Derek Slesinger

Derek Slesinger
IT Coordinator

As a Technology Coordinator, Derek is the point of contact for all internal IT questions and concerns. Derek has a degree in Organizational & Community Leadership and has a strong passion for team building and collaboration. Derek has been in the IT field for the past 5 years, and has decided to combine his interests in both leadership and technology with his role at LifeLabs Learning.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: My favorite LifeLabs Learning value is Find a Way to Play. Having fun and being your genuine self is a great way to develop stronger connections with peers, open the door to collaboration and breakthroughs, and improve overall mental health!

Pronunciation guide: Derek (Der – ick) Slesinger (SLES – in – Jer)

Pronouns: he/him

Languages spoken: English (fluent), Spanish (conversational)

Fun fact: I’m a huge music lover! I’ve been playing bass for 10+ years and have probably attended close to 100 concerts. I’m always looking for new stuff to jam to, so feel free to send me some recommendations!

Amy Sidorakis

Amy Sidorakis
Business Operations Specialist

Amy supports the BD team through research, data management, and constructing communications. Amy’s areas of focus are in project management and process improvement. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business Management.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: Courage Over Comfort and  Be Kind to Your Mind are the values I aspire to embody each day. Keeping these values top of mind help me find a balance between going the extra mile and taking a step back when it’s needed. I love that as an individual contributor I am given the space to navigate the meaning of both!

Pronunciation guide: Sidorakis (SID-oh-ROCK-iss)

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English (fluent), Italian (conversational)

Fun fact: I love to knit blankets. Sharing a meal with others (even if we’re eating different things) is my love language. My big 3 signs are: Cap Sun, Aries Moon, Sag Rising. 😉✨

Tatyana Nelson

Tatyana Nelson
Head of Business Operations

As our Head of Business Operations, Tatyana drives capacity planning and facilitator utilization to optimize our  forecasting models and keep our systems lean and reliable. She has a background of working with startups, small, medium, and large organizations, including Wall Street and banking. She holds an MBA from The University of Montana and is a CMA (Certified Management Accountant) and CFM (Certified Financial Manager).

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: Always Be Learning” is the value that resonates most with me. I am always working to find new and better ways to do things. If we are not learning and growing, we are stagnating, and that does not sound fun at all!

Pronunciation guide: Tatyana (ta-TEA-ana) Nelson (NEL-suhn)

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English and Russian (fluent), Spanish (conversational)

Fun fact: I was a regional chess champion in my younger years.

Brian Mills

Brian Mills
Director of Legal & Compliance

Brian’s expertise is working with teams to find solutions to legal challenges. He has a law degree from Duke University and has spent his career intentionally experiencing the law from a variety of vantage points ranging from commercial litigation to corporate counsel and advisor to chief legal officer. As Director of Legal & Compliance, Brian works on the Business Ops team in close partnership with the Leadership and Business Development teams, thinking around the corner to anticipate and mitigate risks, while making sure our business is safe, ethical, and aligned with our values.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: Cut the Clutter is the LifeLabs Learning value that really resonates with me. I love it when ideas and information are “brain-friendly” so they are accessible and really get put to use!

Languages spoken: English (fluent), Spanish (conversational)

Robyn Long

Robyn Long
Chief of Staff/Business Operations Strategist

As Chief of Staff, Robyn oversees capacity planning, org policies, and strategic initiatives. Her expertise is in project management, experience design, and “future-proofing.” She is also on the People Team at LifeLabs Learning.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: I resonate most with Find a Way to Play. As someone who loves having fun, I find it so energizing that at LifeLabs Learning we work hard and have a great time doing it!.

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English (fluent), Spanish (conversational)

Fun fact: I’ve backpacked through 53 countries!

Nicknames at LifeLabs: Robs, Robert, Bob, Robber Bear

Ross Hansen

Ross Hansen
Director of IT

Ross has been fortunate enough to hold positions in a variety of industries. He has a background in technology leadership experience in elementary education, manufacturing, and the non-profit space. Ross holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music theory and composition and an MBA in Information Systems.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: While each of LifeLabs Learning’s values reaches out to me in a different manner, the one reaching farthest is Always Be Learning. Due to the speed at which technology moves ahead, it is important to move and adapt with it instead of against it.

Pronunciation guide: Ross (rɑs) Hansen (‘hænsən)

Pronouns: he/him

Languages spoken: English (fluent), Spanish (conversational)

Fun fact: I used to be a sushi chef. Kanpai!

Shad Gale

Shad Gale
Business Operations Specialist

Shad’s background is in designing L&D programs for people managers in rapid-growth tech environments. His research interests include: prosocial workplace behavior, attitude change and formation, organizational architecture, and psychological effects (positive & negative) of “hustle culture”. He is continually in search of new ways to use qualitative storytelling to convey quantitative research insights. Shad has a Master’s degree in Leadership & Organizational Performance from Vanderbilt University.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: Always Be Learning is a value that represents not only my experience working at LifeLabs, but my outlook on life. The unique combination of vulnerably trying new things, seeing setbacks as growth opportunities, and seeking out perspectives different than one’s own, expands the soul, increases empathy toward others, and enhances the human experience we call “life.”

Pronouns: he/him

Languages spoken: English (fluent), Spanish (conversational)

Nickname at LifeLabs: Shadillac

Molly Capriotti

Molly Capriotti
Operations Specialist

As an Operations Specialist, Molly makes sure our systems and processes run effectively and efficiently. She provides support in IT, hiring, onboarding, engagement, and office operations. She specializes in problem solving to ensure fluidity as companies scale.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why:I resonate most with Be Kind to Your Mind because it reminds me that I do my best work when I am comfortable and well-rested. The best way for me to make an impact is to take care of myself. It also encourages me to check that my colleagues are being kind to their minds too which lends to an incredible sense of family here at LifeLabs.

Pronunciation guide: Molly (like dolly) Capriotti (cap-re-OTT-tee/cap-re-ODD-dee)

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English (fluent), Italian (conversational)

Nickname at LifeLabs: Molly bear

Jesse Burger

Jesse Burger
Finance Lead

As our Finance Lead, Jesse steers the strategic forecasting and reporting processes at LifeLabs Learning. Through the optimization of technology and systems, he aims to provide accurate and useful financial insights that support wise business decisions. He holds a Master’s degree in Education from New York University and has supported change leaders via finance and accounting over the past ten years. Jesse is passionate about equity and leadership work and is happy to bring his financial expertise to LifeLabs Learning!

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: Choose Courage Over Comfort is a LifeLabs Learning value that I aspire to! As a biracial transmasculine person, experience has taught me that I need to step out of my comfort zone in order to lead and grow personally and professionally.

Pronouns: he/they

Languages spoken: English (fluent)

Nickname at LifeLabs: J #s

Tai Brown

Wykieria “Tai” Brown
IT Coordinator

As a Technology Coordinator, Tai is the point of contact for all internal IT questions and concerns. She has a background is in Operations, Information Systems, and Records Management. Tai specializes in retention, technology support, and business process optimization.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: Be Kind to Your Mind. This value resonates with me the most because I believe in having peace in every space that I am in and the biggest part of that for me is making sure I take care of my mental health.

Pronunciation guide: Mah-ree (like Ari with an “M”)

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English (fluent)

Fun fact: A fun fact about me is that I love the game of basketball and it has taken me so many places. My favorite place to play was in the Bahamas.

Priscila Bala

Priscila Bala
CEO

Priscila’s expertise is in getting great ideas to scale. She has spent her career building companies and helping others do the same. She is an entrepreneur, advisor, and former-VC investor who equips high performing teams to do amazing work. She has an MBA from Yale University with a research focus on negotiation, behavioral economics, and the psychology of career choices. She has won leadership prizes from Barclays, The Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management, Yale School of Management, and the St. Gallen Symposium.

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The LifeLabs Learning value that most resonates with me and why: I love how Choose Courage Over Comfort powers innovation, learning, and growth for our team every day. It continually challenges us to go farther and deeper in how we connect, solve problems, and build together.

Pronunciation guide: Priscila (PRih-SIHL-aa) Just do your best and I’ll answer.

Pronouns: she/her

Languages spoken: English and Portuguese (fluent), Spanish (conversational)

Fun fact: I crochet Star Wars characters, among all other sorts of fantastic creatures.

Nickname at LifeLabs: PB, Pri, Cheetah, Sunflower, Prisilly