Participants select a coach for free one-on-one confidential coaching sessions to set goals and apply their top five God-given talents and strengths. The participants are guided to delve deeper into understanding their strengths to embrace and unleash the potential in their lives. The only prerequisite for these free coaching sessions is taking the Clifton StrengthsFinder® online assessment.
Volunteer opportunities: Time commitment can be up to 5 hours per week coaching individuals plus attendance at monthly ministry meetings including continuing education. If interested in becoming a trained Strengths Coach, contact Leanne Burnett.
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LEANNE BURNETT, Gallup Trained Strengths Coach
Maximizer, Strategic, Positivity, Ideation, WOO
Over the years, Leanne has coached people in a wide variety of ways, including helping clients to enhance their businesses, as well as move forward in their careers by helping them to tap into their passions. She has a special affinity for mothers returning to the workforce, and balancing family and work issues. She helps coaching clients to create a vision, and inspires them to move forward with intention. She is upbeat, enthusiastic and motivating. She doesn’t take life too seriously, and believes it is critical to have fun along the way! She enjoys witnessing the greatness emerge in all, and loves helping people find or enhance their God‐given purpose.
Leanne has lived through a variety of life ‐ changing experiences, including miscarriage, the serious injury of a child, caring for ill parents, and returning to the workforce after raising children at home. She worked as head of Human Resources for 15 years in both the Financial Services and Pharmaceutical industries. She was formerly a financial consultant in a litigation consulting firm, and with her husband, co‐founded a legal services practice. In addition, she has worked as a professional voiceover, and co‐produced and was a lead voice in The Everyday Rosary CD.
Leanne studied Accounting and Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, with additional Philosophy coursework at Northwestern. In addition to her Gallup training, she has trained as a professional coach through Coaches Training Institute.
Leanne is married to Michael, and they are the parents of four daughters. They have been members of St. Matthew Parish since 2006. Leanne has been involved in Puzzle of Life, Living Your Strengths as a Facilitator and Coach, Haiti Food Packaging, Crop Walk and is a Lector.
KATHY BARTLETT, Gallup Trained Strengths Coach
Relator, Maximizer, Strategic, Learner, Intellection
As a former Recruiter and Outplacement Counselor, Kathy has helped hundreds of people navigate challenging employment waters by drawing out their talents, strengths and transferable skills to create new and alternative employment pathways. While in business as a Corporate Vice President of Human Resources, Organizational Development and Quality, she was the internal consultant to the Presidents of the seven manufacturing facilities while being highly sensitive and effective in Labor Relations. She was the corporation’s chief negotiator for three unionized facilities. Kathy possesses a unique ability to ask deep probing question s and think outside of the box to bring out the best in people and situations.
Kathy is a founding member/parishioner of St. Matthew . She was hired part time in 1987 as the first Music Director. Family challenges (divorce, annulment, challenges and issues with children/teens/young adults , remarriage, blended family, serious parental health issues, etc...) along with a spiritual conversion during a Cursillo retreat in 1998, led her to leave her business career in 1999 to work full time for the church. She is now the Director of Liturgical Ministries and Music for St. Matthew. This includes 12+ ministries and well over 1,000 ministry volunteers within the Worship Commission. She serves on the Engagement Committee and was part of the first team who initiated Living Your Strengths and Engagement concepts within St. Matthew. She was one of the first four Gallup trained Strength’s coaches and has coached well over 100 parishioners to date. She was on the first team to create and develop a St. Matthew small group DVD based Lenten series and was the primary writer/producer of "The Puzzle of Life – Finding my peace." Kathy currently leads the Core team for the annual Seeking Purpose Retreat (Discerning your spiritual gifts) and is a Catherine of Siena trained interviewer/discernment coach and teacher.
She is married to Dan and has 4 children, 2 step‐children and 9 grandchildren and counting.
"I have always been drawn to bring out the best in myself and others and to help/challenge people to rise to new heights. But even more importantly, how to develop and deepen my own spirituality and relationship to Jesus and help others do the same while listening for God’s voice and discerning and doing HIS will. To be the best God created us to be; there’s the ultimate in new heights."
JOE FARRELLY, Gallup Trained Strengths Coach
Communication, Developer, Activator, Consistency, Maximizer
Joe is a Vice President and Financial Consultant for an international wealth management firm with 30 years of experience. Working primarily with individuals, he has excelled in taking complex ideas and making them understandable. He loves meeting people where they are, and demonstrating to them how they can maximize their potential. As an activator he enjoys getting ideas off the paper. Joe is married to Sandy and they have been members of St. Matthew since 1986. Sandy and Joe have two adult children.
Current and former Ministry involvement includes: Music Ministry, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Cursillo/Ultreya, Missionaries of the Poor, Capital Campaign Fund Drives and Living Your Strengths Facilitator.
DON GARBISON, Gallup Trained Strengths Coach
Arranger, Maximizer, Individualization, Responsibility, Learner
Don is a retired corporate executive and a current small business owner. He is a father of five and has five grandchildren. Don and his wife, Janet, have been members of St. Matthew Catholic Church since 1996.
Current and former ministry involvement includes: Engagement Committee, Pastoral Planning Committee, Pastoral Council, Cursillo, Why Catholic?, Living Your Strengths Facilitator and Small Group Planning Team.
DEACON JIM HAMRLIK, Gallup Trained Strengths Coach
Strategic, Self Assurance, Futuristic, Responsibility, Discipline
Deacon Jim stands passionately for YOU and your most authentic, vibrant and fulfilling life, one in which you are not only realizing your dreams but savoring the journey along the way. He calls you forth to be the artist of your life, intentionally creating exactly what you want – a life you love! He creates an open and safe space for you to clarify intentions, explore possibilities and clear obstacles. His coaching sessions are often described as inspiring, energetic and transformative. LYS coaching fulfills Deacon Jim’s purpose – to help others become empowered in their lives, to see their own radiance and hear their own inner guidance. Deacon Jim is passionate about coaching and supporting you to develop your talents and bring your gifts to the world.
VALERIE MENZEL, Gallup Trained Strengths Coach
Maximizer, Empathy, Harmony, Developer, Achiever
Valerie is a voice over artist and on‐camera talent with additional expertise in public speaking and producing photo shoots. Her work experience includes hosting and producing television shows, managing outreach for one of the nation’s most respected nonprofits and 15 years of managing photography production teams at a Fortune 500 company. She is married with two children and understands the issues facing parents and those in transition. Current and prior ministry involvement includes Lector, PreCana facilitator, Moving On After Moving In facilitator, Puzzle of Life and World Hunger Drive.
THOMAS J. SHIELDS, Gallup Trained Strengths Coach
Connectedness, Individualization, Maximizer, Strategic, Responsibility
Thomas has been a professional coach since 1994. He works primarily with professionals in business, health, sports and education. The majority of these individuals have a desire to be their best and potentially the best in their industry or profession, while also leading healthy, balanced authentic lives. He has been a member of St. Matthew Church since June 2009.
He excels in helping people who are feeling stuck, stagnant, like something is missing and/or lost, to reconnect with and be their True Self, refocus their life, maximize their mindset and motivation to be their best in their work, health and life.
In 1990, Thomas overcame a near fatal heart aneurysm and life‐long visual impairment to be able to see 20/20 for the first time in his life. From these experiences he gained a new perspective on life and a desire to know how to help others to change without having to go through such traumatic events. As a result, Thomas has learned how to lead with his heart and that inner vision is far more important than eyesight.
Thomas’s formal education and training includes: a Master's degree in Educational Psychology, Bachelor's degree in Business Management, and an Associates degree in Marketing. His extensive training includes: Certified Practitioner of Neuro‐linguistic Programming, Ericksonian Hypnosis and Cognitive Coaching. He also completed training with Coach University, and was a Personal Success Coach with Nightingale‐Conant Corporation.
Current and former ministry involvement includes Living Your Strengths Facilitator, Mentor Greenway Park Elementary School and Volunteer Coach with Queens University.