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How I Can Help You

If you are looking to:

  • Dial down your overwhelm
  • Rediscover your enthusiasm and sparkle
  • Feel confident and effective again
  • Live your own life, not the life others expect of you
  • Let go of old beliefs that no longer serve you
  • Rediscover your passion and purpose
  • Live BIG and enjoy wellbeing in all areas of your life

Then I can transform your life, as a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach.

If you instead are looking to:

  • Create a culture of wellbeing, where employees are cherished
  • Reduce the turnover rate of your nonprofit staff
  • Help your employees reach their potential

Then I can revitalize your nonprofit, as a consultant and speaker.

My Vision — Creating a Culture of Wellbeing

I am pioneering a movement to create a culture of wellbeing where employees in the nonprofit world are cherished. As a coach, I help dedicated people who are burning out to renew their passion.

Let’s challenge the status quo! We’re not workhorses, but individuals wanting to maximize our potential on all levels. It’s time to talk openly and without shame about the crisis of work overload in nonprofits.

My goal is to transform the development profession, by creating a culture of wellbeing.  I believe that together we can reduce the embarrassingly high rate of turnover.  And when we are successful with this, we will have greater longevity in our organizations.  This will result in improved relationships with even more donors, a corresponding increase in giving, and greater success as nonprofits better fulfill their missions.  Everyone and everything that we serve will benefit.

My Experience 

I have over 17 years of experience with nonprofit organizations, securing major gifts from donors who wanted to transform their world.  I was a key player in three successful capital campaigns, at Sierra Adoption Services (now Sierra Forever Families), the Pacific Crest Trail Association, and Eskaton Foundation.

I’m well versed in face-to-face solicitations; I have outstanding cultivation skills; and I am diligent and creative when stewarding donors.  I successfully wrote, edited, and produced hundreds of fundraising pieces, from cases of support to grant proposals.

My Education

I have an M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary.  As a major gifts officer, I maintained my CFRE credential for over a decade, and I took a slew of workshops to stay up to date on the best fundraising practices.

My Coach Training at UC Davis Extension, and My Credentials

When I decided to train to become a professional coach, I wanted to make sure the program I selected was rigorous and respected.  The coaching industry isn’t regulated, and coaches can train at an institution like UC Davis Extension that is accredited by the International Coach Federation. . . or they can do an online class over one weekend.  At a time when coaching may still be a bit “woo-woo” to some, it was important to me that the program I attended add credibility to my practice, and to the profession.

To further promote professionalism in coaching, I earned my Associate Certified Coach credential from the International Coach Federation.  This required that I complete extensive training and paid coaching hours, as well as pass a comprehensive exam on core competencies.

I soon realized that the best way to help employees experiencing burnout is to understand its opposite – the total wellbeing of our minds, bodies, and spirits.  I am now a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach.  (I met the rigorous demands of the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching, including training, coaching sessions, and a comprehensive exam.)  Today, I love helping my clients transform their lives.

In my quest to understand burnout and wellbeing, I am also certified in:

  • Values2Wellbeing, a science-based coaching technique that helps you identify core and acquired values; and
  • The Wellness Inventory, an assessment program that helps you understand 12 dimensions of wellness in your life.

Why Primavera?

Primavera means “Spring” in Spanish, and the word signifies renewal, rebirth, and the prime of life.  I founded Primavera to celebrate the budding potential in each of us.  My consulting and coaching practices are based on generating meaningful results, for your organization, and for you as an individual.

A Bit More. . .

I practiced Africanized beekeeping in Paraguay.  Seriously!  I originally hail from Virginia, and while I’ve lived in Northern California since 1994, every now and then I’ll gleefully say “y’all.”  I also am passionate about photography and creative writing, and have a fun website.