Meet Our Team

Explore below to get to know the talented and passionate people behind Werq!

Ilana Zivkovich

CEO & Founder

Ilana is the Founder and CEO of Werq, an executive and team performance coaching firm headquartered in Austin, TX, serving clients around the country and abroad. An experienced executive leader and Certified Executive Coach, Zivkovich and her team help leaders align their people, processes, and strategy so that businesses can achieve exceptional results. Prior to founding Werq, Ilana served as a C-level executive in national behavioral health care organizations and consulted with CEO’s across industries. Along with being a Certified Executive Coach, Ilana holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, serves on multiple non-profit boards and councils, and lives with her husband and daughter in central Austin.

Ilana Zivkovich

CEO & Founder

Steve Hicks

Founder & Strategic Advisor

With over 25 years of experience building, managing, and growing businesses across multiple sectors, Steve Hicks has a proven track-record of identifying market opportunities and executing strategy necessary to build thriving enterprise-level companies. Starting his notable career in the media and broadcasting industry, Steve has successfully mentored leaders and built businesses in sectors including media and broadcasting, financial services, healthcare, real estate, and e-commerce. Steve serves on numerous charitable and professional boards and is the owner and Executive Chairman of Capstar Partners, LLC. He has been a Regent of the University of Texas for the past nine years. In 2017, the social work program at the University of Texas was endowed as the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at UT Austin. Steve has also received the prestigious honor of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

Steve Hicks

Founder & Strategic Advisor

Nik Peters

Nik Peters

VP of Strategy

Nik is the VP of Strategy for Werq and oversees the strategic development for both Werq and Werq clients. He is a Certified Executive Coach and brings over 15 years of experience in talent management and acquisition, working with companies across the US. He has a passion for leadership and project development with high impact results. Before Werq, Nik started his own company offering talent management and acquisition services to executive clients who were looking for a high level of understanding and a strong reputation for success.

Nik Peters

VP of Strategy

Reahanna Parker

Reahanna Parker

Client Success Manager

Reahanna Parker

Client Success Manager

Nicole Sarro

Nicole Sarro

Administrative Coordinator

As the Administrative Coordinator for Werq, Nicole oversees the day-to-day operations. She has a passion for process improvement and is always looking for ways in which Werq may function at its most efficient and highest-capacity while providing a seamless and consistent internal and external experience. Nicole brings over 10 years experience of supporting teams and high-level executives in a variety of industries.

Nicole Sarro

Administrative Coordinator

MEET OUR COACHES

See our highlighted coaches and the unique talent and experience they can offer to our clients.

Scott Tibbels, Executive Coach

Scott Tibbels

Executive Coach

Scott is an experienced leader with a vast carreer in training and consulting a variey of businesses. His specailty is on strategic communication, performance development, and team management. He brings the experience and talent needed for high performing executives to thrive.

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Alessandra Zielinski, Executive Coach

Alessandra Zielinski

Facilitator and Strategy Specialist

Alessandra brings a ton of experience designing and leading workshops for both public and private companies. Her passion and talent for planning and development content for business conferences and gatherings provide businesses with an exceptional experience to remember.

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Gavin Pommernelle, Executive Coach

Gavin Pommernelle

Executive Coach and Assessment Specialist

Gavin brings over 20 years of experience in talent leadership across a variety of industries. His talent consulting work is known to help companies raise the bar on personal and team effectiveness.

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Amy Hart, Executive Coach

Amy Hart

Facilitator & Tainer

With a strong background in insurance and financial services industries, Amy understands the leadership role and responsibilities better than most. Combined with her talent in leadership coaching, she helps executives thrive with team management.

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Tricia Kennedy

Executive Coach and Org Development Specialist

With a strong background in organizational change and transformations, Tricia understands the complexity and responsibility of the leadership during transitional times. Combined with her talent in coaching, she helps executives transform with ease for a stronger future.

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Monica Sewell, Coach

Monica Sewell

Executive Coach and Facilitator

With a strong background in tech management and digital transformations, Monica understands the high performance earning aspirations of powerful leaders and teams. Combined with her talent in both executive and life coaching, she’s able to work with individuals to increase both work and life performance.

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Laurie Hall

Executive Coach and Operational Excellence Facilitator

A seasoned coach, facilitator, and speaker – Laurie provides executive, business, and leadership coaching to individuals and teams to achieve their vision. Her unique perspective comes from her background in project and system level engineering and management, facilitation, organizational development for human life in space.

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