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Meet Our Coaches & Workshop Instructors

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.

Pat Arnold

evening coach

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Pat Arnold recently worked as an outplacement coach for managerial, executive and C-Suite clients impacted by corporate restructuring, thus fulfilling her passion to help others. Most were communications and marketing professionals. Pat is on the board of Male Mogul Initiative, volunteers with AARP Illinois, and serves as a marketing committee member for the workplace advocacy organization, Women Employed. She was named one of “100 Women Making a Difference” by Today’s Chicago Woman, is a Golden Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, past vice president of the Chicago Association of Black Journalists and is the founding president of the Twin Cities Association of Black Journalists.

Susan Barbee

evening coach & workshop facilitator

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Susan Barbee founded GrowForward Coaching + Consulting to help job seekers and mid-career managers master their brand, message, and strategy for getting that next-level role or buy-in from their team or boss. She coaches professionals both within and outside of organizations. She helps managers tap strengths and uncover new ways of thinking by coaching them “from the inside out” so they can make a more positive impact. And she advises job seekers that they’ll find success more quickly when they understand what makes them successful and feel invincible in their unique value proposition and purpose. Susan is a Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP), Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR).

Christine Bedalow

daytime  coach

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Christine Bedalow is a Talent Acquisition Executive with over 17 years of experience in full life-cycle recruitment, on-boarding, and leadership of departments. She has a diverse professional career covering an array of specialized areas after she completed a BS degree in Accounting from NIU and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is driven by challenge and innovative problem solving as well as building long term relationships and positively impacting the world.

Amy J. Berk

resume coach/workshop faciliator

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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.

Ann Brody

evening coach

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Ann Brody, M.S.W. is the Principal of Career Solutions, Inc., with an office in Chicago. She is certified by The Highlands Company to offer their in-depth ability assessment and comprehensive career, education and life planning services. She has coached executive level virtual groups in job search strategy for The Five O’Clock Club, now called Get Five, a virtual outplacement service. In 2002, she was certified in executive and personal coaching by the College of Executive Coaching and provides Leadership and Peak Performance coaching to individuals and organizations.

Vannessa Brown 

evening  coach

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Currently a Talent Acquisition Digital Recruiter and DEI Champion at U.S. Bank, Vannessa Brown harnessed her executive career coaching skills shortly after co-founding an employment agency in 2014 called GForce Staffing Services. She was instrumental in designing a career coaching and recruitment strategy that yields a 97% success rate. Her Human Resource background spans back to the late 90’s where she worked in Human Resources and Recruiting for Ernst & Young’s consulting practice.
Her passions and expertise include resume writing and review, interviewing and salary negotiation techniques, and networking. She is committed to providing career guidance with compassion and integrity. As a coach she is devoted to working with clients to achieve their goals. She prides herself on her ability to build solid relationships and offers a high-touch approach to her coaching process.
Vannessa holds a BA degree in Management with a minor in Organizational Development and Leadership from Loyola University Chicago. She enjoys spending time with family, friends, and exploring Chicago’s restaurant scene.

Her passions and expertise include resume writing and review, interviewing and salary negotiation techniques, and networking.  She is committed to providing career guidance with compassion and integrity.  As a coach she is devoted to working with clients to achieve their goals.  She prides herself on her ability to build solid relationships and offers a high-touch approach to her coaching process. 

Vannessa holds a BA degree in Management with a minor in Organizational Development and Leadership from Loyola University Chicago. She enjoys spending time with family, friends, and exploring Chicago’s restaurant scene.

Tim Conway

daytime coach & workshop facilitator

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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.

Raquel Cosden

Strong Interest Inventory Instructor

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Raquel Cosden is a leadership trainer and career coach with years of experience helping clients and leaders in the workforce to identify and achieve their goals. She helps clients identify their values and find ways to live them and incorporate them into their work. Raquel has experience helping clients in all phases of their career, whether you have just started in your career or are looking for a change.

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.

Lucien Derosena

daytime coach

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Lucien currently serves as a Project Manager- Global Expansion for Project 44.  He has nearly a decade of experience working as a Recruitment Specialist and HR Consultant. During this time, Lucien has been a dedicated volunteer, working as a Mentor with the Leader Shop, and Volunteer Mediator with Chicago Center for Conflict Resolution. Lucien holds a MPA from DePaul University and a BA in Political Science from UIC.  As a new Coach to CTC, Lucien will focus on working with clients in the Discovery phase and provide his expertise in LinkedIn, online application systems and networking.

Jerry Donahue

evening coach

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Jerry Donahue has deep and extensive career service work experience in higher education, including the University of Michigan College of Engineering, Indiana University, Northwestern University, as well as Moraine Valley Community College, St. Norbert College, Canisius College and the University of Detroit. He has held career services positions for the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers, SHRM, and several regional career consortia in New York, Wisconsin and Michigan.

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. 

Susan Duda

daytime coach

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Susan brings extensive coaching experience to CTC, having worked with corporate and nonprofit clients across many different career fields and industries. Since 1998, Susan has served as a Senior Executive Coach and previous to that, thirteen years as a Consultant.  Susan began her career as Director of Education for both Rush University Medical Center and University of Chicago Hospitals. She holds an MBA in Marketing and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University. Now retired, Susan spends her time volunteering with organizations close to her heart.

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.

Howard Fox

workshop facilitator

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Howard Fox uses theories from leadership development and adult development to assist his clients. “I believe people who seek coaching are looking for help to overcome personal dilemmas and mindsets that impede action.” Howard holds a MA in Organization Management & Development from Fielding Graduate University and is a graduate of Fielding’s Accredited Coaching Training Program. He is a member of the International Coach Federation, the Association for Psychological Type International, the Institute for Social and Emotional Intelligence, and the Boss Whispering Institute. He is also a Pfeiffer Partner, distributor of the Leadership Practices Inventory, and a distributor for Inscape, publisher of the DiSC family of assessments. Howard also has a Master of Public Administration from Wayne State University. He received his Evidence Based coach training from Fielding Graduate University. Howard facilitates LinkedIn workshops.

Marty Gahbauer

workshop facilitator

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Marty is the Executive Director of the Weigand Center for Professional Excellence at Elmhurst University.  Previously, has the associate director of Employer Relations & Outreach at Loyola University of Chicago. Marty spent more than twenty years in the advertising and marketing industries with the majority of his career at Leo Burnett in account management. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time chasing after his twins. Marty holds a BS in advertising from the University of Illinois/Champaign-Urbana as well as an MEd in higher education from Loyola University Chicago.

Bo Golovan

workshop facilitator

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Bo has a 25+ years business experience and honed her coaching and mentoring skills while running businesses and teams. She held senior leadership positions as Executive VP and as President in Paris, France and Chicago during her successful career in International Finance and in Real Estate. She partnered with organizations to create a strategic focus, align the organizational structures and the talent needed, and implement execution.

Bo is a dual French-American citizen along with a Ukrainian cultural heritage, which makes her particularly attuned to cross-cultural environments. Bo uses her business acumen and her cross-cultural background along with her Emotional Intelligence expertise to facilitate and help clients expand their potential and develop their effectiveness.

Bo has an M.B.A. from H.E.C. Paris, France and a Masters in Economics from the University P. Cezanne, Aix, France. She received her Advanced Personal and Executive Coach Certification (ACPEC) from The College of Executive Coaching, Pismo Beach, CA. She is a Certified Practitioner for the M.B.T.I and the EQ-i 2.0. Assessment Tools.

Robert Gramillano

peer group facilitator

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Robert combines years of experience, extensive education and a unique voice in his coaching practice. “I try to motivate people into as much action as possible. Action generates energy, and positive energy generates results.”

Robert Gramillano applies a creative and innovative approach to coaching. He seeks to inspire people to live rich and fulfilling lives through personal exploration and action. He helps clients find the powerful, centered being within themselves: a person who embraces change, lives passionately and realizes their full human potential.

Robert has earned a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University, is an MBA graduate from DePaul University, and has made a successful transition from a managerial/consulting background in Information Technology. He is a Certified, Licensed NLP Master Practitioner, a Certified Empowerment Coach and a Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach and has recently earned a Certificate in “Leadership in Sustainability Management” at the Graham School of The University of Chicago. He facilitates the Monday Peer Group.

Bliss Hansen

Strengthsfinder Instructor

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Bliss Hansen helps midlevel executives become better managers and improve their career prospects by acquiring specialized professional skills. She also helps clients navigate job/career transitions and determine where they want their new professional paths to go.

Bliss’ accreditations include a CPCC from the Coaches Training Institute and an ACC from the International Coach Federation. She also has a BSW from Providence College and has operated her own consulting firm, BHF Coaching, since 2012.

She facilitates CTC’s StrengthsFinder workshop.

Erna Herzfeldt

daytime coach

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A Ph.D. Candidate, Erna is a personal and professional growth coach, lecturer and research associate in industrial and organizational psychology. She is a Sessional Lecturer at the University of the German Federal Armed Forces in Munich, Germany. Previously, she was an Education Coordinator for the BMW Group in Munich.

Erna partners with client to identify, clarify and align their authentic personal and professional goals and develop a sustainable strategy to reach these goals.

She has University Diploma in International Business and Cultural Students from the Universitat Passau and was a visiting PHD at the University of Victoria. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation. She is fluent in English, German and Russian.

Jessica Worny Janicki

workshop facilitator

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Jessica founded JWJ Consulting LLC, in 2008 to help people and organizations develop their talent.  She offers career coaching, leadership development coaching, and group facilitation services.

In her career work, Jessica enables a wide variety of professionals to identify and fulfill their career aspirations.  In her leadership work, she motivates senior leaders and managers to develop emotionally intelligent leadership capabilities.  She helps clients define a motivating vision for success – and achieve it.  

She has worked internationally and coached thousands of high-performance professionals from 20 nations on intentional change, leadership development, emotional intelligence, career visions, utilizing assessments for development and decision making, career change, and job search strategies.  

She earned her B.S. from Miami University and her M.B.A. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University.  She is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation and a Certified Executive Coach with Weatherhead Executive Education at Case Western Reserve University.  As the Chair-Elect of the Credentialing Commission of the National Career Development Association (NCDA), she helps administer and oversee NCDA’s five career services credentials.  Jessica donates her time as a facilitator at the nonprofit Career Transitions Center of Chicago. 

To learn more about Jessica, please visit www.linkedin.com/in/jwjanicki.  To learn more about her company, please visit www.jwjconsultingllc.com

Rebekah Kane

workshop facilitator

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Rebekah is a certified life and career coach, specializing in Career and Life Transitions, and is principal coach and Founder of Tell a New Story Coaching.  She has coached and trained hundreds of people, of diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, through their unique job, career and life transitions.  Rebekah’s holistic approach empowers people to honor the “space in-between”, amidst challenging transitions in life and career, and walks clients through fears and the “stuck places” to be able to take action towards goals. 

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 & peer group 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.

Sharon Krohn

workshop facilitator

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A leadership coach and executive search consultant, Sharon emphasizes the personal insights to be gained from CTC’s job search process.  “When people work the process at CTC, the change is often transformational,” she says. “It’s inspiring to me to walk alongside my clients and help them get through the nuts and bolts of putting together a resume, learning interview skills — using the experience as a catalyst for personal growth.”

The principal of a Chicago-based firm, Sharon conducts executive search, organization consulting and coaching across the business spectrum.  Prior to establishing her practice, Sharon spent ten years as Senior Vice President of Administration and Director of Human Resources with a national real estate firm.

Sharon is a past president of Commercial Real Estate Executive Women, is chair of the group’s leadership and professional development committees, and serves on the national leadership committee.  She has served as co-chair of The 2014 Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Conference. Sharon holds a B.A. in Literature, a Masters in Communications from New York University, and an advanced degree in leadership coaching from Georgetown University.  She has a MCC (Master Certified Coach) certification from the International Coach Federation.

Her specialties include creating short and long-term actionable career goals, resume development, interview preparation, and salary negotiation. Kristen’s objective as a coach is to take into account each client’s practical desires for a position (i.e. salary, benefits, etc.) and to tie those with the personal values, passions and culture-fit they’re looking for in their next role. 

David Logan

photographer/video producer

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CTC photographer/video producer David Logan specializes in business imagery that drives brand engagement. His background includes a 15 year career at Harpo Studios running the post-production operation for The Oprah Winfrey Show followed by 7 years at ad agency DDB Chicago overseeing in-house production/post in support of major Fortune 500 brands.

Later as a client and with guidance from CTC, Dave pivoted to launch DLVisuals, switching gears toward entrepreneurial, start-ups and established small businesses. Working off the premise “you seldom get a second chance to make a good first impression” Dave creates impact imagery featuring headshots, business portraits, vocational lifestyle, industrial and product shots. Make an appointment to have your professional LinkedIn headshot taken at a special CTC discounted session rate.

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,

Theresa Maria Napa

daytime  coach

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Theresa Maria Napa is driven by her belief that self-awareness is a journey to one’s purpose and fulfillment – a road worth traveling. The “Fearless Networking” series helps clients work on what to say and optimizing their efforts, by identifying best networking practices and situations for you to maximize success.

Colleen McFarland

workshop facilitator

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Colleen’s expertise is organizational change management. She works with leaders who appreciate the value of anticipating and preparing for the impact a business change will have on their customers and employees. She has seen the benefits of good change management on business outcomes and culture.

Colleen works for Beam Suntory whose products include the World’s Number 1 Bourbon Whiskey, Jim Beam. She is working to integrate change management practices into everyone’s ways of working at Bean Suntory.

Colleen is a huge advocate of networking and makes networking part of her every day. Being open to others, getting to know them, working to understand their point of view and learning from them is what she does.

Kristen Covington

youth coach

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Kristen McCormack is a Public Sector Senior Consultant with Baker Tilly. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University and has strong connections with Loyola University as a member of their Alumni Board and as a mentor for business students with a focus on career preparation and network building.

 

Her specialties include creating short and long-term actionable career goals, resume development, interview preparation, and salary negotiation. Kristen’s objective as a coach is to take into account each client’s practical desires for a position (i.e. salary, benefits, etc.) and to tie those with the personal values, passions and culture-fit they’re looking for in their next role. 

Treasa Moran

workshop facilitator

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Treasa Moran is a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley and has worked both professionally and as a volunteer to help individuals with financial concerns to address everything from budgeting to emergency spending plans to making decisions about investments, insurance and negotiating severance and benefits packages.

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

resume/LinkedIn coach & workshop 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.

Tom Murray

workshop facilitator

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Tom Murray was the Executive Director of Career Transitions Center from 1997- 2005. He recently retired as President of Severtsen Murray, Inc., a healthcare consultancy firm that provided hospital construction, management and organization expertise to hospitals and their associated clinical specialties.

Tom served as an Adjunct Professor at North Park University and was the President of the Institute for Entrpeneurship for six years. He holds a doctorate in Educational Administration from Loyola University.

Jill O’Mahony Stewart

workshop 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.

Diana Oye

daytime coach

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Diana is a career and leadership coach with extensive experience in personal and professional development at financial services, manufacturing and management consulting organizations. She works with clients to re-imagine their career and inspire them to get there. She has an MBA in Business and a BS in Education from the University of Illinois.   

Kate Plush

evening  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

evening 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 & workshop 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 loves sharing her personal professional experience and many contacts with others in an effort to help everyone find a career/job they enjoy as much as she enjoys Career Advising.

Sue holds an MA in Integrated Marketing & Communications from Northwestern University, a BA in Journalism, focusing on Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications from DePaul University.

Lisa Schuller

evening coach & workshop facilitator

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After starting her career nearly thirty years ago in the service sector with third party relocation, Lisa crossed into several industries: Healthcare, Research, University, Transportation, Warehouse – wholesale distribution of specialty Kitchen tools, and Utilities.

“As a coach, I provide a safe space for my clients to uncover their career goals and the strengths and skills which will allow them to succeed.  I understand the importance of aligning my clients’ personal vision and values with those of their workplace because I have found this to be critical to success and satisfaction.”

Lisa has completed her coaching certification through the Institute for Excellence in Coaching, iPEC, one of the largest ICF-accredited coach training schools in the world.  With IPEC she was trained in personal development systems and growth programs to create leadership from the inside out which helps her uncover her coaching clients innate abilities and so that they can leverage their strengths for greater success and fulfillment.  She is a Master Practitioner in Energy Leadership Index, ELI-MP, as well as a Certified Labor Relations Leader, and holds a certificate in Strategic Leadership.

Lisa holds a B.A. in Psychology and a M.S. in Organization and Industrial Design from Loyola University.

Kate Solis Silva 

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Kate brings a decade of both corporate and nonprofit experience to her Career and Personal Development Coaching with CTC.  Focused on providing holistic strategies for mission-driven professionals and those seeking to transition into more meaningful work, Kate empowers her clients to make their biggest impact by turning inward to take intentional action.

Kristin Sneeringer

daytime coach

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Kristin Sneeringer takes a creative yet strategic approach to moving forward with personal development, health, career and relationship goals. In business, with an MBA in International Marketing and Finance (MBA IMF) and as a Certified Business Architect (CBA), she focuses on links between desired outcomes and the structures, processes, values and cultures designed, desired to reach them.

Libby Smoler

workshop facilitator

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Libby has a strong background in marketing and brand management with such companies as Tyson Foods and Sears Holdings Corporation as well as experience in business development and sales within start-ups.  She is focusing on career services in the next phase of her professional journey and serves as a Career Mentor for the Posse Foundation. Her skills include resume and cover letter writing, elevator pitch creation, networking research and action and interview preparation/mock interviewing. “I’m passionate about helping clients achieve their dreams. I leverage my strong interpersonal and communication skills to work effectively and strategically with clients to identify their goals and execute a transition plan that will enable them to find work that matches their skills and passions.”

Libby holds an MBA in Marketing Management, Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA from Barnard College.

Maria Spears

workshop facilitator

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Maria Spears, M.Ed, is a certified Progressive Energy Field Tapping™ Practitioner and Instructor and a Professional Life Coach.  She has counseled hundreds of college students on life skills and completing degree programs and now coaches professional women who want to find the right life partner. She is committed to supporting men and women through the process of discovering what they need to thrive in life, to express their personal talents in the world and have unwavering belief in themselves. 

Formerly, she held clinical research positions in health care and wellness with several companies including Randstand Life Sciences, Kelly Scientific Resources, Ortho Biotech Clinical Affairs, and Pharmacia Corp/G.D. Searle and Co. She has her M.Ed., Educational Administration, from Vanderbilt University, Peabody and her B.A.,in French and Spanish from Lake Forest College.

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.

Rick Wemple

workshop facilitator

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 Mental Performance Coach, Running Coach, Personal Trainer, Rick seeks to provide clients guidance on the mental side of affirming ourselves and building stronger self-confidence through more positive self-messaging. That ultimately leads to healthier decisions, actions, and performance in all areas of life, including career, athletics, academics and relationships. Currently, the owner of  Rick Wemple Mental Performance & Personal Training, Rick was the  Head Coach – Track & Field/Cross Country Head Coach – Track & Field/Cross Country at Loyola University Chicago and the Head Cross Country/Assistant Track & Field Coach at Lewis University. He has a Biology Degree from Yale University and an MA in Exercise Science from Ohio State University.

Sherry Woodry

evening 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. 

Jennifer Wonderly

youth coach

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Jennifer has served in a number of leadership roles in higher education for 25 years. Most recently, she served as the Director of Career and Professional Development at Roosevelt University. During her tenure, Jennifer has mentored and provided academic advising to hundreds of students from diverse backgrounds, demonstrated driven success with program development and building relationships with students and advocating for their success.

Jennifer holds a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership, College Student Personnel from Ohio University and a BA in Sociology from Bowling Green State University.

 

”I enjoy assisting young adults in navigating through the career exploration and goal-setting process. Together we will set a plan that will help you identify and clarify your skills and interests and set you on your path to career success”.

 

 

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