Meet the Coaches

Our coaches bring our programs to life with their passion for leadership development and years of diverse experience.

The work that we do would not be possible without our talented, passionate Coaches!

This year, our 2020 Leadership Coaches were chosen for their expansive knowledge, passion, and ability to adapt to the current times and the virtual space we will be working in.  As you can read in the excerpts below, they all have a strong commitment to leadership development which can been seen through their education and experience throughout high school, college, post graduate studies, and their careers. 

We are so proud to introduce this incredible group of individuals who continually
inspire learning, leadership, and service!

Andrew

Andrew

Leadership Coach

Meet Andrew!
BA in Cognitive Science and Legal Studies from University of California, Berkeley and JD from University of Chicago Law School; 
 
I am currently studying for the Bar Exam and will be starting at a law firm in San Francisco in the Fall. Prior to joining the Leadership Inspirations staff, I was a student at Leadership Academy for three years.
 
At the University of Chicago, I was the Executive Editor for The University of Chicago Law Review and a Programming Coordinator for the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. At UC Berkeley, I was a Coordinator for the Cal Facilitation Team and an Office Management Coordinator for the UC Berkeley LEAD Center, which advises student organizations on leadership development and event planning.
 
Quick Facts About Me: (1) I love pour-over coffee and pineapples on pizza. (2) I am an avid rock climber. (3) I grow sprouts and bake sourdough bread.
Caelan

Caelan

Leadership Coach

Meet Caelan!

BS in Business Administration and BA Integrated Educational Studies from Chapman University. Pursuing Masters in Applied Industrial Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University. 

I am the Operations Manager for Leadership Inspirations and my role is predominantly to help create new content and make leadership development more accessible to the communities we serve. I love my job because I get to be creative while finding solutions that will  our clients to work better together with their groups so that they can do better work together in their communities. 

I work to stay connected to my community by volunteering as a judge for DECA Inc, a co-curricular business organization for high school and college students. As a judge, I review projects and provide feedback to young emerging leaders who are interested in careers in marketing, finance, and management. 

Quick Facts About Me: 1) I love to rock climb. 2) I am afraid of escalators. 3) My life goal is to give a TedTalk.

Caroline

Caroline

Leadership Coach

Meet Caroline!
B.A. Integrated Educational Studies, B.A. Psychology from Chapman University, Pursuing M.A. Leadership Development from Chapman University. 
 
I work part-time for Leadership Inspirations and at Chapman University as a Global Education Advisor, helping undergraduate students maximize their international education experiences.
 
I stay connected to my sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma as well as Semester At Sea through alumnae groups and philanthropy. 
 
Quick Facts About Me: 1) I LOVE golden retrievers. 2)I’m from Seattle. 2) I enjoy spending time outdoors.
Eryn
Meet Eryn!

BA in Public Relations and Advertising with a minor in Leadership Studies from Chapman University. 

I am an Assistant Account Executive at Hawkins International Public Relations in New York City. I work with travel and hospitality brands from around the world to tell their stories, initiatives, and what makes them special to the media. I handle media relations, communication strategy, influencer and social media marketing, strategic partnerships, brand collaborations and event planning. 

I currently sit on my companies Social, Wellness, and Diversity and Inclusion committees, where I work to provide a safe, healthy, diverse and inclusive environment for all employees and our communities. 

Quick Facts About Me: 1) I have a huge passion for travel and food and love how it brings old and new friends together. 2) I am a plant mom to Taylor my snake plant, Regina my Fiddle Leaf Tree, and Zeke my ZZ plant. 3) I love anything and everything soft and cozy, best enjoyed with a cup of tea. 

Gino
Meet Gino!
BS Neuroscience and Physiology with a minor in American Sign Language from UC San Diego.
 
I work as a Recruiting Coordinator at Betts Recruiting, connecting sales professionals to the next step in their career. 
Aside from the recruiting field, I have a passion for leadership theory, diversity, and inclusion. I love finding new ways to use my knowledge of leadership theory and how it can integrate into the modern workplace. As the work environment and cultures change, the way the workplace functions needs to be dynamic as well. I have a passion for helping the underserved communities get connected to the world of technology as well. In my life, I have been given a tremendous amount of privilege and I have been given the opportunity to leverage that for others.
 
Outside of work, I love going to Deaf Coffee nights. It allows me to network and make friends within the Deaf community. I am also an AVID bruncher. If I could only eat breakfast food every day for the rest of my life, I definitely would!
 
Quick Facts About Me: 1) I am a huge movie buff. 2) I love dogs. 3) I am fluent in American Sign Language!
Jimena

Jimena

Leadership Coach

Meet Jimena!
BS in Biological Sciences from Chapman University.
 
I am a Business Operations Assistant at St. Joseph Health Home Care Services and work as a Receptionist for the Hospice Department as well as other administrative tasks for the Home Health Department. I enjoy my job because it has led me to have a new perspective on the impact that compassionate care can have on an individual in the hardest of times.
 
During my time in college I was involved with Greek Life and continue to be a part of the Alumnae Chapter (not to mention the life long connections I have made because of it). I was also involved with Global Medical Brigades – an organization that strives to aid underserved communities in other countries using a holistic approach.
 
Quick Facts About Me: 1) I was born in Peru and my heritage has led me to have a passion for traveling and learning about new cultures. 2) I have a 4 pound dog who I adore and is basically my child 3) I am very into sustainability and finding small ways to cut down my carbon footprint in my daily life. 
Joe
Meet Joe!

BA Leadership and Organizational Studies (Chapman), MA Organizational Leadership (Brandman), Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership (Brandman)

I am the CEO of Innovade, Inc a company focused on websites, branding, and digital marketing. Within my role I manage an exceptional team who have developed websites, built brands, designed graphics, and implemented comprehensive marketing strategies that helped numerous businesses in the last few years of operation. 

I also teach at Chapman University in both the undergraduate Leadership Studies program as well in the Masters of Leadership Development graduate program. I am further involved on campus as the advisor of APO – Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity. I have been working with the founders of this organization to bring this nationally recognized fraternity on campus to focus on developing service opportunities and community for Chapman students.

Quick Facts About Me: 1) I appreciate learning new skills and knowledge and enjoy listening to others’ perspectives to expand my own. 2) I practice mindfulness and self care by taking hikes and crafting new projects. 3) I get to teach an amazing course at Chapman on emotional intelligence and its application to personal growth and professional development. 

Kait
Meet Kait!

BA in Integrated Educational Studies with double minors in Leadership and Language & Literacy from Chapman University

I currently work at Murrieta’s Well Estate Vineyards in their Concierge and Events Team departments.  My job in both departments is to be the main hub of communication for guests and Murrieta’s Well employees.  I help with booking and coordinating events as well as the different tasting experiences that we offer.  I really get to be the “in-between” for the vineyard and it’s guests.  I love my job because every day I am learning something new (both about wine and myself) and it is constantly pushing me to use my leadership skills in a different way.    

I am involved with the Rotary Club in my town, which is an international service club.  I’m also still involved with my sorority, even as an alumna.  Both give me the chance to help others and to give back to people and places that mean so much to me.  They’re both places where I found my love for leadership and really allowed me to grow and develop as a leader and person. 

Quick Facts: About Me: 1) I always have a book on me.  2) I’m a huge makeup enthusiast and use it as my creative outlet. 3) I don’t like coffee and drink tea religiously.

Kevin
Meet Kevin!

California State University San Marcos
B.S. Business Administration Management. Planning on attending a Master’s program in the near future for a MBA.

I am currently finishing up my last semester at CSUSM where I am a student at the college of business administration and I minor in dance studies. I love being a part of the fast paced environment of the business program, while decompressing and relieving stress through the artistic forms of dance. Odd combo but it works! I will be graduating in Fall 2020!

A couple of organizations I am a part of are CSUSM Cheer team and the San Marcos High School Cheer Team. I am a competitive and game day cheerleader for the university and I coach stunting and choreograph the three cheer teams at San Marcos High School.

Quick Facts About Me: 1) I love to run everyday….yes everyday. 2) I’m a self proclaimed cook! (Vegans for the win!) 3) I’ve helped to fundraise over 50k for cancer research!

Kim
Learn About Kim!
BS Business Administration, emphasis in marketing and management from University of Southern California and MA Organizational Leadership, certificate in Human Resources from Chapman University.
 
I am the founder and Executive Director of Leadership Inspirations.  As an entrepreneur, I work on everything and anything, but what I most value is being able to innovate and create what we all think will best serve the needs of our community.  
 
Outside of work, I have been connected with my Japanese American heritage through serving as a cultural ambassador and volunteer for the Nisei Week Festival in Los Angeles.  I also teach at Chapman University and serve as a faculty member for Alpha Kappa Psi (which I also was involved with at USC!)
 
Quick Facts About Me: 1) I play still basketball. 2) I’ve had a Disneyland pass pretty much since I was 18 years old. 3) I have taught my old dog many new tricks.
Kristen

Kristen

Leadership Coach

Meet Kristen!
B.A. in Sociology and Leadership from Chapman University and M.S. in Student Affairs and Higher Education with concentration in Diversity, Equity, and Culture.
 
I work at California State University, Monterey Bay where I oversee our volunteer and civic engagement programs and advise fraternities and sororities.
 
I continue to volunteer as an alumni with my sorority, Alpha Phi, in a variety of ways.
 
Quick Facts About Me: 1) I love to cook and bake. 2) I am an avid dancer (tap is my favorite style). 3) I believe Black lives matter.
Lindsay

Lindsay

Leadership Coach

Meet Lindsay!

BA in Psychology from Chapman University. Pursuing an Educational Specialist (Ed.S) degree in School Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

I am starting my final year of graduate school in pursuit of becoming a school psychologist. This is a profession that I find people know little about, but I am thrilled to be starting my career in it. As a school psychologist, I will provide mental health services to general and special education students, I will advocate for students, their families, and for social justice, and I will be involved in crisis prevention, intervention, and postvention. Moreover, that’s only a portion of what I will do! 

This past year I was the vice president of our student organization, Student Affiliates in School Psychology and will continue to be a member in my final year of grad school. I’m also a member of our national association (NASP) and plan to be involved in high school organizations that celebrate diversity and inclusion when I am fully immersed in my career. 

Quick Facts About Me: 1) I’m moving to Seattle at the end of summer. 2) I love nature and being in small towns more than I like big cities. 3) This summer, I’m also working at a restaurant that my dad has owned for 45 years. 

Meghan

Meghan

Leadership Coach

Meet Meghan!
BA in Integrated Educational Studies from Chapman University and Master’s of Education from Regis University.
 
I am a middle school English teacher in Huntington Beach and I love working with a unique age group! I enjoy working with my students and strategizing new ways to engage them in their writing. 
 
During the winter, I am a girls basketball coach at my school and I also advise a greek organization at Chapman University. 
 
Quick Facts About Me: 1) My dream job would be an SNL cast member. 2) I love to plan parties. 3) I sing in my car like I’m performing a sold out show. 
Morgan

Morgan

Leadership Coach

Meet Morgan!
B.A. in Integrated Educational Studies and M.A. in Leadership Development from Chapman University
 
I have most recently worked in University residence life, where I am able to create learning and living communities for students. I love what I do because I get to work with students who live, work, and/or have leadership positions within my building and I get to watch them learn and grow in so many different ways. 
 
I have held leadership positions in my college fraternity, my university ambassador program, and a few on-campus jobs at my school. I’m passionate about helping current students find and take advantage of these types of opportunities since they have meant so much to me and formed me into the leader I am today.
 
Quick Facts About Me: 1) I’m a big Disney fan and have a goal to visit every Disney park in the world. 2) I’m fostering an 11-year-old one-eyes pitbull named Wink. 3) I don’t really like hot coffee but I love iced coffee.
Sara
Meet Sara!
BA in Integrated Educational Studies from Chapman University and MA in Leadership Studies from University of San Diego.
 
I currently work at the Center for Creative Leadership, where I support the organization in managing our cutting edge leadership development content and Intellectual Property. I love collaborating with diverse teams to help develop new designs for global use.
 
I also do program facilitation and leadership coaching whenever possible, because I love being a part of individual, team, and organizational growth and transformation. 
 
Quick Facts About Me: 1) I love to travel and experience new cultures. 2) I could eat a bagel with cream cheese every day and never get sick of it… and boba too… will never say no to boba. 3) I danced for over 15 years.