At ACT, we know and live by our values. Each member of the team is a critical contributor to our culture and has the power to make an impact on the business. ACT was created around the expertise of a team of passionate and trusted partners with exceptional skills in coaching, training and consulting. We draw on our teams unique backgrounds, personalities and perspectives, crucial to building the culture at ACT.
Erin Hutchins, MCC
Erin Hutchins is the co-founder of ACT and founder and owner of ACT Government Services. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at Brown University and a Master Coach through ICF. Erin has trained hundreds of individuals from organizations and the Federal Government to become certified professional coaches. She has coached senior executives, teams and large groups in maximizing their relationships and results as well as to become more ‘coach-like’ in their workplace interactions. Erin previously worked as the Director of Corporate for CTI and as a senior consultant for PwC.
Mike Hutchins, PCC
Mike Hutchins is the Co-Founder of ACT. He is an Executive Coach and Adjunct Lecturer at Brown University. He has over 20 years consulting and coaching experience with PwC, IBM Business Consulting and KPMG, where he trained as a CPA / Chartered Accountant. He specializes in Change Management, Organizational and Instructional design, Strategy, Program Management and Leadership Development. Clients include: Vodafone, Nike Inc., Safaricom, O2, BBC, Wolseley, National Health Service, Novo Nordisk, Volvo, Alliance UniChem, Cemex, AECOM, CTI and American University.
Robin Rose, PH.D.,
Robin is a highly skilled facilitator, educator and coach. She has worked in senior level positions and as an instructor at Brown University for 38 years. As a coach she works with executives from health care organizations, educational institutions and scientific and technology corporations. She is passionate about learning and helping others develop their practice of leadership.
Brian Clyne, MD, MHL, Trainer
Dr. Brian Clyne is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University where he has served in numerous clinical, educational, and administrative leadership roles over the past 20 years. As Vice Chair for Education, Dr. Clyne develops and supports programs across the continuum of learners from undergraduates to faculty. In addition to medical education, Dr. Clyne’s areas of interest include career development and physician leadership. He founded and directed Leadership in Healthcare, a master’s level course for Alpert Medical School students. He is a graduate of the Brown University Executive Master’s in Healthcare Leadership program and the ACT Leadership and Performance Coaching Certificate program. His coaching practice is focused on mid-career healthcare professionals seeking to expand their leadership capabilities to make a lasting impact.
Ashley Abbott, PCC,
B.Sc. Honours, Trainer
Ashley has 20 years of experience in enterprise software, professional services, and digital marketing, and has held leadership roles in operations, client portfolio management, consulting practice management and project delivery in both corporate and startup environments. He has led enterprise software implementations for many Global 2000 companies
such as IBM, Citibank, British Airways, Best Buy, Merck, REI, and L’Oréal. He is a coach and facilitator with clients such as Rexall, Government of Ontario, Molson Coors.
Caroline Gayton, Marketing Manager
Marlena DeCarion, MCC, Trainer
Marlena is passionate about empowering leaders, entrepreneurs and organizations to
not only grow, but to thrive and flourish in their mission and impact. She is a Master
Certified Coach through The International Coach Federation and has over 20 years of
personal and professional experience in human development and leadership
training. Marlena teaches Mindfulness publicly and inside organizations. She is a
certified teacher from Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and a certified
Community Dharma Leader from Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
Julia joined the ACT team in 2022 as a Program Manager. She works to ensure successful and well-managed experiences for both participants and trainers. An Art Historian by education, her academic career included work at the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African Art, the University of Cambridge, Cornell University, and Addis Ababa University. That background in academia helped inform her career as a working artist, spanning a vast array of mediums to include textile, ink, and watercolor paints. In her free time, she enjoys running and Korean cuisine. She lives just south of Pittsburgh, PA with her husband of 20 years, her 3 children, and far too many houseplants.
Miriam Discenza, Finance Manager
Christopher Veal, PCC, Trainer
A former Marine officer, combat veteran, and black man with 25 years of experience in talent development, Christopher supports leaders to embrace the vulnerability, courage, and compassion required in elevating their leadership influence and creating leaders with greater impact and results. He has worked in government, healthcare, and banking to help grow internal leadership talent and capacity.
Patrick Chapman, PCC Mentor Coach
Patrick’s passion for coaching stems from his desire to be on the front end of facilitating the development of conscious leaders. Patrick possesses 25 combined years of expertise in coaching, conflict management, training, organizational development, and law in the public and private sectors. He mentors new and certified coaches to help deepen their coaching competency. Patrick’s coaching, conflict management, and mindfulness expertise support executives and leaders with designing a more fulfilled and balanced work-life. Clients value Patrick’s calm nature, listening skills, intuitive knack, and thought-provoking questions and observations. He possesses an innate ability to help clients center, “cut through all the noise”, cultivate self-awareness, and execute their objectives.
Katie Dimick, PCC, Content + Alumni Manager
Katie is a Professional Certified Coach and Facilitator with a specialization in Complex and Developmental Trauma. She helps people disrupt limiting patterns and heal from trauma through nervous system regulation, somatic inquiry and deepening of self-connection. She also works with clients to develop stronger interpersonal communication skills and create more sustainable and fulfilling relationships. As our Content and Alumni Manager, she monitors the consistency and quality of our course content, and manages engagement and connections within our alumni community. She has a background in education and workshop facilitation and has worked with people from all over the world. She holds a BA in Spanish Language from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Sydney Wiecking, PCC, Trainer, Mentor Coach
Sydney has more than 30 years of experience educating, executive coaching and facilitating experiential leadership development in the non-profit, education, government and private sectors. She brings both a passion and a commitment to the processes of growth and transformation in her clients. Her expertise working in a diversity of cultures with both individuals and teams as they navigate change, has provided her the opportunity to work globally.
Vicki Jordan, PCC, Trainer, Mentor Coach
Vicki served 40 years as an Intelligence Officer with diverse experience to include the U.S. Army, National Security Agency (NSA), and USCYBERCOM. Throughout her career she held leadership positions at various levels of the organization and served the last decade of her time at NSA as a member of the Defense Executive Service (DISES); taking on many challenging Senior level roles and consistently mentoring and coaching team members, colleagues, and future leaders in the Intelligence Community. She is passionate about learning and dedicated to helping others develop their leadership skills. Vicki coaches individuals and teams in both the government and corporate arenas and is delighted to be a trainer for the Leader as Coach program.
Jeanine Mancusi, LLMC, PCC, NLCP Partner
Jeanine is ACT’s partner in the Next Level Coaching Program. Jeanine has been devoted to adult learning and effective training for more than thirty years. She trained hundreds of coaches before bringing her skills and passion to the Lucid Living and Coaching Transformation curriculum.
As a masterful coach and truth-teller, Jeanine maintains a robust coaching practice, bringing warmth, humor, and commitment to every client. Clients include professionals at Amazon, Google, Pinterest, Square, Facebook and Twitter as well as leadership teams at Wells Fargo Bank and Marriott Bonvoy Hotels
Michelle Goss, PCC, NLCP Partner
Michelle is ACT’s partner in the Next Level Coaching Program. Michelle is a self-proclaimed “personal growth geek” who read her first self-help book at the age of 12, setting the stage for a lifelong commitment to growth and spirituality. Since 1998, she has coached groups and individuals to experience greater levels of happiness and success by blending universal, spiritual principles with practical action. She is known for her lively, unconventional approach and has been called “magical,” “transformative,” and even “a lifesaver”.
Corporate clients include: The Coca-Cola Company, IBM, Herman Miller, EarthLink, Donaldson Companies, Georgia Pacific, Post Properties, Fairview Healthcare Systems, MidMichigan Health Services, Park Nicollet Health Services, W. L. Gore & Associates, Bonnell Aluminum, Kaiser Permanente, Cargill, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Twitter
Michelle Hollingshead, MCC, Trainer
Michelle coaches and consults with executives, managers, and teams in Fortune 500 companies, privately held companies, and non-profit sectors. Michelle began her career in multicultural education before transitioning to coaching, consulting, and entrepreneurship. She holds a Master Certified Coach (MCC) credential through the International Coaches Federation, a Masters of Education in Curriculum Development from Lesley University and has extensive training in yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices.
Organizations she has worked with include Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Lexmark, Western Union, Cisco, Cigna, Nationwide Insurance and others.
PCC,CNTC, Mentor Coach
Gina Paigen, PCC, CPCC, CNTC, is an executive coach, diversity professional, consultant, strategist and facilitator; passionate about guiding individuals, teams and organizations to a deeper sense of purpose, and to higher levels of creativity, engagement, and inspired action.
She brings a wealth of diverse knowledge and experience in executive coaching and coach training, diversity, equity and inclusion work, leadership, mindfulness, business development, team and culture building, strategic planning, entrepreneurship, neuroscience, creative studies, and the arts.
Karen Makkes van der Deijl , PCC, Mentor Coach
Karen is from the Netherlands and after a 16 year corporate career she moved to coaching in 2010. Her motto is ‘Live life to the fullest and inspire others to do the same’. Clients work with Karen because they want to take leadership over their situation, professional or
personal. She helps clients to create the life, team, and results they really want. In coaching,
Karen creates a space of warmth, lightness, and safety and her coaching style is dynamic, direct, provoking when needed, and insightful.
She coached leaders in ING Bank, Accenture, Cargill, ABN AMRO Bank, DP World, Lloyds Register, Rotterdam School of Management, Fokker, and others. Karen is also doing leadership work with prisons, parents, high schools, and children in underprivileged areas (Rwanda and India) to pay it forward.
Anne Eggen-Johansen, MCC, Mentor Coach
Anne is a Master Certified Coach, working as an executive coach and leadership trainer. She is known for
creating a safe and courageous environment for people to expand, transform and perform from. She is a
passionate and intuitive coach who empowers people to create and navigate in complex systems with
simplicity and ease. Anne has worked with clients in public and private sector as well as with non-profit
organizations since 2003. She has been training and supervising individuals and groups to build their
coaching skills and capacities since 2006.