They say you are what you eat. Well at CRN, we eat, sleep and breathe the same culture of compassionate, value-based leadership that embodies our unique development philosophy. Meet our team of enthusiastic, results-driven people-persons below.
It operates like people behave—you never know what is going to happen next, so you have to be ready for anything!
"Mister Magic" by Grover Washington, Jr.
“The failure says, ‘I would have, should have, or could have.’ The success says. ‘I did.’ —Ralph Auerbach (my dad)
My pillow. Really. It's one of those pillows that forms around your head. What's not to love?
Marrying way out of my league.
Disproving the notion that you can't do good in the world and make a good living in the process.
Bill brings over 20 years of experience in organizational development, communication, training, and coaching toward his mission of developing future corporate leaders. He brings specific expertise in the corporate, entrepreneurial and non-profit fields, and his clients come from a wide variety of industries — including professional services, manufacturing, consumer goods, health care, technology and retail. High-profile clients have included PepsiCo, Kimberly Clark, Blue Shield of California, Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, DSW, Macy’s, Hess Oil and McGladrey.
Bill is also very active in the non-profit sector, where he’s put his coaching expertise to use helping special-needs individuals and their families. He’s also served as Chairman of the Board of Keshet, an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of developmentally challenged children and adults.
Bill earned his BA in business economics from UCLA. He currently lives in the Chicago area.
Working with such a caring group of people.
Serenity Prayer: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
The Green Bay Packers.
Kathy has over 30 years of business leadership and coaching experience. For the last 10 years, she’s been helping business owners and their teams improve financial performance, develop executive teams, resolve family business disputes, establish strategic direction and learn how to exit successfully. Earlier in life, Kathy served as a corporate CEO, leading her company through a period of significant growth that ultimately resulted in a public buyout.
For personal enjoyment, Kathy loves reading by the fireplace with her “old, grumpy” cat Kyle, vacationing with family and friends, and exploring the southern charm of Charleston, South Carolina.
She holds a BS in Business Management from the University of South Carolina, a BA in Accounting from Elmhurst College, and is a registered CPA.
The Team! I am consistently amazed at how awesome, dedicated, and focused our team is. It’s really exciting seeing unique individuals with entirely different backgrounds and experiences come together with the common goal of making a program / session / project the best it can be. Go Team!
PARIS - and the French countryside. There’s something magical about sitting in a café, watching the world sweep by you, all the while enjoying your favorite beverage of choice. Not to mention the fabulous food. And breads. And patisseries. Take me back! ☺
Tonkotsu ramen or zaru soba. Or mac ‘n cheese.
Buttery caramel. Yum.
Kelly began her Coaching Right Now career in 2010 as the System Administrator. Moving from Program Manager to Director of Operations, Kelly is extremely proud of her Team’s hard work, creative problem solving, and ability to get things done with a smile.
When she’s not focused on CRN, Kelly enjoys reading / picnicking at the beach and engaging in epic Uno battles with her husband, Jack, and her kitten, The Count.
Kelly holds a double major in Psychology and Gender Studies from the University of South Carolina. She happily resides in sunny San Diego, California.
After graduating from Baylor, I knew I was interested in working for a coaching company. With Coaching Right Now’s unique niche in coaching middle managers, I knew this was the right company for me.
I love watching Baylor Football! Sic ‘em, Bears! I am also a sucker for the Chicago Cub and have hopes that we will win the World Series again!
Fall! I love the colors changing on the trees and the mid-50s days when I can go for a walk with some warm coffee in hand.
Pumpkin! And, it is always more delicious on a cool, fall day!
Ashley started with CRN as System Administrator in 2013. She enjoys becoming an expert in all her work pursuits, thinking strategically and investigating new business ideas.
In her free time, Ashley enjoys running and drinking coffee. With kids Eden and Liam only 13 months apart, there’s never a dull moment for Ashley and her husband, Sean.
Ashley graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Corporate Communication. She currently lives in Chicago, where she was born and raised.
I’m very passionate about the work that CRN does. Every morning, I wake up believing that I’m doing work that matters. That is really an incredible gift; To know that what you’re doing every day can make a profound impact in the lives of other people. It’s something that I believe in with all of my heart.
I love spending time with my kids. They’re absolutely fascinating and are so much fun. The mind of a child is an incredible thing, and I believe that as a father, when my time is done, my greatest accomplishment on this earth will be my children. They are my legacy and I thoroughly enjoy learning about them and hearing what they think. We can learn a lot from the minds of children.
Oh, how I love the Fall! The changing season, the smells, the bonfires…the feeling in the air is electric. People get excited about the approaching holidays and all that comes with them.
My wife accuses me of some form of cult “book worship”… There are stacks of books all around our house and every week I’m sneaking in with new one’s that I’ve found in various shops. But in all seriousness, I love to read… It’s funny, growing up my mom and dad had to bribe me with $1.00 to get me to sit still and read a book. Now, picking one favorite is nearly an impossible task for me. I have a profound respect for authors like Fyodor Dostoevsky, Hannah Arendt, and John Steinbeck. These men and women are able to capture the essence of the human experience on paper in truly profound ways. In my mind, there are few things as rich and wonderful as a good story.
Jeff began at Coaching Right Now at the start of 2016 as a Program Manager. He has a background in project management, team leadership, and global retail operations through a 6-year tenure at the Chicago-based company, Argo Tea, Inc. He studied at Shimer College in Chicago, IL, an interdisciplinary college that focuses on critical thinking, writing, and developing a passion and knowledge for learning as a lifelong pastime. He graduated with a degree in Humanities with a secondary focus in Political Science.
Jeff currently lives in the Greater Chicagoland Area with his wife, Alyssa and their two children, Eloise and Wyatt.
He loves to learn new things and to be outdoors, so you can usually find him with a stack of books and a steaming cup of tea, biking on a trail, or in front of the barbecue.
The opportunity to help create something new and different. I also enjoy the flexibility.
I played tenor saxophone for over 12 years.
Autumn. I can't think of a single part of the country where autumn isn't absolutely wonderful.
For pleasure reading I love The Lord of the Rings, The Winds of War, War and Remembrance and The Thorn Birds. When it comes to business, some of my favorites are The Goal, Flawless Consulting and Your Brain at Work.
Jamie joined CRN in 2014 after a 35-year career holding senior-level positions in Organization Development, Talent Management, Learning and Leadership Development for several large, global organizations. She began her career with Arthur Andersen and later worked with McDonald’s, Motorola, Fifth Third Band, Ingersoll Rand and, most recently, Hess Corporation.
Jamie is blessed with a supportive husband and two wonderful children. She enjoys staying active in her professional networks, spending time with family and friends, and staying active at the gym.
Jamie has a BS in Accounting and returned to school 18 years later to earn an MS in Organization Behavior. Jamie currently lives in Arizona, where she loves the mountain views and warm weather, but misses the exciting pace of her previous home, New York City.
Great coworkers and the ability to wear fleece to work any day it’s below 50 degrees.
Most days, it’s a Toyota minivan—lots of lacrosse practices and skiing weekends. When the sun shines, I slip out in the Miata 2-seater convertible… wait, what was the question?
I come from a long line of breakfast lovers. My signature dish is sautéed red potatoes, onion, mushrooms and spinach with melted cheddar jack and basted eggs on top. With coffee. Strong coffee.
Multi-grain Cheerios with bananas or berries.
Kelly began working with CRN in 2011. As an Account Manager, she partners with HR and OD leaders to design programs targeted at newly promoted managers and directors. Previously, she led the Organizational Effectiveness efforts for a Fortune 200 company and oversaw the creation of the company’s leadership institute. She has a depth of experience in 360° feedback and coaching, engagement strategies, succession planning, competency modeling and high-potential leader development.
Kelly holds a dual MBA/MS in Organizational Management from the University of Colorado, Denver and completed Stanford’s Leading Change and Organizational Renewal (LCOR) Program. She lives in Colorado and splits time between Golden and the Winter Park area, where her family enjoys skiing, biking and hiking.
The People! There’s so much enthusiasm and energy focused on each other as a team, and on getting it "right" for the customer.
I love baking rustic French and Italian breads, and making breads using in-season fruit. I'm known as "the Bread Lady" at our local farmers' market.
I still crave a good bowl of hot oatmeal. When I was a little girl, we ate "Mother's Oats." The commercial for it said, "It's a love pat for your tummy!"
Living where I do, I have to say the fall. Nothing is so spectacular and soothing as leaf peeping while cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Rosanna began working with CRN in 2014, and she brings extensive experience working in global diversified industrials, small privately owned businesses and health care. A true corporate Renaissance woman, she has specialized in Human Resources, Organizational Development and Talent Management.
Rosanna and her husband live in the heart of wine country in the Appalachian foothills. She enjoys her role as “grower” in their hydroponic greenhouse, as well as spending time with family.
Rosanna earned a BS in Communications Education from Duquesne University and an MA in Human Resources Development from the University of Texas at Austin.
The team! This group is so supportive of our customers and each other. They care deeply about delivering quality and about learning everyday.
Spring. It's a time of new growth and renewal.
Any Motown song can make me sing out loud and move my feet. Just a bonus that it makes my children laugh.
This Greek proverb: A society grows great when [people] plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
Heidi joined CRN in 2016 as an Account Manager. Heidi brings over 25 years of experience leading learning and shared services teams in large financial and manufacturing organizations. She is also a certified executive and leadership coach (CPCC, ACC).
Heidi has lived in MI, DC, NY, CT and now resides near Charlotte, NC. When not working, you can find Heidi in her garden, or in her kitchen baking for family and friends, or visiting her two favorite humans — her children.
Heidi earned a B.S. in Psychology from Michigan State University and an M.A. in Training/Education from George Washington University.
The amazing CRN team and the positive impact we have in our work with clients.
I love fall. In Texas, it’s a huge relief from the heat and refreshing when you can open the windows and stop “hibernating” in the air conditioning.
Blue. It’s soothing and energizing at the same time.
Does chocolate count as a food? If not, then it’s probably pizza. I love to make it at home with a thin crust and one of my goals is to build one of those brick ovens in my backyard!
Shannon began working with CRN as a Coach in 2016. Driven by her passion for the impact CRN has with its clients, she expanded her role into Account Development in 2019. As an Account Executive, she focuses on helping clients develop their leaders and solve their business challenges with high-touch coaching programs that exceed their expectations
Shannon brings over 20 years of experience in leadership development. She has held leadership positions and consulted within a range of industries, including tech, financial services, engineering, retail, real estate, and healthcare.
Shannon is an ICF certified coach and holds a B.S. in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Texas at Austin.
Based in the Austin, Texas area, Shannon enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys. She is a horse enthusiast; avid traveler; and stays active with dancing, yoga, and family hiking and biking excursions.
I love that we're providing a service that empowers people to be better at work, but also in their relationships outside of work.
Black & Gold... Because even though I live in Chicago, I'll always be a Yinzer at heart.
Leonardo da Vinci
Ryan joined the CRN team in 2019, with a focus on Business Development. He brings over 15 years of experience building and leading sales teams, and loves the process of learning new businesses, and developing new partnerships.
Ryan grew up in Pittsburgh, met his wife in New York, and now lives in Chicago with his wife and 3 children. When he’s not chasing around the kids, he’s probably watching baseball, listening to music, or reading philosophy.
What’s your favorite aspect of Coaching Right Now?
I love that we’re providing a service that empowers people to be better at work, but also in their relationships outside of work.
After nearly fifteen years spent working in nonprofits, I was a bit unsure about branching out into the big scary for-profit world. When I read about the CAKE model on CRN’s website, it seemed clear that this was a company that shared my values and had a similar view of the world. How many businesses specifically talk about Kindness as a core value - and actually live it? Not enough!
I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn when I was eleven years old, the same age Francie Nolan is at the beginning of Betty Smith's wonderful book. Reading has been my escape and my protection, much the same way it is for Francie throughout her life, and her story is a comfort that I revisit almost every year.
It's impossible to pick just one - How am I feeling today? How's the weather? What season are we in? What time is it? Am I listening with my kids? Am I driving? Am I drinking coffee? But I will never ever skip "5 Out of 6" by Dessa or "En Love" by Lizzo. (And my daughters will never let me skip "What About Us" by Pink or anything from any of the High School Musical soundtracks.)
I really love a lot of food (ask me about peanut butter sometime), but pizza is the only acceptable answer to this question. I am currently deep in a sausage and mushroom phase.
Kate has been with CRN as Coaching Program Manager since 2018. She has a background in nonprofit work, including direct service, operations and project management, and content creation. She was also a leader in collaborative systems of care, including developing approaches for cooperative service provisioning.
Kate graduated from Augustana College in Illinois, with a degree in Sociology and Social Welfare, and spent a year after college as a full-time volunteer with Urban Servant Corps in Denver, CO.
Kate is a Minneapolis native and a Gopher hockey superfan, living with her family in Denver. She is a pop culture savant, a comma aficionado, and a band nerd.
The people, hands down! Everyone I have met is incredible! They are genuine, kind, personable and great at what they do!
Jupiter, given I make it back! Wouldn’t that be amazing, to explore where no one has ever been. The advancement of technology has made the world feel incredibly accessible, but space is still just slightly out of reach. I think the next wave of “exotic” travel will be outside of our atmosphere.
An old Chinese poem called “Song of Tomorrow” that roughly translates into:
Tomorrow upon tomorrow;
Tomorrows are numerous!
If I wait for tomorrows,
All will be null.
Japan! I love the food and the onsens (hot springs), and its unique culture constantly surprises and amazes me! The best part is the convenience of everything in the country: from 24/7 convenience stores with everything one could possibly needed, vending machine of warm drinks (!!!), to intuitive designs that minimize the need for human assistance.
Jessie joined CRN as Program Manager, Statistician in 2019.
Her background is in supply chain management, project management, and data analytics in various industries such as alcohol, beauty, tech, and banking. She earned a double degree in Statistics and Marketing — and is definitely a nerd who loves problem solving.
Jessie generally has headphones on, listening to audiobooks on 2-3x the speed while making food! She loves trying different recipes: sometimes it works wonderfully, sometimes it’s an adventure for the whole family!
Jessie is currently in Stamford, CT, and always really looks forward to some warm weather after the hard New England winters.
I know all the research about how people learn. I was discouraged that people would walk out of a one-time workshop and only retain and apply 2% of what they learned. Working with CRN increased the opportunities for actual life change to happen by pairing what I love to do with coaching for learning that sticks!
Hey DJ by CNCO. I love to Latin dance and when that song comes on I can’t help but sing along and dance!
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
I absolutely love breakfast tacos! I make them every morning. Eggs, pickled jalapenos, bacon, and sometimes avocado on a whole wheat tortilla! YUMMY!!
Beth began working with CRN in 2013. As an Instructional Designer, Product Developer, and Facilitator, she takes effective, proven strategies and turns them into practical application. She enjoys working with people who are committed to growth and self-awareness.
Beth received her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership at National Louis University and her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Northern Michigan University. She has studied and received training in a variety of additional methods, but if you asked her where she gets her expertise, she’d most likely say, “from the school of hard knocks, combined with a desire to learn and grow.”
Beth lives in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago where she loves to salsa dance, run, bike with her dog, and spend quality time with friends and family.
I love the mission of CRN—I truly believe that middle managers are the heart and soul of most companies, and enjoy working with them.
Bali—again and again and again—it is a spiritual home for me.
What will you do with your one precious life? — Mary Oliver, poet
Becoming a mother. Meeting my daughter when she was 6 and I was 46, and bringing her home to live with me five days later.
Jodi joined Coaching Right Now as an Account Manager in 2016.
Jodi has spent her career working with leaders and organizations in transition or undergoing change. Her work focuses on helping leaders know themselves as well as they know their business. She has played various roles in non-profit and for-profit companies of all sizes: coaching executives from small start-ups; designing and facilitating leadership development programs targeted at middle managers from technology and biotechnology companies; and, as part of a Human Capital team at a financial services company, building an Organizational Development and Training function.
A self-proclaimed foodie, Jodi is passionate about food and wine. She has described cooking for the people she loves as her meditation. Hiking in the redwood trees or to the ocean are two of her favorite things. She is grateful to live in the Bay Area, so she can easily do either in her free time.
Their values! CRN encourages curiosity and uses that energy to make new connections with people. Engaging authentically and with kindness is one of life’s great joys.
Mustard yellow. It’s the perfect pop of color and always delightful.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I learned how to curate my “stuff,” and I keep only what sparks joy.
Stefanie joined CRN in 2017 as Project Manager and her focus is on launching new initiatives. She previously worked as a research librarian in the fields of academia, reference, and public service. Always curious with appreciative inquiries, Stefanie shows a passion for lifelong learning.
In her free time, she enjoys reading with her family, game nights, and delicious food paired with good conversation.
She received her M.S. in Library and Information Science at Kent State University and a B.A. in Psychology at Boston University. Stefanie currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, Josh, and two young boys, Nathan and Gabriel.
What I love about CRN is the passion and authenticity that drives what they do. There is a genuine desire to make a transforming change in every person and business they touch. I have observed this on a high level and in the small behind the scenes operations
My two children.
Audra joined CRN as a Project Manager in 2019. Her previous experience includes business process strategy and optimization, digital product design, and curriculum content creation.
Audra is an adventure seeker who loves to engage in almost anything outdoors, especially with her two children. A good book, sketchbook, or easel and paintbrush are never more than an arm’s-length away.
Audra earned her B.A. in Visual Arts from Taylor University. She currently resides in downtown Chicago, but loves to travel and chase the sun whenever time allows.
One of my primary values is authentic relationships, which is at the core of both what CRN teaches, as well as practices. And I love the flexibility of working virtually.
I have something called synesthesia, which for me means numbers have both gender and personality. (Side note: I thought everyone did this until just a few years ago. Who knew?)
Spring would definitely be my favorite season … since we’re just coming out of the cold of winter, but haven’t yet hit the humidity and heat of summer.
My favorite book series since childhood has been The Chronicles of Narnia.
Judy joined the CRN team in 2016. As Executive Assistant and Project Manager, she counts it a privilege to provide the leadership team with support by managing and coordinating various projects and tasks. Her background brings global experience from both the non-profit and the corporate world.
Judy has called many different countries home throughout her life, including Morocco, Spain, Ecuador, and Canada. She currently lives in Chicago, IL, where she enjoys the diversity of her neighborhood. Judy loves being “Auntie” to her friend’s kids. When not working, she enjoys spending time with friends over a meal at any one of the wonderful ethnic restaurants in Chicago. She is passionate about victim advocacy and looking forward to a new role as a CASA volunteer (Court Appointed Special Advocate).
Judy graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies.
The positive experience of working with an encouraging team, from the comfort of my home.
I am currently parenting a toddler, teens and twenty-somethings.
General Tso’s Asian chicken and rice.
Sheila started with CRN in 2012 as an independent Accountant/Bookkeeper contractor and began providing System Administrator support in 2014.
When she’s not working, Sheila enjoys various crafts, reading and writing, and learning in general. She especially cherishes time with her growing family, which includes her husband, Tom, six children and three grandchildren.
Sheila holds a double major in English Literature and Accounting from Dominican University, and is currently working towards an MS in Counseling Psychology.
Pioneering. CRN has broken into a market that was by and large untapped. The concept of focusing on middle management, and offering coaching services to this very important, very massive group of people, is simply stated -- pioneering!
Cap'n Crunch. #truth
Dancing in the Moonlight by King Harvest.
Spring. It's a stunning yearly reminder to be present, continue to grow, and to take in the natural beauty Mother Nature provides.
Annie started with CRN in 2018 and is the Executive Assistant to Bill, our CEO. With over 16 years of experience working with high-level executives, Annie brings organizational exuberance to this important role.
Before diving into EA work, Annie worked in Business Administration for L’Oreal USA in New York City, where she lived for 13 years before moving to Upper Montclair, New Jersey.
With a degree in fine cooking from The Institute of Culinary Eduction in New York City, and a Certification in Vinyasa Yoga Teacher training, she is easily tracked down in her kitchen or in the nearest yoga studio. Her passion for her brood of animals, that currently includes two dogs, two cats, and a fish, brings her immeasurable amounts of daily joy — along with a very well-utilized vacuum cleaner.
The team – throughout the years, CRN has always had a wonderful team of people that are genuine, fun, and kind.
Spring – it brings so much life, excitement, and anticipation. Plants come back to life (sometimes seemingly overnight), the weather starts to warm up, the sun feels warmer and brighter, and all the anticipation of the fun activities that come with the warmer weather of spring into summer.
Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
Pride and Prejudice or the Anne of Green Gables series.
Mary Kate first began working with Coaching Right Now in 2011 doing part-time data entry. In 2012, she moved into the role of System Administrator and continued in that role until 2014 when she left Coaching Right Now to stay home with her first child. Throughout the next four years she maintained a relationship with Coaching Right Now through subcontracted part-time management of System Administrators.
In 2018, Mary Kate came back on staff with Coaching Right Now as the Accounting Administrator where she assists with the day-to-day accounting workload – primarily focusing on invoice preparation, accounting correspondence, and invoice reconciliation.
Mary Kate lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her three kids and husband. Outside of work, she can often be found spending time with her family. Mary Kate graduated with a degree in Pre-Counseling.