Coaches

Jessamyn Stanley

Underbelly Yoga
Instructor/Founder
Website

Jessamyn Stanley is an internationally acclaimed leading voice in wellness. Jessamyn is highly sought after for her insights on 21st century yoga and intersectional identity as a queer Black woman….

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Jes Averhart

Jes & Co
CEO, Creator of Reinvention Roadmap
Website

Jes is the CEO of Jes & Co. and creator of the Reinvention Roadmap ! As a Mom, Storyteller, Podcaster and member of a Badass Girl Tribe, she uses her…

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Ruth Penado

Ruthlessly Strong
Fitness Influencer
Website

Ruth Penado is a Bull City native, who like the city that raised her, has undergone a serious transformation over the last few years. Although she spent many years completely…

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Heather Pownall

The Confidence Labs
Founder
Website

Heather Pownall is a Certified Professional Coach and founder of The Confidence Labs, which helps women beat self-doubt and build more confidence so they can achieve more of what truly…

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Tyrone Irby

Stronger and Faster Durham
Founder
Website

Tyrone T. Irby is the founder, owner, and trainer at the Choice Performance Center, where he coaches athletes of all abilities, races, and genders. Diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in…

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Sarah Katherine Tucker

Adastra Talent Partners
Principal
Website

Sarah Katherine Tucker is the Founder of Adastra Talent Partners, a consultancy focused on leadership development and executive coaching. She brings over 12 years of experience in Human Resources and…

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Naya Powell

Spa Utopia, Inc. (& the Utopia Living Brand)
Founder/CEO/Wholistic Lifestyle Strategist
Website

Naya Powell is a #1 Bestselling Author, 3rd generation entrepreneur, CEO/founder of Spa Utopia which delivers luxe spa and virtual wellness experiences on-demand, and the Utopia Living Brand. Naya is…

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Dominique Hammonds

Hammonds Counseling & Consulting, PLLC
Counselor, Educator, Scholar, Advocate
Website

Dr. Dominique Hammonds is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling…

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Laura Tierney

The Social Institute
Founder and CEO
Website

Laura Tierney is the Founder and CEO of The Social Institute, empowering students and their role models to navigate social media and technology in positive, high character ways.

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Arunima Srivastava, RYT200

Omni Yoga
Yoga Instructor
Website

Arunima was born in West Bengal – east coast of India – and brought up on the west coast in the city of Pune-India. She has lived in the USA…

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Kevin Callaghan

Acme
Owner and Chef
Website

Kevin launched Acme Food & Beverage Co. in Carrboro in 1998. Since that time, Acme has been featured in Bon Appetit, Southern Living, Garden & Gun, The New York Times,…

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Ryan Vet

The Oak House
Owner
Website

Ryan Vet is an innovative leader, entrepreneur and author. He has presented to audiences around the globe on four different continents on leadership, marketing and reaching your maximum potential. Ryan’s…

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Dr. Bahby Banks

Pillar Consulting
Founder
Website

Dr. Bahby Banks is the visionary behind ENVISION Empowerment Experience™ and the founder and CEO of Pillar Consulting. With 15+ years of public health and capacity building expertise, Dr. Banks’…

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Raven Gibbs

Mindfulness Movement
Founder
Website

Raven Gibbs is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in Law and Cognitive Science. She…

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Nikki Barth

Durham Technical Community College
Instructor - Massage Therapy Program
Website

Durham Tech’s Massage Therapy program is designed to prepare students for both state and national massage therapy licensing exams through classwork and practical, hands-on training. Students will obtain a foundation…

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Amy Rossi

YMCA
Yoga Instructor
Website

As founder of Namaste Durham, Amy teaches vinyasa flow, hatha, yin and restorative yoga. Amy shares her Durham home with her husband, three cats, one dog and a turtle that…

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Aubrey Zinaich

Global Breath Yoga Studio
Kundalini Yoga & Sadhana Instructor
Website

Aubrey is a local restauranteur, sommelier and Kundalini yoga teacher who is passionate about helping all people find their inner truth. Her special interests include mantra, moon cycles, manifesting, sound…

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Tarkisha Poole

Coastal Credit Union
Manager of Community Engagement
Website

Wife, Mother of Two, Graduate of Winston-Salem State University, Alum of Leadership Triangle 18’. Tarkisha Poole serves as Manager of Community Engagement, Coastal Credit Union with responsibility of development strategies,…

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Derek D. Ross

YMCA
Zumba Instructor
Website

Derek D. Ross has been a licensed Zumba Instructor since 2013, and recently become an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor in May 2019. He uses his weekly Zumba classes as…

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Garth Robertson

Song of the Sacred
Sound Therapist
Website

For over 20 years, Garth has been making music and using sound for self -healing. Song and vibration can do more than excite the nervous system with danceable energy; it…

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Dr. Justine Grosso

Website

Dr. Justine Grosso is a Licensed Psychologist, yoga instructor, and Mindful Connection Coach. She specializes in the intersection of the mind-body connection, trauma, and relationships. She is passionate about empowering…

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Jennifer King

Busy Bees
Founder
Website

Growing up in a blue collar family, hard work and a clean home were always top priorities; I carried these values with me into adulthood. However, a new son and…

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Katrina Dooda

YMCA
POUND Instructor
Website

Always finding joy in dance, movement, and music, Katrina, a certified POUND Pro and AFAA certified group fitness instructor, loves Pound. It allows her students to connect with musical rhythm…

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Lucie House

Lucie House, MA, teaches yoga and mindfulness through Growga, a wellness startup based out of the Triangle area. After developing a personal mindfulness and yoga practice, Lucie became passionate about…

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Lucy Hayhurst

Well Balanced Nutrition
Licensed and Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist
Website

Lucy Hayhurst is a Licensed and Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and co-owner of Well Balanced Nutrition, where we help you worry less, love what you eat, and live your best life. One…

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Patrick Jeffs, PhD

The Resiliency Solution
Trainer, Coach, and Consultant
Website

Dr. Patrick Jeffs founded The Resiliency Solution in 2018 to help combat the impact of chronic stress: The Resiliency Solution believes that chronic stress can negatively impact organizations by blocking…

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Perri Kersh

Neat Freak
Founder
Website

For over 15 years, organizing expert Perri Kersh has helped individuals, families, students and small business owners organize their time and their space so they can function at their very…

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Shane Jones

Worldwide Adventure Guides, LLC
Owner
Website

Shane Jones has been climbing, trekking, and exploring the world for over four decades. In 2015 he established Worldwide Adventure Guides, LLC. He and his wife Barbara founded the company…

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Tom Ferguson

Rise Biscuits & Donuts
Founder
Website

Tom Ferguson is the founder and CEO of Rise Southern Biscuits & Righteous Chicken and Your Birding Story. Ferguson is a serial entrepreneur with an ability to see and bring…

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