Christa Doty (she/her)
I am a white, straight, cisgender female, and parent to a four-legged friend, just starting the latter part of my career. I have officially been a social worker since 1997 with a master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver, but my mom would say I have been one my whole life. I started my social work career working in child welfare directly supporting families and children, moving to a supervisory role and eventually to training the child welfare workforce. In 2018, in my effort to be a lifelong learner, I was trained by the Coaching Training Institute and awarded my Certified Professional Co-Active Coaching certificate and found coaching was my jam. It combined my social work training with skills and techniques to support individuals and organizations striving to be the best and most fulfilled version of themselves. Coaching the whole person and allowing the client to lead are just two elements of coaching that resonate with me. In my coaching practice, I see my role as holding the container for conversations and allowing curiosity to guide my questions and reflections. Let’s play together and see what emerges!
I currently serve as a senior program associate at the Butler Institute for Families. In addition to being a certified professional co-active coach, I am a professional certified coach through the International Coaching Federation, a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory, and a certified neuro-transformational coach through BEabove Leadership.
Kavitha (Kavi) Kailasam (she/her)
Kavitha Kailasam (she/her) serves as a senior program associate at the Butler Institute for Families. Kavitha believes that individuals and communities are their own best experts, and this drives her passion to create inclusive environments and systems that provide the individuals and communities the resources and tools they need to thrive. Towards that vision, she has worked in community engagement, capacity building, and coaching in a variety of content areas across diverse settings, including the business, government, and non-profit sectors. She provides coaching, technical assistance, and training to help build individual, group, and organizational capacity. She has worked in youth prevention and intervention program design and management, educational resource and curriculum development, group and community learning facilitation, as well as program assessment and technical assistance for continuous quality improvement. She has provided staff supervision and training within youth development, behavioral health, financial services, and international development contexts.
Kavitha is a trained professional coach (TPC) through the Butler Institute for Families’ Academy for Professional Coaching and is currently pursuing accreditation as an associate certified coach through the International Coaching Federation. She is also a qualified administrator (QA) of the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI) and a certified prevention specialist (CPSII) through the Colorado Providers Association and the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium. She holds a master’s degree (MA) in international administration, focusing on health and humanitarianism, from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School for International Studies.
Brenda Lockwood (sher/her)
I am a straight, white, cisgender woman, who grew up, and still lives, in the Midwest. I have a passion for international travel and participating in endurance athletic events like triathlons and marathons. As an Ironman triathlon finisher, I know very well the sacrifice and reward that comes from staying focused on the "WHY?" of a dream or a goal.
I believe in coaching the whole person. This means exploring, with a client, their "WHY"—the values, beliefs, attitudes, assumptions, and/or worldview—and how these crucial aspects of our inner life influence how one shows up in the world to work toward the things that matter most in our personal and/or professional life.
I have bachelor's degrees in Biology and English and a master's degree in counseling psychology. I am a certified neuro-transformational coach through BEabove Leadership and a professional certified coach through the International Coaching Federation.
Sommer J. Purdom (she/her)
Sommer J. Purdom, MSW, is a senior program associate at the Butler Institute for Families, a trained professional coach through the Academy of Professional Coaching, and a Cherokee Nation Citizen. Sommer worked for nearly 20 years in child welfare at the state and tribal levels. She has worked and supervised all child welfare programs in Muskogee County, Oklahoma, and continues to be a forensic interviewer for Muskogee County. While working for Cherokee Nation, she was part of a team that developed and implemented the Direct Title IV-E program for Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare, and she worked a short time in the Grants Department within Cherokee Nation. Sommer has experience in professional coaching, policy development, Tribal Code research and development, data base development and implementation, training staff and other Tribal Nations and monitoring federal compliance for grant eligibility, and has also acted as a reviewer for state quality assurance reviews and federal Title IV-E reviews.
Ann Baker (she/her)
I am an adopted Korean American woman who grew up on the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux reservation in northeastern Montana, quite literally in the middle of nowhere. I have extensive experience in public and tribal child welfare systems, from CPS direct line to regional child welfare management and project leadership.
I love coaching because it allows me an opportunity to experience growth and development in real time, both in myself and the person I’m developing the coaching relationship with. My belief that every individual has the answers to their own questions challenges me to listen well, reflect back what I’m hearing and ask good questions that lead to self-discovery. I get excited when the person I’m in the coaching relationship with experiences that “aha” moment!
Kristin Clark (she/her)
I am a white, cisgender, queer woman living in South Carolina. I believe we are interdependent beings who need connection and relationship to thrive. I love coaching because it supports the individual in finding their own creative solutions within, while creating opportunities to build connection, relationship, and support. I strive to be holistic, healing centered, and culturally responsive in my approach while co-creating a coaching relationship that is tailored to the needs of the individual. I think it’s important to be conscious of personal, systemic, and environmental barriers and resources while coaching. I’ve seen coaching be transformative for myself and others. I believe it’s a privilege to walk beside each other while learning and growing on this journey. I am always excited and humbled when I get the chance to do so.
I’ve been working in social work for 17 years, mostly in community-based nonprofits and grassroots organizations. I have both lived and professional experiences in systems that inform my work. I am a trained professional coach and am currently pursuing accreditation through the International Coaching Federation. I currently serve as a senior program associate at the Butler Institute for Families and hold a master’s degree in social work. I am also a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and have a certification in providing Moral Reconation Therapy.
Jennifer Turvey (she/her)
Jenn is a Certified Integral Coach though New Ventures West and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coaching Federation. She specializes in workplace coaching and focuses on employee wellbeing and role development. Before receiving her coaching certification, she worked as an organizational development practitioner for Colorado's Medicaid program. Jenn holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Religion from Barnard College and the University of Chicago.
Michael Holcombe (he/his)
I am a gay, white, cisgender man from rural Appalachia with ADHD and a dog who is a little too much like me. I have spent most of my career trying to find a job that would make the most impact and do the most good for people. In this process, I tried to mold myself into the perfect employee, only to fail repeatedly. Eventually, I realized I needed a job that fit me, one that allowed me to be my authentic self and still make an impact—and that is coaching. I say all of this because I believe storytelling is one of the best ways to build connection and get to know someone. My approach to coaching is to provide a space for people to show up authentically and share their story—as much as they want to—and to provide a metaphorical mirror that reflects back their strength, resiliency, and resourcefulness.
I have a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in social work and am a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Developmental Inventory. I have been with the Butler Institute for Families for 5 years as a research assistant and as a trained professional coach for 1 year.