We're on a mission to make tech jobs accessible to people from all backgrounds, for a more diverse and inclusive future.

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We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to lead a prosperous and fulfilling career. Our Academy program aims to provide the underrepresented with access to highly sought after careers in the booming tech industry. We identify untapped talent, provide training for in-demand PreSales jobs, and fast-track hiring at top companies.

Meet the PSA. Team


Yuji Higashi


PreSales Academy

Yuji has a decade of experience building and coaching consulting teams in high-growth startups, mostly recently at Outreach where he built and led the team of global PreSales Consultants. He's passionate about technology and helping people succeed in careers they love. 

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James Kaikis


PreSales Academy

James has built and led PreSales teams at fast-growing startups including tech powerhouse Salesforce.com He has a passion for developing others and helping them achieve their full potential. 

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Mattie Stremic

Head of Programming

PreSales Academy

Mattie previously worked as an HR Program Manager before transitioning careers into PreSales as a Sales Engineer. She is a proud graduate from the PreSales Academy and has a passion for helping others make the transition into PreSales.

Career Advisors

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Katie Meloche

Senior Strategic Value Advisor

@ Adobe


Sheryl Stering

Director, System Engineers

@ Omnigo

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Ashwini Naidu

Senior Solutions Engineer

@ Akamai Technologies

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Sergio Castaneda

Senior Solutions Engineer

@ Slack


Lee Johnson

Director, Sales Engineering

@ Virtustream

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Zsuzsanna Tuell

Director, Technical Enablement @ Hyperscience

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Ashton Davis

Principal Practice Lead

@ Red Hat

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David Getchonis

Director, Solution Architecture

@ Zendesk

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Eric Barner

Manager, Specialist

Systems Engineers

@ Boomi

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Travis Sanders

Enterprise Sales Principal Engineer

@ Fastly

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Amber Kearn

Director, Solutions Consulting

@ Phenom

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Miriam Graf

Director, Sales Engineering 

@ ThoughtSpot

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Sara Loquasto

Lead Solution Engineer

@ Slack

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Rew Dickinson

Director, Sales Engineering

@ Appian

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Erik Abderhalden

Lead Solutions Engineer

@ Salesforce

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Tom Banton

Global VP

Solutions Engineering

@ eightfold.ai

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Allyson Tessmann

Senior Sales Engineer

@ Zuora

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Sean Dawson

Senior Solutions Consultant

@ CloudGo

Interested in volunteering as a coach or instructor?

Email us at info@presalesacademy.com

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