Our Team


Kathryn V. Harris

Chief Operating Officer

The Team

Rachel Berstein

Director of Learner Success

Liz Williams

Manager of Operations

Linda Montgomery 

Chief Engagement Officer  

Michael Savage

Manager of Career Development

Richard Rock

Richard Rock

Salesforce / IT Administrator

Ace VanWanseele

Manager of Business Solutions

Alyssa Hetterich

Alyssa Hetterich

Recruitment & Admissions Manager

Dulcy Booth

Manager of Coaching

Taylor Schiestel

Career Coach

AW and Per Scholas

ActivateWork’s world-class IT skills training is provided by our partner Per Scholas.

Per Scholas is a national organization that has been advancing economic mobility for more than 25 years. Through rigorous training, professional development, and robust employer connections, they prepare individuals traditionally underrepresented in technology for high-growth careers in the industry. Per Scholas partners with leading employers to build more diverse talent pools, directly connecting our graduates to new career opportunities at businesses ranging from Fortune 500 companies to innovative startups. With campuses in 22 cities, Per Scholas has trained more than 16,000 individuals in tech skills, building bridges to careers in technology. To learn more, visit PerScholas.org and follow them on LinkedInTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Per Scholas’s Impact

83% of learners graduate

80% of graduates land jobs

75% retain employment for at least one year

Per Scholas partners with over 500 businesses across the United States to offer talent solutions for a wide range of technology careers. Employer partners report that Per Scholas graduates have higher retention rates, are better problem solvers, and increase the diversity of their teams.

Two third-party evaluations of Per Scholas have concluded that their graduates earn significantly more, are 50% less likely to rely on public assistance, and are 50% more likely to report life satisfaction than individuals who did not participate in the training.

Our Partners

“In order for corporations to keep pace with the increasing need for skilled workers, we need bold and scalable investments in training organizations like Per Scholas. They bring unparalleled expertise to recruit, train, and upskill individuals for the most in-demand technology roles that remain critical to our ability to grow.”


Eric Westphal, Senior Director for Global Workforce Strategy and Economic Development, Cognizant


Scott Fast, Innovate+Educate

Helen Young Hayes, ActivateWork

Dan Kaskubar, Spur LLC

Jennifer Mote, Thirst Matters

Frannie Matthews, Colorado Technology Association

Marcos Stephens, Northrop GRUMMAN

Luis Villarreal, The Master’s Apprentice




Ellen Balaguer, Retired Accenture                 
Steve Goodbarn, Secure64 Corporation
Jonita LeRoy, Governor’s Office of Information Technology
Michael Quinn, Q Advisors
Mark Newhouse, Innosphere
Blair Richardson, Bow River Capital
George Sparks, Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Al Spies, Retired US West