Meet Our Dedicated Career Coaches
Here to help you through your career transition
Maryanne is an accomplished educator with a unique blend of experience in academic and organization settings, as she served ten years in public education developing content and innovative solutions for students, educators, and the community.
As part of her own career journey, Maryanne hit a career crossroads and applied the principles and practices of career success in moving out of education and ultimately into leadership of a consulting firm. Maryanne’s passion is helping others operationalize their passion.
Maryanne is currently finishing her dissertation portion of her Edd. in Educational Leadership.
Joe has been a leader in large global companies, such as Anderson Consulting, HP, and The Whirlpool Corporation. As part of his career journey, he applied the principles and practices of career success and transitioned into independent consulting, which ultimately led him into leadership positions with multiple firms.
Joe has published a number of articles, co-authored seminal books on careers, and is a speaker and recognized expert on talent systems, careers, leadership development, employee engagement, and organizational development.
Joe earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and his master's degree in organizational behavior from Brigham Young University.
Claudia has a background in Human Resources and Market Insights, and over twenty years of organizational experience in multinational companies such as PepsiCo, Holderbank, and Gallup. She is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and able to coach, present, or lead seminars in whichever language her client chooses. She has vast experience in multicultural and diverse environments.
Claudia provides her clients with a broad vision that combines her corporate and practical customer and market-based approach with a profound humanistic-psychology sense. The combination of these approaches allows her clients to access self-awareness and positive self-image in a unique and individualized way.
Claudia has been in the international educational area for the past eight years and currently is part of the faculty for Psychology and Nursing at SUAGM, a private dual-language institution in the Dallas area.
Charlie has over 25 years of business experience with small, medium, and large sized companies over multiple industries. Over this span of time, Charlie has helped thousands of people in every aspect of career transition. Charlie brings vast experience, real-world tools, and a pragmatic approach to his coaching engagements.
Charlie earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dallas.
Kathleen has professional experience in Executive and Management transition coaching, as well as project management. She has worked with 80% of the Fortune 500, along with private equity, privately held, and nonprofit enterprises. Working nationally, she's been in all regions of the United States (plus Canada). In addition, she has held and advised in strategic planning for large RIFs and is considered to be a subject matter expert in career transition logistics.
Both as a Clinical Psychotherapist and career transition coach, Kathleen has met folks at an interesting juncture in their lives where a change is needed. She is not only able to work comfortably one-on-one, but also in group settings (seminars/workshops) or managing projects (up to 1,000 employees).
- Oil & Gas
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- Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (past)
- Certified coach
Bruce offers exceptional people related insights based on his twenty plus years of experience in talent management and career coaching. He has worked for several international organizations in a variety of industries, including over twenty years in the oil and gas industry. He has had the opportunity to provide coaching and competence development planning to all levels. Bruce has been a group leader and guest speaker at several professional career transition groups.
Bruce holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English from the University of Houston.
Sandra Bierman, Ph.D., has successfully transitioned through seven career changes. Her current passion includes the past 27+ years of career coaching utilizing her expertise as a job search strategist. Clients, colleagues, workshop participants, and her one-on-one coaching professionals recognize Sandra for her enthusiasm, motivational support, and unending dedication to career management development.
Sandra has worked with a wide variety of companies, including Fortune 500 companies, as well as medium and small businesses, helping employees through the career transition process. She has coached professionals at all levels of organizations.
Sandra thrives on improving a resume and coaching on job search strategy, including networking, LinkedIn profiles, social media, interviewing, and negotiating processes.
Prior to her career coaching, Sandra taught at the university level. She concurrently served as Director for the Center of Learning at Texas Woman’s University where she trained teachers in the process of assessment, diagnostics, development, and implementation of instructional strategies.
Sandra’s business acumen comes from her extensive experience as an entrepreneur well-grounded in the business world as co-founder and Associate Publisher of internationally-recognized publications, including Aviation Quarterly and Aviation Travel. She worked with curators at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum to feature aviation pioneers in these publications. She was active as a private pilot, traveling extensively to market the publications at major aerospace events throughout the US, Canada, and the Caribbean.
Sandra rolled out workshops on Boundaries and Divorce Recovery at her church. She also served on the Board for Attitudes and Attire, helping women reenter the workforce.
Sandra earned her Ph.D. and M.S. from Texas A&M, Commerce, Texas. Her B.A. is from The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.
Brian became a Career Coach while working for Southwest Airlines, where he was responsible for creating an internal career coaching program. Brian also worked as a Career Coach for Lockheed Martin, and is recognized as an authority in using assessment tools to help individuals make wise career choices.
Sandra Lopez Garza combines her 18+ years’ leadership experience with her solid bottom-line career coaching approach. Her own career has given her a series of administrative and coaching experience, leadership training, mentoring, and conflict resolution training.
With Sandra’s background in education and leadership development, she has developed new leaders and worked with many individuals as an internal career consultant. Sandra’s passion and mission provide a guiding light to job seekers and career changers as they navigate the waters of an ever-changing world of work. She works collaboratively with her clients to identify the real issue(s), match values with career choices, gain more self-awareness, explore options, overcome obstacles, and set goals with accountability.
Sandra has been member of United Way Leadership Society, Texas Principals and Supervisors Association, MANA Fort Worth, and The Hispanic Women’s Network. She currently serves on various boards, holding leadership roles within the community. She has volunteered in mentoring middle and high school students, while assisting in raising over 1/4 million dollars in college scholarships.
Areas of career consulting specialties include career transition, career change, career decisions, retirement, life and career options, leadership development, program management, performance coaching, and training and development.
Sandra earned her M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her post graduate studies have been at the University of North Texas, and she also attended the Harvard School Urban School Leaders Program.
Sandra is a career consultant, coach, and facilitator with over fifteen years of experience focusing on career and life transition. Areas of career consulting specialties include career transition, career change, career decisions, and retirement, life, and career options. Clients appreciate her candor, humor, and support in moving into their next position or career.
Sandra holds a B.S. and an M.S. from Southern Illinois University and is currently working on a coaching certification with CoachVille. She is a member of the North Texas International Coaching Federation and the Association of Career Professionals. In addition, she has been a member of the Development Advisory Board for the Cooper Institute.
Kelly has over 25 years of business experience working with small and medium sized companies across multiple industries. Over her professional career she has had experience working in sales, customer service, and human resources. Having served in a variety of roles throughout her professional life, Kelly understands the challenges and discomfort individuals face when going through a career change. She approaches each client with a deep understanding and compassion for what they are going though. When working with her clients, she incorporates the use of strategic questions and curiosity to encourage her clients to explore their thinking on a much deeper level in order to help them discover their true calling.
Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Sacramento State University and attended the University of Texas Executive Coaching program.
Gallup Strengths: Harmony | Connectedness | Individualization | Arranger | Communication
Melissa Ferrer-Smith has led organizational effectiveness and employee engagement enterprise-wide for a number of large, global organizations. She originally grew as a People Leader in the airline operation and later moved into the Human Resources field.
Melissa has led all levels of talent at airports, call centers, multi-state operations, global divisions, and corporate C-suite offices. She has worked globally in the Central, South American market and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Her strengths include:
Melissa has been an executive coach and led leader integration at all levels of organizations, including American Airlines, Tyco Healthcare, and Royal Caribbean Cruises. She’s a practical advisor who breaks down complex processes into simple processes.
Melissa holds an Executive M.B.A. with an immersion in China from Florida International University and holds a number of certifications, which are her applied methodologies in helping organizations through culture design. She shares an energy to optimize business operations and elevate people through this journey.
Certificates: Notice of Dispute Resolution, Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Coaching, ADKAR Change Management, InsideOut Coaching, VitalSmarts: Change Anything, Influencer.
Melissa is also an active member of professional organizations including SHRM, SMU CEDP (Mentor for Rising Latino Leaders), and DallasHR Executive Leaders. Melissa credits her learnings to great organizations, such as Cinemark and DFW Int’l Airport.
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