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.



Our Coaches

Christi Byerly, MCC - founder and CEO

Christi's 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.

Christi has trained hundreds of new coaches in French and English since 2014 and has mentored dozens of coaches-in-training. She maintains a thriving coaching practice and has been coaching professionally since 2009, after graduating from the International Coach Academy.

Christi holds a Master NLP certificate, as well as certifications in spiritual direction, group coaching, depth coaching, Enneagram work and mentor coaching. She is a Certified Daring WayTM Facilitator.

Married to Ben, she is the mom of three teenagers and lives in Alsace on the French, Swiss, German borders.


  • ICF - Master Certified Coach®️®️
  • NLP Master Practitioner
  • Spiritual Accompaniment Certified
  • Certified Daring Greatly™ 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.”


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. 


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

Andrew Simpson, PCC

Andrew is a leadership coach and organization development practitioner with over 30 years of experience in the international development sector. He established Rising Sun Coaching, LLC with his wife and co-coach Sharon.

Andrew is passionate about walking with non-profit and corporate 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 young men. During his lifetime, he has travelled to over 80 countries. Andrew loves capturing the sunrise in poetry and photography.


  • 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.


  • ICF - Professional Certified Coach®️