Leadership Coaching Team Biographies

Our leadership coaching program is proud to provide you with the most innovative team of leadership and organizational well-being coaches in the field.

 

Ellen Fulton, MCC, Director of Training, Coaching Fellow

Ellen Fulton Ellen is the Director of Training for the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being program. She ensures the curriculum is cohesive and meets the standards set by the International Coach Federation (ICF). She also serves as a consistent presence and support for students across coaching modules.

Ellen has served as co-director for Mason’s Advanced Coaching Program and as a past director of executive education for the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. She is thrilled to serve as the MCC Director of Training in this coach certification program.

In her own coaching practice, Ellen works with people to improve their intellectual and emotional flexibility while increasing awareness around leadership presence. Ellen challenges clients and coaching students to reflect on their strengths, areas for growth, values, and interpersonal skills to help them align action plans that maximize strategic goals providing sustainable change. Ellen has extensive experience working with leaders in government, corporations, small businesses, non-profits, and universities. Ellen has worked with over 1,000 individuals and teams across all levels of leadership to include C-Suite, SES, VP, mid-level managers, and individual contributors.

Ellen has an M.S. in education from Old Dominion University. She is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program. Her Master Certified Coach (MCC) accreditation is the highest level of coach accreditation assigned by ICF. 

Nance Lucas, Ph.D.

Nance LucasDr. Nance Lucas serves as the Executive Director of Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being and is an Associate Professor of Leadership Studies at Mason. She leads Mason’s Well-Being University initiative in collaboration with colleagues across the institution while also leading global and national efforts to advance human flourishing and organizational well-being. Nance is a co-instructor for Module 1 of the Mason coach certification program.

As a leadership scholar and facilitator, Nance has extensive experience in leadership development, organization well-being, strengths-based leadership, and engagement. She inspires people to rethink their traditional notions of leadership to one that puts people and purpose at the core of leadership. Nance has experience in leadership development engagements at all levels of leadership – from entry to senior levels. She has worked with federal agencies, higher education institutions, and for- and non-profit organizations at local, national, and international levels.

Nance is co-author of Exploring Leadership: For College Students Who Want To Make A Difference (1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions), a best-selling book of Jossey-Bass Publishers. She received a Ph.D. in higher education with a concentration in leadership studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her Master's degree in higher education and Bachelor's degree in industrial and organizational psychology are from the Pennsylvania State University. 

Pamela L. Patterson, Ph.D., PCC, Senior Coaching Fellow

Pam Patterson Dr. Pam Patterson is Associate Vice President of University Life at George Mason University with combined experience in leadership and university administration. She is also the Senior Coaching Fellow at the Mason Institute for Leadership Excellence and the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. Pam co-instructs Module 1 of the Mason coach certification program.

At Mason, Pam was a member of a team that created and implemented a leader development curriculum for executive education and a separate program for faculty and staff. She is a co-founder and co-chair of MasonLeads, the Leadership Legacy Program, and serves as co-director of Mason’s Strengths Academy.

Her professional interests are in the science and application of individual and organizational well-being, leadership, and coaching. Pam received her Strengths Specialist Certification through The Gallup Organization and is also licensed and certified by the Institute of HeartMath as a Resilience Advantage Trainer.

Pam earned her doctorate in higher education from George Mason University. She received her M.S. in sport administration and B.S. in community health, both from Eastern Illinois University. She is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program. She holds a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation. 

Penny Potter, Ph.D., PCC, Coaching Fellow

Penny Potter Dr. Penny Potter combines her expertise as both a scholar and practitioner to ensure that working with adults who attend the center’s certification programs can apply their learning to the real world of work. Penny’s doctoral research was on the transformation and development of coaching students. She includes some of her research findings in Module 2 of the Mason coaching program.

Penny has been a leadership consultant and coach working with public and private sectors with expertise in leveraging a strengths-based approach to build organizational leadership capacity. She is keenly interested in the impact of practicing inquiry and openness for leaders and their organization. Penny has managed small- and large-scale client programs, and designed curricula and delivered leadership courses and coaching for organizations such as World Bank, UN Foundation, Gates Foundation, and many government agencies.

Penny earned her doctorate from Fielding Graduate University in human and organization systems. She holds a M.S. from George Mason University in organizations development and knowledge management and a B.S. in psychology from James Madison University. She received her coaching certification from Georgetown University and her Professional Certified Coach (PCC) accreditation from the International Coach Federation. 

Sarah Happel, M.S., PCC, Coaching Fellow

Sarah Happel Sarah Happel is known for creating thought-provoking curricula that spark personal and professional transformation. Her particular expertise is in what leaders co-create with the language they use in conversations. She draws upon this expertise as the instructor for Module 3.

Sarah is the founder of Spectrum Leadership Solutions, whose mission is to cultivate leadership excellence in individuals, teams and organizations.  Formerly an internationally competitive athlete, Sarah helps leaders and executive teams determine winning strategies for their organizations through her work as a coach and facilitator. With a background in the field of communication and transition management, Sarah has worked with leaders from five continents in four languages: German, Spanish, Italian and Finnish.

Sarah is a graduate of Kansas State University, with B.A. and M.S. degrees in Journalism and Mass Communications. She was a Fulbright Grantee at the University of Helsinki, has taught Human Communication at Lasell College in Boston, and spent three years as a freelance journalist in Europe. She is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching program and a PCC accredited coach.  

Virginia Diamond, PCC, Coaching Fellow

Virginia Diamond Virginia Diamond is a Coaching Fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University and is the founder of Diamond Insight. Virginia specializes in helping executives and their teams lead in the face of the ever-increasing demands of today’s world. Virginia is a co-instructor for Module 4 of the Mason coach certification program.

Virginia has more than 20 years of experience working with executives and teams across the public and private sectors. Her clients are highly analytical and committed to their mission. Clients include start-ups, small businesses, and well-established organizations, spanning the professional services firms, IT, the Federal Government, and health care industries. Prior to founding Diamond Insight in 2004, Virginia worked for more than ten years in the corporate world for Accenture, AMS (now CGI), and Booz Allen Hamilton. She served on the faculty of Booz Allen Hamilton’s award-winning corporate university, where she taught and supported the design of several of the firm’s core management and leadership courses.

A certified leadership coach and consultant, Virginia combines practical experience with rigorous training. Virginia holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Chicago and a certificate in organizational development and change management from Georgetown University. Virginia graduated from New Ventures West coach training program. She received a PCC accreditation from ICF and received her Master Somatic Coach (MSC) accreditation from the Strozzi Institute.  

Michael D. Rochelle, MPA, PCC, Coaching Fellow

Michael RochelleLieutenant General (Ret.) Michael Rochelle is a Coaching Fellow at George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. As co-instructor for Module 4 on Coaching the Resilient Leader, Mike calls upon his considerable active duty military leadership in the U.S. Army, where he headed its Human Capital Office.

Since retiring from military service, Mike has leveraged his #1 strength: Learner.  He graduated from Mason’s certified coach program and completed certifications in team coaching and is a certified SOAR trainer.  He puts his learning into practice In his coaching and consulting practice.  Mike’s clients include George Mason University Leadership Legacy Program, Mercaris, Inc., Playa Resorts International, MTCI Consulting, Leadership Arlington and the PAC-12 NCAA Conference.

Mike holds a masters of public administration degree (MPA) from Shippensburg University. He is an ICF PCC accredited coach. 

Cliff Kayser, MSHR, MSOD, PCC, Coaching Fellow

Cliff KayserCliff Kayser is a Mason Coaching Fellow and teaches Module 5 of the coach certification program in addition to teaching in Mason’s Advanced Coaching program. In both programs, Cliff draws upon his considerable expertise as an executive coach, organization development consultant, and leadership trainer/facilitator who specializes in Polarity Approach for Continuity and Transformation (“PACT”).

Cliff is Vice President of Polarity Partnerships, LLC and President and Founder of XPERIENCE, LLC. He designs and delivers PACT programs worldwide for leadership, team, and organization well-being and has experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Prior to launching XPERIENCE, LLC in 2007 and joining Polarity Partnerships in 2012, he was Vice President of Organizational Development and Training for The National Cooperative Bank (NCB) and spent nearly a decade serving The Washington Post newspaper as Corporate Manager of Human Resources and Training. Cliff is also adjunct faculty in American University¹s Organization Development graduate program, KEY Executive Leadership certificate program, the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, and The Federal Executive Institute under the Office of Personnel Management. He also serves as dean and lead faculty for the two-year Mastery Program in Polarity Thinking.

Cliff holds dual masters degrees from American University in human resource management and organizational development. His B.S. is in history and business from Lenoir-Rhyne University, and he completed his coach training with Georgetown’s Leadership Coaching program. He is a PCC accredited coach. 

Daphne Miller, PCC, Coaching Fellow

Daphne Miller Daphne Miller is a Mason Coaching Fellow and Learning Lab Advisor in the Mason coach certification program. She is a leadership coach whose expertise is in working with individuals and groups with an emphasis on leadership development and developing strong cross discipline partnerships. Her experience lies in sales and marketing in both the federal and for-profit arenas. 

Before becoming a coach, Daphne was part of the quality team during her tenure with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company during their successful bid for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. This effort provided the foundation for her view on the importance of how self-awareness, communication and open exchange within all areas of an organization foster resilient relationships. In her leadership roles with Ritz-Carlton and later Kinko’s Corporate she started her own practices around creating new habits and behaviors that supported sustainable improvement. She discovered coaching when she engaged her own coach and came to understand the power that a coaching relationship brings to one’s learning and development. 

In 2003, she started her own coaching company, DDM Consulting. Since that time, she has worked with hundreds of clients as they create their own paths at work, in leadership and at home. Daphne respects the coaching relationship and how it can offer new perspectives for clients and open doors that they may not have ever noticed before. Daphne challenges and supports her clients to meet their goals through finding new paths in meeting challenges and opportunities.

Daphne is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas with a B.A. in communications and business administration. She received her coach training from Newfield. Daphne is also a graduate of the Mason Advanced Coaching Program and is a PCC accredited coach.

Karen Boskemper, PCC, Coaching Fellow

Karen Boskemper

Karen Boskemper is an ICF mentor coach and a coaching observer for the Mason coaching program. Her coaching philosophy is to coach leaders to upgrade their “inner operating system.” Einstein said: “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were when we created them.” Her focus is to support leaders in a self- development process to build new competencies, navigate old habits, notice limiting narratives, make identities visible, and to let go of old frameworks that no longer serve to produce the individual’s desired results.

Karen’s background is in HR and Leadership Development working with large global companies in finance, insurance, technology, and healthcare, providing executive coaching, group/team coaching, culture change management, and HIPO development. She currently works with national and international consulting companies and brings extensive cross-cultural and work place diversity experience having delivered leadership development programs and executive coaching services in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America. A few of her clients include Dell, Microsoft, CISCO, CIGNA, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Axa Insurance.

Prior to being an independent consultant, Karen was responsible for leadership development and enterprise learning in a large financial institution. In that role, she collaborated with leaders to develop learning strategies that addressed specific business unit needs, and designed, developed, and delivered customized learning opportunities via small groups, virtual learning, and one-on-one coaching. During that time, Karen played an integral part in the enterprise wide culture change management initiatives for senior leaders, corporate managers, and sales and servicing associates.

Karen studied Language and Business Commerce in Germany and France and is a Professional Certified Coach and Coaching Assessor through the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is a lifelong learner and has been passionate about self and professional development for over 20 years.

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