Life Coach Instructor Biographies

Instructor Biographies

Fern Gorin

PCC, BCC and LMFT (Professional Certified Coach, Board Certified Coach, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist)

Fern is the Founder and Director of the Life Purpose Institute, Inc. Prior to working as a coach, she was a mental health counselor, social worker and career counselor. She developed her unique coaching method in 1984 and has assisted thousands of people in her coaching practice in making positive life and career changes. Fern developed a strong and compelling vision to help people discover their purpose, move forward in all areas of their life, and create a life they love.

After serving for many years in her private practice as a Life Coach and licensed therapist, she began training coaches internationally to perform this important work.

Fern wrote and developed the comprehensive manuals and materials for the Life and Spiritual Coach Training Programs. Our students appreciate her wisdom depth of knowledge and skill, as well as her warmth and kindness and willingness to help each student that needs extra help.

Sharon Good

ACC, BCC, CLC (Associate Certified Coach, Board Certified Coach, Certified Life Coach)

Sharon is President of Good Life Coaching in NYC, an LPI Alumni and one of our senior instructors. Sharon brings a rich variety of experience to her distinguished career as a Life, Career, Creativity and Retirement Coach. She coaches artists to achieve their creative and professional goals and helps individuals from all walks of life create fulfilling lives, unique career paths, and enriching retirements.

She is the author of “The Tortoise Workbook: Strategies for Getting Ahead at Your Own Pace,” and “Creative Marketing Tools for Coaches.” Sharon teaches at New York University, the Creativity Coaching Association, and the 92nd Street Y. She holds certificates from NYU and Retirement Options and has a degree in Theatre from Hofstra University.

Sharon’s students report Sharon is an absolutely, brilliant woman who knows how to take complex concepts and make them easily understandable. Her warmth, caring and intelligence make her an excellent instructor.

Leah Grant

MCC, CMC (Master Certified Coach, Certified Mentor Coach)

Leah is the Training Director and an instructor for Life Purpose Institute. She has been coaching service-based business owners and executives for almost 20 years. She is one of the leading coaches for high-level financial advisors and advisory teams in the US through her work with ClientWise LLC. She is also a Certified Emotional Intelligence Practitioner, and a Certified NLP Practitioner.

Leah approaches her role as a coach strategically and holistically by helping her clients develop leadership qualities, create dynamic teams incorporate meditation and other healing practices, integrate effective communication skills, and increase profitability. Through her powerful intuition, she is able to identify both their potential and the source of their limitations. Some of her management-level clients have worked for Google, Walt Disney, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Microsoft, and Northwestern Mutual.

Leah has been designing and delivering coaching skill trainings internationally for over 15 years. Her students rave about her Socratic-like teaching style that evokes their wisdom and encourages peer-to-peer exchanges as well as her brilliance and holistic view of coaching.

Gretchen Hypo

MCC, CMC (Master Certified Coach, Certified Mentor Coach)

Gretchen is an Alumni instructor for the Life Purpose Institute. She is a Master Coach through the International Coach Federation and Certified Life Coach. She specializes in Life, Executive, and Coaches Coaching and is also a professional speaker, and nationally syndicated advice columnist. She helps people from all walks of life ready to make significant and substantial changes.

She has a highly successful coaching practice working with individuals and corporations. Her clients include Universal Music, University of Southern California, and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Gretchen has spent the past ten years working, hands-on, with individual clients, name brands, and notable companies providing entrepreneurial tools, public relations acumen, and real-world practical coaching to produce unprecedented results. She is a go-to expert for the press and is frequently featured in A-list publications such as Fast Company and the Chicago Tribune.

Gretchen’s students report she is a dynamic, inspirational and excellent teacher who really models success and how to coach effectively.

Julia Kay

PCC, CLC (Professional Certified Coach, Certified Life Coach)

Julia is the founder of her successful coaching practice, Your Greatest Day, LLC., company that serves diverse clients throughout the world. Julia’s goal is to guide her clients on a path towards total transformation in every aspect of your life. Julia has over a decade of experience in tapping into and unleashing the true potential of over a thousand clients. She attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Los Angeles, California going on to spend more than 15 years working as an International Design and Training Manager, as well as a health and nutrition coach. She decided to pursue her true life purpose and moved into doing coaching full time.

Julia’s students report Julia is a positive, warm, and good hearted and totally dedicated to every one of her students.

Juliette Perlmutter

ACC, CLC (Associate Certified Coach, Certified Life Coach)

Juliette lives in San Diego with her three children and is an alumna of the Life Purpose Institute. She is an Empowerment Coach for Life & Business and the founder of her own coaching practice. She is also a speaker, an educator, a course creator, and an instructor for new life coaches. She supports her clients through life transitions and helps them to discover their life purpose. She also helps busy women reduce stress and overwhelm so they can create an empowered life that they truly love.

Juliette is a Certified Life Coach through the Life Purpose Institute and an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation. She also holds a BA in Theatre Performance, a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and an MA in Mathematics Education.

Juliette’s clients and students report that she is passionate, warm and approachable, and always willing to go above and beyond to support them in any way possible.

Rhonda Mason

LCSW, ACC, SCS, CLC (Licensed Social Worker, Associate Certified Coach, Certified Spiritual Coach, Certified Life Coach)

Rhonda is an Alumni of the Spiritual Life Coaching Certification course. She brings 33 years of experience as a successful psychotherapist in private practice facilitating healing at all levels of body, mind and spirit. She utilizes a variety of techniques that help clients reach their full potential. Rhonda is certified in biofeedback, family therapy, Energy Psychology and trained in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy.

Rhonda teaches the Universal Spiritual coaching and Jewish Spiritual coaching programs. She believes that as each of us reaches our full potential we are healing the world. This Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam, healing the world and Tikkun Ha Nefesh healing the spirit, is central to Jewish Spiritual coaching and Universal Spiritual Coaching Programs.

Rhonda is known for her ability to create a truly sacred and healing space that allows people to feel safe and learn and experience things on an extremely deep level. Her students appreciate her warmth, intuitiveness and ability to guide her students through complex and meaningful concepts.

Tanya Varley

PCC, LCPC, CLC (Professional Certified Coach, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Certified Life Coach)

Tanya is a Personal & Business Transformation Specialist. As an entrepreneur, thought leader, writer, dynamic speaker, and visionary, Tanya works with clients in both English and Spanish, to help them realize their full potential in their relationships, careers, and finances. Tanya is dedicated to empowering her clients to realize their unique gifts and discover authentic and creative ways to share them with the world.

Tanya is the owner and operator of her own successful independent coaching and therapy practice, she is a coach trainer and mentor, she is a featured expert and co-author of the book The Power of Letting Go: How to Heal Yourself and the World, and she has appeared on television, on radio programs, and in tele-summits. Tanya has a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work and a Master’s in Counseling. She is certified in Financial Social Work, Money Breakthrough Method, and Sacred Money Archetypes.

Jenn Lewis

PCC, CLC (Professional Certified Coach, Certified Life Coach)

Jenn is a San Diego native and an alumna and instructor at Life Purpose Institute.  She is a Certified Life Coach and a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation.  She also holds a BA in English, a California Teaching Credential, and an MA in Education.

As an Intuitive Life and Career Coach, Jenn is dedicated to helping her clients transform their lives from the inside out.  She spent fifteen years as a teacher and is a trained Mindfulness Educator and Reiki Practitioner.  Jenn is passionate about helping her clients use their mind-body-spirit connection as a guide to living their best life.

Jenn has a thriving coaching practice and works internationally with clients throughout the United States and Canada.  She serves clients from all walks of life and empowers introverts, creatives, and highly sensitive people to live authentically inspired lives.

Jenn is known for her ability to create sacred space for her clients and students to learn and grow. Her gentle and kind nature makes her approachable and easy to connect with.  She is committed to supporting all of her students on their journey to becoming successful life coaches.

Alynn Taylor

Allynn Taylor

ACC, CLC (Associate Certified Coach, Certified Life Coach)

Allynn is the founder of her thriving coaching practice, Sip Of Positivitea, that serves clients throughout the globe. Allynn’s goal is to help her clients to decrease their stress and incorporate more "fun" in their life. Allynn teaches an eight-week life transformation course derived from Stanford University Business master's program called Creative Catalyst Journey. Allynn's students are able to learn practical self-mastery tools to overcome their obstacles and get out their own way. She graduated from Hampton University with a bachelors in psychology, going on to get certified as a life and career coach. She decided to pursue her calling and moved into doing coaching/teaching full time.

Allynn's students report Allynn is upbeat, energetic, warm, and open to helping her students to achieve success.

Nailah Blades - Instructor

Nailah Blades Wylie

ACC, CLC (Associate Certified Coach, Certified Life Coach)

Nailah Blades Wylie is an alumna instructor for the Life Purpose Institute and a Certified Life Coach. She specializes in Life, Leadership, and Business coaching and works with high achieving, entrepreneurial women who are ready to unlock where they're feeling stuck so that they can fully step into their joy and shine through her coaching practice, Color Outside. She employs a unique mix of coaching, curated adventure experiences and community to help her clients break through their blocks.

Nailah began her career in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry, which gave her invaluable experience in marketing and strategic planning. She then went on to start and run a digital marketing agency that focused on creating impactful, inclusive content for lifestyle brands. She earned her master’s in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University and holds a bachelor’s in Communication from the University of Southern California.

In addition to being a coach, Nailah is a sought after speaker, facilitator, and consultant. When she's not coaching or teaching you can find her hiking with her husband or playing intense games of hide-n-go seek with her two tiny kids.

Samantha Sinclair

Samantha Sinclair

PCC, CSC (Professional Certified Coach, Certified Spiritual Coach)

An LPI alumnus, Samantha has been a life and business coach since 2006 with clients around the world. She loves supporting clients to have breakthroughs and to actualize their dreams. One of her favorite niches is coaching new life coaches to launch successful practices and market effectively so they can thrive. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner and two cats.

Janet Stokes Faculty

Janet Stokes

PCC, CLC, CPC, CPA (Professional Certified Coach, Certified Life Coach, Certified Professional Coach, Certified Public Accountant)

Janet is the founder of the Center for Redesigning Life, an LPI alumni, and a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation. Her eclectic background includes 30+ years as a CPA, 9 years as a professional coach, and extensive trainings in bioenergetics, neuroscience, transformational leadership presence, yoga, meditation and advanced coaching processes.

Janet specializes in helping people move through life transitions such as empty nesting, post-divorce, retirement living, and career changes as it relates to life purpose. She’s known for creating a sacred environment of trust and expansion, as well as sharing embodiment techniques to support deep, transformational shifts in her clients.

Her combination of intuition, warmth and skill draws experienced coaches to hire Janet to be their coach. Clients often say that her coaching style inspires them to move forward with a clarity that not only makes sense, but feels right.

Janet is a workshop leader and speaker on energetics and human potentiality, money story messages, goal setting and shifting subconscious patterns. She’s currently completing her RYT® 200 yoga teacher program (Dec 2020) with the intention of supporting others in their embodiment of Self.

Janet also enjoys playing in a women’s billiards league, cooking, and bike riding.

Kimberly Haynes Faculty

Kimberly Haynes

ACC, CLC, CSC, CRC (Associate Certified Coach, Certified Life Coach, Certified Spiritual Coach, Certified Relationship Coach)

Kimberly Haynes is an LPI alumni as a Certified Life, Spiritual, & Relationship Coach, as well as an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation. The founder of her own coaching practice,
Kimberly has also launched and operates a successful music career in the new age genre, and is the founder of The Yoga of Voice & Vibration. She is also the cantorial soloist at Ahavat Torah synagogue in Los Angeles, a speaker, performer, and entrepreneur with a bachelors in business from The University of Phoenix.

A long time practitioner of mindfulness, meditation, and body awareness practices, she is known for her warmth, presence, and intuitive coaching style. Her ability to create sacred space for her clients allows them to uncover profound insights & truths that sets them on a path to a life of purpose and passion.

Kimberly lives in the mountains of Topanga, CA with her two boys, two cats, and one dog

Jennifer Anderson

Jennifer Anderson

PCC, PMC, DTM (Professional Certified Coach, Professional Mentor Coach, Distinguished Toastmaster)

Jennifer Anderson, PCC, PMC, DTM, fell in love with the concept of Life Coaching in 1997, when she was a young wife and mother struggling to find career happiness. Upon finding the coaching profession and a coach training program, she signed up immediately and paid for the program with her very first clients. Since that time, Jen has gone on to become a highly sought trainer of coaching skills, a Professional Certified Coach and a Professional Mentor Coach.

Jen is the author of the Amazon bestselling book for career advice, “Plant Yourself Where You Will Bloom: How to turn what makes you unique into a meaningful and lucrative career.”

Jen’s students call her smart, intuitive, fun and an inspiration and a catalyst for new coaches’ success. She routinely receives evaluations where students call her “my favorite instructor, by far.”

Mark Danzey

PCC (Professional Certified Coach)

Mark Danzey, PCC., is an alumni of Life Purpose Institute. Mark has been coaching professionals in a variety of industries for the last 25 years and founded Wisepath Coaching to coach executives, directors, managers, and individuals to better lead, equip, and inspire.

He is an International Coaching Federation Professional Certified Coach, a certified Gallup’ Strengths finder coach, and an Enneagram trainer for individuals and teams. Prior to training as a coach, he was a minister and had his own church for a number of years.

Mark and his wife, Tammy live in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Together they have four grown children and one amazing grandson! He is known to be kind, extremely perceptive, and capable as an instructor and coach.

Carrie Chown

Carrie Chown

ACC, CLC (Associate Certified Coach, Certified Life Coach)

Carrie is a Certified Professional Life Coach and Health & Wellness Coach, an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation, and an alumna of the Life Purpose Institute. She has a private practice in Northern California, where she lives with her husband and their Bernese Mountain Dog, Murphy. She works with clients in transition to regain their footing, reevaluate what they want and redesign their lives to reflect who they truly are. She also creates custom life coaching/mountain biking experiences for women to support them in becoming their bravest, boldest selves.

Carrie holds a B.S. from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and brings 15 years of project management, people management and program development skills into her coaching and teaching. She is also an inspirational speaker, sharing her powerful story of recovery. Over the past 20 years, she has been acknowledged by medical professionals, educators and a former U.S. president for sharing her experience, strength and hope in service to others.

Katie Kanowsky

P.C.C. (Professional Certified Coach)

Katie Kanowsky is a certified Life Coach and expert in evidence-based coaching techniques with a grounded spiritual approach to her practice. Serving as the Director of Program Development on the Sacramento ICF Chapter board, she is dedicated to the growth and development of the coaching industry. With a passion for reducing stress, overwhelm, and anxiety, Katie combines her expertise as a coach and cognitive scientist to help clients find peace, clarity, and joy while increasing calm, focus, productivity, and overall well-being.

Katie has completed coach training through the Life Purpose Institute and the University of California, Davis, and holds a PCC credential. Her clients long for the confidence and follow-through to go after their dreams and create a life they love. She is also a dynamic educator, business consultant, and focus coach. Her grounded spiritual approach to coaching allows her to guide clients toward a deeper understanding of their inner selves and connect with their true purpose.

With a BS in Organizational Behavior and Leadership from the University of the Pacific, Katie also holds multiple certifications in the coaching field, including Values2Wellbeing, HeartMath, and Sovereign Mind. She believes coaching is the key to transforming the world into a healthier place to live and is dedicated to the coaching industry's growth and development. As a passionate and knowledgeable teacher, she is excited to share her expertise with others through the Life Purpose Coach Specialty Certification program.

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