Employee Spotlights

Employee Spotlight: Meet Anne

Meet Instant Teams’ FIRST employee, Anne! She has been at Instant Teams since September 2017. Anne is an Army veteran and working parent. 

Anne first met Instant Teams Founder and CEO Liza Rodewald at a veteran hiring event at Fort Drum in New York. She had recently finished her four-year Army contract, where she played the French horn, sang, and worked in Human Resources. Like Liza, Anne was passionate about remote work for military spouses.

Anne’s Remote Work Journey

Several months after their initial meeting, the two reconnected, and Anne was hired as Instant Teams’ first employee as the Director of People Operations.

“Anne helped to build the People Operations department from the ground up at Instant Teams. She is able to organize systems that help to drive efficiency across the organization,” says Liza Rodewald, Instant Teams Founder and CEO. 

She eventually transitioned into her current role as Lead Data and Solutions Analyst. She’s been with Instant Teams through a rebrand, early pitch competitions, and a successful Series A funding. Anne is a natural problem solver and passionate about finding solutions and narratives within data. She’s a lifelong learner and recently earned a Master of Education degree. 

“She possesses an innate ability to see gaps, automate systems, and works daily with an adaptability to allow refinement and improvement in business development and procedures,” says Erica McMannes, Instant Teams Founder and Chief People & Community Officer. 

As a veteran, remote work has been extremely important to Anne.

“During my time as a transitioning veteran, I really appreciated that, with access to remote work, the location of my workplace was one less new thing to manage,” says Anne. “Even now, I love the flexibility to manage my health and wellness when it fits into my day.”

Though she’s been working remotely for more than 5 years, Anne regularly adapts her remote routine to find what works best for her. 

“It’s been a learning process, and I don’t know that I could say that I’m done modifying how I work,” says Anne. She stresses the importance of setting strong work-life boundaries and places an emphasis on evolving her work routine as needed. 

We’re so thankful for Anne and her determination. Instant Teams wouldn’t be the same without her!