Meet the SWG team
As a leadership development expert and solutions-oriented coach, Stephanie Wood’s goal is to help advance organizations through the people who make them great. She currently pursues this mission as the founder of SWG, an executive coaching firm that helps healthcare organizations develop the people strategies they need to drive execution of their business strategies. With over two decades of experience in a range of leadership roles in business operations and talent management, including time spent as the vice president of talent management for Community Health Network, she is adept at executing strategies that impact leadership, grow the bottom line and enhance personal and professional growth.
Stephanie is a PCC through the International Coaching Federation and earned her coaching and Energy Leadership™ Index Master Practitioner certifications from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). Her current coaching client base consists of business owners, executives, medical providers, attorneys and university administrators. Stephanie is certified to facilitate The Coaching Clinic®, The Leadership Challenge®, LPI® 360, Everything DiSC®, CliftonStrengths and the Korn Ferry Leadership Architect™.
As a seasoned executive and certified executive coach, Erika helps organizations navigate change and successfully plan for the future. With over 23 years of experience as an automotive executive, she understands the daily challenges faced by upper management – and why they sometimes give up or burn out. Working closely with corporate leaders, Erika helps them grow strategically and tactically from both an organizational and personal perspective, bringing her unique blend of real-life experience and a passion for personal success into the mix.
A Certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership™ Index Master Practitioner through iPEC as well as a Conversational Intelligence® Certified Coach (C-IQ), Erika has earned the trust of her clients through her ability to create a transformational launch pad that provides a balanced approach to professional and personal growth. In addition to her other certifications, she acts as an Everything DiSC® certified facilitator.
With a decade of combined experience as a transition coach and consultant, Sana focuses on guiding individuals and organizations through strategic transitional periods, fostering growth, and optimizing performance. Her expertise lies in navigating the complex landscape of change management, providing tailored coaching to enhance both personal and professional development. Sana also possesses a unique skill set in supporting transitions during mergers, acquisitions, and carve-outs during the private equity lifecycle.
Her coaching philosophy empowers C-suite executives with a blueprint for a frictionless transition, maximizing visibility and highlighting the strengths and opportunities of an organization’s leadership team. Sana is a highly accomplished professional, holding an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and an MBA from the J. Mack Robinson School of Business.
Sana holds multiple coaching credentials, including the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Certified Professional Coach (CPC) designations. She is also an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP), showcasing her expertise in personal development and leadership, particularly within the realm of transition coaching.
Demonstrating a commitment to excellence, Sana is currently undergoing Master Practitioner training in Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) and Hypnosis.
Stevie Cromer (she/her/hers) is an executive coach, facilitator, and ally with over a decade of experience building relationships and developing authentic connections. Stevie is passionate about helping leaders and organizations build strong teams and create positive and inclusive workplace cultures. Her areas of expertise include leadership development, talent management, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Stevie also provides one-on-one coaching to individuals wanting to grow their skills and achieve their goals.
Stevie holds certifications in Applied Positive Psychology and is a facilitator for Everything DiSC. She also holds a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workforce Certificate from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana.
As an executive coach and leadership development expert, Brendan Crowley’s goal is to help leaders become high-level influencers. He works with executives who want to improve their effectiveness, communicate to influence, maximize their organizational contribution, and advance their careers. After a 30+ year international financial and manufacturing career at Eli Lilly & Company, including Global Controller for Drug Substance Manufacturing, Brendan chose to pursue his passion for coaching others. Growth comes from leveraging strengths, stretching beyond one’s comfort zone to tackle personal development areas and learning to apply key business and mindset skills. His broad global business experience, with a strong financial acumen, enable him to quickly adapt to the business environment of his clients. He coaches those clients to lead with intent to embrace their personal and organization challenges and opportunities and grow their leadership skills and careers.
Brendan is a native of Ireland, living with his family in Zionsville, Indiana. He is a Chartered Management Accountant. Brendan is also a certified coach under the Coach Training Alliance, a certified trainer for Crucial Conversations (Vital Smarts), and a certified trainer for the Situational Leadership II Experience (The Blanchard Companies). Apart from executive coaching, Brendan has been a speaker at many forums on leadership development topics, such as Career Development, Coaching, Crucial Conversation and Financial Literacy. His current coaching client base includes middle to upper-level business executives in finance, IT, manufacturing, and marketing.
Matt Dickerson believes that all good leaders encounter times in their careers where they cannot find answers on their own. He is convinced that his purpose in life is to help people through those moments.
Matt has enjoyed a 20-year career in sales and management that serves as the foundation of his skills for coaching and mentoring. He has worked in multiple industries with the majority of his experience in Pharmaceutical/Vaccines. During his time with a global pharmaceutical company, Matt was instrumental in developing and executing new tools for people development. He mentored coaches in how to be more effective people developers and managers. He also created a curriculum that supported skill growth in coaching for performance.
Matt has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Purdue University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis. He is recognized as an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). He is the former Board President for Family Promise of Greater Indy and the current President Elect of the new Indiana Chapter of ICF.
An accomplished and highly respected executive coach, Linda Hajduk knows firsthand the challenges leaders face as they rise through the ranks in pursuit of their professional aspirations. She began her 30-year journey in healthcare as a registered nurse before going on to serve in a variety of leadership roles in business and human resources, including vice president of organizational effectiveness at Community Health Network, prior to her retirement.
Today, Linda promotes the personal and professional growth of her clients, including business owners and CEOs, with powerful questioning and relentless support as she assists them in the creation of comprehensive personal development plans. In addition to her Master of Science in Business and credentials earned during her nursing career, Linda is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) through the International Coach Academy and is a certified facilitator for Everything DiSC®.
Paul R. Haut, MD
With more than 30 years of experience as a physician, leader and healthcare executive, Paul brings his passion for serving others to coaching new and established leaders for success. He has experienced first-hand the power of leadership coaching in both individual and group settings as he led a complex healthcare team through the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Paul enjoys working with clients to unleash their inner potential and meet and exceed their personal and professional goals, with a special focus on physician leaders.
Paul received his BA in political science from Brown University, his MD from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and trained in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Children’s Memorial Hospital/Northwestern University. He is currently pursuing his ICF certification as a professional coach through IPEC. In addition, Paul actively writes about his leadership experiences and serves the community as an advocate for child health. He is an active volunteer and longstanding board member and supporter of Joseph Maley Foundation and Make-a-Wish OKI.
A values-driven, results-oriented healthcare executive with more than 11 years of C-suite experience, Pamela Hunt has an extraordinary passion for quality, patient care, servant leadership and team development. Her proven success in both community hospitals and institutions in complex healthcare systems has given her deep experience in systems thinking and hospital operations – and she uses this expertise to help build leaders, transform organizations and deliver results.
A former nurse who was educated at Parkview-Methodist School of Nursing and Indiana Wesleyan University, Pamela later received her Master of Nursing from Indiana University and received advanced board certification as a nurse executive. In her current role as a talent development specialist, she specializes in productivity, leadership & team development, cultural transformation success and the development/deployment of lean business systems.
As a seasoned Organizational Development professional Scott brings a unique blend of hands on and practical solutions-based experience to leadership and executive development. The majority of his over 30 years’ experience has been within the automotive sector including one Fortune 500 organization for the past 20 years. His current external client base includes a diverse portfolio of middle to executive level leaders in the health care, engineering, manufacturing, education, and IT sectors.
Scott is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and complements this with a variety of professional certifications including Senior Professional in Human Resource Management (SPHR), Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), and Organization Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC). He is also certified in a variety of assessment instruments including The Leadership Circle (TLC), Hogan, Integrative Enneagram (iEQ9), Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and DiSC.
Carrie brings a wealth of experience as an Executive Coach, leveraging her extensive background in healthcare leadership to guide professionals toward transformative growth. She brings a holistic experience to coaching from bedside to c-suite, nursing to operations, and community to academic. With a passion for empowering leaders, Carrie focuses on helping them uncover the profound impact of their strengths on their leadership style and organizational dynamics. Through her coaching, leaders gain invaluable time for introspection, understanding how their authentic selves influence their leadership approach. Drawing on her firsthand experience with individual and group coaching, Carrie believes that when leaders have a deep understanding of who they are and the “why” behind their actions, the potential for both individual and team success becomes boundless. Her coaching philosophy is rooted in the belief that unlocking individual potential paves the way for unstoppable capabilities within the leader and their team. With a compassionate and insightful approach, Carrie is committed to fostering leadership excellence and empowering professionals to thrive in their respective roles.
Armed with an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Purdue University, Carrie uniquely combines clinical expertise with a profound understanding of business strategy. Beyond her career milestones, Carrie is deeply passionate about empowering leaders to cultivate time for introspection, encouraging a deeper understanding of their thought processes. Her commitment to this cause extends to her education with the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). Carrie is passionate about connecting community with healthcare through her Advisory Board participation for organizations such as the Rotary Club of Indianapolis and Playworks of Indiana, Carrie’s narrative is one marked by compassionate leadership, innovation, and a heartfelt dedication to enhancing healthcare and leadership dynamics.
Deitra McGuire is a coach, facilitator, and thought partner who leverages her extensive human resources experiences to serve corporate leaders, HR professionals, and teams. She is passionate about development and helps clients maximize their potential to achieve their leadership goals while thriving professionally and personally.
Deitra had a successful 20+ year human resources career, functioning in Corporate HR Manager, Business Partner, and Talent Acquisition roles. She worked for various Fortune 10 – mid-size organizations such as GE Aviation, Raytheon, Cummins Inc. & STANLEY Security.
Deitra brings authentic partnership, trust, active listening, an understanding of people’s needs, nuances of navigating corporate life, and is committed to the success of her clients.
Deitra is a values-driven Certified Professional Coach (CPC) through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She is also an Energy Leadership™ Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) and Certified DiSC Facilitator. She holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational, Leadership, and Supervision (OLS) from Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Chara O’Neale is an executive coach, passionate about leadership development. Her goal is to inspire and challenge her clients to identify and develop their career goals in addition to helping them navigate challenges and leverage their strengths to overcome obstacles that stand in the way of achieving success.
Prior to beginning her coaching career, Chara was the Director of Talent Management and Diversity & Inclusion at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP. Chara led Parker Poe’s efforts to cultivate and reinforce a culture that attracts and develops superior talent. She focused on the growth of the firm’s professional development program and the continued expansion of its firmwide diversity and inclusion initiatives. She brought a deep passion for diversity and inclusion to her role and was a tireless advocate for attorneys and staff, both within Parker Poe and the broader legal community.
Previously, Chara was an attorney in Parker Poe’s Health Care Industry Team. She focused primarily on the representation of hospitals, physician groups, and other health care providers in the resolution of legal, regulatory, and business issues.
Chara is a certified Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner.
Colette Pellissier brings more than two decades of Fortune 100 senior leadership experience to her executive coaching, leadership development and organizational development consulting engagements. Combining a deep background in operational excellence in large globally matrixed organizations, with experience across all functional disciplines, organization levels, and a variety of industries, Colette specializes in advancing matters of personal, interpersonal, and system-wide integration and effectiveness.
She has earned an MBA from Vanderbilt University, an MA in Spiritual Psychology with an emphasis in Consciousness, Health and Healing from the University of Santa Monica, and a BS degree in Institutional Management from Purdue University.
Coaching for more than a decade, Colette holds a PCC credential through the International Coaching Federation (ICF), and currently serves as an officer on the Indiana ICF Chapter Board of Directors. She is certified in Myers Briggs, Everything DiSC®, Conversational Intelligence & Positive Psychology, and has experiential depth in many other instruments, tools, and models.
Stasha Poznan has been helping organizations bring out the best in their people over the course of her 20 year career in advertising, leading diverse teams and clients through complex projects and the execution of national multimedia ad campaigns. Her corporate experience supporting personal development to drive business growth provided the ideal background for her transition to professional coaching. She helps people experiencing personal and professional transitions show up as leaders in all aspects of their lives and get excited for what is next!
Stasha is a Certified Professional Coach, Energy Leadership™ Index Master Practitioner and COR.E Dynamics Leadership Dynamics™ Specialist through iPEC, leveraging the role of energy in understanding drive and motivation to be a powerful self-leader and inspiration to others. She also holds a Masters in Art History which has fueled her love of travel and diverse cultural experiences.
Rachel Pritz spent 15 years in healthcare as a frontline nurse, leader, and executive. She was a travel nurse, a nurse manager in a surgery center, a manager in nursing informatics and ultimately the Chief Nursing Informatics Officer. She’d always been passionate about growing and developing people, which is why she decided to become a certified coach herself. She learned how to coach other people, but also learned so much about herself in the process and believes she has to live it to give it. Rachel’s mission is to help people grow, transform, and lead their best lives both personally and professionally.
As Rachel has worked with leaders and organizations she’s come to the realization that emotionally intelligent leaders are critical for businesses to thrive. One of her driving values is curiosity and asking the question why. If we don’t get the root cause of the problem, we end up with short-term solutions that eventually fall off and open up old wounds. She helps clients and organizations spark their own curiosity and get back to the purpose behind their work. Self-awareness is at the heart of Rachel’s coaching along with social awareness. Traditionally, we’ve thought of IQ as the only way to be intelligent, but Rachel helps leaders balance the three intelligences: head, heart, and action so they can make better decisions and be more effective leaders.
Rachel has a Master’s degree in Nursing Leadership and Informatics. She is certified as a Life Coach, Enneagram Guide and an Everything DiSC® Facilitator. She is also trained in process improvement and Lean Six Sigma.
Simona Reising is a seasoned executive with an extensive background in nonprofits who is able to bring her experiences to the table as a facilitator for executives and teams. With a value of curiosity and a passion for lifelong learning, she serves as the Director of Learning and Development for the Stephanie Wood Group.
Recognized for her performance in leadership development, Simona has experience across multiple industries where she is driven by a values-first approach to empower brave teams and build courageous cultures. Using curiosity as her guide, she is deeply committed to transforming workplaces and the people in them by bridging self-awareness with personal and professional growth through elevating the collective brilliance in the room.
Simona is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator (CDWF), and a Certified Resilience Coach.
As an educator and executive coach, Marietta has a passion for helping executives maximize their unique potential by enhancing their self-awareness and evolving their leadership behaviors to drive individual, team and company success. Marietta believes that leadership is influence and everyone can grow their influence to lead from wherever they are.
She developed this during a 21-year career at Eli Lilly & Company and continued to apply it as Adjunct Faculty at the Indiana University (IU) Kelley School of Business MBA program, as a consultant with Roche Diagnostics, and in her role as the Director of Butler University’s Lacy School of Business Graduate Programs where she currently serves as Adjunct Faculty and Executive Leadership Coach in their Online MBA Program.
Marietta has a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from North Carolina State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from IU Kelley School of Business. As an Advanced Certified DiSC Consultant with Personality Insights, Marietta works with clients to enhance their effective communication skills which supports their growth as leaders. She has successfully completed an International Coaching Federation (ICF) ACC program with Goal Imagery Institute. Among her certifications she is a John Maxwell Leadership Coach and a Lifebook Leader.
Apart from executive coaching, Marietta brings her award-winning and comprehensive life and career strategic planning process to individuals around the globe. Her current coaching clients include middle to upper-level business executives in finance, manufacturing, IT, and healthcare.
Lauren Slevin brings over 16 years of dynamic experience in marketing, operations, and business growth development. With a solid background in the pharmaceutical and functional medicine industry, Lauren has honed her skills in business strategic planning and development, process alignment, and improvement. Her expertise extends to website development, internal program creation, management and leadership and the administration of ecommerce programs, showcasing her versatility in the corporate landscape. A proud graduate of Indiana University, Lauren holds a BA degree with a minor in business.
Dedicated to the growth of both individuals and businesses, Lauren embodies a passion for cultivating success. Her unwavering belief in aligning personal values with organizational goals has been a guiding principle throughout her career. Before joining SWG, Lauren served as the COO at DMD Pharmaceuticals for an impressive 15-year tenure, where she played a pivotal role in steering the company to new heights. Her journey is a testament to her commitment to supporting businesses in their growth and development, a mission that fuels her enthusiasm for making every venture successful.
Sam Thompson specializes in leadership and interpersonal communication training. He has facilitated training in 8 countries on 4 continents and is passionate about creating opportunities for people to explore ideas and find ways to continuously grow and improve. Sam is a professional training and coaching consultant in practice for over 15 years. He has partnered with companies from a wide range of industries including Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Roche Diagnostics, Anthem Inc., Defenders, and Simon Property Group.
Sam earned a BS degree from Purdue University with a double major in Financial Planning and Consumer Affairs. Prior to consulting he worked in the financial services industry including 12 years for Charles Schwab & Co. where he started as a stockbroker and moved into management and leadership roles before transitioning into a role as Senior Manager of Learning & Development. Sam has completed a certificate program in Human Performance Improvement from the American Society of Training and Development (ATD).
Sam is certified to facilitate several programs including Development Dimensions International, Ken Blanchard Companies’ SLII Experience, and Corporate Coach U’s Coaching Clinic. He is also an authorized partner distributor and facilitator for Everything DiSC® programs and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team from John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Jessica brings a passion for personal and professional growth to the forefront, with a diverse background that spans the fields of psychology, education, and behavioral health where she has consistently demonstrated her commitment to enhancing individuals’ and organizations’ capabilities.
Prior to transitioning to executive coaching, Jessica served the state of Indiana through a variety of leadership capacities exemplifying her dedication to inclusive education, ensuring that students with disabilities receive the support they need to succeed and demonstrated a commitment to early childhood development and the betterment of communities. As a values-driven, systems-focused thinker, Jessica is dedicated to fostering holistic growth and positive change in individuals and organizations. She believes in aligning personal and organizational values with actions, creating a sense of purpose and a path to success.
Jessica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Teaching, which together have provided a solid foundation for understanding human behavior, cognitive processes, and an ability to ensure that her methods of facilitation are both informed and effective. As a certified DiSC facilitator and executive coach, she leverages this expertise to empower individuals and teams to develop self-awareness, effective communication and meaningful professional relationships, and does so by making complex topics accessible and engaging for learners of all backgrounds.
Laura Torbeck finds purpose in helping the people who heal people’s lives, particularly physicians in academic medicine who wish to better navigate their careers and grow themselves as leaders. As an executive coach, Laura was motivated to formalize her skills to help individuals step into a better future leading others. She is passionate about work-life integration and helping people be transformative in their approach to life.
Laura has a PhD in Science Education from the University of Pittsburgh and has enjoyed a 17-year career in academic medicine. She is a Professor of Surgery and an Assistant Dean of a medical school. Laura specializes in professional development and diversity. Throughout her career, she has worked closely with medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty to develop their teaching, research, and leadership skills. Her direct observation of how physicians perform in the clinical environment and juggle their other professional and personal responsibilities has allowed Laura to appreciate their talents and goals while being empathetic toward the challenges that they face.
Laura is a Board Certified Coach (BCC) through the Center for Credentialing and Education.