About our Team
Amy Gamblin – Trainer - is a Certified Master Coach and a Certified Coach Trainer through the Center for Coaching Certification plus an ACC credentialed member of the International Coach Federation. She has over 15 years of business experience with a background in project management and training. She specializes in career coaching and she has been coaching clients in this niche area for over two years offering one-on-one coaching and packages with professional development workshops. Her client base mainly consists of university graduate students and those seeking transition into new careers. Amy earned her Master of Arts degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from the Patterson School of Diplomacy at the University of Kentucky. She is a member of the International Coach Federation, the National Career Development Association and the Professional Association of Resume Writers.
Monique A. Betty
Monique A. Betty – Trainer - is a Certified Master Coach and a Certified Coach Trainer through the Center for Coaching Certification plus an PCC credentialed member of the International Coach Federation. Specializing in executive coaching, Monique's 20-year corporate experience includes communications, marketing, sales, and management with various Fortune 500 companies representing the consumer products and pharmaceutical industries. Monique earned an MBA from the University of Michigan on a Consortium Fellowship with a concentration in corporate strategy and marketing. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Marketing from The Ohio State University. She is married and has two sons and identifies herself as the eternal cheerleader living her life charged with positive energy.
Ruth Pearce – Trainer - is a Certified Master Coach and a Certified Coach Trainer through the Center for Coaching Certification. She is also an ACC credentialed member of the International Coach Federation. Ruth has a long career in complex international project management, with experience in financial services, state government, non-profits, and education. She is certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional (PMP). Ruth divides her coaching practice between coaching project managers and coaching clients from all walks of life who struggle with anxiety and phobias. Ruth graduated valedictorian in her JD class. She also earned her Master of Science in Economic Theory from the London School of Economics. Her book, “Be a Project Motivator: Unlock the Secrets of Strengths-based Project Management” is published by Berrett-Koehler. Her mission is to partner with others to create positive change.
Mel O'Keefe – Trainer - is a Certified Master Coach and a Certified Coach Trainer through the Center for Coaching Certification, plus is an ACC credentialed member of the International Coach Federation. Mel is a Certified Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach. He values his time with his wife and children. Mel has himself lived the work he now supports his clients to accomplish and incorporating coaching has increased the success of his fitness clients exponentially. Mel is dedicated to the complete wellness of others.
Sarah Roberts – Trainer - is a Certified Master Coach and is a Certified Coach Trainer through the Center for Coaching Certification. She is also an ACC credentialed member of the International Coach Federation. She retired from state government with over 15 years of management experience and started a consulting business specializing in leadership development and executive coaching. Sarah earned her Master of Health Administration from the University of Phoenix and her Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University. She is a member of the International Coach Federation, the Association for Talent Development, and a board member for the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership and ICF-Colorado. Sarah loves learning and facilitating “aha!” moments in others.
Dr. Phildra Swagger
Dr. Phildra Swagger – Trainer - is a Certified Professional Coach through the Center for Coaching Certification, completed an additional 60 hours of coach training, and is a member of the International Coach Federation. Dr. Swagger’s career spans 30 years as an educator and executive, with experience in nonprofit management, procurement, and training. She earned both her MBA and Ph.D. from the University of South Florida. Dr. Swagger effectively uses her time to coach entrepreneurs and consult with organizations to overcome challenges, increase productivity, and generate business growth. Phildra loves working with people and personifies her personal and business motto “combining our expertise to maximize yours!”
George M. Nuthu
George M. Nuthu – Trainer - is a Leadership Coach and Consultant (Coachultant) with over ten years of experience working with leaders in local and international organizations from East, West and South Africa, South-East Asia and the Middle East. He is also Coach Trainer and Mentor Coach plus a Certified Professional Analyst in Behavior, EQ, and Driving Forces. George earned a Master of Christian Leadership from Global University in the US and a Bachelor of Bible and Theology and from India, he earned a Bachelor of Commerce from Osmania University and a Bachelors of Law from Aligarh Muslim University. George is the Global Chair of the ICF’s inaugural Dispute Resolution Panel, the Co-Leader of the ICF’s Ethics Community of Practice, and served as a member of the ICF Code Of Ethics Review Team. In the ICF Kenya Chapter he has served as the Chair of the Nomination Board, Project Leader of the Ignite Project, and Member of the Education Board. George is married to Beverley, and he enjoys reading, traveling, and time with friends.
Cathy Baskin – Trainer - is a Certified Master Coach through the Center for Coaching Certification and certified in EQ-i 2.0/EQ 360 assessments. She is also an ACC credentialed member of the International Coaching Federation. Cathy is a Leadership Coach and is the owner of Aspirations Coaching Services, LLC. She has Executive and Leadership Coaching experience with fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and the federal and public sectors. She has over a decade of leadership experience in the federal sector as an Acquisition Professional. Cathy has earned her M.S. in Contract and Procurement Management and B.S. in Technology & Management from University Maryland University College. Cathy is passionate about helping leaders develop and grow professionally and personally. She believes that great leaders inspire greatness from others, and get great results!
Andrew Shaffer – Trainer - is a Certified Master Coach and Coach Trainer through the Center for Coaching Certification and an MCC credentialed member of the International Coaching Federation. Based in Tokyo, Japan, and co-founder of HummingByrd Inc., Andrew helps successful leaders and teams achieve positive and measurable change in behavior in their work and life that is sustained, recognized, and acknowledged by stakeholders. As an executive coach, he partners with CEOs, senior executives, and leaders from extremely diverse cultural and professional backgrounds in developing their ability to lead, perform, learn, and effectively guide themselves and their teams to reach their bottom-line goals, exceeding both individual and organizational expectations. As a coach supervisor, he provide practitioners (as supervisees) tailored learning opportunities that benefit their professional practice through a process that generates insights, reflection, and action. A good listener and problem-solver with cross-cultural understanding and creativity, he is driven by witnessing clients using their newly acquired skills to make a positive and lasting impact on people, organizations, and communities around the world.
Marcia Teixeira – Spanish Trainer - is a Certified Master Coach through the Center for Coaching Certification plus an ACC credentialed member of the International Coach Federation. She has over 30 years of business experience in marketing, sales, and program/project management. She has worked in Brazil, Latin America, and the USA. Specializing in leadership and organizational development, she offers one-on-one and team coaching and business consulting. Her clients are mostly leaders in multicultural organizations, dealing with the push-pull of the corporate world. She partners with them to navigate change, cultivate healthy work and personal relationships, and become high performing. She holds a Masters in Organizational Development from Saybrook University, earned an MBA from University of São Paulo, a Bachelor in Economics from Pontificia Universidade Catolica of São Paulo, and is a Certified Prosci Change Management Practitioner. She is the ICF South Florida President-Elect 2021. A life-long learner, she is committed to empowering herself and others to live intentional, relevant, and happy lives.
Juanita Bulloch – Coach Support - is a Certified Master Coach specializing in Executive, Engineer and Small Business Coaching and is a Certified Coach Trainer. Through her years of executive experience, including the presidency of a steel company, she brings a keen understanding of leadership and entrepreneurship and combines it with her coaching by being a strategic partner with clients to motivate and empower them to turn knowledge into action toward desired results. Her natural love of learning prompted her to earn an MBA from Francis Marion, where the School of Business named her “Outstanding Alumnus”. She twice served on the Boy Scouts of America Board and is fondly remembered as the “Popcorn Colonel”. Currently, she volunteers as a math tutor for at-risk students.
Beth Donovan – Coach Support - is a Certified Master Coach and a Certified Wellness Coach Specialist through Center for Coaching Certification. She began her journey to becoming a health / weight coach after moving 100 pounds closer to her right size. Beth changed her size be over 230 pounds healthier in a way that is practical and easily manageable. Beth has been mentioned in magazines, books, interviewed in podcasts, written about in newspapers, and gone on to start her own coaching business. She brings over 9-years of coaching experience and her unique perspectives to the team. She is passionate about helping people and animals. She truly wants to help people feel empowered so that they make positive choices and are their happiest selves.
Teri McGraw – Coach Support - is a Certified Professional Coach and a Certified Master Coach through the Center for Coaching Certification. Teri is also certified as a Qualified Family Mediator through Effect Services, LLC, and the founder of Center for Quality Coaching, LLC. As an alumni from Clemson University with a B.A. in Psychology and Business, Teri continued her master studies in pastoral theology, counseling, and coaching. She spent 20 years as a director of education and continued working in education enhanced through the value of coaching. She has served as a speaker for both schools and churches with her love and value of coaching and being coached. She is presently using her training, wisdom, experience and positive motivation for coaching while assisting in the Center for Coaching Certification.
Jill Wilk – Coach Support – is a Certified Master Coach specializing in Career Development and Career Transition coaching. She has spent over 20 years Human Resources both in Director and VP level internal positions and as an outside consultant implementing performance and training strategies for small and mid-sized businesses. With a focus on employee development, she partners with businesses in diverse industries, integrating concrete action plans while instilling a collaborative culture. She holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior from Golden Gate University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication and Theatre from University of Washington.
Pandora Ray – Coach Support - is a Certified Master Coach (CMC) and Certified Executive Coach Specialist (CSS) through the Center for Coaching Certification. She has a tenured career in both the private and not-for-profit sectors serving in a variety of leadership and operational management roles at the senior level. Known for her facilitation skills she works to encourage groups and individuals in clearly defining desired outcomes before advancing to solution mode. Pan is a Mills College alumna, holds two Masters degrees in Organization Design and Public Health and is certified as an Action Learning Coach through the World Institute for Action Learning. She has a profound interest in coaching and the value it provides in the personal and professional environment. Her focus is on embracing change, working passionately, and making the space in which we work and live a better place.
Business Development Team Leader and Spanish Trainer
Genaro Torres – Business Development Team Leader and Spanish Trainer - is a Certified Master Coach and a Certified Coach Trainer through the Center for Coaching Certification plus an ACC credentialed member of the International Coach Federation. Genaro is the founder of GTC and a bicultural business consultant with a proven track record of success. He has experience in different industries developing the managerial skills of leaders in organizations in the United States and Latin America. His areas of expertise include: executive coaching, talent management, strategic planning, organizational development, business development, and systems thinking. Genaro graduated with honors from the Master of Science program in Systems Thinking Engineering and Planning, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Genaro also has a certification in Sales and Business Development from the University of San Diego. He has collaborated with the San Diego Organization Development Network, has taught at the San Diego Community College District, received the Distinguished Service Award by the American Society for Training and Development, and has many years coordinating the mentorship program at the Association for Talent Development in San Diego.
Continuing Education Trainer and Coach Support
Susanna Theo – Continuing Education Trainer and Coach Support - is a Certified Master Coach through the Center for Coaching Certification. She has over 18 years of experience as an international entrepreneur, trainer, and workshop facilitator. Susanna specializes in business communication and conflict resolution. She enjoys working with every individual and group through an interactive upbeat approach constructively guiding them to take their next step forward for achieving long-term success!
Continuing Education Trainer and Coach Support
Christie Carney – Continuing Education Trainer and Coach Support - is a Certified Master Coach through the Center for Coaching Certification and member of the International Coach Federation. She is a business consultant, coach, and facilitator. Christie’s 20 years of experience includes management, communications, sales, training and marketing. She specializes in developing strategic integrated communications, creating engaging and impactful leadership workshops, and executing diversity and inclusion initiatives and trainings. Christie earned her Master of Communication Management from the University of Southern California, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Pepperdine University, and is Cornell University Certified in Diversity and Inclusion Management. She is a board member, speaker, and facilitator for PFLAG. Christie has a passion for inquisitive and challenging probing to ignite insightful results that inspire sustainable effective change.
Continuing Education Trainer
Laura Masters – Continuing Education Trainer – is a Certified Professional Coach through the Center for Coaching Certification, a Certified mBIT Coach through mBIT International, and a member of the ICF. Laura is the owner of The Masters Company for Learning, Inc. where she has 25 years as a learning specialist and coach for adults and children of all ages. Laura works with her clients to build success and empower individuals of all ages to create dynamic and expansive lives. Laura has studied neuroscience since 1992 and her coaching, teaching, and seminars are researched and grounded in cutting edge neuroscience. Laura earned her Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Alberta, Canada and specializes in teaching the neuroscience behind learning, handling stress and anxiety, and creating authentic happiness. As a coach and trainer, Laura's mission is to inspire others to grow and create the life they want. Laura's Schedule
Pete Liska - Information Management - is a Certified Professional Coach and Certified Business Coach Specialist presently working with the Center for Coaching Certification. He graduated from The Citadel with a MS in Project Management, retired from the US Air Force, and most recently was working as a defense contractor in the Charleston, SC area. He brings management, training development, technical, and social media skills to us in support of our expanding programs and company growth.
The Guide from the Side® CMC, MCC, Certified Coach Trainer - CEO/Founder
Cathy Liska, the Guide from the Side® CMC, MCC, Certified Coach Trainer- CEO/Founder of the Center for Coaching Solutions and the Center for Coaching Certification is a Certified Master Coach and Certified Coach Trainer plus an ACC credentialed member of the ICF. As the Guide from the Side®, she is recognized among the best internationally in coaching, training, conflict management, and facilitation. Cathy is a sought-after trainer and facilitator, freely sharing from her 20 years of experience in business ownership and management. Cathy serves as a Certified Master Coach and certifies others to coach in her ICF-approved coach training programs. Her personal mission statement is “People.” Cathy is known for her passion in sharing the insight, experience, positive attitude, and information that empower others to achieve the results they desire. Cathy's Schedule