My passion for coaching, consulting, and workshop facilitation is grounded in my family and career experiences.


My parents taught me the basics— to value education, to serve others, and to cherish my Mexican-American heritage. Some of my greatest learnings, however, has come from the clients I have served and the organizations I have led. 

As important is my 12-year affiliation with the Brené Brown Education and Research Group. I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to share what Brené's research about the power of vulnerability and what it takes to "Show  up. Be Seen. Live Brave" ™ be it in our personal and professional lives.

Here is a summary of my education and professional experience. Look me up on LinkedIn to learn more.


  • Case Western Reserve University, Ph.D., Social Welfare, 2002
  • California State University, Sacramento, M.S.W., Social Work, 1981
  • California State University, Sacramento, B.A., Social Sciences, 1974


  • Associate Certified Coach-International Coaching Federation (ACC-ICF)
  • National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC)
  • Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, Brené Brown Education and Research Group
  • Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator-Consultant, Brené Brown Education and Research Group
  • Certified Administrator EQi-2.0 , EQ 360 and the ESCI: Emotional & Social Competency Inventory
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker #16449 Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council


  • Owner, LifeShift Coaching and Consultation, 2019-Present
  • Owner, Standpoint Consultation, Research, & Consultation, 2010-Present
  • Executive Director, University of California Berkeley, California Social Work Education Center, 2016-2019
  • Department Chair, California State University, Fresno , Department of Social Work Education, 2012-2016
  • Director, California State University, Fresno, Central California Social Welfare Education, Research, and Training Center, 2012-2016
  • Executive Director, Children’s Transplant Association, San Antonio, Texas, 1989-1992
  • Director, Solano County Head Start, Fairfield, California, 1974-1975