BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chris Coward, MSW, PCC
Christine “Chris” is a credentialed Leadership Coach and Facilitator with a focus on the health of the leader. She partners with individuals and teams in both large and small organizations, using her strengths based approach to improve their communication, productivity, leadership presence, and relationship management. Chris is an experienced seminar facilitator, using experiential learning along with her talent in creating a learning atmosphere of trust, fun, and personal/professional growth. Chris helps her coaching clients create and implement individualized plans to enhance their leadership skills. Some of the areas she has helped clients develop include: leadership courage, confidence, effective communication, team development, emotional intelligence, managing conflict, work-life integration, and stress management. Chris’ coaching and facilitation style is supportive and strength based. She uses evidence based positive psychology techniques and works to increase her client’s level of self-awareness. Her clients experience lasting behavior change in key areas as a result of working with Chris.
Chris is the Vice President of Coaching Services for the HabitChange Company (www.habitchangecoach.com) where she recruits, trains and manages contracted coaches who coach individuals and groups in healthcare and other non-medical programs. She co-developed a 125-hour coach training program that has been taught at the university level, in organizations and virtually.
Chris received her Bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her Masters in Social Work from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She earned the Certified MentorCoach (CMC) certification from MentorCoach and received her Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credentialing from the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is trained in the Core Values Index, Emotional and Social Competence Inventory, Conversational Intelligence (C-IQ) and uses other models and assessments as well. Chris is a member of the ICF and served on the board for ICF Philadelphia from 2008-2010. She has served as Board President of the Professional Referral Exchange Philadelphia Center City Chapter, a networking group for entrepreneurs. For fun, Chris plays bass guitar in a local rock band in Denver, CO and loves to be in nature with her husband and dog.
Jenya Kuvshinova, ACC is a cross-cultural Personal Development Coach. In her work as a coach, she creates unique spaces where wholehearted conversations take place and transformation can occur.
For past 9 years Jenya has been helping her clients to achieve clarity and confidence and empower them to create desired positive changes in their lives. She coaches seamlessly between cultures. Areas of expertise are emotional wellness, personal relationship at work, work/life balance, career transitions.
Her current coaching practice includes group mindfulness hikes and hiking coaching retreats in Colorado, Utah and other beautiful places.
Jenya holds a Master degree in Sociology and her previous business experience includes working in marketing for Coca-Cola and Sprint Telecom. Later she switched to the area of executive search and consulting working for top Russian and world agencies.
For 4 years Jenya worked as Alpine skiing races official for National championships, World and Europe Cups, as well as for Winter Olympics in 2014 and received Russian President’s Appreciation Award for this work.
Jenya is world-wide adventure traveler. She has been hiking, climbing, backpacking, skiing, rafting and canyoneering in Siberia, Middle Asia, China, Swiss Alps, Argentina and all across the United States for more than 30 years.
Business Development Director
Kellie is a leadership coach and a leadership development consultant, with a focus on providing a safe space for leaders to discover what matters in their leadership and supporting them to take action to bring that to life. She works with clients in the corporate, public and non-profit sectors, and has a particular passion for helping professional working women to find their own unique path to thriving in all aspects of their lives.
Kellie trained as a leadership coach at Georgetown University in Washington DC and supports clients in their individual leadership journey with authentic presence, empathetic listening, genuine curiosity and gentle challenge.
With an MSc in Management and Organization from the University of Colorado, Denver and a Bachelor of Accounting from Monash University, Australia, Kellie also brings the structure and detail orientation of her accountant roots, and more than 15 years of experience in global professional services firms, to the design, delivery and management of global leadership programs for senior executives.
Australian born, Kellie embraces her identity as a global citizen, having had extensive experience living and working around the world. She is a professional working Mom, striving to balance leadership and life with her husband, daughter and a myriad of four-legged companions. Kellie also loves running, baking and making lists.
Walt has been coaching since 2000. He has been an ICF member since 2012 and has served on the Chapter Board as Treasurer, Membership Director, and Credentialing Director. His primary focus is coaching CEOs and leaders on non-profits. He is the Director of Coach Training for the One Challenge mission organization. He also serves as an instructor and mentor coach for several coaching schools. Walt is the author of the book FastTrack to Masterful Coaching.
Walt’s coach schooling has included training from CoachNet, Creative Results Management, Coach U and numerous seminars and webinars. Walt earned the ACC credential in 2012, the PCC credential in 2015, and the MCC credential in 2018.
Walt’s parents were pastors and missionaries, so he lived in several states and three foreign countries during his boyhood. His formal education has included a BA from Anderson University (Anderson, Indiana), an MDiv from Anderson School of Theology, and a DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, California). He has served as a pastor for over 30 years, and currently is the Executive Pastor of his local church.
Walt is married to Sharon, who retired as a professor and Director of Clinical Counseling at the University of Phoenix. In their blended marriage, they have four living adult children and six grandchildren, plus a 32-year old son who died in a fire in 2012. All live close by in Colorado, with the exception of a son in California, a son in Michigan, and a daughter-in-law and grandson in Sweden.
In college, Walt participated in track, cross-country and wrestling. In his 30s he completed 10 marathons. Upon moving to Colorado in 1985, he took up skiing and mountain climbing, and has climbed all 54 of Colorado’s "fourteeners." He and Sharon enjoy camping, travel and cruises.
Jennifer is a corporate coach, trainer and consultant. She began her own firm in August of 2019 and is devoted to raising consciousness in leadership and empowering women in corporate America. She has 20 years of experience in various corporate companies and has held many leadership roles during her tenure. Most notably, Lehman Brothers, commercial real estate and corporate finance.
Jennifer is a Certified Professional Coach through iPEC. She also holds a Master of Accountancy and a Bachelor of Business Management.
In her free time, she enjoys exercising, doing yoga, reading, volunteering, traveling and spending time with the important people in her life.
Douglas Slaybaugh, PCC, CPCC, CPA, CGMA
Doug serves as a coach to executives in a wide range of industries. His journey includes over twenty years within the accounting profession, with the greater part of his initiation spent with some of the largest firms in the world, as well as calls to adventure as controller, CFO, and entrepreneur. As a former audit partner, Doug has been through the trials and transformation that many professionals experience and has expertise in many of the skills necessary to be successful in the workplace.
Changed by his personal and professional experiences, and in embracing his strengths of empathy and compassion, Doug began a new chapter of his professional career, developing the skills, experience, and knowledge to become a premier coach for professionals.
Doug is certified as a coach through the International Coach Federation and Coaches Training Institute, as well being a CPA. He continues his path to serve professionals by creating engaging coaching relationships. These connections empower growth to exceed his client’s expectations of business, career, and life, as they strive to be their best self.
Doug lives and works in Littleton where he enthusiastically juggles time between coaching, date nights with his wife, parenting their two children and finding time for the occasional horror movie, skateboarding adventure, or comic book.
Professional Groups include: International Coach Federation, Coaches Training Institute, Institute of Coaching, American Institute of CPAs, Colorado Society of CPAs.
Becky Magnotta is a Senior Leadership Coach who listens, collaborates and influences to support senior leaders and their teams achieve their highest potential. She understands business and is known for coaching, mentoring, strategic development, relationship management and organizational development.
Her rich corporate career includes DISH Network, ICG Communications and Chevron. She was a member of Accounting, Finance Marketing, Sales Communication, Sales and Call Center Leadership Development and Talent Management teams. Her experience spans a variety of industries including pay-tv, telecom, energy, mining, non-profit and furniture retail industries.
Becky has served on the boards of the Association for Talent Development Rocky Mountain Chapter (ATD-RMC) and is currently Director of Communications for the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Colorado Chapter. She is currently the Chair of ATD’s 2021 Conference Program Advisory Committee and is an Ambassador for ICF’s Executive and Leadership Community of Practice.
Born in Kansas, Geo spent 15 years in the USAF, 11 of those years as a fighter pilot and instructor. This inspired Geo’s passion for helping others achieve their potential.
Geo devoted over 30 years of his life in the United Kingdom working for top executives from both companies and non-profits who are experiencing change, or wish to make changes in how they conduct their operations. He is a PCC credentialed leadership coach, and Ihe specializes in working with ambitious leaders in organizations to dramatically increase their confidence and drive, so they get quicker and bigger results, and experience the satisfaction of making a greater impact! Companies love the work he and his team do, as it leads to faster growth, enhanced profitability and happier clients and staff.
Geo has coached individuals and teams across a wide range of local, national and international organizations such as Visa, Avon Rubber, Baxter Healthcare, PGA European Tour, Domino Printed Images Fuji, Marks and Spencer, MJ Mapp, John Lewis Partnerships, Ramboll Environ, Resurgo, Youth For Christ, New Life Church, Affinity Engineering, Morning Star Development and CU Denver.
Geo has written a book, IMPACT! How to Make a Positive Difference which highlights his experiences in helping leaders from a variety of backgrounds develop at least 6 core skills everyone needs to change their organization, team, community or family for the better.
Geo lives with Heidi his wife, in Colorado Springs. They have two sons, Nathan and Timothy, wonderful daughters-in-law and five grandchildren. As well as being a devoted grandfather, he enjoys golf, ‘building projects,’ bridge, being actively involved in his local church and USAFA Cadet Programs.
Georg Apitz, PCC, CPCC
Georg Apitz is a Life|Coach. Since 2014, he has owned and operated his own coaching and consulting business. Georg has two decades of experience working in academia, Human-Computer Interaction, training, Software Architecture as well as the software start-up space. Georg has worked for non-profits, started his own software company and worked in leadership positions helping grow and expand software businesses across the globe, he has taught at the university level and corporate trainings across the globe.
Georg is a trained co-active coach. He also trained with Peter Bregman. Furthermore he is trained in Matrix Leadership, Deep Democracy, non-violent communication and Qigong. Certified as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as well as a Co-active Professionally Certified Coach (CPCC) with CTI. Georg holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Linguistics, an M.Sc. in Computer Science with focus on Human-Computer-Interaction. In a former career, he trained and worked as a cabinet maker and carpenter.
Georg's focus as a coach is on self-care and self-love as the foundation for any lasting change from within.
Teena Evert provides valuable coaching services that foster personal growth and professional development that leads to greater confidence, success and happiness in your work- life. She offers a holistic and comprehensive approach as certified career, life, and leadership coach that addresses the whole person in order to support work-life balance and long-term job satisfaction.
Teena’s primary focus as a coach is to guide and empower professional men and women to make important decisions, set goals based on knowledge of themselves and the market and take steps to realize their fullest potential.
Teena is equipped to provide her clients with the best support possible, as she is recognized by the National Career Development Association as a Certified Career Counselor (CCC). She holds the Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) credential through the Center for Credentialing and Education. She completed a rigorous training program and earned the Certified Career Transition Coach (CCTC) credential from Career Thought Leaders that signifies understanding of coaching best practices and career decision-making processes. She is also a Certified Conversational Intelligence Coach (CC-IQ) and a licensed mental health professional (LMFT) who values and understands the impact that mental and emotional health can have on the longevity of your vocation. She is a member of the International Coach Federation National and local Colorado Chapter, pursuing the PCC credential.