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Apr 8, 2020

Colorado Nonprofit Association, in partnership with the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, is working with a team of experts who are generously offering one-time sessions to coach leaders needing specific strategic advice to help you operate more effectively.    

If you are a leader who would like to be considered for a one-on-one coaching session, please submit your name, title, organization and details of your current issue or concern in an email request to Amber Coté, Director of Education and Service Enterprise. After your request is submitted, expect a reply within 24 hours to determine next steps and fit. 

We hope this will provide an outside perspective, expert advice and a place of calm as you navigate the next normal.


The key difference between coaching and consultant is, a coach facilitates the learning process a consultant offers advice to solve a problem.

Coach: A coach is a person who facilitates experiential learning that results in future-oriented abilities… [A coach] refers to a person who is a trusted role model, adviser, wise person, friend, mensch, steward, or guide – a person who works with emerging human and organizational forces to tap new energy and purpose, to shape a new vision and plans, and to generate desired results. A coach is someone trained and devoted to guiding others into increased competence, commitment, and confidence (Stober & Grant, 2006, p.3).

Consultant: A consultant is a person that provides advice based on their expertise, understanding of the industry and problemsolving capability.



Leon Cerna is a highly-skilled human resources professional with 20 years of experience in strategic management, employee relations, talent acquisitions, and training and development. Leon has a remarkable blend of both private and public sector experience. He has held leadership roles in Fortune 15 and 300 companies and served in the public sector as a Chief HR Executive working in Education. He and his team provide human resources coaching, consulting and training services to organizations in the public sector, nonprofit, and many organizations within the private sector from large to small business throughout the Denver Metro area and beyond.

Leon received his Bachelor of Science degree in Labor Relations Management from the University of the Pacific in northern California. He has a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation, a Society in Human Resources Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designation and an Associate Certified Coach designation from the International Coaching Certification. 


Carolyn Love, PhD is the founder of Kebaya Coaching & Consulting. The Company focuses on enhancing the leadership talent in organizations, creating equitable and inclusive workplaces, and facilitating meaningful and sustainable change. Carolyn served as the executive director and CEO of three nonprofit organizations in the Denver area. She currently teaches in the Master of Nonprofit Management program at Regis University.  As a consultant, trainer and leadership coach, she facilitates workshops and trainings on leadership, equity, diversity and inclusion. Internationally, she presented workshops at La Universidad Anãhuac in Mexico City, Mexico and University of Stellenbosch Business School in Bellville, South Africa on non-governmental leadership and change. Carolyn a graduate of the Coach Training Institute (CTI) and serves as a leadership coach for the Community Resource Center located in Denver, Colorado and the City of Boulder. As a public speaker, Carolyn focuses on discussing the question “what does it really take to create and sustain an inclusive multi-cultural, multi-racial democracy?” Carolyn earned a PhD in Leadership & Change from Antioch University. She currently serves on the board of the ACLU-Colorado and was appointed the Affiliate Equity Officer. Additionally, she serves on the board of Iliff School of Theology.


Emily Davis is the President of Emily Davis Consulting, Fundraising and the Next Generation author; BoardSource Senior Governance Consultant; and 21/64 philanthropic certified advisor. She serves nonprofits and philanthropists on board governance, philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, nonprofit startup, multigenerational topics, and more. Emily has served in board and staff leadership roles for direct service and grant-making nonprofits. Emily has served as a founder, grantmaker, staff, and volunteer. She has her Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University and is certified in Real Time Strategic Planning™, Essential Facilitation™, and Technology of Participation Facilitation™. Emily was named one of the 40 Under Forty in Boulder Valley in 2015. 


Jessica Robinson Gemm is a coach and talent strategy consultant who is dedicated to helping individuals, teams, and organizations reach their full potential, performance, and passion.

She spent over ten years inside the nonprofit sector, as a fundraiser, policy liaison, human resource director, recruiter, team leader, trainer, and facilitator. Over the last decade, she has worked as a consultant, providing strategic HR and talent support, and as a coach with exceptional leaders and teams.

Jessica is a Boston native, and she and her family live in Colorado Springs. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, and of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Certificate Program, and holds the ACC certification from the International Coaching Federation.


Kimberley Sherwood is a coach, consultant, and facilitator helping social sector leaders level-up. For two decades she has partnered alongside courageous nonprofit leaders to transform confusion into clarity. She is deft at helping people navigate the complexities of collaborative relationships, board/staff roles and accountability, intelligent money management and fundraising, and business planning in times of change. She provides her clients with proven solutions and time-tested wisdom gained from more than 33 years of diverse nonprofit experience as an executive, and hard-won successes serving nearly 200 nonprofit organizations. Her commitment to helping leaders and their organizations thrive is unstoppable. 


Amanda Wallander Roberts, MSSW, is the founder and principal consultant at Capacity Building Consulting, which supports social sector organizations in fundraising and evaluation. Amanda has more than ten years of experience working in programs serving children and youth and utilizes this experience to inform her work in fundraising, evaluation, and program development. She has directly worked with more than 60 social organizations to build capacity in fundraising and/or evaluation, including raising over $22 million, developing 50 logic models, evaluation plans, and process maps, and providing coaching for nonprofit leaders. Additionally, one of her community impact evaluations was recently published as a peer-reviewed chapter in “Public Health, Social Work, and Health Inequalities.”


Lisa Pedersen is a co-founder and Principal of Root Purpose Group, specializing in leadership coaching and organizational development. Lisa is committed to helping clients identify their core values and authentic self. When people are rooted in their purpose they have their greatest impact—on their relationships, on their work, and on the world. Through coaching, she asks tough questions, challenges assumptions, and encourages her clients to dig deep to uncover the source of an issue. From this, clients gain the clarity and confidence needed to take action, knowing it’s aligned with their purpose. Lisa has over 25 years of organizational leadership in both for profit and nonprofit industries. Most recently she led the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare, for 12 years as CEO. She developed expertise in strategic planning, public speaking, board management, fundraising and business development. She currently serves on the Colorado Advisory Board of First National Bank of Omaha and the board of the Colorado Nonprofit Association.  


Maren (she/her) is on a mission to empower conscious, reflective, change makers like you. Towards greater self awareness, self trust, inner knowing and healing. For the betterment of self, but also for the greater good of all. She is a former art teacher, turned Reiki practitioner, energy reader & healer, artist, consultant, coach and facilitator. She is passionate, driven and committed to the work of racial and educational equity, as well as critical self development and healing. She desires to work with humans who have the will to look inward and view the world through a critical and restorative racial lens. She brings with her, 10 years of teaching experience (BA in Studio Art and MA in Education) and (as a white womxn) desires to be a message of awareness, growth and transparency in order to help uncover and name the oppressive systems at work in our lives. And is in the business of helping and developing white folks racial and self development. She looks forward to continuing to build her capacity and interest in continuing to influence at different levels of systems, knowing how interpersonal and internal the work truly is. As it is personal before it is professional.


With over a decade of varying education experiences, Jenny is skilled at teaching and facilitating groups ranging from children to adults. Her education experiences involve teacher-aiding, directing after-school programming, and teaching and facilitating on the topics of cultural intelligence, racial identity, diversity, inclusion and equity (DEI). She loves developing people to be more inclusive leaders both in group spaces and in a one-on-one coaching setting.

As Program Manager of Building Bridges, Jenny has worked with multiple organizations, businesses and schools in the form of both a consultant and coach. She is skilled in strategic planning and curriculum design of DEI development within organizations, and also in the interpersonal development of staff teams, and their leadership. She has experience in coaching individual staff members through their racial identity process and moving them deeper into allyship or advocacy. As a Latina, she specializes in empowering and developing Latinx leaders in better understanding their Latinidad and how this can propel them into a unique and powerful leadership style. Jenny has coached and consulted various Executive Directors and DEI Specialists around DEI Development within their organization and the necessary inclusion and equity changes that may be needed. In the actual facilitation of staff teams and groups, Jenny acts as Lead Facilitator of dialogues aimed at conflict transformation and shifting power dynamics within organizations. Jenny received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Wheaton College in Illinois.


Heide Garrigan brings 25+ years of cross-industry corporate and nonprofit consulting and coaching in helping individuals and teams navigate professional growth. The founder of Pivotal Consulting Inc., she combines deep expertise and contagious passion with new approaches that shape her clients’ confidences, enabling them to build better businesses and self-awareness.  Heide has extensive experience in executive leadership coaching, change management, and program management.  Prior to founding Pivotal Consulting Heide was an executive for 20 years at Accenture, and is experienced in leading global, virtual teams through change and organizational transitions.

Heide is an ACC certified coach with International Coaching Federation and trained in the Team Diagnostic Assessment™ and Team System Methodology from Team Coaching International, the Leadership Circle Profile, DiSC, Change Style Indicator and EQi. Heide has 1000+ hours in individual executive coaching, mentoring, career counseling and workshop facilitation.


 Who You Are: A survivor, a compassionate servant, a warrior, and a dreamer. Life hasn’t always been easy, but you’ve always managed to see the upside and keep that dream alive. You may have been touched by addiction, violence, poverty, and crime yet you know that was the training ground you needed to mold your mission. You tirelessly defend the ones you love and your causes. Sometimes, the pain of life feels like too much — the mission feels impossible. Then you remember they need you. You may be a teen, young adult, teacher, non-profit leader, or community leader.  

Who I Am: A fellow warrior with a life mission to keep your dream alive and moving forward. I am a veteran, an addict, an entrepreneur, a seasoned analyst, a leadership expert, an empath, and a certified life coach. I grew up poor in money, rich in love, and with a shadow of family addiction that followed me everywhere. I spent my life running from shame and addicted to achievement but no amount of success could fill the emptiness. Until I found my passion for coaching and leadership. So I quit my job, went on a six month road trip, became a certified coach, and started up Looking2Leap LLC.


Colonel John “Pierre” Powell, retired Air Force, is the President of a multi-specialty asset management corporation with concentration in wealth management. From a continued passion around leadership and training, Pierre began coaching extensively in 2015. Pierre has developed his program from a combination of experiential leadership responsible for 4,500 troops in Afghanistan to the deputy director position for Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Pierre’s coaching was honed through training and certifications from, Whitney Johnson Coaching, WBECS, Robbins-Madanes, Strategic Intervention, Franklin Covey and others. Regarding formal education, Pierre has attended a multitude of other primary leadership/business certification programs including being a National Security Fellow at Harvard, an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, two additional Masters Degrees, and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering.

Finally, Pierre is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and Fighter Pilot. He has been an executive advisor to highest tier of military and Department of Defense leaders including aide and executive to the Secretary of the Air Force. Pierre has had other staff duties, including balancing a $180 billion budget submission to Congress, directing a $9B Foreign Military Sales program to Royal Saudi Air Force and has led multiple aircraft accident boards and acted as on-scene commander for various crises. Pierre has 2,200 hours of F-15, AT-38, and RF-4C flight time and seven combat tours in the Middle East and Asia.


For over 15 years, Clay has supported individuals and businesses in achieving their goals. His diverse experience and unique skills provide him with the ability to ask insightful and challenging questions. A natural innovator and persuasive speaker, Clay improvises and shapes creative solutions with ease. He has a track record of building collaborative teams, guiding strategic partnerships and delivering effective and sustainable solutions in diverse markets.


Maureen Breeze has over 25 years of experience working in coaching, talent development, and senior level management. She coaches executives from a wide-range of industries including technology, mining, manufacturing, non-profit and real estate. Her areas of specialty include leadership transitions, innovation and emotional/social intelligence in the workplace. She is the founder and principal at Cultivage, a boutique organizational development and coaching consultancy, as well as a co-founder of Retreat Reinvent Recharge, an international collaboration of practitioners and academics focused on supporting women working through leadership and professional transitions. 

Maureen is a certified executive coach through the International Coaching Federation, the author of two books on creative thinking and leadership, and is licensed to train leaders using the ISEI’s Social and Emotional Intelligence Profile, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator assessment, WLJ Advisors Disruption Tool, and the LMAP Leadership Profile. Maureen has facilitated workshops on coaching, innovation, leadership, and emotional/social intelligence in Germany, Mexico, Spain, and Switzerland, and has conducted trainings for organizations including the Gulf Business Training Network, the Shanghai Entrepreneur Center and for organizations & universities across the United States. In addition to her coaching and training, she currently teaches for the Center for Professional Development at the University of Denver.


Deborah retired in 2020 from  Employers Council where she spent over 30 years.   Deborah began working at the Council in 1988. She was promoted to Director of the Management Development Department in 1996, the Outsourced Consulting Services Department in 2002, and as Membership Development Director in 2004. She was named Vice President in 2005 and Executive Vice President in 2014. 

While at the Council, Deborah focused on employee development, organizational effectiveness, strategic planning and governance. She delivered over hundreds of trainings on supervision, leadership and communication to member companies. Deborah has also consulted with organizations on aligning their vision, leadership, staff and operational practices to create better business and operational results. 

Friend of the Association, Tucker Wannamaker and his team at Thrive Impact in Washington, DC are offering free coaching sessions for nonprofits exeuctives in Colorado. Connect with a Thrive Impact coach.

The Association is also partnering with The Nonprofit Strategy Group to offer Leader's Circle and the Nonprofit Leaders Group, learn more




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