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"I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion."

- Mia Hamm

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Christina Kisley


Christina Kisley


With over 26 years of mastery in leadership development and organizational effectiveness, Christina (Chris) Kisley founded Life-Long Leadership, Inc. in 2002. Her mission is driven by a core set of values that include truth, compassion, personal and professional growth, intentionality, relationships and generosity.

Along with establishing the overall strategic direction of L3, Chris also works both “in and on” the business daily. With clients, she provides one-on-one executive coaching, delivers various team development workshops, and consults through the entire spectrum of people and growth initiatives; at L3, she leads a team of consultants and partners in whom she invests time and talent.

Prior to starting Life-Long Leadership, Christina served in various roles with The Home Depot. Her expertise includes organizational analysis, curriculum and course design, training, facilitation, strategic planning, and the creation and management of high potential associate and supervisory development programs. In the years before joining The Home Depot, Christina worked as a human resources and learning and development consultant for clients such as Comcast Communications and Montell USA, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell Oil.

Christina has completed extensive graduate work in Human Resource Development and Professional Counseling at Georgia State University. She earned her Bachelor of Business Management with a major in Human Resource Management at The University of Toledo Business School in Ohio. She is a member of numerous professional groups, including Association for Talent Development, International Association of Facilitators, and the Neuroleadership Institute.

A lover of the outdoors and animals, Christina currently lives in downtown Atlanta with her daughter and a whole bevy of animals – affectionately known as her furbabies. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and playing volleyball.

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Barbara Leahy


Barbara Leahy


Barbara has been in the field of Leadership Development for over 25 years. She is at her best when she is coaching, working with teams, facilitating sessions, and generally spending time with her clients helping them learn to be the best version of themselves. Her clients would tell you that she has the ability to share truth in a caring, safe, non-judgmental manner - always with the intent to help them grow.

Serving as VP of Client Development since 2006, Barbara designs, develops, and delivers leadership and team development programs in addition to working with clients through one-on-one leadership coaching. She is MBTI certified and uses tools like StrengthsFinder as part of the self-awareness process.

Prior to joining L3, Barbara founded Leahy Group, a training and development firm that worked with The Home Depot and Manheim, a division of Cox Communications. Before that, she worked at The Home Depot for 12 years, serving in various human resources roles focused on leading, growing, and developing talent.

Barbara is an active member of The Temple's Social Justice committee, focusing on criminal justice, poverty and economic justice, and voting rights. A self-prescribed growth junkie, she loves to read, learn, and work on herself. Originally from Framingham, Massachusetts, she graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.S. in Business Communications and currently lives in Atlanta with her husband, daughter, and the cutest Goldendoodle in the world, Oliver.

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Sheila Douglas


Sheila Douglas


A certified practitioner of MBTI and a certified meeting facilitator, Sheila Douglas joined the Life-Long Leadership (L3) team in October 2015 as a part-time Office Manager and Executive Assistant and has grown into the role of a Leadership Consultant. Her 30-year professional career has been spent working with leaders and teams on development, interpersonal relationships, and personal growth.

Prior to joining L3, Sheila was a Director of Associate Relations for The Home Depot (THD). Her primary responsibilities included developing strategies that helped the company maintain a union-free status, creating plans that promoted a positive associate relations environment and protecting THD’s brand by advising leaders on decisions that comply with its’ values, governmental laws and policies. Prior to this role, she held various director and manager HR generalist roles where she was responsible for training, organizational effectiveness, performance management, succession planning, and compliance. Sheila worked for THD for fifteen years. Before she joined THD, she worked at Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago, IL. 

Sheila currently serves as a volunteer at Vinings United Methodist Church in Atlanta, GA. She also sits and serves on the Board of Directors for Crime Victims Advocacy Council (CVAC). She is addicted to cooking shows, food documentaries, and reading stories about people’s lives. 

Sheila holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University in Deerfield, IL. She is a certified Mediator and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. 

Sheila is a native of Waukegan, IL and currently resides in Marietta, Georgia with her husband Joseph.

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Rachel Lin


Rachel Lin


Rachel joined the Life-Long Leadership team as a Leadership Consultant in 2016. With a heart for people and a passion for developing leaders, she loves spending time with clients who are willing to invest in their own growth and teams who want to work more effectively together.

As a Leadership Consultant, Rachel delivers leadership development programs through facilitated team sessions, workshops, and one-on-one executive coaching. She holds certifications in MBTI, The Effective Facilitator, and Inside Out Coaching, and regularly uses assessments like Gallup's StrengthsFinder to help clients better understand their talents, realize their leadership potential, and capitalize on their gifts.

Prior to joining the L3 team, Rachel spent seven years in the technology industry. She held positions of increasing responsibility and developed skills in marketing, project management, business development, and operations before ultimately serving as the Chief Operating Officer for a small technology startup firm.

A classical musician by training, Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Violin Performance as well as dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Linguistics from Emory University. She is an active alumni in the University Symphony Orchestra as well as local community orchestras and enjoys playing for weddings and special events in her spare time. Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee (go Grizzlies!), she currently resides in Atlanta with her wonderful husband.

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Sarah Garmen


Sarah Garmen


Sarah joined the Life-Long Leadership team as an Event Coordinator in 2007. In her nine years with the company, she has served in various capacities; currently, she supports the VP of Client Development with scheduling, event coordination, and travel. In addition to these responsibilities, Sarah handles the in-house financials and contracts.

Prior to her work in this field, Sarah was an educator for six years. During this time, Sarah served students with special needs as an intervention specialist. In this role, she instructed students based on individual needs, wrote Individualized Education Plans, and teamed with parents and therapy staff in order to create the most effective environment for student growth.

Sarah also served on her school's Intervention Assistance Team. This team helped to create plans through parent, teacher, and team discussion for students who were struggling in an academic or behavioral area. As a member of this team, Sarah helped organize and execute interventions as well as serve as a liaison between staff members and the team.

Sarah received her bachelor's degree in Special Education from Bowling Green State University and her master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton.

She currently resides with her husband and two children in Columbus, Ohio. When she is not busy with family events, Sarah enjoys scrapbooking and serving the community with her Ladies' Outreach Group at church.

Lillie Cashion


Lillie Cashion


Lillie Cashion joined the Life-Long Leadership (L3) consulting partner team in 2007 as an executive coach, character consultant, and advisor. She is also a certified Myers-Briggs trainer and a public speaker on leadership, character development, and relationships. She’s a gifted dating coach and loves working with people up for the challenge of finding life-long love.

Prior to joining L3, Lillie spent almost a decade working with leadership guru and best-selling author Dr. Henry Cloud. Lillie’s passion for developing leaders led to her co-founding The Ultimate Leadership (UL) workshop with Dr. Cloud and his co-author and leadership consultant Dr. John Townsend. The UL is a week-long workshop designed to accelerate the personal growth of leaders.

Lillie’s leadership experience includes her role as Executive Director and Co-Founder of Answers for Life, a partnership between Dr. Cloud and Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru). She also led the communications department for Athletes in Action and served on its international board. 

Lillie is a native of Philadelphia, Mississippi and currently resides with her husband and two daughters in Cornelius, North Carolina.  As the founder and president of Integrated Relationships, she is a relationship coach, group facilitator, and speaker, addressing issues related to personal, relational and spiritual growth.

Lisa Reutener


Lisa Reutener


Lisa joined the Life-Long Leadership team in 2014 as an executive coach and consulting partner. She is passionate about helping leaders experience success both professionally and personally. She has 22 years of experience in character-based leadership development, life coaching, relationship coaching, and coaching group facilitation. Her law education and experience as an attorney help her relate well with executives and quickly assess what is keeping them from reaching their full potential. She specializes in coaching executives and leaders in areas of self awareness, interpersonal relationships, listening skills, empathy, and leading during times of change.

As a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator practitioner, Lisa uses the MBTI to assess clients’ unique personality type. With a focus on improving communication, decision making, conflict management, and ability to manage change, she also uses assessments such as StrengthsFinder 2.0, 360 Review and Emotional Quotient Inventory. She founded her own coaching business in metro Atlanta in 2013.

Prior to establishing her own coaching business, Lisa worked in the Human Resources Department of a nonprofit organization as Associate Director of a character-based leadership development program. As an executive coach, she facilitated coaching groups and specialized in personal and professional development of leaders in the organization.

As a graduate of Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Lisa holds a Juris Doctorate degree. She passed the Kentucky Bar Exam and was admitted to the Kentucky Bar Association. Lisa then worked as an attorney in the Northern Kentucky area.

Lisa is a native of Frankfort, Kentucky and currently resides with her husband, John, and their two sons in the north metro Atlanta area. In her spare time she enjoys weightlifting, Zumba, and dancing. Her love for people is shown through her involvement in her community, where she uses her expertise in life coaching to help individuals and families grow, overcome obstacles, and experience personal and relational fulfillment.          

Steven Brandt


Steven Brandt


In 2008, Steven Brandt joined Life-Long Leadership as a consulting partner responsible for leadership and team development. He helps organizations build healthy, well functioning teams, understand team dynamics, and capitalize on each individual’s unique strengths. Steven also helps facilitate training about “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” for effectively working in today’s corporate environment.

Steven directed The Home Depot’s Tampa, Florida Customer Contact Center from 2005 to 2008. At the contact center, Steven managed approximately 1,200 associates in providing customer support to The Home Depot’s customers and store associates in over 2,000 locations nationwide. During his tenure, Steven successfully implemented “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” effectively using the highly contemporary management tools offered through Life-Long Leadership and The Packer Group.

From 2003 through 2004, Steven worked with IBM Business Consulting Services as a Senior Consultant in the Customer Contact Center Optimization organization. There he focused on providing extensive subject matter expertise on all facets of contact center management, including leadership development, strategic planning, and improved organizational and operational effectiveness. 

Steven spent the majority of his career with Verizon Communications Inc. Most recently, he served as a Director for Verizon Global Solutions Inc. where he managed all aspects of the sales, service, and support for Verizon’s largest international voice and data customers and strategic partners world-wide. Previously, Steven was the Director of Customer Support for Verizon’s Internet division, and he held various other leadership positions within the company throughout his long career.

Steven studied at the University of Maryland’s University College with a focus on Human Resources and Labor Relations. He completed several leadership development programs including “The Leadership Challenge” offered by The Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania, “Succession Planning and Leadership Development” at The University of Maryland, and “Team Based Organizational Management and Development” taught by author and industry expert Mikki Ritvo.

Steven grew up in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Frederick, Maryland and later moved to Washington, D.C. where he spent the majority of his adult life. He and his partner moved to the New York City area for several years and they now reside in St. Pete Beach, Florida where they enjoy managing a small thoroughbred racing stable.