Meet our Academy Team
Director of Workforce Growth Initiatives
Kara Smith has led several fully-distributed teams in both Manager and Director-level positions. With a passion for entrepreneurship + the future of work, she has owned her own business and worked for several startups and Inc. 5000 businesses. In 2018, Kara discovered her niché with Instant Teams where she grew the customer base by 165% before being afforded the opportunity and trust to launch and grow Instant Teams Academy.
Kara has spoken as a subject matter expert in the areas of remote work and military spouse employment through organizations including the USO, Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Employment Symposium, and the Military Influencer Conference. An advocate for the future of work, she specializes in military spouse employment and the consumer journey.
As an alumni of Liberty and Cornell Universities, Kara holds a Master of Business Administration, a Master’s in Human Services, and a specialized certificate in Leading Remote Teams. Kara’s passions stem from the strong belief that women can thrive wearing the many hats required of them while also experiencing personal growth and prosperity with flexible work options.
Kara is also an Active Duty Army Spouse.
Lisa has held many positions throughout her twenty-year journey as a Military spouse. Her experience ranges from project coordination for a hospital, to management positions for several large financial institutions, to serving in the Air Force Reserves for eight years. Lisa wanted to support her husband and their five kids but still pursued a career of her own, so she started with Instant Teams as an RTM (Remote Team Member) in 2019. Lisa holds a BA in Psychology with a certificate minor in I/O Psychology. She is a personal trainer and a level one CrossFit Coach; helping people reach their potential is her passion. Because of this, after completing the Recruiter course, and a Business Development Representative Internship, she is now focusing her skills on helping fellow military spouses on their path to a career they love and do not have to leave.
Lisa is an Active Duty Army Spouse
Candidate Success Manager
In her 12 years as a current Active Duty Spouse, Abbey Ehn has changed career paths many times. From education to non-profits, to parenthood and the corporate world; Abbey has had to start and re-start her own employment journey while juggling her husband’s military career and her three children. She is familiar with the struggles that many military spouses and families face. For the past two years, Abbey has dedicated her time to creating opportunities for career freedom for military spouses. Abbey is dedicated to making an impact on the world and in the lives of other military-connected individuals through her work as a Candidate Success Manager.
Abbey is an Active Duty Air Force Spouse