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.

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.

Judy Ball

P-A Coach

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Judy Ball is a seasoned talent acquisition (TA) executive with over 20 years’ deep and broad global HR and TA experience within corporate recruiting, retained executive search, and independent consulting environments. Most recently, Judy headed up North America Talent Acquisition as Vice President for Zurich Insurance. Prior to that, Judy ran her own talent acquisition consulting practice working with clients in healthcare,
technology, and professional services.
Judy has a master’s degree in Human Resources from Iowa State University, holds a current SPHR certification, and has a certificate from the Executive Program in Leadership Development from Loyola University. She is active in the regional HR professional community
including a board membership for the professional association, STAR Chicago (Society of Talent Acquisition and Recruitment).

Susan Barbee

Evening Coach

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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.

Steve Brandl

Daytime Coach

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Steve has an extensive background as a Chief Operating Officer with law firms in many major U.S. markets. His experience includes providing leadership and management in all facets of law firm
operations including candidate recruitment and hiring, evaluation of potential merger candidates and incorporation of merged firms, organizational and diversity program development, training, compensation, and Human Resources management. Steve left the workforce about 2 ½ years ago due to a stroke that has resulted in partial arm and hand paralysis, and holds a special interest in working with clients with physical disabilities and/or health issues.
He holds a BA in Anthropology & Religion from Columbia University in New York. Currently, Steve is focused on volunteer work and completing his ICF certification as an Executive Coach.

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 Sr. Talent Acquisition Digital Recruiter and DEI Champion Lead 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.

Tim Conway

daytime coach & workshop instructor

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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.

Kristen Covington

Youth Coach & Refining Your Pitch Workshop Instructor

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Kristen Covington is a Management Liability Account Executive with Travelers. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University and has strong connections with Loyola University as a mentor for students enrolled in the Quinlan School of Business.

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 needs regarding a position (i.e. salary, benefits, flexible hours etc.) and to tie those with personal values, passion and the culture-fit they’re looking for in their next role and overall career. 

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.

Erna Herzfeldt

Daytime Coach

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Erna is a certified professional Life and Executive Coach (CPC) with a focus on personal and professional growth and holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology. She is a lecturer at UCF in Orlando and a research fellow at the UniversityBW in Munich, Germany. 

Her previous positions include education coordination for the BMW Group in Munich and Expatriate Consulting for Deloitte in Dusseldorf. 

 

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.

Rebekah Kane

Workshop Instructor

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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.

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 & the Ultimate Job Seeker Workshop Instructor

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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 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, and is an HR consultant.

Lukas Pyrich

Evening Coach

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Lukas is a Human Resources executive with over 20 years of progressive experience building human capital programs and solutions across diverse client groups in multiple industries ranging from hospitality to transportation and manufacturing. He is the Vice President of Human Resources at Traffic Tech.

Lukas draws on his
professional experience and personal multi-cultural experience to guide clients through their own path of Discovery. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Political Science. Lukas specializes in providing guidance, support, and strategy to clients at the beginning stages of their career transition journeys, technology, and professional services,

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

Tim Ricordati

Daytime Coach

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Dr. Timothy H. Ricordati has over 30 years of experience in senior levels of education and business. He recently retired as the Vice President of Admission at Elmhurst University. Prior to this, Dr. Ricordati worked as the Vice President, New Schools Development, for the America Quality Schools Corporation, responsible for the development of new K-12 charter school opportunities and as Vice President and Dean of the Keller Graduate School of Management. He earned both a BS and MSEd. from Northern Illinois University and an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Ricordati is an accomplished teacher and has authored numerous articles and made many presentations on student achievement, satisfaction, and retention.

Lisa Schuller

Evening Coach & Workshop Instructor

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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.

Kristin Sneeringer

Daytime Coach & Planning Workshop Instructor

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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.

Harry Soursos

Daytime Coach

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Harry is a Talent & Organization expert operating at the intersection of HR, Business, and IT. As a Principal Director at Accenture Management Consulting over 19 years, he helped top tier companies primarily in the high tech/software industry navigate complex change and maximize human capital. He specialized in digital-cloud-HR transformation, talent management, org development, L&D, HRIS, and change management. His passion lies in creating a positive employee/customer experience.

He holds a BA in Psychology from Northwestern University, is fluent in Greek and French, and recently obtained his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certifications. Being in transition himself, Harry can help others navigate the discovery phase with a spiritual but practical approach.

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”.

 

 

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.

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