Our Licensed Academy Trainers

Our Licensed Academy Trainers deliver customized trainings that put our time-tested success principles and powerful coaching practices right into the hands of teams and organizations across the world.

Our training topics include:
  • Coaching skills: The art of bringing out the best in others.
  • Resilience: How to respond powerfully in any situation and bounce back amid adversity.
  • Change management: How to lead your team or organization with grace in times of change.
  • Building trust: The little-examined foundation for personal and professional relationships.
  • Effective communication: How to communicate in a way that produces extraordinary results.
  • Project follow-through: The five fundamental stages of every project, and how knowing each stage’s pitfalls and “rules of engagement” can help us successfully bring any idea into reality.
  • Team performance: The secret to teams that support each other 100% with no one left out.

Learn about and contact our Licensed Academy Trainers below. If you are interested in coaching or becoming a licensed trainer through the Academy for Coaching Excellence, contact the Academy at 916-569-0779.


Kris Thaller, ACC

Coaching Dimensions
[email protected]

Kris Thaller appreciates working with organizations that are committed to creating a strong workplace culture that empowers, supports, and engages their leaders and staff in life fulfilling work. Taking organizations and their workplace teams beyond where they normally stop themselves is what she does best. When teams hesitate taking that next step towards achieving their goals, it is crucial. Kris seizes these moments to facilitate already high-performing teams to transcend barriers and take action on what’s truly important in reaching the success they aim for. Her clients report greater levels of employee satisfaction, effective performers with less frustration, greater collaboration within their teams, and accelerated results.

“Kris brought out a new perspective on how we automatically come to a decision and
how to work through those decisions to find the real path. She motivated the team and
empowered their thinking and relationships!” KMD Flurries

Kris Thaller has been in the soft skills training arena since 2007. She is a member of the Association of Talent Development ( formally A.S.T.D.) and the owner of Coaching Dimensions in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her training venues include Eyes on Lincoln, Nebraska Commission For The Blind, Leadership Academy, and Doane College.


Lori L. Gorrell, ACC

Upward Solutions Coaching and Consulting LLC
[email protected]

Lori Gorrell provides solutions to move companies forward…and upward…in the areas of customer service, teamwork, and culture change. She enjoys providing the tools for your organization to experience more clarity, to complete projects with greater focus, and ultimately balance comes naturally for your staff. The training makes way for all of this to be done with more ease.

Lori founded her professional development company, Upward Solutions Coaching and Consulting, in 2009 to offer solutions that support measurable improvements in performance for organizations that want to make lasting and meaningful changes. She has a BA in Marketing and MS in Management and is a member of the International Coach Federation and the Association for Talent Development (formerly A.S.T.D.)

Over the course of her professional career, Lori has worked for industry leaders such as Rubbermaid and SIRVA Relocation and with companies such as Goodyear Tire and Rubber, American Greetings, Sherwin-Williams, Chevron, GE Security, CSX Railway, ACS, Delaware North, PSS World Medical, Delta Airlines and many other wonderful for- and non-profit organizations.

Thank you for the positive results your workshops created for my employees. Many employees are using the techniques not only at work but also at home as well. It was a great experience for everyone. Thank you for guiding my staff to an “Exceptional Resident Experience!” ~Amanda- Golden Living Center


Lorna McLeod, PCC

Make Peace with Money Program & Movement
[email protected]
Eureka, California, USA

Lorna enjoys training with companies and entrepreneurial partnerships
that want to stimulate better teamwork and a stronger workplace
culture in the interests of creating a fulfilling, effective, and
profitable environment. One where employees experience satisfaction
and fulfillment in their work and lives.

Through her Make Peace with Money program, she focuses particularly on
training clients to address any self-limiting beliefs about money and
gain skills to deal with it effectively so their relationship with
money is more effective. She also trains on leadership skill
development, public relations/marketing, business and life
transitions, and designing actions that get desired results through
successful implementation.

“Lorna demonstrates mastery with her style and approach. She inspires
ownership and empowerment. I have victoriously navigated major changes
– both personal and professional – with much greater ease than I might
have on my own.” Ron Gilliland, CPCC

Lorna is founder of the Make Peace with Money Program and Movement
Lorna is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Licensed Academy
Trainer, and Certified Financial Coach™ with 30 years
training/consulting and more than 27 years coaching experience. She is
the author of “Make Peace with Money: Redefine Your Relationship with
Money, Master Your Personal Finances, and Discover True Wealth.”


Joan Washburn, ACC

[email protected]

Joan Washburn has 25 years of successful sales, marketing, and executive management experience. Prior to joining the Academy she was Vice President of Siemens Medical where she managed a sales, marketing, and product management team ranked #1 nationally in both market share and revenue in the radio-pharmaceutical industry. She is also a graduate of Wharton Business Schools Advanced Management Program.

In 2006 she founded Washburn Endeavours, LLC (WE). Joan offers cutting edge trainings that instill a “coaching culture” throughout an organization. This coaching culture has proven to improve leadership skills and accelerate overall professional growth of individuals and teams. The results are an increase in productivity, employee retention, customer satisfaction, and revenues. Whether you are looking for a way to complement and power up your existing training program or develop a new one, she ensures your training investment produces
maximum results.

Combining a successful work history with training experience provides a unique and very supportive approach to working with her clients, both individuals and organizations, in reaching their goals.


Rev. Toni G. Boehm, PhD, PCC

Awakening Awareness Coaching

Toni is a former executive in both the public and not-for-profit sectors. As a Licensed Academy Trainer she works with corporations, small businesses, non-profits and faith-based organizations. She offers coaching, training, and consulting to those individuals and organizations who are ready to reach for new goals. Toni’s coaching methods empower her clients to maximize their effectiveness in areas including communication, collaboration, problem-solving, leadership, time management, goal setting and achievement, and more. Toni is humorous, committed, effective, and brings coaching principles to life.

Toni was winner of the University of Missouri Women’s Award for Research and the research was selected for presentation at John Hopkins annual Medical Symposium. She is the author of seven books and numerous articles. You can contact Toni through her website at https://www.toniboehm.com.


Zo Tobi, PCC

Life and Leadership Coaching for Changemakers
[email protected]
(603) 435-3825
Bay Area, CA

An accomplished certified coach, performing artist, and social movement organizer, Zo excels in coaching others and helping them act successfully on their most meaningful ideas and make the difference they’re here to make. As a Licensed Academy Trainer, Zo specializes in bringing coaching, seminars, and coaching skills training to socially-conscious entrepreneurs and companies. He also brings his coaching methods to social change, political, and youth organizations, supporting them in bringing clarity, focus, ease, and extraordinary results to their work and lives.


Penny Kowal, PhD, ACC

Doc Penny
[email protected]

Penny Kowal, PhD, ACC offers solutions to business and school leaders and their staff members who desire techniques and tools that build capacity in people for higher quality decision making, teamwork, and collaboration. She is well known for her expertise in developing leadership and teamwork skills. Through 30 years in the professional development field, Dr. Kowal has developed specific expertise in facilitating groups for collaborative planning and problem-solving resulting in staff empowerment, along with employee and customer satisfaction.

I worked with Penny when she did a workshop for a non-profit board that I was a member of. She was very effective in guiding our board through the process of deciding what was most important at the time and what actions should be taken to achieve the results we were looking for. I have taken some individual life coaching sessions and have found them of great value. I highly recommend Penny and believe in the value of what she has to offer.
— Marie Otis, Real Estate Professional for Life, 2008

As a Licensed Academy Trainer, Penny brings a large repertoire of tools and techniques designed to enhance and develop the soft skills of employees and leaders in businesses and schools. She brings compassion, certainty, appreciation, and gratitude for life to all aspects of her training and coaching. She is a certified Life Coach, certified Organizational Coach, and member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Penny Kowal is masterful in her presentation of coaching principles. I have been honored to work with her in coaching people from all walks of life. Her experience, clarity, and compassion make Penny a top pick for coaching teams and individuals in any setting.
— Susan Koenig, Attorney and Executive Coach, 2008

Prior to her coaching work, Penny was a classroom teacher, the central office administrator for program design, development, and implementation, as well as Associate Superintendent for Educational Services. She served as a graduate clinical professor in Educational Administration. She has provided consulting and leadership training in businesses, schools and community organizations since 2003.

Penny’s approach to empowering leadership has impacted the lives of hundreds of teachers, principals and superintendents who have benefited from her dynamic leadership and guidance. She has made significant contributions to the field of education. In 2002 she was named “Friend of Education” by the Millard Education Association and “Outstanding Administrator” of the Millard Schools for her work in Strategic Planning, Curriculum Management, and Professional Development.


Janet MacDonald, PCC

Janet MacDonald Coaching
+44 (0) 7973 521 624

Janet MacDonald is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF). She trained with the Academy for Coaching Excellence (ACE) and is currently a mentor for Academy coaching students-in-training around the world. She is a Licensed Academy Trainer, delivering coaching and training to businesses and organisations in times of change. She is the only person in the UK qualified to deliver the ACE Coaching Skills Training, a life-changing programme that can be learned over 3 days, and utilised with immediate effect. She specialises in supporting teams and individuals to create meaningful relationships, improve motivation, and produce extraordinary results.

Janet has been helping people improve their lives for over 25 years, having a wide experience of working with individuals and groups previously in the field of complementary medicine as therapist, teacher, and assessor, and in the cancer field as part of a multidisciplinary team. For the last 12 years she has been working as a coach both with individuals and groups. Her clients include entrepreneurs, financial advisors, film makers, web designers, lawyers, coaches, educationalists, sales people, local authority personnel, and public sector charities, among others.

Janet works by drawing out the best in people, focusing on their strengths and encouraging them to do the same, whilst holding them accountable for their choices and actions. She coaches with rigour and compassion and never ceases to be amazed at the depth and breadth of her clients’ courage and creativity.