Meet Our Team

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Kate Forry Guanci
CEO / Founder

Movie industry prop master for over 25 years and brings a wealth of organization, creativity and problem-solving skills to Archoral.  As well as her vast knowledge as an amateur genealogist.

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LaVern Sula
Co-Founder

With over 40 years of experience working at an Executive Management level across the globe, she has built an impressive career portfolio within renowned organizations such as Archoral…

Team

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Sayeed Hasan
IT Director

Sayeed, a seasoned developer with 11 years of experience, excels in crafting dynamic and functional web applications. His expertise spans various responsibilities, including…

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Shareful islam
Full-Stack Engineer

Shareful, a seasoned programmer with 17 years of experience in the software industry, is a dedicated full-stack engineer. With a profound passion for both cutting-edge technologies…

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Sasha Maksimov
Project Manager

I have over a decade of experience working in the IT industry, specifically as an IT Business Partner and IT Program Manager. Throughout my career, I’ve had the privilege…

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Komal Padaria
Software QA Engineer

Komal Padaria, an experienced Software QA Engineer, has dedicated over 8 years to ensuring the robust and error-free delivery of products. Beginning her career as a JAVA Developer…

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Anees Thanikal
Creative Director

Anees, a highly skilled Creative Director, possesses an unwavering passion for crafting user experiences. His expertise lies in design operations and systems, which enable him…

Advisors

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Rachel Austin
Marketing

As an entrepreneur, Rachel has dedicated herself to a variety of entrepreneurial endeavors since the age of 17, when she founded a small art business. Her unwavering passion…

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Vikrant Pandita
Marketing Advisor

With an impressive professional background spanning over a decade, Vikrant has established a solid reputation for collaborating with renowned brands and leveraging his…

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Tamika Strong
Genealogy Advisor

Tamika Strong, a distinguished professional, earned her Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies from Emory University. She furthered her education by obtaining a Master…

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Heather Taylor
Indexer Strategist

As Archoral’s Indexer Strategist, Heather is driven by her commitment to combining broad inclusivity and seamless functionality within the realm of archiving memories

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Stewart Traiman
Inclusivity Advisor

Stewart, an accomplished professional in Health Information Technology and a skilled Genealogist, holds advanced degree from Stanford University School of Medicine 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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People often say that it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from. Well, at Archoral we believe it does!

Humanity is not defined by singular events in people’s lives, it’s the sum of the parts that make the whole. We celebrate what makes each person unique and believe that everyone should be proud to represent themselves as they are. Our community is rich in diversity and we believe the only way for us to represent all viewpoints and stories is to have a wide variety of employees, advisors and clientele. We invite all to participate and enrich our application to provide a safe place for the stories of the past, present and future. 

When we say that we’re Driven By You, we mean it!

We are here to help people record their true selves, and to empower our communities in discovering the lives of their ancestors and the people around them. While some call Archoral a genealogical site we are more than the study of ancestry we are the time capsule for the true nature of humanity.We are always listening and improving based on user and employee feedback.
Constant evolution is the only path we choose and we invite all to join the journey.

Kate Forry Gaunci

CEO / Founder

Kate Guanci, CEO, movie industry prop master for over 25 years and brings a wealth of organization, creativity and problem-solving skills to Archoral. As well as her vast knowledge as an amateur genealogist.

Kate rose thru the ranks from PA to Production Designer, working mainly in the world of commercials, biopics and documentaries. After a decade of successful commercial work, she left the industry to work with the United States Military. In using the skills acquired in the world of production she was part of a team assembled to assist in designing training villages and wartime scenarios. This was to aid in educating our troops with Cultural Immersion programs before entering the Iraq/Afghanistan war zone.

Returning to production work, Kate turned more to Feature Films and Television. Her previous training in construction, set decorating, team leadership, budgeting and task management led her straight to the “world of specifics” as a Department Head.

She has since retired from the industry to focus full-time on creating the ultimate solution for archivists of all types.

LaVern Sula

Co-Founder

With over 40 years of experience working at an Executive Management level across the globe, she has built an impressive career portfolio within renowned organizations such as Archoral, Argus Cyber Security, General Motors, and Next Stage Development. Throughout her extensive tenure, she has consistently demonstrated her ability to drive transformative change by effectively combining technical expertise with strategic business strategies, resulting in improved efficiencies and notable bottom-line results.

Her career has noteworthy achievements, including the establishment of the North American Division of Argus Cyber Security and the successful implementation of the automotive cyber security department at General Motors. She has also showcased her exceptional leadership skills by overseeing Technical Centers in both GM Canada and GM India, as well as effectively managing the global electrical division for General Motors across five countries.

During her leisure time, she finds great pleasure in engaging in activities such as golfing and playing video games, which provide a delightful escape from her professional commitments.

Sayeed Hasan

IT Director

Sayeed, a seasoned developer with 11 years of experience, excels in crafting dynamic and functional web applications. His expertise spans various responsibilities, including managing data storage infrastructure, developing web applications, overseeing computer hardware, and guiding team development efforts to ensure successful project delivery. Sayeed remains proactive in staying abreast of emerging technologies and industry trends, with a focus on incorporating them into operations and activities to drive continuous improvement.

During his leisure time, he finds solace and enjoyment in watching movies and playing games. These recreational activities provide him with a much-needed source of fun and relaxation.

Shareful Islam

Full-Stack Engineer

Shareful, a seasoned programmer with 17 years of experience in the software industry, is a dedicated full-stack engineer. With a profound passion for both cutting-edge technologies and problem-solving in legacy applications, he possesses a versatile skill set.

His expertise is with popular technologies such as PHP, JavaScript, and RDBMS, and has honed his abilities in API development and the creation of custom, intricate web applications and software.

During his leisure time, Shareful indulges in reading books and immersing himself in the excitement of football and soccer games.

Sasha Maksimov

Project Manager

I have over a decade of experience working in the IT industry, specifically as an IT Business Partner and IT Program Manager. Throughout my career, I’ve had the privilege of contributing my expertise to companies like Mars and Johnson&Johnson. My passion lies in driving digital transformation and optimizing IT strategies to align with business objectives effectively.

With a profound understanding of Agile methodologies, I have successfully led and managed numerous complex projects, ensuring seamless collaboration between cross-functional teams. My ability to adapt and thrive in dynamic environments has been instrumental in delivering innovative solutions and achieving remarkable results.

I take pride in my problem-solving skills, which allow me to address challenges proactively and ensure the smooth execution of initiatives. As an advocate for continuous improvement, I consistently strive to enhance processes and foster a culture of creativity and collaboration within teams.

Komal Padaria

Software QA Engineer

Komal Padaria, an experienced Software QA Engineer, has dedicated over 8 years to ensuring the robust and error-free delivery of products. Beginning her career as a JAVA Developer, she eventually found her passion in the captivating realm of Testing. As she explored this field further, she realized its ability to impart knowledge across diverse domains, fueling her determination to become an exceptional QA professional.

Komal possesses a versatile skill set that encompasses Usecases/Testcases Design, as well as proficiency in tools such as Postman, Swagger, Jmeter, Redmine, Azure Logicapps, Playwright,  Confluence, Trello, and JIRA. These competencies empower her to confidently address various testing challenges, ensuring top-notch product quality and client satisfaction.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Komal finds joy in traveling and immersing herself in different cultures

Anees Thanikal

Creative Director

Anees, a highly skilled Creative Director, possesses an unwavering passion for crafting user experiences. His expertise lies in design operations and systems, which enable him to bring order to complex projects, delivering outstanding results.

With a remarkable professional journey spanning 15 years, Anees has garnered extensive experience in diverse areas of graphic design. He excels in the creation of branding collaterals, web and graphics design, Application UI/UX, and marketing materials, showcasing his profound domain knowledge.

Throughout his career, Anees has collaborated with prestigious global organizations, including White Melon Advertising, Vanilla Networks, Sense Incorporated, and Firstsource Solutions. He takes great pride in fostering trust-based relationships that ignite and inspire a shared long-term vision.

When not immersed in his work, Anees indulges in his passion for sports. He particularly enjoys playing football and cricket, finding joy and relaxation in these activities.

Rachel Austin

Marketing

As an entrepreneur, Rachel has dedicated herself to a variety of entrepreneurial endeavors since the age of 17, when she founded a small art business. Her unwavering passion for entrepreneurship has driven her involvement in numerous aspects of the business world. Rachel has successfully owned multiple for-profit businesses, with a primary focus on the ecotourism and healthcare education sectors.

Her experience as a business owner naturally led to a transition into consulting, where she has provided her expertise to multiple small to medium-sized companies across all areas of business development. This includes designing marketing plans, developing programs, implementing HR strategies, fostering team-building, and promoting safety education.

Rachel’s dedication extends beyond the for-profit sector, as she has actively engaged with non-profit organizations both as a board member and a volunteer. She is particularly passionate about outdoor education and sustainable agriculture, currently serving on the boards of Wild EDU and First Coast Urban Ag.

Vikrant Pandita

Marketing Advisor

With an impressive professional background spanning over a decade, Vikrant has established a solid reputation for collaborating with renowned brands and leveraging his expertise to bolster their market presence and drive strategic growth.

As a marketing consultant, Vikrant excels in managing marketing operations and devising effective strategies to elevate brand recognition. His expertise in the digital realm is particularly noteworthy, with extensive knowledge of e-commerce platforms, search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), customer portals, and social media platforms. This comprehensive understanding allows him to capitalize on emerging trends and platforms, ensuring maximum brand visibility and engagement.

Vikrant Pandita has earned a reputation as the go-to marketing consultant for businesses aspiring to enhance their brand presence, foster growth, and make a lasting impact within their respective industries.

Tamika Strong

Genealogy Advisor

Tamika Strong, a distinguished professional, earned her Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies from Emory University. She furthered her education by obtaining a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Archival Studies from Clayton State University.

For 15 years, Mrs. Strong served Georgia’s citizens as a dedicated librarian within the DeKalb County Public Library System and the Georgia Public Library Service. Transitioning to the role of an archivist over five years ago, she now connects researchers with the abundant resources available at the Georgia Archives, supporting them in their endeavors.

Tamika has conducted workshops at esteemed institutions, including her Alma Mater, Emory University, the DeKalb History Center, and the Digital Library of Georgia. She leads a monthly genealogy discussion group and actively participates in several genealogy organizations. Notably, Tamika is an engaged member of the Georgia Genealogical Society, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) – Metro Atlanta Chapter, and holds a position on the Board of the Georgia Archives Institute. Driven by the thrill of research, Tamika finds joy in assisting others in discovering their ancestral roots while continuing her own journey of exploration.

Heather Taylor

Indexer Strategist

As Archoral’s Indexer Strategist, Heather is driven by her commitment to combining broad inclusivity and seamless functionality within the realm of archiving memories and experiences. She is guided by the belief that everyone’s stories deserve to be treasured and easily accessible for future generations.

With a strong academic background, Heather holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration. Her lifelong passion for understanding human behavior and social dynamics has fueled her professional journey. She has skillfully crafted strategic roadmaps for multinational organizations, facilitating transformative change through collaboration across diverse stakeholder groups, intuitive process design, and robust data analysis. Heather combines that experience in her approach with indexing so individuals can capture the essence of their unique journey and unlock the richness and depth of their personal stories through broad and inclusive indexing.

Stewart Traiman

Inclusivity Advisor

Stewart, an accomplished professional in Health Information Technology and a skilled Genealogist, holds advanced degree from Stanford University School of Medicine.

Since 2014, he has been an invaluable volunteer with the California Genealogical Society. Stewart’s dedication led him to serve on the Board of Directors for six years, with a notable five-year tenure as recording secretary. For a remarkable eight years, he published the monthly CGS eNews, demonstrating his commitment to sharing valuable genealogical insights. Currently, he continues to contribute his expertise as a volunteer on the Digital Historian Committee.

Stewart’s passion for genealogy is evident through his continuous pursuit of knowledge. He completed the esteemed ProGen #49 program and actively engages in expanding his genealogical education through participation in national conferences and annual institutes such as GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG. Additionally, he is an accomplished public speaker, captivating audiences in the US and UK with engaging presentations on “LGBTQ Genealogy” and “Excel for Genealogists,” which have become his most sought-after topics.

Since 2018, Stewart has shared his wealth of knowledge through his LGBTQ Genealogy blog and other subjects. His aim is to raise awareness that not everyone in our family trees identified as heterosexual, and that recognizing and embracing the stories of LGBTQ individuals enriches our understanding of our family histories.

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