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Hello! Meet our experienced team that is dedicated to providing you with the highest level of service, security and savings.
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Dawn Yeskulsky

Dawn Yeskulsky

VP Business Development & Partner Programs

“Teach your daughters to worry less about fitting into glass slippers and more about shattering glass ceilings." Melissa Marchonna

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Dawn’s extensive career within the vacation rental industry started immediately after college with Paragon Group Properties in Tampa, FL. She was an IT major in college but needing a job right after graduation, took a job with Paragon Group Properties until she found her “real” IT job. Who knew that one temporary job would take Dawn in a much different career path, eventually becoming Rental Manager overseeing 200 units in the Tampa Bay, FL area. In 1996 she left Paragon Group, and spent the next 14 years as Director of Sales and Marketing for vacation rental software provider, Rental Network Software Corp. In 2010 Dawn joined the Ascent Processing team and has served as Divisional Director of Sales, Director of Business Development & Partner Relations, and now as Vice President – Business Development & Partner Programming.

“My 20+ years of experience in the vacation rental/lodging industry, and the benefits of working on the payment processing side, software/technology side and on the rental managers side, allows me to fully understand the complexity of the lodging and payments industries while making sure we provide the most knowledgeable service and support to our clients and partners.” Dawn heads up the growth path for Ascent, as well as creating and maintaining partnership programs with our many industry partners. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Onsite Property Managers Association. Dawn lives in Southern California with her husband, 11-year-old twins girls and 6-year-old son. Wine enthusiast and total foodie.

Julia Paige

Julia Paige

VP of Operations

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Maya Angelou

More About Julia

Julia was born in Steamboat Springs, CO, making her one of the rare people you meet in Colorado that was actually born here. She was bitten by the travel bug early in life and continues to enjoy seeing new places and learning new languages. She still lives in Colorado and enjoys riding horses and hiking with her dog, Olive. She has grown with Ascent since 2010 and loves working with such a great group of people, partners, and clients.

Paul Guccione

Paul Guccione

VP of Sales

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” Mark Twain

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Paul joined the Ascent team in 2019, bringing with him over 20 years of experience in the payments and technology space.  His career began in Boulder, CO when he joined a small payments company struggling to keep up with massive M&A growth.  He quickly became a highly respected expert on all things technical and moved into leadership roles, where he expanded his reach to work closely with Operations and IT, utilizing his strong communication and logic skills to find creative ways to solve problems for both internal and external customers.

Paul’s reputation and expertise led him to the Bay Area of California to help a young payments startup in 2001, where he was instrumental in building systems and processes resulting in exponential growth. His vast understanding of what it takes to grow a company lead to a move from VP of Operations to VP of Sales, where he built systems and teams across the country responsible for the company’s double digit annual growth.  On the senior leadership team he helped to craft and drive the overall strategy of the company that led to the company’s acquisition, and actively served on the Technology Committee of the Electronic Transactions Association for several years.

After the company was successfully acquired, he founded a payments consulting firm and achieved great success there until another small payments company convinced him to help them turn immense growth opportunities into successes.  Ascent’s unique positioning in the alternative residential rental space and Paul’s strengths in sales management and financial technology, as well as his outstanding executive-level growth, strategy, and leadership expertise, were a perfect match.

Paul continues to find that helping people and businesses succeed is one of his favorite ways to spend time.  Ascent appreciates Paul’s consultative approach to overcoming obstacles, his proven ability to help his clients successfully grow their business, his extraordinary vision, and his leadership.

He lives in California with his family and two dogs. He enjoys spending time with friends, attending live music, fishing, horses, traveling and cooking.

Christine Maltese

Christine Maltese

Controller/HR Director

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

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Christine joined the Ascent family in 2016 after spending 20 years working for a top Vacation Rental Manager. She loves helping people solve problems, making them smile, and she has been able to bring that unique perspective to her role as Controller and Director of Human Resources.

Having grown-up in southeast Florida where riding your bike to the beach was the norm and vacationing meant visiting family up north or going to Disney World, Christine was awe-struck the first time she visited the mountains and discovered a love of hiking which ultimately led to her moving full time to the mountains.

When Christine isn’t working, she still enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors but also loves reading and watching Sci-Fi movies with her teenage boys.

Jonathan Ching

Jonathan Ching

Account Executive

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” George Bernard Shaw

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Jonathan is a native Californian, born and raised in the Bay Area, where he currently resides with his wife, 2 daughters and 4-legged (dog) son. From an early age, he was intrigued by different cultures (especially their food!) and was fortunate to grow up in a family that loved to travel. This love of travel, food and culture is what attracted Jonathan to the VR space.

When not working, he can typically be found driving his daughters to dance/gymnastics practice and competitions, and his “son” to the occasional dog show. Disneyland, Lake Tahoe, and Hawaii have been his go-to-family-friendly vacation destinations. Being a die-hard sports fan, Jonathan has a deep-rooted love for his local sports teams, and can always be found cheering for the Giants, Warriors, Sharks and Niners.

Before joining the Ascent team, Jonathan spent the last 13+ years in the payment processing world. He is excited to be joining such a great team to utilize his expertise in payment processing to help Vacation Rental/Lodging merchants streamline their programs and drive more direct revenue.

Missy Zak

Missy Zak

Marketing & Account Management

“Music has this way of reaching across cultural lines, national lines, the lines of religion or language…it can reach into people’s hearts and create awakening. Everyone deserves music, sweet music.” Michael Franti

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Missy is a proud native of the Gulf Coast, passionate about her family, the beach, and traveling for live music. She lived in 13 states before returning to her parent’s hometown of Mobile, Alabama to finish high school and graduate from the University of South Alabama with a major in Communications/Public Relations. Living along the Gulf of Mexico, Missy fell in love with the beautiful natural habitat and abundant resources. She even volunteered at the Dauphin Island Estuarium to share her knowledge of marine life, estuaries, rivers, the Delta and what we need to do to respect and protect them. Missy also loves to cook so she could show you how to prepare the seafood you caught that day!

Missy worked for an advertising agency that allowed her to work with clients that focused on travel, and that eventually led her to 10 rewarding years with Meyer Vacation Rentals in Gulf Shores, Alabama. She loved convincing people to reconnect with their family and friends. Missy also takes her own advice, and she and her daughter Jameson love traveling to see concerts and festivals, and have even taken music cruises to Jamaica and Mexico.

The most exciting part of Missy’s job at Ascent Processing is that she is able to help Vacation Rental Managers and Lodging Partners save time and resources – no matter the size of their company. Ascent ensures each company’s needs are met with a customized solution. This allows Ascent to focus on providing the highest level of service, security and savings for our merchants, while they focus on running their business and creating memories for their guests to last a lifetime.

Brett Wright

Brett Wright

Technical Relationship Manager

“Here’s to Life!” Roger Clyne

More About Brett

Brett joined Ascent in February 2015, following a 7-year career in Merchant Services and Business Banking with one of the largest financial institutions in the United States. He originally started with Ascent as a Relationship Manager, and quickly transitioned to his current role as Technical Relationship Manager. Every day, Brett inherits bigger and better experiences, which allows him to grow alongside the amazing company that is Ascent.

Originally hailing from the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, Brett has also called Georgia and New Hampshire home, before discovering the beauty of Colorado. This mix of cultures, combined with other various travels, has given him a broad perspective on life, which he brings to the table every day. Brett married his partner (and best friend) in January 2017, which he proudly calls his greatest achievement so far in life. When he’s not providing stellar service to Ascent’s loyal clients, he enjoys concerts, hiking, traveling, cooking, and spending time at home with their miniature “zoo” – two dogs, and two cats.

Julie LaReau

Julie LaReau

Operations

“In this world where you can be anything, be kind.” Anonymous

More About Julie

Julie is a wife, and mother of two boys with a passion for the game of lacrosse. Texas is currently where her family calls home after moving from Colorado, Illinois, and Virginia. Her house is divided with Bear fans and one Bronco fan. The Bronco fan is allowed to stay, since he is also a Cubs and Blackhawks fan.

When Julie isn’t working she enjoys watching sports, traveling, and seeing live music. Her favorite places to travel are anywhere with a beach or near the mountains. There are only two states she hasn’t been to which is a goal she intends to reach. Julie graduated from Northern Illinois University and began working at the local hospital as an exercise physiologist for 5 years. She moved to Golden, CO with her husband which is where she crossed paths with Ascent. She has been with Ascent Processing, Inc. since 2008 and is so grateful to be able to work with such unique and special people.

Lauren Urlich

Lauren Urlich

Operations

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” William Faulkner

More About Lauren

Lauren joined Ascent Processing in 2018 with 11 years of experience in Merchant Services, including Customer Service, Compliance, Training & Development and Operations Management.

Originally from Chicago, she relocated with her husband to Arizona in 2009, and has been enjoying the scenic desert life ever since. When she isn’t working she can be found cooking and spending time with family, which also includes a dog and a chinchilla.

Dawn Tookes

Dawn Tookes

Operations

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” Anonymous

More About Dawn

Dawn joined Ascent Processing in 2019 with 13 years of experience in the payments industry. She is excited to be part of such an amazing group of people who all have a passion for providing the best service possible!

Dawn was born in California, grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and moved back to California as a young adult. This is where she met her husband and started her family. About 4 years ago they relocated to Utah.

When she isn’t working she is spending time with her husband and 3 kids. When not jumping around from one activity to the next, they love to go back to the Bay Area to see extended family and visit the beach or go to Southern California and go to Disneyland.

Tom Robesky

Tom Robesky

Operations

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford

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Tom was raised in Iowa and attended the University of Iowa majoring in Computer Sciences. Tom spent more than a decade working for large global credit card processors as a product manager, specializing in payment gateways, private label card processing, and dynamic currency conversion.

Regina Ebert

Regina Ebert

Principal/CEO

“Love What You Do and Do What You Love.” Ray Bradburry

More About Regina

Being raised in a family that emigrated from the Czech Republic taught Regina to be grateful for all the opportunities and gifts that her life has been blessed with.

After working in the Payment Processing Industry for a small company in Boulder, CO, Regina fortunately realized at a young age, that focusing on the Vacation Rental and Lodging space was her true passion. Meeting kindred spirits that successfully added value to their companies and communities, while enjoying the vacation destinations they called home, gave her the inspiration to start Ascent. The challenges of payment acceptance for our industry 25 years ago, as well as today, continues to drive us to offer the strongest program to our clients and partners.

The opportunity to enjoy a life that combines a fulfilling and valuable career, travel (which she’s often called “work”), the outdoors, and most importantly all the friendships created along the way, makes Regina excited and thankful for tomorrow.

DeAnna Constant

DeAnna Constant

Principal/COO and CFO

"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." Albert Einstein

More About DeAnna

DeAnna first dipped her toe into the Payment Processing industry by managing risk for one of the first merchant service providers almost 25 years ago. Her payments expertise and passion expanded quickly and her responsibilities widened to include compliance, underwriting, chargebacks, interchange, client support, technical strategy, payments M&A, data analysis, and financial mitigation. DeAnna is a true industry pioneer, working directly with Visa and technology partners to customize programs to better support the Vacation Rental industry. She has helped many clients grow their businesses by providing the higher standards and security they deserve.

A native of Boulder, Colorado, DeAnna has always been curious and adventurous. Although she stayed close to home attending the University of Colorado, she has always loved traveling. It was her love for travel, adventure, and white glove service that lead her to Ascent so she could combine her passions to help clients navigate the complex payment space, freeing them up to enjoy their own traveling adventures.

DeAnna is most relaxed living at 7800 feet above sea level in the mountains west of Boulder. When she isn’t working or traveling, she enjoys reading, carefully selecting her next travel destination, witty and well-executed sci-fi, hiking with her two pups, or endeavoring to train them both to live harmoniously with mountain wildlife. Often they are greeted on hikes by moose, bears, foxes, elk, or wild turkeys so with two small puppies, this is no small feat! DeAnna strives to live a conscious, purposeful life and continually finds herself grateful for the opportunities working in our industry has presented, and for the people at Ascent and partnered with Ascent who are able to turn those opportunities into unparalleled service and support for the alternative accommodation space.