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Buccino Leadership Institute
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Professional Leadership Coaching

Seton Hall is believed to be the first university to offer leadership coaching strictly to competitively-selected undergraduate students. Every student in the Buccino Leadership Institute is assigned a professional leadership coach over two semesters. Together, the student and the coach make progress toward a specific goal determined by the student. 

These hand-picked coaches are impressive individuals with decades of professional experience and unique skill sets. Some had careers as corporate executives for multinational corporations. Others routinely coach CEOs and C-Suite leaders in a variety of industries – pharmaceuticals, finance, law, media, and health care. There is even a former professional basketball player. All of the coaches, however, share a passionate belief in the Buccino Leadership Institute's mission and the positive impact this program can have on high-performing students. Part of the "Leadership family," many of the coaches not only coach, but are involved in the Institute’s happenings throughout the year – participating and attending program sessions, student presentations and Institute celebrations.   

Meet the Coaches

Amanda Rose, Psy. D.
Senior Associate with Princeton Consulting Resources Inc.

Amanda Rose is an organizational, educational and leadership consultant and executive coach. As a Senior Associate with Princeton Consulting Resources Inc., she has provided consultation to organizations in leadership development, executive assessment, training design and delivery, executive coaching, presentation skills and career counseling. She has experience consulting to a range of industries including financial services, secondary and higher education, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, and marketing research.

Annalise Matulewicz,M.A.
Principal of Build IN

Annalise has over 20 years of experience driving results across various organizational functions including sales and marketing, human resources, operations, and finance. She is a performance coaching and leadership consulting practice that believes the space for personal development is boundless and that through connection, there are endless possibilities for the person and their place. As a performance coach, Annalise invites her clients to bring their whole self to leadership; impacting both a personal and professional transformation.

Debra Ventura, M.B.A.
Principal, Ventura Consultant Group, LLC

With over 30 years of experience as a successful commercial business leader and professional, executive coach Debra Ventura has a strong ability to interface at all levels to encourage accountability and achieve effective outcomes and desired results both professionally and personally. Debra partners with her clients to close the gap between where they are and where they want to be. She has coaching clients across the country from CEOs to college students.

Flora Taylor, Ph.D.
Independent Organization Development Consultant

Flora Taylor is an organizational development consultant, executive coach and group dynamics specialist. She has worked with clients to achieve quantifiable results in their organizations for over 20 years. Flora brings varied experience to her consulting work, where she leverages her Psychology background along with her group expertise to determine the intervention that best meets the client’s individual and organizational needs.

Jeff Koeppel, M.A.
President of Koeppel Associates, LLC

Jeff Koeppel is President of a boutique executive coaching and consulting firm working with global clients in diverse industries, geographies and functions. His 30-year track record of success in organizations includes corporate senior HR leadership roles in medical technology, (Becton Dickinson), energy (Public Service Enterprise Group) and financial services (AXA Equitable). Jeff also served as an Organization Effectiveness Leader in the strategy consulting practice of Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC).

Jeffrey Hurwitz, J.D.
Founder and Principal, Aim High Consulting LLC

For over 30 years, Jeffrey has been helping organizations and individuals achieve their objectives. Through CoreChoice, a leadership development company, he helps organizations understand how to recognize and resolve the true ethical dilemmas, where core values conflict, and individuals and teams achieve breakthroughs in their own development and performance.

Jim Phelan, M.Ed.
Founder and Principal Consultant of Obi 1 LLC

Jim Phelan is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Obi 1 LLC, a Leadership Development practice focusing on talent strategy, talent management, management / executive development, and leadership effectiveness. Jim has over 27 years of experience in the fields of adult learning, leadership development and the integration/use of technology to meet learning needs.

Ken Warman
Founder of The Leader's Evolution

Ken has 25 years of experience with a proven track record of building successful leaders and high-performing teams. He is a strategic leader, trusted advisor and provides valuable coaching to his clients through a combination of diverse business experiences and talent development skills. A talented leadership and International Coaching Federation certified coach, he builds deep relationships of trust with his clients and elevates them through heightened self-awareness and authentic dialogue, resulting in improvement of individual and organizational performance.

Grace Calpus, BSN, RN, MPA, PCC
Academic Leadership Coach, Between the Words

Since 2013, Grace has been a professional certified coach (PCC) and works with clients who are expanding their leadership capacities in both professional roles and personal goals. With twenty years in health care as an RN, Grace is well versed in the medical industry but also has experience in technology, government and non-profit organizations.

Greg Licciardi, M.B.A
Adjunct Professor and VP of Partnerships at Worth Media Group

Along with being an International Coaching Federation (ICF) certified executive coach, Greg is an Adjunct Professor at Fordham and Seton Hall Universities where he teaches an Integrated Marketing Communications course to MBAs and mentor students. Included in his course is a focus on consultative selling best practices. With over 25 years of sales and management experience at leading companies such as American Express, Ziff-Davis and Univision, he also specializes in team-building and consultative sales training.

Julie Crotty, J.D./M.B.A.
Founder and Principal Consultant of LUMI Coaching & Leadership Development

Julie Crotty is the Founder and Principal Consultant of a leadership development company focused on talent strategy, assessing C-Suite and high potential talent for selection and development, executive coaching and leadership training. Julie helps people enhance communication, networking, presentation, business development, and conflict management skills. She improves team dynamics through facilitations and mediations.

Katrina Holm-DiDio, M.A.
Principal Coach (ACC) and Consultant at KHD Consulting International LLC

Katarina is the Principal Coach (ACC) and Consultant at KHD Consulting International LL. She has over 20 years of international experience in human resources, learning, and development and from the last 10 years in private practice as a coach and trainer. Providing global leadership, career and performance management, cross-cultural competence and team coaching and training, Katarina is internationally recognized as a coach, working with and the United Nations, and in global talent management.

Kathy McDermott
McDermott &Associates Coaching, LLC

Kathy McDermott brings over 25 years of experience as a corporate leader at Merck, Astra Merck and AstraZeneca, and as a small business owner. Throughout her career, she has lived by the guiding principle of authentic leadership, as well as dedicated to the idea that success comes about through the development of leaders and their employees. She developed her passion for coaching early in her career as a manager.

Lisa Geller, M.A.
Founder and Principal of Geller Consulting Group LLC

Lisa has 25 years of diverse, global experience as an executive coach, human resources executive, and management consultant. Lisa is highly commercial in her approach and is able to understand the business strategy and align it with human capital. She has a demonstrated track record of coaching, hiring and developing high performing teams and senior talent, and has deep and proven experience in business and functional transformations, merger/acquisition integration, culture change, and building out new organizations in high growth markets.

Nancy E. McCarthy, M.B.A.
Principal, McCarthy Consulting

Nancy is a seasoned consultant, coach and business leader whose focus is to develop people initiatives that support the goals and values of her clients and their organizations. Her areas of expertise include talent management, leadership development, high-potential development, employee engagement, corporate culture optimization, and executive coaching. Her passion is helping clients and organizations unleash their potential.

Nancy Singer, M.B.A.
Board Director/ CEO and Founder, Singer Leadership Group

Nancy has over 30 years of business experience in senior leadership positions in three Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies. A pharmacist with a dual MBA in Marketing & Finance, she provides a unique background blending roles in Sales & Marketing, Management, and Talent Development. A recognized global thought leader in developing high potential talent, her leadership development programs have garnered numerous industry awards; she has been published in Management Development journals and regularly speaks at Talent and Leadership conferences.

Paula Zimmerman, JD, SPHR, ACC
Principal Consultant at ProSonder Solutions, LLC

As a consultant and coach, Paula helps business leaders make better decisions faster so they can do more with less. She partners with clients to spark high performance in an engaged, inclusive employee culture built to navigate the changing workplace. Her work leverages more than 20 years of experience, starting with her time solving problems with business leaders as an employment attorney. As an HR executive and consultant, sheI grew and scaled HR functions in high-growth companies, including integrating M&A transactions, fostering best-in-class workplace cultures, and supporting multiple workforces in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Rebecca Feder, M.B.A.
Founder and Principal Consultant of Princeton HR Insight LLC

Rebecca Feder is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Princeton HR Insight LLC, a Human Resources consulting firm focused on talent strategy, talent management, coaching, leadership and team effectiveness, strategic business partnering, interim coverage and startup company support. Rebecca has been consistently recognized for delivering innovative solutions that drive alignment and deliver results at both the enterprise and business unit level. Her experience includes consulting and in-house HR, plus operations and business development line management positions.