Our Team

Ashlin Associates is recognized in the industry as one of the leading consulting firms for complex projects… requiring practical solutions. I encourage anyone to engage Ashlin and Associates as a business partner on various business challenges.

—Daryl Bennett
Director of Human Resources,
Global Operations

Paulette Ashlin

President, Ashlin Associates

Paulette Ashlin is Founder and President of Ashlin Associates. As an executive and business coach, Paulette has guided executives and professionals in global, national, and regional organizations representing all industries — from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Her behavioral approach to excellent leadership has resonated at all levels and is replicated throughout organizations because of its proven sustainability. Paulette has served as a line executive and human resources executive in the energy and global human capital solutions industries.

The Charlotte Business Journal recognized Paulette’s accomplishments with the Charlotte Business Journal Women in Business Achievement Award. She was also named one of the 50 Most Influential Women by The Mecklenburg Times.

Paulette is a featured speaker and serves as a media spokesperson on human capital and work-related issues. She is on the Advisory Board of the Industrial/Organizational Master’s Program at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, a member of the Advisory Council of the Business Innovation and Growth Council, Vice President of the Board of the French American Chamber of Commerce, and former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Charlotte Youth Ballet.

Paulette holds an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a B.A. in Psychology from Davidson College. She and her husband have two children. She is multi-lingual and communicates with friends, family and colleagues in four languages.

John Kello, Ph.D.

Dr. John Kello has over 35 years of consulting experience in strategic planning, corporate culture, change management, leadership assessment/ development, executive coaching, and the implementation of the High-Performance Organization model in a variety of work settings.

John is also a Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Davidson College, with Adjunct appointments to the Master’s Program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and the Doctoral Program in Organizational Science at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Among his published articles in professional journals are those dealing with behavior-based safety, the creation of a “positive safety culture”, and the design and implementation of organizational training systems. John’s expertise includes organizational design and development, team training and development for airline cockpit and nuclear control room crews, staff training and development in academic institutions, the design and implementation of effective meetings, and the impact of the philosophy of behaviorism on Industrial -Organizational psychology.

John holds the B.S. Summa Cum Laude in Psychology from Old Dominion University, and the M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Duke University. He grew up in Norfolk, Virginia, and lives with his family in the town of Davidson, NC.

Mike Sharp

Throughout his 34-year career at Bank of America, Mike Sharp developed a strong reputation for attracting top talent, developing future leaders and cultivating high-performance teams. As a management consultant, Mike now specializes in leading CEO’s and senior leaders in building a winning culture and driving stellar results; all with a laser focus on developing their firm’s greatest asset: their people.

Mike’s executive management roles at the bank ranged from overseeing the development and execution of a worldwide real estate strategy for the bank’s 20MM square feet of operations space to leading the design and construction of the bank’s $800 million development in uptown Charlotte, comprising a high-rise office tower and a 5-Star Ritz-Carlton hotel. Mike’s passion for developing talent goes beyond the business world. In 2001, he co-founded Stewards of the Game, a non-profit organization that teaches faith-based life lessons through sports to over 1,000 young people annually. Mike recently founded LIFT 4:10, a non-profit mentoring organization that provides one-on-one sports training, life coaching and academic tutoring to at-risk youth. Mike’s interest in sports outreach has taken him to Bolivia, Kenya, Zambia and Nicaragua where he has led camps for impoverished children.

Mike currently serves as a guest speaker and mentor to student-athletes of Davidson College, where he majored in Economics and played varsity football and baseball. Mike and his wife Teresa reside in Mooresville, North Carolina. They have two adult son.

Ana Lothspeich

Ana Lothspeich has extensive coaching experience centered on Gallup’s Strengths-based development. She teaches and coaches others to harness their strengths, understand theme dynamics and affect relationships, performance, and business outcomes. Her professional career includes a focus on marketing and public relations with experience at Loeffler Ketchum Mountjoy Advertising and Bank of America.

Ana was Board Chair of MACS Education Foundation where she spearheaded a successful fundraising campaign of over $500 thousand dollars. Originally from Ecuador, she is fluent in Spanish and is a Founding member of the Latin American Women’s Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to advance the education and quality of life of Hispanic youth in the Charlotte Region through scholarships, academic, and cultural programs.

Ana has served as a Pastoral Council member at St. Gabriel Church, is the Memory Makers Programs Coordinator, and a Eucharistic Minister. She is also a Lead Facilitator of the Strengths Quest program for teens. She has a B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing from American College, Quito.

Beverly Byrnes

Beverly is a Human Resources and Organization Development professional with extensive experience supporting complex and geographically dispersed businesses in multiple industries. Her strong business acumen allows her to create and strengthen strategies that align with organizational culture and business objectives.

Her 30+ years of business experience includes in-depth knowledge in leadership /employee development, executive coaching, employee relations, merger/acquisition integration, compensation and employment law. Beverly’s best-in-class Human Resources experience spans employment with Fortune 100 companies in the energy industry, technology-based services and manufacturing environments. Having been directly involved in company mergers, Beverly has held key positions merging companies’ HR programs, policies and procedures, and identifying best business practices.

Prior to serving as a consultant to various business clients, Beverly spent 15 years at Duke Energy in a variety of human resources management roles.  During these years she managed the daily HR operations in three of the most challenging businesses within Duke Energy. In addition to her field experience, Beverly worked in Corporate Employee Relations where she was responsible for employment law, regulatory compliance, investigations and M&A activities related to HR program integration and cultural development. Before Beverly joined Duke Energy, she held professional and managerial positions in the corporate headquarters of Wachovia (formerly First Union), Verbatim Corporation and AT&T.

Beverly holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a Certified Career Coach and a Certified Compensation Professional.

Mitch Weiss

Mitch Weiss is a highly experienced Management Consultant and Human Resources Executive with strategic business experience in developing and implementing human resources plans to support successful business performance. He also has significant experience in working with companies to solve broader business issues that are impacted by human capital issues.

He has served such organizations as The SPX Corporation, Colfax Corporation (a Danaher Company), Rexam PLC, Dawson Consumer Products, Allied Signal Corporation, and The American Chemical Society. Mitch holds a Masters of Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from State University of New York at Buffalo. He has lived in North Carolina for over twenty years and has two sons and a granddaughter. A sports fan, he was actively involved in coaching youth basketball leagues.

Dalya Kutchei

Dalya Kutchei’s work includes professional and leadership coaching for clients in multiple business sectors, including manufacturing, health care and non-profit organizations. She is also Principal of Seabridge Group, LLC, a search firm placing candidates in senior executive and management roles.

Dalya is a graduate of the Executive MBA Program at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. She was the first recipient of the McColl School of Business Entrepreneurial Leadership Circle Scholarship. She also completed the graduate level, one-year Coaching Certificate Program (Graduate School Alliance for Executive Coaching Program). Since graduation she has stayed involved with her alma mater, serving as a panel expert on career transition. She has held numerous positions with the business school including former Board member of the Alumni Association, co-founder of the Small Business Affinity Group, former chair of the career services effort, the alumni connections, and nominating committees. Today she continues to mentor students as a member of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Circle.

Dalya actively works with and volunteers for community-wide causes in education, health and human services including the Community Council, Charlotte Mecklenburg Friends of the Library, and NC MedAssist, a statewide nonprofit, licensed community pharmacy providing free prescriptions for low-income patients. Dayla can also be heard on WFAE 90.7FM (NPR). She is an avid reader, gardenscape concierge, and sailor.

Dr. Eric Heggestad, Ph.D.

Dr. Eric Heggestad has over 10 years of experience working with companies to improve their employee management processes. His expertise lies in the areas of applicant assessment, hiring processes, employee evaluation, succession planning, job analysis and competency modeling, survey construction, and organizational data analysis. He has worked with companies such as ADP, Sun Microsystems, and Balfour Beatty as well as with the Army and the Navy.

Eric is also an Associate Professor of Psychology and Organizational Science at the University of North Carolina Charlotte and is the director of the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Masters Degree Program there. He has over 25 publications addressing issues such as personality and cognitive ability testing for pre-employment screening, personality-oriented job analysis, person-job fit, and the assessment of social skills. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Business and Psychology andserves on the editorial board of Journal of Applied Psychology. He has also served on the executive committee for the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Eric received his Ph.D. and M.A degrees from the University of Minnesota and his M.A. from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

Dr. Cynthia Ackrill, M.D.

Dr. Cynthia Ackrill works with leaders and teams to expand performance capacities and resilience. With the latest science and research, she provides innovative ways to optimize energy, creativity and focus for enhanced, sustainable performance. Her work includes the systematic management of stress, addressing specific lifestyle/health risk challenges, and facilitating behavior change.

Cynthia L. Ackrill, MD brings a unique and thorough background to the subject of wellness as a business strategy. She combines her knowledge as a primary care physician with her extensive experience in the new brain-based and physiologic approaches to behavior, performance, and health. She is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress, a charter member of HeartMath, and a member and former board member of the International Society of Neurofeedback and Research. A certified Wellcoach®, Dr. Ackrill has also completed training in advanced executive coaching and peak performance coaching.

Peter Lass

Peter Lass has over 30 years of experience that include career transition and Human Resources consultation.

Peter was the President and Managing Partner of Robert Michaels & Associates, an Executive Consulting firm in Charlotte, NC. Prior to establishing Robert Michaels & Associates, Peter spent 30 years at Unilever Corporation, primarily in the consumer products division of Elizabeth Arden Inc., and Parfums International.

Peter has lectured at various companies and government agencies, including the Employment Securities Commission on “Communications and Effective Networking”, and is currently working with the Charlotte Regional Economic & Workforce Recovery Initiative.

He holds a B.B.A. in Marketing and Sales Promotion from Hofstra University in New York.

Kim Kurani

Kim Kurani is Vice President of Marketing. Prior to her tenure at Ashlin Associates, Kim spent several years at First Union National Bank/Wachovia as a Recruiter and Project Manager in Human Resources.

Her experience includes inside sales at the Electrical Distribution & Control Division of General Electric in Charlotte, NC. She was also an Admissions Counselor at the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill, NC.

Kim teaches lessons in piano fundamentals and music theory, is Tennis Captain for two national teams in USTA competition, and is an active member of Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church where she serves as Workshop Committee Chair.

Kim earned a B.A. in Psychology from Davidson College.