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About Our Hiring Process

All of Positive Presence Global’s coaches undergo a rigorous talent acquisition process which includes: two interviews, a nationwide background check, reference screenings, and an online presence review and analysis (social media, etc.) to ensure their public persona matches who we interviewed.

In Positive Presence Global’s history, only about 25% of the people we interview pass these standards and are approved by our corporate human resources team to begin training.

Once an offer is extended to a prospective coach, they must first sign strictly enforced non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements to ensure the security and privacy of the information clients and families working with us share. These agreements are extended to the coaches for a year at a time and are reviewed and renewed annually.

Our Certification Process

The training process has proven just as rigorous as the interview process. Once our coaches are approved to begin training, they start the first part of their Positive Presence Mentor Certification Program – a proprietary 30-day intensive training.
Phase One: Proprietary 30-day intensive training
Phase One
Through this one-on-one, hands-on experience, our coaches get an in-depth understanding of our S.E.L.F. Philosophy, our coaching P.I.L.L.A.R.S., our proprietary ‘Perspective Coaching Process’ & a clear understanding of how to support their mentees the Positive Presence way.
Phase One: Proprietary 30-day intensive training
Phase Two: Mentor Shadowing
Phase Two
Upon completion of Phase 1, each of our coaches are provided a non-paying scholarship recipient from our Foundation in order to gain valuable field experience. Over the next 30 days (Phase 2 of their certification process) they are required to put in a minimum of 5 hours of online training, specifically watching client-approved session recordings. Additionally, they must observe five 1-hour coaching sessions conducted by current coaches.
Phase Two: Mentor Shadowing
Phase Three: Scoring Perfect on The Exam
Phase Three
Phase 3 of our certification process requires scoring 100% on our certification exam. This 2-3 hour exam includes 50 "what-if" scenarios presented to each coach by a corporate trainer. Each scenario has been extracted from actual coaching situations encountered by Positive Presence coaches. The intention of this exam is to ensure that our coaches can maintain integrity with our core-coaching principles, utilize our ‘Prospective Coaching Process’ and think on their feet to positively and proactively support each student in various scenarios.
Phase Three: Scoring Perfect on The Exam
As you can imagine, this is NOT an easy process for our coaches or our corporate training team, but we understand the importance of the lives we impact and we take every precaution necessary to make sure our coaches are ready to inspire and support their mentees. The coaches that make it past these three phases become Positive Presence certified coaches and begin coaching company wide. Our coaches are exemplary! They are passionately motivated to change the lives of the people they coach and they are dedicated to that mission through and through.

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About Our Current Coaches

We have only the most caring, experienced, and effective Mentors at Positive Presence.  Our clients LOVE our coaches!
Michelle Marie King
Specialties:
Body Image, Reflection, Growth Mentality, Personal Empowerment, Goal Setting, Time Management, Attitude & Gratitude, Authenticity & Purposeful Living - Read Bio
Cheyanne Peters
Specialties:

Behavioral Health, Addictions, Mindfulness,  Incorporating Movement, Developing Coping Skills, Healthy Relationships, Emotional Intelligence - Read Bio

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Rachael Roberts
Specialties:

Mindfulness, Goal Setting, Time Management, Budgeting, Organization, Self Care, Learning how to Learn -
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Elysa Swenson
Specialties:

Self Confidence, Academic Goal Setting, Managing Anxiety & Stress, Drug Abuse & Recovery Assistance - Read Bio

Alysha Montgomery
Specialties:

Anxiety, Stress Management, Introspection Skills, Trusting Intuition, Effective Communication & Processing Emotion - Read Bio,  Read Interview

Emily Lamb
Specialties:

Time Management, Stress & Anxiety, Body Image, Self-Esteem, Friendships & Relationships, Finding PurposeRead Bio, Read Interview

Blake Cleaver
Specialties:

Anxiety & Stress Management, Building Resiliency, Motivation & Goal Setting, Overcoming Trauma, Self-Harm Recovery, Self Love, LGBTQIA+ Relationships - Read Bio , Read Interview

Karen Weaver
Specialties:

Self Love, Friendships & Relationships, Healthy Living, Introspective Skills, Body Image, Stress & Anxiety - Read Bio- Read Interview

Emily Caikoski
Specialties:

Self-Esteem, Managing Social Interactions, Building Self-Confidence, Goal Setting, Body Image, Anxiety, Depression, Mindfulness/Mediation, Spirituality, and Death/Grief - Read Bio , Read Interview

Gisella Howe
Specialties:

Goat Setting, Finding Purpose & Potential, Dissolving Mental Blocks, Family & Relationship Dynamics, Mediation, Parent Coaching, Health & Wellness, Money Management, Career Goals & Building - Read Bio , Read Interview

Thea Saccoliti
Specialties:

Self-Acceptance and Validity, body Image, Time Management / Organizational Skills, Self Reflection, Goal Setting, Anxiety & Stress, Healthy Relationships - Read Bio , Read Interview

Lyndsey Clark
Specialties:

Fitness & Nutrition, LGBTQIA+, Self-Discovery, Healthy & Effective Communication, Time Management & Goal Setting, Problem Solving, Stress & Anxiety Management, Development of Intellectual & Cognitive Abilities - Read Bio , Read Interview

Maria Molina
Specialties:

Mindfulness, Spirituality, Building Relationships, Organization, Goal-setting, Career Exploration, Professional Development - Read Bio , Read Interview

Thomas Knowles
Specialties:

Addictions, Stress & Anxiety, Mindfulness, Behavioral Health, Self-Awareness, Purposeful Living, Healthy Relationships - Read Bio , Read Interview

Tonica Johnson
Specialties:

Personal Empowerment, Attitude & Grace, Self-Love/Self-Worth, Building Resiliency, Limiting Beliefs & Growth Mindset, Confidence & Acceptance, Goal-Setting/Future Planning - Read Bio , Read Interview

Katlyn Cleaver
Specialties:

Body Image, Self-Love, LGBTQIA+ Relationships, Anxiety, Behavioral Health, Time Management, Self-Reflection & Finding Your Purpose - Read Bio , Read Interview

Wafeeq Amin
Specialties:

Conflict Resolution, Transition, Emotional Intelligence, Financial Literacy, Action steps and goal setting, Self-awareness, Family dynamics, Grief coaching - Read Bio , Read Interview

Don'Taisha Greene
Specialties:

Career Goal Setting, Academic Goal Setting, Growth Mindset, Stress and Anxiety Management, Spirituality, Coping with Death and Grief, Finding Purpose - Read Bio , Read Interview

Jack Blake
Specialties:

Creating Space, Authenticity, Resourcefulness, Anxiety & Stress Management, Nutrition, Friendships & Relationships, Self Awareness - Read Bio , Read Interview

We are Proud to Be an
Equal
Opportunity Employer

At Positive Presence Global, we don’t just accept difference – we celebrate it! Universal acceptance and mutual respect for all is at the heart of our company. As such, we are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

We believe that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, therefore we promote diversity of thought, culture, and background and seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. With the complete support of Positive Presence Global, including our Executive Leadership Team, CEO, and Board of Directors, we pledge to take affirmative action so that everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive in this company.

Jason A. Dixon

Growing up, Jason A. Dixon was a D student: Doubtful, Discouraged, and Depressed. His struggles to fit in and fight through adversity nearly forced him to fold under pressure. But things changed in high school when he discovered a gift that unlocked his potential, ignited his passion, and revealed his purpose. Today, Coach Jason uses his gift and passion for inspiring and motivating teens and young adults as an Executive Mentor Coach with Positive Presence Global. He is committed to helping teens, and young adults win the game of life because he knows what it’s like to feel defeated. As someone who believes all teens and young adults have unique talents and abilities, Coach Jason aims to inspire belief, infuse hope, and instill confidence.

It doesn’t take a long time to see that Coach Jason is an authentic communicator with a unique ability to engage, empower, and equip teens and young adults. He does not just talk the talk. He speaks a language that educates, resonates, and elevates. From his heart to theirs, Coach Jason encourages teens and young adults to rise above life’s obstacles, refuse to quit, and remember that they have greatness in them. Coach Jason is a Bowling Green (OH) State University graduate, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Print Journalism. His previous professional experiences include working as a sportswriter, educator, high school and college basketball coach, and qualified mental health specialist. In addition to his role at Positive Presence, Coach Jason is also a Motivational Speaker and the Founding CEO for Inspire 2 Reach Higher LLC.

Blake Cleaver

Blake Petersen is a determined first generation college student living in Kansas City. She works with a local non-profit, Support Kansas City, who provide new and upcoming non-profits the tools and resources essential for growth. Blake prides herself on her compassionate mentorship style with talents in actively listening and responding to others. Blake loves being outdoors and reading books in her spare time. Her family and fur babies are two of the most important things in her life. She maintains a positive mindset by reflecting on her accomplishments, her strengths, and the adversities she has overcome. Blake strives to be that non-judgmental, listening ear that she wishes she could’ve had during her teenage years. She is extremely resilient and hopes to teach others the power of resiliency. Blake is passionate about providing support during the uncertainties of life, sharing her experiences, and ensuring her students see all that life has to offer.

Karen Weaver

Karen is currently studying Psychology and Criminology at the University of Arizona, with hopes of making positive contributions to the lives of others in her future career. She is extremely involved at her University, holding board positions in SPURS Honorary and Circle K International, while also maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Karen is passionate about nature, travel, and her Christian faith, and has the ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Karen is an empathetic and inspiring mentor who believes practicing gratitude is an integral aspect of remaining positive. Her past experiences with mental illness, lack of self-esteem, and toxic environments have given her knowledge in just how dark life can get. Karen believes that coming out the other side of this adversity and finding her most authentic self was one of the most invigorating feelings she has ever experienced. It is now Karen’s goal as a mentor to help others reach their fullest potential.

Riley James Warr

Riley James Warr is an optimistic mentor who stays positive by making the best of every situation. Riley graduated from Grand Canyon University, a Private Christian College, in Phoenix, Arizona with a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Design. During his college years he found his love for expressing oneself through one’s own creativity – a trait he carries into his coaching career. Originally from a military family and the oldest of three children, Riley has become an expert in resilience and adaptability during unprecedented circumstances. Healing from his own struggles with social anxiety and depression, Riley has become a passionate, positive and resourceful mentor coach striving to help young men find their voice and purpose driven life.

Thea Saccoliti

Thea is an aspiring actress making the jump from her hometown of Colorado Springs, Colorado to Los Angeles, California. She has been working in the TV and film industry for 7 years. In order to further pursue her acting career, Thea graduated High School early with honors and an above 4.0 GPA. Growing up, she participated in Competitive Taekwondo and Cheerleading. This empathetic, welcoming mentor continues to have a positive mindset by addressing her negative thoughts and always finding the good in every situation. Although she is young, she is not afraid to shed light on difficult topics within today’s society. She views herself as an old soul born within the iGeneration. Watching as those around her are negatively impacted by the world today, she wants to be able to use this asset to help others. Thea strongly believes in people making a name for themselves and, as a mentor, will not allow social media or other resources to define who her students are. Rather, she will encourage them to come from a place of authenticity and develop into the person they aspire to become.

Dina Gilmore

Dina Gilmore is an award-winning director, filmmaker, 4-time bestselling author, a screenwriter, international photographer, podcaster, empowering leader and mentor. Growing up in Dallas, Texas and raised by her single mom, Dina’s experience as a part of a blended family has made her resilient and understanding to all family dynamics. Currently living in Denver, CO as a proud member of the LGBTQ community – Dina’s gift to the next generation is her empowering and inspiring attitude and charisma. Gilmore recently returned back to school to graduate with honors as a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society with a degree in Digital Media Journalism.

Upon graduation, Dina formed her own production company and immediately started her first production in January 2020 on a short film which has since won numerous awards including a Best First-Time Director. Through the art of storytelling in multiple genres, primarily drama with strong female leads, she strives to create a loving impact on the world and become a role model to the underdogs.

Rachael Roberts

Since she was a teenager, Rachael has believed that young adults are our world’s greatest untapped resource of energy, talent, ingenuity, brilliance, and humor, and she decided then that her life’s purpose would be to help young adults achieve their full potential. After earning her Master of Education, Rachael spent six years teaching, learning, and laughing with high school students in the first project-based learning school in South Dakota. There she coached hundreds of students needing help with time management, goal setting, leadership skills, self-confidence, and growth mindset. She supported a neurodiverse, neurotypical, and sexually diverse student population who named her Teacher of the Year. She has also presented to hundreds of educators on topics such as using mindfulness in the classroom and encouraging students’ social awareness and activism across the curriculum.

Led by her passion to nurture authenticity and resilience in young adults, Rachael loves spending her days mentoring youth using her friendly and empathetic approach to personal development. Remembering for herself and reminding others that everything works out exactly as it should, Rachael has a wellspring of education, empathy, and personal experience to share with her students.

Jasmine Alexander

Jasmine, a Human Relations major at the University of Oakland is a dynamic community role model. As a generational member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc, she embodies a zest for excellence. Her bubbly personality and kind hearted nature touches the lives of everyone she comes into contact with. Her desire for being a positive catalyst is the reason why Jasmine is such a good fit with the Positive Presence Coaching Program. This creative young woman displays the trademarks of a great leader – skills she desires to impart on the next generation.

Cheyanne Peters

Cheyanne Peters, a first generation college student born and raised in Kansas, graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelors in Psychology and Minor in Applied Behavioral Science. Her passion for helping teenagers feel confident, successful and prepared for their next chapter in life stems from multiple years of working with at-risk youth.

Cheyanne has experience working in a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility rehabilitating children who have endured severe trauma, abuse and neglect and as a result developed behavioral/mood disorders. A former Mentor Program Facilitator at a Juvenile Detention Center, Cheyanne became an expert at aiding youth in their positive transition into society and adulthood. An empathetic and enthusiastic mentor, Cheyanne believes everyone deserves to live a joyful and fulfilling life – a profound passion that drives her in her coaching career.

Emily Lamb

Emily Lamb, a student at the University of Arizona has an unwavering passion to contribute large-scale, positive change to the world, and the people around her. A recipient of the Arizona Excellence Scholarship, Emily’s deep pool of knowledge, easy going attitude, kind persona and empathy makes her an exceptional mentor. As a leader, tutor, researcher and adventurer, Emily surrounds herself with things and people that contribute to her best self. It’s through her personal journey as a former student of Positive Presence, Emily experienced first hand the profound impact this coaching has on the lives of those we coach.

Jamal Johnson

Jamal was born and raised in Georgetown, Guyana and moved to the United States at the age of 12. His experience in the mental health industry the past six years has made him an expert in supporting and guiding young men and women living with autism and intellectual disability. He is also the co-founder of a small construction company based in New York. Jamal’s passionate approach to personal development, calming charisma and innovative techniques to understanding emotional awareness make him an excellent mentor to our Positive Presence coaching team. He stays positive by constantly reflecting on his own journey while creating a safe and positive space for others to do the same. Jamal travels to Guyana on a yearly basis promoting the importance of wellness care and healthy living habits in underserved communities.

Currently a student at UNC-Pembroke, Jamal is in pursuit of his Master’s in Business Administration and Finance. He plans to use his degrees to bolster his current skill set and promote the importance of entrepreneurship in underserved communities in the United States and Guyana.

Veronica Hurford

Veronica Hurford grew up in Fairfield, CA and studied abroad in England while she pursued her master’s degree in Education from UC Santa Cruz. Since the age of 9, Veronica has wanted to be an elementary school teacher and has been tutoring students in writing since she was a senior in college. She spent several summers as a counselor at a non-profit summer camp in southern California. Her fire to coach was initially ignited when she became an executive functioning tutor to teenagers in Colorado. Veronica saw many other needs that weren’t being met with her students outside of academics and had a deep desire to help them have success in school AND life. As an elementary school teacher, mentor, wife, writer and chef, her passion for helping teenagers and young adults far exceeds classroom knowledge. Her engaging personality and thoughtful approach to supporting youth makes her an excellent coach, a positive presence and a life-changing mentor.

Verona Matthews

Verona Matthews is a passionate professional from South Africa who takes a heart-centered approach to her coaching style. Her life’s mission is to leave a legacy of love and acceptance to the future generation. She is able to incorporate her life experiences and empathetic nature to provide her students with tangible life changing skills. Verona is an advocate of embracing change and continuous self-evolution. Her passion for impacting the next generation as a Mentor Coach with Positive Presence comes second only to her devotion to her family and her faith.

Jackie Fouchia

Jackie Fouchia, a Certified Health Coach, Personal Trainer & Yoga Instructor, has a degree in psychology of health and healing from Naropa University. A former beauty queen turned health and fitness expert, Jackie has overcome her own mental health struggles and found her passion for helping others both physically and spiritually. Discovering how to radiate self-confidence through her own journey of personal development, Jackie has learned how to teach others how to do the same. Doing all things with love, her patient personality and empathetic approach to supporting those in need makes her an excellent coach, a positive presence and a life-changing mentor.

Elysa Swenson

Elysa Swenson, a charismatic Kansas native and certified CNA, is currently in pursuit of her BSN in Nursing at the University of Kansas. As a former student of the Positive Presence Mentor Coaching program, Elysa found an insatiable amount of purpose and self-acceptance, something she attributes her new-found sense of peace and positivity to. Elysa’s awakening was in understanding that living a life of light and love comes when you decide to simply CHOOSE that life.

Since graduating from Positive Presence as a student, Elysa felt a deep responsibility and higher calling to help her generation find the same. Her passion for person-centered care coupled with her determination to help her generation find THEIR purpose makes her an excellent Mentor Coach for Positive Presence Global!

Alysha Montgomery

Alysha Montgomery, an animal science major and biological sciences minor at the University of Arkansas, is a passionate philanthropist. As a former student of the Positive Presence Mentor Coaching program, Alysha discovered the best version of herself and developed an unwavering passion for helping others find the same. That passion is fueled by her desire to inspire our youth to value themselves and recognize their purpose – a life-changing mentality she learned through her coaching with Positive Presence. Her intuitive nature and peaceful, diplomatic approach to coaching makes her a respected member of the global Positive Presence family and an exemplary mentor to our students.

Jack Blake

Originally from Kansas City, Jack Blake spent his early 20’s learning how to captain sailboats and yachts. One of his most noted accomplishments is becoming a sailboat captain for the annual Yacht Week, exploring exotic locations. Jack aspires to help others create the lifestyle of their dreams just as he did by choosing to embark on a path less traveled. Getting outside in nature, exercising and nutrition are some of the most important things day to day for this adventurous mentor. Being able to pause, relax and enjoy moments while challenging himself and never becoming complacent is something he prides himself on. Jack has always noticed a spark when he is helping people reach their goals. There has always been a passion inside him to influence and inspire those younger than him to make mindful choices.

Lyndsey Clark

Lyndsey is a laid-back, passionate and open-minded mentor from Ohio. As a former college athlete, high school coach, first-generation college graduate and CrossFit competitor; Lyndsey is passionate about and runs her own fitness and nutrition business. Previously a teacher of 10 years, Lyndsey believes we can fill in the gaps in our education system by educating and preparing the next generation for LIFE, lessons she wished she would have learned in high school and beyond. Having 7 siblings in her very-blended family, Lyndsey has experienced first-hand many struggles within the family dynamic including divorce, the foster care system, alcoholism, and mental health. She credits her positive outlook to always trying to find the positive in every situation. Her own journey of self-discovery and self-love has been full of ups and downs and attributes her tenacity to the importance she’s placed on growth and awareness at every turn. She wants to create a safe space where others can show up authentically, without judgement but also challenged to grow.

Gisella Howe

Gisella Howe is a multi-lingual mother of four. She is a passionate young entrepreneur, born in Brazil to a police officer in the military father and a housekeeper mother. She helped raise her two brothers, until she was nineteen years old. She has overcome immense darkness from Cancer, divorce and Postpartum Depression to PTSD, homelessness, PMDD and Narcolepsy. Her diagnosis and labels don’t define her but rather feed her passion of helping other parents overcome their traumas and tribulations. She is fierce and in between loving her husband and children she has found a way to love herself! She is continuously on a journey of self-empowerment and education and is enrolled as a student to pursue a degree in liberal arts and philosophy. After ten years in the medical field as a surgical nurse and medical director, she decided to change careers and pursue her passion as a life mentor coach and motivational speaker. Gisella and her husband are actively working on their first book about relationships and how to raise adults in a social media invaded society. Her life’s mission is to leave a legacy of self-love, self-mastery and accountability to the future generation. In her eight years coaching and educating herself in the art of mentorship, she has developed tremendous amounts of insight. She incorporates her life experiences and empathetic nature to provide other parents with tangible tools for a life changing experience – an incredible gift she now brings to our team.

Don'Taisha Greene

As a first-generation college graduate, a minority, and a woman, Don’Taisha Greene, has a true appreciation for uniqueness. Practicing authenticity and appreciating others’ uniqueness has allowed her to establish herself as a connected, dynamic leader and resource in her professional and educational career. Her crucial encounters in the education, healthcare, and social services realm have enhanced her cultural competencies and gifted her the observational acumen required to be a change maker.
Don’Taisha has learned to navigate the world of youth mentorship firsthand through trial and error. She is passionate about the next generation because she understands first-hand the litany of challenges that they face. She specializes in connecting students to the tools that will take them to the next level and has emerged from her previous roles as an educator, trained facilitator, and program coordinator. It is now Don’Taisha’s goal as a mentor to help others define life strategies and map out the path to their success.

Wafeeq Amin

Wafeeq has spent multiple years working with today’s youth. In addition to his Mentor Coaching Certification with Positive Presence, he is certified as a youth, parent, and family coach. A natural born leader, Wafeeq has overcome extreme obstacles and adversity in his lifetime. Because of his own experiences he appreciates and recognizes the value of having someone beside you on the journey of life. A true believer in the importance of life skills and personal awareness, Wafeeq is fully committed to helping the next generation make a healthy and positive transition into adulthood. A true visionary, Wafeeq has learned to lean on his own positive psychology toolbox to help those he works with. Coupled with his strong connection to self and unwavering connection to his faith, he remains a positive role model to all those he works with. His passion and purpose filled lifestyle resonates with everyone he has the pleasure of engaging with.

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Katlyn Cleaver

Katlyn is a passionate, strong-willed mentor, born & raised in Kansas. Striving to make a positive impact, she has a fierce pursuit for social justice and equality. Katlyn has experience working with the Kansas Department of Corrections and has been promoted multiple times, currently assuming the role of Restorative Justice Specialist. Her ability to advocate, validate, and empathize is what makes her a memorable mentor. Katlyn finds it important to find bits of light within the darkness, focusing on those blessings in disguise, and helps those she works with to do the same. Katlyn believes teenagers and young adults are an untapped population of individuals who are needing more resources and support than currently available to them. She has seen first-hand how systems and society fail this population and how imperative it is to their success and well-being to have someone who can be a light and witness in their life.

Chelsea Bennett

Chelsea Bennett received her Bachelor’s Degree in English and has been praised for her communications skills and ability to act as a caring, compassionate leader – qualities that have helped forge connections with her mentees and students nationwide. Growing up, Chelsea struggled with her divorced family, depression and anxiety, and discovering her path in life. She enjoys helping prepare young adults for what comes next by helping them set goals that match their desires instead of setting goals based on financial outcome, societal, or parental pressure. She wants to help others find their purpose and channel positive energy in everything they do. As a Coloradoan, she practices self-care by exploring hiking, camping, and skiing in the mountains and enjoys trying new recipes in the kitchen with her husband. Chelsea practices the belief that everyone deserves to live a purposeful and fulfilling life.

Dustin Jones

Dustin, originally from St. Louis, Missouri, is one of our college aged coaches who is currently obtaining a degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Indiana. Dustin serves as the Associate Director of Community Service for his Business Fraternity and also sits on the Board of Directors for our non-profit, Positive Presence Foundation. He loves to spend his down time hiking, hammocking with friends, and drawing. Dustin is passionate about helping teenagers because there were many times in his life that he didn’t know what he would have done without the support of people that reached out to help him. He believes asking for help should never make one feel like a burden. Dustin is an introvert who is finding his voice through mentor coaching, and is able to relate with his students by putting himself in their shoes. His sense of humor and generous personality is what makes him stand out as a coach. Dustin is an easy-going mentor who always tries to find the light even in dark times and stays positive by reminding himself of all that he is grateful for in life.

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Emily Caikoski

A student at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Emily is motivated to become a successful Transformational Life Coach. Best known for her uplifting energy, this incredibly gifted professional uses active listening to provide a safe place for her students to express themselves and be seen, heard & acknowledged without judgement. Emily stays positive by writing & saying affirmations, practicing gratitude and meditation, and journaling about her journey – techniques she encourages all of her students to elicit positive change. She prides herself on meeting her students where they’re at and sets intention to be present in every moment. Her passion for being a mentor coach with Positive Presence is deeply seeded by the lack of judgement-free support and guidance she had when she was younger. Emily strives to be a positive role model and encourage the next generation to be the most unapologetically authentic versions of themselves.

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Tonica Johnson

Tonica Johnson, a first-generation college student from Cleveland, has a Master’s of Education from the University of Dayton. She is a former high school teacher of 7 years and now lives in Colorado, where she owns her own college planning business. Believing that the traditional education system doesn’t always teach the skills that are necessary for life, she has felt called to help do so herself, and her students have always looked to her as a mentor and role model. Tonica has had to face her fair share of adversity within her family, from alcoholism to divorce, and credits her positive mindset to practicing gratitude and the support of others in her life. Her own journey to self-love and self-worth has been full of ups and downs, but she truly believes that everyone is able to have a successful, positive, fulfilling life, and is passionate about helping others discover that for themselves. Tonica is always ready to listen without judgment and provides a safe, supportive space for healing and growth. She inspires others to become confident, driven people excited about going out and making our world better, one day at a time.

Thomas Knowles

The youngest of three children, Thomas was involved in everything under the sun from travel basketball and baseball to track and field. After years of high-intense sports and summer months with a math and reading tutor, Thomas realized he had lost his sense of self. After starting at the University of Kansas and joining a fraternity, he got caught up in college life. Thomas started to develop and show signs of anxiety, depression, OCD, ADD, and insomnia. As his grades began to decline, self-isolation, drugs and alcohol became a coping mechanism. Recognizing the peril of his decisions, he made a decision to shift his life in a more positive direction. Sophomore year Thomas sought a new major in Unified Early Childhood Education and began to celebrate 6 straight semesters on honor roll, graduated with a 3.5 GPA, met the love of his life, and landed a job teaching first grade. Focusing on his sobriety and future with his fiancé, Thomas is continuing to work on himself every day as a happier, stronger version of who he once was.

Maria Molina

Maria Molina enjoys singing, composing music, dancing, and playing the piano and guitar. She is a native of Ecuador, grew up in New Jersey, lived in Utah and California, and currently resides in Arizona. She speaks Spanish fluently and also knows basic Japanese and Romanian. Maria is a first-generation college student and graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. During her college years, she participated in international volunteer trips to Bolivia and Romania and since then, has visited several other countries in Latin America. After college, Maria worked as an elementary school teacher and later attended Teachers College-Columbia University where she earned a graduate degree in Neuroscience and Education. Maria’s passion for mentoring youth was strengthened during her time as Program Manager for a college preparation and health careers exploration program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. She believes that one young person can truly change the trajectory of future generations and hopes to continue inspiring youth to discover their innate gifts and fulfill their greatest potential.

Angela Kim

Angela is a Speaker, Master NLP Practitioner and Life Coach from Orange County, California. When Angela was 7 years old, she suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a fall. She underwent an 8 hour brain surgery followed by a 2 week coma. When she woke up, she lost her ability to speak and was completely paralyzed on the right side of her body. Angela had to go through thousands of hours of rehab to learn how to talk, walk, and find ways to live with just one arm. Doctors had told her that her life looks dim and that she will not be able to go to college, drive, nor live independently for the rest of her life. She felt despair, hopelessness, and shame from such a young age. She struggled with anxiety, depression, and ADHD ever since she can remember. However, her physical disability and mental health challenges did not stop her. With an incredible amount of resilience and grit, she decided to go after her dreams and graduated from U.C.L.A. with a degree in Psychology, learned how to drive and cook with just her left arm. Angela went to grad school for Speech Pathology but soon realized that her life had a different calling. Angela went on a deep personal development journey and found her passion and purpose in coaching to help others overcome their challenges. She finds life’s truest joys and fulfillment in working with teens and young adults helping them to discover their unique strengths and inner power by taking them on a self-reflective and transformative journey and helping guide them to a life of confidence, fulfillment, and purpose.

Michelle Marie King

Michelle Marie King is the premier Confidence Coach for teenagers, young adults and young entrepreneurs across the globe. She founded Positive Presence Global – the largest confidence coaching company in North America – and has helped people worldwide find their confidence in all aspects of their life. Michelle’s engaging and energetic personality coupled with her ability to motivate has distinguished her as a personal development trailblazer.

In her career as a model, philanthropist, emcee, entrepreneur, spokesperson and public speaker, Michelle has appeared on radio, television, billboards and print in over 15 different states for her community efforts and her ongoing business ventures.