Coaching Bios

Kimberly Geil, PhD, ACC


Dr. Kim Geil is the founder of Coaching Heights, a coaching business that specializes in helping people make their jobs better using the science of job crafting. As both an ICF-certified coach and a certified Optimize coach she is committed to continually improving her own protocols and empowering others to do the same. She helps people integrate ancient wisdom, modern science, practical tools, and the Fundamentals of Optimal living—eating, moving, sleeping, breathing, focusing, celebrating, and prospering—into their work and relationships. She is passionate about building community and helping people optimize all facets of their work, relationships, and day-to-day lives.

Dr. Geil is based in Sacramento, CA, where she does executive coaching, training, facilitation, curriculum development, editing and more for various state agencies. She spends her summers in Grand Teton National Park, WY, where she facilitates soft skills and leadership training for the 70+ guides at Exum Mountain Guides.

She has a BA in sociology from Stanford University, and received her doctorate in Educational Psychology and Research on Teaching from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011. Her research focused on burnout and engagement among teachers and transformative professional development opportunities.

Antoinette Joy


Antoinette Joy is a leadership coach with over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources creating and maintaining healthy work environments. Antoinette’s accomplishments include influencing and supporting employees and organizations to achieve their unforeseen highest potential through coaching, enhancing organizational culture, designing training and recognition programs, and partnering with executives on strategic initiatives. Her expertise includes coaching, employee development, performance management, recognition programs, training, and mentoring. During her tenure, she has coached all levels of staff within organizations and state agencies including, new supervisors, department leaders, and executives.

In addition, as an independent training consultant she designs and delivers impactful and applicable onsite and virtual courses. Working extensively with California educational companies the likes of Los Rios Community College District’s Government Training Academy, UC Davis’ Continuing and Professional Education HR Program, and CPS HR Consulting she continues to receive accolades for educating while keeping attendees engaged and empowered to apply course content. Her course curriculum is vast and includes coaching, leadership development, communication skills, and talent management.

She holds a Professional Human Resources (PHR) certification and Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Human Resources from California State University, Sacramento.

Jannene Litchfield – MBA, SHRM-SCP, ACC


Jannene is the President of Best Coach for You, providing leadership and career coaching for professionals. As a certified coach, she uses reflection, exploration, and accountable goal setting to help clients embrace their potential. She helps professionals identify their strengths, opportunities for development, and create better integration with career and personal life, resulting in greater personal and professional happiness.

Jannene is an International Coaching Federation certified coach and utilizes a variety of assessments such as; Leadership Practices Inventory, Elevations, StrengthsFinder, DISC, Meyers Briggs, and Thomas Kilmann instruments. These assessments are tools that help leaders and professionals receive feedback to gain clarity in their professional development plan.

Jannene’s has served as the Vice President of Human Resources for Schools Financial Credit Union and Director of Human Resources for Verizon Wireless, where she led the talent management and human performance side of the businesses. She continues to coach and teach leadership for Los Rios Community College District and California State University, Sacramento, and is also a Fellow Coach at Better Up.

She earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Texas Tech University, and a MBA from National University. Additionally, she has also earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and Associate Certificated Coach (ACC) Certification.

Jannene knows how to accomplish goals and reach new heights and wants to help you achieve your goals!

Dennis Wade


Dennis Wade has provided employee coaching services to a variety of large and small organizations in both the private and public sectors including Intel, Dupont, Art Insti/tute, Caltrans, CalHR, Trinity Technology Group, DBI Beverage, California Department of Insurance, and California Department of Water Resources. Coaching topics include employee as well as executive performance, management skills, leadership development, presentation skills, interpersonal communication, and anger management, among others. A graduate of UC Davis, he also holds a Master’s degree in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco and a Coaching Certification from Government Training Academy.

Dennis is co-author of The New Supervisor’s Coach: A Guide to the Top Three Priorities in Your New Position, which has been well received in public and private sectors and has been used as a textbook at three colleges. He also co-authored the companion book, The New Supervisor’s Coach Personal Workbook.

Bruce Winner, MBA


Bruce is the founder and past director of the Los Rios CCD Government Training Academy and the GTA’s Coaching Group. Bruce created the GTA’s Coaching Group in 2010 and has led many large scale organizational coaching programs for California State Agencies. For 22 years he led the GTA’s results-oriented group of trainers, coaches, and consultants. Bruce believes that managerial level coaching is one of the most powerful tools available for empowering individuals and driving organizational performance. In 2010, he completed the 108 Hour Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Coaching Course, sponsored by Los Rios’ Government Training Academy and is currently pursuing an additional coaching certification from the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Bruce was the founder and president of the American Brewers Guild, the nation’s first brewing school for the brewpub and micro-brewing industry and worked for several years for University Extension, UC Davis, managing training initiatives in business, food science, and agriculture. Bruce began his training career in West Africa and spent six years there as an agricultural extension agent and project manager for the Peace Corps and USAID where he promoted oxen as an intermediate technology development solution. Bruce has a number of industry certifications and an MBA from the University of California, Davis.