Our professors are selected from previous class participants who felt impassioned to bring this powerful message to their community.  Currently offered regularly in Aspen, CO, Boulder, CO, Charleston, SC, Charlotte, NC, Green Bay, WI, Midland, MI, Phillips, WI, and the United States Air Force this course is open to the general public in most locations and targeted to adult participants who want to improve their relationships with others in their work-life, home-life, and community-life.

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David Anderson

Hometown: Midland, MI

David serves as the Lead Pastor at Midland Nazarene where he helps Midland Naz play its role in God’s story by connecting people to God and connecting people to people as we grow together in being and doing Jesus in every way and every day.  David also serves as Managing Director and Counsel for Risk International Services, Inc., which is a risk management consulting firm.  He has over 20 years of complex insurance claim development, valuation, negotiation and resolution experience.  His insurance expertise encompasses a broad array of insurance claims in several industries, including chemical, manufacturing, aerospace, utility, petrochemical and financial services.  He has helped negotiate over $1 billion of settlements on behalf of policyholders.  He was graduated magna cum laude from Olivet Nazarene University with a BA in political science and history, received his JD with honors from The Ohio State University College of Law, and was graduated magna cum laude from Nazarene Theological Seminary with a Master’s in Divinity.  David has been married to his “smoking hot wife” Kristin for a little over 25 years, and they have two children Luke and Grace.  His goal in life is to be where God wants him to be in word, thought, deed, and place at each moment.

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Jenny Beaumont

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Jenny Beaumont is a graduate of Queens University with a B.A. in English and Business Administration.  After college she accepted a post-grad scholarship to study Religion and Philosophy in Australia.  She holds Masters of Christian Education and is currently the Director of Adult Formation at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte.  Jenny is also the owner and director of Swan Learning Center which helps students reach their potential through specialized instruction.  After participating in the CST class, she is committed to bringing CST to the non-profit world.  She is dedicated to sharing the CST class with others and demonstrating the ways that it has affected her own personal life through practice and stories.

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Susan Blakeman

Hometown: Maryville, IL

Susan is the Director of Non-Profit and Government Programs for Our Community LISTENS.  She has always been enthusiastic about learning and observing interpersonal relationships.  Her introduction to OCL was in November 2012 when she attended the first Communication Skills Training class taught to the military.  Following that class, she was honored to be selected as a professor and later a master certifier.  Susan was enlisted in the United States Air Force for 21 years and lived around the world, leaving her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio far behind.  Upon her retirement she continued to serve as an Air Force civilian for an additional 11 years.  Family is at the heart of Susan’s life.  She and her husband, Chuck, are very active and enjoy golfing, CrossFit, and traveling together.  The relationships she has with her husband, four children and three grandchildren are what make her happiest.  Susan is inspired by helping people enhance their own relationships and seeing the impact it has on their lives.

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Kimberly Boehm

Hometown: Asheville, NC

Kim has served 19 years in the United States Air Force, joining in 1997 after earning a BS in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a MS in Health Sciences from Western Carolina University. She started her military career as Registered Dietitian and later cross-trained to become a Personnel Officer. She is currently serving as Chief, Military Personnel Programs Division and the Air Force Deputy Element Commander for United States Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base, IL.  Kim was touched with the "Truly Human Leadership" bug after hearing Bob Chapman speak to a military group in 2010; she quickly attended CST course and was blessed to be accepted and certified as a professor within 4 months.  Kim is passionate about helping people live life to the fullest and achieve their goals by listening. She loves the outdoors, animals, gardening, reading and spending time with her family. Kim lives in Belleville, IL with her husband Bill, son Will, daughter Lauren, and two cats, who have purr-fected listening, Charlie and Zoe.  

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Catherine Brennan

Hometown: Charleston, SC

Catherine Brennan holds both a Bachelor’s and Master Degree in Fine Arts as well as being a Certified Personal Trainer and 200 hour level Yoga Instructor.  Her diverse background also includes: Corporate Computer Software Instructor, College Instructor for Multimedia/Animation/Design/Photo Manipulation, Technical Writer (Step-by-Step manuals and supporting materials), Writer for the local newspaper, Fine Artist, and aspiring Author.  Despite her varied skills in art and computing technology, she believes she has learned the most about life through the school of “hard knocks”.  She discovered a need for self-discovery, personal growth, and transformational change after many intense challenges in her life, and is now passionate about sharing the tools and skills she has learned in the process.

Shara Brice

Hometown: Aspen, CO

American by birth, Shara met her British husband, Rev. Jonathan Brice while they were both studying at Oxford in 1989. With BA HONS in both Public Relations and Psychology, Shara graduated Summa Cum Laude from William Jewell and was named as America’s Top 20 in the 1991 USA Today “All-USA Academic Team.” Shara was awarded the Arthur Mag Fellow at UMKC, where she obtained a Masters of Public Administration (MPA), which has served her well in community development work.  Shara Brice has 30 years of experience in pioneering transformational, community-based programs, which have received national and international recognition. In 2005, at the age of 36, Shara was awarded MBE (Member of the British Empire), an honor rarely bestowed upon non-Nationals, and certainly not before their 40th birthdays. In 2010, Shara was named “You! Can” Woman of the Year.”  In 2012, she was selected to carry the Olympic torch for the London 2012 Games.  Shara’s Ascension Eagles book is due to be published just prior to the release of the inspirational Ascension Eagles film, which Big Talk Pictures have optioned with the goal of sharing the adventure with cinema audiences worldwide.  Shara lives in Aspen, Colorado with her husband and two children, Crichelle (18) and Joel (16), where Rev. Brice is now Rector of Christ Episcopal Church Aspen.

Julie Chapman

Hometown: Charleston, SC

Julie Chapman has two diverse undergraduate degrees. She studied International Studies with a minor in History and French at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She graduated from St. Louis University with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She worked for many years as a Home IV therapy nurse. She left nursing, electing to be a stay at home mom while her kids were young. As they enter middle and high school, she has reconnected with her love of writing. She writes a monthly column for a local newspaper in Charleston, SC and is working on a children’s travel book series with her oldest son. Her family shares her passion for travel. Through the difficult times in her life, she has gained unique perspectives and loves to use her hard earned wisdom to encourage others. Her ability to connect makes her an effective professor. She is enthusiastic about CST and works hard to be a practicing professor; living what she teaches.

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​Stephanie Cherrier

Hometown: East Bethel, MN

Stephanie Cherrier hails from Minnesota and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota – Duluth with a BA in Criminology and Sociology.  She currently resides in Illinois and is currently a MBA student at Maryville University in St. Louis, MO.  Stephanie, mother to three grade school children, is passionate about understanding and accepting people as they are and improving interpersonal interactions.  Stephanie is dedicated to spreading the message and skills of CST to all she meets hoping to pass along the simple kindness of acceptance. 

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​Patti Cost

Hometown: Fairview Heights, IL

Patti Cost is the Chief, Protocol and Global Reach Planning Center, Headquarters Air Mobility Command (AMC), Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.  As a senior member of the HQ staff, she is directly responsible to the AMC Commander and Vice Commander for providing protocol support for a wide range of national and international dignitaries and distinguished visitors.  She also manages a multi-million conference facility.  AMC hosts worldwide meetings attended by all organization in the Department of Defense and their most senior leaders, as well as senior industry leaders.  Ms. Cost is an advocate of protocol training.  She was instrumental in the development of the Protocol Fundamentals Course currently used AF wide as the “training tool” for new protocol personnel.  She was part of the original team that refined the curriculum.  She also conducts an annual AMC-wide Protocol Workshop as well as provides a protocol briefing to most of the AMC-hosted conferences.  As member of the Protocol Diplomacy International, she stays current on all matters concerning hosting international DVs.  As a certified etiquette consultant, Ms. Cost provides dining etiquette to attendees at the conferences hosted at AMC.

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Larry Den Hartog

Hometown: Westboro, WI

Larry graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After spending 36 years helping make machines print, cut, weld, stitch, glue, and box cereal, he retired from his career in industrial software. Even while working in engineering, Larry has always been intrigued with the human element, whether it’s communication, encouragement, or team building. During his time with Barry Wehmiller, he had the opportunity to immerse in the culture by facilitating both Culture of Service and Communication Skills. In pseudo retirement, he has the opportunity to pursue what drives him, as he volunteers with college students, facilitates classes and finds some time to teach communication skills to his toddler grandsons.

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​Yvonne Forsyth

Hometown: Heart split between Bethel, Alaska and Kybotsmovi, Arizona

Yvonne Forsyth is a career Air Force professional with over 17 years of faithful service to our nation.  She currently is the Senior Enlisted Leader and Superintendent for the U.S. Air Force’s Expeditionary Operations School, Detachment 2, where she instructs air mobility specialists from around the globe.  Born in Arizona, Yvonne moved to Alaska at a young age and developed her attitude of independence and self-reliance in America’s frontier.  As a military member, she has traveled the world from Hawaii to the Middle East, having encountered the widest range of peoples and their cultures.  In every situation, her diverse background and open-mindedness allowed her to have an understanding of each individual’s needs and contributions.  Traveling and experiencing new cultures--two instrumental passions in her life which shape and enhance her powerful story.  Yvonne was introduced to “Truly Human Leadership” in 2013 at Scott Air Force Base, IL and was galvanized by its message. She embraced the program, dedicated herself to its wisdom, and has since become a professor and certifier.  Knowing the body should be as healthy as the mind, Yvonne is a fitness enthusiast and is zealously pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness.  Yvonne epitomizes the “Our Community LISTENS” vision and brings to each class transformational words from Gandhi – “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

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Shawn Hartel

Hometown: St. Helen, MI and Reseda, CA

Shawn is the Operations Flight Chief for the 54th Airlift Squadron, Illinois. He entered the Air Force as an F-16 mechanic, and later changed to a Career Enlisted Aviator and Executive Flight Attendant amassing 12 years of dedicated service under his belt so far.  He is passionate about spreading caring, compassion, listening, and truly human leadership throughout the community through his Professorship.  Shawn is married to his best friend Jessie, and together they have a beautiful baby daughter named Lilly who keeps them on their toes.  His hobbies include wood working, snowboarding, songwriting, and electronics. Shawn is a lifelong learner, an inventor, and a family man.

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Lisa May Howard

Hometown: Aspen, CO

Lisa May Howard was hooked from the word go, or DISC as it may be.  During her initial CST course Lisa May's mind, while still focused on the course, was spinning with all the potential of the course's teachings especially with her colleagues, K-12 teachers!  What better way to change the world than by touching the lives of our children through their teachers!!  Lisa May earned her undergraduate degree from Connecticut College and her Masters in Education from Regis University.  For the last 14 years Lisa May has had the privilege of serving as the librarian for the students of Aspen Elementary School.  The Aspen School District was the first school system to launch the Communication Skills training with a designated team. Lisa May is honored to be one of the dedicated professors for the Aspen School District.  

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Aimee Kane

Hometown: ​Lyons, CO

Aimee is currently the HR Customer Service Manager with the City of Boulder and has held various positions in her 10+ years with the city. A trusted and collaborative leader with strong business sense and political discernment, Aimee has a passion for customer service and has focused most of her employment history building relationships and honing her skills to effectively communicate with all levels of an organization and various customer types demonstrating a vital translation role between technical and non-technical, field and office personnel. She understands the way to “get things done” is through building community and relationships, working together towards a shared vision. The Communication Skills Training is furthering Aimee’s capacity to touch lives not only in her organization, but the community at large as graduates learn new ways to connect with community members. Aimee lives in Lyons, Colorado with her husband and three beast friends, Paco, Lefty and Bowser. Her hobbies include spending time outdoors, hiking, yoga, and cooking.


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​Pamela King

Hometown: ​Belleville, IL

Pamela King is a servant leader who invests in people and is committed to transforming lives.  She inspires life changes and growth as a Communication Skills Training Professor and Master Resilience Trainer.  Her journey as a survivor led her to becoming an advocate for crime victims; focusing on survivors of rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence.  In 2009, Pam founded DIVAS Fellowship and Outreach Ministry, where survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence can connect for mutual support and learn life skills that will assist them on their journeys to healing.  During her 20-year Air Force career, she used her skills and experience as a Strategic Plans and Programs Manager to strengthen communities around the world through leadership development, individual resilience, victim advocacy and survivor support.  In 2015, Pam was honored to receive the Air Force Materiel Command NAACP Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award.  Pam is completing her Master’s degree in Education and Innovation with emphasis in Adult Education and a certification in Online Teaching and Learning.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management and holds an Occupational Instructor Certification.  In all of Pam’s achievements and travels, her family holds her heart.  She adores her husband, James, and her eyes light up when he walks into a room.  They share this amazing life with their five sons James Jr., Jalen, Devon, Justin and Jackson.


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​​Darcy Lilley

Hometown: ​San Diego, CA

Darcy is the Director of Operations for Our Community LISTENS and she is passionate about leadership, mentoring, and helping people achieve their full potential.  She is honored to be a Communications Skills Training and Listen Like a Leader professor and master certifier.   Darcy brings extensive leadership experience from her time as a career U.S. Air Force Officer and as Chief Learning Officer for the U. S. Air Force’s Air Mobility Command, supporting over 100,000 Airmen worldwide.  She is married to her best friend, Mike, and enjoys traveling with him as he performs with The St Louis Stompers Dixieland Jazz Band.  They have two wonderful children – Shawn, a Physician Assistant, married to the very talented, Kate, and Kristina, a DNA analyst, married to the handsome superstar, Josiah.  Darcy has a Doctorate in Education with specialization in Instructional Leadership and Andragogy, a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development, and certifications as a Professional in Learning and Performance, Emotionally Intelligent Leader, and in Advanced Supply Chain Management. 


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​Brian Lindsey

Hometown: O'Fallon, IL

Brian is a career military officer and aviator, flying airlift, aerial refueling and reconnaissance aircraft.  He currently serves as Director of Operations for the 618th Air Operations Center at Scott AFB in SW Illinois, orchestrating the daily execution of 400-600 world-wide mobility missions.   A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and holding degrees from The Ohio State University and the Air Force Institute of Technology, Brian is a life-long learner and avid reader, constantly awed by the wonders of the natural world as illuminated by modern science.  After multiple assignments around the United States and overseas, he is looking forward to sinking some Midwest roots and reliving his high school years with his wife, Connie, of 21 years through his four children's matriculation.  He attended Communication Skills Training in 2013, and afterwards was inspired to apply its' lessons in his own life and committed to finding more ways to continue to serve and give back, which he does primarily through the Boy Scouts of America and as a CST professor.


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​Pete Luke

Hometown: Boulder, CO

As a Human Resources Compensation expert, Pete is focused on implementing progressive total reward systems that are aligned with organizational strategy in order to help attract, engage and retain top talent. He has worked in various human resources roles in local government and the private sector and was part of a team that successfully released the Personnel Board of Jefferson County in Birmingham, Alabama from a consent decree resulting from one of the longest running employment discrimination cases in the United States. He has also worked to help organizations implement bias free and content valid employment selection processes for both public safety and non-union environments as well as to assess and increase diversity awareness in organizations. Pete also serves as an online assessor to help evaluate candidates for promotional opportunities in management and sales positions for a variety of different organizations. He earned a Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Xavier University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Alabama. Taking this course has ignited Pete’s passion for personal connection and teaching as CST has had a significant positive impact on his career and family.

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​Jesse Meagher

Hometown: Webster, MA

Jesse is the Air Refueling Branch Superintendent, United States Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.  He entered the USAF in 1994 and spent 14 years as an aircraft mechanic before becoming a KC-135 Boom Operator.  Having held many positions in his 22 year Air Force career, Jesse’s experiences span from fixing and flying aircraft, teaching others to do the same, finally culminating with vetting air refueling requests and shaping policy on behalf of the Department of Defense.  In his off time, Jesse has dedicated himself to teaching and mentoring others as a youth sports coach, a board member of both the Gateway Boom Operator Association and the Dutch Huyser chapter of the Airlift/Tanker Association as well as a Communication Skills professor for the Scott AFB chapter of Our Community LISTENS (OCL).  Jesse is looking forward to retirement from active duty and is excited about remaining part of the OCL team.  His hobbies include working on cars, BBQ, home brewing and video games.  Jesse is married to his best friend Vanessa and has two children; Trevor, age 20 and Tehya, age 14.

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Ashley Perl

Hometown: Aspen, CO

Ashley is proud to be a committed member of the Aspen community. Born and raised there, and now working for the City of Aspen, she is passionate about serving her community and working to make Aspen a sustainable place for future generations. Ashley and her husband, Dan, love all that the mountains have to offer. An avid skier and cyclist, Ashley can be found on her lunch breaks either on the mountain or running the nearby trails. Ashley attended school in Boulder at the University of Colorado and in Monterrey, CA at the Monterrey Institute for International Studies, with a background in waste reduction programming and environmental sustainability. Always looking for opportunities to practice her Spanish and learn about new cultures, Ashley does so by traveling to new places. New Zealand is next on her list!

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​Linda Rad

Hometown: ​Broomfield, CO

According to Linda, “Communication Skills Training (Listen Like a Leader) is exactly the right gift at the right time for City of Boulder employees!  We appreciate the perfect alignment between the city’s vision, leadership philosophy and organizational development strategies, and the training and partnership with Our Community Listens.” Linda is passionate and committed to public service leadership and lifelong learning.  Linda Rad is the Learning and Organizational Development Manager for the City of Boulder, Colorado. Linda has worked in various leadership and management capacities over the past 25 years, in the field of human resources, employee and labor relations, organizational development, diversity & inclusion, training, mediation and change management.  Before starting with the City of Boulder in 2006, Linda was Assistant Human Resource Director at Colorado State University, Senior Human Resource Specialist at the City of Loveland, Colorado, Health Care Policy Manager for the State of Colorado, Employee Benefit Manager for the State of Nebraska, and Training and Special Projects Leader for Mutual of Omaha.  Linda is an Adjunct Faculty Professor for Regis University, previously teaching for Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska.  Linda earned a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Regis University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Bellevue University.  Linda holds professional certifications including a Senior Professional Human Resource certification, Certified Organization Development Specialist, Emergenetics, and as a Senior Certified Human Resource Professional. Linda loves spending time with her family and friends, meandering along the front range of Colorado and slowly hiking up area 14ers.  Linda loves to read, and is a closet poet and philosopher.

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Jeff Reinke

Hometown: Phillips, WI

Serving as a Barry-Wehmiller University professor for a number of years, Jeff is excited about extending this gift into our communities and sharing his knowledge of Truly Human Leadership with others. In a time where e-mails and text messages are rapidly becoming the norm, Jeff is passionate about preserving interpersonal relationships and the art of meaningful face-to-face conversation. With an undergraduate degree in business management, Jeff has enjoyed a diverse background in retail, direct sales and manufacturing. Family is very important to Jeff and a personal goal is to be the best grandpa his 4 grandkids could ever have! Jeff is employed at MarquipWardUnited – a BW Papersystems Company as a supply chain standards leader and resides with his wife in the Northwoods community of Phillips, Wisconsin where he enjoys many outdoor activities.

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​Diana Roach

Hometown: Sioux City, IA

Originally from Sioux City, Iowa, Diana is a graduate of Iowa State University with a BBA in Transportation and Logistics.  After college she started her career as a civil servant affording her the opportunity to be part of Air Force and Defense organizations that move people, personal property, fuel, and cargo in support of our Armed Forces.  After 19 years working on supply chain issues she started working in change management to help her government organization consider the impacts change has on their workforce and advise on ways to create trust in relationships, foster collaboration, and encourage a culture that embraces empowerment and innovation.  She is married to John and they have a daughter, Lela, and a son, Jace.    

Anita L. Sanchez

Hometown: Boulder, CO

Dr. Anita L. Sanchez is an international consultant, trainer, speaker and coach on leadership, team and organization development, diversity, inclusion & engagement, communication and transformational positive change. She works with executives, leaders and their teams from dozens of global corporations and non-profits in creating benchmarked diversity workplace strategies and global organizational culture change initiatives in concert with top team and leadership development. Anita is renowned for her strategic insights, creative intervention designs and delivery, as well as, her skill at bringing together the wisdom in the heads and the hearts of individuals and their organizations. Bridging indigenous wisdom with modern science, she is a widely sought-after speaker on women in leadership, diversity & inclusion, and professional and personal development. Co-author of Discovering Your Positive Core - A Personal Guide, and The Strategic Matrix for Selecting Diversity Initiatives, Anita writes on topics of positive change, healing the heart, personal transformation, resiliency, global diversity and engagement.

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Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Mary Davis Smart is a graduate of University of NC at Chapel Hill with a BA in Art and Early Childhood Education. She is a former 4th and 5th grade teacher and an educational consultant. She has a passion for local history, and has been a creator and writer of many local history programs in Greensboro, NC where she grew up and Charlotte, NC where she lives with her husband. She has been a volunteer community advocate most of her adult life and recently retired from her position as CEO of the Charlotte Museum of History.  She is the proud mother of three grown children, Louis, Cordon and Mary Stuart. Mary Davis has recently joined the team of CST professors at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte.

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​Jonathan "Jack" Svoboda

Hometown:  Southampton, MA

Jonathan “Jack” Svoboda is a Strategic Intermodal and Surface Distribution Planner for the United States Transportation Command, Enterprise Readiness Center, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.  Jack’s passion for the importance of communications started early in youth through interests in theater, music, and education.  He pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Geography focusing on Cultural Geography and considers himself blessed to have been able to serve in the Air Force for 28 years as worldwide transport instructor pilot with over 4,000 hours in the C-141 and C-23 aircraft.  This career path, combined with living overseas and his educational choices, is enabling him to see for himself how people across the globe communicate through languages, food, music, art, and more.  Jack earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Human Resources Development and then later a Masters of Arts Degree in International Relations.  Since taking CST, Jack sees each and every day how listening and “I Am the Message” build upon all of his previous learning and life experiences and how they enable communication and human relationships to thrive at the ultimate level…within the very heart and soul of what he values most—his family, his faith, and his community.  

Kit Tennis

Hometown: Boulder, CO

Kit Tennis is an international consultant, trainer, and coach who has worked with companies, non-profits and governments on developing highly people-centric systems and cultures that bring out the best in people. Kit is known for his lively, engaging style and his explicit trust in the innate genius of everyone he meets. Kit’s broad experience grounds his expertise and insight into individual, team and organizational life. In addition to 30 years of consulting practice, he has administered governmental social service delivery systems, served as a municipal personnel director, managed academic service programs and developed successful non-profit human service organizations. Kit is also a multifaceted volunteer for the Pachamama Alliance, where he facilitates public Symposiums, trains facilitators, provides communication skills training, and leads Rainforest Journeys deep into the roadless Amazon territories of Ecuador. He has a B.A. in psychology, a Masters in Human Resources Management, and a Doctorate in Organization Development. Kit lives in the mountains outside of Boulder, CO with his life and business partner, Anita Sanchez, and his 17 and 22 year old sons.

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Mary-Margaret Thomas

Hometown: Aspen, CO

Mary-Margaret has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Westfield State University, where she graduated with honors. She has owned and operated a unique horse training and riding instruction business for nearly 25 years. Her company, Equine Enhancement LLC, focuses on understanding the language of the horse and is committed to helping its clients and their horses have a synergistic bond. Skills she has perfected over the years have helped lead her to a natural transition into teaching CST. Mary-Margaret lives in Snowmass, Colorado with her husband Mike, son Nate, and two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. Her love of varied mountain activities, family, friends and animals makes this the perfect place to live her dream.

Shirley Tipton

Hometown: Aspen, CO

Shirley comes to CST with a diverse background and a servant heart. Fluent (a native speaker) in Spanish she has lived and worked in Mexico.  Twice elected to political office, Shirley went on to lead a state agency in the Colorado Dept. of Higher Education and has years of legislative, lobbying and administrative experience in state and local government. Deeply committed to civil civic dialogue and excellence in the development of public policy, Shirley continues to work with candidates and community organizers in strategic planning and development. She is also a turn-around specialist for non-profits with a particular fondness for organizational development and long range planning. Co-founder of a successful, highly creative retail store she is also experienced in small business. Shirley lives in Aspen, Colorado and is deeply committed to family, friends, community and faith.

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Leanne VanBeek

Hometown: Midland, MI

Leanne has spent fifteen years in non-profit management, with a goal of supporting organizations and their people as they achieve their potential. Three years ago, she founded Left Lane Consulting, LLC, to continue her work in a way that also allowed her to home-educate her three children. Since starting her own business, she has worked with close to 30 clients, including regional, state-wide, and Fortune 50 organizations. She is a certified trainer and her specialty areas include strategic planning, board development, communications, personnel development, and facilitation.  Leanne discovered Barry-Wehmiller and the OCL vision when she took the business Communication Skills Training (CST) course in 2012. Through professor training experiences and her continuing interactions with OCL and Barry-Wehmiller leadership, she believes OCL to be one of the strongest, most forward-thinking, and socially-impactful organizations she has encountered. She is honored to be a part of the movement.  Living in Midland, MI, Leanne is married to Mike, a research director for the Mackinac Center of Public Policy, and has 3 children, Charlie, Lauren, and Claire

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​E. Yancey Walker, V

Hometown: ​San Antonio, TX

Yancey is a pilot and skydiver currently serving as a Major in the United States Air Force.  Before taking a position as Legislative Liaison for Headquarters Air Mobility Command he flew the C-130, "Hercules" and UV-18B "Twin Otter" in various operational assignments.  He earned his B. S. in Business & Management from the United States Air Force Academy and went on to receive a M.A in Organizational Development from Gonzaga University.  As part of his professional military education Yancey took the Communication Skills Training course in 2014 and committed to becoming a professor in order to bring the truly human approach to leadership to one of the nation's most vital organizations, the United States Air Force.  For Yancey, developing tomorrow's Airmen is not only a professional passion but a personal affair, his grandfather and father both retired from the USAF, his wife Ginny is also a C-130 pilot for the USAF and someday if one of his three daughters, Caroline, Evangeline or Peyton, chooses to join the USAF he wants to make sure that he did his part to make it better...and he loves the Denver Broncos!

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​Terri Zuber

Hometown: Chesterfield, MO

Terri is the Director of Community Chapters for Our Community LISTENS. She took Communication Skills Training through the military and shares that the skills learned so profoundly deepened her most important relationships that she could think of no better investment than to share this gift with others. She has always had a passion for helping people grow personally and professionally and after 22 years of service in the United States Air Force she enthusiastically joined the OCL team as a professor, master certifier and National Team member. She enjoys volunteer work and is a Girl Scout Troop Leader dedicated to developing young girls into women that are grounded in confidence and have the courage to love who they are versus what the world says they should be. Terri and the love of her life, Sean, spend as much time as they can with their two beautiful children, Alannah and Zachary with adventures in camping, biking, hiking and lazy family nights with cheesy movies and buttery popcorn.

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​Julie Zumach

Hometown: Phillips, WI

Julie has a BS in Elementary Education and an MA in Education. She earned National Board Certification and became a mentor for National Board candidates in northern Wisconsin.  Julie served the children of the School District of Phillips, Wisconsin as a fifth-grade teacher for 33 years and retired in 2016. After participating in OCL in 2014, she was deeply moved by the message and felt she would like to make it an even larger part of her life. A life-long learner with a passion for history, Julie is excited that she will still have the opportunity to positively touch the lives of children by introducing their parents to the transformational skills found in the OCL curriculum while fulfilling her desire to continue working with adults.  Julie is married to her high school sweetheart, Todd, a business analyst for BW-Papersystems and a Culture of Service professor. They raised two beautiful daughters, Megan and Tara. Julie is an avid bridge player, and loves to travel, cook, read, and bike. After retiring, she and Todd recently moved to the town of Port Washington, Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Michigan.

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