with disabilities, and veterans pivot into top companies.

Our Values

We are resilient 
problem solvers.

We are resilient problem solvers

We are creating a new form of education and access. 

We are honest.

We understand honesty is proactive, and we believe that being direct is being kind.

We share energy.

We are bold and courageous. We are here to have a great time while we win.

We support our tribe.

We celebrate each other’s success and help each other realize greatness.

We believe margin 
delivers mission.

We believe margin delivers mission

We are building a business instead of a non-profit because this is the most efficient and powerful way to create sustainable access to opportunity.

Rachel Mitchell

Talent Recruiting

Rachel joins the BreakLine team with a passion to serve this community well! As a military spouse, she lived in Europe for 5 years and visited over 30 countries. Her work experience centers around customer service (mostly in retail banking). Rachel holds a B.A. in Business/Economics from Wheaton College and an MBA from Webster University. Rachel enjoys being active, in her free time she loves doing spin classes, skiing when she’s close to the mountains, and running with her dog Bella. She is happily married to a former Army Ranger and together they have the most beautiful daughter, Liberty Kay

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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.

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Sam Combs

Partnerships

Sam joins BreakLine from Coursera, where he was a top-performing Enterprise Account Executive. He was responsible for building new partnerships with State and Local governments to help support innovative approaches to workforce development. Prior to Coursera, Sam was an active duty Intelligence Officer in the US Air Force where he served within Special Operations Command and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Sam received his B.A. from the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies.

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Karina Roger

Customer Success

Karina joins the BreakLine team with a background in coaching, mentoring, and health. She is passionate about helping others achieve and succeed in their ultimate goals. She is very motivated by what BreakLine has to offer to those in underrepresented communities and is committed to helping BreakLiners transition into the tech sector. Prior to BreakLine, Karina worked as a health coach, guiding users to make healthy lifestyle change. She received her B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Penn State and MPH from The George Washington University. Karina is originally from Puerto Rico and is happily married to an Air Force veteran. She loves to travel, explore the food scene, and spend time with her two four-legged children, Alfi and Oreo.

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Sergio Padilla

Admissions

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.

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Diane Chan

Partnerships

As a first generation Asian American, Diane is very passionate about diversity & inclusion. Before joining BreakLine, Diane served the American public in various roles in the federal government for over 13 years. She founded employee resource groups promoting DEI at the Social Security Administration and was the Chief Communications Officer for the Interagency Veterans Advisory Council, which served 70+ veteran groups across the federal government. Diane strongly believes in creating opportunities for others to grow and succeed – she is a BreakLine alum and couldn’t pass up the offer to join the BreakLine team.

Diane earned her BA in Psychology & Communications and MS in Communications Management from Simmons University. She and her husband enjoy hugs, cuddles, and no-mercy game nights with their two young daughters, Sam and Evie. Diane is also a proud sister of an Army Veteran, who became the first Asian-American female Commander of the American Legion Boston Chinatown Post 328 in 2015.

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Clay Barone

Customer Success

Clay joins the BreakLine family with a background in supply chain management and logistics. He graduated from the United States Military Academy, where he captained the powerlifting team, earned the title of ‘All-American’, and graduated with a B.S. in Organizational Psychology. He was commissioned as a Logistics Officer and served 5 years in the Army. Clay is passionate about helping others see their own value and connecting them with opportunities that can positively impact their lives and the lives of future generations. Clay is passionate about strength and physique sports, college football, combat sports, and hip-hop. Clay currently lives in North Carolina with his girlfriend, Ashlyn, and their dogs, Theo and Brother.

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Natalia Peddycoart

Customer Success

Natalia joins Team BreakLine with experience working in nonprofits, local government, and higher education. Her most recent work at San Diego State University focused on career development for professionals ranging in experience level. Natalia is driven by BreakLine’s belief that excellence is transferable and that companies should reflect our diverse society. She is a first-generation college student and she holds an MS in Social Work (Administration and Policy) from UT Austin and a BA in Psychology from the University of San Diego. She lives in San Diego with her husband and dog where she enjoys camping, traveling, and DIY projects.

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Mack Gladney

Customer Success

Mack joined BreakLine after 4 years in the web hosting industry. During that time she managed a book of business totaling over $11M in ARR while partnering with a portfolio of strategic customers and identifying tactics, strategies, and best practices needed to achieve needs and goals. Motivated by the drive to help create major shifts in generational wealth, she uses her super-power, communications, to continually facilitate and champion the success of BreakLiners in top-tier tech roles.

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Hunter Jennings

Engineering

Hunter joins BreakLine from Elegant Seagulls, a leading creative agency in Marquette, Michigan, where he served as a senior front-end web developer. At Elegant Seagulls, his focus revolved around creating custom, interactive, and high-end React and Next.js websites for renowned clients like Audible. Prior to his time at Elegant Seagulls, Hunter worked as a front-end developer at Guidehouse (formerly PwC Public Sector) in Washington, DC. He was an integral part of a team that developed Angular-based web applications for esteemed organizations such as the U.S. Department of Defense and FEMA.

Hunter earned his B.S. in Business Marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017. His passion for design and product drove him to self-teach and pursue a career in web application development in 2018. When he’s not immersed in code, Hunter resides in Richmond, VA, with his partner, Katy, and their beloved dog, Buoy. During his free time, he enjoys playing disc golf, staying active by lifting weights, and exploring the outdoors.

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Brandon Self

Customer Success

Brandon joins the BreakLine family with a background in sales and financial planning. He graduated from the United States Military Academy, where he competed on the school’s competitive powerlifting team and graduated with a B.S. in American Legal Studies. He was commissioned as an Ordnance officer and served for five years in the Army. Brandon is most passionate about helping create more opportunities for our diverse and high-performing participants to help them achieve generationally changing careers. In his free time, Brandon enjoys working out, fishing, and watching any sport that is in season. Brandon resides in Colorado Springs with his wife, also a veteran, their daughters Addy and Breanna, and their German Shepherd, Elsa.

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Caroline Slater

Customer Success

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.

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Alexandra Downey

Customer Success

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.

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Casey Deeds

Operations

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.

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Brianna Taylor

Customer Success

Brianna joins the BreakLine team after seven years working as an Occupational Therapist in a variety of healthcare settings. She earned her Master’s degree from Thomas Jefferson University and is excited to bring her experience to the BreakLine team. Prior to becoming an Occupational Therapist, she competed as a Division I gymnast at Kent State University where she helped lead the team to their first ever NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championship. She loves traveling, being outdoors, and reading. She is also the proud wife of an Army veteran.

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Shari Schussel

Customer Success

Shari joins Team BreakLine after 15 years in educational counseling and program development both in public and startup spaces. She is passionate about supporting the BreakLine community to tear down barriers that have prevented top performers from making an impact in tech. She was the first in her family to attend college and earned her Masters in Educational Counseling and BA in psychology at Azusa Pacific University. Shari and her family love outdoor adventures. She is also a proud sister of an AirForce vet.

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Andrew Blevins

Talent Recruiting

Andrew comes to BreakLine after having worked with us as a partner in many of his previous companies. He has built, led, and scaled recruiting functions for multiple high-growth startups and was fortunate enough to enjoy multiple IPO journeys in his career. Outside of work, Andrew considers himself a fitness junkie; but also enjoys pursuits of the mind with his friends, such as board games, trivia, and the card game Bridge.

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Natalie Reynolds

Customer Success

Natalie joins Team BreakLine with the hope that she’ll be able to impact lives in the way that BreakLine impacted her own. Before joining the team, she worked in the fitness industry and in IT recruiting. She’s passionate about the opportunity to make a positive impact on DEI in the tech industry and helping individuals from underrepresented communities achieve their career goals.

Natalie graduated with a B.S. in Communication Studies from Texas Christian University where she also enjoyed cheering on the Frogs as a member of the dance team. Outside of work, Natalie is passionate about fitness, exploring outdoors, and finding the best restaurants in the area (she’s a huge foodie). Natalie currently lives in Denver with her husband, an Air Force veteran and proud BreakLine alum, and their three fur-babies, Duke, Dutch, and Teddy.

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Ann Ernst

Operations

Ann joins the BreakLine team from a background in mechanical design and reliability engineering at Northrop Grumman. She comes to BreakLine motivated to make an impact on diversity and representation in the tech industry. She has previous experience chairing the Pathways Professional Development committee at NGC and is highly passionate about resource accessibility and community-driven career development. Ann graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a BS in Mechanical & Materials Engineering. She was also a Captain on the varsity women’s volleyball team and led them to their first conference appearance. She loves staying active, creating art, traveling, and giving back to her communities.

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Candice Pounders

Talent Recruiting

Candice is the Talent Match Maker that challenges Top Talent to find their career dreams. The majority of her career has been spent setting up new engineering business ventures for major aerospace and defense giants. She graduated from the University of Georgia (GO DAWGS) with a Marketing degree and is a few classes short of her Master’s Degree in Data Analytics from LSUS. She is thrilled to be working in a startup environment and learning about all the innovative work that is being done across the globe. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family and friends.

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Sophia Beaudoin

Customer Success

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.

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Dan Arpoika

Engineering

Dan joins BreakLine from Elegant Seagulls, where he was the lead backend developer. His primary responsibility was to work with clients to design, build, and maintain a future proofed technical solution that aligned with their business requirements. One of those projects includes the current BreakLine web application. Greatly inspired by BreakLine’s mission, he is eager to bring his experience to the team and improve the existing technical infrastructure to enable the team to work more efficiently and create even more opportunities for others.

Dan graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Northern Michigan University. In his free time, he enjoys off-roading and working on vehicles. Dan currently lives in Clarkston, MI with his fiancé, Matteson, and both enjoy the outdoors.

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Kelly Morris

Partnerships

Kelly joins BreakLine with experience working in the Defense and Intelligence Communities. Prior to her work in the federal government, Kelly was an executive recruiter for high-growth tech companies. A Breakline alum, she is passionate about helping others pursue what drives them and is looking forward to connecting more partner companies with BreakLine’s incredibly talented community. Kelly recently moved to the Bay Area after spending 8 years living in Washington DC, but she’s a midwesterner at heart! She’s excited to explore the running trails in Northern California while finding other ways to volunteer and give back to her new community!

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Lauren Faul

Education

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.

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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.

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Katie Randolph

Customer Success

Katie joins the BreakLine team after three years of working as a data analyst for Berkeley Research Group in their healthcare performance improvement practice. At BRG, Katie was responsible for optimizing patient care by encouraging and facilitating engagement with hospital data. Katie previously interned for BreakLine on the outreach team for several years while in college and is excited to be back. She is passionate about building relationships, and is thrilled to assist BreakLiners in finding their next careers in tech!

Katie graduated from Cornell University where she earned her B.S. in Biology while competing as an NCAA Division I volleyball player. Outside of work, she loves working out, being outdoors, and cooking.

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Kaitlyn McGinnis

Partnerships

Kaitlyn joins BreakLine from IBM Turbonomic, where she was a top-performing sales professional. She was responsible for developing customer and partner relationships for Enterprise customers and selling SaaS directly into IT organizations. Before her time at IBM, she served in the U.S. Air Force for ten years as a language analyst within the Intelligence Community. As a BreakLine alum, Kaitlyn is passionate about using her talents to help other individuals from under-selected backgrounds make the pivot into tech! Kaitlyn currently lives in Georgia with her son.

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