The Coaching Program for WSLDI graduates is a new initiative in 2019, specifically requested by alumni of the program. The engagements are limited to three sessions and can be conducted in person, phone, or Skype. If you are interested in participating, complete the coaching registration and the coaching agreement form.Matches will be made as soon as possible and then it is up to you and your coach to arrange the logistics.

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact Susan Freimark at or Debbie Fatica at  

The Board of the Women Staff Leadership Development Institute hopes this opportunity adds to your professional development.

Further coaching provides graduates with a safe space to:

  • Reestablish personal visions and values
  • Establish accountability
  • Determine options and opportunities 
  • Build on your WSLDI foundation
  • Become re-motivated
  • Gain objectivity on professional development issues
  • Establish a reality check
  • Identify roadblocks
  • Polish one's image

Meet the Coaches

Cathy Geib

Cathy Geib, MPOD, ACC, BCC, GPPCC, has a corporate career that spans more than 26 years on the senior management teams of statewide law firms, with a special focus on Human Resources management. In 2009, Cathy started Authentic Focus Consulting LLC to support leaders in building the skills to balance their responsibilities with their relationships as an external executive and leadership coach.

Cathy holds an MS degree from Case Western Reserve University in Positive Organization Development and Change, and a BS degree from The Ohio State University. 

Karen Horowitz

Karen Horowitz, MD, CWRU professor of medicine, has been a primary care physician for over 30 years and an advocate for career development focused on women in medicine for over a decade.

Karen is a graduate of the Weatherhead Executive Coaching Program and has additional training in career coaching from the Cleveland Clinic Center for Excellence in Coaching and Mentoring.She is a graduate of the CWRU FLEX program and the “What’s Next?” program sponsored by the FSM Center for Women. She has been an invited speaker on career development topics for several national medical organizations and is currently a member of the leadership council and chair- elect for the American Diabetes Association Women’s Interdisciplinary Network (WIN ADA). Locally, Karen was president of the Women Faculty of the School of Medicine (2014-16) and has contributed to career development programming for WFSOM, the FSM Center for Women, the Cleveland Clinic Women’s Professional Staff Association and the Metrohealth Medical Staff Association.

Karen hopes to help you identify your professional goals and develop a personalized strategy for attaining them through focusing on your individual interests, strengths, and values.

Stacy Mitchell

Stacy Mitchell serves as the Associate Director for Student Information Systems in the Office of the University Registrar Office. In this role, she manages a team that leads projects for multiple functional areas across all levels of staff, faculty and administration. In her previous roles at the university, Stacy served as a member of the ERP implementation project for Financials, HCM and SIS focusing on training and communication. Stacy also serves as the advisor for the student group Operation Smile which is committed to educating people about cleft palate or lip and volunteering to make blankets for children having surgery.

Stacy holds certificates in executive coaching, lean six sigma green belt, appreciative inquiry as well as Emotional Intelligence Leadership through Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead Executive Education. She is a certified ICF trained coached through Duquesne University and a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Through Baldwin Wallace University, Stacy earned a certificate in Business Analysis with all courses certified through the IIBA. She has been an active member and served in various roles for the Higher Education User Group (HEUG) over the past 10 years. Stacy also has her Master’s in Education and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.

Virginia Morrison

Virginia Morrison is Executive Aide to the Vice President for University Technology and Chief Information Officer at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). In this role, she provides support to senior IT leadership at CWRU by providing service, data, research and by posing questions to improve the delivery of the overall mission of the enterprise. Her authentic leadership purpose is to help people reach beyond perceived limitations to produce beyond expectations… and have a great time doing it.

Formerly the Executive Director of the Society for Photographic Education (SPE), a nonprofit membership organization promoting a broader understanding of photography and its scholarship, Virginia’s career choices reflect her passion for art and her talent for management. Some highlights include teaching photography and art at Hawken School, being Director of Career Services at Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA), and several transformative positions at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She has tended to be involved with student advocacy in educational contexts and has enjoyed accomplishments that include a successful NIH Training grant for CWRU’s department of pharmacology and CWRU’s MPH Program accreditation by the Council on Education in Public Health. Virginia is a recipient of CWRU’s President’s Award for Distinguished Service and the Joan Harris Award for Staff Recognition, as also received the Ohio Governor’s Award for Excellence in Art Education. Virginia served on the Advisory Board for the Young Photographers Alliance, the World Photography Organisation’s Academy, and the board of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Friends of Photography. 

Virginia is also an artist creating and exhibiting photographic work in group, solo and juried shows for 35+ years. A committed equestrian, Virginia has been a volunteer with Northern Ohio’s Lake Metroparks since 2005, and is a proud member of the equine program’s Light Horse Brigade at Lake Farmpark.

Lori Neiswander

Lori Neiswander is a seasoned HR/OD professional and coach who has been described as an insightful and thoughtful professional by her colleagues and coaching clients: “She isn’t afraid to help you dig deep utilizing skillful questioning and observational skills and processes.” “She helps you see beyond your goals and live your vision through practical and personalized strategies and support.” “It is clear that she cares about her clients and is dedicated to their success.”

Lori draws from her extensive experience working with professionals at all levels in a variety of organizations including banking, higher education, and healthcare. Lori has coached, in some form, for over 25 years. From early-career professionals and high potentials, to C-Suite executives including CEOs; Lori has helped individuals realize their vision, achieve their goals, and overcome obstacles through evidence-based approaches.  Lori provides her clients with the space and support to think through their vision and current state, and work towards desired outcomes providing  important accountability measures along the way.

Lori has also built or deployed world-class education and coaching programs, and championed critical HR/OD initiatives at a variety of organizations including The Broadview Saving and Loan Company, Case Western Reserve University, and The Cleveland Clinic.  In addition to holding senior leadership roles, Lori served as a special assistant to various presidents at CWRU during times of rapid transitions.

Beyond traditional coaching, Lori has also served as a Mentor Coach and Peer Coach in coach education programs, as well as a Volunteer Coach for the Mather Center for Women at Case Western Reserve University. Lori has performed shadow coaching, where she observes her client in work situations, and has conducted live 360 assessments interviewing individuals for targeted feedback on her client.

Lori holds an MS in Positive Organization Development and Change; is a member of Beta Gama Sigma; and is a Board Certificated Coach, through the Center for Credentialing and Education, as well as an Associate Certificated Coach, through the International Coaching Federation.

Matt Smith

Matthew Smith is the project director for the Northern Ohio AGEP Alliance, a consortium of universities funded by the National Science Foundation's Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate program to develop, implement, and study a model to improve underrepresented minority student participation, preparation, and success in STEM graduate education, and to prepare them for entry into the professoriate. He is currently a doctoral student in Higher Education Administration at Kent State University, where his research interests include faculty, staff, postdoc, and graduate student development, campus culture, and changemaking. At Case Western Reserve, Matthew serves on the board of the Women Staff Leadership Development Institute, the steering committee of the LGBT Center, and the executive committee of the Staff Advisory Council. In addition to his work in campus culture and social justice, Matthew is a certified executive coach and an accomplished classical musician. He holds a master’s degree in saxophone performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with Dr. Frederick L. Hemke.

Mark Starr

Mark Starr has been a member of the CWRU community for almost 30 years and is a double alum (BS in Chemical Engineering and a JD). He has worked full time in the Office of Greek Life since 2003 and has been the Director since 2011. Over the last several years Mark has overseen a shift in how the Greek Life Office works with students. They have moved from an advising model to a coaching model based on Intentional Change Theory. Mark received his certificate in coaching from the Weatherhead School of Management in 2018.