Our professors are selected from previous class participants who felt impassioned to bring this powerful message to their community.  Our classes are currently offered regularly in Aspen, CO;  Carbondale, CO;  Glenwood Springs, CO;  Boulder, CO;  Charleston, SC;  Charlotte, NC;  Green Bay, WI;  Mequon, WI;  Phillips, WI;  Midland, MI;  Ludington, MI;  Grand Rapids, MI;  St. Louis, MO;  Scott Air Force Base, IL;  Joint Base Charleston, SC; and in partnership with The Pachamama Alliance.  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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Mary Adams

Hometown: ​Charleston, SC

Mary is a Charleston native, having lived here all but two years, when a job opportunity took her to Denver. She’s convinced she has lived in two of the most desirable places in the world – the Lowcountry of S.C. and Colorado, home of the majestic Rockies.  Mary holds a B.S. in Psychology from College of Charleston and has worked in media sales most of her professional career. In her free time, Mary enjoys travel, live music and being immersed in a good book or movie. It took a trip to Mexico for Mary to meet Julie Chapman, our local Chapter Leader, and learn about Our Community Listens.  Mary took CST in early 2015, a time of personal transition in her life. Mary credits the insight she gained and continuous practice in her daily life with personal growth and strengthened relationships. For Mary, the opportunity to help lead others through CST is a blessing and an honor.


David Anderson

Hometown: McMinnville, OR

David serves as the Lead Pastor at Church on the Hill, which is all about helping people Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose and Play a Role in God's story.  David also serves as Managing Director 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 27 years, and they have two "adult" 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.



Jenny Beaumont

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Jenny Beaumont is the Chapter Leader for OCL Charlotte and 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.


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

Shara is the Chapter Leader for OCL Aspen.  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.

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​​John Carroll

Hometown: Mt. Pleasant, SC

John is a national award-winning columnist, author, strategist and growth expert. He helps his clients be more productive, more profitable and have more fun. John is one of only 20 professionals worldwide recognized by peers for his work consulting with emerging growth companies. A graduate of Charleston Class 13, John is a work in progress. He sees life as a lab which allows him to sharpen his listening and communication skills. Believing that we become what we teach, each opportunity to serve as professor strengthens him for the work of being in the moment with others, particularly Lori, his wife of 34 years, their two daughters and granddaughter. John is the founding board chair and current board member of Camp Rise Above, providing summer camp experiences for children with special medical needs. He is a founding board member of Lowcountry Local First and has served as board president of the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center and president of the Mount Pleasant Business Association. He lives with his wife in Mount Pleasant, SC.

Julie Chapman

Hometown: Charleston, SC

Julie Chapman is the Chapter Leader for OCL Charleston and 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.


​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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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.


​Heather Exby

Hometown: Aspen, CO

Heather proudly works for Colorado Mountain College as vice president and dean of the Roaring Fork Campus with campuses in Glenwood Springs and Spring Valley. Her office windows open to the beauty and grandeur of Mount Sopris; a magnificent place to work. She is the mother of two adult children and has been married to her first and only husband for over 27 years. Heather has a PhD in Educational Leadership from Colorado State University and master’s degree from Harvard University. Heather’s passion is the development of people through vulnerability and empathy. In CST she has found a marvelous way to share the power of empathy to foster real, personal change which, in turn, engenders profound, organizational change. Heather will tell you she wears her heart on her sleeve and leads by example. She is honored to be a member of the OCL community.



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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Misty Janks

Hometown: Midland, MI

Misty is the executive director of the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region where she advocates for women for economic and personal empowerment. She has spent a decade in non-profit leadership, and is passionate about the empowerment of women and children to help guide them to a bright future. She is committed to the non-profit sector and her community. After participating in a CST class in 2015, Misty volunteered to help to bring this gift to the rest of the Great Lakes Bay Region. Misty is married to Keith and has 3 children Xander, Parker, and Zoe.  


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.


​Pamela King

Hometown: ​Belleville, IL

Pamela King, the Chapter Leader for OCL St. Louis, 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 has a 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.


​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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​Dave Lister

Hometown: Midland, MI

Dave graduated high school from Manhattan, Kansas. A week after graduation he entered the Air Force where he was trained to be an Air Traffic Controller. After his four-year commitment he was hired by the Federal Aviation Administration where he worked at Lambert St. Louis International airport for sixteen-years and Denver International airport for twelve. He then retired and moved to Oklahoma City to serve as a contract instructor and Advanced Facility Course Development and Oversight lead. He is a very dedicated family man. So, when the first of his now two granddaughters were born, he and his wife moved from Oklahoma City to Midland, Michigan to be near them. God has richly blessed them as all three of their boys, as well as their two granddaughters all live in Midland within two miles of each other. Dave is passionate about helping others and filling needs that seem to go unnoticed. Dave remains a work in progress. He strives to become a true “vessel of honor” that God created and envisioned him to be. His journey to becoming an OCL Communication Skills Training (CST) professor has been an intricate ingredient of his personal growth and development, while, at the same time, helping others discover their unique gifting and developing key insights and tools for improving their personal and professional relationships. Dave’s life journey includes his marriage to Rosalee, their three amazing boys, two daughter in-laws and two fantastically beautiful granddaughters.

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​​Rob Martin

Hometown: ​Aspen, CO

Rob is the Dean of the Isaacson School of Communication, Arts, and Media at Colorado Mountain College, having recently come to Colorado after a career exploring media on the East Coast. He has taught for high schools and colleges such as Penn State, the Arts Institute, and Bradley Academy for the Arts. His MFA in New Media is from Penn State University, and his undergraduate work was done at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a RABID learner, and rarely likes to sit still. His time not at work is spent exploring mountains, caves, and cliffs. He is particularly interested in the ways layers can be added to human experience through augmented and virtual realities, and how virtual experiences can be used to develop deeper empathy.

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​Michelle McMeekin

Hometown: (current) Charleston, SC

Michelle currently serves as the Community Support Coordinator at Joint Base Charleston.   Unsure what she wanted to be when she grew up, Michelle entered the US Air Force at 17 years old, wanting to experience travel and adventure while serving her country...she never looked back.  During her 26-year career, she held a variety positions with one underlying theme: Helping People!    Many of her jobs involved training base personnel, including 4 years as a full-time instructor at the Kisling Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Academy in Germany.  Since moving to Charleston, her job really ramped up in the way of training.   She runs the base Resiliency Training program as the Lead Master Resilience Instructor, and teaches several other professional development courses across the base, which brought her to the Our Community Listens - Charleston group in 2016.   She attended the course as a test to see if there was the possibility of bringing something "new" to Joint Base Charleston and to possibly duplicate the success the program found at Scott AFB, IL.   Her "holistic" approach impression caught her by the heart strings, and she was immediately hooked on how to learn and change from the inside out in order to improve and heal important relationships.   Now she seeks to share this life-changing concept with the members assigned to JB Charleston.   She and her husband Michael love to travel when they have time, to see new places and experience new things.   They live in Charleston with their son, Alex, who recently graduated from Clemson and is starting his training at the Medical University of SC (MUSC) to become a Physical Therapist


​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.


​Linda Rad

Hometown: ​Broomfield, CO

Linda is the Program Leader for the OCL City of Boulder Program.  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. Bridging indigenous wisdom with modern science, she is a widely sought-after speaker on women in leadership, diversity & inclusion, and professional and personal development. In line with the OCL vision, Anita’s new international best-selling book, The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times, “will illuminate your true purpose, heal your past, deepen your relationships, and help you become a powerful source of inspiration and leadership for the well-being of all humankind”.

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​Mike Schafer

Hometown: Midland, MI

Mike currently serves as the Wellness Director at the Greater Midland Community Center where he helps individuals from all walks of life achieve their wellness goals.  Prior to venturing out into health and wellness he was an Information Technology professional for a fortune 500 company covering a span of just under 27 years.  His business background coupled with a lifelong passion for health and wellness brings a breadth of experience as he strives to be a positive influence to all individuals he comes into contact with.   Mike graduated magna cum laude from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration & Information Technology and has continued to learn and grow throughout his career(s) through experience and addition studies.  Mike is married to his caring and thoughtful wife Kiyomi and is a father of four thriving children, Andrew, Matthew, Sydnie and Justin.    

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​Christin Myrick Shepherd

Hometown: Boulder, CO

Christin is a licensed Professional Engineer and Certified Floodplain Manager who works for the Flood & Greenways Department at the City of Boulder.  She completed the Leadership Program at the Coaches Training Institute, was honored to speak at TEDx Boulder in 2012, and self-published her first book, Your Fearless Soul, in 2014.  Christin is an avid explorer. Whether it be the catch and release of baby alligators in the Amazon, zip lining off the Great Wall of China, or rejoicing in Italian gelato, Christin seeks beauty and adventure in all that she does. Christin is known for bringing creativity, optimism, and sensitivity to technical challenges and is most passionate about imbuing STEM fields with empathy and compassion. Christin believes in the Our Community LISTENS philosophy because it bridges the analytical and emotional aspects of her work, producing wholistic solutions and healthy teams.

Mary Davis Smart

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.


Kit Tennis

Hometown: Boulder, CO

Kit is the Program Leader for the OCL Pachamama Alliance Program.  An international consultant, trainer, and coach who works 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. He believes that organizations should offer opportunity to achieve personal and collective greatness, existing in service of their people, rather than the opposite.   His expertise in diversity and inclusion, leadership development and large-scale organizational change takes him everywhere from CEO offices and board rooms to design labs, call centers and manufacturing shop floors across many industries. 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. 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, business and OCL partner, Anita Sanchez.


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.


Leanne VanBeek

Hometown: Midland, MI

Leanne is the Chapter Leader for OCL Midland 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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​​Sarah Weisbarth

Hometown: ​Midland, MI

Sarah has been in a wide variety of roles over the course of her career.  For 18 years Sarah worked in health care doing program development and implementation as well as business ownership and promotion.  Making a career shift to follow her purpose, Sarah has taken on entrepreneurial passions as a life coach and business manager.  Service is at the heart of Sarah’s involvements both professionally and through volunteer endeavors.  She works with organizations that support youth, women and young girls, and families.  She is committed to helping people understand their potential and live it out loud in whatever they do.  Professorship with Our Community Listens is an ideal fit for her as she can create the environment where others are empowered with skills to improve relationships and experience personal growth.  Communication Skills Training is also a great resource to share with those she serves in the community.  Sarah loves nature and the simple life as she experiences joy in the little things.  Her family is a treasure to her and she is blessed with balance in her commitments both at home and professionally.  For a complete detail of Sarah’s education, work and volunteer background visit her profile on LinkedIn


​​April Widman

Hometown: ​Palm Harbor, FL

April is an Aircraft Maintenance Officer serving in the United States Air Force for the past 17 years. She currently responsible for all sustainment and execution of the KC-10, KC-135 and all Executive Airlift aircraft in the inventory. She is also the team lead for the KC-46 acquisition ensuring appropriate maintenance considerations are incorporated. Within her career field April is consistently responsible for hundreds of people and billions of dollars’ worth of assets. Her experience with Communication Skills helped her to refine her focus from being a manager to focusing on the value of people within her span of control. She was inspired after noticing positive changes around her to become a professor and truly working to live the values  she teaches. She holds a Bachelors of Professional Aeronautics and a Masters of Business Administration. She is married with two daughters that are truly what drive her to be a better person every day.

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​Julie Zumach

Hometown: Phillips, WI

Julie is the Chapter Leader for OCL Wisconsin and 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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