My Team

Chris Meroff
Chris Meroff
When I was growing up, my leadership values were instilled in me by my parents, who never cared much about achievement—they loved me for who I was, not what I could do. But I found in entering the workplace that this wasn’t typical, which made me feel really discouraged. I’ve always had a high risk tolerance, so I took a leap of faith, and after many years of failure, Alignment Leadership was born. I didn’t want anyone to ever feel like I had, like work is a burden and a waste of precious time. I want to serve and love people toward their fulfillment based on who they are at their core. And it turns out, this template of love works everywhere.
Tabbatha Callaway
Tabbatha Callaway
As an athlete for most of my life, a lot of my leadership ideals were molded by my coaches. In the sports world, coaches need to have love for their players and build strong relationships with them so that they can reach their potential. But sometimes in the past, my competitive nature overshadowed the importance of those relationships. Alignment Leadership taught me that not only are these relationships so vital, but that my love of competition is actually one of my greatest strengths. I discovered that the best way to lead people is to lean into myself and trust those inborn strengths to guide me. Now when I compete, I do it for more than just my people’s survival—I compete to help them thrive.
Ally Kauffman
Ally Kauffman
Growing up, I played a lot of sports, which led me to feel that success was based on achievements others could see. I wanted accolades or external recognition to prove that I was worthy of what I earned. Throughout my life, I’ve struggled with trusting people on a deeper level, so being able to show what I could do was important to me. Now, I have a very different idea of leadership. Alignment Leadership has shown me that what I offer as a person—my dedication—is what determines my value as a leader, not achievement. With Alignment Leadership, I don’t have to worry about resting on any laurels. Serving others through my own unique strengths is what truly makes me worthy to lead.
Hayden Reid
Hayden Reid
My dad was a leader whom I always admired. It was never about tasks or accomplishments with him—it was about how he made people feel every day. Seeing the relationships that he was able to create with others challenged me to be a leader that cared about people. But I struggled a bit with always listening first, then reacting. Alignment Leadership showed me that by focusing on serving others, I can let my strengths—like having an open mind—shine through. I’ve found more confidence in that strength and more comfort in my weakness as well as the grace to work through it. With Alignment Leadership, I’ve learned that I’m already bringing the best version of leadership to my people simply through my own unique gifts.
Jaclyn Haertner
Jaclyn Haertner
My background is in accounting, so for a long time, I found significance in black and white numbers. That was where I saw value—in the metrics of people’s output and what they could show me they were capable of. But when I found Alignment Leadership, I learned that numbers didn’t matter. It’s about what people bring just by being themselves. I found my strength in always taking chances whenever there’s an opportunity and it defines how I lead today. Alignment Leadership showed me that there’s nothing better than watching others shine, especially when it comes from their own gifts. To watch them improve and rise up because of who they are is why I do what I do and that wouldn’t be possible without Alignment Leadership.
Emily Blanco
Emily Blanco
As a child, I was very introspective, so I looked up to leaders I found in books. But turning inwards led me to believe that leaders needed to be perfect and widely knowledgeable, which, in reality, is isolating and debilitating. I thought my strength came from sharing that knowledge, but robbing people of their journey doesn’t really serve them. Alignment Leadership has given me the tools to harness my true strength—ambition—and use it to serve people, rather than overwhelm them with information. I’ve discovered that through Alignment Leadership, I can overcome my early ideas of leadership. I don’t have to worry about having all the answers. I can be an incredible leader, a better person, and even a better parent, all by serving others.
Lauren Escobar
Lauren Escobar
Leadership has always been a strange word for me. I was raised in a household that defined success strictly through achievements and leadership was considered one of those achievements that checked all the boxes on paper. But I’ve never been the typical bold, fearless, and strong leader—my strength is in my compassion. I really care about everyone and want to help them along their own unique journeys. And that was something I never dreamed would be a good leadership quality, but Alignment Leadership taught me that I already had everything I needed to be a great leader. With Alignment Leadership, I’m not crippled by the conventional idea of success in leadership. I can be myself and still be the leader that my people need.
Kyle Watson
Kyle Watson
Growing up, my ideas of leadership were shaped by my parents, who epitomized leading by example and always doing the right thing. But I struggled with using the right words, which I think is my biggest weakness. Despite that weakness, I’ve found through Alignment Leadership that it’s more about how I use my voice. I’m learning that I’m uniquely qualified to help others through my kindness as well, which, before Alignment Leadership, I thought couldn’t be a leadership trait. But being a kind leader means unifying people, taking down their walls, and verbalizing their strengths. Alignment Leadership showed me that I didn’t need to bring anything new to the table to be the best leader I can be. I just need to be me.