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

flex 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

flex 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

flex 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

flex 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.

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

workshop faciliator

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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.

Jerry Donahue

flex 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.

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.

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.

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,

Kristin McCormack Covington

workshop facilitator

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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. 

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.

Theresa Maria Napa

flex 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.

Diana Oye

daytime & flex 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 & flex 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

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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.

Lisa Schuller

flex coach

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Lisa Schuller is a SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified Human Resources professional who has partnered with operational leaders in multiple industries to solve their HR challenges and deliver strong HR services.

Kate Solis Silva

flex coach

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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

flex 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.

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.

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.

Tony Volpe

daytime coach

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After many years’ experience working with CTC, Tony Volpe has coached hundreds of clients in different roles, levels, and industries.

“I really enjoy the process of getting to know a client and what they’re going through — finding out what makes them tick and what their plan is at the moment. We build it from there. Some people are at zero, planning-wise, while others are at 90.”

Tony Volpe seeks to understand each client’s existing career situation and explore possible directions in light of their personal values and financial needs. Once these benchmarks are determined, he and the client go through the options and determine a game plan with the various job search tools that CTC provides.

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. 

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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.