Our Team

Our team is dedicated to delivering quality education, training and professional development resources for teams and blockchain professionals globally.


Melissa Richardson

CEO & Co-Founder

Melissa has worked in Corporate learning/development for over 20 years where she has been dedicated to helping students learn and develop their professional skillset. Melissa was an original founder of Blockchain Training Alliance in 2018; allowing her to combine her passion of emerging technology with education and training. When not working on BTA, Melissa is a dedicated crossfitter, training 6 days a week and has competed in several regional competitions.


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Rosa Santos

Director of Education

Coordinates all instructional courses to ensure students have a flawless learning experience. Works closely with BTA partners to coordinate top notch training. Coming from a journalism background helps provides attention to detail on all of our training materials and exams.


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Kris Bennett

Chief Learning Officer

Kris comes from a 20 year background in custom software design, delivery, and consulting. He's seen what works and what doesn't when it comes to addressing human behavioral patterns with emerging technology. Kris is fascinated by the intersection of people and technology, and the implications that emerging technologies present for the way communicate, interact, and experience life. Kris is excited about Web 3.0 and he wants you to be as well!


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Andy Kustes


Andy keeps our student learning portal and tools running smoothly. He has 20 years experience in website / web application development in industries like GPS Tracking , Law Enforcement to Blockchain Technology.



Scott Olsen

Business Development

Scott is an experienced entrepreneur, business owner, and employer brand specialist focusing on Web3 technologies. He’s been involved in blockchain for over 5 years and considers the decentralization paradigm as essential for the betterment of society. Scott has been involved in numerous blockchain projects ranging from Truffle Suite, dApp Starter, Consensys, and Chainlink to name a few. Scott’s largest efforts are focused on blockchain education as to him, it’s the lynchpin of all blockchain adoption.


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Sam Salgado

Customer Experience Manager

Samuel is a young blockchain strategist who is dedicated to integrating blockchain into the fiber of your business. For the last 2 years, he has led blockchain projects on the development and project management side.

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