Our Team

Staff Team

Maria Nemeth, PhD, MCC

Founder, Director, & Master Course Leader

Maria Nemeth helps purpose-driven people everywhere see their greatness and bring it all to life.

Designed and refined over decades of work with people all over the world, her Illuminated Life Method™ turns timeless wisdom into practical skills that have helped tens of thousands to live and serve with clarity, focus, ease, and grace.

As Founder and Director of the Academy for Coaching Excellence, she has trained thousands of people worldwide in the nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental sectors.

She is a leading expert in leadership excellence, personal/professional development, and financial empowerment, whose work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. A lifelong agent of social change, Maria has contributed in areas such as civil rights, racial justice, women’s empowerment, and health & human services.

Maria is the author of two highly-acclaimed books: The Energy of Money, available in five languages, and its follow-up, Mastering Life’s Energies, both of which have given people everywhere a way to begin putting success principles into immediate practice in their lives.

Rita Saenz

Co-Founder & Strategic Advisor

Rita Saenz is the former Director of the California Department of Social Services, a government agency with a $21 billion budget and 4,700 employees. Her expertise lies in executive and organizational development, public policy, and government affairs. She served on the Board of the Plexus Institute. She is on the National Policy Council of AARP, the Executive Council of AARP of California, and the California Asset Building Coalition Steering Committee. She is also a Governor’s appointee as Commissioner on the California Commission on Aging.

Her work as a successful executive has made her a sought after consultant and coach trainer. Ms. Saenz has received statewide and national recognition for her work as a leader, including being named the by the Latino Journal as one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” in the country. She continues to work with corporations, small businesses, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations, and uses her coaching background to foster the success of individuals, families, communities, and organizations.

Beth Ann Suggs, PCC

Dean of Students & Senior Course Leader

A nationally acclaimed Professional Certified Coach, Beth Ann Suggs is an expert in helping individuals and teams develop successful, empowering relationships. As Dean of Students, Mentor Coach, and Course Leader for the Academy for Coaching Excellence, she brings compassion, clarity, and universal values to all aspects of her coaching.

For more than 30 years she has been making significant contributions to the field of coaching. Her approach as a Mentor Coach has empowered the lives of hundreds of people who have benefited from her dynamic leadership and guidance. Recently, her presentations on behalf of the Academy for Coaching Excellence have included being the keynote speaker at a national conference for coaches and, as an executive business coach, providing staff training in major corporations and various organizations throughout the United States.

Greg Reinauer, PCC

Director of Enrollment / Course Leader

Greg Reinauer is an Enrollment Coach who helps purpose-driven people get clear if ACE is the coaching program for them so they can make the impact they are here to make as masterful coaches.

“I believe this work can empower conscious leaders to tap into their creative brilliance and help foster a world that is thriving and just.”

Greg Reinauer supports socially conscious, creative people to take action from the heart with more ease and less struggle. He believes coaches have an important and powerful role in helping people shift from current circumstances to creative possibilities. With the right skills and support, coaches can make an extraordinary impact in the world by supporting people to make the contribution they’re here to make.

Kalika Yap, CEO Citrus Studios

Business Strategy & Marketing Lead

I’m a serial entrepreneur, mom, podcaster, author.

“To empower entrepreneurs to change the world.”



Wayne Manning, PCC

Director of Academic Development

Wayne Manning became a coach instructor and course leader for the Academy for Coaching Excellence upon graduation from its first class of certified coaches in 2003. He serves as a Mentor Coach for Academy student coaches, and also directs the creation and presentation of personal and professional development webinars for aspiring coaches and for professional coaches needing Continuing Coach Education Units. A recent collaboration with Maria Nemeth, Unleashing the Energy of Money, has attracted participants and coaches worldwide from such countries as India, Turkey, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, Sweden, and Denmark.

Wayne conducts a private coaching practice, Manning Coaching and Consulting, in Roseville, CA.

Sasha Green, MBA

Enrollment Coach

A professional in the tech sector, Sasha Green has supported hundreds of people in their journeys into the tech space. She relies heavily on her mindset coaching abilities and overall love for humanity to guide her through each and every interaction!

My passion is to help people get clear on their vision and then support them in getting there. My life’s purpose is in alignment with ACE’s mission and I am prepared to carry out the mission ,with purpose!

Jordan Lindsay, ACC

Enrollment Coach

Jordan loves supporting organizers, teams working for social justice, and queer creatives making a social impact. They have experienced that working for a more just world becomes easier with the support of a coach and want to make sure that others that are up to making the world a place where all people thrive have that kind of support too.

An enrollment conversation changed my life. MLE transformed my life. I want to support people to have those breakthrough moments that compel them to grab ahold of the thing that is most important to them and to play all out for it, and to be supported 100% while they do it.

Nancy DeCandia

Director of Finance

Nancy DeCandia stewards the finances for the Academy and is a stand for the Academy’s financial integrity, well-being, and prosperity.


Monica Hatley

Executive Assistant

As Executive Assistant, Monica brings 20+ years of experience to the Academy from her previous work in Legislative Government. She supports the team by removing obstacles and ensuring they are set up for success virtually or in the office.


European Representatives

Sandra Rosén Larsson

Ulrika Agerman

Mentor Coaches

Mentors based in the US

  • Jeremy Blanchard, PCC
  • Wayne Manning, PCC
  • Carole Rehbock, MCC
  • Greg Reinauer, PCC
  • Allison Roeser, PCC
  • Beth Ann Suggs, PCC
  • Zo Tobi, PCC
  • Josh Van Vliet, PCC

Mentors based in Europe

  • Ulrika Agerman, PCC
  • Catrine Berndtson, PCC
  • Johanna Höglund, PCC
  • Janet MacDonald, PCC