Executive & Leadership Coaching

Executive & Leadership Coaching

Executive & Leadership Coaching provides a proven path for employees to become more effective in their interpersonal and work relationships.  Coaching services are provided by certified coaches who are trained to assess, listen, observe, and customize their approach to individual leadership development needs. The coach partners with the client to develop action plans and holds the client accountable throughout the process. 

A series of one-on-one coaching sessions are designed to produce specific positive changes by the client within a fixed time frame to: 

  • Maximize strengths
  • Address workplace behavioral challenges
  • Master leadership and communication competencies
  • Better manage elevated levels of stress
  • Adapt and thrive an environment of change or transition

Benefits of Leadership Coaching

Coaching is for all employees, entry level management to senior executives. Coaching enables the following:

  • Establishment of goals and a path toward reaching them
  • Awareness of perspectives, beliefs, and attitudes that may be holding back progress
  • Clarity on strengths and an ability to minimize weaknesses
  • Ideas for ways to improve in areas that may not be seen - awareness of blind spots
  • Support and encouragement as changes are made
  • Honesty about the impact of workplace behaviors
  • Support for improving specific skills - communication, delegation, conflict management, persuasion, etc.
  • Development of solid results and greater productivity

If you are considering working with a certified coach, please contact Diane Brown, Office of Human Resources’ Workplace Learning and Performance for additional coaching and cost information (dmb49@psu.edu; 814-865-3304). 

Meet the Coaches

Sherrie Borden, ACC is an associate certified Executive and Leadership Coach who partners with clients to support them in discovering and achieving their true potential, facilitating the transition from negativity and stagnation to positive energy, action and success through the Core Energy Coaching™ Process (CECP). Her positive attitude, extensive knowledge, and expertise has inspired her clients to become more aware of their actions and thought processes resulting in happier and more fulfilled personal and professional lives. 

Sherrie’s coaching draws on over 30 years of diverse experience as a Physician Assistant, a healthcare nonprofit leader, and as an advocate in the public health arena. In addition to her work with nonprofits, has worked for Accenture focusing on organization change management and executive coaching. She is skilled in working with middle and upper management; with individuals who are seeking career transition and work life balance; who want to realize their life purpose; who face challenges or conflict in the workplace.

She received coach training from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (www.ipeccoaching.com) and is a member of the International Coach Federation (www.coachfederation.org). She received her mediation training from Mediation Matters (www.mediationmatters.com). Sherrie has presented many workshops on conflict management, positivity and resilience, career/life transition, and adapting to change


Pam Borton is the winningest coach at the University of Minnesota women’s basketball program history and now top-performing ICF senior executive coach, keynote speaker, and author. Pam Borton’s life purpose is dedicated to taking individuals, teams, and organizations to the “Next Level.”  Pam stands apart with 27 years of high-level, Division 1 coaching experience, including 12 years as head coach at the University of Minnesota. She led her teams to a Final Four, three straight Sweet Sixteen’s, and six NCAA Tournament appearances. Having successfully navigated the pressure and expectations of a highly visible position in an ultra-competitive environment, she now brings that unique background to her C-suite, senior level leaders, and high potential clients moving into senior leadership roles. A multiple award-winning recipient, Pam has been honored with the Marvelous Mentor award by the Twin Cities Business Magazine, Top 10 Global Women of Leadership Pillar Award, Ann Bancroft Dream Maker Award, (Real) Power 50 Award, New England National Coach of the Year Award, and was a two-time Naismith National Coach of the Year nominee. To further expand Pam’s life’s purpose and passion, she co-founded TeamWomenMN in 2011, a non-profit dedicated to empowering women to reach their full potential. In 2014, Pam also founded Empower (Leadership Academy for Girls in grades 5-12), a non-profit whose mission is to teach leadership skills to girls at a young age. As a result, Pam was honored with the creation of the Pam Borton Endowment, the only endowment of its kind in the world at the University of Minnesota in the College of Education and Human Development. She has her own executive coaching firm, Borton Partners and she is is also a dynamic keynote speaker on the national circuit. She authored her first book ON Point which is being released to the public on January 3, 2017. Pam has a Master’s degree in Sports Management from Bowling Green State University, an advanced certification in personal and executive coaching from the College of Executive Coaching in Santa Barbara, CA, is certified in the Everything DiSC, EQi 2.0 and customized 360 assessment tools. She is certified and a member of the International Coaches Federation (ICF). Based out of State College, PA and Minneapolis, MN. Prefers coaching via face-to-face, telephone, or what best fits her client’s needs and schedule.

Kevin Ross Cheesebrough, Captain USN (Ret), MS, ACC has over thirty-five years in leadership, twenty-eight in the US Navy, ten in private industry.  His US Navy experience included the highly successful command of a nuclear submarine where he completed three extensive deployments to the north Atlantic arctic regions, in addition to senior level staff positions working directly to three and four star admirals. He has leadership experience that has ranged from the strategic to the tactical and at a 24/7 pace.  During his last years in the Navy, as the Professor of Naval Science at Penn State University, he taught leadership and ethics to aspiring naval officers.  Following his retirement from the Navy he held leadership positions at the Applied Research Laboratory (business/program development), Penn State and SRI International, State College, PA (Site Director of Operations). Also during this time, he was an adjunct professor at the Penn State, Smeal School of Business teaching ethics for business managers.  In addition to his own practice he is an associate Talent Development Coach for Lee, Hect and Harrison, a global leader in talent development and is on the core faculty at Duquesne University’s Professional Coach Certification Program (ICF accredited) where he instructs and mentors coach trainees.   His leadership coaching program will utilize appropriate assessments and coachee input to further “develop areas of strength” and to “manage derailing behaviors”, establish goals with the coachee to reach the desired level of performance, create an action plan to reach those goals, coach the client to manage the road blocks that may impede achieving the goals, and establish and maintain accountability for action by the coachee. Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from Penn State and a master’s degree in management science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Kevin is certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF) at the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) level. He is also certified to conduct and assess Clark Wilson Group 360 Feedback surveys and Hogan Performance Surveys.  For more information on Kevin’s leadership development approach go to www.kevincheesebroughcoach.comBased in State College. Coaches face to face, Skype and telephone.


Ida Dalessandro-Felix, EMOD, CPC, ELI-MP is a certified Executive Coach, specializing in Organizational Development and Change.  Prior to Federal employment, Ida was an accomplished private sector business leader with 28 years’ experience.  She held management positions in two highly acclaimed international companies. Her expertise prompted her to work in leadership and staff development on an international level presenting to thousands of individuals.   For twelve years, Ida developed and cultivated her own successful businesses. For the past six years, Ida serves in the role of Human Resource Development’s career counselor and coach for the Federal Government and the Federal Coaching Network.

Ida also develops agency programs; facilitates training, conducts strategic planning facilitation and human center design. Ida’s clients have included American Chemical Society, Lockheed Martin, Department of Defense, Office of Congressional Affairs and Legislation, Office of General Counsel, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Federal Investigative Services, as well as universities, health care providers, small business owners, and more.

Ida is certified as an Executive and Corporate Coach from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC is accredited by International Coaching Federation) and is an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner.  Her certifications also include the advanced DISC assessment as a certified behavioral consultant, Myers Briggs Temperament Indicator (MBTI), and 360 Degree Feedback Assessment.

Ida is a Pennsylvania State alumnus.   She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from Geneva College and an Executive Masters in Organization Development from Bowling Green State University. She is currently developing and publishing a Business Methodology and Change Model for organizations worldwide.   Based in the Pittsburgh, PA area. Coaches face to face, via Skype, and telephone.


Earl Corrothers, certified Sherpa coach, specializes in one-on-one Executive Coaching, Communication & Team Effectiveness and Team Leader Assimilation programs, as well as Coaching Skills for High Performance training engagements.  Earl’s vision is to Challenge, Refine, and Enable leaders and their teams to fully realize their potential by providing the best, most personalized coaching and support.  As President and Founder of CRE Leadership Coaching, LLC, Earl has created a diverse client base of small and large businesses, educational institutions, and numerous non-profit organizations.  He is a proven ally, helping leaders and their teams successfully navigate their complex, ever-changing leadership challenges.  Clients have described his coaching as: “Earl was able to provide my staff and I with an understanding of how we can better relate and communicate with one another.  Grasping a better understanding of my staff’s individual motivations should prove to make me a better leader with a more motivated staff.”  “The tools I’ve acquired will set me up for success not only professionally, but personally.  My coaching engagement was well planned and tailored to fit me perfectly.” “I’ve been leading teams for years now, but in the short time I’ve been working with Earl, I’ve been able to identify and begin addressing specific leadership issues that I struggle with most.  I had not fully realized the scope of their impact.  The best part is that he has helped me deal with them in extremely practical ways.” “Earl brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his leadership and coaching engagements.  Earl is a very committed and focused coach, dedicated to the development of his clients.  Anyone would be truly fortunate to have Earl as an ally.  If you have Earl as a coach, know that you have a “Sherpa for Life”, committed to you and your goals.” For more information, go to www.creleadership.com. Based in the Greater Nashville, TN area, Earl coaches in person or via 2 different types of high definition video to best meet his clients' needs.


Kim Graham, LtCol, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), M.Ed, Ed.D., PC has over 30 years of professional leadership experience, including 20 years of applied leadership in the U.S. Marine Corps, from tactical troop handling to organizational command, and 10 years as the president of her consulting company, Curriculum & Training Solutions, LLC, leading a variety of teams in several different organizations.  She has extensive experience in developing, conducting, and evaluating training and education programs and in conducting research for federal government agencies (DoD, FAI, and ACE) and Penn State University. Her research at Penn State includes evaluation of the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior program, defining quality in online education for the World Campus, and researching military personnel and veterans’ interest in information technology career fields for the College of IST.

Her experience in the Marine Corps provided extensive education and training in leadership, decision making in stressful situations, managing adversity, telecommunications, and information systems network development as well as human resources development and management. She has 5 years of faculty experience teaching leadership and telecommunications at two Marine Corps schools. Kim received her undergraduate degree at Penn State, where she was on the cross country and track teams and was a member of the NROTC unit, earning a Marine Corps scholarship. She earned her master’s degree at the University of Virginia and her doctorate at Nova Southeastern University.  As a leadership coach, Kim utilizes assessments and supportive questioning to help her clients identify and recognize their strengths, clearly define goals, and establish a plan of action to support their growth to achieve their highest potential. Kim is certified by the International Coaching Federation and is certified to administer and interpret the DISC and USDA’s Leadership Effectiveness Inventory.  She is also highly skilled in Strengths Finder and Five Functions of an Effective Team.

When not coaching, Kim is an active volunteer in the community, from serving as a board member for two different youth sports programs and a religious education teacher, to mentoring for the Women’s Resource Center and working as a dog walker for PAWS. Based in State College. Coaches face to face, via Skype, and telephone.


Janice Manzi Sabatine, PhD, PCC, is an executive coach and a talented scientist and educator with over 30 years’ experience in biomedical research, where she has been influential in the publication of over 50 journal articles and book chapters and nearly 30 funded grant applications. She earned a BS in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Recognizing the need among her technically trained peers for stronger leadership and interpersonal skills, Janice trained as an executive coach.  In this role, Janice has helped numerous academic, scientific, and healthcare professionals become stronger, more effective leaders.  A researcher by training, Janice relies on evidence-based methodologies to support her coaching and coach training activities. A researcher by training, Janice relies on evidence-based methodologies to support her coaching and coach training activities. She is currently a recipient of an Institute of Coaching research grant to study the impact of a coaching-based career course supplemented with external coaching entitled “The Impact of Developmental Coaching on Career Adaptability Capacity and Moderators of Sustained Career Development among Graduate Students”.  The poster presentation at the 2016 Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference documenting the preliminary results of this study was awarded an honorable mention. She is co-director of training in the Professional Coach Certification Program in the Palumbo Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University and is a Past President of the Pittsburgh chapter of the International Coach Federation.  Based in the Pittsburgh area. Coaches face to face, via Skype, and telephone.


Jane Rahenkamp, MS, PC is a certified Professional Coach and a graduate of Duquesne University’s Professional Coaching Certification program; an International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited program.  Jane also holds a Master’s of Science degree in Leadership and Business Ethics from Duquesne University, where she works as an Adjunct Professor, teaching courses in Leadership, Ethics and Critical Thinking and Decision Making.  Her educational background, along with 33 years’ experience in Management and Leadership for a large organization provides her with an unique skill set that allows her to relate to what individuals are encountering in their work life and assist them in finding new ways to ‘live the life they imagine’ both at work and in their personal lives.  She has recently created a Mentoring program for her company where she’s paired 50 mentors with mentees to improve the culture of the organization while also developing the skill sets of the mentees.  She also trains new Supervisors in a variety of leadership skills, from time management to conflict resolution to team building and communication skills.  She serves as an informal mentor for these new supervisors, coaching them through the difficult transition to supervision or just providing a supportive shoulder where needed.  Jane is currently certified in the Lean Six Sigma process and understands the importance of process in an organization.  Jane has a proven track record of developing others and improving their performance to successfully exceed their personal and professional goals.  She serves as a source of counsel and sound advice to senior executives and leaders in nearly every functional department of the organization.  Jane has a passion for helping others and volunteers in a variety of capacities that fuel this passion.  She facilitates two women’s groups on a regular basis, delivers interactive presentations at local libraries and other events to share what she’s learned through her own varied life and work experiences.  Jane’s coaching style is genuine and thoughtful and has been successful in helping others realize their greatest potential: 

“Jane put me at ease straightaway; her genuine concern for my achieving my own goals was evident from our first meeting.  Jane and I worked together to get out of my own head, where I was stuck, and used tools for me to uncover a greater sense of purpose.  Jane’s thoughtful and purposeful coaching has been one of the driving factors in several steps I have taken since our time together to bring my career into alignment with my purpose, and I still have the powerful questions she asked me on my shoulder when I’m seeking guidance from myself.  Jane has the gift of connection and I’m grateful for her investment in me.”

Jane loves to learn and spends her time reading numerous books on leadership, fiction, business, spirituality and almost anything else she can get her hands on!  She also enjoys spending time outside and walks, hikes and kayaks around the area.  Based in Pittsburgh PA, Jane provides coaching via, telephone, Skype or face-to-face.


Ann Rosser is a credentialed coach (ACC) by the International Coach Federation, a certified Gallup coach (credentialed to use StrengthsFinders), a member of the American Society of Training & Development and a certified mediator (Supreme Court of Virginia).  She is a former board member of the Northern Virginia Mediation Service, Vice President of the Women Alliance for Financial Education and is a graduate of Leadership Arlington. She is the Owner, President of the consulting firm, Finding Resolution, which is a SWaM certified business.  Ann concentrates on improving the performance of teams and individuals utilizing her over 20 years of executive experience to help clients find the courage to communicate about what they want to change. Prior to starting her business, she was a senior executive for a national physician medical association and a Fortune 500 company.  Her work includes being one of the first (and current) leadership coaches for the George Mason University Leadership Legacy program; the Virginia Commonwealth University Grace Harris Leadership Institute and the Virginia Community College System. Adept at recognizing and developing leadership talent, she helps clients deal with current situations and effectively envision their future:

 “Over the six months I worked with Ann, I was amazed by my personal, professional, and leadership growth. Through her participant-centered approach, I was able to identify my strengths and areas for growth in the ways I made decisions and interacted with others.  Her questions and insights enabled me to develop skills and strategies that worked for me.  Her individualized approach meant that we always focused on who I am, what my goals are, and the steps I could take to move forward.” Associate Professor, George Mason University

Highly organized and enthusiastic with a positive and motivating style, she is a creative problem solver and communicator. Ann focuses on the specifics of goals– not generalities, the power that attitude holds in success and the importance of self-awareness in becoming a good leader. She is an effective personal sounding board -- responding to concerns and issues with insightful feedback and asking questions to prompt self-examination.  Her presentations and one-on-one work has been extremely productive. Issues on which clients have seen tremendous improvement include:  personnel situations; improved time strategies; talent management; work-life balance; the power to say “no”; conflict resolution; critical thinking; and more effective communication.  Based in Arlington, VA.  Coaches via Skype, telephone, and face-to-face.


Alex Seltzer SPHR, PC understands why some people wonder, “Why can’t I seem to get anything done?”  Most successful entrepreneurs and business people face the same long list of to-dos, email, and “stuff” that keeps piling up. The endless commitments made, but regularly forgotten, can cause stress and may even become debilitating. There is hope for you! Getting clear on what matters most is easier than you think.  With the right processes and behaviors in place, you can start getting more out of your day and more into your life.  Like many people, the reasons you continue to be challenged may be as simple as you haven’t stopped long enough to learn a better way to work. Or perhaps you just haven’t found a system that you trust or thought to yourself, “I’ve tried training before and it just doesn’t work. I always go back to my old ways.”  Alex understands this and concentrates his coaching practice helping independent professionals and corporate clients master the art of managing time.  He has coached dozens of professionals to a fuller, richer life by helping them understand what is most important and giving them the tools to achieve the balance and calm they desire.  Alex became certified as a Professional Coach at Duquesne University’s Professional Coach Certification Program and more recently obtained ICF Certification as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC). As a time management expert and now a certified professional coach focused on workload management, he is uniquely qualified to help people who struggle to organize, balance work/life, and prioritize on what matters most. Based in Altoona. Coaches via Skype, telephone and face-to-face.


Scott J. Sherman, MA, CPC, is a results-oriented certified coach who works with higher education and corporate leaders (aspirant, emerging, and existing), employees, and teams. He specializes in areas of leadership, performance and process improvement, productivity, and communications. Clients are challenged and held accountable to strategize and achieve stretch goals and actions; upgrade skills; maximize environments; and uncover and address limiting beliefs and actions. Using telephone or video conferencing, clients experience a highly collaborative, individualized coaching experience, featuring ongoing accountability, enlightening assessments, and tough inquiring conversations using power questions and deeper listening; this moves them toward the organization’s and/or their needed outcomes. Scott brings over 30 years of experience in increasingly responsible human resources and leadership positions (also an adjunct faculty member and frequent guest lecturer), with particular focus on performance and productivity improvement, leadership and skills development, strategic planning, and talent management. He is certified to administer and interpret DecisionWise 360 assessments (https://www.decision-wise.com/360-degree-feedback/) and Tilt365, powerful strengths-based leadership assessments and development tools. He holds a BA in Psychology/Business from Penn State, MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from West Chester University, and Certified Professional Coach (CPC) designation from the International Coach Academy (accredited by International Coaching Federation.) Go to www.productivecoaching.com for more information. Based in Southeastern, PA. Coaches via face-to-face, Skype, and telephone.


Phil Sukenik, PC,  SPHR, SHRM-SCP is a certified Professional Coach and a graduate of Duquesne University’s Professional Coaching Certification program, accredited by the International  Coach  Federation (ICF).  In his 32 years’ experience in a variety of leadership, development and management roles, he has seen how high potential employees can feel stuck in their careers, lose the ability to tap into creativity as a resource to solve both personal and professional problems, and have trouble navigating change for the positive opportunities that it can present.  He is a passionate believer that a coaching relationship can make a difference.  He believes that working with a coach can help an individual to discover ways to become a better employee, manager, leader, role model, and even a better parent or spouse. Phil is currently the Vice President of Operations for Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, Inc. which is a regional restaurant chain that employs 2,300 people in Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Human Resources Management and also owns two professional certifications in Human Resources (SPHR, SHRM-SCP).  Over the years, he has worked in a variety of areas including organizational development, leadership development, compensation, risk management, employee relations, and information technology primarily as it relates to business intelligence, training, and organizational and employee communication.  A life-long learner, Phil reads books on topics ranging from leadership, philosophy, nature, fiction, poetry, history, and business.  He loves playing the guitar and singing at a number of local venues and loves to listens to all kinds of music.  He stays “in tune” by participating in long distance running, cycling, kayaking, and many other outdoor activities.  He and his wife Lisa enjoy traveling together and hanging out with their two cats, Strummer and Jones.  Based in Duncansville, PA. Coaches via Skype, telephone and face-to-face.


Joanie Yanusas, CPCC: After 30 years as an educator, health and sports instructor, and home-schooling mother of three, Joanie combined all of her life’s passions to become a leadership coach and retreat leader – helping people embrace their strengths and develop positive visions for future success. She is adept at building teams, fostering effective communication, and inspiring self-motivation. Her initial foundation was a Bachelor of Science with a health and physical education major earned at The College of New Jersey. Over the past decade, she earned the designation of Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) with The Coaches Training Institute (CTI). Additional training includes Leadership Flight School with Bartell & Bartell, Center for Executive Assessment and Development, the Co-active Leadership Program at The Coaches Training Institute, and retreat coach certifications from Mountain Coaching Retreat Training in Beulah, Colorado. Joanie guides leaders at all levels to achieve professional excellence, business growth, and personal fulfillment. She partners with her clients to create focus and accountability, and define strategies that lead to goal achievement and greater life balance. Her work is driven by the belief that people reach their potential when they assume leadership roles in every area of their lives. She supports her clients as they identify and build on their innate leadership strengths to enhance their journeys toward personal and professional success. She is passionate about helping clients see their big picture – helping them balance the practical “doing” tasks of building and leading great businesses, along with the subtle “being” skills of better managing time, stress, and relationships challenges. Joanie’s expertise in human motivation, combined with her keen intuition, guides each client along a unique, strategic path to success and satisfaction. Her clients report long-term transformation that significantly impacts every aspect of their lives. Her clients are inspired to cultivate their strengths in order to initiate change. Joanie has a gift for creating an atmosphere for growth. In both her individual and systems coaching, Joanie focuses on leadership development and acceleration, strategic decision-making, navigating change, and team building. The powerful alliance Joanie creates with her clients is both open and rigorous. She persistently challenges the status quo while encouraging creativity and meaningful goal-setting. The result is sustainable improvement in performance and satisfaction. She considers it an honor and her calling to work with the individuals, independents, professionals, business owners, leaders, executives, and organizations who seek her out. With her guidance, they can make dramatic progress in their personal and professional growth – so they can fully experience even higher levels of success, balance, and fulfillment. In short, she helps them make bigger impact in their worlds. With a focus on individual leadership, Joanie works with clients to enhance effective teamwork and communication through her unique, “Negotiating on the Same Side of the Table” approach. As a leadership coach Joanie brings her logical mind and her open, curious heart, to all her work. When she is not passionately working, she can be found spending time with family and friends, gardening, reading, cooking, hiking, spending time in nature, dancing, practicing yoga, and heading to the ocean as often as possible. She is based in Petersburg, PA and provides coaching via Skype, telephone, and face-to-face.