Who We Are

Kate Coveny Hood, Director – Kate started her career in advertising, but quickly found her way to conference planning. In over twelve years of event planning for local professional clubs, meeting planning for national associations and seminar planning for law & consulting firms, she easily organized close to 1,000 conferences and events, coordinated corresponding online marketing and direct mail projects and stuffed approximately one million attendee badges (okay – maybe just 50,000).

In 2009, Kate left the workforce to devote more time to her four year old special needs son and three year old twins. With all of her new free time (ha!), she wrote for various blogs and parenting websites. In May 2012, she produced the first Listen to Your Mother Show performance in Washington, DC - now an annual event.

In September 2012, all three kids finally entered full day school.When figuring in afternoon school bus arrivals, winter/spring breaks, summer vacation, weekly activities, and therapy appointments, committing to regular full time work was impossible (especially with the cost of hiring a babysitter). Knowing there must be a way to take care of this complicated family and provide a substantial second income, Kate started talking to other local mothers in the same position. It was their extensive skills and work experience that inspired the obvious answer. Introducing, Executive Gal Friday: a partnership between talented people looking for part time work and businesses in need of competent, efficient professionals to do short term projects.

Dina McQueen, Associate Dina’s professional writing (and office managing) career began in 1986 with her first national sports magazine job in Santa Monica, California. There, she learned how to graciously empty trash cans, while double-checking data entered for publication. This is also where she received her first by-lines, and felt her career path solidify.

Her history in the publishing world includes freelance travel and essay writing for national magazines and newspapers, production and associate editing for several magazines and book publishing companies, and a five-year stint as the owner of her own small publishing company. In 2008, she and her artist husband traveled to Ethiopia and adopted their only child. In 2011, her book Finding Aster--our Ethiopian adoption story was published.

Dina's education includes screenwriting at San Francisco State University and with John Truby in Los Angeles, novel writing at UC San Diego, and in 1998 she received her masters degree in Biography/Autobiography from Vermont's Goddard College. Today, Dina copy-writes for LUX, a division of Unilever and EthioStork. She also blogs for Huffington Post and freelances for www.inReads.com. For more information, visit her at www.DinaWolff.com and www.FindingAster.com.

Diane Cooper-Gould, Associate After graduating from the University of Virginia, Diane worked as a full time actor and choreographer. She had a successful career, with roles in productions by The Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage, The Theater Alliance, Source Theater Company, and others. None of which paid the rent. Luckily, this line of work provided ample time to develop valuable skills working as an administrative temp. Which did...pay the rent.

Diane was so good at her temp jobs that she was consistently offered full time positions. Her admin "claim to fame" was a job offer that she received from a prominent international bank. As an actor, she posed as an applicant so that HR staff could practice hiring procedures. This performance was so impressive that she was told to call if she was ever interested in coming aboard full time.

Her longer term positions included promoting, booking, and performing a one-woman show all along the East Coast, as well as three years at a day-job with a well-known government contracting company, where (of course) she earned a Performance Award.

Ever the achiever, Diane filled her early years as a mother to two small children, volunteering as Member-at-Large and later President of her HOA. In this role, she initiated vendor searches and negotiated contracts, including the implementation of an erosion management plan for the neighborhood. From stage actress to mother to local Erin Brochovich (yet another interesting story), time and again, Diane has proven to be the ultimate Gal Friday.

More Executive Gal Friday team bios coming soon!