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Kim Shanahan

CEO & Founder

Ms. Shanahan brings over 25 years of business and executive search experience to accelHRate. She Co-Leads accelHRate’s Board of Directors Practice and leads our CHRO Practice. She has partnered with hundreds of clients across multiple industries and geographies to place Board of Directors and CHRO talent.

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Kelly McPherson

Managing Partner & Founder

Ms. McPherson brings close to 20 years of talent acquisition, talent management and leadership experience to accelHRate. In her role, she focuses on Chief Human Resources Officers, Heads of Total Rewards and Heads of Talent roles as well as executive coaching for talent acquisition leaders.

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Mark Mulvanerty

Managing Partner

Mr. Mulvanerty brings over two decades of executive search and coaching experience to accelHRate. He has served as a strategic business partner to corporate boards and the C-Suite leading high-profile, mission-critical search engagements across a wide aperture of industries.

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Melissa Schmidt


Ms. Schmidt brings over 12 years of diverse executive search experience with both US and international firms to accelHRate. In her role as Principal, she focuses on HR and Finance searches for companies in education, ed-tech, consumer, non-profit, technology and industrial industries. ​

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Rachel Zakhour


Ms. Zakhour is an Associate at accelHRate with over 10 years of professional experience in the executive search and technology industries. At accelHRate, she serves in a multifunctional capacity as an Associate Recruiter, Research Lead and Industry Knowledge Manager.

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Amanda Catanoso

Project Coordinator

Ms. Catanoso is a Project Coordinator at accelHRate ensuring the success of each executive search assignment. Ms. Catanoso uses her exceptional organization skills functioning as the key contact with clients and candidates and oversees the accuracy of all deliverables.

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Britney Nguyen


Ms. Nguyen is a Database Intern at accelHRate where she works with cutting edge data management tools for advanced analytics. She is pursuing her B.S. degree in Business Management at George Mason University and is projected to graduate in May 2021.

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Jordan Smith


Ms. Smith has served as an Intern at accelHRate since 2019. She focuses on secondary research as well as website coding and analysis. She worked as an Assistant for Virginia Tech’s Pamplin School of Business from 2017 to 2019.