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    Ed Helton is the Assistant Vice President of Leadership Development at Columbus State University and serves on the Executive Leadership Team. Read full bio .

    Ed Helton

    Assistant Vice President of Leadership Development, Columbus State University

    Shana Young

    Executive Director, Leadership Institute at Columbus State University

    Shana Young is a certified Human Behavior Consultant and Certified Executive Coach. She is certified in a variety of self-assessment tools, including DiSC, Bar-On Emotional Intelligence, Hogan, Myers-Briggs and RightPath. Read full bio.

    Jessica Drake oversees marketing and business development for both the Leadership Institute and the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum. She is also responsible for social media, websites, apps and sponsorships. Read full bio.

    Jessica Drake

    Director of Marketing and Business Development

    Kat Cannella

    Assistant Director of Leadership/Facilitation

    Kat Cannella is a Certified Emergenetics Associate, a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified Practitioner, and an authorized RightPath facilitator. Cannella utilizes an experiential learning model in her facilitation work, encouraging participants to stretch past their comfort zones in a safe, supportive environment. Read full bio.

    Janescia Harvey

    Administrative Financial Assistant

    Breana Jones

    Administrative Assistant

    Our Consultants

    Cathy Alford, MA, PCC, is a Leadership and Strengths Coach credentialed with the International Coach Federation. She works with individuals and teams to identify strengths, team dynamics and growth opportunities for success. She holds several certifications, including Myers-Briggs, Clifton StrengthsFinder®,Prepare-Enrich and Workshop Facilitation. Read full bio.

    Cathy Alford


    Lori Auten


    Lori Auten is an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation and has provided more than 7,500 hours of coaching and counseling to more than 1,500 entrepreneurs and business leaders in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, team building and management. She is a certified facilitator and provides training courses for businesses and non-profit organizations. Read full bio.

    Kim Cantrell, MS, ACC, is an experienced Senior Executive, with an extensive background in leadership, non-profit operations, strategic planning, team building and finance. She holds the designation of Associate Certified Coach (ACC) from the International Coach Federation. Read full bio.

    Kim Cantrell


    Colonel David Fivecoat


    Colonel (Retired) David Fivecoat is a writer, speaker, historian, amateur cyclist and leadership consultant. During his 24 years of service in the Army, Colonel Fivecoat trained, mentored and coached hundreds of people to be better leaders. Read full bio.

    Rachel believes that engagement is the key to making dollars and sense out of the organizations and businesses she represents. Her experience ranges from management of educational programs in four languages, curriculum and web development, staff training and financial empowerment for individuals and small businesses. Read full bio.

    Rachel Jones Wilcox


    Peter J. Sherman


    Peter Sherman has been successfully leading process improvement programs for more than 20 years. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, ASQ-Certified Quality Engineer and an APICS-Certified Supply Chain Professional. Read full bio.

    Alison Mills-Long is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Manager of Quality in Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE). She is an active member of the Project Management Institute. Read full bio.

    Alison Mills-Long