Meet Our Coaches
Our coaches are experienced professional career, life, business, wellness, and executive/leadership coaches holding credentials from the International Coaching Federation (ICF), and/or certification from distinguished coach training schools.
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Life/Relationships & Career Development
Alejandro Sante has over 24 years of experience in the Department of Defense and U.S. Army as an Armor Officer and Operations Officer. He attended Catholic University for his undergraduate degree and the Joint Forces Staff College for his graduate degree. He has chosen to become a coach as a second career because he believes coaching can be life changing for most of veterans. As an Operations Officer, he logged thousands of hours working with individuals and helping them through complicated situations. He wants to give back to his community and he looks forward to now helping his brethren.
Life/Relationships & Executive/Leadership
Allison aims to create an environment fostering creative, powerful, and courageous choices as you find clarity, take charge, and achieve identified professional and personal goals. She is skilled in a variety of leadership techniques, communication modalities, team building, conflict resolution, and emotional/social/relationship intelligence competencies. She uses many coaching tools to support you toward peak performance and help you recognize blind spots, find new perspectives, overcome obstacles, and work towards your personal measure of success.
Allison has been a Certified Co-Active Coach since 2009 with coaching certifications from Coaches Training Institute, the International Coach Federation (PCC), and Team Coaching International, as well as assessment certifications in EQ-I 2.0, EQ360 and Hogan HPI, HDS, MBTI. Allison also has several degrees and certifications in the field of psychology and works as an Industrial/Organizational Psychology Consultant when not coaching.
Allison routinely helps clients discern the core issues behind their business and personal plateaus to achieve powerful, lasting and satisfying results. She has worked in both private and public sectors for over 25 years. Her son is active US Navy.
Life/Relationships & Executive/Leadership
With over 20 years of international experience spanning Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, Amanda Duarte is a somatic coach that has honed her expertise in guiding individuals through significant professional and life transitions. Having undergone four career changes herself while adapting to diverse cultures and languages, she possesses a unique perspective and skill set to support others in their transformative journeys.
Amanda is dedicated to help individuals to develop self-confidence and enhance emotional agility. Her coaching approach revolves around empowering individuals to break free from self-limiting beliefs and embrace their inherent strengths. Through her guidance, clients develop the necessary tools and strategies to overcome self-doubt and insecurity. By aligning actions with values and goals, they cultivate inner strength, enabling them to navigate challenges with confidence and grace.
Emotional regulation is Amanda's area of expertise. Together, clients explore effective techniques and practices to manage emotions, fostering a sense of calm and clarity. They learn to assertively express themselves, even in challenging situations, transforming conflicts into opportunities for growth and constructive resolution.
Outside of coaching, Amanda finds joy in her roles as a wife and mother. Having lived as an expat for 17 years, she considers home wherever she is with her family. She treasures her morning coffee ritual and considers regular exercise an integral part of her life.
She is certified by the International Coaching Federation (PCC) and as a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC).
Executive/Leadership, Life/Relationships & Career Development
Amy Coffman, MA is a Professional Coach certified through the International Coach Federation (ICF). She works with professionals seeking awareness, purpose and change in their life and career.
New Jersey (NJ)
Amy coaches her clients to capture the energy and vitality pivotal to success and balance in their personal and professional lives. She is trained in leadership methodologies, movement techniques, martial arts and self defense, which she incorporates into her approach to coaching. As a somatic specialist with nearly 10 years experience teaching movement, Amy thinks of coaching as the wake up call to get up and get moving in your personal and professional life. Amy encourages and challenges her clients to practice deep awareness of their own potential and of their ability to impact the lives of others. She has 20+ years experience as a Community Events Director, and a Marketing and Public Relations Specialist. In addition to her Coaching Certification from the Coaches Training Institute (ACC) and the International Coach Federation (PCC), she is a Mentor Coach for the Kresser Institute Adapt Coach training program and an adjunct lecturer at Bloomfield College in NJ. Amy holds a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Bachelors of Arts from Cornell University.
Life/Relationships & Health/Wellness
Alexis is a Certified Professional Life and Health and Wellness Coach. A graduate of the renowned Coaches Training Institute, Alexis is also a Certified Grief Specialist, Yoga instructor, and long-time mindfulness and meditation practitioner. having completed the Teacher Practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction from UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. With over 25 years of experience in the health and wellness industry, Alexis has worked with many clients seeking to reduce stress and anxiety in their lives. She enjoys guiding them to discover their unique gifts and strengths to live a meaningful, fulfilling life and to reach their personal, professional and relationship goals. Her specialty is helping individuals to live with less stress and anxiety, using evidence-based coaching and mindfulness skills. Her coaching style is simple, practical, and profound.
Amanda (Sam) Sharma
Executive & Small Business Development
Amanda (Sam) Sharma is a Leadership Coach and provides coaching to entrepreneurs, academics and public leaders. She is a Director at a small and growing IT company and works to align technology and tools to support processes and strategy in the area of emergency management and natural resources.
She is a skilled sustainability professional and has worked in the areas of disaster preparedness and recovery. She is a former public administrator and has experience as a county planner, federal program manager, emergency manager and as an executive director of a local nonprofit. Sam is also a part-time lecturer and has instructed graduate courses in Leadership, Ethics, and Environmental Law.
Sam was drawn to the mission of Stand Beside Them, as that daughter of veterans who became successful business owners following their military service. She has worked with organizations and founders of start-ups to incorporate a triple bottom line approach - social and environmental responsibility along with profitability - into its business strategy.
Sam is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the ICF DC Metro Chapter. She has been coaching since 2005. Sam holds an Executive MBA and a Master of Resource Law Studies from the University of Denver. She is a Prosci Certified Change Manager and has been helping individuals and organizations navigate change for over 15 years.
Amy is a seasoned executive coach who facilitates performance improvement and gets results by helping people realize their highest potential. Coupling her deep knowledge and evidence-based practices with an individualized and pragmatic approach, Amy helps people gain new skills, insights, and perspectives which enable them to rise to meet their challenges. Having witnessed remarkable and transformative changes in many of her clients, Amy believes that most things are possible when people are motivated to grow. In addition to her work as a coach, Amy is often engaged to help optimize the functioning of teams. Amy holds a B.A. with a double major in Psychology and Interpersonal Communication and a Ph.D. in Human Ecology. She is also an experienced crisis counselor who, in addition to providing counseling in crisis situations, has developed and facilitated training for crisis counselors in a community mental health setting. Amy is a Master Certified Coach and a trained Coach Supervisor, and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the division of Consulting Psychology, and the International Coach Federation.
Life/Relationships & Executive/Leadership
Amy's journey to coaching has been a circuitous one, informed by her personal experiences as much as her professional ones. Crowned as gifted in her childhood, she recently recognized that she has ADHD. With the diagnosis has come incredible clarity, including acceptance of her challenges and celebration of her unique strengths: comfort in her own skin.
Amy is an International Coaching Federation certified coach (ACC) and a former strategy advisor in the nonprofit and philanthropy sector, online political organizer, and academic. She holds a master's degree in sociology from Harvard University and a B.A. in psychology and sociology from Indiana University. Through the peak of the pandemic, she dedicated three years to bolstering the community morale at a global software consultancy, as well as promoting inclusive and effective team practices in hybrid, remote, and distributed contexts.
Her coaching is informed by her conscious dance and meditation practices. She counts Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Thich Nhat Hanh, Parker Palmer, and Lori Saltzman & Kathy Altman (of Open Floor International) among the teachers from whom she drew insight and inspiration.
Having experienced the transformative power of effective coaching, she is committed to creating nonjudgmental space for clients to explore, grow, and create their own paths through and forward.
Anil (Neil) Chakkera
Life/ Career Development & Transitions/ Business & Leadership Development
Neil Chakkera is certified professional coach who is passionate about helping clients find clarity and purpose in their professional and personal lives. His coaching activities revolve around holistic life coaching. He is an ICF-ACC credentialed coach and has also earned the Whole Person Certified Coach (WPCC) certificate from Coach Training World.
Neil’s holistic philosophy has been shaped by his robust, cross functional expertise in finance, investments, business strategy and technology, shaped by advanced degrees in engineering (B.S, M.S), business (MBA) and investments (CFA) as well as significant work experience in technology and investment consulting, client relationship management and senior leadership roles in various wealth management firms.
Neil’s coaching focus revolves around helping motivated individuals unleash their full personal and professional potential with respect to important life choices surrounding personal finances, career growth/transitions, business/leadership development and health/wellness. As a small business owner, Neil would also like to empower and facilitate other entrepreneurs/small business owners achieve their dreams and objectives.
Neil has successfully navigated many career transitions and works as a coach, consultant, private investor and pro-bono volunteer which provide him with deep and unique perspectives to help others make major transitions and experience deeply satisfying, multi-purpose lifestyles.