Trainer Bios

Steve Abeyta


Steve Abeyta combines his experiences as a government analyst and college instructor to provide training through the Los Rios Government Training Academy. With the Training Academy, Steve’s main focus is to provide interactive and engaging courses to help analysts achieve their fullest potential.

Steve also teaches English composition and critical thinking for the Los Rios Community College District where he employs a variety of teaching strategies to meet the diverse needs and abilities of his students. And in his service with the State of California, Steve drew upon his 32 years of experience in program and project analysis to develop and deliver project management training to analysts and managers.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Economics and Finance and a Master of Arts in English Literature from California State University, Sacramento.

Rob Anderson

Training & Development Consultant

Rob has over 25 years of training and development experience in both the public and private sector. In 2000, he began working with Bruce Winner and The Training Source instructing the Call Center Training Program and later facilitating courses with the Government Training Academy including Completed Staff Work, Critical Thinking Tools and Essential Analytical Skills. In 2001, Rob was co-founder and Managing Director of the Community College Call Center Consortium, a 501(c)(3) organization committed to developing relationships between industry and community college call center contract educators nationwide. The organization was created in conjunction with Bruce Winner and The Training Source.

Rob earned a BA in Communications from California State University, Chico where he received a Certificate of Recognition as the Outstanding Graduate in Communications. Rob’s book and DVD, Long Term Care Customer Service, which provides interpersonal skills training to Certified Nursing Assistants, has been sold continuously in the US and Europe since 2014.

Most recently he was employed by a national financial services firm as a Public Outreach Officer to conduct workshops on topics including Social Security strategies, retirement income and taxation. Rounding out these experiences is several years of performing stand-up comedy including a summer residency at the Comedy Store LA and co-founding Comedy Communications in Silicon Valley which employed a humorous approach to corporate training. Clients included British Telecom and Hewlett-Packard.

Paul Briley


Paul Briley leverages his 25+ years of experience and leadership in the Training & Development industry to help your vision come to life. He is a consultative and strategic thought leader focused on creating impact on people, culture and results.

Paul has worked for large, multi-unit organizations, as well as consulting with business leaders and stakeholders within their own organizations. His extensive experience on the front lines of sales and service organizations provides a unique perspective and ability to see challenges and solutions from the customer’s point of view.

Paul builds relationships based on a sense of purpose, action-orientation and having fun in the process. Paul holds a Master’s in Business Administration, has been a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) since 2005 and is a member of the Association for Talent Development.

Kimberly Geil, PhD, ACC


Dr. Kim Geil is based in Sacramento, CA, where she does training, facilitation, curriculum development, executive coaching, editing and more for various state agencies. She has been teaching for over 25 years, including teaching English in Japan, instructing undergraduate education classes, and inspiring adult learners at state agencies on a variety of subjects. Current and past clients have included Health & Human Services, the Department of Correction & Rehabilitation, the Department of Human Resources, Water Boards, and the Department of Transportation.

Dr. Geil is also the founder of Coaching Heights, a coaching business that specializes in helping people make their jobs better using the science of job crafting. Her summers are spent in Grand Teton National Park, WY, where she facilitates soft skills and leadership training for the 70+ guides at Exum Mountain Guides. She is passionate about building community and helping people optimize all facets of their work, relationships, and day-to-day lives.

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. She is a member and former board member of the Sacramento Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD).

Antoinette Joy, PHR, SHRM-CP


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.

Nick LeForce, MA


Nick LeForce is president of Inner Works, established in 1992, a coaching and training company located in Northern California, providing training and executive coaching services to businesses as well as personal coaching services to individuals. He holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Social Welfare and a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Administration. Nick is certified as a trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and is an active member of the International Association for Generative Change (IAGC), which includes two branches: Generative Coaching and Generative Change based on the Dilt’s Strategy Group methodology of Success Factor Modeling for generative organizational change.

Nick has designed and delivered coaching certification programs internationally; and has been a key member of the core staff of trainers for the ICF Certified Coach Training programs offered through the NLP Institute of California and the Academy of Leadership Coaching and NLP from 2002 through 2016. In 2010, Nick designed and delivered the coach training program for the core trainers in the Government Training Academy of the Los Rios Community College District. He has authored 12 books, including co-author, with Tim and Kris Hallbom, of Powerful Questions and Techniques for Coaches and Therapists.

Erin Lebacqz


Erin designs and delivers brain-based, inquiry-centered, customized training in writing and communication. Erin has trained and taught in the United States and Asia, in the finance, manufacturing and trades, non-profit, higher education, and public sectors. Erin is also the creator of the High-Value Writing program and curriculum.

Erin developed her expertise in both the theory and practice of writing and communication through twenty years of instructional and administrative service in public higher education in the United States and abroad. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from UC San Diego, a Secondary Education Teaching Credential with an emphasis on intercultural and multilingual learning from San Jose State University, and an Master of Arts degree in Professional Writing from the University of New Mexico. She is certified as a Master Trainer in workplace ESL using ELTS’ Peace Corps-endorsed Color Vowel Chart system, and has won awards such as Inspirational Teacher of the Year. Erin is also a certified ICBI Intercultural Coach, and is functionally bilingual in Spanish/English.

Jannene Litchfield – MBA, SHRM-SCP, ACC


Jannene is the President of Best Coach for You, a coaching organization that provides leadership and career coaching for professionals. As an experienced trainer, she has inspired and taught over 15,000 public sector leaders in the art and skill of leadership. Utilizing a competency-based approach, she has worked with leaders to help them improve their managerial skills, expand their leadership capacity, improving their organizational effectiveness.

Jannene teaches leadership and facilitates the application of best leadership practices in public sector organizations such as: California Department of Transportation, California Department of Corrections and Rehabiliitation, California Department of Public Health, California Department of Social Services.

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 the Los Rios Community College District and California State University, Sacramento.

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

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

Thomas Moore


Tom Moore has over 25 years of experience in public and private organizations including government, higher education, and business. He has firsthand experience as both a manager and an individual contributor, and he knows how to make organizations successful through employee learning and development. Over an 18-year career as an organizational development/program specialist at the City of Sacramento, Tom coordinated the training function, and taught leadership classes and topics to enhance employee engagement. He was a key player in several strategic organizational change and engagement initiatives, including creating a wellness program for the city. As an independent consultant since 2010, Tom has taught undergraduate college students in the areas of communication, business, and strategic management, and he teaches a variety of analytical skills classes to public sector employees throughout California. He is also known for creating fun and engaging virtual training. He served on the board of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) Sacramento chapter, and held positions including program chair, president, and chapter advisor. Tom is a certified Gallup StrengthsFinder coach, and a certified Achieve Global leadership instructor. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from UC Davis, a Certificate in Marketing and Public Relations from UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education, and a master’s degree in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco.

Michelle Schmitt


A leadership consultant and coach, Michelle Schmitt brings a nearly 30 year career dedicated to public service with the State of California. Over this time, she grew in her passion for bringing the best practices of servant leadership, healthy workplace cultures, and personal development to state service. The ultimate goal was always improving the lives of the most needy citizens in the community as well as the lives of those serving them. As the Chief of Organizational Capacity and Workforce Management, she was pivotal in getting state government to recognize the imperative to create healthy, sustainable organizations: places people come, stay, serve with excellence and thrive both personally and professionally.

Michelle is certified as both an integral and somatic coach working with individuals to unleash their gifts and potential: serving you in seeing and growing yourself as well as your organization thereby creating wholeness and sustainable leadership excellence. She is a collaborator, facilitator of dynamic dialogues, and trainer. She co-creates communities of excellence partnering with leadership and all members of the organization to innovate workplaces that invite people to bring their gifts to serve a greater purpose as well as the bottom line: service
and/or profit.

The life “creds” she values most are that of “Yamma” (aka Grandma), panna cotta connoisseur, lover of dogs & nature, travel, workouts and evening chats around the fire pit with those she loves.

Dennis Wade


Dennis Wade has been involved in educating employees of private and public-sector organizations for over 25 years. His experience managing employees at Intel Corporation and teaching students at Chapman University prepared him as an independent consultant and trainer. He has worked with Robert Mondavi, Affymetrix, Alpha Fund, CalPERS, Caltrans, UC Davis Health System, RagingWire and other Northern California organizations in the areas of change management, team development, customer service, management/leadership, conflict management, and structured on-the-job training.

A graduate of UC Davis, he also holds a Master’s degree in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco. He is certified in Kouzes/Posner’s The Leadership Challenge, DiSC Behavioral Assessment, Bob Mager’s Criterion Referenced Instruction, William Bridges’ Transitions, Jeffrey Nelson’s Expert OJT, Government Training Academy’s Professional Coaching, and Achieve Global’s Leadership for Results.

Dennis firmly believes that training is not the only answer to employee development. It is a major component in a systematic approach that includes coaching, on-the-job training, feedback, and connection to specific organizational objectives.

Tyler Wade


Tyler Wade has 14+ year’s experience helping dozens of public and private sector organizations lead change and develop effectiveness through appropriate strategies and interventions, especially training and education programs, group facilitation, and one-on-one and team coaching. He is a DiSC- and 5 Behaviors-certified expert in communication, team building, performance management, and adult learning.

Before joining PplDev, Tyler was a program manager and analyst in employee education and workforce development for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He also worked in legislative and campaign politics at the State Capitol and throughout California for nine years.

Certified in Change Management, he holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from Pepperdine University and is a past president of the Sacramento chapter of the Association for Talent Development. He is co-author of The New Supervisor’s Coach.

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.