Meet Our Coaches

Andy Peszka

Andy is a Trainer in Bloomberg's Global Data division specializing in on-boarding and customer service training. He is a Career & Life coach with an emphasis on developing new roles within leadership & customer engagement.

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Angela Nichols

Angela Nichols has helped people improve their performance at work for almost 30 years through the design, development, and implementation of custom training and performance support initiatives.

In 2018, I realized that my success as a leader was closely tied to my ability to effectively coach my team. After years of writing courses and developing tools to help other leaders effectively coach their teams, I decided to get my coaching certification.

As a leader, I constantly looked for ways to adjust my leadership style to the wide variety of individuals on my team. My natural curiosity about human behavior and diversity led me to seek a certification in Brain-based Leadership, which uses techniques from psychology and neuroscience to help teams work through innovation, change, giving and receiving feedback and inclusiveness in ways that take into consideration the way our brains work and the natural barriers that exist when we are in “fight or flight” mode.

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Anne van Gessel

Anne van Gessel is a certified Life Coach who supports her clients in recognizing their highest expression of themselves, breaking negative patterns, defying stagnation, and sharing in a universal self-awareness. Her work empowers people to live an authentic life with a sense of purpose, wellness, and joy.

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Brenda Forgione

Brenda Forgione is an Organizational Development professional with a Human Resources background. In her career of over 25 years, she has interviewed and hired thousands of people, while managing the HR function. In her current role, she focuses on leadership coaching, career development, and internal career pathing for a large healthcare organization. She also holds the SHRM-SCP, SPHR, and CPTD certifications, volunteers as an L&D Cares coach, and is a board member for her local SHRM chapter.

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Debbie Platts

Debbie Platts, MBA, RPh, ACC is an ICF Certified executive, leadership and career coach with over 30 years’ leadership experience in corporate operations and strategy at a Fortune 50 company. She is Founder of JWP Coaching where she brings passion, compassion and a real world understanding of opportunities and challenges experienced by today’s emerging and established leaders. She actively partners with clients as they gain awareness, design their journey with purpose, accelerate goal achievement and accomplish their vision of success.

As a registered pharmacist and dedicated health care professional, she continues to contribute to the profession through speaking engagements that focus on preparing and supporting current, and future generations, to assume leadership roles that influence and deliver high quality patient care. Debbie continues to challenge herself by being an avid life-long learner and dedicated Pilates student.

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Dr. Bernadette Costello

Dr. Bernadette Costello is the Managing Partner for BCC Consulting. As a consultant, she listens to the needs of her clients and helps them identify focused solutions that will work best with the culture and climate. As a coach, she helps the client identify a desired impact and develop a clear plan to achieve that result. She uses a variety of strategies and assessments/tools that have evolved after many years of facilitating and coaching. Her experience includes working with organizations, teams and leaders in public, non-profit and higher education.

Bernadette has served as a Chapter President for Metro DC ATD, as Chair of the ATD Leader’s Conference Program Advisory Committee and is a current member of the National Advisors for Chapters. She has served in volunteer and leadership roles with Virginia CUPA (Colleges and Universities Personnel Association)-HR, and the International Personnel Management Association. Bernadette holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Southern Illinois University, a Master in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate in Higher Education from George Mason University. She is an ICF-ACC coach and also holds a SHRM SCP certification.

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Jennifer Rogers, MSLOD, CPTD, ACC

Jennifer Rogers believes in renewing the culture of work by developing leaders who are driven and successful, but more importantly, authentic, trustworthy and human. Her company, Development Ocean, specializes in developing the leadership capability of emerging leaders through coaching.

With over 15 years in talent development, Jennifer has transformed learning opportunities by developing homegrown learning management systems and online training programs, as well as designing onboarding programs for a global, multi-site corporation.

Jennifer is an active member and volunteer leader with the Association for Talent Development, both locally and nationally. This involvement has helped her develop her own leadership capabilities, stay informed about trends in the talent development industry, and develop her personal network. When she’s not working, you can find Jennifer spending time with her family and their extra-large dog or watching British dramas on tv with a glass of red wine while knitting or crocheting.

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Jesse Ihde

Jesse Ihde is credentialed through the ICF as an Associate Certified Coach. What is distinct about Jesse’s coaching practice is her commitment to the deeper journey coupled with her experience in the corporate world as a business owner of an award-winning marketing agency. Jesse honed her business acumen, working with executives from start-ups to Fortune 500 so her understanding is not just theoretical, it’s practical. Also, coaching works.

Jesse and her husband Josh live in Texas with their two children. They are part of the most enthusiastic cul-de-sac of families with gaggles of children and dogs. Jesse’s a dog person, a book person, a travel person, a food and wine person, and has serious JOMO (the joy of missing out). On Saturdays you can find her in climbing gyms and basketball courts. On Sundays you will find her in a range of sanctuaries including the dirt in her flower beds and garden, her front porch with her dogs, lost in a good book or folding laundry.

Enneagram 4. Meyers Briggs: INFP. Strengthfinders: Belief, Responsibility, Strategic, Input, Intellection. LGBTQ Ally.

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Laura Renaud

Laura has over 20 years of successful experience developing and coaching leaders in the semiconductor industry to reach their full potential.

Laura is passionate about helping individuals achieve their full potential in life by providing a safe space for in-depth discovery and self-awareness, and coaching guides the individual through a discovery process that initiates change.

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Lisa Downs, ACC, CPTD, M.S. Ed.

Lisa Downs is the owner of New Aspect Coaching, specializing in career transition coaching and consulting for age 40+ professionals to design the next phase of their careers and lives. She focuses on both 1:1 coaching and outplacement and retirement support packages for employees of organizations up to 2,000 people.

Lisa worked in education and learning and leadership development within corporate and professional services organizations for 19 years prior to going independent in 2015. Lisa’s also the host of “Reigniting You,” a weekly radio show and podcast about making mid-late career transitions on KKNW 1150AM Seattle.

When not working, Lisa enjoys hanging out with her husband Chris and their two wonder cats, Gracie and Fletcher, hiking, cooking, reading, and generally enjoying the natural beauty of the U.S. Pacific Northwest where she’s lived for over 20 years.

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Liz McGuire, MA, ACC, CPTD

Liz McGuire is a passionate leadership and career coach. Liz supports individuals and organizations in growing their talent to be agile and ready to take on the challenges of the quickly changing business environment. Her greatest reward is celebrating the success of her clients as they take the next big step in their career or life!

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Ludmila Cofta-Woerpel

Ludmila Cofta-Woerpel offers leadership coaching and training to leaders at all career stages in academic, health care and other organizations. Her coaching focuses on helping leaders thrive. To that end, she partners with her clients to work toward the goals of their choice, in congruence with their values, their aspirational self and the overarching vision and mission for their career and life.

Ludmila’s coaching style is collaborative, insightful, encouraging, and always focused on the client’s strengths and needs.

Ludmila holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the Institute of Psychology, Polish Academy of Sciences. She spent most of her career at academic institutions in Poland and the U.S. conducting research in chronic disease prevention and health behavior change. She has a graduate certificate in executive and professional coaching from The University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management and Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential from the International Coaching Federation.

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