Meet Our Team
Mentor Agility was founded on the premise that successful coaches serve their clients best by drawing on the expertise and experience of other highly experienced coaches as well as therapists, educators and specialists in other professional disciplines to best address their clients’ needs.
From its inception, Mentor Agility has called upon diverse professions, specifically storytellers, authorities in mythology, communications experts, and professionals steeped in nature as well as physicians and wellness practitioners. We believe that our diverse base of expertise and experience, combined with a steadfast commitment to the Coaching profession, provides the broadest, most relevant professional education programs in the industry. And always with a professional coach in every session.
Dr. Julie Elledge
Dr. Julie Elledge has three board certifications in professional coaching: PCC, BCC, and NBC-HWC. She is also a licensed family therapist, an educator with her PhD in Education, author and a recognized expert in creativity and organizational dynamics. She has coached in multiple disciplines for over 25 years and been an expert commentator on CyberHood Watch Radio and Fox News, among others. She has worked on education initiatives with Apple Education, Twentieth Century Fox, NOAA, BP and INEEL. Dr. Elledge offers coaching, workshops, lectures and an interdisciplinary course in NFP Leadership using the Hero’s Journey as a guide.
Robin Elledge combines a unique blend of creative art and practical business. He has been immersed in the creative process of branding, media arts and photography as a counterpoint to his experience in marketing, sales and distribution, serving such companies as Anheuser Busch, IBM, Emerson, and 3M. A published photographer and writer, he’s chronicled events in sports, corporate branding and auto racing. His dual nature helps him teach workshops, courses and does personal coaching evaluating skills, personal strengths and personality with career choices.
Simon Blackhall, founder of ANIMA, is a Consciousness Coach, a Yoga Teacher, a Mentor and a Speaker.
A member of the International Coach Federation he trained in several coaching modalities and certified in Creative Consciousness, Clean Language & Metaphors and Spiritual Intelligence. He’s been a speaker at the European Co-Active Coaching Community Day in London and at the ICF UK-Russia conference. His collaborations and clients include the Advanced Management & Leadership Program at the SAÏD Business School of Oxford, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy, PricewaterhouseCoopers, BDO LLP, the Royal College of Art and the BBC. Simon co-facilitates the UK & Ireland hub of Spiritual Intelligence Coaches. In July 2018 he was named in the Coaching Top 50 by CV Magazine.
His mission as a coach and teacher is to co-create the expansion and higher for this unfolding world by holding a space of truth and light in which others can come forth. In the words of Nelson Mandela, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
Sherry Yellin, PhD, ACC, BCC is the owner of The Learning Connection, Inc. For more than twenty years, Dr. Yellin has worked with thousands of influencers – from coaches to executives – across industries and across the world – to design high-impact programs using an exclusive seven-step brain-based learning system. She combines her command of brain-based learning with her vast experience to equip coaches to grow their practice and increase the impact of their message. She is a certified coach through the International Coaching Federation and the Center for Credentialing Education.
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Dr. Kwame Scruggs
Kwame Scruggs was born and raised in Akron, Ohio—which, at that time, was the rubber capital of the world. He graduated from high school on a Thursday and started working as a mail boy at Goodyear the following Monday. He remained there for 15 years, nine as a drafter in Mold Design, while attending the University of Akron in the evening. After juggling work and school for many years, Kwame decided to take a risk and jump. Accepting a buyout from Goodyear with no job in sight, he left on faith. He accepted a graduate assistantship at the University of Akron where he earned a MS degree in Technical Education with an emphasis in Guidance and Counseling.
After graduating he spent five years working with youth and adults in Pre-College programs at the university. During that time, he was introduced to the Akan System of Life Cycle Development (African-based rites of passage) and became formally initiated. Through this process he discovered his purpose and reason for life. Soon after, he was introduced to the works of Carl G. Jung, Joseph Campbell, and Michael Meade. His further reading, and the experience of his own journey, solidified his belief in the power of myth to transform lives.
In 1998, Kwame went out on his own facilitating groups for high school dropouts and youth attending charter schools in Akron and Cleveland. Through the telling, discussion, and analysis of mythological stories, told to the beat of a djembe drum, Kwame supported each youth in becoming the hero in their own lives. To deepen his work, Kwame enrolled in Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California and obtained a masters and eventually a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology.
In 2003, Kwame founded and became Executive Director of the non-profit, Alchemy, Inc. Over the years, Alchemy, Inc. has been recognized for its bold, creative, and humane work. In 2012, Alchemy won the President’s Committee National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the nation’s highest honor for after-school and out-of-school programs. Kwame accepted this award from First Lady, Michelle Obama, at the White House. The work of Alchemy, Inc. was also the backdrop of the feature-length documentary, “Finding the Gold Within.” Since its inception, Alchemy has worked with 2000 youth. In 2020, the Association of Teaching Artists (with Lincoln Center Education) presented Kwame with their Innovation in Teaching Artistry award.
Kwame is a board member of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and a graduate of the National Guild Community Art Education’s CAELI (Community Arts Education Leadership Institute) Class of 2015. Kwame has presented at numerous C.G. Jung sites around the country and is internationally known for his unique, engaging style and his innovative method of using myth to create community, stimulate dialogue, and inspire life-changing moments.
John Bucher helps Hollywood tell better stories. John is a highly acclaimed story consultant, communicator, mythologist and storyteller based out of Los Angeles, California. He has worked with companies including HBO, DC Comics, The History Channel, A24 Films, The John Maxwell Leadership Foundation and served as a consultant and writer for numerous film, television, and Virtual Reality projects.
John also serves as Content Curator for the Joseph Campbell Foundation, advancing understanding of the Hero’s Journey® and spends much of his time as an author, podcaster, and speaker.
He is the author of six books including the best-selling Storytelling for Virtual Reality, named by BookAuthority as one of the best storytelling books of all time. Disruptor named him one of the top 25 influencers in Virtual Reality.
John teaches writing and story courses in the Los Angeles area and around the world. He holds a PhD in Mythology and Depth Psychology and has spoken on 5 continents about using the power of story and myth to reframe how individuals, organizations, cultures, and nations are viewed.
Most of our instructors are coaches themselves, and provide both expert content and the guidance to maximize your use of that content to optimize your business and your clients’ benefit. They also work very hard to make the content stimulating, relevant to your business issues and worthy of your investment in time and money. They are mentors in the truest sense of the word.
Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D.
Dennis is a teacher’s teacher. He has been teaching for 52 years at every level from elementary to graduate school; the last 26 years have been in the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California, where he is currently Adjunct Distinguished Emeritus Professor.
A prolific writer, he is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 30 volumes, including two recent books on helping people release their creativity and to use the power of myth and metaphor to improve and advance their own personal narratives. His most recent titles include Deep Creativity: Seven Ways to Spark Your Creative Spirit, co-authored with Deborah Ann Quibell and Jennifer Leigh Selig, and From War to Wonder: Recovering Your Personal Myth Through Homer’s Odyssey.
With Mentor Agility, Dennis helps coaches work with clients to explore, understand, and fully internalize their own personal narratives and to use that understanding to dramatically advance their own creativity. Coaches can then work with clients to apply that understanding and creativity to every element of their lives, using myth and metaphor as a guide.
Other Writing and Creative Explorations
Dennis’ most recent collection of essays is An Obscure Order: Reflections On Cultural Mythologies. In addition, he has written 200 articles, book reviews and Op-Ed pieces. He offers Writing Retreats on C.G. Jung’s The Red Book as well as on Writing One’s Personal Myth through the works of Joseph Campbell and other mythologists.
He has been taking painting classes in water color and acrylics for the past 8 years as well as enjoying riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle with his sons Matt and Steve in the Texas Hill Country.
Victoria Sutherland is an ICF Professional Certified Coach with a passion for supporting those wanting to discover their strengths and begin or continue their journey to whole life wellbeing.
Whether coaching around career, health, or life, she is a true partner with her clients in their exploration of personal and professional development. She has a solid track record of going below the surface with her clients in a way that evokes their ability to manifest their goals.
In addition to her Professional Certified Coach credential, Victoria has a Master’s degree in Coaching, is a National Board-Certified Health and WellnessCoach, a Certified Nature Coach, a HeartMath Facilitator, and a Certified Lifestyle Medicine Coach. She is actively pursuing her Positive Psychology Practitioner Certification with the belief that her personal development impacts not only her own experience, but also how she works to empower clients to grow and experience whole life wellbeing themselves.
Victoria draws on varied experiences to support her clients’ growth. Past experiences include having been a small business owner, managing a credit union, working for several post-secondary educational institutions and living and working in the Fiji Islands. Her innate ability to quickly build trust and safety allow her to be as comfortable with C-suite executives and Heads-of-State as she is with students in her coaching classes. Victoria’s curiosity and deep listening skills ensure that each client feels valued and heard, paving the way for transformative conversations.
David Sollitt is a branding and communications consultant who has led high performing advertising agency and communications teams on Madison and Michigan Avenues, in Jackson Hole and in the wilds of Africa, and has directed some of the world’s most successful advertising campaigns. After running a Washington-based international nonprofit, with members in 67 countries, he now focuses on non-traditional branding applications and has consulted successfully with local, national and international nonprofits on branding and communications. Dave offers workshops, courses and personal consultation on personal and organizational branding as well as communication strategies and planning for organizations.
Elizabeth Koutrelakos, LCSW, NBC-HWC
Elizabeth started working for Grand Teton National Park Trail crew at the age of 18. While getting her Bachelors in Psychology at University of Colorado at Boulder, she discovered the value of the outdoors in personal development. She spent two years in Denali National Park, Alaska as a trail crew leader for high school students and veterans. She then returned to the Tetons to run the Youth Conservation Program and 10 week program for high school students to develop teamwork and knowledge of trail building, plant identification and historic preservation techniques. Here, she saw the impact of the natural world on adolescent development and self esteem. She earned her Masters in Social Work at the University of Wyoming and was given the Student Graduate Research Award for her research on constraints and negotiation strategies of female adolescents in outdoor settings. She has worked as a LCSW in community mental health serving as an instructor for DBT adult groups, day treatment groups for children, and individual therapy for adults and children. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, climbing, picking wild plants and cooking.
Ryan Elledge is a certified Organic Chef and Nutritional Consultant who works with his clients to provide alternative diets and eating habits to deal with health issues and to achieve optimal health. Focusing on plant based, gluten free, dairy free and other dietary regimens, he provides guidance on weight loss, allergies, autism and other conditions. He provides workshops on the links between diet and health, complete with recipes and diet plans to help your clients reach optimal health.
Dr. Rathna Raju
Dr. Rathna Raju is an innovative physician and specialist who has studied a variety of therapeutic options, including regenerative medicine, integrating brain imaging science into her everyday clinical practice, environmental medicine and evidence based medicine.
Dr. Raju is the first physician in Wyoming (Idaho and Montana) to train in Regenerative Medicine! This field holds the promise of regenerating damaged tissue in the body and/or to stimulate the body’s own repair mechanisms to heal previously irreparable injuries. She is the only physician in Wyoming trained in Environmental Medicine.
She is also the first, and only, physician in Wyoming to have trained at the University of Arizona’s acclaimed two year fellowship program in Integrative Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil. Dr. Raju leads courses in specialized nutrition, weight management and longevity.
Gayle Berthiaume is an educator with over 35 years experience as an elementary classroom teacher, Title I teacher, and team leader. Gayle’s students thrived in a technology rich, challenge-based learning environment. They created digital stories and projects to share with other students across the United States and globally. Gayle manages our education and technical interfaces.
With a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, Gayle’s vast knowledge of both curriculum and technology makes her a well-respected leader in the educational technology field. She has managed projects and online contests for Apple, Inc., iTunes U, U.S. Executive Office of the President: Office of Science & Technology Policy, U.S. Department of Education, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Innovation America Foundation, and the National Governors Association, among others. Gayle has authored “Technique and Technology: Art and Apps” and also co-authored “Using an iPad With Your Preschooler”. Gayle has also authored and edited several curriculum resources for Apple, Scholastic, Sesame Workshop, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, StoryQuest Institute, LunchBox Lessons, and the Bureau of Education Research. She has served on advisory boards for Apple, Scholastic, and the International Reading Association’s Technology, Communication and Literacy Committee.