Meet Our Coaches

Each Member of Pittsburgh Professional Women receives a complimentary coaching session annually with one of our Affiliate Coaches:
Once you have chosen your coach please click here to schedule your complimentary session.

For more information on any of our coaches, please click their name to be taken to their profile information.


Wendy LydonWendy Lydon, LPBC
Business Coach / Vice President ThistleSea Business Development, LLC  

Wendy’s background  and expertise combines astute strategic, business and project/program management skills with over 20 years experience in  business, association management, consultancy and analysis that enables her to assist clients to generate revenue and profit growth.

She is a collaborative leader skilled in motivating staff to achieve aggressive goals and objectives.  She has a global business operational perspective through exposure to diverse business protocols and markets.  She led highly successful sales, recruitment and retention initiatives that grew new sales initiatives to as much as $350 million in top line growth.  She is skilled in product and market development with solid background in customer relationship management (CRM), sales, marketing and customer service.

Wendy brings ThistleSea Business Development business and executive clients’ a background and expertise in business, health care, medical group practices, group purchasing, association management, distribution, food service, franchise operations, medical waste and behavioral mental health.

Wendy holds a degrees in business and information systems from Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA.  In addition, her expertise includes formal training in leadership, association management, supply chain, consultative sales, customer service, teamwork, telemarketing, strategic planning, human resources and healthcare legislation.

In addition to working with clients, she is highly involved developing the CNICUS Buying Group initiative and providing marketing services to ThistleSea Business Development clients.

Contact Wendy at 724.935.1930 or visit www.thistlesea.com

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MoniqueCoach Monique

Most people don’t need a therapist, they just need a change!™

A fitness coach helps you whip your body into shape. Coach Monique helps you whip your life into shape to get the changes you want. Clients and students working with Monique can expect Rapid Results as they learn to:
Minimize: Stress, Worry and Anxiety Improve: Mood, Sleep and Pain Management Enjoy: Better Relationships, Productivity and Health Overcome: Fears, Phobias and Limitations Increase: Happiness, Mindfulness and Energy
The work she does with her clients is the culmination of 20 years of education, personal study and work in a variety of complimentary fields including: Emotional Intelligence (Certification), Innovation (MBA), Communications (BA), Meditation (Certification), Thought Field Therapy, the Psychology of Happiness, Mindfulness and Recovery. All the techniques and education she provides are based in Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Innovation.
For those who are unfamiliar with EQ, it is the ability to manage your emotions and the emotions of others to work for you rather than against you. Markers for high EQ are: resiliency, effective communication, self-confidence, adaptive to change, conflict management, leadership, self-awareness, social-awareness, goal setting/accomplishment and the ability to self-soothe in positive ways. Just like IQ everyone is born with EQ, the difference is EQ is teachable and it is relatively easy to increase.
Monique works differently than many coaches in that her goal is to educate and work with her clients for a relatively short period of time. Working with Monique is a fast-paced, very positive and forward facing option for those who want rapid change and are healthy. Her programs are easy to learn, easy to use and immediately relevant so clients are empowered to enjoy Rapid Results while they go about their busy lives. Coach Monique offers The Positively Life Changing Series ™ 4-Week Series The Positively Life Changing Coaching Series™ in 4 and 8 session packages www.coachmonique.com 412-400-2085

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Ann GattyAnn Gatty

Dr. Ann Gatty is a business learning specialist, who believes that everyone has the capabilities to get where they want to go if they are enabled with the right strategies and tools. She is the co-founder of www.DrsGattyPeopleSolutions.com an organization that helps businesses develop strong leaders while creating a culture where self-improvement is an intrinsic part of the organization’s value system.

With over 30 years of organizational management and teaching experience, Ann has designed educational programs for businesses and not-for-profits, created coaching programs for individual self-improvement, business growth, and volunteer organizational development. Individuals who work with Ann find that they can identify the critical stumbling blocks that are holding them back and then by overcoming that obstacle, they can create a strategic, positive response to their life and/or business challenge.
Aside from consulting with business organizations, Ann offers coaching opportunities, both on-line and face-to-face, to help people get unstuck during their periods of life transition and/or finding ways to maximize their potential. She has a new series, Reframe Your Life, available on-line at Amazon and on her website. Ann earned a Ph.D. in Instruction and Learning from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Education. She is married, the mother of two young adult sons, and shares her home with her husband and a Great Dane and a Bassett Hound

Talk with Ann about how you and she can partner together to develop a strategic path towards the life you always imagined. She can be reached at 855-284-4448 or ann@drsgattypeoplesolutions.com

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Betty NovakBette Novak, Business Coach

I work with small business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders, who want to develop, grow and thrive in any market. I own LifePath Associates LLC (LPA) a business-life coaching company. My clients make quantum leaps, resolve problems and achieve goals that eluded them for some time with these strategies: (1) Analyze what worked and identify what is not working; (2) Investigate and choose strategies, tools, and techniques that will help them move to success; (3) Use the most current resources and data and (4) Create customized action plans. LPA offers different ways for our clients to learn business trends and use special job search strategies: Teleclasses, Teleseminars, Individual and Group Coaching, eBooks, eCourses, Books Audios, and Self-Study Programs. I bring 25 years experience in human resources and coaching in corporations, government, non-profit organizations and private business; I have helped these organizations to: Reengineer to improve organizational performance, Coach Leaders and Supervisors to manage effectively, Create professional and leadership development programs that build workplace skills, and Design and implement succession and strategic plans that got results. VIsit my website www.TheArtOfCareerSurvival.com. 

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Brenda New Image 2 In GreenBrenda DeCroo, MBA, PC, Profit Coach

Brenda spent over 20 years in corporate finance helping companies all over the world to measure and improve their financial results. Now, as a Profit Coach, Brenda works with entrepreneurs and business owners who want to master their finances and focus on what matters most. By using a simple system, business owners can increase profits, communicate success, and create time to enjoy their business and live their dreams.

A graduate of the Duquesne University Professional Coaching Certification program, Brenda is passionate about working with motivated clients to achieve success and abundance in all aspects of their life.

Brenda lives in Sarver, Pennsylvania, loves to spend time with family and friends, cook, travel, cruise, stay fit, and enjoy life. Brenda has been an active member of a women’s spirituality group for ten years.

To learn more about Brenda, or schedule a session, call 724-524-0226 or visit Brenda DeCroo Coaching Online at www.brendadecroocoaching.com

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mj callaway MJ Rulnick Callaway-Sales Conversion Coach, Rock More Sales

Are you losing sales you think you should be getting but don’t know why? Do you tell yourself you need to get better at selling, but unsure how to do it differently. Enter Sales Conversation Coach Mj Rulnick Callaway. She can help you convert your sales pitch to a productive win-win conversation that can close more sales and double your income.
Mj guides her clients through the same money-generated techniques she used to contract more than $14 Million a year in sales in what has been coined a male-dominated industry, close 85 percent in the wedding industry and hit more than 100,000 sales reaching best-selling status with her Warner Books Frantic Woman releases. She’s even sold a Bingo idea to Disney.
She’s certified in DISC and Personality Compass Assessment. As the founder of Rock More Sales, Mj’s knows the words you say can create the success you want. She’s helped clients doubled their income, successfully reinvented themselves to obtain a new career path and increased their customer list. Mj’s mission is to help you transform your words into conversations that increase your profitability.
As a popular speaker, Mj’s keynote engagements include American Heart Association, Susan B. Komen Foundation, Viacom and Pennsylvania Conference for Women. She’s been quoted in national magazines such as Allure, Real Simple and Writers’ Digest Magazines, as well as newspapers like USA Today, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
She’s the author of six books: The Frantic Woman’s Guide to Life, The Frantic Woman’s Guide to Feeding Family and Friends, The Frantic Mom’s Countdown to Easter, The Frantic Cook’s Countdown to Thanksgiving, Write Well and Sell: How-to Articles, Self-Publishing Made Simple. Her next publication, Ten Business Lessons Life Taught, will be released in the spring of 2014. She’s a contributor to eight traditionally-published books, published more than 1,000 articles in magazines across the United States and Canada and won both a Gold and Bronze Award from PMA (Parenting Media Association).
Mj’s Sales Conversation Coaching Programs are customized specifically for you. Ask yourself. Are you rocking your conversations? If you’re not, your next conversation must be with Mj.
Be sure to visit www.RockMoreSales.com to sign up for Mj’s free copy of Nine Strategies to Find More Clients Among the Masses.

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Diane DeanDiane Dean, MA, RN-BC, LPC, Epiphany Counseling and Wellness Center

Is there a gap between where you are now, and where you want to be? Working with Diane Dean, owner of Epiphany! Counseling and Wellness Center to define and work towards your goals could aid you in getting more of what you want.

Diane’s professional coaching services offer a helping hand in getting you where you want to be.

In utilizing coaching techniques and tools, coaching sessions can aid you in solving problems, creating a new life, turning a business around, doubling sales and profitability, or designing and implementing a plan of action.

Coaching is ideal and essential for entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, and people in transition…basically anyone in need of fixing, solving, creating, and planning something, both personally and professionally. Epiphany! Counseling and Wellness Center is located on Old William Penn Highway in Murrysville. To schedule a session with Diane, call 724-387-1650.

Visit Epiphany! Counseling and Wellness Center Online here: www.epiphanyweb.net

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Kathy Gillen Kathy Parry, The Wellness Roadtrip

Kathy Gillen is passionate about the role that food plays in our health and wel lbeing. As a mother of four, she understands the difficulty of feeding healthy meals to our families. Her children have registered complaints about leafy green foods and lack of Coke in her house. Kathy’s business is called the “Wellness Roadtrip” because she believes health is a journey but we should have fun along the way.

She coaches individuals, including children and teaches classes about wellness and the benefits of a whole food diet. She loves to work with families and will come to your house and give your pantry a makeover. If you know you could be making better choices and you want to feel well, call Kathy Gillen of The Wellness Roadtrip ( 412-427-1137). You can learn more about the Wellness Roadtrip at www.wellnessroadtrip.com

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Kelly Eckert, Holistic Life Coach

Kelly Eckert is a holistic life coach and spiritual intuitive. She coaches visionaries, change agents, healers, revolutionaries and mavericks—women on a mission to change the world. She helps them release mental, emotional and spiritual blocks so they can expand their idea of what’s possible, reach their highest potential and bring their deepest vision to life without losing themselves or selling their souls.

Kelly is the creator of the Fear Releasing Method™ and the originator of Ayuratha energy healing and alignment. She is a Certified Mentor Coach, an Associate Certified Coach, a Certified Money Breakthrough Method®  Coach, and a Certified Money, Marketing and Soul® Coach. Kelly earned a bachelor of arts degree in biological anthropology from Harvard University and a master of science degree in biology from Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She received a teacher certification from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and studied marketing and entrepreneurship at Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business. She is a Reiki master teacher and has training in nonviolent communication, EFT, teaching meditation and conflict resolution.

Kelly is the author of two books, Make Someone’s Moment: Positivity Girls’ Guide to Finding Joy in Making Others Happy and Getting What You Want: How to Go from Stuck to Success; and the co-author of the upcoming book Empower: Stories of Breakthrough, Triumph and Discovery.

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Laura Crooks Laura Crooks, RN, MEd, Certified Wellness Coach

Permanent weightless begins in your mind, not in your mouth!

If you are done dieting, counting points or calories, depriving yourself and are ready to change from the inside out I can help you. It is more than what you eat that helps you lose weight and keep it off; your sleep, happiness, stress, mood, energy, as well as how and why you eat all factor in. By changing your mindset and underlying behaviors you can create a new, healthier lifestyle that can prevent disease and support you in maintaining your weight loss.

For more information please visit: www.YouBloomWellness.com or call 412-596-9516
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Lori GephartLori Gephart

I am the president and owner of  North Hills Psychological Associates, Inc., a private psychotherapy practice established in 1990 with 23 clinicians and four locations in Wexford, Coraopolis, Squirrel Hill and Pittsburgh. My practice offers psychotherapy for individuals of all ages, couples and families.

As a Collaborative Divorce Coach I offer a different way for divorcing and separating couples to focus on their most important goals in a respectful way without going to court. As a psychologist and Collaborative Divorce Coach I work as part of a team with collaborative attorneys to address all of the aspects of the divorce process; legal, financial, emotional and parenting. I work as a peacemaker to coach the parties to improve communication and co-parenting skills and help to manage the process of peaceful resolution to conflict. The collaborative process offers the divorcing couple control over the process and outcome versus litigation where a judge makes the final decision. I help to facilitate the process of reaching agreements in a respectful and thoughtful way in order to address the unique needs of each family. I am happy to meet with you for a FREE 30 minute consultation to discuss how the Collaborative Process may benefit you and your family.

I also offer Co-parenting Classes and private Co-Parenting Coaching that assists separated or divorced parents to support their children and work together peacefully in the business of raising their children.

In addition, I bring my over 20 years of experience in running a successful group psychotherapy practice to offer Private Practice Business Coaching for mental health professionals who are interested in starting a practice or expanding their practice. Learn what works and avoid what does not. Receive valuable coaching to make your practice the success that you deserve.

I am also a trainer with the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania (CLASP) offering training in the Collaborative Process and I am available to provide Collaborative training nationally. My memberships include: American Psychological Association, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Greater Pittsburgh Psychological Association where I am past Treasurer, National Association of Masters in Psychology, National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania where I am co-chair of the Training Committee, Pittsburgh Professional Women and Women’s Small Business Association.

For more information please visit www.nhpa.com or call 724-759-7500.

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Mary Lee GannonMary Lee Gannon

Mary Lee Gannon’s mission is to transform as many lives as  possible with strategies that took her from welfare to CEO. With  more than 16 years of experience as the President of  organizations with up to $26 million in assets, Mary Lee is an  executive and life reinvention coach, and strategic planning  consultant. Her company, StartingOverNow.com, is a coaching  and consulting firm that helps people transform their lives,  organizations and businesses to the measurable freedom,  financial abundance and fulfillment they want.

 Her personal turnaround came as a stay-at-home mother, with  four children under seven-years-old, who endured a divorce that  took she and the children from the country club life to public  assistance. She is a graduate of the Duquesne University  Professional Coaching Program and a participant in the Harvard  Medical School and McLean Hospital Coaching in Medicine &  Leadership Conference. She has been featured in Money  Magazine, NPR, Yahoo.com, U. S. News and World Report,  eFinancialcareers.com, msn.com, Forbes.com,  CareerBuilder.com and more. She presents Webinars on career strategy for RiseSmart and other national corporations. Learn more at www.StartingOverNow.com.

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Judy VernickJudy Vernick, PhD, PMP, CPCC

Quantum Leap Coaching founder and owner, Judy Vernick is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) through The Coaches Training Institute, the global leader in Coach Training.

With decades of professional and life experience, Judy has excelled as an educator, speaker, researcher, writer, project manager and leader in the software technology community, academe and the non-profit arena. She is also an award-winning triathlete and professional make-up artist.

A master of transformative change in her own life, she has devoted her career to helping organizations and individuals experience their full range, break barriers, reach peak levels of performance, and engage in the joy of attaining what they truly want and need. Her coaching portfolio is enhanced with track records in endurance sports, communications, marketing, project management, software technology transition, workplace learning and performance, and a strong professional network.

Her coaching clients love her quick wit, laser-style communication, clear thinking, discipline, professionalism, engaging warmth and compassion, and her ability to deeply listen as well as swim with them up, down or around stream. Besides one-on-one and group coaching, Judy leads workshops and seminars, and does speaking engagements. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Mirror in the Mud: Finding the courage to change what you see when you’re stuck, to be released in early 2013.

Judy is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh XXII and holds a PhD in Educational Communications and Technology and MA in Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business as well as the prestigious Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential from the Project Management Institute. Her memberships include American Society for Training and Development, International Coach Federation, Pittsburgh Coaches Association, Project Management Institute, and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Project Management Institute. She is a PA-licensed esthetician.

A member of the Board of Directors and Secretary of Friends of the Riverfront, Judy has also served in civic leadership roles at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, National Council of Jewish Women, United Jewish Federation, and Open Stage Theatre. She is an affiliate coach for Pittsburgh Professional Women.

Judy and her husband Lloyd live in Squirrel Hill with their dog Grover, lovingly dubbed “coach dog.”

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Susan LieberSusan Lieber

Susan Lieber, MS, CPO, COC, ACC specializes in working with individuals living with ADHD who struggle with organization and time management and want to gain control of their lives. Her interest in helping persons with brain-based conditions began during her first career as an occupational therapist and later became dedicated to the ADD/ADHD population soon after she stared her business; Leave it to Lieber, in 2003.

Throughout her entire professional life, Susan has been committed to helping people minimize daily stress (physically, cognitively, and emotionally). Through coaching, she helps her client lead creative, productive and satisfying lives. Her greatest joy comes from hearing her clients realize that managing daily demands while living with ADD/ADHD isn’t a matter of working harder, but rather gaining awareness, understanding and finessing their strengths to lead a meaningful and rewarding life.

Susan provides professional programs on variety topics related to living with ADHD to academic, civic and business groups. Her presentations consistently receive high praise for valuable content and attendees highly regard her responsiveness to their questions and concerns. Learn more at www.LeaveItToLieber.com.
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