Kristine Pérez-Foley MSed, PCC.

Founder & Managing Principal of The Confidence Network

Meet Kristine -

Kristine is a confidence builder and enjoys helping people increase their emotional intelligence so they can maximize their impact.  Clients say that her effectiveness is a function of her methodology and natural enthusiasm.  She partners with organizations all over the world to create inclusive cultures that align with business goals.  Her expertise in leadership content design, group facilitation and executive coaching enabled her to lead several large global training initiatives for fortune 100 & 500 companies.  Before starting her own practice, she worked for 2 small private firms and one large public firm.  This has given her insight and experience helping leaders scale up their leadership capabilities to accommodate business growth.

Personally, Kristine is bi-cultural and fluent in Spanish and English.  She spent her childhood between Puerto Rico and New York. Currently, she lives in the San Diego area with her husband.  Her interests include fashion, food, and fitness, which she turned into growth opportunities for clients by becoming a personal stylist, intuitive eating coach and body positive fitness trainer

Education, Certifications, & Special Skills
  • Master of Science Education, SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
  • Bachelor of Arts Spanish & International Relations, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY
  • Graduate Study, La Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca Spain
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) – International Coach Federation
  • Body Positive Fitness Trainer – National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Intuitive Eating Coach – Intuitive Eating PRO Skills Training
  • Personal Stylist – New York Institute of Art & Design
Professional Affiliations & Volunteer Activities
  • Contributor, Diversity Inclusion Equity Group
  • Executive Leadership Coach, Latina Vida
  • Leadership Consultant & Inclusive Leadership Coach, Korn Ferry International
  • Military to Civilian Professional Development Coach, The Honor Foundation San Diego  
  • Resilience Coach, University of California San Diego 
  • Career Transition Coach, San Diego Human Resource Forum                                          
  • Professional Development Coach, Women for Change Coach Community
  • Member & Mentor Coach, ICF San Diego Chapter

Meet the Team

Cristina Chavez M.A., ACC

Principal, Canada

Meet Cristina -

Cristina leverages her global corporate consulting experience and her background in psychoanalysis to help clients gain clarity on how to achieve specific goals while uncovering long-term aspirations.  Her profound yet pragmatic coaching method is based on asking thought provoking questions that lead to awareness and contribute to modifying mind patterns.  Clients often refer to her as a “mind detective.”  She has a unique ability to uncover internal obstacles so clients can better understand how to unleash their potential and drive business results.

Cristina grew up in Mexico, is bicultural and fluent in English and Spanish.  She spent a few years living in New York and currently resides with her husband and their Dachshund in Toronto, Canada. Her interests include Indigenous and Racial Studies, health, fitness, music and travelling.

Education, Certifications, & Special Skills
  • Master of Psychoanalytic Investigation, AMPIEP. Mexico City
  • Bachelor of Psychology, Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico City.
  • Strategic Human Resource Management Course, University of Toronto. Canada
  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC) – International Coach Federation
  • Systemic Coaching Certification. – MORE GLOBAL
  • Indigenous Canada – Coursera Certification
  • Crisis Intervention Training – AMPIEP. Mexico City
  • Innovation and Change Management Course– Experience Point. Toronto
Professional Affiliations & Volunteer Activities
  • Telephone Crisis Intervention Counselling.  Saptel from the mexican red cross
  • Mentor and support for skilled immigrants for job search. UnstoppableMe-JVS Group

Vanessa Melgar PNL-SC

Principal, Mexico

Meet Vanessa -

Vanessa is a mindset shifter. She creates an environment where clients can access curiosity in the face of challenges and turn turmoil into opportunity. Her approach is a mix of optimism and realism that allow clients to formulate strategic actions that leverage strengths and address developmental areas. Vanessa’s biggest asset is her warmth and empathy. Clients are often surprised at how comfortable they feel discussing topics that require them to access vulnerability to explore internal barriers inhibiting their career success. In addition to her work at the individual level, her expertise in leadership practices, group facilitation and executive coaching have given her the breadth and depth to lead talent development initiatives for multinational organizations.

Education, Certifications, & Special Skills
  • Bachelor of Languages Translation, ISIT CDMX
  • Certified Sistemic Coach (SC), MORE GLOBAL, CDMX
  • CAIA, CPBA, CPVA Analyst, TTI International, Phoenix, AZ
  • Negotiation Harvard Techniques, TLM MADRID SPAIN
  • Certified Assessment Center Evaluator, ASSESSMENT CENTER-MTY MEXICO
  • Certified Abilities Evaluator – CONOCER Mexico Gobernment Instance
Professional Affiliations & Volunteer Activities
  • Executive Leadership Coach, Hunters of talent
  • Organizational Development Consultant, grupo qualem
  • Personal Coach, individual contractors

David R. Barnes Jr. M.Ed.


Meet David -

David has an award-winning record of accomplishments in coaching, sales, consulting, and training with Fortune 500 companies (GlaxoSmithkline, Colgate/Hills, and AmerisourceBergen), and start-up companies. In his 40 years of experience, he has facilitated the restructure of a $19 billion dollar drug company sales organization, built three sales training departments from the ground up, and was selected for the GlaxoSmithkline Presidents Solid Gold Circle for outstanding performance. He has been published in the Strategic Account Management Association’s magazine (Velocity) has mentored leaders in numerous industries. David began his coaching career in athletics at 19 as a college basketball coach. Recently he has been a coach to CEO’s, Presidents, and other senior executive helping them form peer advisory groups.

Education, Certifications, & Special Skills
  • Master of Alternative Education, UMass, Amherst, MA
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Worcester University, Worcester, MA
  • Graduate Study, University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor Michigan
  • Professional Certified Life coach (CLC) – Wainwright Global Inc, Institute of Professional Coaching
  • Performance Management Coach – Audbrey Daniels Performance Management Institute
  • Instructional Designer – Langevin Learning Services
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace – ESSEC Business School
  • DISC/MOTIVATOR Assessment Practitioner – Assessments 24X7
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Seminar Leader – FranklinCovey
Professional Affiliations & Volunteer Activities
  • Charter Board of Directors, Emeritus, California Diversity Council
  • Board of Directors, Emeritus, Orange County Chapter Diversity and Inclusion Chair, Professionals in Human Resources Association
  • Board of Directors, Emeritus, at Venus LLC
  • Strategic Account Management Association, Velocity Magazine Contributor, Member
  • GlaxoSmithkline, Solid Gold Circle
  • Association of Talent and Development, Member
  • Sports Car Club of America, Member
  • NAACP, Member, Advisor

Joanne DeRitis


Meet Joanne -

Joanne will help you explore the type of communicator you want to be. How do you want to be perceived? Are you clear, concise, confident, and motivating? Do you compel your listeners to “take action”? Do they trust you? Can you captivate an audience?

Joanne has 20 plus years of experience coaching executives, managers, sales teams, customer service centers etc, on the art and benefits of effective communicating.  She has worked throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia coaching all levels within an organization.

Joanne’s specialty is finding out what is unique about each individual and building on that. She does this with an adaptive style that meets up with the style of her coachee/audience.  She assesses what is working for you and what is not. (your obstacles). With her personable style and addition of humor, Joanne will have you stepping out of your fears and into the new confident best version of yourself.  Beware: Her passion for communication is contagious.

Born in the United Kingdom and raised in California, Joanne now lives with her Husband, son and daughter in Southern California. Her degree is in Speech Communication. Joanne is active in her community with non-profits as well as certified as an adoption mentor with Beyond Consequences, helping new adoptive families blend and bloom.

In Europe, Asia, Canada and the United States, Joanne has received praise and applause for her work and now looks forward to working with you.

Education, Certifications, & Special Skills
  • Bachelor of Arts, Speech Communication, California State University of Long Beach, CA
  • Beyond Consequences – Adoption Support and Training,  Los Angeles, California
  • Completed Coursework at UCLA in Course Development and Design
Professional Affiliations & Volunteer Activities
  • American Society of Training and Development
  • National Charity League
  • Adoption Mentoring Program

Jennifer Nielsen, PCC, MBA


Meet Jennifer -

Jennifer understands the importance of being self-aware, courageous, confident and inclusive. Jennifer is committed to supporting executives and emerging leaders who are stressed and overwhelmed; looking to authentically build meaningful relationships; and want to manage self-perceptions based on one’s own limiting beliefs, imposter syndrome and/or lacking executive presence. Jennifer empowers her leaders to be intentional with their actions and gain more alignment with themselves to thrive, and in turn, inspire their teams. She co-creates a safe space for clients to be open and vulnerable, recognize their current perspective, then make necessary changes to move forward confidently.

Jennifer has coached and worked with leaders in Fortune 1000 companies that span across the consumer products, consulting, financial services, hospitality, life sciences, retail and technology industries, as well as government agencies.

Prior to becoming a certified leadership coach, Jennifer was a senior leader at a global professional services firm, where she empowered diverse teams to execute complex solutions and served as a management adviser to senior executives within the federal government and public sector agencies. She grew up in Washington, DC, relocated to Seattle, WA in 2018 and now call Orange County, CA her home, where she lives with her husband and two young boys.

Education, Certifications, & Special Skills
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), The George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), Coaches Training Institute
  • Values in Action (VIA) Practitioner, VIA Institute on Character
  • Clifton StrengthsFinder Insights Practitioner, Gallup, Inc.
  • EQi-2.0 Assessment Practitioner, MHS Talent Assessments
Professional Affiliations & Volunteer Activities
  • Corporate Sponsorship Advisor, Xi Rho GWU Chapter, Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity
  • Career Coach ICF Washington Chapter, University of Washington Bothell Business School
  • Resilience Leadership Coach, Washington Women in Need (WWIN)
  • Diversity and Inclusion Coach Facilitator, Executive Development Institute (EDI)
  • Project Manager, Corporate Executive Leadership Program, ASCEND Pan-Asian Leaders DC Chapter
  • Board Director of Education and Community Service, Association for Government Accountants (AGA) DC Chapter

Martrel Brown, CPC

Senior Associate

Meet Martrel -

Martrel is passionate about team empowerment techniques and its power to ignite a team’s passion for continuous improvement and personal growth. He is a barrier basher who partners with teams and individuals to tap into their potential through building strong personal and professional relationships.  He partners with teams to facilitate workshop environments where teams are empowered to be creative and make informed decisions that improve the work they do.  Martrel is known as the “relationship builder.”  He has this innate ability to connect authentically where people are willing to deepen their awareness both personally and professionally.

Education, Certifications, & Special Skills
  • S. Mechanical Engineering, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
  • Lean Manufacturing Certification, University of Michigan
  • Lean Systems and Lean Executive Leadership Certification, University of Kentucky
  • 8 Step Problem Solving Certification, University of Kentucky
  • The People Side of Lean, University of Kentucky
  • Certified Professional Coach, inviteChange
  • Japan Lean Study Mission Kanban Logistics Seminar, Shingijutsu Global

Evelyn Boneta


Meet Evelyn -

Evelyn is a life-long learner who is passionate about personal and professional development, self-awareness, and our innate connection to spirit. She helps her clients strengthen their voice and step into their personal power by guiding them through recognizing old patterns and uncovering limiting beliefs. She uses her playfulness and genuine curiosity to create a safe and comforting space where clients can show up as their true selves. A space where exploration, vulnerability, laughter, and conscious action planning lead to deep and lasting transformation.

Evelyn is a born and bred New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent. She is bilingual and loves experiencing the diverse people and cultures of our planet through travel. She is both creative and a planner by nature and is a certified Wedding and Event Designer.  Evelyn is a wellness enthusiast and loves exploring both trendy and ancient self-care rituals and beauty treatments.  She also enjoys reading interior design blogs and discovering new ways to decorate her apartment, hosts game nights for friends, and enjoys snuggling up with her cat, Brooklyn.

Education, Certifications, & Special Skills
  • Credentialed Coach Pathway Certification- Invite Change

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate Communications from CUNY Bernard M. Baruch college.

  • Event Leadership Institute

Lucy Seligman


Meet Lucy -

Lucy takes a Zen lifestyle approach with her clients to help them heal mind, body, and spirit.  Her method incorporates personalized holistic therapies, which include but are not limited to EFT, guided visualizations and manifestation tactics.  She guides clients toward unveiling their inner strengths and desires and works with them to create strategic solutions and actions that align with life goals.  For clients who wish to explore beyond a typical coaching session, Lucy offers hypnotherapy sessions.

Personally, Lucy is based in the Bay area, and currently lives with her college-aged daughter and Shadow, their Smooth Fox Terrier. She has lived for over 13 years in Japan, and speaks Japanese. In her spare time, she has a Japanese food blog, Thanks for the Meal, and continues to consider Japan as her second home.

Education, Certifications, & Special Skills
  • Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language and Culture, USC, Los Angeles, CA
  • Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy Advanced Tools Certification, Alameda, CA
  • Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy Life Coaching Certification, Alameda, CA
  • Certificate in Stress Management –Allegra Learning Solutions, LLC
  • Medical Hypnotherapy Certification Training – Center for Hypnotherapy, Castro Valley, CA
  • Clinical Hypnotherapy Certification Training – HCH Institute, Lafayette, CA
  • Reiki Master – HCH Institute, Lafayette, CA
  • Energy Therapy Certification – HCH Institute, Lafayette, CA
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) – HCH Institute, Lafayette, CA
  • Sandplay Training – HCH Institute, Lafayette, CA
  • Tapas Acupressure Basics 1 – HCH Institute, Lafayette, CA
  • Energy Boundaries & Chakra Clearing – HCH Institute, Lafayette, CA
  • Ericksonian Pain Management – HCH Institute, Lafayette, CA

Jenna Chandra, CPA


Meet Jenna -

Jenna uses a values-based, creative coaching approach to encourage her clients to discover, accept, and grow as their authentic selves.  She believes that measurable results start with understanding our values, thoughts, and beliefs.  Jenna helps clients declutter the ongoing thought scripts that prevent clients from attaining their goals.

Jenna is a Certified Public Accountant and has served large and small companies in various roles for 15+ years.  Jenna credits her experience an Internal Auditor for her excellent coaching skills.  An auditor is defined as “one who listens”, an essential skill set in coaching.

Personally, Jenna lives in Mill Creek, Washington (30 min drive from Seattle) with her husband of seven years and her two young kids. Her family enjoys gardening, traveling, and sports.

Education, Certifications, & Special Skills
  • Bachelor of Science, Accountancy, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  • Professional Coaching Certification Program InviteChange Freeland, WA
  • State of Washington Certified Public Accountant January 2014 – Present
Professional Affiliations & Volunteer Activities
  • Treasurer of Board,  Bluegrass Meadows Home Owners Association, Mill Creek, WA

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