Post Masters Type 73 School Social Work Certificate, 2008
Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois
Master of Social Work, 2001
(an excellent foundation for coaching)
Thesis: The Effects of Graduate School on Non-Traditional Female Students with Multiple Roles
Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois
Bachelor of Science Law Enforcement Administration, 1993
Minors: Psychology, Sociology
Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), 2001-present
Leadership Coaching Certificate, 2016
Foundational Coach Training Certificate, 2003
Group Coaching Certificate, 2003
Advanced Career Coaching Skills: The Life Purpose Process Certificate, 2003
The Institute for Life Coach Training (approved by the International Coach Federation)
Conflict Resolution & Divorce Mediation Institute, 1999
Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, 2009
Training the Trainer Certificate, 2012, Fred Pryor Seminars
Toastmasters International, 2011-2012, St. Charles, Illinois
Toastmasters International, 2011-2012
I have more than 18 years of human development and interpersonal relations experience. My skills range from teaching; coaching; mentoring; facilitating; leadership/empowerment; public speaking; public relations to assessment and referral.
My professional experience includes, but is not limited to, life and leadership coaching; wellness consulting; college instruction with extensive presentation experience; counseling; resource and referral; crisis intervention; law enforcement; and school social work through case management.
As a coach, I am highly invested in helping clients discover and uncover their skills, talents and abilities, as well as, overcoming barriers to becoming their own personal best. I believe in my clients; offer them new hope; point out their strengths and successes; and help them see their goals through to the end. Clients say I am energetic, empathetic; and engaging.
With my diverse background and depth of knowledge in a variety of areas, I have the unique ability to incorporate my education; life experience; skills; and talents in a way that allows me to understand my clients and how they function. I meet them where they are at in life and bring richness and added value to their lives.
I am able to provide clients with an overall wellness experience that spans from better health to overall life balance. Clients, particularly those on the go, enjoy the benefits of working with a high quality service provider they can trust, one who listens to their wants and needs and has a vested interest in them.
What Clients Say
"As a coach, Kris is optimistic and encouraging. She is a good listener and asks good questions. She cares about what is important to me and remembers what I tell her. She believes in me and inspires me to work harder to achieve my goals. I can count on her to be there for me no matter what's going on in my life. Kris looks forward to hearing about my "wins" and motivates me to achieve more." Mattie, Winfield
"Kris walks with me every step of the way- when I am overwhelmed she helps me simplify the issues I am struggling with and reminds me to stay focused on the main thing- whatever that is at the time. She keeps track of goals I have met and those I am working on. She reminds me how far I've come when I get discouraged and keeps me focused on the future." Brian, Naperville
"After hearing about coaching from the Executives at work, I decided to give it a try. This was a new adventure for me. Kris challenged me to take action and gave me the desire to keep pushing forward when I didn't have the strength to go it alone. She was like the friend I used to bike 16 miles with each day who provided me with the c'mon when the idea of biking the long road ahead left me overwhelmed and exhausted.
Kris gave me the courage to take control of my life in a way that I was not used to. When I pointed out challenges I was dealing with in my life and work, she listened to what I told her then helped me uncover things I didn't even know I was doing that kept me from being as successful as I wanted to be.
She asked me questions (rather than giving me facts) that forced me to look at myself and my decisions in a different way. If she had just told me what I needed to know, I don't think I would have internalized things the same way. Kris helped me see just how obvious some of the answers were. I learned that I was standing in my own way of being who I wanted to be.
You have to see for yourself, but a coach is someone who can have you look in the right direction." Tim, Chicago
Years Professionally Practicing
I have been coaching individuals formally and informally for more than thirteen years. I have provided fee-for-service and pro-bono coaching as an entrepreneur since 2003.
I was featured in an article on wellness coaching, “Wellness coach can help you put New Year on track: Reawaken your potential in life, love, career, learning” (Daily Herald, Chicago land area, January 2005). I write and publish a monthly newsletter to help inspire and encourage others as they grow in their daily experience. I have also worked with numerous organizations in fields ranging from non-profit to health care to business. Presently, I am writing a book that offers encouraging tips and strategies to help people move forward and enhance the quality of their life. My book is titled: "Great Ways to Get Unstuck and Make Your Heart Come Alive."
Readers of My Official Hearts Come Alive Newsletter Have Said:
"Great stuff Kris...Thanks!" J.T.
"You are very encouraging, enlightening, motivating and always inspiring!" L.M.
"What a lovely newsletter! I love it on so many levels. First, of course, the title...Bruised and Battered (alliteration and to the point). Next is the narrative that parallels so much of our lives. My favorite part is the list of suggestions: #3, #6 and #7 are the ones I need to work on." C.K.
"Thanks for your newsletter! You have an eloquent way of providing information to others." J.R.
I believe each client already possesses the resources he/she needs to become extraordinary.
As a coach, I have found great joy in working with clients who are ready to break free from their day-to-day routines; take risks; create new possibilities for their lives; and live fuller, more fulfilling lives. Being able to hear their heart “come alive” over the phone as they experience “ah-ha” moments, triumph over life challenges and difficulties, and celebrate victories makes my heart “come alive.”
Many people dream of a better life but never take the necessary steps to bring their dreams to pass. Without realizing it, they expend precious energy talking and dreaming about what they want instead of going after it. I was once just a dreamer myself. When I realized how much energy I wasted wishing for a better life then learned I could actually see my dreams come to pass, I made a decision to take charge of my life and go after what I really wanted.
On the way to pursuing my dreams I had to conquer fears, break through significant barriers, and endure many hardships. Through this process, I discovered I was more resilient than I ever imagined I could be. I learned how to persevere against all odds, increase my self-confidence, and become the strong, accomplished woman I was created to be.
Three scripture verses that got me through my darkest days are "Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see" Hebrews 11:1 NIV; "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" Jeremiah 29:11 NIV; and, "I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten- the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm- my great army that I sent among you" Joel 2:25 NIV.
I have a vision and passion for developing people. I possess over eighteen years of human development and interpersonal relations experience. I am invested in my own personal and professional development and I am a life-long learner. And, I love sharing knowledge and wisdom I have gained in overcoming obstacles on my journey to becoming the person I was created to be.
Over the years, I have developed and taught numerous interactive programs for a variety of audiences, large and small. I am innovative and creative and strive to make learning a fun and memorable experience. The personal stories I share in my presentations give audience members a glimpse into my life and offer valuable life lessons they can apply to their own life.
What Audiences Say
"Several members of our audience commented that you were an excellent speaker. Again, thank you very much for an excellent presentation."
"Great stage presence, great eye contact, confident and poised."
"Kris is a thoughtful, empathetic and engaging speaker who draws from a variety of life experiences. Her delivery is smooth and deliberate and gives her audiences time to fully appreciate her clear and sincere message. Audiences large and small live in the moment as she makes personal and individual connections. Kris captivates her audiences and keeps their attention by entertaining, educating, and inspiring them."