Meet Our Team

Rich Bello
Rich Bello
Chief Executive Officer

Rich Bello is a Life Coach and Business Consultant who motivates his clients to develop the inspiration, strategy, and accountability required to propel their professional and personal lives to the next level of success. At Arootah, the Center for Inspired Action, Rich teaches and has taught various seminars and workshops on topics such as Leadership, Goal Setting, Project Management, Accountability, Time Management, Communication, Influence, Decision Making, Mindset, Discipline, Focus, Energy, and various other topics. Rich has a deep-rooted passion for both professional and personal development. His primary motivation is to understand what drives individuals and teams to maximize their performance. After comprehensive research, Rich designs strategies that inspire and encourage individuals to become more effective in their vocation and personal lives.

As a Co-Founder of Blue Ridge Capital, Rich serves as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer, a role that he has held for over 23 years. Blue Ridge Capital had $10 billion assets under management at its peak and averaged gains of 15.4% annually since inception. Prior to Blue Ridge Capital, Rich held senior positions at Morgan Stanley, Tiger Management and Ernst & Young, after graduating from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Rich was instrumental in the founding of mentor, an established leader in high school and college mentoring, that currently serves over 9,000 students mainly from low-income communities. Rich now serves on the Board and continues to provide direction, inspiration, and encouragement.

Furthermore, Rich is in the editing process on his book, The Return, managing your internal and external resources due to come out next year.

Kim Levin
Kim Levin
Director of Business Development

Kim Levin is an entrepreneur. She was the President of the Women in Business Council at the University of South Carolina and graduated with honors cum laude with an internationalized BS in Corporate Finance. Following her lifelong talent for art and fashion; she studied abroad at Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute in Florence, Italy and obtained a degree in Fashion Design at the prestigious Parsons The New School for Design.

After successfully completing internships on Wall Street in the Credit Ratings department of S&P (in their Consumer Products, Retail, and Restaurantsratingsgroups)and at the fashion house J. Mendel, she worked at Ralph Lauren and PVH. She has been fit modeling with True Model Management since moving to NYC, working on collections sold around the world. Ultimately starting her own consulting venture surrounding business development, design, and manufacturing.

She was drawn to Life Coaching as a budding entrepreneur, gaining momentum with her company ArgentousKim. Reaping the rewards of Personal Development and Coaching, she felt compelled to join Arootah to spread the knowledge to even more people. She lives in NYC and as a former gymnast, is passionate about yoga.

Raed Marji
Raed Marji
Head of Technology

Raed Marji has 8+ years of experience in technology products, and a passion for biohacking and human optimization. He was chosen to be a Google ambassador at age 19 and has been an alchemist of value ever since whether it’s cooking the next big startup or making Kombucha.

Raed has worked with top company builders in Germany where he developed a strong drive to bring value to customers while keeping sustainability always in mind.

He brings a unique combination of skills having worked as both a Product Manager and as a Developer to take technology to the next level by gathering qualitative and quantitively data around customer behaviors and building user experiences that bring joy to customers.

He joined Arootah to help maximize the potential of others by building tools that help humans heal and grow in hopes of a stronger future for humans, earth and the universe.

Samual ‘Sam’ Sieracki
Samual ‘Sam’ Sieracki
Head of Recruitment

Sam studied Accounting at The College of Staten Island and runs the recruitment part of Arootah.

Starting off as a day trader, Sam soon after found his passion in the recruiting space. He specializes in high volume recruitment across different verticals.

He used to play poker professionally in New York and New Jersey, and occasionally still plays for fun. Sam likes sushi and New York style pizza and enjoys traveling. His favorite trip was to Ibiza, and he is looking forward to visiting Australia and South Africa later this year!

Dr.  Scott  Gerson
Dr. Scott Gerson
M.D., Ph.D. Ayu, M.Phil. Ayu, F.I.I.M. Ayurveda

(Western Medicine meets Ayurveda) Dr. Gerson is the only Westerner to hold a Ph.D. degree in Ayurveda and the only physician in the US to have complete formal training in both Western and Ayurvedic medicine. Dr. Gerson received a B.A. in Philosophy from Brandeis University. He was awarded the Master of Philosophy in Ayurveda jointly from the Tilak Ayurved Mahavidlaya and Pune University in 1999 and his Ph.D. thesis in Panchakarma (Detoxification Therapy) was accepted jointly by the University of Poona and Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya in 2003.

He returned to the United States to attend medical school, at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in his native New York with residency positions at New York University Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, and New York Downtown Hospital, in the specialty of Internal Medicine. Dr. Gerson is a member of the teaching and research faculties at the prestigious Institute of Indian Medicine in Poona, including the Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha Medicine, the Indian government¹s principal Ayurvedic organization. Dr. Gerson holds the position of Clinical Assistant Professor at New York Medical College in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine. He published Ayurveda: The Ancient Indian Healing Art(Element Books) in 1993, The Ayurvedic Approach To Diet and Weight Loss(Lotus Press) in 2001, 101 Dietary Myths(Ayurveda.MD Press) in 2015 and will publish The Comprehensive Textbook of Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants in late 2019. Dr. Gerson conducts botanical research in his R&D laboratory located on the campus of SUNY Farmingdale and is on the Board of Directors of The Foundation For Holistic Medical Research. He the medical director of The Gerson Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine in Lake Mary, Florida with a New York office. He is the Medical Director, Department of Integrative Medicine, Division of Research and Education at Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, FL.

Dr. Lawrence Edwards
Dr. Lawrence Edwards
Neuro Analysis

Lawrence Edwards, PhD, LMHC, BCN has been teaching and practicing meditation internationally for over 45 years. Dr. Edwards was awarded his PhD in Psychoeducational Processes, clinical psychology track, in 1986 by Temple University, where he was honored as a University Scholar. He trained as a monk in India, in Tibetan Buddhist practices, and Jungian psychology. He is licensed by the state of New York (LMHC) where he offers transpersonal psychotherapy, spiritual direction, biofeedback and neurofeedback training to children and adults for stress reduction and enhanced performance training in sports, business, and daily living.

He also offers neuro-biofeedback training to individuals with clinical issues such as ADHD, headaches, stroke, anxiety, closed head injury, PTSD, and spectrum disorders. He is the founder and director of the Anam Cara Meditation Foundation, in Armonk, NY; a non-profit organization dedicated to making meditation practices available to everyone; and has done meditation training with hospice staff, physicians, and nurses. He has offered seminars on the science and art of meditation at hospitals, universities, businesses, and professional conferences. He has been on the faculty of New York Medical College since 1998. Dr. Edwards the author of The Soul’s Journey: Guidance From The Divine Within, Kali’s Bazaar(a collection of poetry), and Awakening Kundalini: The Path To

Radical Freedom. He has worked with a former Olympic coach, using biofeedback to train elite swimmers from the US and Europe.

PhD, LMHC, BCN (Meditation)
Bob Quintana
Bob Quintana
Business Coach / Consulting

Bob Quintana is a highly successful entrepreneur with well over 30 years experience in business/entrepreneurship in management consulting (sales force development/peak performance), and as a real estate investor. For almost 15 years he owned and operated the #1 franchise within the Tony Robbins Training organization; taught training initiatives to top executives throughout North America, and in Europe. His clients included a diverse group of organizations like: JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Ford, AT&T, Carnival CruiseLines, The City of Miramar, Florida, Prudential Insurance, Cisco Systems, and many others.

He considers himself extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to work with over 27,000 business associates, over 200,000 customers, and extraordinary leaders on his expanding team! Bob absolutely believes that true leadership is about service to others! When Bob isn’t actively helping entrepreneurs build their businesses (and his own), he is very passionate about contributing to at-risk youth here in the U.S., and to children/families in Kenya, Africa. Bob serves on the Advisory Board of The Unstoppable Foundation (www.unstoppablefoundation.org).

Nadia  Mufti
Nadia Mufti
Life Coach

Nadia is an Executive Coach and Design Strategist. Her clients include Asana, Center for Humane Technology, Neurohacker Collective, Stanford Alumni Association, and more. Based in San Francisco, Nadia is a Life Coach for high performing clients who seek balanced success. She earned her B.A .in International Relations at Stanford University (2011). She pursued informal concentration in “Design

Thinking for Social Change” including graduate courses at Stanford Graduate School of Business and Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) to explore the intersection of design thinking, social entrepreneurship, and behavior change. She is the Director of Experience Design at Hive, Fellowship Director at Factory X, and Founding Director of Ashoka’s A*Year Program at Ashoka.

Ben Prewett
Ben Prewett
Project Management
Stephen Brikk Lee
Stephen Brikk Lee
Virtual Assistant
Corilou Estole
Corilou Estole
Project Coordinator
Pamela Meister
Pamela Meister
Remote Work

Pamela Meister is a remote work expert who leads with strategy and empowers teams and individuals to reach their potential. Part idea generator, part laser-focused strategist, Pamela helps companies elevate their efficiency to achieve their objectives.

An entrepreneur with a MA in Public Policy, Pamela has held executive and management positions across both public and private sectors with a wide breadth of experience managing people and projects.

Pamela offers personalized consulting, speaks publicly, and runs workshops for groups of various sizes. She believes in the power of human connection and takes a creative approach to guide teams to leverage their strengths and improve productivity.

Diana Petrassi
Diana Petrassi
Human Resources and Administration
Ashley Abboushi
Ashley Abboushi
Director of Project Management

Ashley has a background in Project Management and Operations and moved to Manhattan from Bali to support us with building Arootah.

A graduate of DePaul University, with degrees in Media/TV Broadcasting and Environmental Science. She is very passionate about personal development and creating a space to share the many tools that have transformed her life, with others.

Ashley likes to keep herself busy, whether that’s playing in a sports leagues, volunteering, attending a wide variety of events, lectures, and seminars, going to museums, reading, writing, live music and traveling. Her favorite place is Greece, though after living on 5 continents, she has many seconds.

Dr. Sean E. Chillemi
Dr. Sean E. Chillemi
DACM, MSTOM, LA.c, LMT, HHC - Chinese Medicine / Acupuncture

Sean E. Chillemi, is the owner and primary practitioner of Ren-Shen Healing, in Tarrytown, NY. Sean is a graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Asian Holistic Health and Massage, as well as a dual degree of Bachelor of Professional Studies and Master’s of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine. In addition, he has also obtained certifications in Kyo-jung (Korean Physical Manipulation), Medical Qi Gong, and is a Board Certified Holistic Health Counselor with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). Other credentials include Memorial Sloan Kettering certifications for Acupuncture and Medical Massage for the Cancer Patient. His studies in Oriental Medicine began after completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics at Pace University.

This career change came after he was diagnosed with skin cancer at age 21. During this difficult time, Sean learned and appreciated the importance of alternative medicine in healing the mind, body, and soul. In return, he is dedicating his life to helping others restore their energy and health. Sean is currently obtaining a Ph.D in the Integration of Eastern and Western Medicine with a focus in Neurology from the Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine located in Shenyang, China. He is driven by an unrelenting desire for knowledge and skill to aid in the healing of others.

Matt Herman
Matt Herman
Finance
Karl Romain
Karl Romain
Master Life Coach
Amy Woods
Amy Woods
Content
Simon Presland
Simon Presland
Master Life Coach