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. I learned to appreciate and honor the “lived experiences” of my clients and the importance of empathy, self-compassion, and resilience to overcome life challenges.

As important is my 10-year affiliation with The Daring Way™ and my deep familiarity with the pioneering research of my colleague, Dr. Brené Brown. I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to share what Brené has learned about the power of vulnerability and courage and to support others in being able to Show Up. Be Seen. Live Brave™ in their personal and professional lives.

Following is a list of my professional credentials and experiences:


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


  • Associate Certified Coach, International Coaching Federation, Lexington, Kentucky
  • National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach, National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching, San Diego, California
  • Certified Coach, Positive Psychology & Well-Being, College of Executive Coaching, Arroyo Grande, California
  • Certified Administrator, EQi-2.0 , EQ 360 and the ESCI: Emotional & Social Competency Inventory
  • Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, Brené Brown Education and Research Group, Houston, Texas
  • Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator-Consultant for The Daring Way, Brené Brown Education and Research Group, Houston, Texas
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (CA-LCS #23453), California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Sacramento, California


  • 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
  • Program Director, 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