Alexa Beavers, PCC, PMP - President

Alexa Beavers, a self-proclaimed “pragmatic idealist”, has a track record of coaching leaders, cultivating change-making teams and shaping organizational transformations that deliver results. Her career spans public and private sectors, and includes leadership in education, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, animal health, financial services, non-profit, and Fortune 500 companies.

As a coach, Alexa helps her clients leverage their self-awareness, resilience, learning agility and interpersonal skills so they can bring their best selves to work and get amazing results. The Axela Group’s unique SCANTM coaching approach works especially well in these times of rapid change because it helps leaders See, Consider their options, Adapt with a coach there to support them, and “Now do it again” so they can be agile in today’s changing world. Knowing that no two coaching engagements are alike, Alexa taps into her brain-based coaching practice to help individuals uncover the path that will “Axela-rate” their impact most effectively.

As a team and transformation leader, she is recognized for her insights, innovative approaches to complex issues, humanistic leadership and disciplined drive for results as “Industry Rising Star” and “Pharmaceutical Industry Luminary” by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association.

Alexa is founder and managing partner of The Axela Group and sits on the Boards of Community Veterinary Outreach, USA and The International Coaching Federation, Virginia Chapter. Some of her most recent work includes heading Culture, Change and Communications for Boehringer Ingelheim’s deal with Sanofi to acquire its animal health business. Alexa holds a Project Management Professional Certification from the Project Management Institute and has a Master of Arts in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She attends Georgetown’s Institute for Transformational Leadership and is looking forward to adding the International Coaching Federation’s ACC designation to her credentials in the summer of 2019. Alexa lives with her husband (who is her business partner), three children and their dog, Scout, in Richmond, Virginia.

Libby Dishner - Past President

Elizabeth M. Dishner (Libby) has spent 20+ years during her career helping people find success and fulfillment by reaching for their full potential. As founder of Cresco Strategy, and co-founder of Cultivate Coaching and Consulting, Libby works with individuals and organizations helping them change and grow, providing leadership development, coaching and HR strategy. 

Libby holds a master’s degree in Human Resources from The Ohio State University. Trained by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, she is a Certified Professional Coach. Currently her ACC accreditation is pending with the International Coach Federation.  Libby and her family have been residence of Richmond since 2000.  She is also very involved in the nonprofit community serving in leadership positions with several boards. 

Stephanie Brown, PCC, SPHR, SHRM-SCP- President Elect 2023-2025 and Marketing and Communications 

Stephanie Brown is a ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC), facilitator, speaker, seasoned human resources (HR) professional and Principal of FWD Coaching Concepts LLC. Stephanie has held positions in the federal government to include Chief Learning Officer at the United States Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency and is currently team lead of various HR and civilian leader development initiatives with the Department of the Army, TRADOC.

Stephanie received her ACSTH coach training from the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Federal Coach Training Program in 2015. She is a transformative coaching professional who promotes a coach-based leadership style. She has dedicated over 500 hours across government and private sector to coaching aspiring leaders in various federal and private industry leader development programs. She has coached over 200 leaders, aspiring leaders, and military leaders since 2016. Stephanie’s coaching practice FWD Coaching Concepts, LLC affords her the opportunity to expand her coaching reach beyond government to those working in corporate and non-profit organizations.

Stephanie is an International Coaching Federation Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and ICF Mentor Coach. She graduated from the University of Maryland Global Campus with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology followed by a master’s degree in Management- Human Resources Track. She earned a master’s in theology from St. Leo University in 2018. She holds the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), Senior Certified Professional (SCP) certification and the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) certification of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

She is involved in the nonprofit community serving on committees or in leadership positions with several Boards. Stephanie came to Hampton Roads (Virginia) in 1995 with her husband who spent over 23 years in the Navy. She cherishes her family which includes three adult children and three grandchildren, and she enjoys boating, fishing, and gardening.

Lisa Gibson - Treasurer

Lisa Gibson coaches and mentors nonprofit executive directors in their first 3 years on the job. Her goal is to help them strategically run their nonprofit so the job doesn’t run them down. Her 4-month VIP program helps executive directors integrate their many roles, achieve work-life balance, build board support and showcase successes to funders.

Lisa earned two business degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. She has 25 years of experience in the nonprofit world including 15 years as an executive director.

Lisa holds certificates in strategic planning, nonprofit marketing, fundraising, board consulting, and nonprofit leadership. She also has 3 certifications from iPEC (Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching).

When Lisa isn’t coaching EDs, she enjoys bridge, traveling, and playing the piano. She is a certified scuba diver, tap dancer, and 1940’s movie buff. She lives with her partner and their cat, Tilly C, in Richmond.

Charlotte Jacobs, MBA, PCC, CPC, ELI-MP -Secretary

Charlotte Jacobs, MBA, PCC, CPC, ELI-MP is a globally recognized Leadership and Organizational Strategist and Executive Coach with over 20 years of coaching experience. With the responsible of leading personnel at all levels and with a focus on improving performance and increasing proficiency, she has successfully implemented leadership coaching and performance-based reward programs in contact centers throughout the US and Europe.

She is the Founder of InvestNLead Coaching and Consulting Group, is currently a Leadership Coach at a Fortune 500 company and is a Module Support Coach with the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).  She has held numerous senior leadership roles such as Implementation Manager, Senior Performance Management Coach, Principal Contact Center Consultant, Project Manager and Adjunct Professor.

An energetic facilitator and trainer, Charlotte offers experience in areas such as contact center management, process analysis and design, performance insight and analytics, customer experience strategies, human resources management, DEI, instructional design, adult learning theory, project management, organizational and change management, and risk management reporting. 

She is a graduate of the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) where she received her certification as a Certified Professional Coach (CPC), is an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) and is a COR.E Dynamic Specialist in Leadership, Performance, Wellbeing, and Transition.  She earned a BS in Systems Organization and Management with a Concentration in Human Resources from Hampton University and an MBA from Averett University. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

As a community activist, mentor and pro bono Coach, Charlotte enjoys supporting her community. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, PMI of Hampton Roads, ICF Ignite, Urban League of Hampton Roads and currently serves in leadership roles for several nonprofit organizations.   She served in past volunteer positions such as the President for an organization with 2,000 members, American Cancer Society - Hampton Relay for Life Executive Board and was a Tutor for Peninsula Reads.

Charlotte encourages maintaining a work-life balance and to do so she enjoys music, comedy, cooking, traveling, meeting new people, hosting events and spending time with family, friends, and her beloved Yorkshire Terrier.

Rebecca Reimers Cristol, ACC- Membership Director

Rebecca Reimers Cristol, ACC, coaches businesses of all sizes to communicate more clearly, improve customer relations, streamline workflow and reduce worker stress. With her guidance, leaders have honed their management skills and increased employee engagement. Whether a new venture, a seasoned business or non-profit, Rebecca enables people to find joy in their work and get the most out of life.

Rebecca earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis, then a Masters in Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design from Indiana University. While managing her own jewelry studio for 20 years, she learned to juggle all the responsibilities of owning a small business while guiding her friends through life’s challenges. Inspired by this, she launched her coaching business in 2009 and completed her training at Coach U.

She currently facilitates a small business group where entrepreneurs and freelancers can troubleshoot problems.  She also hosts seminars for large corporations and weekend workshops for individuals. Her articles about self-care and work/life balance can be found in the Health Journal and on her website, Rebecca, Life Balance Coach.

Kim Kristensen - Professional Development Co/Chair

Kim is passionate about conflict, coaching, and training! His mission is to help people awaken to their full potential by deeply listening to them, helping them uncover learning opportunities, calling them to awareness and action, and offering them relentless support along the way.

He has been a Certified Mediator for over 15 years and has a Master's degree in Social Sciences/Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Human Resources. Kim is also a Life Coach, trainer, men's empowerment group leader and trainer, former state government manager, and former circus acrobat and animal trainer -- which ties all of it together. 

Born in Sarasota, Florida, at the winter quarters for Ringling Bros. circus, Kim travelled throughout the United States and Canada while performing with his parents as an acrobat/trick rider, animal trainer, and aerialist.

At age 24, he “ran away from the circus and joined life”. The following years have been focused on adult education, psychology, management, leadership, somatic psychology, personal growth, and conflict resolution.

Kim teaches and facilitates Communication Skills, Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Dealing with Difficult People, Your Brain on Conflict, Conflict Coaching, Conflict Management for Couples, Managing Team Conflicts and Agreements, Leadership & Managing Conflict, Applied Psychology, De-Escalation Techniques, Organizational Management & Leadership, Human Relations, Critical Thinking, Sociology, and Organizational Behavior at universities and other organizations.

Sara Kagarise ACC, PMP, CRP - Professional Development Co/Chair

Sara Kagarise is a Certified Coach and Industrial and Organizational Psychology Practitioner with over a decade of experience in the training and development space.  Sara has a passion for leadership coaching, as it allows her the opportunity to help leaders leverage their most authentic and effective self.  Sara has a goal to improve the work environment for an organization’s most important asset, its human capital.

Sara serves as a Leadership Coach for a large, non-profit healthcare organization and is the co-founder of Strategic Talent Results, LLC. By focusing on the ROI of engagements, Sara has facilitated improved profits via human capital gains including reductions in turnover, increased leadership effectiveness, and increased job satisfaction.

Sara holds credentials as an Associate Certified Coach, Project Management Professional, and a Certified ROI Professional. She holds an A.A.S. degree in Radiologic Sciences from Virginia Western Community College, a B.S. in Health Science and Health Administration from Old Dominion University, and a M.A. degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Adler University.

Sara currently resides in Roanoke where she loves doing anything outdoors including hiking, kayaking, and boating. She loves spending time with her husband and pets that include three dogs and a cat

Paige Henry Community Engagement, Business Development Director

Paige's passion lies in her belief that if you love what you do and provide real value to your customers your work no longer feels like work. It shifts to "doing good". Good for customers, for associates, for key decision makers and for shareholders.  

She spent nine years in the Food Service business in Washington DC, where process and organizational development were inherent. Paige then shifted to the Financial sector, working for Capital One for 16 years. While there, Paige enjoyed working with the best and brightest. She helped build Capital One into a Fortune 200 company. In that time, Paige gained many certifications, worked with industry legends and consulted not only their internal organizations on Lean and Agile transformations, but their Vendors, Partner Businesses and Non-Profit affiliations around the world. 

In 2015, Paige left corporate America to build her own company and in 2018 merged with Amanda Aghdami to form Edgehill Consulting Group. Their company is focused on 3 pillars: Executive Coaching and Development, Business Transformation and Building Community (cross discipline and cross industry). They create space for leaders to dream about their own development and the vision of their organizations. They help turn on the problem-solving muscle of the organization and drive accountability to outcomes to deliver true value-based cultures.

Paige has a degree from Radford University; a Lean Management System Certification from the University of Kentucky; a Project Management Certification from Georgetown University; an Agile Scrum Master Certification; a PROSCI Change Management certification; SAFE Certification; and Design Thinking Certification from UVA’s Darden School of Business, and Presence Based (Somatic) Coaching certification.

Avinash Tripathi, PCC- Community Engagement, Ignite Director

Avinash (Nash) Tripathi is a passionate and innovative leader in Product Management. He is a recognized leader in the Product Management space and Agile community. He currently serves as Vice President of Product Management at ECOM Consulting Inc., where he supports efforts to craft and deliver the company's and clients' vision of the Customer Experience product portfolio. 

He is experienced in translating business goals into viable systems, products, and solutions. With 17 years of comprehensive expertise, as a Product Leader, his emphasis has been transforming the organization toward Product driven organization structure from Project driven structure. His career spans public and private sectors and includes financial services, non-profit, and Fortune 500 companies.

Nash has served for several years as the volunteer for Agile Alliance. He was the co-founder of one of the most prominent meetup group spreading words about Agile, Loudoun Agile Network. He was the conference organizer to celebrate 20 years of Agile, A20DMV.

Nash is a Coach by instinct and a trainer by passion. He is an International Coaching Federation Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and enjoys his involvement with the community. He has been involved with the Agile community and supporting non-profit communities on Agile, leadership, coaching since 2015 and supporting Product Management education efforts along with other industry leaders.

Nash received his Leadership and organizational design education from Stanford University and he actively propagates the lessons learned to all the leaders across the industry and community.

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