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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:

Sylvia Soholt

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

Tobi-Velicia Johnson, MPH

Tobi-Velicia Johnson, MPH, is a Prevention Services Coordinator for the Cook County Department of Public Health. She co-chairs the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium, STI/HIV sub-committee. Tobi also co-chairs the Illinois HIV Planning Group that provides cultural competency training for public health agencies throughout the state. She has 17 years’ experience in regional and community-based public health administration and case management. She resides in Chicago

Larissa Thurlow, PCC

Larissa Thurlow

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

Mary Riley, PCC, Executive Director

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
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

Catherine (Kay) Blake

Catherine (Kay) Blake, ACC

A Better Life with Coaching
Long Island, New York, USA
Training – New York University School of Professional and Continuing Studies (NYU- SPCS)
Personal Coaching
Team/Group Coaching
Organization Coaching

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)


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

Mary Riley, PCC, CTPC


Mary Riley

Center for Non-Profit Coaching (CNPC)
Ithaca, NY USA
Training – New York University, Center for Transformational Presence, and the Mindfulness Coaching School
Life/Work Coaching
Leadership and Service
Resource Development Collaborations

Cherie Silas, MCC

Cherie Silas
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

Leadership Consultants

Barbara Russo, USA

A founding Board member of CNPC, Barbara is a coach trainer and facilitator who conducts workshops on career transition and leadership development. She lives and works in both New York City and San Francisco.

Marie Josee Smulders, Europe

Marie Josee Smulders is a former educator who lives and works in the Netherlands as a coach, trainer, and consultant. She serves as a liaison for CNPC clients and coaches based in Europe.

Jack Smith, Consultant Emeritus

Jack Smith is a retired US Naval Aviator with 30 years of experience in leadership and teamwork with dedicated, highly motivated individuals. He has a BS degree from SUNY Maritime College and an MS in public administration from Troy University. Jack currently is a certified county court mediator in the First Judicial Circuit in Florida with 10 years experience in formal conflict resolution.

Nancy Terry, Client Screening Consultant

Nancy Terry is a Board-Certified Coach (BCC) who lives and works as a lead school counselor in South Carolina.

*Certification Designations

The International Coach Federation (ICF) certifies coaches at three levels ACC, PCC and MCC. Most CNPC coaches have attained ICF certification at the ACC or PCC levels through ICF accredited coach training programs or through ICF portfolio applications.

CEC – Certificate in Executive Coaching, Royal Roads

CTPC – Certification from the Center for Transformational Presence

CPCC – Certified Professional Co-Active Coach from the Coaches Training Institute

BCC – Board Certified Coach from Center for Credentialing and Education (obtained by coaches with advanced degrees in psychology and/or counseling who complete an approved coach training program)

AAC – ADD Coach Academy Associate Coach

All CNPC Coaches adhere to the ICF Code of Ethics.


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