The Ad Astra, Inc.

Leadership Team

Lena Petrova-Toolsie • She/Her/Hers
Founder and CEO
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Lena is an unbelievable leader. Through her leadership, Ad Astra has grown from a garage-based micro-company to the leading language service company it is today, 10 years in the making.

An interpreter herself by degree, she understands the ins and outs of the language industry. She’s also known for her unwavering commitment to advocacy and community.

She’s easy going, driven and leads through a mix of understanding and wisdom.

Bryan Montpetit • He/Him/His
Vice President
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Bryan has always been an individual that possesses strong ethics and diplomacy. This has led him to establish wonderful relationships with colleagues, employees and clients throughout his career.

As a programmer-analyst by degree, Bryan has a wealth of experience working on both the service and technology side of the language industry.

He’s easy going, open-minded and driven and leads by example.

Stephanie Winslow • She/Her/Hers
Director of Operations
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Stephanie makes sure all the moving parts move in the right direction. She oversees our organizational infrastructure and processes which also includes the development of ISO compliant systems. As a nationally certified ASL/English interpreter, Stephanie works closely with Ad Astra’s Deaf-led ASL and HOH Services team and the Deaf community.

She’s easy going, driven and leads through a mix of understanding and wisdom.

Rayna Smith, MBA • She/Her/Hers
Operations Manager
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Rayna is skilled in Non-profit Organizations, Talent Acquisition, Grants Management, Compliance Management, Leadership, Training & Development, Strategic Planning, Project Management.

She is a strong business development professional with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Trinity University-Washington and B.A. from Howard University

She’s confident, knowledgeable and quick-witted.

John Eick • He/Him/His
Director of Human Resources and Recruiting
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John, an experienced Human Resources and Recruiting Director with a solid history of working in the Recruiting and Compliance industry.

John has Bachelor of Arts (BA) focused in American Government and Politics (United States) from The Catholic University of America.

He’s wonderfully entertaining, process-oriented and exudes compassion.