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Board Members and Coaches

“Learn to be quiet enough to hear the genuine within  yourself so that you can hear it in others.”
–Marian Wright Edelman

CNPC Board Team:

Cherie Silas, MCC

Cherie Silas, MCC – Executive Director

Cherie has a deep background in organizational management across multiple domains and has served in executive level management roles with multiple Fortune 500 companies. She is an executive coach focused on helping clients achieve the successful outcomes they desire in their personal and professional lives. She helps leaders focus on developing confidence, skills, and executive presence and works with motivated high achievers, many who have ADHD to focus on conquering their world. She also works with corporate organizations to improve culture, processes, and to develop high performing teams.

Sylvia Soholt

Sylvia Soholt, President

Owner of Sylvan Sanctuary on Vashon Island in the state of Washington, Sylvia supports guests in their quest for creativity while managing and restoring a four-acre forest and providing sanctuary for rescue dogs.

Sylvia also is a sole proprietor of Soholt Strategic Communications where she partners with school districts, state departments of education, universities and educational organizations to build support for high-quality K-16 education.


Martha Hahn

Martha Hahn

Martha Hahn, PCC, CPCC

Martha Hahn, Professional Certified Coach (PCC), a senior executive for Grand Canyon National Park, joined the CNPC community as one of its first leadership coaches in 2011 and became a board member in 2015. A resident of Flagstaff, Arizona, Martha has coached leaders and mentored new coaches through her part-time business, The Sage Project, LLC.

Tobi-Velicia Johnson

Tobi-Velicia Johnson, MPH

Tobi-Velicia Johnson, MPH is an Epidemiologist with the Cook County Department of Public and has worked in the public health field for over 23 years, specializing in STD. She has been a member of various public health planning bodies, and finds her work to be interesting and challenging, yet very rewarding and an honorable way to serve the public.

Larissa Thurlow

Larissa Thurlow, PCC

Larissa is a learning and development professional with a passion for wellness. She specializes in internal coaching, leadership development, employee engagement and culture building. She brought coaching to the higher education world in Doha, Qatar by designing a coaching program for leaders at all levels. She also has worked in Japan, China, and Australia. Larissa is trained in team coaching and development, leadership, communication effectiveness, conflict resolution, thinking styles, Appreciative Inquiry and Coach Supervision. A coach and consultant for CNPC for several years prior to joining the Board, Larissa now lives and works in Alberta, Canada.

Mary Riley

Mary Riley, PCC – Founder

Founder of CNPC, Mary is a certified coach who retired in 2008 from a 32-year career in public relations and resource development for education, social service, and healthcare organizations on both the West and East Coasts of the United States.

CNPC represents a long-held vision of bringing into being a coaching organization dedicated to working with non-profit professionals throughout the world who have important missions to manifest.

CNPC Coaching Team

Lucia Baldelli, PCC

Lucia Baldelli are/lucia-baldelli/
Gibraltar, UK Overseas
Training – Coaching for Today’s Leaders, ORSC
Transformational Coaching
Life & Relationship Coaching
Leadership & Organisation Coaching
Multilingual: English, Italian, Spanish

Nathalie Bayol, MBA

Nathalie Bayol

Nathalie Bayol
Paris, France
Training – International Coach Academy, Center for Transformational Presence
Leadership and Transformational Coaching
Emotional Intelligence Assessment
Multi-Lingual (English, French, Spanish)
Young Leaders Coaching in Conscious Leadership

Karen Bruns, MBA

Karen Bruns

Karen is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF). She serves organizations with coaching and training in both the public and private sectors. She is the owner of Monarch Coaching and Training LLC and works with technology organizations on culture change, process improvement, and Agile adoption.

Chase Callagen

Chase Callegan

Chase Callegan is an experienced agile coach who works with individuals, teams, and organizations. He helps organizational clients tackle challenging systemic problems that hold them back from the success they want to see. Chase partners with individuals to unlock their true potential by helping them uncover blind spots and challenge limiting beliefs. His style is insightful, challenging, and fun.

John Chilkotowsky, PCC

John Chilkotowsky, PCC
Ithaca, NY USA
Training – Presence-Based Coaching
Executive/Leadership Coaching
Group Coaching

Mary Crowley

Mary Crowley, PCC, CEC
Courtenay, BC, Canada
Training – Royal Roads University, the Center for Transformational Presence
Career Coaching
Executive/Leadership Coaching
Team Coaching and Facilitation Leadership
Transition, Work-Life Integration
Performance Engagement/Management
Conversational Intelligence

Samantha Dye, PCC, CTPC

Samantha Dye

Juneau, Alaska USA
Training – Fielding Graduate University, Center for Transformational Presence
Executive Coaching
Organizational Development
Leadership Development

Isabelle Fernandez, AAC


Isabelle Fernandez
San Diego, California USA
Training – ADD Coach Academy
Personal Development
ADHD/ADD Coaching
Business Coaching
Multi-Lingual (English, French, Spanish)

Patrick Foster

Patrick Foster

Patrick Foster is a leader who serves people from all walks of life. He coaches college students as well as executives in fortune 500 companies. Patrick sees his clients as creative, resourceful, and whole, and walks alongside them in the journey. His goal is to work together with his clients to achieve better results in their lives. He has a background in technology as an Agile Organizational Coach and uses the same lens to help organizations transform the way they work and provide value.


Denesha Miller, MBA, MPS

Denesha Miller

Dynamic Leadership Coaching LLC
Denesha is a life, career, and leadership coach that leverages her training and experience as an executive coach and consultant to help clients reach their goals. I truly believe that coaching is a partnership to help clients maximize their personal and professional potential. My passion for elevating women and championing diversity and inclusion drives my interest in life, career, and leadership coaching.

Christine Neilands, PCC, CPCC

Christine Neilands

Christine Neilands

Affinity Leadership Group
Atlanta, Georgia USA
Training – Coaches Training Institute
Career Coaching
Leadership/Organization Coaching
Work/life Coaching
Team Building

Kathrin O’Sullivan, PCC

Kathrin O’Sullivan

San Francisco Bay Area

Training – New Ventures West, Center for Transformational Presence
—leading in complexity
—scaling your business
—increasing leadership presence
—building resilience
—effective collaboration

Dave Saboe

Dave Saboe

Dave Saboe is a coach, author, and frequent speaker at industry conferences. He is passionate about helping people reach their full potential.  Dave has partnered with many clients to help them remove obstacles, discover new ways of thinking, and achieve their goals, both personally and professionally.  In addition to coaching, Dave is an entrepreneur and has held leadership positions in several Fortune 100 companies in banking & financial services, healthcare, and technology.

Cherie Silas, MCC
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas USA
Training – Coaches Training Institute and CRR Global
Tandem Coaching Academy President
Group/Team High Performance
Culture Transformation
Life Fulfillment
Pastoral/Christian Life

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