Erika Andersen

founder/partner

Erika is the founding partner of Proteus, a coaching, consulting, and training firm that focuses on leader readiness.

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Jeff Mitchell

president/partner

Jeff, a partner and president of Proteus since 2000, helps executives and leadership teams envision the organization they hope to create, clarify the essentials of their most pressing challenges and create practical plans to make their vision a reality.

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Laird McLean

Laird partners with organizations to catalyze positive change through his expertise in organizational development, process improvement, and learning.

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Cari Windt

senior consultant

Cari is a versatile trainer, facilitator and consultant who builds relationships, breaks down complex issues to help find elegant solutions, and designs approaches that deliver results.

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Jennifer Sherman

senior consultant

Jennifer serves as a trusted partner and advisor to executives, managers, and business owners from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups. Her expertise lies in supporting leaders and managers to create high impact, sustainable shifts in behaviors.

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Jason Kent

senior consultant

Jason is a coach, trainer and facilitator specializing in change and talent management. He helps organizations find workable solutions that grow both their people and their business.

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Therese Miclot

practice director

Therese is the Practice Director of Proteus’ Building Skills and Knowledge area. She works with organizations to ensure their employees have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed, by supporting clients to build and then deliver Proteus’ practical, skill-based learning solutions.

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Christine Lane-Polk

director of finance

Christine is Proteus’ Director of Finance, working to assure that our own financial house is in order and that we’re responsive to our clients’ financial needs. Christine is highly skilled, thoroughly organized, passionate about streamlining process, and focused on serving both internal and external clients.

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Tim Moore

chief operating officer

Tim Moore is the Chief Operating Officer of Proteus. He works with all facets of the business—from Proteus staff and operations team to consultants and clients—to streamline and improve processes, and align operations and execution with organizational strategy.

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Kathy Dore

senior advisor, vision & strategy

Kathy brings her own experience as a leader and deep understanding of what makes businesses work to her coaching practice—including how to create teams that can navigate through tough times to achieve success.

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Cindy Franklin

senior consultant

Cindy uses the tools of consultation, coaching, team building, and management training to help clients build workplace partnerships that yield superior results.

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Mike Rowe

senior advisor

Mike assists organizations undergoing dramatic change. He draws on more than two decades as a human resources executive across a variety of industries to provide focused advice, insights, and tools to senior executives.

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Cindy Swensen

senior consultant

Cindy provides senior teams and executives with skills and understanding that enable them to determine where they want to go, create a strategy for getting there, and ultimately fulfill their potential to lead.

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Kate Payne

senior consultant

Kate has been advising senior leaders building businesses for more than 15 years—both as a handpicked insider and as an outside consultant. Her gift for crafting simple, high-impact solutions to seemingly intractable leadership challenges makes her a trusted resource.

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Paul Bolles-Beaven

senior consultant

Paul is a Trainer and Executive Coach who builds leadership capacity in people and teams. Paul specializes in creating safe, collaborative learning environments where people can grow and reach their highest potential.

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Ken Kesslin

senior consultant

Ken specializes in leadership development and organizational effectiveness. More than a decade of corporate experience has given him a unique perspective, one that allows him to help his clients integrate their business and personal goals.

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Raabia Shafi

senior consultant

Raabia is a human-centered designer, experiential facilitator, and leadership development coach with a focus on strengthening executive teams.

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Jim Lilkendey

senior consultant

Jim is an executive coach, consultant, and trainer dedicated to strengthening his clients’ innate ability to overcome difficult challenges through a combination of understanding, compassion, and support to focus on the things that really matter to them.

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Vanessa Defournier

senior consultant

Vanessa is an executive coach and trainer, known for her communication and engagement skills, her intercultural awareness, and her deep understanding of the impact change can have on individuals and organizations

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Ivan Cortes

latin america director

Iván is the Latin America Director for Proteus, leading our work in the region with multinationals and local corporations. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English, he can apply his expert skills as a facilitator, learning professional, and performance improvement consultant in a wide variety of business contexts.

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Rosie Nestingen

associate consultant

Rosie Nestingen is an Associate Consultant for Proteus International. She specializes in project management and assists the Proteus team to increase efficiency and organization, both internally and on client projects.

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Mary Knuth-Kedrowski

design manager

As the Proteus lead designer, Mary creates print and digital materials that enhance and communicate the Proteus brand. She helps make sure that the look and feel of Proteus materials is as clear and engaging as the content.

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Michelle Moser

finance manager

Michelle is Proteus’ staff accountant, bringing a sharp eye to detail to ensure accuracy while staying focused on efficiency. Michelle is highly experienced in a wide variety of financial processes: client and account management, budgeting, financial metrics and process improvement.

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Sala Chrispin

executive assistant

Sala is the New York Operations Manager and Executive Assistant reporting to Proteus founding partner, Erika Andersen.

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Debbie Weinhold

executive assistant

Debbie is Executive Assistant and Project Coordinator, reporting to Jeff Mitchell, Proteus President.

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Kishauna DeCarmo

coordinator

Kishauna is the Coordinator for Proteus’ NYC office. Kishauna’s experience includes providing administrative, human resources, and office support within the media and banking industries.

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Molly Rutherford

training & operations coordinator

Molly is the Training & Operations Coordinator for Proteus International. Because of Molly’s background in customer service and administrative support she is strategically placed to help create a positive and enriching learning experience for clients.

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Believing in something; acting on that belief...

At Proteus, we’re confident we’re serving our clients well when we demonstrate these beliefs through our actions.

  • Our work is judged by how well we help our clients build their business.
  • If people can see the true shape of a problem, they can solve it.
  • Teams thrive only with high trust, common vision, and consonant values.
  • When people feel capable and powerful, they can learn and change.
  • Listening is the foundation of success.