A Note from our Head Coach & CEO Christi Byerly

Awaken Coaching exists to help you live your bravest, most alive self in true community. I want for you to have spaces where you can be completely yourself without fear. A place where your spirituality and your practicality are fully congruent.

I want you to know yourself as a blessing. You are making a difference because you have lined up your deepest spirituality with the way you live and love. I want you to receive and give real empathy and compassion, not just because you agree on something against another group, but because you know yourself and others as truly human. I want you to know how to be of lasting benefit to others.

Once you have your community in place, I want you to be as brave and alive as you’re meant to be. Awaken Coaching is where heaven meets earth. Your soul free. Your boots firmly on the ground.

I believe in aligning your behaviors, thoughts and feelings with your values and spiritual convictions. I know that you are never alone, always supported, and a valued contributor to a better world.

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Christi

Our Coaches

Christi Byerly, MCC

 My coaching process motivates you to build a community of empathy and grace around you — and to live your mission as part of something bigger than you are. My strengths include: rising strong after a setback, building communities in new places, forgiveness work, and spiritual/practical alignment.

As an American who has lived overseas since 2002, I have been emotionally stretched by the complexities and uncertainties that come with international transitions at various stages of career and family life. I bring warmth, empathy and kindness to the toughest situations, and guide the process of rising strong so you can live your bigger purpose.

I have lived in the United States, Belgium, France, Kenya, Liberia, and the Ivory Coast. Being a coach since 2010, my clients come from every continent on the globe. I began my career in corporate communications in the energy sector, and went on to found my own coaching company.

I have trained hundreds of new coaches in French and English and mentored dozens of coaches-in-training. In addition to my coaching experience, I've worked in management capacities in a variety of international corporate and humanitarian organizations.

I've been married to Ben since 1993, and I am the mother of 3 teen aged children.  I believe in aligning your behaviors, thoughts and feelings with your values and spiritual convictions. I know that you are never alone, always supported, and a valued contributor to a better world.

Certifications:

  • ICF - Master Certified Coach®️®️
  • NLP Master Practitioner
  • Spiritual Accompaniment Certified
  • Certified Daring Greatly™ and Certified Dare to Lead™ facilitator (based on the research of Brené Brown)
  • Degrees in Communications and French
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“My eyes tear up at the beauty of being freed from the bondage of achievements and instead living in the acceptance of God. Coaching with Christi is one of the best things I have done for my spiritual journey.”

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Valeyne Grotrian, PCC

Valeyne is a Leadership & Career Coach with over 15 years of experience in business operations and human resources leadership roles within Fortune 100 and small to mid-size organizations across 6 industries. Valeyne founded Agora Coaching & Training Solutions to support growth-oriented corporate leaders, middle managers and rock-star individual contributors to reach new levels of personal & professional growth.

Valeyne holds the PCC credential through the ICF and is a 2012 graduate of International Coach Academy, a 2021 graduate of Awaken Coach Institute and holds a Psychology of Leadership Certification through eCornell University, a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator certification and is a Certified CliftonStrengths Coach through the Gallup organization. 

Based in the greater Chicagoland area, Valeyne is a pilot’s wife and dog mom to 2 labrador fur babies. They all enjoy adventurous time outdoors together whether it be at the beach or mountains. 

Certifications:

  • ICF - Professional Certified Coach®️®️
  • Certified Coach through Gallup 
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified Practitioner
  • Psychology of Leadership Certification through eCornell University

Camilla Cesari, PCC

Camilla is an experienced leadership and executive coach and facilitator who works with mid-senior managers, leaders and executives. She holds an MBA with the University of Adelaide and has a background in economics and tax law. Her diverse life and work experiences both as a freelance, a professional and a manager in a multinational company give her many insights on the challenges coming with life and work transitions.

Her areas of expertise include management training in coaching competencies, social and emotional intelligence, work-life balance, communication, strengths awareness and management, executive team cohesion development and resilience.

Camilla coaches in English, Spanish, Italian and French, and has over 2.500 coaching hours, including executive coaching, small group coaching and team coaching. She has worked worldwide with entrepreneurs, leaders and teams in global organisations, small businesses and professionals. She also works as mentor coach for coaches. She lives in Bologna, Italy.

Certifications:

  • ICF - Professional Certified Coach®️
  • ORSC™ - Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching
  • ICF Mentor Coach
  • Leadership Circle Profile 360 Certified
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Brandy Chase, PCC

Brandy is a Life and Business Coach with a passion for helping people find balance as they move through the difficulties life throws us. She is an entrepreneur at heart and enjoys leading others to their dream. Brandy has a gift for seeing in others what they struggle to see in themselves, inspiring them to take action. Through mentoring, owning her own business, raising a family, fighting cancer, and overcoming a messy childhood, she has found a way to create positive change in all areas of her life and wants to share that with everyone.

Brandy is a graduate of Strayer University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management. She has earned her Professional Certified Integrative Coach at the Institute for Integrative Coach Training and her PCC from the ICF. She and her husband Bill live in Sahuarita, Arizona. They have three sons, three dogs and enjoy doing pretty much anything as long as they’re together.

Certifications:

  • ICF - Professional Certified Coach®️®️
  • Enneagram Trained
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“Brandy is a one of a kind human and you won't regret working with her! She is amazing at what she does, keeps it real, is so inspiring, and genuinely cares. Working with Brandy has been life changing and I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn from her and other ladies in her group. ”

Andrew Simpson, PCC

Andrew is an internal leadership coach and organization development practitioner with World Vision, with 30 years of experience. He established Rising Sun Coaching, LLC with his wife and co-coach Sharon.

Andrew is passionate about walking with non-profit, corporate and ministry clients to gain clarity, confidence, courage and momentum towards a bright and fruitful future. In coaching leaders, he integrates the Leadership Circle Profile 360 to inform leadership growth and team building.

Proficient in French and Wolof (Sénégal), Andrew holds a Bachelors in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Masters in Organization Development from American University. Having completed a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown, he is an ICF Professional Certified Coach and an ICF Registered Mentor Coach.

Based in Washington, D.C. he is the father of two teenage sons and actively involved with a local church. He loves capturing the sunrise in poetry and photography.

Certifications:

  • ICF - Professional Certified Coach®️
  • Leadership Circle Profile 360 Certified
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Heather King, PCC

Heather completed her training as a Certified Professional Coach at the International Coach Academy in 2012 and became an ICF Associate Certified Coach in 2014. She is passionate about life-coaching because she believes it has the potential to help people thrive and live lives that are deeply fulfilling and meaningful.

One of her core values, as a coach, is to support and come alongside her clients as they align their lives with what they truly value. Heather also has a Master’s in Social Work and is bilingual in English and Spanish. She lives in PA with her husband and three teenage boys. She loves to read, hike in the mountains, play volleyball, and drink a good cup of strong coffee.

Certifications:

  • ICF - Professional Certified Coach®️