Meet the SWG team

Stephanie Wood

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, DiSC® assessments and the Korn Ferry Leadership Architect™.

Erika Alessandrini

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.

Jenny Banner

Jenny Banner has been helping small to mid-sized businesses and Fortune 500 companies alike develop their workforces for nearly 20 years. As a professional coach, Jenny works with CEOs and leaders to build their leadership capabilities and effective communication skills. She also consults with clients to craft strategic plans, implement technological solutions, create effective talent acquisition and on-board new programs, including at such corporations as WellPoint and Eli Lilly & Company.

Jenny is an Achieve Global®-certified trainer, an American Management Association-certified Myers-Briggs administrator, an Everything DiSC® Workplace-certified trainer and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR & SHRM-SCP). She is a Certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership™ Index Master Practitioner through iPEC and an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation. Most recently, she became a Conversational Intelligence® (C-IQ) Certified Coach.

Brendan Crowley

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

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.


Linda Hajduk

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 DiSC®.

Pamela Hunt

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.

Rachel Pritz

Rachel Pritz spent 15 years in healthcare as a bedside nurse and climbed the ladder to Chief Nursing Informatics Officer. She quickly realized that organizations can’t reach their goals if the people running them aren’t emotionally intelligent and leading with a human-centered approach. This inspired her to take the leap into full-time coaching with the mission to help people grow, transform, and realize their full potential.

Rachel has a Master’s degree in Nursing Leadership and Informatics. She is certified as a Life Coach and Enneagram guide. She coaches people both personally and professionally and helps them live their best lives.


Simona Reising

Simona Reising is an experienced executive and with an extensive background in nonprofits and a seasoned facilitator for helping professionals. Recognized for her performance in team development, she has experience in multiple industries, including mental health, human resources, social services, and government organizations.

Leading with a values-driven approach, Simona is passionate about servant leadership, quality of care, and leading with a people-first approach. Her approach to transforming workplaces and the people in them is to bridge self-awareness with authenticity so that each of us can show up as wholehearted people. This approach guides her work in leadership development and team collaboration to allow innovation to thrive. Simona is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator (CDWF).


Kimberle Seale

Kimberle Seale is an experienced executive with an extensive background in developing leaders and guiding organizations to realize their full potential. Recognized for her performance in building collaborative leaders and teams that accelerate business success, she has experience working with leaders in multiple industries, including healthcare, human resource management, social services, technology, financial management, energy and higher education, as well as for-profit and not-for-profit government organizations.

Kim’s passion is to coach great leaders and organizations through an integrated approach that builds capabilities that are foundational to the health and success of any organization. A coach, speaker, teacher and trainer certified by the John Maxwell Team, she also works as a certified Strategic, Agile and Organizational Leadership (SAOL™) Organizational Health coach and a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner.

Erin Slater

Passionate about coaching, Erin Slater uses her extensive experience in the nonprofit sector to serve for-profit and nonprofit organizations’ leaders and their teams, working to deliver inspiration, attentive listening, understanding, belief and confidence, and commitment to the success of her clients. She leverages her experience as the former CEO of College Mentors for Kids to guide her approach as she works to create clarity and focus while enhancing leadership and self-awareness.

Erin is a Certified Professional Coach and Master Practitioner of the Energy Leadership™ Index through iPEC, as well as a credentialed Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). As a business leader, she has received numerous accolades for her leadership ability and accomplishments, including the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Award, Junior Achievement’s Indy’s Best and Brightest Award, the Torchbearer Award from the Indiana Commission on Women and the Dreamers into Doers award from The Martha Stewart Show.

Michael Thomas

An educator and coach with a passion for helping people maximize every hour of the 90,000+ they’ll spend at work – no matter where they are on that journey – Michael Thomas is a specialist in helping executives reach their true potential. A former life insurance industry professional and current career development professional and adjunct professor, he has committed himself to working closely with business leaders to help them drive innovation and achieve success without sacrificing health and happiness.

A graduate of the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, where he earned his MBA and MIS, Michael assists executives as a certified iPEC professional coach and Energy Leadership™ Index Master Practitioner as well as a Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). He holds additional certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the HR Certification Institute and to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Step 1™ and Step 2™.

Sam Thompson

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.


Laura Torbeck

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.



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