Leadership

Eric Koefoot

President & CEO

Formerly the CEO of U.S. News Ventures, CEO at Five Star Alliance, CFO and later VP Global Sales at Washington Post Digital, Eric brings substantial media experience and understanding to the team at PublicRelay. Eric holds a Bachelor’s in Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the Sloan School at MIT.

Darren Sleeger

Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

Formerly the SVP for Kastle Systems and National Consultant at IKON Solutions and FedEx, Darren brings an experienced, polished focus on building outstanding relationships with clients and partners at the executive-level. Darren holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from York College of Pennsylvania.

Bill Mitchell

Chief Technology Officer

With over 30 years of experience in software development, Bill has served in leadership positions at software heavyweights AOL and Netscape. He is an expert in application development, massive data systems, and systems engineering, as well as complex security applications. Bill holds a Bachelor’s of
Science from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

Brad Kain

Chief Scientist

Brad Kain founded Quoin with Jean Pierre LeJacq in 1994 and continues to lead the firm as President. As Innovation Lead for PublicRelay, he applies over thirty years of experience as a technologist to the company’s collaboration with industry and academia. Brad holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Pennsylvania State University.

Ted Ziemer

Vice President, Strategy and Business Development

Formerly a Defense Policy Analyst at SAIC consulting to the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of State, and other intelligence agencies, Ted brings unique experience providing strategic analysis of critical issues to PublicRelay’s media intelligence program. Ted holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the University of Maine and a Master’s degree from American University in International Security.

Ruth Wiederecht

Vice President, Operations

With a background in disaster risk reduction for the International Red Cross, Ruth brings complex operational planning experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the School of International Service at American University.

Susan Kampschror

Controller

Formerly the Financial Controller for Personal, Inc. and Owner/President of SLK Accounting Services, Inc. Susan brings over 25 years of financial and accounting experience to PublicRelay. She is a licensed CPA in the state of VA and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from James Madison University.

Drew Pyrak

Senior Director, Operations

A member of the operational team since 2012, Drew brings a background in policy analysis and public service to the design and implementation of new client programs. He holds a BA in German Literature from the University of Virginia and an MPP from UVA’s Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy.

V. Javier Colmenares

Director, Back End Engineering
A seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in Software Engineering, Systems Integration and Technology Consulting, Javier brings subject matter expertise in the Architecture, Design and Implementation of Backend Applications, including Open-Source and Proprietary Software. Javier holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Applied IT, both from George Mason University.

Kathryn McAdoo

Director, Front End Engineering

With over 15 years experience in software development, Kathryn is an expert in front end technologies. She previously supported large, data driven applications at Away.com, Outside Online, and Orbitz, where she also played a key role in managing international teams.

Advisors & Board Members

Graeme Harris

Special Advisor

Graeme Harris is a communications strategist advising select clients on thought leadership, and profile building and image management. He is a former vice President at Manulife (parent company of John Hancock insurance), where he was responsible for CEO communications, media relations, issue management, and crisis communications.

Over his 30-years career he has held senior communications roles at UBS, AG, RBC, and BMO. 

While based in Paris and Kiev, he acted as an international liaison for multinational companies entering the former Soviet Union in the early 1900s, and a media advisor for UNESCO.

Marco Rubin

Board Advisor

Marco is responsible for sourcing, diligence and closing of seed and early stage investments on behalf of the CIT GAP Funds designated as “Virginia’s Most Active Investor” by CBInsights. He serves as a board representative to numerous portfolio companies and leads seed/early stage investment in energy in his role as investment director for the Commonwealth Energy Fund.

Marco has help leadership roles with funds recognized on five occasions by Entrepreneur Magazine’s VC 100 rankings and has invested in over 200 early stage startups throughout his career. He leads equity investments in aerospace, energy and software for the CIT.

He began his career as an engineer at the Johnson Space Center training astronauts and flight controllers. Marco holds a MBA from The George Washington University and a BSEE from the University of New Mexico. He has been a National Science Foundation commercial reviewer since 2007 as well as a former NSF SBIR grant winner.

Matt Anchin

Company Advisor

Matt Anchin is an award-winning communications and marketing executive with more than two decades of experience leading strategic programs for iconic institutions including IBM, American Express, Nielsen, and Consumer Reports. Over the course of his career, Matt has helped organizations address a wide range of complex communications needs, building their brands, protecting their reputations, and driving their strategic priorities forward.

Matt is a frequent public speaker on cutting-edge approaches to communications and leadership. He is a member of the Page Society, the world’s leading professional association for senior public relations and corporate communications executives and educators, was named to PR Week’s 40 Under 40, and has won numerous industry awards for content marketing and strategic communications programs. Matt earned his Bachelor of Arts in Public Communications from American University. 

Brian Eckert

Board Member

For nearly three decades, Brian Eckert has been architecting growth strategies for companies from startup to reinvention mode. His success in doing so is spelled out in over $3B in exits. Be it owner or executive team member, Brian has driven market leading results and brands across sectors including healthcare, consumer products, security, and analytics. 

Today, he serves as President, The Pink Ceiling, where he venture-builds patented healthcare innovations disrupting the market while leading operations for the largest portfolio company. Brian is an active investor and advisor to over a dozen startups.

John May

Board Member

John May founded the New Vantage Group in McLean, Virginia in 1997, an organizer of angel investor groups.  He was the co-founder and Chair of the Angel Capital Association in 2005 and led the Global Business Angel Network in 2010. He co-edited Besides Every Business Needs an Angel and two other books on angel investing. He was a Batten Fellow at the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business. He retired in 2017 to The Villages in Florida.

Michael Dering

Board Member

Michael Dering has over 25 years of experience in successfully managing and growing technology firms in the Mid-Atlantic and Silicon Valley markets. Mr. Dering specializes in supporting both the executive management team and the board of emerging growth companies. Mr. Dering often provides both CEO mentoring services as well as helping with a company’s growth and strategic direction. Mr. Dering is an active board member and consultant for a number of very successful high tech companies. 

Mr. Dering has held multiple board positions including 3PillarGlobal, Valencell, HelloWallet, Fishbowl, Bridgeborn, Washington Management Group/CCS, StrikeIron, The Royalty Exchange and MindShare.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from the University of Maryland.