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CASE Cadre of Leadership Coaches


The following practicing leadership coaches have met the CASE criteria for being accepted as a member of the CASE Cadre of Leadership Coaches. Applications were screened by the CASE Coaching Program Advisory Group and the CASE managing directors prior to being accepted to the Cadre. For more information about the CASE Leadership Coaching Program please click here. It is the responsibility of the person or entity seeking coaching to make an informed decision about the fit for their unique needs and to check references. References  for each coach will be available upon request.  


Acceptance Criteria include:

  • Active Member of CASE
  • Completed Quality Training and Certification
  • Completed a Minimum of 60 Hours of Coaching Experience
  • Support and Practice the CASE Coaching Philosophy: Coaches agree to align their coaching practice to the CASE philosophy of leadership coaching as described in the 1) CASE Mission, 2) CASE Ultimate Vision for Leadership Coaching, 3) CASE Definition of Leadership Coaching, and 4) ICF Coaching Competencies 
    • CASE Mission
    • CASE Ultimate Vision for Leadership Coaching in Colorado:
      • CASE implements a model of coaching that supports continuous improvement for education administrators in leading student achievement and meeting the principal effectiveness standards.
      • A culture of leadership coaching is spread throughout the state of Colorado, and CASE helped to make that happen.
      • Each district has a pool of qualified leadership coaches working within its own district, and CASE is a source for providing qualified coaches when applicable and for coach training and support.
      • Coaching is embedded in key CASE professional development offerings for members.
      • The CASE coaching program is sustainable.
    • CASE Definition of Leadership Coaching: Leadership coaching is a non-judgmental process of reflecting, planning, and inquiring about improvement processes and supporting people and organizations through change efforts. Working with a coach is a powerful and confidential relationship. It is based on authenticity, honesty, respect, and empathy. The coaching relationship is not about counseling or offering advice or telling people what they should do. It is focused entirely on the learning and self-directedness of the person being coached. Coaches lead the person being coached through a conversation that will help him/her think through issues and/or set action goals. Leadership coaches are skilled at constructing and posing questions with the intention of engaging and transforming thought. They deeply listen, lead a change process, take a neutral stance, follow the agenda of the person being coached, create a safe and trusting environment, offer feedback, paraphrase, and allow silence and space for reflection. The overall goal of a coaching session is that the person being coached will form a better understanding of his/her dilemma from multiple perspectives and walk away with potential options.

      The CASE definition of leadership coaching is based on the work of Art Costa and Robert Garmston in Cognitive Coaching, the work of Karla Reiss in Leadership Coaching, the work of the National Staff Development Council (Learning Forward), and the work of Jim Knight in Instructional Coaching.
    • ICF Coaching Competencies: Coaches comply with and practice the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Professional Coaching Core Competencies. Please click here to view the competencies. 

Contract for Services:

When a member contacts a coach in the Cadre to inquire about services, the coach and the member will work together to set expectations for fees and other considerations that may be included in a contract for services, including times for the coaching sessions, type of meeting format (i.e. in person, by phone, online), minimum number of coaching sessions required, and other expectations as set forth by the coach and member. CASE Cadre coaches agree to offer an initial 30 minute complimentary coaching session to each new inquiry, as a risk-free trial. After the initial trial, Cadre coaches agree to charge within the typical fee range for a 1 hour leadership coaching session, which is $100 - $200.


Browse the List of Leadership Coach Profiles Below (alpha by last name)




Heather Clifton
Leadership Coach

Email: hlclifton@gmail.com

Heather Clifton is a professional learning consultant, offering services to school leaders in various aspects of professional development and organizational reform. She is a Senior Consultant for the Center for Results for Learning Forward (formerly the National Staff Development Council), offering professional training and support for instructional coaches, teacher leaders and K-12 principals. She has facilitated the work of district executive leadership teams and school leadership teams. She has taught classes at the University level and facilitated work for state Departments of Education. Her professional experience in schools and districts includes positions as teacher, elementary school principal, and central office curriculum and staff development specialist. A major focus of Heather’s current work is assisting educators in establishing cultures of trust, collegiality and shared leadership in order to achieve improved outcomes for students.


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Jeanette Cornier
Leadership Coach

Email: jcornier@learningsystemsolutions.com                                       

Jeanette Cornier, Ph.D. is an Education Transformation Advisor and Professional Leadership Coach providing support to leaders focused on transforming educational outcomes in places where students struggle the most. Jeanette has coached school and district leaders in multiple Colorado districts. She has consulted with leaders on the development of educational plans and school designs for innovation, charter, and new schools. Jeanette has held numerous leadership positions in education. At the state level, she led high-impact initiatives including school and district improvement; closing the achievement gap; school turnaround; academic standards; research on best practices in literacy, math, and science instruction; and interventions for students with learning disabilities. In addition, she is a former school administrator, teacher, and instructional coach. Jeanette frequently presents at state and national conferences on leadership development and coaching.

Mitchell Forsberg
Leadership Coach

Email: mitchell.forsberg@eagleschools.net                                       

Mitchell Forsberg has consistently served in a leadership capacity throughout his career. He has served as a building representative, negotiator, and ultimately president of his teacher association.
Forsberg also served as an athletic director in charge of coaching coaches. In addition, he has served as a principal representative for a number of district committees and was president of CAESP. He is currently president-elect of CASE.

John C Hefty
Leadership Coach

Email: jchefty@gmail.com                                       

John Hefty, Ph.D. retired as executive director of the Colorado Association of School Executives in 2010. Previously, he served as superintendent of the Brighton Public Schools for six years and as superintendent of the Eagle County Schools for four years. Hefty's prior leadership included 12 years in Jefferson County, Colorado, serving as deputy and assistant superintendent. For 25 years, Hefty taught in the Weekend School Executive Preparation Program at the University of Denver. His career has been dedicated to the preparation of effective leaders in public education. He is a frequent presenter and writer about public school leadership. John is currently engaged in providing leadership coaching, teaching at UNC and providing training for school leaders through associations and districts. He has completed the "POWERful Coaching for Powerful Results" program.

Joyce R. Joyce
Leadership Coach

Email: jjoyce8263@gmail.com                                       

Joyce is an independent consultant focused on leadership development, group facilitation, and systems support for change. Joyce is a training associate for the Center for Adaptive Schools, a PEBC leadership coach, a member of the McREL Professional Development Cadre and a facilitator with a strong background in advanced Cognitive Coaching. She is a retired Community Superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools, and Past President of Learning Forward Colorado.

Chrysann McBride
Leadership Coach
Email: chrysann@comcast.net

Chrysann McBride has devoted her work in education to full-time consulting after thirty-two years in public education. She is currently a training associate for Adaptive Schools and Cognitive CoachingSM and a leadership coach. She works on instructional improvement projects, system change efforts, and staff development work locally and nationally. Previous to her transition to consulting work, Chrysann was the Executive Director for curriculum and instruction and staff development at Jefferson County Public Schools. This central office administrative experience included sitting on the superintendent's cabinet and developing a comprehensive instructional coaching program for teacher development and school improvement for the 150 schools in the district. Before central office work she was an elementary principal, opening a new school.

Karla Reiss
Leadership Coach

Email: changemaven@thechangeplace.com                                       

Karla Reiss founded The Change Place, LLC; a consulting, training and coaching firm specializing in continuous improvement of individuals and organizations. She is the author of "Be a Changemaster", "12 Coaching Strategies for Leading Professional and Personal Change", "Leadership Coaching for Educators" (winner, Learning Forward Book of the Year Award) and contributing author in "Coaching: Approaches and Perspectives". She is the developer of "POWERful Coaching for Powerful Results", "Coaching Kids: Empowering Youth", and "Be a Changemaster" training programs. Karla was Coordinator for Professional Development at two NY regional education centers. She holds degrees in School District Administration and Elementary and Special Education. She is a Certified Professional Coach and member of International Coach Federation.

Coaches in the CASE Cadre meet a certain level of criteria (see list of criteria). It is the responsibility of the person or entity seeking coaching to make an informed decision about the fit for their unique needs and to check references

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