Faculty and Staff
Ann Betz, CPCC, PCC
Co-Founder BEabove, Director of Research, Senior Trainer
Ann Betz, CPCC, PCC, CNTC, is the co-founder of BEabove Leadership and an international speaker and trainer on the intersection of neuroscience, coaching and human transformation. Ann served as the neuroscience consultant to The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) for many years, and provides neuroscience, leadership and coaching consulting to many other corporations and non-profits.
Ann is also the co-developer/leader of BEabove Leadership’s popular training program for advanced coaches: Neuroscience, Consciousness and Transformational Coaching, which has been offered in the U.S, Canada, Mexico, Turkey, China, Norway, and the United Kingdom.
A certified professional coach for over 15 years, Ann is the author of a groundbreaking white paper on brain research and coaching. She contributes to Choice Magazine, Coaching at Work, Coaching World, the ICF and CTI’s blogs, and other coaching and HR publications.
Ann is the lead author of Integration, the power of being Co-Active in work and life, an exploration of consciousness and the future (John Hunt Publishing, 2015), as well as a ground-breaking white paper on the neuroscience of the International Coach Federation coaching competencies. She is also a published poet, using her understanding of the brain and consciousness to bring to life the wonders of the human soul. Ann speaks internationally on neuroscience, leadership and coaching (and occasionally poetry as well), and she excels at making the complexities of the brain come to life with depth, humor and simplicity.
Ann lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her partner Will Sharon, their angelic border collie Jack, and two very enlightened cats named Paz and Luz.
Ursula Pottinga, CPCC, BCC, PCC
Co-Founder BEabove, Director of Operations, Senior TrainerUrsula Pottinga, CPCC, PCC (ICF), CNTC is the co-founder of BEabove Leadership and is the co-developer/leader of its ground breaking training program for advanced coaches: Neuroscience, Consciousness and Transformational Coaching, currently available in the U.S, Canada, China and Norway. A master coach for 15 years, Ursula is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach through The Coaches Training Institute and a Certified NeuroTransformational Coach.
With 25 years of experience in professional development, Ursula has worked with managers, supervisors and executives in the US, Canada and Europe to improve performance. She has held executive positions in Germany, Belgium, England, Canada and the US and also co-founded and ran a non-profit organization focused on leadership development for young leaders serving in AmeriCorps, a national service program.
Ursula is a skilled facilitator with many years experience creating and leading workshops, events, and meetings as an organizational development consultant. She is the co-author of The Guide to Getting It: Remarkable Management Skills, Create a New Normal and her newest book, Universal Intentions. A sought-after speaker and coach, Ursula also has her own consulting company, Profound Growth. In this capacity, she works with entrepreneurs and non-profit leaders on the edge of growth.
Ursula is known for her deep wisdom, humor, and ability to bridge the mystical and practical. When she is not traveling the world, she lives in Celebration, Florida with her husband and dog Toby.
Associate Certification Pod Leader
Jean Davidson brings 25 years’ experience in business, education, consulting and coaching to her work. Her background includes consultation, management, training, facilitation and coaching in the healthcare, financial services, retail, pharmaceutical, technology industries as well as higher education and government.
Jean has expertise in team and leadership development, leadership coaching, as well as the development and successful implementation of strategic business initiatives. Her passion lies in working with the human and cultural elements of change, team development, communication skills, and coaching leaders to reach their full potential.
Jean is an Insights Licensed Practitioner, accredited in Insights Personal Discovery, Team Effectiveness Navigator, and Transformational Leadership as well as a CPCC, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach. CNTC is her latest certification. She is ICF (International Coaching Federation) credentialed and serves as Membership Chair on the ICF-Minnesota Chapter Board. She holds an Ed. D. in Organization Development from the University of St. Thomas (UST) where she is an Executive Fellow in the Organization Development and Change doctorate program. Her research focus is leadership transition and organization change. at her Alma Mater, UST.
In her spare time she might be found teaching Jazzercise (33 years as an instructor), working on her “leaders in transition” book, developing a model/tools to increase one’s capacity to notice, studying neuroscience, being “crafty”, or spending time with her family (husband, 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and 2 Siberian Huskies) where she lives in Woodbury, Minnesota.
Student Communications & Support
Kelly brings 15 years of marketing and communications experience with a passion for customer/user experience. With an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, Kelly has worked across corporate and nonprofit organizations, including serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
In 2019, she joined BEabove Leadership providing support part-time. Additionally, she is the Marketing Director at Camp Fire Minnesota, a youth-development organization dedicated to catalyzing growth through nature-based learning and outdoor experiences. Through Camp Fire Minnesota’s partnership with BEabove Leadership, Kelly has loved learning to be more coach-like and greatly valued the personal development gained from trainings on the Seven Levels of Effectiveness and the neuroscience research behind it.
In her spare time, she enjoys brunches, movies, hiking, camping, traveling, and learning about behavior science or anything else that piques her interest.
Marketing and Web DesignGrace Heerman is a writer, content coach and yoga teacher from Minneapolis. Through her business, Said with Grace, Grace designs websites and creates content that capture how great her clients are so they can authentically share their expertise with the world. As the daughter of a coach, she especially enjoys helping coaches translate their gifts into language that their clients understand.
Grace is also an avid traveler and enjoys spending six months each year outside the US.