Our Team

A Little Bit More About Us

Cathy Light

Cathy Light

Chief Executive Officer

Cathy Light’s dynamic energy and passion for helping organizations and individuals reach their highest potential have led her to establish Leadership Balance® and three other growing enterprises: Assessment Leaders, Business Builders and Be Well Perform Well.

In recognition of her extraordinary work, Smart Business nominated Cathy Light for the “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award in both 2009 and 2010.

Before venturing out as an entrepreneur, Cathy worked in the corporate world in a variety of leadership roles, including Vice President and General Manager of Sunrise Technologies, Inc. and Senior Sales and Marketing Executive at Fuji Optical Systems, Ltd. She began her trailblazing career at a start-up company known as Apple Computer.

Cathy is a globally recognized speaker known for engaging and inspiring her audiences. Her commitment to helping others extends to active leadership within the community. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Business and Economic School at Boise State University and mentors MBA students when time permits.

Jennifer Chappell

Jennifer Chappell

Group Business Manager

Jennifer has spent over two decades in customer services and management, which makes her the perfect liaison between Lideranca Group and its customers. She possesses a genuine enthusiasm for nurturing client relations, so she prides herself on ensuring that communication lines remain open. This open communication builds trust and serves as a catalyst for long-term relationships between Lideranca Group and its customers.

In addition to client services, Jennifer has extensive experience providing administrative support in scheduling, planning, communication, and organizational strategy.

She is devoted to her husband and their 2 children. As a family, they enjoy everything outdoors that Idaho offers, especially camping. Golf and soccer also play a part in their busy lifestyle. Jennifer is active in promoting Autism Awareness and participates in several special needs programs throughout the Treasure Valley.

Kate-Modonna Hindes

Kate-Modonna Hindes

Public Relations & Communications Specialist

“Where brand strategy meets engaging copy, you’ll find Kate-Madonna’s brilliant insight.”

When the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome needed specialized local attention for their “0 Four 9″ campaign, Kate made it happen during the State Fair with silent models inspiring conversation on pregnancy and alcohol. Published in national magazines, quarterlies, books and marketing collateral, Kate-Madonna has established herself as a prolific and gifted writer and public relations professional. With over 15 years of published experience from running regional magazines to leading newsrooms, Kate-Madonna pinpoints lifestyle trends and reads between the lines of what consumers want to know and in what form they want to learn. Notably, Hindes sits on the coaching panel for Keith Ferrazzi’s Relationship Academy and is a board member at The Mars Generation- a NASA-inspired initiative and Breast Cancer Action.

Mark N Tuggle, PhD

Mark N Tuggle, PhD

Learning & Development SME

Dr. Mark Tuggle is a highly relational and results oriented executive with 20+ years of leadership experience focused on organizational and personal performance development, with special emphasis on sales, leadership, and educational success. He excels at identifying organizational, systemic challenges and collaboratively devising and implementing measurable, successful solutions. He is an expert facilitator possessing dynamic communication skills, with extensive presentation experience ranging from one-on-one interaction to speaking to groups of over 500 people.

Mark places a premium on developing open, honest relationships with his clients and colleagues so that they can work together to overcome tough challenges. Mark enjoys leading teams through difficult challenges and transitions in a way that brings them together and strengthens their unity and performance.

Mark’s background and experience across various sectors – military, nonprofit, and for-profit business – have helped him to maintain a results-oriented, actionable focus when it comes to leadership, learning, and organizational success. His approach keeps his clients’ objectives in the realm of achievable outcomes, rather than lofty platitudes that never effect lasting change. Whether he works with you in areas of problem-solving, change management, leadership development, or talent management, you can be certain you will walk away with an implementation plan that is grounded with measurable, actionable, and achievable steps and goals.

Everyone talks about measuring results but few people or organizations truly know what that means, or how to do it. Dr. Tuggle’s experience in developing and analyzing surveys and assessments provides the data clients need to truly measure change and success. Mark led a research project for onboarding sales reps at a Fortune 100 company in which he measured key metrics that correctly predicted retention and performance results for the new reps. He recently completed a social selling research project used by a top sales training organization to help develop its social selling training program. His current work on leadership balance is designed to help leaders identify their unique balance of three key areas for healthy leadership. He has developed proprietary assessments that measure different aspects of organizational culture, health, and employee engagement.

Danette Likens

Danette Likens

Director of Client Engagements & Success

Danette Likens’ strong will and passion for helping others succeed through personal and professional development have led her to join Liderança Group. She welcomes the opportunity to help grow leaders, businesses, and communities.
Danette is a retired U. S. Navy veteran with 20 years of experience in medical, pharmacy, military training programs and organizational development. She established benchmark ratings with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) across three military healthcare facilities and one civilian hospital spanning across 16 years of continued delivery of quality healthcare, facilitated the change to regionalized Navy medicine, and was a key player in the establishment of the Navy Learning Centers and Naval Education and Training Command policies and procedures. She is a recognized expert in leadership and training program development working with the U.S. Military, G. E. Healthcare, LSI, Columbus Technologies and Services, Aimereon, and other companies. She has over 25 years of experience in business development process improvement, organizational and education and training program development and 16 years of proposal writing for military, industry, and non-profit organizations.
Danette is a board member with Excellence Girls Club, helping develop young women into strong community leaders. She also helps mentor students in educational doctoral and specialist degree programs through an online community board. Danette holds a master’s degree in Family Sciences and an Educational Specialist degree in Higher Education and Adult Learning.
Linda Higueras

Linda Higueras

Director of Women in Leadership Programs

Linda Higueras is a Human Resources professional and has been an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion for over 25 years. Linda was previously the Vice President of Diversity for Wells Fargo and was also the Director of Diversity and Work/Life at Pitney Bowes. Pitney Bowes received the Catalyst Award for their Strategic Diversity Plan in 1994 under her leadership. Linda has also facilitated numerous diversity workshops on various topics as well as legally mandated anti-harassment and discrimination classes.
Linda’s multicultural background, U.S. and international work experience and global travel are assets in her ability to advise clients on a more positive and inclusive workplace.
Linda is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. and is fluent in Spanish.

Summer Anderson

Summer Anderson

Executive Recruiter and Diversity Hiring Expert

Summer Anderson is one of the Founders of MiROR and her career in executive search
includes 23 years of global experience in shaping executive level leaders and delivering
results for Fortune 500 technology and fast growth companies. She began her career
with Heidrick & Struggles and through her years with Booz Allen Hamilton’s Executive
Hiring Team, Summer was instrumental in architecting, leading and executing two firmwide
Cyber Security Growth Campaigns and developed consultative relationships within
the organization at the EVP and Vice Chair level. While with Allergan she lead the U.S.
Talent Acquisition Team for the company and while with Frost Data Capital as VP of
Human Capital she built the executive teams for 25 start-ups for the Big Data Technology
Incubator and was an onsite coach. She founded MiROR, out of the conviction that
search is most effective when it is built on relationships in a trusted advisory role that
begins with exceptional execution. Summer holds a bachelor degree with honors from
UC Berkeley.
Tan Davis

Tan Davis

Diversity & Inclusion SME, Master Facilitator

A Human Resources and Diversity leader with extensive practical and hands-on experience. A nationally recognized talent management and inclusion expert, strategist and facilitator. Proven success in aligning talent management, diversity, and inclusion initiatives with the organization’s vision, mission and priorities. An exceptional strategic thinker, problem solver, and agile leader whose forward thinking approaches leads to better and best practices. Excels at collaborating with demographic groups in leading small to large-scale change initiatives. Is an innovative, inspired and trusted advisor to leaders across all demographic groups and constituencies. Adept at dealing with difficult and complex human resources and diversity related situations. Certified in numerous human capacity assessments, including MBTI and DISC certifications, change management models, and assessments from the Center For Creative Leadership.
EDUCATION
Earned Bachelor of Arts – Sociology, Winston-Salem State University
Constituent Institution of The University of North Carolina
Earned International Human Resources Executive Program Certification
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Tan Davis Consulting and Facilitation Greenville, SC 1997-Present
Principal and Senior Consultant
Provide organizational leaders and staff with trusted consulting, strategy, facilitation, and project
management in the areas of talent management, organizational development, and strategic
diversity. Clients include the Fortune 500, academic institutions, municipalities, non-profits and
professional organizations. Consulting and facilitation services provided include:
Leadership and Organizational Development
• Conduct strategic thinking and planning sessions for organizational leaders and staff
• Consult and design full-cycle talent management and recruiting initiatives
• Develop succession planning and talent management initiatives
• Design and implement mentoring programs and provide one-on-one leadership coaching
• Develop and facilitate high impact leadership training, retreats and conferences
• Convene and facilitate business and community partnership discussions
• Design and conduct focus groups with accompanying data analysis
• Conduct in-depth 3rd party exit interviews for workforce retention programs
Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Management
• Serve as a strategist to align diversity and inclusion across the organization
• Develop comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategic and operational plans
• Design and facilitate high-impact diversity, inclusion, and equity training
• Utilizing diversity metrics and analytics to track progress and impact
• Provide processes for implementing inclusive culture change initiatives
• Mediate diversity related reconciliation conversations and programs
• Facilitate and train diversity councils and affinity employee resource groups

Irwin J. Drucker

Irwin J. Drucker

Diversity & Inclusion LGBTQ SME

Irwin Drucker, originally from New York City, has lived in South Florida since 1983. Irwin is a graduate of Georgetown University, and received his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Irwin joined IBM’s global software procurement organization in 1983, eventually becoming Director of Software Sourcing, with responsibility for overt $5 Billion in annual spend. In late 1999, Irwin moved to IBM’s world-world-renowned Global Supplier Diversity team, where he established the first LGBT supplier diversity program in the world, and was appointed its first Director. He was instrumental in the establishment of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and served on its Board of Directors, as Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Board, from 2008 to 2017, after having first chaired both the Corporate Advisory Council and the Procurement Council of the NGLCC, from 2003 to 2008. In recognition of his accomplishments, Irwin received the first “LGBT Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year” Award from the NGLCC in 2007, and the first NGLCC Legacy Award in 2017. In 2003, Irwin’s responsibilities were expanded, and he assumed responsibility for IBM’s supplier diversity program coordination across all diversity segments outside the US. From 2010 to 2013, Irwin was a member of the Board of Directors of The Pride Center, the LGBT Community Center of Greater Fort Lauderdale, serving as Chair of their Development Committee. In 2011, Irwin received the Multicultural Leadership Award from the Florida Diversity Council.

Irwin retired from IBM in May, 2012, and spent 3 years as the Executive Director of PYP Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on improved HIV Awareness, Education and Prevention in young people ages 18-29. In April of 2015, Irwin joined WOSH, an NGLCC-certified LGBTBE, where he served as the Chief Compliance and Procurement Officer. Headquartered in Los Angeles, WOSH is an on-demand, waterless car cleaning company. Irwin’s responsibilities at WOSH included B2B Business Development, Compliance,
Diversity, Corporate Social Responsibility, Procurement, HR, Corporate Relations, and Governmental Affairs.

In August of 2019, Irwin launched a new venture, Diversitas, a consulting practice dedicated to assisting businesses that are certified as diverse-owned and operated by either WBENC, NMSDC or NGLCC maximize their growth potential. Diversitas offers a wide range of consulting services, including Business Development, Supplier Diversity, Procurement and Strategic Sourcing, Compliance, and Corporate Social Responsibility (including both Diversity & Inclusion, Sustainability, and Corporate Philanthropy).

Selena Larkin

Selena Larkin

Business Development

Selena has enjoyed over twenty years fostering cultures of collaboration, diversity and inclusion amongst direct- and highly matrixed teams for early-stage enterprises and Fortune 500 companies alike. She delights in helping organizations develop their own, highly-functioning teams and to build and leverage strategic relationships with key clients and partners to deliver exceptional business results.

Selena is an active member and champion of corporate- and community mentorship programs, particularly focusing on providing tools and guidance for women to succeed and excel in leadership and executive roles. Selena’s PhD is from the University of Melbourne, Australia and she is an alumnus of the Executive MBA program at the University of Maryland, where she is an Adjunct Professor, focusing on Leadership and Organizational Development.

In her spare time Selena is a Board member for the non-profit organization Friends of Trione Annadel State Park and is a trail patrol volunteer in three California State Parks. Having worked as a Scuba Dive Master in Australia and Vanuatu she is an avid diver and underwater photographer.

Bunny Malmin

Bunny Malmin

Client Success Specialist & Skillsoft SME

Bunny Malmin is a Customer Service Specialist with Lideranca Group, Inc. She also provides Platform Administrator/Technical Support as a Skillsoft Authorized Partner. She’s always willing to “hop” in and assist other team members and customers. She is hardworking, loyal, and one might even say “Commitment” should have been her middle name.

Prior to LG, Bunny was in Logistics Management and Customer Service for 20 years. She also was a Professional Photographer for PCA prior to starting her family in 1995. When her children were younger she started a Pre-school daycare appropriately named “All Kids Count”. She continued her education at BSU in Early Childhood during this time. Bunny is a collector when it comes to endorsement or certifications and is always looking to add more to her list of capabilities.

Bunny and her husband, Robert enjoy vacationing with friends in Mexico and other costal towns. Bunny loves to go camping and four wheeling anywhere in her native state of Idaho. Bunny also volunteers for local Special Olympics teams and events as well as other non-profits.

Bunny is the proud mother of two. Her son Harley, 23, who works for UPS and her daughter Cheyenne Rainne, 19, who will be graduating early this May from WSU with her bachelor’s in Zoology.

Amy Lou Abernethy

Amy Lou Abernethy

Learning Strategist

Amy Lou Abernethy began her career as an educator but was soon drawn into the world of visual storytelling and video production. In addition to co-founding and nurturing the agency AMP Creative, she followed her heart back to the art and science of adult learning a few years ago, getting her masters in learning in digital environments. Amy Lou has consulted for Facebook, developing custom content for their inclusion efforts, including virtual reality experiences.

Standing at the crossroads of learning innovation and cinematic storytelling, Amy Lou collaborates with companies to develop transformative learning experiences and AMP Creative produces those experiences. She looks for opportunities to connect with people through stories, across a variety of mediums, from printed infographics to immersive virtual reality. 

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