Dr. Don Eisenhauer, MCC
Dr. Don Eisenhauer, MCC, is the founder of Coaching at End of Life, LLC. He is a pastor and a Master Certified Coach (accredited by the International Coach Federation). He is the author of the books Coaching at End of Life and Coach Yourself Through Grief. Don has a passion to help people live fully until they die. He enjoys teaching and equipping coaches, hospice workers, funeral directors, clergy, friends and family members to better support and care for the dying and grieving in their midst.
Don comes to the field of coaching with a wealth of practical and educational experience in end of life care, including:
• 15 years of pastoral ministry
• 19 years as a hospice chaplain, grief care specialist, and grief support group facilitator
• a doctorate in counseling
• ongoing seminars/presentations on end of life issues
Don serves as an End of Life Coach for a Funeral Home. He is a faculty member for other coaching practices, and he leads trainings and seminars throughout the world. He is also the co-founder of the Bereavement Management Group, providing software to help in the care of the grieving.
Dawn Alitz, ACC
The Rev. Dawn Alitz, Ph.D., Director of Coaching at Luther Seminary
Dawn’s expertise is in the area of adult faith formation, coaching, and program coordination. She has over twenty years of experience in congregational leadership in both mission-start and established congregations. She holds an Associate Coaching Credential with the International Coaching Foundation and an Individual Team Coaching Accreditation through EMCC Global. Dawn is well-known within ELCA and ecumenical circles for her work with adaptive leadership, mentoring and coaching other pastors, developing online learning opportunities, and collaborating with various networks of educational and synodical professionals. Her Ph.D work centered on the spiritual development of adults as they became parents. Dawn is the Director of the Thriving in Ministry Sustainability Grant which is focused on developing coaching support for ministry and discipleship. Dawn’s role as Director of Coaching places her in a unique position to design, pilot, and build out new business models for theological education, lifelong learning, and congregational leadership support.
Jill Beverlin, PCC
Jill Beverlin, PCC, began training as a coach in 2013 and has worked with CoachNet Global and Coaching at End of Life to earn her credentials with the International Coach Federation (Associate Certified Coach in 2017; Professional Certified coach in 2019). Jill serves in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and has been their national Coordinator of Coaching since 2018. In addition, she served with the Grace Institute for Spiritual Formation from 2015-2019 and recently joined the Coaching at End of Life faculty in 2020.
Coaching has been a true lifeline for Jill and became an invaluable tool for moving forward following the death of her youngest son. She views coaching as a gift that offers a safe space for others to process what life is bringing them, unleashes the healing power of naming things out loud, and ultimately reveals a way forward.
Jill lives in Appleton, WI with her husband Dave and near their adult son, Andy. When she is not coaching, she enjoys being with family and friends and exploring the beautiful outdoors while hiking, kayaking, and cross-country skiing.
Jason O’Neill, PCC
Jason O’Neill, a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), has been coaching formally since 2012 and informally since he could begin talking, as it seems most anyone (including strangers*) feels drawn to share with him to receive his support in healing** soul wounds. He also has a B.S. degree in Psychology, which informs his coaching.
Some other descriptors for Jason, in no particular order: Advocate, Accomplice, and Co-Conspirator for all those on the margins. Intuitive Empath. Transgressive Artist. Lifelong Learner. Writer. Singer. Model. Queer. Son. Uncle. Husband. Parent to rescue animals — currently three cats (Sophia, Koa, and Nahla, pictured here) and two dogs (Violet and Rosie), and one cat (Angel) who crossed the rainbow bridge in February 2020.
*Are any of us ever really strangers? We all have a soul connection. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in his Letter from Birmingham Jail: “In a real sense all life is inter-related. All [people] are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
**The name Jason comes from Greek Ἰάσων (Iásōn), meaning “healer”, from the verb ἰάομαι (iáomai), “to heal.
Nathan Swenson-Reinhold, PCC
Nathan Swenson-Reinhold is seasoned leader and ordained pastor with 22 years of experience organizing, equipping, empowering, and deploying organizations and communities of faith. Through Summit Coaching and Behavioral Consulting (www.summitcbc.com) and as a Partner with GSB Fundraising (www.gsbfr.com) he has the privilege of living his life’s mission of empowering and resourcing leaders who power organizations that transform the world.
Nathan holds a doctorate in leadership and cultural architecture from Portland Seminary of George Fox University in Portland, Oregon, has a professional coaching certification (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF), and is a certified behavioral consultant through both PeopleKeys and Take Flight Learning. He also has specialty training in church growth through Natural Church Development as well as stewardship coaching.
He is married to Erin (who is an ordained pastor, therapist, and coach), and together they have two adult children – Sam, and Ephraim, and a teenager who keeps her parents sorted out at home. Her name is Emma.
Sonja Ware, ACC
Sonja Ware is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF),a Coach Trainer for the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA), and the Coordinator for Mission Development and Congregational Vitality Coaching in the ELCA.
She has experience in coaching individuals as well as groups, focusing on leadership coaching and organizational consulting for nonprofit and volunteer organizations, life coaching, and end of life coaching, including grief coaching.
Sonja Ware has received Coaching Training with CoachNet (ACC level, 2020/21) and Coaching at the End of Life (PCC level, 2022).
She has also received extensive training in Psychodynamic Theory at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia (PCOP), where she now is an Academic Analytic Member as well as a Faculty Member. In her coaching, she listens with a psychodynamically trained ear, sensitive for unconscious processes as well as transference-
Sonja Ware is Co-Pastor at Renewed Spirit Church in Reading, PA, and owner of Sonja Ware Coaching & Consulting LLC.
Charlie Zimmerman, PCC
Rev. Dr. Charlie Zimmerman is a retired ELCA pastor who has been PCC Certified Coach since 2019. He also serves as an ELCA Coach Trainer and Mentor Coach. He helped develop Mentor Coaching for Synod Coaching Coordinators in the ELCA, and has mentored coaches in 3 synods. He has helped rostered leaders navigate time management, self-care, strategic planning, staffing issues, and other challenging life/work issues. His passion is helping people grow into the full stature for which God created them.