Dr. Keyaunoosh Kassauei Founder, Creative Director
Dr. Keyaunoosh Kassauei MD is is an international medical graduate (IMG). She continued her medical education with a post-doctoral research fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, School of Medicine in the United States.
Her respected work during her pathology fellowship at Hopkins in the study of mitochondrial DNA mutations in pancreatic cancer patients has led to several publications in prominent journals of medicine like Nature.
She is currently a member of ICF (International Coach Federation/Foundation) and an active Fellow of IOC (Institute of Coaching) at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital. She also serves on IOC board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council (DEI).
Enlightened by her Near Death Experience (NDE, in 2006), she developed a passion for coaching in health care as her career and started her education by becoming a certified coach from LCI (life coach institute) and a SQi Coach in 2008. Subsequently she earned a certificate in Mind Body Medicine from MBM/BHI (Benson Henry Institute/Harvard Medical School in 2009) followed by becoming an IOC affiliate since 2010.
Dr. Kassauei is founder of “My Conscious Coaching Group” (MCCG), A 501c3 Coaching Nonprofit that serves our healthcare and education community with a mission to heal and care for the Whole-Self and a vision to raise self and global awareness for a conscious mind through education and application of EQ/SQ (Emotional Intelligence and Spiritual/Deep intelligence). She Earned her certificate of Spirituality & Healing in Medicine from GW Institute for Spirituality & Health (GWish) in 2009 and is part of ISPEC train the trainer program (Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum). She is also a member of IANDS (International Association of Near Death Studies) and an ISGO certified facilitator.
Additionally, Keyaunoosh has enrolled in numerous coaching certification programs under leadership of globally recognized mentors like: David Goldsmith & David Peterson from Google/ACE/WBECS (World Business and Executive Coach Summit), Daniel Goleman from Gei, Marcia Reynolds from ICF and WBECS, Cindy Wigglesworth from DCI (Deep change Inc), LIA (Learning In Action) and Heart math institute.
Dr. Kassauei is coauthor of International Best Seller, “Beautiful Scars”. Her vision is to continue coaching initiatives in healthcare leadership and education as a nonprofit for the growth and healing of humanity and all earth citizens
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Dr. Judi NealDr. Judi Neal is the is the Founder, President/CEO of Edgewalkers International, a workplace spirituality learning community as well as the Executive Director of the Global Consciousness Institute. She is author of ten books on workplace spirituality and transformation. Judi is an scholar, speaker, and consultant with primary focus of workplace spirituality, transformation, and global consciousness. After receiving her Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Yale University, she served as an internal consultant to Honeywell. She taught management at the University of New Haven for 17 years and taught a doctoral class on leadership at George Washington University. Her research is on business leaders who have a strong commitment to their spirituality, and on leadership and global consciousness. She was the founding director of the Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace at University of Arkansas.
Ina Gjikondi MPS, MA, PCCIna Gjikondi MPS, MA, PCC is a teacher, leadership coach, speaker, mother, innovator, poet and co-curator of whole-person and whole-system learning experiences that awaken creative capacity for embodied intuition in service to love, joy and peace. Ina believes that all life is interconnected and that our work as humans and leaders is to honor and hold in reverence and compassion our own lifework, and all living beings. Ina’s invitation is to bring forth all of our intelligences and connect, reclaim and remember our wholeness.
Dr. Hassan Nayer, MD FCAP, Advisory board member
Dr. Nayer is an Honorary Advisor to our board and an Angel Investor. He has been the system chair at the Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine for Inova Health System since 2010. He leads 32 pathologists from:
|Inova Fairfax Hospital||Inova Mount Vernon Hospital|
|Inova Fair Oaks Hospital||Inova Blood Donor Services|
|Inova Alexandria Hospital||Inova Laboratories|
|Inova Loudoun Hospital|
Dr. Kemia Sarraf, MD, MPH, RCC, TIPC™Dr. Sarraf, is Lodestar Founder and CEO, a professional healthcare and leadership coach who developed a trauma-informed coaching paradigm for her private coaching practice. She coaches physician and executive clients suffering from extreme burnout, vicarious trauma and moral injury. She is a much-sought keynote speaker, trainer and facilitator in meaningful resilience and courageous conversations. She received her Medical Degree and Master of Public Health at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine.
Dr.Ravi Singh , Board memberDr. Singh got his BA from the University of San Francisco in Psychology, and his Medical Doctorate from the American University of Antigua Medical College/Kasturba Medical College International Center. He completed his residency in Adult Psychiatry at Richmond University Medical Center, Staten Island, NY, and his Child/Adolescence Psychiatry Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University/Virginia Treatment Center for Children. By faith, Ravi is Sikh, which means, “Seeker Of Truth”. A faith rooted in love, stands for the equality of women and men, and denounces any discrimination of gender, race, caste, creed, or color.
TANYA KLEINDIENST, Board memberTanya brings more than 25 years of senior-level business experience with two Fortune 500 companies and consulting experience. She has led compensation and performance management for Astrzeneca PLC, North America and Global R&D. With 10 years of senior human capital business consulting experience Tanya most recently served as the head of corpora culture for Fifth Third Bancorp. She Earned a Bachelor of science in psychology with minors in peace&conflict resolution and public policy. Tanya also hold master of Arts degree in industrial and organizational psychology.
DR. IRVINE NUGENT, Ph.D.Irvine possesses fifteen-plus years in senior leadership roles in organizations of various sizes, stages of growth and different sectors. He is experienced in challenging business environments and has worked extensively with executive and emerging leaders as an executive coach and consultant helping them become more self-aware, manage their emotions, read the emotions of others and manage their relationships. He is an internationally recognized trainer and top-rated keynote speaker and is one of the few worldwide certified FACS coders, who are experts in reading facial emotions.
DEANNA SARACINO, Board memberDeanna was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She is the mother of a beautiful daughter and living in Vienna, Virginia, with her husband and family. She graduated from James Madison University with a Degree in Communications / Public Relations. Deanna is a former semi-pro soccer player and a Former “C” License Professional Soccer Coach. She is Founder & Designer of La Clé (www.ShopLaCle.com), an action-based accessories + apparel brand.
LAMONT GATES, Board memberLamont Gates hails from the state of New Jersey. He obtained his BA in radio and television communications from William Paterson University. Lamont’s communication experience ranges from editing news clips as an intern at WCBS FM, to producing and editing video productions for non-profit mental health organizations. Lamont has also hosted radio programs on both FM radio and internet podcast platforms. Lamont’s interests are also heavily rooted in the topics of religion and spirituality. Lamont has also studied both Abrahamic and ancient pagan religions; as well as biblical
Numayer Shuvo, Board MemberNumayer is the Principal Consultant at Beatnik Digital Services, Canada. Along with an MBA majoring in marketing and an MEngg in Technology Management, Numayer has over 6 years of experience in the online marketing & digital media industry. He is vastly skilled in understanding what businesses need to succeed in the ever-changing online world, and in developing unique strategies for businesses based on their respective industries, markets, and geographies.
STEPHANIE KURKA , Board memberOriginally from Madison, WI, Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science in Child Life Education with a minor in Psychology from Edgewood College, a private college also located in Madison, WI. She loves reading both personal developmental books as well as fiction. She is a life-long runner, and enjoys exercise of all sorts and especially being outdoors. She currently resides in Alexandria, VA where she has lived for the past 18 years with her husband Michael and two, teenage sons and 3 rescued cats. Stephanie launched a second career ten years ago with Arbonne International.
Elaine Gibson, Board memberElaine Gibson is a board officer and is CEO of Renewed Living Inc., promoting extraordinary health for an extraordinary life. Elaine is a green technology expert and certified raw food educator. She is committed to educating and training people about how to take better care of their bodies through appropriate lifestyle, diet, and nutrition. That means improving the quality of air, water, food, and even sleep, thoughts, and emotions. Incremental changes are steps in the dance to prevention, vitality, and youth.
Diane EcklunDiane Ecklund professional career started in Nursing (GI and Allergy clinics) and Medical surgery nursing in Army/Airforce and Walter Reed for many years where she met her husband, Dr. James Ecklund president of Neuroscience at Inova. She is mother of 5 and Grandmother of 8 amazing children. In addition to her philanthropic efforts along with her husband, she does Golfing, hosting bible studies group in her church and professional Ballroom Dancing as her hobby. Currently serves as coordinator of Cotillion Dance Club in DC metro area.
LORI J. KATAWCZIK, MBA, Board memberLori J. Katawczik is the board Secretory. She is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. She is also a graduate with Honors from Strayer University, completing her Master’s in Business Administration with a focus in Project Management. She is a lifetime Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award. After retiring as a Lieutenant with 26 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, she was a government contractor for the Air Force headquarters at the Pentagon.
Rebecca Austill-Clausen, MS, OTR/L, FAOTARebecca Austill-Clausen is a Reiki Master, Occupational Therapist, Award-Winning Author, and International Speaker. Rebecca has been providing Reiki for over 25 years. Her Reiki Master certificates include the Usui form of Natural Energy Healing, Shamanic Reiki, and Holy Fire Reiki. She is an entrepreneur, initiating five successful private practices, including one with 350 Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Language practitioners servicing over 100,000 clients. Becky is delighted to be a Fellow of the American OT Association.
Jason Moon, Board member Director of Yoga clinicThe board officer is the owner of Namoo Yoga and Wellness at Centreville, VA. He says our bodies hold all the answers and encourages yoga practitioners to trust their body’s innate wisdom. His unique way of teaching accommodates people of all ages, body types, and fitness levels to participate comfortably at their own pace. Jason is a passionate teacher and has dedicated his life to teaching Yoga, energy meditation, smiling meditation, Tai Chi, and Qigong.
Current Coaches & Volunteers
BERNADETTE NORZ, Ph.D., MBA, ACCDr. Norz is an executive, leadership, and certified physician development coach whose 2018 doctoral dissertation was on the topic of employed physicians and work engagement, which is the positive opposite of burnout. Serving healthcare organizations and their leaders and practitioners who seek to better connect, communicate, and deliver in today’s demanding healthcare environment is Bernadette’s focus as an executive and physician development coach and consultant.
|PhD in Human and Organizational Systems, Fielding Graduate University|
|MBA, Fairleigh Dickinson University|
|BS, Medical Technology, Douglass College/Rutgers University|
|ICF Coaching Credential (ACC)|
|Certified in Hogan, MRG LEA 360 Suite, DISC and DISC Workshop Leader|
|Certified Physician Development Coach, GetFive Career Coach, Founding Member of John Maxwell Team|
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Patricia FigueroraAn executive coach, specializing in emotionally intelligent leadership, and based in Latin America, Patricia Figueroa works with English and Spanish-speaking clients, including CEOs and other seniorlevel executives from around the globe, on negotiating and influencing skills, conflict management, and managing their personal power. Patricia’s coaching philosophy is based on her belief that certain character traits and competencies are core to one’s overall success, specifically those related to emotional intelligence, e.g. self-awareness, self-management, empathy, relationship management, as well as adaptability, resilience, stress management, achievement orientation, and others, all of which can be learned, developed and measured.
Lisa Nicolls Volunteer, Marketing social media VolunteerLisa is a Social Media Strategist. She helps businesses get more clients by creating a compelling social media presence, a marketing plan, and a marketing strategy that allows them to develop the know, like, and trust factor with their followers so that they turn into loyal customers. Lisa Nicholls is a consummate networker and community builder who intuitively understands how to form genuine connections with people in real life and online.After a career holding customer-focused positions across a variety of industries, in 2010 Lisa founded Tira! Strategies, a consultancy dedicated to helping small business owners navigate the
Past board members &Volunteers
Dr. Grace Sese
DR. JOSEPH ALBERT, Ph.D.
DR. CARMEN QADIR
Angela HarrisWebsite : https://www.myconscious.org/
RENÉE R. ADAMS, BUSINESS OWNER, CHILDREN’S BOOK AUTHOR
Renée is a children’s book author and the founder/owner of the Calm In Your Palm®, Hoppy & Poppie PinkCheeks™ and Learn.Love.EQ.™ brands. She and her team enthusiastically and diligently create and develop stories for children along with entertaining and relatable characters/products. The stories and products focus on well-being and teaching children (and their parents) emotional intelligence and make learning fun.
She has recently launched two baby board books, Hoppy and Poppie character plush, the “Patoo” character blanket and EI/EQ wristbands (Happy, Sad, Excited, Scared, Angry and Calm) for the Hoppy & Poppie PinkCheeks™ brand! The setting is Bug Island, an enchanting place full of imagination, inspired by her home state of Colorado. The main characters are twin grasshoppers, Hoppy & Poppie PinkCheeks. They explore and share their Bug Island home with Queen Betty Bee, Chief Franco Firefly, Maestro Humphrey Hummingbird, King Walt Worm, Aunt Andie Ant, Dr. Spinner Spider, Patoo, the flying blanket, and more. The “Not SO Scary” and “What We Feel” books teach children, ages 0+, the most basic foundation of emotional intelligence including learning the names and being aware of feelings. She has written three downloadable digital Guides for parents or grandparents of young children, sharing key tools for teaching emotional intelligence to young children, such as how to name, understand and manage one’s emotions, manage the emotions of others, live mindfully, and be empathetic and compassionate with oneself and others.
Renée is a certified Goleman Emotional Intelligence coach and has a B.S. in Speech Communication from The University of Texas in Austin, TX. Since graduating from college and prior to her current entrepreneurial business, she has worked in multiple industries and pursued a variety of endeavors including being an account executive in telecom, a counselor for homeless adolescent girls, full-time parent, volunteer for non-profits, Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader and co-owner of a home health and hospice business. She spends most of her free time cycling, hiking, camping, skiing, reading, meditating and writing.
More about Calm In Your Palm and Hoppy & Poppie PinkCheeks can be found on the websites and social media links below, including her EI focused blog.