Our coaching team is one of the finest in the business. We cover a vast spectrum of practical business experience ranging from healthcare to engineering to sales management.

Our coaching team is one of the finest in the business. We cover a vast spectrum of practical business experience ranging from healthcare to engineering to sales management. All of our coaches have completed coach-specific training programs and most hold professional coaching certifications recognized by the International Coach Federation..

DJ Mitsch, CMC, MCC

Chief Coaching Officer & Faculty, Coaching Institute & Creator of Team Advantage

DJ Mitsch is a pioneer in the business coaching field and was one of the first 25 business coaches in the US to earn a Master Certified Coach designation from the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is past president of ICF and was responsible for driving the global initiatives to create the chapters and international representation on the Board. Together she and the coaches of Pyramid have served to develop leaders of leaders through innovative programs customized to meet organizational needs of multi-national companies. DJ is the author of Team Advantage and Coaching for Extraordinary Results.

Barry F. Mitsch, ACC, MSPH

Barry F. Mitsch, ACC, MSPH

Co-Founder, Vice President of Business Operations

Barry draws on over 20 years of experience in helping professionals develop and deliver presentations and works with them on all aspects of preparation and delivery. Barry has been conducting presentation skills seminars since 1986 and has worked with many corporate groups including GlaxoSmithKline, Nortel, Mitsubishi, Powerware, Micromass Communications, Analytical Sciences and many others.  Barry is the co-author of Team Advantage and author of Mind Over Mutter.

Cindi Ackrill, MD, ACC

Coaching Institute Faculty

Dr. Ackrill has over 11 years experience in primary care medicine in private and public health settings and 10 years in brain-based approaches to behavior and health, applied neuropsychology, Heartmath, and biofeedback practitioner.  More recently, she has focused on consulting; addressing leadership development, 360 assessments, off- and on-site strategic planning, organizational effectiveness reports and facilitation.  She has spent over the last 5 years as a leadership/executive coach, founder of WellSpark, speaker, and workshop leader.  Dr.  Ackrill is a leader in the field of stress management and an expert in the critical relationships between lifestyle choices, performance capacities, and leadership effectiveness.

Kathy Baske Young, PCC

Kathy Baske Young, PCC

Team Advantage Mentor

Kathy brings 25 years of hands-on management experience to coaching in both large corporations and in smaller companies as well.  Her ability to quickly assess situations and put strategies in place to take them to the next level has served her clients well, whether it was starting up a new division, managing teams through change, or elevating levels of performance on teams.  Kathy focuses on coaching professionals, leaders, and leadership teams in many diverse industries.  She has a knack for creative problem solving and a good sense of humor.

Brent Brower, MCC

Brent Brower, MCC

Coaching Institute Faculty Emeritus, Team Advantage Mentor

Brent has a strong technical, sales, and operational background and ascended through the ranks to be COO of a 2600-member engineering services firm with over 50 office locations. He has a long history of developing talent both as a senior executive for over 15 years and as an executive coach for over 15 years. He has an easy-going style that quickly builds trust and rapport. He is an intuitive critical thinker that supports leaders in getting clarity around the deeper issues they need to face and actions they need to take to accelerate their development. Brent has coached over 200 executives and conducted over 200 workshops on coaching skills for leaders.

Janet Crawford

Janet Crawford, PCC, MBA/MHA

Coaching Institute Faculty, Team Advantage Mentor

As a professional coach, Janet leverages her experience as a health care executive where she learned the value and challenge of creating and maintaining an engaged and highly trained staff, of balancing attention on both strategy and operations, and of cultivating a style of courage and collaboration to improve results. Janet served on numerous state and national policy making committees which strengthened her ability to find sustainable solutions by honing in on the common ground issues.

Personally committed to continuous learning and growth, Janet works with organizations and leaders who recognize the critical importance of emotional intelligence and communication skills to achieve their strategic initiatives while maximizing operational excellence. She applies the principals of neuroscience to help her clients find ways to thrive in times of change, take calculated risks, and live into their potential. As a speaker, presenter and meeting facilitator, Janet is known for ability to challenge conventional thinking and promote possibility thinking.

Joseph Diab, PCC, JD

Joseph Diab, JD

Coaching Institute Faculty, Team Advantage Mentor

Joe is a certified mediator, facilitator and executive coach who for many years as a corporate attorney has worked with executives and Fortune 500 companies to coach business owners and managers, resolve disputes and develop strategies for growth and change. He is a visiting lecturer at North Carolina State University’s College of Management and serves on the teaching faculty of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Joe holds a law degree and a Master’s degree in International Law from Duke University.

Kathy Faller, PCC

Kathy Faller, PCC

Team Advantage Mentor

Kathy has been coaching since 1997 after she left her 20-year corporate finance career. Today, she plays many roles: leader, business person, wife, mother, humanitarian and coach. All of these roles are expressed in the coaching conversations with her clients enabling them to make more powerful choices for themselves. She has been married for over 25 years, has two children and lives a great life in San Diego, California.

Bobbi Gemma, MCC

Coaching Institute Faculty, Mentor Coach, Supervision

Bobbi’s provides guidance and solutions through coaching, training and facilitation. Her primary focuses include leadership competence, high level team performance, transitions, interpersonal and clear communication, professional development, and integration and balance. Bobbi is known for her direct style, support and lightness in addressing the serious issues of personal and professional life for successful and sustainable results. She works with high level executives, teams, entrepreneurs, women in leadership roles, community leaders and people approaching next chapters in life and career.  She is the Southeastern Regional Leader for the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and founder and leader of the Coastal Carolinas Chapter for ICF.

Mark Greenawald, MD

Coaching Institute Faculty

Mark Greenawald is a Family Physician, physician leader, speaker, educator, workshop facilitator, and writer.  In addition to having an active medical  teaching practice, he presently serves in many leadership roles for the Carilion Clinic, including being the Vice Chair for Academic Affairs and Professional for the Carilion Clinic Department of Family and Community Medicine in Roanoke, VA.  He also serves as Medical Director for Physician Leadership and Professional Development and as Chair of the Professional Wellness Committee for Carilion Clinic.

Tim Link, MA, MCC

Tim Link, MA, MCC

Coaching Institute Mentor Coach & Supervision, Team Advantage Mentor

Tim has partnered with emerging leaders, high performing executives and their teams in organizations ranging from small business and non-profit through Fortune 500 companies over the last 13 years.  As a result of Tim’s support, his clients tap into their full potential, discover how to be more effective, collaborative and engaging as leaders and derive a deeper sense of purpose from their work and their life.  Prior to coaching, Tim enjoyed developing talent and leading change during a 15-year career as a VP in broadcasting where his operation consistently delivered record profits while going through unprecedented transition and change.  Tim holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Development with an emphasis in Evidence Based Coaching.

Kati Livingston

Kati Livingston, M.A., M.Ed.

Kati is an organizational development consultant, executive coach, and is a certified Team Advantage coach. Kati’s passion is helping professionals build effective relationships and sees human interaction as a core competency to lead, motivate, connect and build trust with clients and colleagues. As an executive coach, she works with clients to identify strengths while exploring behavioral patterns and unchallenged assumptions that can limit their professional growth and personal aspirations. She is certified in Executive Coaching by Columbia University and received her Master’s in Adult Development and Psychology at Harvard.

Coach Dennece McKelvy

Dennece McKelvy, MBA, PCC

Coaching Institute Faculty, Team Advantage Mentor

Dennece brings over 20 years of extensive leadership experience as a consultant and senior leader in numerous industries and Fortune 500 companies.  With prior global responsibilities in general management, program management and operations, she accomplished results through her uncanny ability to engage people, put them at ease and draw them into an analysis of concerns and issues.

She is a compassionate and perceptive coach creating a space for professionals and teams to adopt a new culture of accountability, communication and collaboration. Dennece conducts team-coaching events, coach-training workshops, and one-on-one executive/leadership coaching that drives transformational change, personally and professionally. Her passion is to help create a work environment that thrives for all stakeholders.

Lu McLeod

Lu brings over 35 years of management experience to her coaching practice. She was a pioneering woman in the pharmaceutical industry and was the first female to hold management positions at the district, regional, and corporate levels in one of the world’s largest pharma companies. This experience has been applied to mentoring and coaching women who aspire to C-level positions. Lu is a passionate leader who knows how to optimize the mix of people, process, and technology to turn vision into reality.

Coach Barbara Poole

Barbara Poole, MCC

Coaching Institute Faculty Emeritus, Team Advantage Mentor

Barbara has over twenty-five years of comprehensive experience as a human resources and organizational development leader, management consultant, career development specialist and individual and family therapist. Her client base includes an extensive list of Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurships, municipalities, non-profits and private individuals. Barbara established her coaching practice in 1995 and has a particular interest in evolving leadership, team effectiveness and career life cycles. She has authored numerous newspaper columns over the past ten years and currently publishes a biweekly column devoted to career-related issues.

Marcia Reynolds

Marcia Reynolds, MCC, Psy.D.

Director of Training and Faculty, Coaching Institute

Marcia Reynolds is a past global president of the International Coach Federation and a recognized expert in emotional intelligence. In addition to coaching executives and top talent, she presents at coaching and leadership conferences and teaches leadership coaching and emotional intelligence classes worldwide. Quotes from her books, The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations into Breakthrough, Wander Woman (for high achieving women) and Outsmart Your Brain, have appeared in Fortune Magazine, Harvard Management Update and The New York Times, and she has appeared on ABC World News. Prior to joining Pyramid, Marcia spent 16 years working in high tech and health care corporations. She holds a doctorate in organizational psychology with a research emphasis on the today’s high-achievers in the workplace.

Paula Shoup

Paula Shoup, ACC

Team Advantage Mentor

Paula brings a strong leadership background from her twenty plus years in high technology manufacturing operations in fortune 100 medical technology and aerospace organizations. She rose up to a Director level role with a department of over 80 people with an international staff and a budget of over $400M. Her experience includes creating and leading a new functional organization in Puerto Rico and establishing and growing international business relationships across East Asia and Europe.

She brings a warm and compassionate presence that combined with her strong critical-thinking skills brings out the best creative solutions by her clients. She creates and gives powerful interactive speeches about coaching topics, conducts coaching skills workshops and works individually with executives and teams. Her clients include leaders of leaders, teams and professionals from large matrix organizations to non-profits and small to medium sized business owners.

Jeff Spar, Ph.D.

Jeff Spar, Ph.D.

Executive Coach

Jeff has over 20 years of experience working with executives on issues dealing with work and lifestyle. He helps managers and executives focus on the whole person by identifying where their talent can best be applied in an organization. Jeff serves as the Miami, Florida site director for The Highlands Program, a career and life planning program that offers assessment in the area of identifying and articulating natural abilities. His coaching practice focuses on executive level managers and entrepreneurs and he specializes in helping professionals optimize their talents and translate them into top performance.

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