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 TalentMgmt@psu.edu for additional coaching and cost information.

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 is a certified Gallup Strengths Coach (StrengthsFinder) and a certified Energy Leadership Master Practitioner. Sherrie has presented many workshops on conflict management, positivity and resilience, career/life transition, and adapting to change. She is currently with Penn State Human Resources, Talent Management as a Talent Management Specialist. She is based in State College and coaches in person or by phone.


Pam Borton, PCC 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) and the Forbes Council. She is currently pursuing a Health and Wellness Coaching Credential from the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).


Kevin Ross Cheesebrough, Captain USN (Ret), MS, PCC 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, Hecht 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 Professional Certified Coach (PCC) 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.com. Based 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.


Kim Graham, LtCol, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), M.Ed., Ed.D., ACC 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 over 12 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.

Kim’s experience in the Marine Corps provided extensive education and training in and application of leadership development, 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 masters degree at the University of Virginia and her doctorate at Nova Southeastern University. In 2017 she completed the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education program’s Art and Practice of Leadership Development course.

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 at the ACC level and is certified to administer and interpret the DiSC and the Leadership Effectiveness Inventory. She will complete her Facilitator Accreditation for Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team in August 2017. She is also highly skilled in Strengths Finder 2.0.

When not coaching, Kim has been an active volunteer in the community, from serving as a board member for two different youth sports programs to mentoring for the Women’s Resource Center and working as a dog walker for PAWS. She is based in State College and provides coaching services face to face, via Skype, and telephone.


Dr. Tom C. Hogan, Ph.D, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHR, CPC is a scholar-practitioner, strategic adviser, consultant and an executive leadership coach. He is a champion of diversity, equity, inclusion, civil discourse and an enabler of executive leadership and organizational excellence. His distinction is the ability to promote transformational leadership development by creating incidents of cognitive dissonance and opportunities for self-discovery and self-reflection by using the arts as an agent-of-change.

Dr. Hogan is a Professor of Practice in Human Resource Management at the Pennsylvania State University, School of Labor and Employment Relations. He is the founder and Director of the School’s Academy of Human Capital Development and serves as Scholar-in-Residence at the Penn State Sustainability Institute. He is providing leadership on the implementation of the Penn State University 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan as a member of the Stewarding our Planet's Resources Steering Committee.

Dr. Hogan has over 30 years of experience as a practitioner and has served in leadership positions in higher education and the corporate sector. Prior to joining the Penn State University School of Labor and Employment Relations, he held the position
of Interim Associate Provost, Office of Faculty Affairs at the University of Maryland
University College (UMUC). Prior to working for UMUC, he spent 23 years with AT&T in a variety of assignments including sales, sales support, business development, marketing and human resources.

Dr. Hogan serves on the Penn State University President’s Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity and was elected Co-Chair for Academic Year 2017-18. He serves on the Penn State Advisory Board of the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity and was appointed in July 2016 to the Penn State Alumni Council where he serves on the Executive Board and chairs the Celebrate Academic Excellence Committee. Dr. Hogan is a faculty adviser for the Society for Human Resource Management Penn State Student Chapter and he serves as the Student Chapter Chair of the Human Resource Association of Centre County. He was appointed to the Community Advisory Council of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State and began a three-year term in August 2017.

Dr. Hogan earned a Doctor of Management Degree from the University of Maryland University College and a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Regional Planning Degree from Penn State University. He earned a BA Degree in Behavioral Sciences from Point Park College. In August 2017, he graduated from the Georgetown University Institute of Transformational Leadership with a certificate in executive
leadership coaching.


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. 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.


Jane Rahenkamp, MS, ACC is a certified Professional Coach and a graduate of Duquesne University’s Professional Coaching Certification program; an International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited program and has recently became an Associate Certified Coach (ACC).  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.  Jane is certified as a Strengths Coach through Equip2equip and has been trained as a career coach through Duquesne’s ADAPT program.  Jane is also trained in team coaching through Duquesne University and has coached various teams to improve their performance and relationships.  Jane is a retreat leader and keynote speaker, focusing on mindfulness and spiritual growth.

Jane partners with individuals at all levels who want to experience growth and fulfillment in any area of their lives. Her educational experience as well as her 34 years’ experience in Management and Leadership for a large organization provides her with the insights necessary to assist others in identifying and developing new strategies to ‘live the life they imagine’ both at work and in their personal lives.  Jane has a proven track record of developing others and improving their performance to successfully exceed their personal and professional goals.

Jane’s coaching style is genuine and thoughtful and has been instrumental 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.”

Based in Pittsburgh PA, Jane provides coaching via telephone, Zoom or in person.


J. Todd Ross, MBA, CPC is a certified coach who enjoyed a distinguished career prior to becoming a coach as a United States Naval Intelligence Officer, ultimately serving as Commander of the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI). While at ONI, Captain Ross led a premier maritime intelligence and information technology enterprise that provided intelligence products and services for national defense, homeland security and naval leadership. He held several intelligence leadership positions afloat; making extended Carrier Strike Group deployments to the Arabian Gulf, including Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. When not deployed, he supported the Intelligence directorates on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He instructed at the prestigious Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), survived the terrorist attack at the Pentagon on September 11th of 2001 and served as Executive Assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence.

After transitioning from the Navy, he was an Executive Director and Strategist for both CACI and Hewlett-Packard, providing mission and information technology solutions to Defense and other Government clients. His leadership delivered on dozens of classified contracts, ensured client satisfaction & delight, and enabled sustained profitable growth. Today, he leads Belle Haven Solutions, LLC. When BETTER is the imperative, Belle Haven Solutions partners with aspirational leaders and teams pursuing their highest potential. Leveraging decades of U.S. Intelligence Community, Defense Department, information technology and human resources leadership experience, Belle Haven Solutions offers innovative and differentiated leadership coaching to individuals, groups and corporations. Focusing on people, and not problems, Belle Haven Solutions accelerates transformative change for clients to fulfill their dreams and achieve BETTER, extraordinary outcomes that make a difference and truly matter.

“JTodd” is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, the U.S. Naval War College, George Mason University’s School of Management and the Executive Leadership Coaching program in Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. As a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), he is active in the ICF Pittsburgh chapter. JTodd and his wife Traci reside in Loysville, PA and are blessed with three adult children. He is available to coach the Penn State family in-person, and in both video and audio teleconferencing calls.  


Ann Rosser, ACC is a leadership development consultant, certified coach, mediator and facilitator. Ann utilizes her over 20 years of executive experience to improve the performance of organizations and individuals by helping them find the courage to communicate about what they want to change.

Ann is one of the original (and current) George Mason University (GMU) Leadership Legacy leadership coaches working with faculty and administrators during the year-long Leadership Legacy program. She is also a leadership coach for students in the GMU Executive MBA and Technology Leadership programs.

Her work with Virginia Commonwealth University is through the Grace Harris Leadership Institute’s HIGHER Ground program providing leadership/executive coaching to its annual 25 women participants.  Ann is also a consultant with Pennsylvania State University providing executive coaching and leadership training for PSU Commonwealth Campus and University Park staff.

 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. Utilizing her mediation skills, she has helped groups and individuals with how to address conflict resolution and how to have difficult conversations.

 Ann is a credentialed coach (ACC) by the International Coach Federation; a member of the American Society of Training & Development; a certified mediator (Supreme Court of Virginia); and a certified Gallup StrengthsFinders coach.  She is a graduate of Leadership Arlington; an active member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce; a former board member of the Northern Virginia Mediation Service; and a past Vice President of the Women Alliance for Financial Education.  Finding Resolution is a SWaM certified business. 


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, is a leadership coach and retreat leader who helps 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. Her clients report long-term transformation that significantly impacts every aspect of their lives. Joanie works with clients to enhance effective teamwork and communication through her unique, “Negotiating on the Same Side of the Table” approach.

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.