Meet the ISS Team

Our team of experts is here to support you so you can achieve your business destiny! No matter how ambitious your goals are, we know how to help you exceed them. Book a free strategy call with us now and let’s get to work on a plan! 

Michelle Coyle

Michelle is an expert in scaling small businesses and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs with a heart for service thrive. With 17 years’ experience as a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and business coach with dozens of startups under her belt, she knows exactly how to grow any business FAST. Michelle earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.  

  • Fabulous queer femme

Wes Melville

Wes has 15 years’ experience in strategy consulting and brand marketing, supporting clients across industries spanning the federal government, private sector, startup, and nonprofit worlds. He is passionate about helping progressive political startups and mission-minded small businesses solve problems and launch successful and sustainable business models. Wes received his MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina.


Arika Clark Alejo

Arika is a Mindset Coach whose passion is to help people up-level their professional and personal lives. She has had nearly 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and loves making a difference in the world. She holds a master’s degree in Adult Education and international credentials as a coach. Arika is ready to help people dig deep and overcome so that they can excel on their path of success. 

  • Mindset coach
  • Leo
  • Paying it forward

Victoria Slatton

Victoria Slatton is a former immigration attorney and small business owner. After attending law school at Pepperdine in California, she moved to Washington, DC in 2014 and founded a law firm in 2017 where she worked as a Managing Partner for two years. She joined BGSD because she is passionate about enrolling new clients who need help growing their business and reaching a level of sustainability.

  • Passionate
  • Goofy
  • Optimistic

Alex Mullineaux

Alex currently resides in Charlotte, NC and brings 10 years of executive experience to the table mostly in leadership for multi-billion dollar hospital organizations. In 2011 he earned an MBA from the Smith School at University of Maryland. Prior to becoming a health care executive he worked on Democratic political campaigns around the country. He even worked for a few pro-choice women in red states back when we used to have a chance of winning those elections.
  • Strategic planning
  • Adventure dad
  • Beach bum

Kate Ryan Reiling

Kate has over 20 years of experience scaling early stage ventures and strategic leadership positions in both the public and private sectors.  Kate founded and led the creative board game company, Morphology Games, from its inception in 2009 through successful license in 2012, during which time it won numerous awards including Time Magazine’s #2 Toy of the Year.  She holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
  • Innovation Believer
  • curious about failure
  • Fermentation expert


Liz is the Mindset Coach for ISS and is on the Enrollment Coach team, calling on a decade of experience coaching people toward achieving their goals. With a background in strengths-based coaching and Positive Psychology she is passionate about guiding people working to make the world a better place.

  • Authentic 
  • Intentional
  • Compassionate

Julia van Hemert

Julia’s original career path was veterinary medicine, a field she worked in for almost a decade. After that she became a stay-at-home mom to a family which now includes 7 children. Those years of experience keeping both unruly creatures and unruly children in line, handling the schedules first of a veterinary business and then a 10 person household, have given her superior management skills. Today Julia finds that keeping things running smoothly at ISS is a piece of cake in comparison.
  • Keeps calm in chaos
  • Super mom
  • office management extraordinaire


John Manning works with new clients in our Impact Scaling School. He has over 15 years of experience with sales, communications, and non-profit management. He joined BGSD Strategies after leaving the non-profit world. He enjoys performing improv comedy, gardening with his wife Kristen, and spending time with their two pet rabbits.

  • Enrollment coach
  • Organizational management
  • Green thumb

Ana Tavares Benhalim

Ana has a background in higher education administration and program management, including work at the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Association of American Universities. She holds a M.Ed. from The University of Texas at Austin. She’s adept at handling a multitude of tasks and needs, and enjoys supporting ISS administratively in a variety of ways.  

  • Multi-tasker
  • Travel enthusiast
  • unofficial chaco spokesperson