Coaches

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Meet Our Coaches

CTC Coaches partner with you to:

  • Discover what is meaningful to you in your next career
  • Clarify, align, and develop a plan for what you want to achieve
  • Generate career possibilities and strategies
  • Encourage and support you through the career transition journey
  • Hold you responsible and accountable for progress

CTC Volunteer Coaches bring diverse professional experience, knowledge and expertise from illustrious careers in human resources, recruiting, management, training, leadership development, and coaching in financial services, healthcare, education, not-for-profit, government sectors. In addition, many possess coaching certification from the International Coach Federation (ICF) approved institutions such as the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), iPEC and Fielding.

Amy J. Berk

Workshop Facilitator

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Amy is the President of Amy’s Amazing Resume Coaching, which she started in 2018. For three years prior, Amy served as a Certified Career Transition Coach and Certified LinkedIn Profile Content Reviewer with Challenger Gray & Christmas, where she provided customized intensive and follow-up outplacement services to over 300 former corporate employees released by their employers.

Prior to that, she worked for Jewish Vocational Services, providing employment services to a wide variety of people with challenges. As the program coordinator for the JVS Duman Entrepreneurship Center, she managed over 100 entrepreneurship programs.

Amy is deeply committed to collaborating with individuals and helping them to reach their career goals—whether it’s a first job, career progression, career transition, starting a business, or moving toward retirement.  She specializes in motivating job seekers and helping them to recognize and build upon their own strengths.

Tim Conway

Daytime Coach

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Tim embraces the process of transition. He affectionately refers to the varied rebound stages as “personal reinvention” (albeit sometimes volatile). As a Career Coach, Tim encourages others to believe that “America is the home of second (and third) opportunities.” He is ready to assist peers to secure a career that fits.

John Cooper

Daytime Coach

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John Cooper has been coaching others through professional and personal transitions, life challenges, and professional development for over twenty-five years. He has deep-seated experience in business, psychological, and personal development. He is accredited as a ‘Master Certified Coach’ by the International Coach Federation, the highest distinction in the profession. He is adjunct faculty teaching Leadership at Northwestern University as well as coaching faculty at Kellogg School of Business. John works with members in the Discovery Phase (finding direction) of job search.

Mike Delaney

Daytime Coach

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Mike offers extensive background in coaching individuals and leaders positions who are experiencing professional transitions. Mike helps members identify what is needed to overcome the barriers and obstacles to success, then help them to create and manage their transition both personally and professionally. Mike works with members in the Planning & Action Phases of job search.

Kevin Donnellon

Daytime Coach

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Kevin brings his real-world experience and expertise to coaching.

Kevin has decades of experience helping Fortune 500 companies, emerging and startups in marketing, communications and business management. He also founded three companies with two of them focused on coaching and improving business performance.

He has coached individuals to become more fulfilled and accomplished, whether in a new or existing role. While he can help jobseekers and those transitioning in their careers, Kevin also can be valuable to those starting their own business as a career option.

Regardless of the industry or experience level, Kevin will assist clients in gaining the necessary clarity and confidence to face and overcome their challenges to form a clear path to success.

Ellen Dotts

Daytime Coach

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Ellen is a Partner with ISHR Group, a leadership development and coaching firm based in Atlanta, GA. Ellen’s passion is helping people “turn insight into action” as they learn and grow during their leadership journey to becoming the best version of themselves. Members tell Ellen that her style of both challenging and championing them makes her particularly effective. 

Larry Ehretsman

Daytime Coach

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Larry Ehretsman encourages members to engage their networks more fully and evaluate their skill sets in greater depth. He draws on the Myers-Briggs evaluation, StrengthsFinders and other diagnostic tools.

“I’ve taught at the graduate level, trained counselors and worked with numerous clients who have been unemployed, so I’ve seen lots of good stories unfold.”

Susan Esque

Daytime Coach

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Susan brings over 35 years of business experience as a senior Human Resources professional. Her experience includes professional service organizations in investment management, accounting and consulting. Throughout her career she has served in the capacity of consultant, coach, and advisor to employees and senior leaders.

Jessica Worny Janicki

Workshop Facilitator

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Jessica Worny Janicki loves helping people and organizations develop their talent. She works with clients to take their resumes to a higher level through advanced customization techniques at her “Resume Clinic” workshop.  She also partners with coach Bo Golovan to help clients understand how emotional intelligence can be the secret to success, and teaches them how to develop it at workshops “Introduction to Emotional Intelligence,” and “Developing Your Emotional Intelligence.”  Additionally, Jessica coaches’ clients from CTC’s Virtual Services program.

As an independent career coach, Jessica has worked with over 1,500 people from over 20 nations.  She helps clients to paint the picture of their career vision, assess the gaps between today and that vision, and take actions to move towards it – one step at a time.

Jessica worked in business as a salesperson, OD consultant, and trainer.  She has also worked with graduate business students and alumni as a coach, and has developed and taught courses in career development, job search, and professionalism. 

She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Certified Five O’Clock Club Career Coach, MBTI Master Practitioner, facilitator of the Strong Interest Inventory, the Emotional and Social Competence Inventory (ESCI), and the EQ-i 2.0.  She is an active member of and speaker with several associations, including the International Coach Federation, National Career Development Association, Chicago Association for Psychological Type, and the Five O’Clock Club Guild.  She has spoken at the NCDA and SAMA conferences.

Julia Katz

Daytime Coach

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Julia Katz is a former CTC member who has completed several major transitions over the past twenty years, culminating in her launching and eventually selling a business to a Fortune 500 Company.  Six years ago, Julia became the principal of JLK Advisors, where she serves as a leadership consultant and executive career coach. Julia guides clients through the discovery process using a variety of coaching tools. Members learn to trust their instincts and move toward what matters most to them. Julia works clients in the Discovery Phase (finding direction.)

David Kloak

Daytime Coach/Facilitator

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David is a Leadership Executive Coach focusing on helping leaders and career professionals develop their leadership capabilities.  He leverages human nature to achieve desired goals by connecting people with others, guiding and developing them to follow their best career and life paths, improving decision-making skills, and addressing interfering habits.

Mary Maloney

Daytime Coach

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Mary has extensive experience in the recruiting field working as a recruiter, human resource manager and career counselor. She has worked with professionals at all levels and in diverse industries, from financial to creatives.

Currently she manages her own firm specializing in middle management placement.  She holds an MS in Counseling from Purdue University and has earned the Senior Professional Human Resources designation (SHRP).As a Career Coach,

George Mulligan

Daytime Coach

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George recently retired after a 40 year career in general management for Fortune 500 companies in the US and overseas.  He has first-hand knowledge of the risks and rewards of career changes.  He successfully made job moves through several disciplines (purchasing, marketing, sales, finance, engineering and R&D), participated in acquisitions and divestures, and transitioned from U.S. assignments to running a large corporate business in Asia.

Mike Munger

Daytime Coach/Facilitator

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Mike Munger has spent most of his career learning the hiring techniques and processes for a wide variety of organizations. He specializes in providing outstanding service to clients and candidates through careful job requirements analysis, resume formatting, interview preparation, and debrief and client management. Mike is a specialty coach who reviews resumes and LinkedIn profiles.

Diana Oye

Daytime Coach

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Diana is a career coach and organizational consultant with extensive experience in personal and professional development at financial services, manufacturing and management consulting organizations. She has an MBA in Business from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a BS in Education from the University of Illinois-Urbana.

Kate Plush

Daytime Coach

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Kate Plush has a passion for Human Resources, especially Recruiting.  Kate started her career in Recruiting and transitioned into Human Resources; she has over twenty years of progressive experience.  Kate has worked with and filled positions at all levels of the organization, as the Vice President of Human Resources with the leading trade association for the recreational boating industry. 

Roberta Renaldy

Flex Coach

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Bobbie brings over two decades of experience in talent management, leadership development and career development within health care, outplacement and higher education settings to her coaching practice. 

She is a certified coach through the University of Texas at Dallas and the International Coaching Federation (ICF), and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SHRM-SCP) designation.

Bobbie enjoys working with clients in all stages of career transition and development, especially those interested in expanding opportunities and navigating challenges in their current work environment.  With authenticity and compassion, she offers a practical approach and a comfortable space for learning, growth and transformation

Sue Schmitz

Daytime Coach/Facilitator

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Sue is the Principal of Greener Pastures Career Consulting where she helps professionals of all ages and passions successfully navigate their careers. Prior to becoming a Career Coach, Sue spent 20+ years in marketing, working for Fortune 100 companies, start-ups, dot.coms and non-profits.  Sue transitioned to higher education and career advising in 2015 as the Associate Director of Student and Employer Engagement at Northwestern University’s Medill School. There she coached everyone from college students looking to build their first resume and LinkedIn profile when applying for internships and graduate school, to successful alumni looking to make a strategic career move. Sue works with members in the Planning & Action Phases of job search.

Jill O’Mahony Stewart

Daytime Coach/Facilitator

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Jill O’Mahony Stewart teaches writing workshops for career professionals. She also teaches writing for public relations at DePaul University’s College of Communication and DePaul’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies. She has been a public relations consultant and owner of a boutique firm, Stewart Communications Ltd., for more than 25 years. 

Jill served on the board of Public Narrative [formerly Community Media Workshop] for 12 years; she is a past co-president of the Publicity Club of Chicago, and a former board member and client of CTC. She is a graduate of Allegheny College and holds an M.S. from Boston University in public relations and an M.A. from DePaul University’s School for New Learning.

Ed Valentine

Workshop Facilitator

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Ed Valentine is the Owner and Principle Consultant for EA Valentine and Associates, a change management consulting firm. He has more than 20 years success working in higher education, telecommunications, healthcare and not-for-profit organizations.

Beth Williams

Daytime Coach

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Beth provides CTC members the benefit of her career and coaching knowledge and a thoughtful space to work through limits and make real progress towards desired outcomes.

Beth spent 20 years in human resource management positions in a variety of industries before branching out with her own HR consulting and coaching practice, Edgewater Consulting Ltd. Through her 15+ years in consulting, Beth began focusing on organizational change, behavioral interviewing, competencies and leadership assessment and development. Her passions are in leadership assessments and coaching.

Sherry Woodry

Flex Coach

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Sherry provides leadership and team coaching, facilitation and training to business leaders and teams all over the world.  She leverages the breadth and depth of her experience to help leaders grow and execute organization results.   

 For over 25 years, she held a variety of senior human resource leadership positions in industrial and financial services businesses. Her experience includes global strategic business partnership roles with large employee populations in several geographies. Her consulting practice focuses on leadership and team coaching, leadership development, training and facilitation.  

 Sherry holds a Professional Certified Coach qualification from the International Coaching Federation, holds a master’s certificate from Fielding Graduate University in Evidence-Based Coaching and graduate of Coaches Training Institute. She is a certified practitioner of Birkman and Hogan leadership assessments.

Sherry has a strong commitment to volunteerism and has served on nonprofit boards and volunteers at Fourth Presbyterian Church, CTC and Executive Service Corp of Chicago. 

Jessica Worny

Janicki 

Workshop Faciliator

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Jessica Worny Janicki  loves helping people and organizations develop their talent. She works with clients to take their resumes to a higher level through advanced customization techniques at her “Resume Clinic” workshop. She also partners with coach Bo Golovan to help clients understand how emotional intelligence can be the secret to success, and teaches them how to develop it at workshops “Intro to EQi” and “Developing Your EQi.”

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