The Academy of Creative Coaching has an experienced team of instructors and mentor coaches who represent a prominent group of professionals. They have dedicated their careers to forwarding the important work of coaching and ensure that our students have experiences throughout the program that allow them to engage with professionals, reflect, and apply what they are learning in real time.

We always looking for great members to add to our team. If you are a certified and ICF credentialed coach, we welcome your interest. Please send your resume and cover letter to: info@academyofcreativecoaching.com


Meet Our Team

Dr. Pamela Antoinette, Ph.D., CPC

Dr. Pamela Antoinette, Ph.D., CPC

Founder and President

Pamela is an associate professor of qualitative research and higher education at Mercer University, a fellow of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, and a certified life coach. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, a master’s degree in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University, and a Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University.

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Dr. Sonayia (Sony) Shepherd, Ph.D.

Dr. Sonayia (Sony) Shepherd, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Executive Vice-President

A popular and animated keynote speaker at major professional conferences, Dr. Sonayia (Sony) Shepherd Akinlade has authored and co-authored more than sixteen books.

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Sophia Casey, PCC, M.S.

Sophia Casey, PCC, M.S.

Vice-President of Corporate Partnerships, Faculty, and Mentor Coach

Sophia is a woman with a commitment to give, serve and guide others to reach their destiny. She specializes in empowering executive and senior-level leaders to achieve success in their professional and personal lives. Her passion lies in helping clients move beyond their challenges and obstacles, using their true Essence to attain their deepest desires.

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Jay Hurt, CPC

Jay Hurt, CPC

Chief Operating Officer and Mastermind Trainer

Executive and professional relationship strategist, Jay Hurt is an author, international speaker, mastermind facilitator, and relationship coach. He has written for several print and online publications including Black and Married With Kids, Yahoo, YourTango, Mocha Market Magazine and PaulCBrunson.com. Jay has also hosted several Mastermind Groups driving attendees to higher level thinking to attain their goals.  (more…)

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Johonna Duckworth, CPC

Johonna Duckworth, CPC

Midwest Regional Director

Johonna Duckworth is a Life Stylist who is passionate about empowering women to look and feel good by living an authentic life. (more…)

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Valencia Blunt-Hayles, CPC

Valencia Blunt-Hayles, CPC

Director of Student Affairs

Valencia is a skilled certified professional coach and founder of Agape Aspirations, where she provides relationship coaching to married and soon-to-be married couples.

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Jim M. Milner, BCC, MBA, MCC

Jim M. Milner, BCC, MBA, MCC

Faculty and Mentor Coach

Mentor – Master Strategy Coach and supporting leaders in transition. He provides internal and external Coach Mentor Training to individuals and small to medium size companies. He builds effective teams, strong collaborations and strengthens value added partnerships.

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Karen H. Prevatt, M.Div., PCC, BCC

Karen H. Prevatt, M.Div., PCC, BCC

Faculty and Mentor Coach

Karen H. Prevatt is owner of Living Tall, Inc. She is an ordained elder in the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church; and an Endorsed Life Coach with UM Endorsing Agency of the General Board of Higher and Education and Ministry of the UMC.

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Dr. Charlyn Green Fareed, Ph.D., PCC, BCC

Dr. Charlyn Green Fareed, Ph.D., PCC, BCC

Faculty and Mentor Coach

Dr. Green Fareed is a human and organizational systems consultant, coach and action researcher who is adept at developing human potential and organizational effectiveness.

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Daniel S. Sheedy, MBA, ACC

Daniel S. Sheedy, MBA, ACC

Faculty and Mentor Coach

Dan Sheedy is a Senior Executive Coach and Trainer with Novateur Partners. With more than 25 years of extensive business management, career transition and wellness experience, Dan partners with high performing, high potential clients across geographies and industries.

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Penny Arrington, PMP, CSM, CPC

Penny Arrington, PMP, CSM, CPC

Faculty and Conflict Resolution Expert

Pernethia (Penny) Arrington is president and owner of Vision Speaks Coaching, a company inspired by Habakkuk 2:2-3. Pernethia has a long-running history excelling as a community leader, corporate professional, student-athlete, academic scholar, mentor and coach. (more…)

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Ben Powers, ACC

Ben Powers, ACC

Faculty and Mentor Coach

Ben Powers is an executive, leadership, and career development coach with extensive personal experience in both large organizations and entrepreneurial start-up companies. He is also a pro-level international competitive sailor who understands firsthand what it takes to forge strong teams and leaders with winning strategies. Ben has dedicated himself to coaching dozens of business leaders and executives toward powerful and rewarding careers.

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Carla Fullwood, M.A.

Carla Fullwood, M.A.

Faculty and Diversity & Inclusion Expert

Carla Fullwood is a an expert in diversity and inclusion, social justice, and women’s studies. She received training through the Social Justice Training Institute and facilitates classes, trainings, and workshops for community, corporate, and educational audiences. (more…)

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Dr. Jillian Whatley, Ph.D.

Dr. Jillian Whatley, Ph.D.

Faculty and Implicit Bias Expert

As a school psychologist, Dr. Whatley conducted psycho-educational and developmental assessments for special education purposes. She consulted regularly with general and special education teachers, counselors, parents and administrators regarding children and adolescents academic and behavioral challenges; mentored children and adolescents; and provide parenting workshops at individual schools. (more…)

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Berri Wells, M.S., CPC

Berri Wells, M.S., CPC

Faculty and DiSC Assessment Expert

Berri is a professional trained leadership and career transition coach; speaker and trainer. She is also the founder and senior partner of Turning Point Solutions, a consulting, training and coaching firm based in the Washington DC area. With degrees in marketing and adult learning and continuing education, she brings blends wit, humor and practical applications to her presentations and workshops.

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