Our Associates

Richard J. Levin

Founder and President

Dr. Richard Levin is widely recognized as one of the first executive coaches. He is one of a half-dozen global leaders who have created and shaped the coaching profession since its inception in the 1980’s.

Richard is a leadership developer, trusted business advisor, television commentator, and newspaper columnist with a special knack for bringing successful people together.

As the founder and principal of Richard Levin & Associates (the first executive coaching firm, and the first network of independent executive coaches); as co-author of the popular and powerful book Shared Purpose: Working Together to Build Strong Families and High Performance Companies; and as a founder of Boston University's Center on Work and Family, Richard has stretched the boundaries of creativity, inclusiveness, and collaboration to build extraordinary organizations.

Richard’s clients have included corporations, medical practices, family-owned businesses, law firms, accounting firms, and not-for-profit organizations. [Partial List Here]

Richard has been interviewed by most major newspapers, radio stations, and television news programs. For 20 years he has been co-writing a newspaper column, As We Live and Work, with Dr. Barrie Sanford Greiff (published in the Boston Business Journal and syndicated widely), and for many years was a regular commentator on the PBS Nightly Business Report . In addition, Richard has written several publications on flexible benefits, work/life stress, and family businesses. His 1992 article, The Family Circle: Psychological Issues and the Family Business, was selected by the Family Firm Institute as one of the ten best articles on family business, and was republished in the book The Best of Behavioral Science. His 2001 White Paper on Children’s Reactions to Stress was distributed globally by the United Nations after the tragic events of 9/11.

Richard received his bachelors and master’s degrees from Brandeis University and his doctorate from Boston University. He is certified in the Hogan Personality Inventory.


Sara Miller-Paul

Managing Director

Sara Miller-Paul, Coach, Consultant, and Facilitator, is based in the greater Boston area. In addition to her client-facing roles, she also serves as CFAR's Coaching Practice Manager —overseeing a number of marketing and operational initiatives, and striving to understand the needs of potential clients in order to connect them with the best coaches, consultants, and facilitators. A graduate of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program and an MBA at the Heller School for Public Policy (both at Brandeis University), Sara devoted her graduate fieldwork to a diversity of competencies: education, data analysis, and human resources policy research.

As a coach, Sara prioritizes developing trusting relationships with her clients, such that shared goals and challenges alike can be approached with understanding and strategic savvy. She enjoys helping clients find creative solutions that position them for success.

Sara has previously worked in Providence, Rhode Island in a collaboration between Brown RISD Hillel and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), as well as with organizations such as the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, BIMA at Brandeis, and a women’s shelter abroad. She has a B.A. from Brandeis University, where she studied Music and Near Eastern & Judaic Studies. Sara has also completed the “Facilitation for Community Engagement” training through Essential Partners.


Chris Bernal

Executive and Leadership Coach

Based in Houston, Texas, Chris has coached executives from many countries and cultures for the past 27 years. Fully bi-cultural, he understands the dynamics at play when people from different countries work together in global organizations.

Chris’ approach to coaching is built on the premise that trust is the essential factor found in all successful coaching engagements. He establishes an atmosphere of learning by doing which helps his clients increase their overall effectiveness by generating insights that lead to specific actions with the aim of impacting key organization goals and results.

Chris’ clients describe him as being “tenacious, passionate, honest, knowledgeable, non- judgmental and gracious in his approach as he guides one along the ever changing path in relationships between you and your boss, your direct reports and your customers. He is an excellent communicator and helps one keep their eye-on-the-prize throughout the process by linking development efforts to meet priority business results.”
In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Chris was part of a small team of behavioral scientists who pioneered many executive coaching and leadership development methods that have since been widely accepted as industry best practices.

Chris has a special interest in working with coaching clients who are looking for valuable insight into the forces that guide both individuals and companies, propelling them forward or causing them to fall back. He provides executive coach from the systems perspective.

Chris holds a M.S. (with honors) in Organization Development from The American University in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with National Training Laboratories (NTL).  His B.S. in Computer Architecture and Design is from the University of Houston.  In addition, he has attended several graduate-level programs and is certified in Hogan, The Birkman Method and The Management Feedback System coaching process.  He also holds a coaching certificate from CoachLab International.  Chris is fluent in both Spanish and English. 


Linda Brown

Executive Coach and Performance Coach

Linda Brown, Ph.D., based in Cleveland, is an executive coach and consultant who combines her 20+ years in business with her academic training to develop a deep understanding of her clients’ unique needs and goals, while also recognizing the context in which the client works. Clients report that they have increased their leadership effectiveness, gained greater self-awareness of how their behavior impacts others, and have been able to successfully move into more responsible roles in their organizations through her support and insights.

Linda’s areas of expertise include:

  • Executive and performance coaching 
  • Selection assessment (psychological testing) 
  • 360-degree feedback
  • Team development and coaching
  • Performance management systems
  • Family business consulting
  • Succession planning
  • Consulting during mergers and acquisitions to determine organizational fit

Linda works with clients in healthcare, manufacturing, family businesses, aerospace, scientific research, high tech, distribution, construction, education (secondary and higher education), retail, public sector, gas and oil, not-for-profit, and financial services. Her business experience includes roles at General Motors, Bendix, Kenworth Truck Company, Nestlé, and others. 


Ellen Chernack

Leadership Coach and Organizational Consultant, Non-Profit Division

Ellen Chernack, based in Virginia, brings over two decades of experience as a fundraising professional in the field of Jewish communal service. She has held many positions throughout her professional career, including CEO of The Jewish Community Federation of Richmond. Over the last 10 years, Ellen has worked as a coach and development consultant to the Jewish Federations in Palm Beach, St. Louis and Rochester. She has also provided leadership and guidance in governance at the Jewish Federation of San Antonio and in philanthropic services to the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island. Ellen is a highly motivated professional who offers her clients customized consulting services and helps them develop strategic business and fundraising plans. She has organizational experience in all facets of non-profit governance with emphasis on designing and implementing all types of development and fundraising initiatives, managing relationships with donors and volunteers, staff training and development, and assessing organizational alignment.


Linda Cohan

Executive and Leadership Coach

Linda Cohan, based in the greater Boston area, has over 25 years of experience combined, first as a clinical social worker, human resource consultant and for the past 15 years as an executive coach. Linda has worked with organizations to develop cultures that increase productivity, morale and trust. She engages leaders at all levels to create a climate of leadership that gets results.

Linda is currently on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC), and was part of the faculty team that led an entry-level training in Madrid Spain for 90 Attorneys and CEOs in 2013, in Bilbao, Spain in 2015 and in Turin, Italy in October 2016. She has been a speaker at the Massachusetts Bar Association and has presented at the International Association of Collaborative Professionals Forum in Washington, DC.

Working with leaders across industries, Linda creates an environment that gets results by inspiring others. This is done by developing and improving competencies that impact leadership performance such as:                                             

  • Inner focus for self-awareness and self-management
  • Outer focus for empathy and interpersonal effectiveness
  • Systems focus for vision and purpose

She has earned a BA and MSW from Boston University, an advanced coaching certification through Success Unlimited Network, and is certified through Lynne Learning Labs to train and use the Index for Emotional Intelligence assessment tool. She is also trained in mediation through the Worcester Community Action Council and through the International Association of Collaborative Professionals.


Steve Curbow

Business Manager for Richard Levin & Associates, Inc.

Steve Curbow, based in Boston, oversees Richard Levin & Associates’ business services and bookkeeping. This includes coordinating coach and vendor invoices; overseeing payroll, budget analysis, cash flow, and cash management; and collaborating with our leadership team. Steve has 20 years of experience in financial services, most recently as Senior Vice President, portfolio manager, and analyst at Putnam Investments. Prior to his work with Putnam, Steve devoted many years to studying, working, and investing in the energy industry, where he developed investment strategies and an insider’s perspective on what shareholders want to see before investing in companies.

Every place Steve has worked, he has developed a stellar reputation as a strong leader with a passion for mentoring employees, promoting a positive culture, and for setting an example as a team player who encourages collaboration.


Richard Dana, Ed.D

Executive and Leadership Coach

Dr. Richard Dana, based in Boston, is an executive coach and is Senior Advisor to Richard Levin & Associates, where he is a central thought leader in shaping the firm's growth and direction.  He has over 25 years of experience as a business psychologist, business consultant and educator. Richard’s goal is to provide corporations, family businesses, start-ups, schools and non-profits with integrated and innovative opportunities for change, growth and success.

Richard is a Licensed Psychologist who received his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Boston University and held an appointment as Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard University Medical School Combining his business expertise and clinical training, Richard developed the Executive Learning Profile®, a high definition road map.  The Profile is developed through a dynamic assessment and coaching process that utilizes state-of-the-art cognitive, learning and personality research.  Using his expertise in communications and group dynamics, the result is “aha” moments that build momentum for dynamic change.

His clients have included companies in the following sectors: Financial Investment Services, Manufacturing, Construction, Healthcare, Consumer Electronics, Packaging, Retail, Industrial equipment, Product Design and Education. Working with senior executives and management teams Richard focuses on leadership and team development, communications and successful execution of strategic initiatives to drive performance and profitability. A strong background in business, education and psychology differentiates Richard’s work in assessment, coaching and organizational consulting. This integrated skill set is particularly helpful for executives and teams in developing leadership competencies, bridging skill gaps, and building capabilities required for success. 


Michael Darmody

Executive and Leadership Coach

Based near Toronto, Canada, Michael is a management consultant specializing in leadership development, performance improvement, and strategic planning. He helps organizations bridge the performance gap between where they are, and where they want to be.

Michael provides executive coaching, leadership development seminars, alignment reviews, and accountability training to his clients. Michael earned an MBA from Concordia University in Montreal, and received formal training from the Executive Coaching Institute in Boston.

He managed luxury hotels for 15 years, and has experience in both the private and non-profit sectors. He has contributed articles to The Boston Business Journal, and presented leadership courses at Cambridge Center for Adult Education.


Joanne Derr

Executive and Leadership Coach

Joanne Derr’s clients achieve results and sustained behavior change. She works effectively to on-board new leaders to improve time to productivity, develops high potential leaders who achieve their next level career goals, and manages 360° feedback processes so that executives become aware of their strengths and areas of development.

In addition to individual executive coaching Joanne also works with teams. She is sought after by presidents and executive directors who want to achieve better business results and break down silos. Using actual business goals, together they identify the skills needed that will help the team personally connect and propel them forward, teaching and practicing new skills in a safe environment.

Through her signature coaching process and a variety of assessment tools, a client first becomes aware of their strengths and obstacles to changing desired behaviors, and then understands why and how those behaviors have impacted others and has served the leaders well in the past. Only then does she and the client move to action, defining specific skills and behaviors that the client wants to learn or change through coaching.

People hire Joanne for who she is. Clients report a coaching experience that is exciting, powerful, honest, funny, authentic, eye-opening, and action oriented that changes behavior and moves them forward to achieve more than they ever expected.


James P. Desrosiers, M.M.

Executive and Leadership Coach

Based in Boston, James (Jim) Desrosiers is President of GROWTHco, a people performance company that assists organizations, executives, and young people with goals achievement. His clients enjoy more success instantly from implementing his success program and mastering the skills of goal identification, goal setting, time management, and personal productivity.

Jim's corporate work includes working with CEOs and business owners to maximize efficiency, revenue, and profit. He coaches sales professionals, helping them create and execute individual plans to dramatically increase sales. Jim also develops high performing teams by improving operational efficiencies and implementing Salesforce.com technology.

Jim has a strong passion for helping children. He implemented his Student Success program into 180+ Massachusetts schools totaling over 18,000 students resulting in increased grades, decreased dropout rates, reduced gang activity, and prevented suicide.

Professional accomplishments:

  • Masters of Management degree from Cambridge College with a concentration in Leadership in Human and Organizational Dynamics
  • Sales awards, including Prudential's Rookie Agent of the Year
  • Junior Achievement's Volunteer of the Year in 2004
  • Emmy nominated host of the television show, "I'm Possible!"
  • National keynote speaker on success-related topics
  • Member of the American Society for Training and Development


Chip Edelsberg

Leadership Coach and Organizational Consultant, Non-Profit Division

Chip Edelsberg, based in Phoenix, is an avid life-long learner who brings passion, intellect, and insatiable curiosity to his work.  Credentialed with a Masters of Arts in Teaching and PhD in Education, he utilizes well-honed instructional, professional development, research, and facilitation skills to help individuals in a variety of settings to grow professionally. 

For 35 years in the public and independent sectors, Chip held executive and management positions in which he was responsible for developing organizations and their employee talent.  As a public school superintendent and founding Executive Director of the Jim Joseph Foundation--one of the 100 largest private foundations in the United States--Chip cultivated deep leader-manager expertise.  He is nationally recognized in both roles for outstanding performance.

The primary focus for Chip's consulting work is advising public and independent sector organizational leaders in their efforts to achieve demonstrably higher levels of organizational excellence. He interacts extensively with Boards of Directors, senior professional staff, and evaluation and research experts.  He consults on strategic planning; Executive and Board leadership; organizational development; institutional advancement; and producing educational and social benefit results-driven outcomes.

Chip brings gratitude and genuine urgency to his pursuits.  He believes exceptional achievement in every aspect of an individual's life is an opportunity for personal fulfillment, professional enrichment, and making meaningful contributions to civil society's well-being.


Bob Glover

Media and Presentation Skills Coach

Bob Glover, based in Boston, oversees new and traditional media for Richard Levin & Associates, and is the person behind the company's daily Twitter feed. He is a seasoned communicator with over thirty years' experience in broadcasting, marketing, and management. Bob is an Emmy-winning producer, manager, and on-air presenter of public affairs, entertainment, and children's programs, and is a firm believer in the power and ability of stories to create a context for better understanding.

Bob is a storyteller whose production credits include Frontline, Sesame Street, Zoom, Peter, Paul and Mommy Too!, Ready to Go!, Rebop, and The Mort Sahl Show, as well as numerous national and local public affairs and entertainment programs for WBZ-TV (Boston), WGBH-TV (Boston), and WNET-TV (New York), along with corporate education programs for Disney, US West, and Simon & Shuster. Bob's work has been recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the New England Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Action for Children's Television, the National Association of Broadcasters, the American Children's Television Festival, and the National Association of Television Program Executives.

He is also the recipient of the Parents Choice Award and the Award for Excellence in Children's Programming. Bob's management credits include Executive Director of the Boston Film/Video Foundation, Executive Vice President of BBK Communications/BBK Patient Recruitment, and Executive Producer, The WGBH Educational Foundation.


Marsha Hurwitz

Leadership Coach and Organizational Consultant, Non-Profit Division

Based in Atlanta, Marsha Hurwitz is a development (fundraising) coach who guides non-profits on resource development strategies. Marsha served as Chief Operating Officer for the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund of San Francisco, prior to which she spent 10 years as CEO and President of the Jewish Community Federation of Columbus. Throughout her professional career, Marsha has chaired and served on many national and international philanthropic and leadership committees and boards.

Before Columbus, Marsha worked in her home state of Virginia serving as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Federation in Richmond. She also served as Acting Director of the Richmond Federation’s Endowment Fund, and held senior positions with Jewish Family Services and the Tidewater Federation. Marsha received her B.S. in Nursing Home Administration from Medical College of Virginia and a Master’s degree in Gerontology from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Todd Iarussi

Executive and Performance Coach

Todd Iarussi, based in Boston and Providence, coaches for the ripple effect - the tremendous positive impact that leaders can have on others when they embody their values, and take ownership for how they show up in the world. With experience coaching in Fortune 500 companies, foundations, government organizations, educational institutions, and athletics organizations, he leverages his breadth of experience to support his coaching clients.

Todd specializes in working with leaders on expanding their awareness, and in improving their ability to make values-driven decisions, especially under pressure. As a VP with a retained executive search firm where he also interviewed 1,000 leaders, his leadership experience lends a practical, results-based perspective to his leadership coaching. Earlier in his coaching career, Todd spent two years co-leading team-building and leadership retreats around the world with a former U.S. Olympic leadership and performance coach. During that time, he created programs to build values-driven intercultural communities, and facilitated programs in collaborative communication and having difficult conversations.

Todd is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF), a certified group and team coach through the MAGUS Group, and has completed Georgetown’s Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching. He is an Advisor to the Center for Mindfulness at Brown University, where he graduated with a BA in Biology, and was captain of the baseball team. Passionate about social justice, Todd has volunteered teaching emotional intelligence classes inside of Rhode Island prisons, and has provided workforce readiness coaching to individuals returning from incarceration.


James Jandl

Executive Coach and Business Consultant

James Jandl, M.A., based in Boston, provides Executive Coaching and Business Consulting services to help individuals and businesses reach their strategic goals. James brings a unique combination of experience to his coaching assignments, having more than thirty years of international business experience in general management and HR combined with his work as a clinical therapist.

He served for many years as Executive Vice President for On Assignments, Oxford
Segment, an international provider of contract consulting and permanent placement
services in the IT, Software, Engineering, Life Sciences and Digital & Mobility sectors.
James holds a Masters in Psychology.

He has extensive experience in all areas of HR and Organizational Development with a focus on management development and growth of the individual. His business experience has focused primarily on start-up, turn around and high growth settings for organizations such as Oxford Global Resources, Iron Mountain Records Management, Sheraton Hotel Corporation, and Beacon Hotel Corporation.

James also teaches as an Adjunct Professor at the Van Loan School of Graduate and
Professional Studies at Endicott College. He has presented at numerous seminars and
classes on topics related to management, business strategy and Human Resources issues.


Rick Koonce

Executive and Leadership Coach

Based in Boston, Richard (Rick) Koonce is an accomplished leadership coach who has worked with executives and teams in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. The co-author of six books, including Growing Leaders, (ASTD, 2001) he has coached executives at all levels in a diverse range of industries including banking, professional services, pharma, healthcare, creative services, publishing, manufacturing, aerospace and defense. He has also worked extensively with nonprofits, NGOs, academic institutions and federal government agencies.

Rick’s particular passion is helping executives and managers lead change, build strong leadership teams, enhance their executive/leadership presence, and communicate effectively with key internal and external stakeholders. 

Rick holds the credential of Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from the International Coach Federation (ICF). He received a Master's in Political Science from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology-Sociology from the College of William and Mary. He is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the International Executives Resource Group (IERG). He was awarded a Leadership Coaching Certificate from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership in 2005, and serves as an Executive Coach at the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. Rick is certified to administer several leadership assessment instruments developed by the Center for Creative Leadership. He is also MBTI-qualified and FIRO-B qualified.

Besides being a coach, Rick is also a skilled facilitator who frequently designs and leads team building programs and executive retreats for corporate clients. Prior to becoming a coach and facilitator, Rick worked for 15 years as a senior contract consultant to PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM Consulting, and Watson Wyatt Worldwide.


Megan Laufman

Performance and Leadership Coach

Megan Laufman, based in Los Angeles, is a performance and leadership coach who is passionate about helping individuals and companies reach their highest potential through providing clients with insight and tools to deepen their understanding of themselves in relation to their environment. Utilizing her strong business acumen and holistic approach, Megan helps clients build on their strengths and align with their overall purpose. She has collaborated with leaders across a diverse range of industries including real estate, finance, technology, healthcare and retail.

Prior to becoming a coach, Megan was a Consultant in Executive Search and spent ten years working with two global, retained executive search firms. In that time, she worked closely with large and small organizations to solve talent problems and was skillful in identifying the right candidates to succeed in certain environments. With wide-ranging experience in both the executive search and commercial real estate industries, Megan has served a variety of clients in their transformation and talent needs and has successfully placed senior-level executives in publicly-held and privately-owned companies. Megan graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Communication.


Morlie Hammer Levin

Executive Coaching and Leadership Development

Morlie (no relation to Richard), based in New York, is now combining her analytical expertise with her hands-on experience leading major non-profits to advise, consult and coach high-potential organizations and executives. She helps shape business strategy and evaluate alternatives, develop organizational capacity to achieve high-level results, craft team cultures that support professional development and growth, create governance policies and procedures, and coach both volunteer and professional leaders. Morlie was most recently the CEO of NEXT, the alumni division of the Birthright Israel Foundation. Prior to that she served as the National Executive Director of Hadassah and was the Vice President of Strategic Planning at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles where she launched LA’s first Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund. Before entering the Jewish communal field, Morlie was a Senior Analyst at the Rand Corporation and ran her own consulting firm focusing on strategic planning and marketing for Fortune 100 companies. She is a Wexner Heritage Fellow, a member of the Jewish New Teacher Project Leadership Council, and was a founding member of the Board of the Jewish People Policy Institute. 


Adin Miller

Leadership Coach and Organizational Consultant, Non-Profit Division

A passion to serve and support others in society has consistently guided Adin’s career. Though he first thought he would run for political office, he quickly realized that he was more inspired to advance social change by working with organizations at the frontlines of service and helping them reach their full aspirational potential.

For over 20 years, Adin (no relation to Sara) has applied an innovative and entrepreneurial approach in building, implementing, and directing strategic program efforts at domestic and international organizations. He has held executive and senior roles including at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund (JCF) in San Francisco and the American Legacy Foundation (now the Truth Initiative). Adin has also served as a consultant for a range of nonprofits and philanthropies. He recently completed a yearlong consultancy as Special Advisor to the Executive Director of Firelight Foundation. In this role, Adin collaborated with the Executive Director to strategically assess the foundation’s prior work and results, and refocus its intended future impact.

Adin currently focuses on developing high-performing nonprofits with strong, generative boards. He has a reputation for building effective internal and external alliances, thoughtful leadership, facility to coordinate competing agendas and priorities, and ability to address complex problems in an attentive and strategic manner.  He has expertise in organizational effectiveness, financial management, media advocacy, and staff development and training.

Adin earned his MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, a BA from Brandeis University, and a Strategic Public Sector Negotiation certificate from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is based in San Francisco.


Monika Moss-Gransberry

Executive Coach and Facilitator

Monika Moss-Gransberry, based in Cleveland, is an extraordinary visionary and the designer of Life Mapping, supporting people all over the world in mapping the life they dream of living. In 1996, she began to share this process through workshops and seminars. In 2007, she authored the book, Life Mapping: A Journey of Self Discovery and Path Finding. 

Her business career spans almost 30 years, where Monika has dedicated her talents to transforming organizations and building the capacity of individuals in them as a coach and consultant. Monika is a trusted thinking partner, master facilitator and executive coach to entrepreneurs, nonprofit executives and leaders who value her systems approach, the way she expands their thinking, and partners with them in creating integrated strategies to address the complexity of the challenges they face be they external or internal. 

Monika has earned the prestigious title of certified Gestalt OSD Practitioner and currently serves on the faculty of the Gestalt OSD Center. Monika also serves as a senior coach and trainer for Move the Crowd and serves on the faculty of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Initiative. She has taught at several universities and is a regular presenter and trainer at regional and national conferences.

In addition to her book Life Mapping, Monika is a contributor to Embracing Cultural Competency:  A Roadmap for Nonprofit Capacity Builders. She holds Bachelors and Master's Degrees from Howard University and Columbia University, respectively, is a member of Leadership Cleveland, and involved with numerous community and civic organizations. 


Mike Nikitas

Media and Communications Coach

Mike Nikitas advises and trains leaders in all fields to better communicate internally and externally with key stakeholders and the media. He specializes in Media Training, Presentation and Performance Skills, Public Speaking, Crisis Communications and Media Relations. 
Mike is an adjunct professor teaching “Media Strategy and Skills” to graduate students at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire and leads media training at the Loeb School of Communications in Manchester, NH. He holds a BA in Political Science and a Masters in Communications.
Rooted in journalism, Mike is also a five-time Emmy nominee as Outstanding TV News Anchor in the Boston/New England region, and has been inducted into the prestigious Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  He interviewed countless newsmakers in 36 years as a news and business journalist.
He is a panelist on Beat the Press at PBS station WGBH-TV, Boston. Mike has also appeared in movies including the hit film “Ted.”


Jim Offel

Executive and Leadership Coach

Jim, based in San Francisco, has over thirty years of leadership experience in both the private sector and nonprofit arena. After a highly successful career in business leading a diversified custom media company, Jim transitioned to the nonprofit sector in 2010 when he was recruited to serve as Chief Operating Officer at the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation (JCF). Concurrently, Jim pursued training as an executive coach, completing the Coaches Training Institute’s Co-Active Coaching program before being asked to serve as Interim Chief Executive Officer at JCF.

Jim’s interest in coaching dates back to his time in the private sector, when he utilized many of the concepts of coaching to grow and steward his business.  He enjoys working with nonprofit sector clients to help them rise above the “noise” inherent in managing organizations in the fast-paced and information overloaded world we all occupy in order to focus on the big rocks – the goals that really matter.

After completing his work at JCF in 2015, Jim was recruited to serve as Interim Executive Director at Congregation Beth El. After completing this assignment, Jim was recruited to be Chief Operating Officer at the Marin JCC.

Jim’s volunteer and board experience began almost thirty years ago and includes working as a tutor in the Writer Coach Connection in the Berkeley Schools, touring California as a motivational speaker for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and serving board stints with the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide, Child & Family Therapy Center of Contra Costa County, the Soquel/Capitola School Board, and East Bay Agency for Children.


Sally Ourieff

Executive and Leadership Coach

Sally Ourieff, MD, based in Boston, brings over twenty-five years of experience as a physician, corporate leader, and nonprofit founder to her work as an executive consultant and coach. As founder of Translational Consulting, she works with physician and scientist leaders in healthcare, pharma, and biotech as well as with executives in a variety of industries including retail, finance, manufacturing, and nonprofits.

Sally is on faculty at The Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, where she helped launch their new Executive MBA for physicians. She currently teaches the thesis/capstone course overseeing the student’s successful implementation of a major change initiative within their institution and directs the Leadership Coaching Program. She also helped lead The Heller School and Physicians Foundations 2015 national meeting on best practices in physician leadership training. Sally is a Founding Fellow and advisor of the Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School and leader of The Boston Executive Coaching RoundTable, a group of Boston’s leading executive coaches.

Sally has held leadership positions in a variety of healthcare settings including Associate Medical Director of Merit Behavioral Healthcare, Medical Director of Addictions and of Child Psychiatry at Deaconess Waltham Hospital, and Medical Director of several community mental health agencies. She is on the Board of Directors of two healthcare nonprofits: Care 2 Communities, providing primary care services in Haiti, and The EDI Institute, using mobile photography as a therapeutic tool in mental health. Sally is also co-founder of Hatun Runa, a nonprofit that brings teams into the Peruvian Andes to support medical and educational development.

Prior to medical school, Sally worked as a journalist for the Lowell Sun newspaper. She then combined her journalism and medical background as an on-air radio host for Talk America, script advisor for Warner Brothers television (including ER and The Client), and on-air host for WFXT television’s original programming. Before college she was a professional dancer with the Los Angeles Ballet. Sally graduated with academic honors from Stanford University in Human Biology and Journalism and received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School.


Leto Papadopoulos

Executive and Leadership Coach

Leto Papadopoulos, based in Boston, is an ICF-certified coach and an organizational development consultant. She combines her corporate and consulting experience by identifying needs and opportunities to accelerate growth through individual coaching and programming.

As a coach, Leto has worked with high-potential professionals to help empower them to gain confidence and assertiveness in the workplace, improve team communication, as well as create and maintain a positive quality of life by helping them identify priorities and learning to say no, when necessary. She is also experienced in conducting 360 assessments and working with her clients to make positive and productive changes based on the feedback they receive.

In addition, Leto is skilled in facilitation and workshop design and delivery. She has facilitated many team meetings and brainstorming sessions, and especially likes creating and delivering workshops on topics such as career transition, branding, and networking.

Leto previously worked as an outplacement consultant, where she helped many individuals of all levels successfully transition into new roles, and many times into new fields. In this capacity, she gained an understanding of many industries, including non-profit, medical device, finance, high technology, and others. She finds that many of the same themes or issues arise in organizations, regardless of the industry.

Leto holds a BA in Psychology from Drew University, and an MA in Organizational Psychology from William James College. She earned her ICF certification through The Coaches Training Institute, and is certified in the MBTI.


John M. Poirier

Executive and Leadership Coach

John Poirier, based in Boston, is a seasoned consultant with experience in various industries and higher education. As part of his practice he takes on the roles of executive coach, consultant, trainer, and facilitator with a focus on helping clients enhance organizational effectiveness, team learning, and individual performance. 

As an executive coach with an MBA, John is particularly effective with C-Suite clients given his ability to quickly understand the contextual business challenges. As a consultant with SPHR certification, John has helped hundreds of HR professionals with their functions and their own professional development. He is also a dynamic trainer, facilitator and keynote speaker on leadership, team and interpersonal effectiveness. 

Dr. Poirier is also a Senior Lecturer in the department of Management at Bryant University where he is the coordinator of HR programs and teaches courses in Human Resources Management. 

John earned his Doctor of Education degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He also holds an MBA from Bryant University and a Master of Science in Organizational Development from American University in Washington DC. John also holds the SHRM-SCP designation from Society for Human Resource Management and SPHR from the HR Certification Institute.


Hilary Potts

Executive and Leadership Coach

Hilary Potts specializes in strategy execution, building on a strong foundation of practical business experience, extensive consulting expertise, and deep transformational practices. With over three decades of experience in leading and advising organizations, Hilary serves as an advisor and coach to some of the world’s most prominent companies.

Whether she’s advising organizations in the preparation or implementation of a strategic initiative, fast-tracking an executive into a new role or navigating the cultural aspects of pre- and post-merger integrations, Hilary works as a catalyst for change, taking delicate, complex situations and mapping out strategies to turn challenges into viable business solutions.

Based in Connecticut, Hilary has written The Executive Transition Playbook: Strategies for Starting Strong, Staying Focused, and Succeeding in Your New Leadership Role and The Truth about Change: A Leader’s Guide to Successfully Executing Change Initiatives (2017). Hilary’s forthcoming book, Change-Up: How Executives Lead Change and Deliver Results, provides practical strategies for leaders to execute the changes to accelerate and sustain results

Hilary’s unique professional background makes her an invaluable resource as both a mentor and a coach. She spent the first fifteen years of her career at a Fortune 500 company, where worked in sales and business management, then serving as CEO/President for a global leader in performance-based consulting.

Whether working with an executive one-on-one or engaging with a team, Hilary focuses on bringing out the best in people, becoming a trusted advisor and confidante who is sought out long after completing her consulting and coaching engagements.


Denise Rosenblum

Executive and Leadership Coach

Denise Rosenblum, based in Boston, is an executive coach with over 25 years of professional development and marketing experience having worked at global companies including McCann Erickson, Young and Rubicam, Hill Holliday and Arnold Worldwide.  She specializes in developing employees to become stronger communicators, managers and leaders. Denise works with companies to create an environment where employees feel valued as a result of career development, training, feedback and coaching.

Denise is a seasoned trainer, executive coach and an expert in communication skills, managing and motivating people, customer relations and leadership skills.  She has excellent insight into people’s strengths and opportunities for growth. Her areas of expertise include: executive leadership and management coaching; assessing individuals’ strengths and areas of development in management and leadership roles; identifying communication styles and how/where to flex your style; providing talent assessment evaluations to company leadership; building business through relationships and excellent client service; performance management and giving constructive feedback; developing and delivering successful and engaging presentations; conducting efficient and productive meetings; and time management and prioritization.

Denise has led management training for doctors at The Institute for Community Health and is an active volunteer for Boston Children's Hospital and has conducted pro bono training work for their administrators over the years. She is the President and Founder of Dynamic Development, a training company that specializes in developing employees to become stronger communicators, managers and leaders. Denise works with companies to create an environment where employees feel valued as a result of career development, training, feedback and coaching.  


Mark Rosenthal

Media Coach and Life Coach

Mark Rosenthal, based in Boston, is well known for his many years as a meteorologist on WCVB-TV (Ch. 5, Boston); Good Morning, America; WJAR-TV (Ch. 10, Providence); and NECN. Radio listeners know Mark from his daily weather forecasts on 50 Northeast radio stations and as the host of WeatherBlast on WBIX Radio 1060AM.

In addition to his media visibility, Mark has served as a behind-the-scenes weather resource for a number of organizations seeking customized up-to-the-minute forecasts. These include the New England Patriots; the Marriott, Sheraton, Doubletree, and Bostonian hotels; and movie production studios. He has also prepared forecasts and briefings around air and sea transportation, agriculture, fire prevention, and air-pollution control, as well as ski reports. On WBIX radio, Mark has honed his business knowledge by anchoring the station's morning drive time program, where he has conducted on-air guest interviews with leaders in business, politics and sports. He is also the co-host of WBIX's Real Deal real estate show.

Mark combines all of these on-air experiences and offers his insights and expertise to executives looking to develop an engaging presence – whether needed for in-person, television, video-conference or website appearances. Check out Mark’s video to hear, in his words, the services he has to offer. 


Annette Rubin

Leadership and Executive Coach, Nonprofit Organizations

Annette Rubin, based in Boston, is a Certified Professional Coach and founder of Coaching to Potential. She is a strategic partner; passionate about helping others create their own success, guide their own development, and become dynamic leaders. Her exceptional combination of passion, interpersonal skills and management expertise has made her an outstanding nonprofit leader and coach.

Annette believes that challenges are opportunities for growth. She has helped nonprofit organizations and professionals meet their challenges, strengthen their leadership and strategic skills, clarify values, create a vision for the future and develop goals and an action plan for change. She supports nonprofit leaders, both staff and board, to enhance individual and team performance, improve working relationships and achieve success.

Annette’s clients have called her astute, thoughtful and intuitive – a creative, seasoned leader and coach. Her coaching services have been a powerful professional development tool for staff and leadership and have led to positive culture change, enhanced productivity, improved management and more effective leadership.

Annette’s successful coaching techniques are based on more than 20 years of experience. She created and led the Cardiovascular Wellness Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, developed Boston Children’s Chorus from a start-up to an innovative, internationally renowned organization, led Executive Service Corps of New England through extensive growth and restructuring, directed organization expansion and new program development at Project Bread/The Walk for Hunger and headed the Office of Community Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Annette has provided direction and motivation to clients, employees, partners, and colleagues and has increased the scope and impact of several organizations. Her coaching clients have included The Boston Foundation, West End House, Italian Home for Children, Seeding Labs, Found in Translation, Facing History, MACA, CAC of Bristol County, Wildflower Foundation and others. Annette also coaches nonprofit professionals in areas of career development, job search and work/life balance.

Annette holds a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University Graduate School of Urban Planning and Policy Development, a Bachelor's Degree from Clark University and was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico. She speaks fluent Spanish. Annette is an IPEC Certified professional coach and Energy Leadership Index™ (ELI) Master Practitioner. She also has received certification as a health coach from the Villanova University College of Nursing.


Theresa A. Sica

Motivational Life Coach and Psychotherapist

Teri Sica, LICSW, is an established psychotherapist, coach, speaker, and talk radio host based in the Boston area. With over 28 years of experience, Teri has a unique ability to engage and motivate her clients toward change. Her working philosophy is based upon the belief that challenges are opportunities for authentic change and growth.

Through her extensive work, Teri has discovered that the power of "authenticity" is essential for paving the way to health, happiness, growth and success. Her work with authenticity focuses on building stronger relationships, enhancing communication, improving performance, expanding upon one's talent, conquering self-doubt, positive conflict resolution, overcoming fears, and discovering a new level of freedom - the freedom to "be."

Other initiatives include the publication of her article in the Boston Business Journal, "A Few Business Lessons from the Equestrian Arena." As an equestrian rider, Teri utilizes a collection of metaphors from the equestrian arena to illustrate life and business lessons. She highlights the importance of overcoming fears, achieving greater balance, discovering our own truths, and forward thinking as key issues in this learning process.


Vicki Stearn

Social Media and Public Relations Coach

Vicki Stearn, based in Washington, DC, is an executive social media coach and adept communications generalist, whose wide-ranging interests enrich her creative approach to public relations. She combines social media savvy with the strategic expertise of an established professional. Her mission is to help clients build their own social media profiles and incorporate the unique art form of social media content creation and engagement into their overall marketing and sales campaigns.

In addition, she has extensive experience launching new products, building communications departments, and developing and implementing highly successful public relations initiatives in many arenas, including high tech, consumer electronics, cable TV, satellite, radio, education, automotive, environment, and others. One of her core competencies is translating complicated or technical concepts into everyday language.

Prior to launching Think Out Loud Communications, LLC, Vicki was PR director at Sage Communications, Director of Corporate Communications for iBiquity Digital, and part of the management team that launched the XM Satellite Radio brand and took the company public. In addition, Vicki held several positions at Discovery Communications, where she was responsible for designing and implementing public relations campaigns for the cable TV network’s new initiatives, including the pay-per-view service Your Choice TV, BBC America, Discovery Multimedia and Discovery Education. Vicki holds a degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University, where she was news editor of The Daily Free Press.


David Teutsch

Leadership Coach and Organizational Consultant, Non-Profit Division

Rabbi David A. Teutsch, based in Philadelphia, began his consulting career when as executive director of the Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations he was responsible for aiding Reconstructionist organizations across North America. By the time he left that position in 1986, he had worked with 62 different congregations on issues of leadership transition, bylaws revision, strategic planning, leadership development and conflict resolution.

He has continued to consult with congregations of various denominations, with corporations on ethics issues, and with a broad variety of not-for-profit organizations, including Jewish federations, counseling organizations, Hillels, community centers, professional organizations and others. He has done leadership training, board workshops and training in values-based decision making in many settings. He also provides help with strategic planning, interventions around financial and sexual misconduct, crisis intervention, and organizational redesign.

Teutsch received his B.A. with honors from Harvard University and his M.A. and MHL from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He received a PhD in Social Systems from the Wharton School; his dissertation provided a general theory of organizational ethics. In 1986 he joined the faculty of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. In addition to teaching, he served as dean of admissions, then executive vice president and then as president from 1992-2002. He is currently the Wiener Professor Emeritus of Contemporary Jewish Civilization at RRC, where he continues to teach courses in group work, professional ethics and the contemporary Jewish community.


Barry Wanger

Public Relations Coach

Barry, based in Boston, is President of Wanger Associates, a leading public relations agency, founded in 1984, that specializes in media relations, crisis communications, and public relations audits. Barry has won more than 25 regional and national public relations awards for his work on such projects as the robbery at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the launch of the $100 million American Business Collaboration for Quality Dependent Care, and the 50th anniversary of the Framingham Heart Study.

Prior to starting his agency, Barry served as director of public affairs for the National Endowment for the Humanities, Brandeis University, and the University of California at Santa Barbara. He also worked as a newspaper editor and political press secretary for U.S presidential, senatorial, and mayoralty campaigns. While Wanger Associates primarily focuses on serving nonprofit organizations, particularly educational institutions, health care organizations, and foundations, Barry has also provided public relations support for major corporations, including IBM, AT&T, Bank of America, Stride Rite, and MobilExxon. Barry is a fellow of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and has received lifetime achievement awards from PRSA (Boston Chapter) and the Publicity Club of New England. He is a former adjunct professor of public relations at Boston University.


Joe Wolke

Technology Leadership Coach, Consultant

Based in Boston, Joe Wolke is a seasoned Technology Strategy Consultant who has focused his career on optimizing business value through the use of technology. He has done significant work with organizations consolidating or right-sizing in the aftermath of mergers or acquisitions. Additionally, he has facilitated in the transformation of IT leaders into brokers of services from cloud providers as well as internal departments. In recent years, much of his time has been spent assisting in the evolution of IT teams to meet the challenges and opportunities presented by changes in the business and technology landscapes.

Joe draws on more than 35 years of business management experience, 20 of them spent in executive IT positions, to effectively coach and train IT leaders in defining, communicating, and implementing IT strategies. Most recently, Joe held the position of Managing Principal and IT Strategy Practice Director for the Forsythe Solutions Group. Forsythe is a $1b firm, recently named as one of Forbes Magazine’s best Management Consulting Firms for IT Strategy.

Prior to his 10+ years at Forsythe, Joe spent seven years at the Aon Corporation, a Fortune 500 company that provides insurance brokerage and risk management services world-wide. He served initially as a divisional CIO and later as Vice President of Global IT Strategy and Communications. In his career, Joe was also the Director of Corporate Information Services for the Brunswick Corporation and held management positions in manufacturing, retail and services organizations.

Joe has published a number of articles focusing on the relationship between IT leaders and their counterparts in the C-Suite. He co-hosted a webinar on mergers and acquisition entitled “How IT Can Manage the Unmanageable”. He has also spoken around the country on the topic of freeing up traditional IT organizations from day-to-day operations in order to focus on the use of technology as a competitive advantage.


Caren Croland Yanis

Leadership Coach and Organizational Consultant, Non-Profit Division

Based in Chicago, Caren helps high net worth families, businesses, and agencies develop philanthropic practices in line with their values. Focusing on governance, family engagement across generations, strategic planning and portfolio evaluation, she uses evidence-based tools to understand both internal and external philanthropic landscapes, and coaches philanthropic professionals to realize efficiency and potential.

Caren served as President of Crown Family Philanthropies for eight years as the first professional, non-family leader. While there, she managed organizational redesign and growth, engaged multiple generations of family members, planned and facilitated policy development, and guided strategic initiatives.

Caren built and managed Oprah Winfrey’s philanthropies, including Oprah’s Angel Network and the Oprah Winfrey Foundation. She was involved in development of numerous programs both on and off the Oprah Winfrey Show, including education and economic development initiatives in South Africa, building the Oprah Winfrey Boys and Girls Club in Kosciusko, Mississippi, and recovery and rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Katrina and the Indian Ocean Tsunami.

Caren is a board member of The Poetry Foundation and a founding director of Leading Edge, formed to build organizational strength in nonprofit agencies. She is a member of the Illinois Attorney General’s Charitable Advisory Council, an Accreditation Advisory Committee member at the Spertus Institute, and an advisor to the Lily School of Family Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Caren has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College and a certificate in strategic leadership from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She enjoys coaching, mentoring, and working alongside people who believe they can make the world a better place.



Richard Levin & Associates has a wide-ranging network of independent executive coaches throughout North America. If you are not sure which associate is best suited to your specific coaching needs, please contact us and we will happily guide you toward the right coach. 

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