The Parliament

What is a Parliament, you ask? In Greek mythology, the owl is the symbol for Athena, the goddess of wisdom. Owls are generally solitary, but when seen together the group is called a “parliament” as they have long been considered to be of a wise disposition. 

The Executive Assistants who are selected for our team go through an extensive 5-phase screening process, including an audition that usually takes two to four days to complete. This audition allows them to demonstrate their prowess and ability to do the kind of work we most often do for clients.

Gina Cotner - CEO

Fun facts:

  • Serious Dog Lover
  • I love word games and card games
  • Favorite game on my phone – Boggle
  • I’m a fighting warrior for people living lives that they love


Fun Facts:
  • Loves swimming
  • Marathoner
  • Born and raised in Iran
  • Love being a partner with people in fulfilling their dreams

Tim Long

Fun facts:

  • From a diverse and un-orthodox background
  • Grew up overseas
  • Unique way of seeing things
  • A passionate father and devoted husband to his wife & son!

Alison Merten

Fun facts:

  • Head over heels for my 5-year-old son, Aksel
  • Music junkie
  • You can always find me with camera in hand
  • Love being on the dance floor
  • I am obnoxious about the people that I love having a life that they adore

Corene Caley

Fun facts:

  • Initially had plans to become an English teacher
  • Specializes in Executive Administration, Social Media Management and Content Writing.
  • Loves helping others and going that extra mile for her clients
  • Lives in the woods of Sammamish, Washington with her hilarious husband and teenage daughter
  • Enjoys throwing elaborate dinner parties, wine tasting from time to time, and gardening

Debra Greywolf

Fun facts:

  • Has lived in seven states and three countries
  • Frequently found camping on the Oregon coast
  • Sassy, radical, homeschooling parent
  • Studied to be a theatrical stage manager
  • Geeks out about spreadsheets and project planning software
  • Loves assisting others that are out to change the world

Ashley Straw

Fun facts:

  • Master yoga teacher
  • Sings first soprano in the local classical choir
  • Happiest reading Harry Potter with her boyfriend while falling asleep

Samuel Long

Fun facts:

  • Born and raised in Thailand
  • Was a professional Muay Thai fighter
  • Spartan racer and scuba diver
  • Dedicated to my family
  • Cooking is a passion

Jennifer Tracy

Fun facts:

  • I obsess over my dog Tes

  • I love traveling anywhere with my husband, but especially Cabo

  • I love to cook!

  • My favorite music is Frank Sinatra, ABBA and Air Supply and I own it!

Hope Beach

Fun facts:

  • Originally from Pittsburgh, PA
  • My favorite thing is traveling the world with friends!
  • AND following Phish!
  • I love sharing my life with friends and family

Gina does an amazing job of generating value and connection with a virtual team. Though I worked as an individual and ran my own business, I also knew I had a team of amazing resources if ever I needed anything. Being part of the Athena team had me grow professionally and personally. We were always looking for where we could take the company vision, not just to clients, but to ourselves. Gina cares about the well-being of everyone she works with, clients as well as contractors. Athena truly takes on the definition of partnership and having your back. You absolutely know you’re going to get the results that make a difference when you work with Athena.

Piper Davies

Recruitment Specialist at Okera, Natural Connector, Transformational Healer and Coach