Our Team

Our business acumen, global intelligence, and expertise in addressing complex projects define our approach to adapting business behaviors to get measurable results.


Paulette Ashlin

President, Ashlin Associates

Paulette Ashlin is Founder and President of Ashlin Associates. As an executive and business coach, Paulette has guided organizations, executives, and professionals in global, national, and regional organizations representing all industries — from start-ups to Fortune 100 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. A sought-after speaker and presenter, she engages her audience with warmth, humor, and amazing stories. Her coaching is based on a very pragmatic behavioral model that aligns with business objectives and enhances leaders’ behaviors. Paulette’s recently published book, Leading: The Way – Behaviors That Drive Success, has inspired presentation topics ranging from Fishbowl Leadership, Self-Awareness, Self-Control, to Self-Stewardship, Integrity, Humility, and Acting The Part.

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 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.


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.


Renea Barber

Renea is a Human Resources professional with experience covering the entire spectrum of human capital administration, specializing in employee relations. Her vast experience allows her to facilitate challenging employee relationship discussions, influence leaders, and negotiate best outcomes to enhance employee engagement.

Renea has extensive experience in Human Resources in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Ashlin Associates, she was with Mecklenburg County for and Duke Energy in professional and management level positions.

Her knowledge has enabled her to advise, coach and guide managers and leaders on employment decisions to ensure fairness, consistency, and potential legal liability. Renea has a demonstrated knowledge and deep experience interpreting and navigating employment laws and regulations including Title VII, FMLA, ADA, FLSA and HIPAA.

Renea holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Wesleyan University, Central, SC. She also holds a PHR (Professional of Human Resources) and SHRM (Society of Human Resources Management – Certified Professional) certifications.


Beth Britt

Beth is a Human Resources and Organizational Change Management professional with extensive experience in human resources, change management and project management in multiple industries, including energy, medical manufacturing, finance, and non-profits.

Prior to opening her own human resources and change management practice in 2010, Beth had a career with Duke Energy where she led the Human Resources change management function and supported two mergers.

Beth holds her Senior Certified Professional (SCP) certification with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She is also a certified Change Management Professional with the National Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) and is a Prosci-certified change management consultant.

Beth earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism, with a minor in speech communication, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds two certificates in advanced consulting skills from The Meridian Institute in Bolder, CO.

Her years of experience in both human resources and change management make her uniquely qualified for delicate assignments requiring dispute resolution.


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 sons.


Amanda Britt

Amanda is a force multiplier who provides strategic advisory, communications and execution services for top public, private and philanthropic leaders and their organizations. Her client list includes CEOs, celebrity charities, venture capitalists and global government leaders where she has a special passion for helping them find their individual and corporate voice and then amplify it through their speeches, writing and communications.

Throughout her 18-year experience across the public, private, nonprofit and startup sectors, Amanda has dedicated her career to understanding how these organizations’ work and take them to the next level. Her early career roles in the United Nations, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and State Department-sponsored programs followed by eight years at Bank of America where she rose to Senior Vice President at a young age as Senior Strategic Planner, Portfolio Manager and Transactions and Investments Manage in corporate real estate laid groundwork for her to test her skillsets as an entrepreneur. In 2011, she launched Panzanzee, LLC as Chicago’s social impact incubator and coworking space hosting over 150 members then expanded to work with top leaders and their organizations tackling the world’s toughest challenges.

A North Carolina native, Amanda holds her B.A. in Political Science from Davidson College with additional concentrations in Music and French. She is a founding member of Young Ambassadors for Opportunity (YAO) through Opportunity International, the Davidson College Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative and the Chicago Ideas Week Co-Op.

Amanda also serves as a peer mentor for the Alzheimer Association and performed as a cast member at The Second City Conservatory in Chicago. She currently lives in Washington, D.C. with her lab mix, Obi.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Paul Marciano, Ph.D.

Dr. Paul Marciano has worked in the field of human resources and interpersonal relations for over 30 years. His expertise consists of executing coaching, delivering keynote presentations and workshops, and facilitating offsite leadership retreats and teambuilding events.

His McGraw-Hill best-selling business book Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work: Build a Culture of Employee Engagement with the Principles of RESPECT™ has received critical acclaim around the world and been named one of the 100 Best Human Resource Books of All Time by Book Authority. Paul’s most recent book: Let’s Talk About It: Turning Confrontation into Collaboration at Work tackles dealing constructively with emotionally charged issues.

Paul earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Yale University and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Yale, Princeton, and Davidson College on subjects including Leadership, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Personality, Statistics and Survey Development.
Paul lives on his family’s 100-acre horse farm in the one bridge town of Three Bridges, NJ, and is the proud grandson of Ludwig Bemelmans – author and illustrator of the classic children’s book Madeline.

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