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UWCPC – The team

UWCPC instructors, mentors and staff

Sharon Barbour

Credentials: MPH, PCC

Position title: UW Certified Professional Coach Program Instructor and Mentor

Sharon Barbour brings 10 years of coaching experience to her clients, as well as expertise in habit change, mindfulness and leadership development. She delights in facilitating life-changing shifts in perspectives, presence and actions that inspire clients to make fulfilling changes and creations. Her habit change expertise ensures that changes last. Sharon’s warm and creative spirit, coupled with a fluid yet rigorous coaching style, helps her clients to make breakthroughs and move past old roadblocks to positive change. A lifelong learner and observer of human nature, she is inspired by human potential and inner wisdom. She certified at the PCC level through the International Coach Federation and holds a faculty position at Presence-Based Coaching & Leadership Development. Prior to coaching, Sharon earned a master’s degree in public health and worked with nonprofits, cooperatives and educational institutions, primarily in program development, evaluation and management. She loves family time and being outside — kayaking, gardening and simply enjoying life.

Lee N. Coffee, Jr.

Credentials: MA, PCC, MBTI Master Practitioner

Position title: UW Certified Professional Coach Program Instructor

Lee is a Newfield Network Certified (NCC) & International Coaching Federation (ICF) Professional Certified Coach (PCC). He believes that “…everybody brings something to the table!” With over 30 years’ experience in educating, coaching and facilitating experiential leadership development, his work has helped countless leaders reach their fullest potential. He held multiple positions of increasing responsibility during 24 years of Active Federal Service in the U.S. Army. After graduating from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI), he became advisor to a two-star general.

Lee coaches to the human soul. His expertise is in facilitating thought-provoking group coaching discussions around social justice, unconscious bias in healthcare, spirituality in healthcare and LGBTQI diversity & inclusion in healthcare. To achieve the best outcome for clients, he co-creates a safe space based on trust, open communication and mutual respect. As an internationally known Chautauqua performer, he combines the creativity of storytelling with the analysis of philosophy, psychology, nursing and leadership best practices to offer a multidisciplinary coaching synthesis. The central focus of the coaching relationship between the client and Lee is the well-being of the client.

Samantha Dye

Credentials: MA, PCC

Position title: UW Certified Professional Coach Program Instructor and Mentor

Samantha Dye is an organizational development and leadership coach. As owner of Dynamic Consulting, Samantha combines a coaching approach with organizational development methods to simultaneously support the uniqueness of individuals, the cohesiveness of teams and the health of organizations.

Samantha began her career in South Africa, working for six years with a grassroots movement focused on developing leaders. After completing a stint of international development work in Afghanistan, Samantha attained her MA in organizational management & development and a certificate in evidence-based coaching from Fielding Graduate University. Samantha is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation and is also one of 11 international partner coaches that comprise the Center for Non-Profit Coaching (CNPC), a supporter of nonprofit professionals throughout the world.

Samantha is skilled in coaching for leadership and transformation, developing cohesive teams, facilitating small groups to large community stakeholders, increasing personal and interpersonal awareness, and creating space for individuals and groups to become more effective within their environments. Samantha resides, works, plays and recreates in Juneau, Alaska with her husband and daughter. Samantha loves the opportunities that life and community in Alaska bring to her work in the world.

Michelle Galarowicz

Position title: Certified Professional Coach Program Specialist

Michelle works as the program coordinator for the UW–Madison Certified Professional Coach Program. She became a program coordinator for the Division of Continuing Studies in the summer of 2019. Prior to joining the division, she worked for the Madison Metropolitan School District in both teaching and administrative roles. Professionally she enjoys curriculum development and content management and is committed to advocating for learners and their experience in both traditional classrooms and virtual learning environments. She believes the strength of any educational experience lies in differentiated teaching strategies which meet the needs of diverse learners; and an organized, student-focused system that is inclusive of all students and their unique talents.

Michelle resides in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, where outside of work she loves spending time with her husband and children, reading, gardening, horseback riding and swimming. She is happiest when it is hot outside and she can spend hours at a pool or beach in the sun. Additionally, she loves baking and is always up for exploring new recipes that lead to any sort of sweet treat.

Chariti Gent

Credentials: MA, MCC, CPCC

Position title: Program Director, UW Certified Professional Coach Certificate Program

Chariti Gent is a veteran of the coaching world, having started her journey by hiring her first professional coach in 2004. Since then, Chariti has held positions as an internal corporate coach and trainer for a major international franchise, president and founder of Chariti Gent Coaching and Consulting, and director and lead instructor for the UW–Madison Certified Professional Coach program. Chariti received her formal International Coach Federation (ICF) training and certification through the Co-Active Training Institute (formerly CTI) in 2010. Chariti became a certified ICF PCC Assessor in 2018 and earned the designation of Master Certified Coach (MCC) in 2020. Having coached hundreds and hundreds of individuals throughout the last decade and a half, Chariti brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise to her role. Her students routinely rate her as a top-notch instructor, full of energy, enthusiasm and a true zest for learning. Chariti is recognized as being a leader in the coach training industry, and she is an active member of the global Association of Coach Training Organization’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Task Force.

Paul Gilbride

Credentials: PCC

Position title: UW Certified Professional Coach Program Mentor

Paul is a “recovering CPA” with 16 years of corporate experience and seven years of coaching. In addition to his PCC designation, Paul is certified as a Dare to Lead™ facilitator based on the work of Brené Brown, and is certified in the EQi 2.0 Emotional Intelligence Assessment. He works exclusively with people and teams in corporate America and other large organizations on topics like leadership, work/life integration and general corporate navigation. He has had the honor of partnering with many companies including KPMG, Deloitte, Department of Defense, Lionsgate, Bloomberg Corp., Talking – Talent, Elanco, and PhRMA. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and considers his role as a member of the University of Wisconsin Certified Professional Coach Program as one of his highest honors.

Paul is passionate about making corporate and all organizations better. He strives to make people’s lives more fulfilling, rewarding, passionate and purposeful, one organization, team or individual at a time. He believes in connection, heart and emotional intelligence. He believes we do better when we lead with compassion not fear, growth not scarcity, integration not division, and heart not hurt. Above all else, he believes in courage. Courage to stand tall in our values, courage to listen with purpose, courage to speak truth, courage to have tough conversations and courage to put people—all people—first.

Laura Gleisner

Credentials: MS, ACC

Position title: UW Certified Professional Coach Program Instructor and Mentor

Laura Gleisner, BSE, MS, ACC, is a professional leadership coach, communication specialist and sole proprietor of Laura Gleisner Coaching + Consulting, LLC, and has over 20 years of experience as an educator, consultant, coach and trainer. A quote attributed to Tony Robbins, “The quality of our lives is equal to the quality of our relationships,” has created the foundation for her coaching with leaders and teams. She believes that in order for leaders to create satisfying professional relationships, healthy work environments (i.e. life-giving rather than life-draining) and maximize their impact, leaders today need to be experts in the fine art of communication. As a leadership coach and communication specialist, Laura practices and trains leaders and teams to communicate in a way that builds trust, creates healthy work environments and supports efficiency, productivity and goal achievement.

Laura is a self-described “recovering perfectionist” and has struggled with social anxiety her entire life. A gift of these challenges is that she geeks out on personal development, leadership and communication books, videos and trainings. These experiences, in addition to her work in coaching and communication, have solidified her belief that coaching conversations can change your life.

Darcy Luoma

Credentials: MCC, BCC, ORSCC, MSOD, CPCC

Position title: UW Certified Professional Coach Program Instructor

Darcy (MS, Pepperdine University) is a master certified executive and leadership coach, dynamic facilitator and professional speaker. Her knowledge and intuitive style has helped hundreds of clients achieve remarkable results, including greater work/life balance, a clearer vision and enhanced leadership. She is thrilled to have been voted Madison, Wisconsin’s Favorite Life Coach several times! Darcy has her master of science in organization development from Pepperdine University, where her thesis research showed profound results that life coaching significantly increases overall life satisfaction and professional growth. Darcy served for 12 years as the director of U.S. Senator Herb Kohl’s office. She is now the owner and president of Darcy Luoma Coaching & Consulting, LLC, which focuses on creating high-performing people and teams. Darcy balances her thriving business with raising her two energetic daughters, adventure travel and competing in triathlons. You can learn more about Darcy at darcyluoma.com.

Nancy Turngren

Credentials: BSN, MA, BCC, ACC

Position title: UW Certified Professional Coach Program Mentor

Nancy Turngren is a professional coach passionate about her mission of helping individuals and organizations flourish through the power of awareness and conscious choice. She believes our work and personal lives have become so driven by outside forces that it requires us to consciously pause and be mindful of our priorities. As a coach, she finds it rewarding to provide the space for individuals and organizations to work through this process and witness the growth that is achieved.

Nancy believes in lifelong learning and has a master’s in organizational management and development with a graduate certificate in evidence-based coaching. She is certified by the International Coach Federation and is a Board Certified Coach. She works with leaders through a humanistic approach by helping them uncover their true needs and discover ways to utilize their strengths to grow. She understands the complexity of business relationships and how this can impact the performance of an executive. The partnership she develops with clients leads to lasting changes and successful outcomes in professional and personal growth. ntcoaching.com