One might best describe Sherri's presence as understated. Gradually she unveils her imaginative sense of humor and kind-heartedness through her energy, her stories, and her coaching demonstrations. Students refer to her as warm, welcoming, and wise while those who know her best say it’s her calming disposition and unwavering lack of judgment which contribute most to the fun, relaxed, and open atmosphere in her classroom.
When it comes to describing the experience of Jaimini Chandarana, words seem woefully insufficient. While her intellect is sharp, she is thoughtful, yet reserved in her approach. She listens carefully while someone fully expresses themselves, and then with an almost uncanny ability to cut right to the chase, she cleverly sums it up in an honest, understanding way.
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Upon first meeting Kyle Pertuis you’re sure to detect the oh so familiar southern hospitality behind his telltale grin. Chances are, soon after meeting, he’ll be heard extending an offer, “Do you like barbeque? I know just the place—you’ll love it!”
It’s fun to introduce this Lead Trainer with a slight play on words, a British accent, and just a hint of drama reminiscent of Ian Fleming’s 007 character. His name is Bond—John Bond! Fictional MI6 agent aside, John volunteers, “I’m really just a nerd who loves technology, spending time with my family and Labrador retrievers, and riding roller coasters whenever I can.”
With a professional background in jewelry design, Stephanie Marisca knows first-hand the precise artistry and workmanship required for a stone to deliver the maximum effect, as it interacts with light. As it turns out, she found the same principle to be true when it came to fashioning her career in coaching.
From a trainer perspective, Mark Schall is often referred to as a “one man Broadway show.” He has a knack for hitting all the right notes with his special brand of training which includes wildly entertaining stories, a wicked sense of humor, and his proclivity to break into a song at the drop of a hat. Through it all, Mark has a way of taking abstract concepts and making them relatable through a vivid word picture or personal account to add context. As the longest standing trainer amongst the iPEC team, Mark calls what he does “edu-tainment,” or what he refers to as education entertainment.
Should you ever find yourself in the presence of Nina Cashman while she’s passionately advocating for something she cares about, take good notes. A skilled conversationalist, Nina has equipped herself to think and act simultaneously—drawing on her knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight. On occasion, she may wax philosophical to share timeless wisdom, long forgotten by most, except for this college philosophy major. Nina decided a career path as a philosophy professor wasn’t practical for her, yet she remains captivated by the wisdom of the ages.
An entertaining, dynamic communicator in and out of the classroom, Lesley Picchietti is masterful at the art of arranging words for whichever medium she is using—whether it be speaking, writing, or singing. As a professional singer and musician, Lesley uses language effortlessly to connect to others.
Often described as a bright light, Cindy Gardner’s warmth, humor, and authenticity dazzle like a bonfire in the night sky. A few minutes with her and you’ll experience a special brand of super power, her rare and extraordinary gift of positive effect. Cindy cuts to the chase with an approach that is at once, compassionate and courageous. Those under her tutelage are motivated and encouraged to be their personal best.
“Mine is an unconventional life,” Daniel declared. “From childhood on, I’ve always followed the beat of a different drum.” A self-professed non-conformist, Daniel harkens back to his earliest school day memories when he was that kid in class who was continually raising his hand, speaking up, and asking questions.
At first glance, you’re sure to notice the unmistakable twinkle in the eye of Lead Trainer, Lisa Kaplin, which merely hints at the sassy, sardonic wit you’ll encounter in your conversations with her. As smart as she is sassy, Lisa is a psychologist who ran her own therapy practice for nine years prior to becoming an iPEC Certified Professional Coach in 2011, and most recently a lead trainer. She is also an ICF Professional Certified Coach.
The lights are dim, the stage is set, and somewhere nearby, Bridgette Simmonds is priming for Go time! She scans her playlist for something upbeat, then cranks up the volume—getting lost in the rhythm for a few minutes. Lights… camera …action! She enters the training room exuding radiance, vitality, and enthusiasm.