Alexa Beavers, PMP - President

Alexa Beavers, a self-proclaimed “pragmatic idealist”, has a track record of coaching leaders, cultivating change-making teams and shaping organizational transformations that deliver results. Her career spans public and private sectors, and includes leadership in education, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, animal health, financial services, non-profit, and Fortune 500 companies.

As a coach, Alexa helps her clients leverage their self-awareness, resilience, learning agility and interpersonal skills so they can bring their best selves to work and get amazing results. The Axela Group’s unique SCANTM coaching approach works especially well in these times of rapid change because it helps leaders See, Consider their options, Adapt with a coach there to support them, and “Now do it again” so they can be agile in today’s changing world. Knowing that no two coaching engagements are alike, Alexa taps into her brain-based coaching practice to help individuals uncover the path that will “Axela-rate” their impact most effectively.

As a team and transformation leader, she is recognized for her insights, innovative approaches to complex issues, humanistic leadership and disciplined drive for results as “Industry Rising Star” and “Pharmaceutical Industry Luminary” by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association.

Alexa is founder and managing partner of The Axela Group and sits on the Boards of Community Veterinary Outreach, USA and The International Coaching Federation, Virginia Chapter. Some of her most recent work includes heading Culture, Change and Communications for Boehringer Ingelheim’s deal with Sanofi to acquire its animal health business. Alexa holds a Project Management Professional Certification from the Project Management Institute and has a Master of Arts in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She attends Georgetown’s Institute for Transformational Leadership and is looking forward to adding the International Coaching Federation’s ACC designation to her credentials in the summer of 2019. Alexa lives with her husband (who is her business partner), three children and their dog, Scout, in Richmond, Virginia.

Libby Dishner - Past President

Elizabeth M. Dishner (Libby) has spent 20+ years during her career helping people find success and fulfillment by reaching for their full potential. As founder of Cresco Strategy, and co-founder of Cultivate Coaching and Consulting, Libby works with individuals and organizations helping them change and grow, providing leadership development, coaching and HR strategy. 

Libby holds a master’s degree in Human Resources from The Ohio State University. Trained by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, she is a Certified Professional Coach. Currently her ACC accreditation is pending with the International Coach Federation.  Libby and her family have been residence of Richmond since 2000.  She is also very involved in the nonprofit community serving in leadership positions with several boards. 

Lisa Gibson - Treasurer

Mary Streett -Secretary

Mary Streett is a coach, and a learning leader with 30 years of leadership experience in frontline to senior roles in healthcare, insurance and retail. With a background in learning, human resources, and organization effectiveness, she brings this to her coaching clients and to organizations to discover and design effective solutions.

Mary is founder of the Damano Group, a coaching and consulting business and works in learning and talent function of a large, national healthcare organization. to just Mary is founder of Damano group, a coaching and consulting business.

Mary holds a master’s degree in leadership and organization effectiveness from Troy University. She received a certificate in Executive Coaching from Georgetown University and her Associate Certified Coach (ACC) renewal is pending with ICF. She holds several certifications: Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Narrative Coach Enhanced Practitioner, CMA Insights 360, The Leadership Circle Profile, CCL’s Skill Scope 360, and Myers-Briggs. She currently volunteers as Secretary on the ICF-VA Charter Chapter Board.

“Perhaps THIS is the MOMENT for which YOU were created” 

Rebecca Reimers Cristol

Rebecca Reimers Cristol, ACC, coaches businesses of all sizes to communicate more clearly, improve customer relations, streamline workflow and reduce worker stress. With her guidance, leaders have honed their management skills and increased employee engagement. Whether a new venture, a seasoned business or non-profit, Rebecca enables people to find joy in their work and get the most out of life.

Rebecca earned a Bachelors degree in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis, then a Masters in Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design from Indiana University. While managing her own jewelry studio for 20 years, she learned to juggle all the responsibilities of owning a small business while guiding her friends through life’s challenges. Inspired by this, she launched her coaching business in 2009 and completed her training at Coach U.

She currently facilitates a small business group where entrepreneurs and freelancers can troubleshoot problems.  She also hosts seminars for large corporations and weekend workshops for individuals. Her articles about self-care and work/life balance can be found in the Health Journal and on her website, Rebecca, Life Balance Coach.

Kim Kristensen 

Kim is passionate about conflict, coaching, and training! His mission is to help people awaken to their full potential by deeply listening to them, helping them uncover learning opportunities, calling them to awareness and action, and offering them relentless support along the way.

He has been a Certified Mediator for over 15 years and has a Master's degree in Social Sciences/Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Human Resources. Kim is also a Life Coach, trainer, men's empowerment group leader and trainer, former state government manager, and former circus acrobat and animal trainer -- which ties all of it together. 

Born in Sarasota, Florida, at the winter quarters for Ringling Bros. circus, Kim travelled throughout the United States and Canada while performing with his parents as an acrobat/trick rider, animal trainer, and aerialist.

At age 24, he “ran away from the circus and joined life”. The following years have been focused on adult education, psychology, management, leadership, somatic psychology, personal growth, and conflict resolution.

Kim teaches and facilitates Communication Skills, Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Dealing with Difficult People, Your Brain on Conflict, Conflict Coaching, Conflict Management for Couples, Managing Team Conflicts and Agreements, Leadership & Managing Conflict, Applied Psychology, De-Escalation Techniques, Organizational Management & Leadership, Human Relations, Critical Thinking, Sociology, and Organizational Behavior at universities and other organizations.

Michele Atkins

For Michele Atkins, encouragement runs through her blood. Michele is the ultimate believer in a positive mindset and is most passionate about helping women who are seeking more. If you ask Michele, life is worth truly living, “and you’re allowed to have fun!”. She seeks to help individuals release the heaviness of a busy and demanding life by connecting their confidence to their calling. 

Michele serves as a Life, Leadership, and Wellness Coach. She leads and facilitates the Associate Experience for a Fortune 100 company. She contributes as the Communications and Marketing Chair for the International Coaching Federation Virginia Chapter Board and as the Fund Development Chair on the Board of the Central Virginia National Alliance on Mental Illness. Michele is also an inspiring keynote speaker.

Michele is certified as a Health and Wellness Coach through Georgetown University and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University earning her degree in Exercise Science and Health and Human Performance. Her diverse experience brings a holistic view to overall mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing complemented by her background in Physical Therapy and sports medicine. 

Michele finds joy in bright colors, chill vibes, innerwork, and celebration. Though Michele might not know you, she already believes in you.

Stephanie Brown, ACC

Stephanie Brown is a Human Resources Professional and Coach with the Department of Army, TRADOC at Ft. Eustis, VA where she leads a variety of human resources initiatives. She is a member of the Federal Coaching Network.

She has dedicated her career to developing leaders. For close to 20 years, she has held people development roles across the federal government and non-profit, sphere. Stephanie is currently standing up a coaching and training firm focused on empowering professionals to live out their leadership brand and create a rewarding life. The firm will also focus on training managers and leaders in conversational coaching skills that create employee synergy, trust, and collaboration vital to talent development and retention.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Maryland University College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Management- Human Resources Management. She earned a Masters in Theology from St. Leo University in 2018. She holds the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), SCP and the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) certification of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

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