Our Team

Inspiring the next generation of leaders.

We are most passionate about inspiring others to learn, grow and lead in ways that honor a holistic view of the world. Learn more about our team by clicking on the names below.

John Bowling, PhD

John Bowling

John Bowling, PhD

Dr. John Bowling is an accomplished business leader, consultant, psychologist, educator, and coach. He is passionate about helping individuals, teams, and organizations optimize performance by creating clarity around focus, strategy, structure, and desired outcomes, as well as enhancing awareness of self and others in interactions. This blend of structural and process work helps remove barriers to performance while reinforcing development of new strategic and interpersonal skills. John’s approach includes a strong focus on emotional skills and competencies which enhance decision-making and contribute to accurate evaluation of truthfulness and credibility.

Prior to relocating to Oregon with his family in 2008, John worked in the Senior Healthcare Industry with over 14 years of key leadership and management experience. John led start up business development and general management of Silverado At Home following several years as Chief Learning Officer for Silverado Senior Living. As a CLO, John functioned much as an internal consultant, building high potential leadership development programs, creating leadership team structures and coaching individual leaders to achieve positive results in business and in life. Before joining Silverado, Dr. Bowling was a principal partner and clinical director of Advanced Behavioral Care. He is a published author and frequent presenter and has served as adjunct faculty at Texas A&M University, University of Maine, University of Utah, Westminster College and currently at Southern Oregon University.

John has served on multiple Boards in the areas of healthcare, aging, and technology. He is an active member of Rotary International and serves on the National Ski Patrol. He and his family live in Jacksonville, Oregon.

Kristin S. Walle, PhD

Kristen Walle

Kristin S. Walle, PhD

Dr. Kristin S. Walle is currently Vice President, Global Money Movement & Compliance for ADP, a Fortune 500 company. In this role, she is responsible for global money movement and compliance for over $1 trillion of ADP’s Client funds, ensuring operational excellence through business process innovation, and oversight of key banking and agency relationships. Kristin’s organization consists of over 400 associates geographically disbursed across the world. In her role with ADP, Kristin has honed her skills at evaluating truthfulness and credibility and furthered expertise in emotional skills and competencies.

Kristin is passionate about bringing out the best in others whether that is as a leader or in the classroom. She has developed several mentoring programs and participates as a mentor within ADP, at California State University, Long Beach’s Student Center for Professional Development, and in WOMEN Unlimited’s LEAD program. She is also a trained and certified internal coach working with executives to increase their ability to achieve and connect with those they lead.

Kristin teaches business related courses at University of Phoenix where she was recognized as Rookie Faculty of the Year in 2012. In addition, she facilitates a Certified Treasury Professional review course at Brandman University in southern California. It was in her experience working with leaders that she realized the power of emotional intelligence. She pursued her doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University.

Kristin’s research focused on the leadership attributes of successful Chief Financial Officers in moving to the Chief Executive Officer role. She strongly believes that successful leaders require the ability to blend their technical capabilities with leadership skills specifically in their emotional intelligence capabilities.

Steve Schein, PhD

Steve Schein, PhD

Steve Schein, PhD

Dr. Steve Schein is a senior sustainability leadership consultant and Expert-in-Residence at the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. His 2015 book A New Psychology for Sustainability Leadership: The Hidden Power of Ecological Worldviews has been featured in US News & World Report, The Guardian, Bloomberg News, Psychology Today, GreenBiz, and numerous leadership journals.

His primary areas of consulting are sustainability leadership development and integration of sustainability initiatives with corporate strategy and culture. Steve is passionate about helping leaders and teams tap into their deeper motivations to cultivate sustainability driven organizations and strategic partnerships across boundaries. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and former CEO with more than 30 years of leadership, business development, and senior management experience in several industries.

From 2005-2015, Steve was a member of the faculty at SOU, where he founded the sustainability leadership certificate program. Prior to this he was a director of consulting at Moss Adams and President of resort management companies in Colorado and Arizona. In 1998, he co-founded an NYSE company, ResortQuest International, where he served as a senior vice-president and corporate officer until 2004. Earlier in his career, Steve was an international auditor with Arthur Young and Nabisco Brands. He has speaks three foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

Steve earned his PhD in Human Development and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University and his BA in accounting from the University of Colorado. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Net Impact (https://www.netimpact.org) and the GEOS Institute (http://www.geosinstitute.org). He holds a PhD in Human Development and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University and a BA in accounting from the University of Colorado.

He lives in Ashland, Oregon and can also be reached through his personal website at http://www.steveschein.net.

Maggie Pazian

Maggie Pazian

Maggie Pazian

Leadership Coaching, Emotional Awareness, Behavior Assessment, Facial Action Coding

Career Background

Maggie Pazian is an internationally accredited expert in the science and art of nonverbal communication and behavior, emotion perception and deception detection. She has more than ten years of experience coaching and training others in the skills of accurately perceiving and interpreting emotional information. By drawing upon the scientifically validated five channels of communication and using the Facial Action Coding System and micro expression analysis, she is able to guide others in the process of becoming more emotionally aware and connected. Enhanced emotional awareness allows for better decision-making, stronger leadership, and more effective relationships. Maggie is committed to helping leaders grow and evolve in this area.

Maggie launched her career as a consultant in nonverbal behavior while working with Dr. Mark Frank, the leading researcher in facial expression, interpersonal deception and behavioral observation. Maggie has led efforts on a variety of research and training projects with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Office of Naval Research, National Science Foundation, Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration and FLETC. Maggie has equally shared her knowledge through dynamic programs for large corporate organizations such as the Hershey Company and not-for-profit organizations such as NJ Judicial College.

Maggie appeared on the Discovery Channel show Monsters and Mysteries in Alaska in March of 2010 and has co-authored several papers and presentations on deception detection. She is fluent in English and Polish; with conversational comprehension of the French language.

Specialties

Leadership and Team Coaching, Emotional Awareness, Women in Leadership, Facial Action Coding, Interviewing, Behavioral Assessments.

Industry Experience

Maggie has been active in research and development around the scientific principles of emotions and behaviors. As a coach, consultant, facilitator and trainer Maggie specializes in transforming her expertise and scientific knowledge into skills based tools to maximize client success from a variety of industries and backgrounds.

Certifications

Paul Ekman International; Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, Analytic Interviewing Certified Trainer, METT, SETT, Facial Action Coding System.

Education

Maggie holds an M.A. in Organizational Communication and dual B.A.’s in Communication and French Language from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Michael Palestina

Mike Palestina

Michael Palestina

Executive Coaching, Emotional Awareness, Behavior Management, Agile Leadership

Career Background

Mike Palestina is a Certified Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant who partners with senior executives, mid-level managers, and other leaders to inspire and enhance individual’s attitudes, behaviors, and performance resulting in increased employee engagement and retention. These shifts ultimately contribute to successfully reaching desired goals and exceeding individual and organizational expectations.

Mike’s Fortune 500 business leadership experience (in a variety of non-HR related functional areas including Marketing and Business Development, Client Implementation and Services, IT, Project Management and Operations) combined with 400+ hours of accredited training in coaching, emotional awareness and verbal and non-verbal communications provide him with a real-world appreciation of the challenges senior leaders face throughout their careers and within their organizations.

Mike is passionate about helping others modify behaviors. His style is focused but informal, with an emphasis on collaborating with clients to establish a secure, trustworthy, and relaxed environment in which to remove obstacles and achieve results. Utilizing his extensive practical business experience, Mike blends coaching practices with mentoring, advising, and counseling, thus providing his clients with a richer interpersonal experience in which to modify attitudes, behaviors, and performance.

Specialties

Executive and team coaching, Emotional Awareness of ourselves and others, Change Management, Women in Leadership, business strategy, project management, work/life balance.

Industry Experience

Mike has personally experienced and understands the challenges leaders face throughout their organizations. Industry areas of specialization include Healthcare, Insurance, Utilities, Finance, Banking, Pharma & Biotech, Consumer Products, and Education.

Noted Accomplishments:

  • Partnered with a CEO of the Americas of a European company on a variety of leadership behaviors including delegation, cross cultural communications and collaboration. Based on positive results our initial 6-month engagement was extended to prepare for increased global responsibilities.
  • Partnered with a highly successful executive on the fast track for CEO at a healthcare provider on developing a more collaborative executive presence. Utilizing 360° feedback, we identified specific destructive behaviors and adjusted accordingly.  This contributed to more constructive relationships with direct reports and a free exchange of ideas.
  • Partnered with a Chief Marketing Officer in a data analytics firm on developing and executing a 90/180 day plan in support of their employer’s overall strategy.  Acted as a sounding board to minimize productivity dips when client became distracted by “shiny objects”.

Certifications

Paul Ekman International; Management Research Group – 360° and Personal Directions Assessment, Corporate Coach University.

Education

Mike holds a B.A. in Business Administration from William Paterson University; Certified graduate of Corporate Coach University, Executive Training Program of Boston University, and American Management Association 5-Day MBA.