Our Team

Chris

Preferred pronouns: He/Him/His

Success Team ~ Business Development Director

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Chris has joined Stefanie Krievins & Co as the Business Development Director. He is a Pro Troublemaker helping us find more people who want to become Pro Troublemakers. This is what he says about his role on our team, “I love motivating and watching people succeed in all they do. I am energized when issues are addressed, and change is made to the betterment of the individual and the organization.”

Building leadership capacity and driving results are what fuels Chris. In a career that has spanned over 20 years, Chris has worked in many diverse roles. After graduating college, he dove headfirst into working with nonprofit organizations. He led teams of volunteers in many different initiatives. Chris then transitioned into a training manager role for a privately held company which gave him opportunity to shine. The development of leaders is where he hit his stride. He became a certified coach and combined both his experience and passions into tech sales. He now works to educate our clients on how to bring change management coaching into their scaling companies and introduce them to our results and processes.

Chris resides in Northern California with his wife and 2 beautiful children

Jess

Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Success Team ~ Coaching Success Manager

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Jess is the Coaching Success Manager for Stefanie Krievins & Co. Her role is to work as a liaison between our faculty team and the clients to ensure everyone has the best experience possible!

She started her career in research but found that being part of a management team is where she truly shines. She has managed a research facility with 30 direct reports and grown her skill set through direct experience and gaining her MBA along the way to help broaden her horizons as a leader. She then moved into financial services as an executive assistant who helped her executive manage over 100 teams of financial advisors with a total of 240 direct reports. Through her varying fields of experience, she has worked with many different management and coaching styles. She hopes to bring her experience and energy to her new role helping our clients celebrate growth and success in more enjoyable and sustainable ways.

Jess spends her off work hours with her husband and baby girl, fitting in horseback riding and weightlifting where this season of life allows it!

Lea

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Success Team ~ Executive Asisistant

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Lea is the glue that holds all the operations together, supporting Stefanie and the faculty to ensure every client has a seamless and transformational experience through scheduling, assessments, and learning tools.

She has this amazing ability to solve operational puzzles and always finds a way to not accept, “That’s not possible.” And turns it into “Here’s how we’re going to tackle this.” After becoming a trained pastry chef, she led a custom pastry shop and managed large-scale catering events. Because she loves to learn, she also has a certificate in HR management.

Lea says this about our clients, “Small business leaders make things happen. They just get things done. Checking items off a to-do list is my favorite thing to do in my workplace. I like to help others cross things off their to-do list as well.”
In her free time, you’ll find her whipping up homemade chocolate chip cookies in less than 20 minutes.

Megan

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Success Team ~ Marketing Coordinator

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Megan is our Marketing Coordinator. She coordinates and executes marketing plans for the team to help spread the Pro Troublemaker message far and wide — particularly working with event planners and podcast hosts for Stefanie to share our work.

Megan has previously worked in a variety of industries including nonprofits and sales. Her experience has gained her the insight to connect with our fellow Pro Troublemakers who are searching for ways to deliver meaningful change. She enjoys research and improving processes and is eager to educate leaders on the tools we provide for self leadership, team leadership, individual change, and organizational change. She wants to see all those we connect with have greater success professionally and personally.

Megan is the proud mom of three littles and enjoys doing DIY home improvements. Ask her about her handmade built-in bookcase!

Stefanie

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Success Team ~ CEO and Executive Coach

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Stefanie Krievins is a trained coach and facilitator with experience in HR consulting, executive and business coaching, nonprofit management, and process and systems design. She is the host of the Hot Mess Hotline, a podcast for ambitious leaders who want to be in the C-suite.

She has collaborated with organizations from 5 to 1,500 employees in all sectors to create and implement business plans, strategic plans and execution, training and development, and CRM design, training, and deployment. She is also the host of the Hot Mess Hotline, a podcast for ambitious mid-level leaders who want to one day be in the C-suite.

Her coach training is in solution-focused methodology from Erickson International and she’s a member of the International Coach Federation. She also holds a Master’s degree and has worked in small business and regional and national nonprofits before starting her business in 2014.

Deseri

Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Faculty ~ Coach

Professional Experience

Business, Consulting, Corporate/large organization, Diversity and inclusion, Entrepreneurial, Executive, Executive presence, Goal focused, Leadership, Management, Mid-level, Mid-life, Multi-cultural, Nonprofit, Public speaking, Sales/Marketing, Small business, Solution-focused, Start-Up, Work-life balance

Style

Awareness Building, Challenging, Collaborative, Direct, Down-to-earth, Energetic/dynamic, Insightful, Intuitive, Powerful, Results/Performance Oriented, Solution-focused, Transformational, Warm

Deseri works with top-level executives, directors, managers, and business owners to provide transformational coaching, team building support, and leadership development. Her goal is to genuinely connect with people and identify with them in an effort to improve both team and personal effectiveness. Deseri is an accredited facilitator of 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, certified in ACCT (Association for Challenge Course Technology) certified and holds a certificate from the Coaching Clinic–Corporate Coach U and Predictive Index. She has a bachelor’s degree in small business and entrepreneurship.

Deseri began coaching and leadership development work in 2004. Prior to that, she spent nearly 20 years in Corporate America, where she gained invaluable insight into the value of building relationships in the business world. She worked in International Business Development for Langham Transport Services for over 13 years and in operations and sales for Roadway Express for over 5 years. Her Pro Troublemaker skill is straight talk: “I won’t step over much. I make direct requests. I give straight advice and I expect your best.”

Deseri is a multi-sport adventure racer/endurance athlete and has completed seven marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2000 and 2002.

Kathy

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Faculty ~ Consultant

DiSC Style: Di

Professional Experience

Business, Consulting, Corporate/large organization, Entrepreneurial, Goal focused, Leadership, Nonprofit, Public speaking, Small business, Solution-focused, Time management

Style

Awareness Building, Challenging, Collaborative, Direct, Down-to-earth, Energetic/dynamic, Fun/Playful, Humorous, Insightful, Intuitive, Nurturing, Powerful, Practical/Pragmatic, Results/Performance Oriented, Solution-focused, Supportive/compassionate, Transformational, Warm

For more than 25 years, Kathy has helped organizations adjust their actions for maximum positive social impact. To that end, she has assisted nonprofit and for-profit organizations in defining, developing, and delivering superior services and philanthropic initiatives. To date, Kathy has worked with numerous nonprofits and corporations across the Midwest.

A skilled facilitator and business strategist, Kathy currently serves as the Indianapolis Chapter Chair of the Women’s Presidents’ Organization. She is also a faculty member in The Fund-Raising School at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and The O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs Graduate Program. She’s also a highly sought-after speaker on B-Corp certification and corporate responsibility.

When asked what makes her a Pro Troublemaker, Kathy says, “I am a curious person that enjoys looking for creative solutions. I also enjoy being ‘in the trenches’ with clients. It's frequently lonely at the top and leaders are expected to know everything.”

Nikki

Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Faculty ~ Coach

DiSC Style: D

Professional Experience

Business, Communication, Consulting, Corporate/large organization, Management, Mid-level, Public speaking, Small business, Solution-focused, Start-Up

Style

Collaborative, Creative, Fun/Playful, Humorous, Insightful, Intuitive, Practical/Pragmatic, Results/Performance Oriented, Strategic, Transformational

Nikki spent a 20+ year career working in technology teams to deliver complex projects with direct and matrixed leadership. She understands complexity and loves to solve puzzles. When she works with clients who aren’t sure what they need, Nikki helps them to figure out where to go based on the clues they give her.

Nikki helps leaders and teams bounce back from setbacks, change and disappointment. Starting with gaining a clarity of vision and a common language to use to work better together, she supports the shifts necessary to move from setback to bounce back or bounce forward. She co-creates a plan of action to drive results and loves hearing the Aha that happens for her clients. Nikki says, “I believe dedicated people willing to make small shifts can accomplish huge things”.

Nikki’s Pro Troublemaker habits derive from her curious nature. She finds sharing ideas, setting a vision and working toward a goal energizing and rewarding. Clients will love Nikki’s use of metaphor and humor in their work together. Her clients are often surprised at how much can be accomplished in a short time. One client recently shared with Nikki that the new perspectives they get when working with her helps them to solve problems better and faster.

Nikki is a certified professional coach and holds a PCC credential from the International Coach Federation. She is also certified in Energy Leadership from iPEC and am a Certified DNA Behavior Consultant and earned a BA in Psychology and an MBA.

Scott

Preferred pronouns: He/Him/His

Faculty ~ Coach

Professional Experience

Business, Consulting, Entrepreneurial, Executive, Getting organized, Goal focused, Leadership, Management, Nonprofit, Small business, Solution-focused, Time management, Work-life balance

Style

Awareness Building, Collaborative, Direct, Down-to-earth, Gentle, Solution-focused, Strategic, Transformational, Warm

Drawing from nearly 30 years of experience as a COO and CEO, Scott helps Gen X leaders who are successful yet dissatisfied with the uncertainty of where their life and business is headed. He concentrates on helping owners of small to midsize companies create clarity and design a comprehensive life and business plan. He helps not only with strategy but secures solid traction through an iterative approach. Scott’s clients are reaching new heights and accomplishing much more than they ever thought possible.

As a Pro Troublemaker, Scott focuses on creating clarity first, helping clients to reveal their many options when they might normally feel backed into a corner. Clients will find that Scott is genuinely interested in what they do, is committed to closing the gap between “where they are” and “where they want to be,” and that his goal is to create a fun and engaging experience during the important work of coaching.

Scott is a Certified through ILCT (Institute of Life Coach Training) and is proud of working with his long term clients. One of his clients is on their second 5-year life plan and he loves to be there to witness their positive growth. He is also extremely proud of his husband, father, and “Pop Pop” to his grandkids. He loves to play piano, work on spreadsheets, and explore coffee shops.

Tedra

Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Faculty ~ Coach

DiSC Style: i

Professional Experience

Business, Career, Communication, Consulting, Diversity and inclusion, Educational/academic, Leadership, Mid-level, Mid-life, Multi-cultural, Public speaking, Spiritual

Style

Awareness Building, Collaborative, Down-to-earth, Energetic/dynamic, Humorous, Powerful, Relaxed, Results/Performance Oriented, Solution-focused, Transformational

As a career and leadership development coach and expert, Dr. Tedra helps people be the best of who they have been called to be. She equips her clients with the tools and strategies that help guide them, as they take the consistent actions needed, to get to where they desire to be.

She uses her 20+ years of experience working and leading in business, higher education, and nonprofits to change the way women engage as leaders. She understands the importance of women’s voices being.

Dr. Tedra holds 2 degrees from University of Georgia, making her a Double Dawg of UGA; plus an MPA from the University of West Georgia. Additionally, she holds an Advanced Certification in Communication with True Colors International and is a certified John Maxwell Team member. When she is not empowering others, she is spending time with her husband and 2 wonderful and talented children