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Dr. Keyaunoosh Kassauei MD

Dr. Keyaunoosh Kassauei MD is is an international medical graduate (IMG). She continued her medical education with a post-doctoral research fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, School of Medicine in the United States.
Dr. Keyaunoosh Kassauei

Her respected work during her pathology fellowship at Hopkins in the study of mitochondrial DNA mutations in pancreatic cancer patients has led to several publications in prominent journals of medicine like Nature.

She is currently a member of ICF (International Coach Federation/Foundation) and an active Fellow of IOC (Institute of Coaching) at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital. She also serves on IOC board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council (DEI).

Enlightened by her Near Death Experience (NDE, in 2006), she developed a passion for coaching in health care as her career and started her education by becoming a certified coach from LCI (life coach institute) and a SQi Coach in 2008. Subsequently she earned a certificate in Mind Body Medicine from MBM/BHI (Benson Henry Institute/Harvard Medical School in 2009) followed by becoming an IOC affiliate since 2010.

Dr. Kassauei is founder of “My Conscious Coaching Group” (MCCG), A 501c3 Coaching Nonprofit that serves our healthcare and education community with a mission to heal and care for the Whole-Self and a vision to raise self and global awareness for a conscious mind through education and application of EQ/SQ (Emotional Intelligence and Spiritual/Deep intelligence). She Earned her certificate of Spirituality & Healing in Medicine from GW Institute for Spirituality & Health (GWish) in 2009 and is part of ISPEC train the trainer program (Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum). She is also a member of IANDS (International Association of Near Death Studies) and an ISGO certified facilitator.

Additionally, Keyaunoosh has enrolled in numerous coaching certification programs under leadership of globally recognized mentors like: David Goldsmith & David Peterson from Google/ACE/WBECS (World Business and Executive Coach Summit), Daniel Goleman from Gei, Marcia Reynolds from ICF and WBECS, Cindy Wigglesworth from DCI (Deep change Inc), LIA (Learning In Action) and Heart math institute.

Dr. Kassauei is coauthor of International Best Seller, “Beautiful Scars”. Her vision is to continue coaching initiatives in healthcare leadership and education as a nonprofit for the growth and healing of humanity and all earth citizens

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Our Board of Directors

Learn about My Conscious Coaching Group Board of Directors and the important supporting roles these talented people fill. We are committed to helping you achieve personal success through the attainment of better emotional and physical health. Please meet our wonderful advisory panel.

Dr. Hassan Nayer

Dr. Hassan Nayer, MD FCAP

Dr. Nayer is an Honorary Advisor to our board and an Angel Investor. He has been the system chair at the Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine for Inova Health System since 2010. He leads 32 pathologists from:

  • Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
  • Inova Alexandria Hospital
  • Inova Loudoun Hospital
  • Inova Mount Vernon Hospital
  • Inova Blood Donor Services
  • Inova Laboratories

Dr. Nayer is board-certified, completed his residency at Yale New Hospital, and consequently earned two fellowships in hematopathology and neuropathology from The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Nayer has 30 years' experience in his field and, for the past decade has been among the top leaders of his medical community.

Cindy Wigglesworth, MA

Cindy Wigglesworth, MA

Cindy is our Angel Advisor, a researcher and a pioneer in the field of spiritual intelligence and the bestselling author of SQ21: The Twenty-one Skills of Spiritual Intelligence (SelectBooks,2012), a book that won a Hoffer Award for the best spiritual book of 2013. She has 20 years of experience in human resources management with ExxonMobil before founding her company, now called Deep Change, in 2000. Cindy has authored the first competency-driven faith-neutral Spiritual Intelligence Assessment instrument for business and personal use.

Cindy has appeared on Oprah, PBS, FoxNews26, TEDxLowerEastSide, and at numerous Conferences.
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Dr. Grace Banez-Sese

Dr. Grace Banez-Sese, md

Dr : Grace Banez-Sese, MD is a board certified Clinical Pathologist. She completed her Residency at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and her fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital of Baltimore in Transfusion Medicine. She is the Medical Director of Apheresis and Inova Blood Donor Services. Grace is a compassionate physician in taking care of her patients.

Dr. Irvine Nugent

Dr. Irvine Nugent, Ph.D.

Irvine possesses fifteen-plus years in senior leadership roles in organizations of various sizes, stages of growth and different sectors. He is experienced in challenging business environments and has worked extensively with executive and emerging leaders as an executive coach and consultant helping them become more self-aware, manage their emotions, read the emotions of others and manage their relationships.

He is an internationally recognized trainer and top-rated keynote speaker and is one of the few worldwide certified FACS coders, who are experts in reading facial emotions. He earned his Ph.D. from Capella University with research focused on leadership in times of crisis and is a graduate of Georgetown University’s executive coaching program. He is the author of the upcoming book, Leadership Lessons from The Pub.

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Renée R. Adams

Renée R. Adams, Business Owner, Children’s Book Author

Renée is a children’s book author and the founder/owner of the Calm In Your Palm®, Hoppy & Poppie PinkCheeks™ and Learn.Love.EQ.™ brands. She and her team enthusiastically and diligently create and develop stories for children along with entertaining and relatable characters/products. The stories and products focus on well-being and teaching children (and their parents) emotional intelligence and make learning fun.

She has recently launched two baby board books, Hoppy and Poppie character plush, the "Patoo" character blanket and EI/EQ wristbands (Happy, Sad, Excited, Scared, Angry and Calm) for the Hoppy & Poppie PinkCheeks™ brand! The setting is Bug Island, an enchanting place full of imagination, inspired by her home state of Colorado. The main characters are twin grasshoppers, Hoppy & Poppie PinkCheeks. They explore and share their Bug Island home with Queen Betty Bee, Chief Franco Firefly, Maestro Humphrey Hummingbird, King Walt Worm, Aunt Andie Ant, Dr. Spinner Spider, Patoo, the flying blanket, and more. The "Not SO Scary" and "What We Feel" books teach children, ages 0+, the most basic foundation of emotional intelligence including learning the names and being aware of feelings. She has written three downloadable digital Guides for parents or grandparents of young children, sharing key tools for teaching emotional intelligence to young children, such as how to name, understand and manage one’s emotions, manage the emotions of others, live mindfully, and be empathetic and compassionate with oneself and others.

Renée is a certified Goleman Emotional Intelligence coach and has a B.S. in Speech Communication from The University of Texas in Austin, TX. Since graduating from college and prior to her current entrepreneurial business, she has worked in multiple industries and pursued a variety of endeavors including being an account executive in telecom, a counselor for homeless adolescent girls, full-time parent, volunteer for non-profits, Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader and co-owner of a home health and hospice business. She spends most of her free time cycling, hiking, camping, skiing, reading, meditating and writing. 

 More about Calm In Your Palm and Hoppy & Poppie PinkCheeks can be found on the websites and social media links below, including her EI focused blog.

Hoppy & Poppie Hoppy & Poppie Blog Calm In your Palm Hoppy & Poppie Pink Cheeks Instagram Hoppy & Poppie Facebook Renée R. Adams Linkedin Calm In Your Palm Pinterest Hoppy & Poppie Twitter

Pamela M. Helwig

Pamela M. Helwig, MS, CPCC

Leadership Development and Executive Coach

Pamela is an executive, leadership, and career coach who brings wisdom gained from 20 years of corporate leadership experience and her passion for unlocking an individual's potential to address today's complex leadership and business challenges. As a certified coach since 2004, she has worked with executives, team leaders, and individuals to stretch beyond what's comfortable into incorporating mindset shifts, tools, and strategies to achieve their professional goals.

Having had a diverse career that began as a creative arts therapist, she then transitioned to roles in the competitive area of high technology sales for companies like GE, IBM, and SAP and then into talent development and executive coaching roles. As a talent management consultant and coach at IBM, Pamela played a vital role in the transformation of IBM’s sales culture by ensuring sales leaders developed strategic relationships and systems thinking skills. She also specialized in enabling managers to adopt a coaching approach to performance management and established coaching programs for women to advance to executive positions.

Pamela has been a guest speaker at the Yale School of Managements' Advanced Leadership course and developed programs to address the needs of corporate women in the greater NYC area with Barnard College/Columbia University's Athena Center for Women's Leadership. She is a Fellow with the Institute of Coaching, McLean/Harvard Medical School since 2012.

Certifications, Education, and Affiliations

Pamela holds the designation of a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) from the Coaches Training Institute. She has achieved the Mastery Coach Level with the Arbinger Institute and is a certified Immunity to Change Facilitator with the Minds at Work (Kegan/Lahey). Pamela is MBTI qualified and is certified to use behavioral and values surveys by Tilt 365 Leadership Predictor. She is a Conversation Intelligence Enhanced Program Graduate. As a lifelong learner, Pamela regularly attends trainings and lectures with industry thought leaders such as Daniel Goleman, Daniel Seigel, Peter Senge, and David Rock.

Dr. Carmen Qadir

Dr. Carmen Qadir

Carmen doctoral training was completed at Tulane School of Medicine (New Orleans, LA) followed with a post-doctoral fellowship with the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD). She has a certification in Public Health, Leadership & Management from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore, MD) and an M.B.A. from the George Washington University School of Business (Washington, D.C.).

Dr. Qadir is a Board Certified Coach (BCC) and Brain-Based Coaching Certified (BBCC).

Dr. Qadir has worked with numerous business executives, pharmaceutical executives, healthcare executives & administrators and healthcare workers across the country in identifying organizational needs, discover better solutions and implement necessary strategies into practice. Her expertise also includes coaching executive healthcare leaders, healthcare administrators, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, pharmacists, medical trainees (medical students, medical residents, medical fellows), and all other healthcare professionals and extension of health systems desiring goal achievement and growth.

Due to many years of hard work in various work environments, Dr. Qadir is an expert in personalized growth which includes development of leadership skills, burnout prevention & recovery, self-awareness, career transitions and growing interpersonal skills.

Dr. Qadir holds active memberships in the following:
International Coaching Federation (ICF), international & local chapter. Active Member (2020-2021), Board Member, Director for ICF - Houston Chapter (2021).
Institute of Coaching (IOC), McLean, Affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Active Member (2020-2021) & Board Member (DEI) (2020-2021).
American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL). Active Member (2020-2021)

Lori J. Katawczik

Lori J. Katawczik MBA

Lori J. Katawczik is the board Secretory. She is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. She is also a graduate with Honors from Strayer University, completing her Master’s in Business Administration with a focus in Project Management. She is a lifetime Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award.

After retiring as a Lieutenant with 26 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, she was a government contractor for the Air Force headquarters at the Pentagon. She also served six years as Virginia Marine Resources Marine Police Officer and boat captain in Hampton Roads and on the Chesapeake Bay.

Currently, Lori works as a project manager and legal assistant for Providence Law Group in Columbia, MD. She is also a designer boutique owner. As a trained Cabi stylist for 7 years, she works with women to build confidence and self-esteem through fashion.

Lori hails from Whitehall, Pennsylvania. She is the mother of two. She and her husband, Nick, live in Laurel, MD, with their son, John Thomas. In her free time, she enjoys springboard diving, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Elaine Gibson

Elaine Gibson

Elaine Gibson is a board officer and is CEO of Renewed Living Inc., promoting extraordinary health for an extraordinary life. Elaine is a green technology expert and certified raw food educator. She is committed to educating and training people about how to take better care of their bodies through appropriate lifestyle, diet, and nutrition. That means improving the quality of air, water, food, and even sleep, thoughts, and emotions. Incremental changes are steps in the dance to prevention, vitality, and youth.

Elaine has beaten a stage 4 cancer diagnosis and is living proof that the right choices can lead to abundant health and vitality. She is cited as one of the world's top 10 natural cancer survivors by Extreme Health Radio (#4). Join her in the pursuit of a disease-free life.

Stephanie Kurka

STephanie Kurka

Originally from Madison, WI, Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science in Child Life Education with a minor in Psychology from Edgewood College, a private college also located in Madison, WI. She loves reading both personal developmental books as well as fiction. She is a life-long runner, and enjoys exercise of all sorts and especially being outdoors.

She currently resides in Alexandria, VA where she has lived for the past 18 years with her husband Michael and two, teenage sons and 3 rescued cats. Stephanie launched a second career ten years ago with Arbonne International. Arbonne has blossomed into a passion for her as she truly subscribes to their holistic, life-goal pursuits. Arbonne creates personal care and wellness products that both preserve and enhance the mind, body, and skin.

She is actively involved with Animal Allies which is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization, dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned animals ( Stephanie is also an ardent volunteer and supporter for the charitable organization For the Love of Mateo which is a 501(3)C non-profit organization that primarily supports over 13 outreach programs throughout the country Guatemala : (

Jason Moon

Jason Moon

The board officer is the owner of Namoo Yoga and Wellness at Centreville, VA. He says our bodies hold all the answers and encourages yoga practitioners to trust their body's innate wisdom. His unique way of teaching accommodates people of all ages, body types, and fitness levels to participate comfortably at their own pace. Jason is a passionate teacher and has dedicated his life to teaching Yoga, energy meditation, smiling meditation, Tai Chi, and Qigong.


Deanna Saracino: Creative Marketing officer

Deanna was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

She is the mother of a beautiful daughter and living in Vienna, Virginia, with her husband and family. She graduated from James Madison University with a Degree in Communications / Public Relations. Deanna is a former semi-pro soccer player and a Former "C" License Professional Soccer Coach. She is Founder & Designer of La Clé (, an action-based accessories + apparel brand.

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Dr. Kemia.Sarraf

Dr. Kemia Sarraf, MD, MPH, RCC, TIPC™

Dr. Sarraf, is Lodestar Founder and CEO, a professional healthcare and leadership coach who developed a trauma-informed coaching paradigm for her private coaching practice. She coaches physician and executive clients suffering from extreme burnout, vicarious trauma and moral injury. She is a much-sought keynote speaker, trainer and facilitator in meaningful resilience and courageous conversations. She received her Medical Degree and Master of Public Health at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine. She left clinical medicine more than a decade ago to start a public health initiative for children in her community. genHkids focused on working with and teaching children in schools and community organizations to “Eat Real, Move More” through trauma-informed programming in the kitchen, gardens and playgrounds.

As a trauma-mitigation specialist, executive coach, physician and a physician wife, Kemia became increasingly concerned by the number of physician colleagues who were reporting high levels of toxic stress and burnout, all of which was leading to a distressing increase in physician disengagement, attrition, self-medication and suicide. Blending her experiences as a physician and public health professional she developed trauma-mitigation coaching paradigms specifically to address the needs of high-performing professionals working in environments of caustic stress.  Since its inception, Lodestar has expanded to include a Trauma-Mitigation Coach training and a subspecialty coaching fellowship program, group coaching for first-responder professions, and Equity-Diversity-Inclusion facilitation for organizations and institutions.

In addition to her private practice, Dr. Sarraf serves as adjunct faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, working in the office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Her work includes bringing a trauma-informed lens and trauma-mitigation approach to Diversity and Anti-Racism work. Dr. Sarraf and her senior team at Lodestar developed and co-teach a Trauma-Mitigation Master Course, training other experienced coaches in trauma-mitigation strategies and the trauma-informed approach.

Dr. Bernadette Norz


Dr. Norz is an executive, leadership, and certified physician development coach whose 2018 doctoral dissertation was on the topic of employed physicians and work engagement, which is the positive opposite of burnout.

Serving healthcare organizations and their leaders and practitioners who seek to better connect, communicate, and deliver in today’s demanding healthcare environment is Bernadette’s focus as an executive and physician development coach and consultant. She is experienced in coaching healthcare executives in hospitals, continuing care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and practice management. Her expertise also includes coaching physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals who seek work-life integration while optimizing goal achievement and finding meaning in their work. Her doctoral research, completed in 2018, entitled Employed Physicians and Work Engagement in Health Care Organizations (HCOs), informs her leadership development practice and supports a multi-pronged approach to increasing physician work engagement, the positive opposite of physician burnout.

Bernadette draws on her past professional experiences in the healthcare industry in her coaching and consulting work. She has served as the Director of Business Development for a hospital system, directed member services for an entrepreneurial healthcare buying cooperative, established strategic business partner relationships for a state hospital association and directed the operations of its medical record and laboratory-related services. In her early career she was employed as a laboratory supervisor in a hospital clinical laboratory.

Education & Accreditations:

  • PhD in Human and Organizational Systems, Fielding Graduate University
  • MBA, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • BS, Medical Technology, Douglass College/Rutgers University
  • ICF Coaching Credential (ACC)
  • Certified in Hogan, MRG LEA 360 Suite, DISC and DISC Workshop Leader
  • Certified Physician Development Coach, GetFive Career Coach, Founding Member of John Maxwell Team
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