About Us

Our Motivation

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We believe the world needs more people who love their careers, people who can’t wait to get to work in the morning and who end the day feeling energized and excited.

That’s why we provide clients the tools and support they need to land the job that will launch careers they love.

Our Team

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Leadership

Elissa Kuykendall Unton, CEO

Elissa is an experienced leader with 20 years of financial planning and analysis (FP&A at DaVita, Cetera, Thomson Reuters), valuation (Rouse), strategy consulting (Booz Allen Hamilton), and investor relations experience (Financial Relations Board), and an MBA (USC). She has built a reputation for using expertise to identify risks and opportunities, model scenarios, and effectively lead in fast-paced, complex environments. She has years of experience mentoring college students while also hiring and training young people to work on corporate teams and is passionate about helping people develop their careers. She was also the co-founder of Skid Row Spa – a non-profit project that resulted in a 24/7 hygiene center which daily serves 300 people living outside in L.A.’s downtown area. Elissa earned a bachelor’s in communications from California State University at Fullerton and an MBA with a finance concentration from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

Anna Hunter, COO

Anna is a career happiness coach who has worked within corporations, headed her own successful business, and helped hundreds of professionals at various stages of their careers find and land jobs they love. With experience in teaching, journalism, politics, government, lobbying, communications, operations, leadership development consulting, and executive coaching, Anna has spent her career toggling between effecting change with individuals and teams as well as within organizations and government bodies. This divergent experience enables Anna to draw on a wealth of experience and expertise when guiding her clients to career fulfillment. BA in Classics from Smith College; MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans; MS in Organizational Change Management from The New School.

Cohort Leaders

Ron Rapatalo

Ron Rapatalo’s career vision is coaching, connecting and inspiring others to find their best selves through healthier living, increased mindfulness/interconnection and stronger intention/strategy. He believes in the power of intuition and deepening one’s self-awareness and impact on others. He also believes that we must dismantle systems of oppression and racism to recover our fullest humanity.

Ron has been a talent shepherd for 15 years, recruiting and selecting hundreds of candidates to become education and non-profit leaders. He joined Edgility Consulting full-time in September 2018 after consulting with them and other search firms for over 4 years.

Ron is also a coach, giving career advice on how to navigate career transitions and present oneself from networking to interviewing. He also supports others on how to live healthier lives. He believes in the power of connecting with others to support, nurture and develop our talents. An active member of the NYU alumni community for over 20 years, he currently serves as an Officer Emeritus of the NYU Alumni Association. Ron is also an active member of the Education Leaders of Color and a 2009 Coro Leadership New York alumnus.

Dr. Aamir Ashiqali

Aamir Ashiqali began his career as a middle school teacher in Chicago Public Schools, while serving in the U.S. Army reserves and continued his educational journey through his PhD. in Organizational Leadership. He then worked for 9 years as a head principal at High School in Dallas ISD before pivoting to leverage his education and prior employment skills in marketing, leadership development and sales.

Currently, Aamir is a Cisco Business Development Manager and a Cisco Partner Champion at Industrial Networking Solutions (INS) where Aamir leads the business, sales, marketing and technical efforts to build the Cisco Industrial IoT business at INS. He focuses on solutions focusing on Edge Computing, Connectivity, Business Performance, PLC Controllers and IoT Edge Security in areas of Manufacturing, Smart Cities, Traffic and Roadways, Oil/Gas, Utility Grids and Food and Beverage. Aamir helps Cisco and INS through complex business challenges and find the right resources to help navigate multiple solutions and resources.

Prior to INS, Aamir spent 6 years as a Territory Sales Manager and a Business Development Manager for a Technology Value Added Reseller. After a successful career in Educational Technology, Marketing, Sales and Business Development, Aamir now helps Cisco and INS build on those successful practices to grow their collective business.

Tandia Elijio

Tandia Elijio is a mission-driven strategist whose approach to recruitment and selection is grounded in a deep belief in the power of diverse and inclusive leadership. A creative problem-solver, Tandia is adept at addressing barriers to meeting goals around talent acquisition, organizational culture, and leadership development head-on through transparency, collaboration, and accountability. She has significant experience utilizing project and system management to effectively lead cross-functional initiatives across all management levels of the organization. Her experience ranges from working with leaders in K-12, education nonprofits, and higher education.

Tandia currently works as the Assistant Director for the Broad Center on their Launch team. In this role, she develops and implements career supports for internal staff, program participants, and an alumni network of over 850+ leaders. Before taking on this role, she was directly responsible for sourcing, recruiting, and assessing a diverse pipeline of leaders to participate in a national fellowship program for senior-level executives who are driving excellence and equity in urban school systems.

Previously, she served as the Assistant Director of Programs for the Riordan Programs at UCLA Anderson School of Management, where she designed college preparatory curriculum and coordinated mentorship opportunities to expose first-generation college students to careers in business.

Tandia earned a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Southern California.

Bryan Setser

Bryan Setser is the Founder + CEO of the Setser Group. He leads a talented squad of digerati designers who design and execute leadership for change and innovation labs for k-12, higher education, and the future of work. Bryan is an experienced executive and self-described “bigger- table” builder with three decades of results in the k-12, higher education, non-profit, and for-profit sectors.

Brian is a long-time k-12 practitioner having served as a teacher, principal, and as the nation’s first Chief Quality Officer at the Baldrige Award Winning district Iredell-Statesville. Bryan also led significant digital transformation efforts as CEO of the North Carolina Virtual School, the second largest in the country. In addition, he has been a leader of solutions practices as a partner and principal at 2Revolutions and rpk GROUP working with multiple k-12, higher ed, and workforce clients in over 30 states and 6 countries. He is a sought-after coach, advisor, strategist, and execution expert for organizations who want to build a more equitable future for all.

Sharon Wang

Sharon Wang founded Pragmatic Strategy Company to partner with businesses who are striving for longevity as well as growth. Having spent over fifteen years in U.S. multi-national corporations improving business processes, inventing new functions, and communicating across regions and functions to advance business operations, Sharon has served as an external and internal auditor, worked as a management consultant in finance operations, and led teams as in-house system implementation and data managers. Sharon now brings her depth and breadth to privately-held and public-traded clients who are looking for sound long-term strategies and operations.

As a Taiwanese American, Sharon grew up in the Los Angeles area and is a proud alumna of Boston College and the University of Southern California. She earned a bachelor of science at the Carroll School of Management and MBA at Marshall, respectively. Sharon grew up participating in the performing and fine arts and brings creativity into how she innovates systems - regardless if that is in technology, processes, or people - to build longevity.

Sharon prioritizes volunteering with her local community and supporting the global community.

Colleen DelVecchio

Colleen is a strategic, dynamic career and leadership coach with a passion for empowering individuals and businesses to leverage their strengths, achieve their leadership potential, develop their professional capabilities, and navigate increasingly complex business environments.

With over twenty years of experience in women's leadership, organizational change, strategic management, career coaching and staff development, she guides others to maximize potential, increase impact, and achieve greater job satisfaction. Her background includes extensive training development for in-person and e-learning experiences around women's leadership, strategic thinking, mentoring, career change, public speaking, and innovative leadership.

With a passion for working with career changers and designing individualized mentoring and training programs for organizations, she has worked with Fortune 500 companies, multiple chambers of commerce, independent private schools, large state universities, elite women’s colleges and many small businesses.

Colleen has been the recipient of two Turkeyland Cove Foundation fellowships and currently sits on the board of directors. She has taught at Holyoke Community College, Bay Path University and UMass Amherst. Colleen is a certified Gallup Strengths Coach, has a BA in psychology from Boston University, and an MS in nonprofit management from Bay Path University.

Mentors

Each job-seeking client is matched with their own mentor, for private sessions.

Brian AiChang

After graduating from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Brian served in the United States Air Force as an officer in the space programs. After his honorable discharge, he continued to work as a civilian in the United States space programs in a variety of roles as a program manager, senior systems engineer, and senior subcontract administrator’s on launch vehicle, satellite, and space shuttle replacement programs. In 2015, Brian moved to Mumbai (Bombay), India to support his wife’s job transfer from Denver, Colorado. There, he served on the Board of Trustees at the American School in Bombay while obtaining his joint Executive MBA degree from Washington University in St Louis and Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. He currently serves at Senior Manager of Data Analytics at TractManager.

Karen Cecilio

For more than 20 years, Karen Cecilio has been a corporate leader on strategic and integration initiatives. After several years of leading teams located in six US locations and with matrix responsibility for project team members in India and Eastern Europe for Cetera Financial Group, Karen was recently promoted to Director then Vice President of Diligence and Integration. Before Cetera, Karen was a telecommuting manager at Thomson Reuters with oversight of teams in multiple US locations responsible for technology and back office brokerage firm implementations. Karen has mentored people of all ages and in different stages of their careers.

Elliot Fruchter

Elliot's career spans a balance of Wall Street investing and corporate analytics, with roughly a decade of each among bellwether companies such as Merrill Lynch and American Express. Today, as Senior Director of Product & Marketing at Wolters Kluwer, a Dutch-based business services conglomerate, he is tasked with determining and guiding successful strategies for a 125-year-old legal services and software business. Elliot received his bachelor's degree in Finance from Yeshiva University and is a CFA Charterholder. He has mentored people from all walks of life and all ages.

Brent Tercero

Brent is currently a regional director for Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE), working to empower current and former teachers to become more civically active to shape education policy. In this role, he focuses on the leadership development of his members in the areas of policy, advocacy, organizing, and elected leadership.

Brent has also served on the Pico Rivera City Council for more than 8 years. At the age of 26, Brent became the youngest person ever elected to City Council in Pico Rivera after running a grassroots campaign in which he personally knocked on 2,000 doors and talked to over 1,000 residents. He later became the youngest Mayor in the history of the City at the age of 28 and fights for the interests of the City’s most marginalized residents.

Brent earned his Masters in Public Policy from the University of Southern California, his Masters in Education from Loyola Marymount University, and his Bachelor in History and Political Science from Gonzaga University. He is also pursuing his Doctorate in Public Administration from California Baptist University.

Andy Tien

Currently the Vice President of Marketing for Segment Manager, Affiliates and Subsidiaries at City National Bank, Andy Tien developed a passion for marketing as an undergraduate at University of Southern California (USC), where he participated in a General Motors internship in which students worked in teams to promote a car dealership.

Born in Vietnam and the son of Chinese parents, he and his family immigrated to America as boat refugees after the Vietnam war. Andy grew up in East L.A. and in the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County and became the first in his family to go to college. After a few years of progressive marketing roles at a tech company and then pivoting into the financial services industry, Andy returned to USC to earn his MBA.

Andy serves as a board member for El Monte Promise Foundation, which helps create a college-going culture and promotes financial literacy in the city of El Monte and surrounding underserved communities. He also launched a credit union branch inside John Muir High School in Pasadena, which is entirely run by students.

Sarah Richardson

With 20 years of experience focused on building relationships and developing strategies that meet organizational needs and enable productivity gains at Optum, HCA Healthcare and the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, Sarah has catalyzed change and advanced sustainability throughout her career.

Most recently, Sarah, who is certified by the International Coaching Federation as an Associate Certified Coach, has earned certification with the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, Management and Workplace Certification from Everything DiSC.

Sarah serves as the Vice President of IT Change Leadership for Optum. She is also an active member The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) as a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO), faculty member, media liaison, and fellow. She has earned a B.S. in Hospitality Administration, a Master’s in Business, and a certification in Healthcare Administration.

Calixto Meraz

Calixto Meraz is an Energy Professional within the Oil & Gas Industry. He currently manages a world class laboratory and research center. His current focus is creating a Mixed Energy Portfolio to meet SoCalGas' vision to be the cleanest natural gas utility in North America.

Calixto is a strong leader who is an experienced strategist and project manager. Through his various roles, he has emerged as an expert in Project Management Office (PMO) execution, operational efficiencies, streamlining workforce resources and taking new programs from concept to implementation.

Calixto has a long history of community activism and volunteer work. His work with several non-profits included grant writing and bylaws development, establishing infrastructure and back office processes, and setting up accounting and finance protocols. This led to him establishing a non-profit with two other co-founders in which he is CFO. His community work evolved into advising new ventures and technology companies in the areas of organizational development and operational efficiencies. He is also committed to integrating Diversity, Equity & Inclusion into the workplace and beyond performative measures.

Calixto earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from California State University in Pomona and his master’s in civil engineering from California State University in Long Beach. Later, he earned his master’s in business administration from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He also volunteers as a chief financial officer for the USC Marshall Alumni Association Executive Board.

Advisors

Michelle Cobas

Michelle Cobas has led advertising accounts at several top agencies. She’s currently the Vice President of Business Development at Alma, a marketing and advertising agency. Previously, at DAVID The Agency, she oversaw a number of award-winning campaigns. She also has led teams in the development of disruptive, effective communication for such Fortune 500 companies as Burger King, Coca-Cola, KraftHeinz, The Lincoln Motor Company, Heineken and Georgia-Pacific.

Michelle earned a master’s in political communication, and initially worked as a speechwriter after she graduated, but she quickly realized that politics were not for her. It was an easy transition to advertising, she says, because both require the same skill set.

She began her own consulting business in 2017 because she saw an opportunity with the dramatic shift from the big agency retainer model to the need for more nimble, scalable project-based business. Recognizing that small agencies would need consultants, she took advantage of the opportunity, which gives her “constant opportunities to try new things.”

Cynthia Tregillis

After graduating from University of San Francisco Law School, Cynthia moved to Bethesda, MD, where she served as a clerk to superior court judge in Washington D.C. After her clerkship, she began working for a firm in its New York and Washington, D.C. offices, focusing on banking and commercial litigation. After four years on the East Coast, Cynthia moved back to California, where she became a partner at an LA firm, focusing on what would become her area of expertise for the next 20 years: intellectual property. In 2012 Cynthia transitioned to Western Digital, becoming Deputy General Counsel in 2018.

Kelly Colbert

With more than 20 years’ experience leading customer engagement, CRM strategy, insights, analytics and marketing technology, Kelly Colbert teaches organizations the importance of customer-centricity and guides them through the cross-functional transformations necessary to achieve it.

Kelly is currently the Vice President of Customer Strategy at Chameleon Collective, a consulting firm where she provides interim leadership to develop the long-term vision and strategic approach for customer engagement, leading business transformation, technology selection and onboarding, as well as the necessary organizational changes to support new approach to doing business.

Kelly has extensive experience in the Entertainment, Travel & Leisure, Retail and Ecommerce and Lifestyle industries, having worked with a wide spectrum of clients ranging from Fortune 500 to small D2C start-up.

Kelly earned her BA at UCLA and her MBA at USC Marshall School of Business.

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We also have an excellent team of people who work in different functional areas. ArcVida is a values-driven, remote-first company and we welcome applicants from anywhere in the United States. We hire on skill, experience, and enthusiasm for our mission of a world where everyone loves their work and is in a great-fitting job. We believe that team diversity – of thought, background, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, family structure, culture, language, education, experience, and physical ability – will drive our company’s quality and power our clients success. If you’d like to work with us too, please introduce yourself via an email to careers@arcvida.com.