Our CEOL Faculty

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
• 18 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 a Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator.  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.

Kathleen Sepeda, PCC

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If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because 
your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. 
~ Lilla Watson 
This quote captures the essence of why I am passionate about teaching CEOL’s course: Bearing Witness to Self and Other. I hold that my participation at every session is for me at least as much as it is for our students. As I bear witness to my self, Alyssa (my co~teacher), and our students, I am alive with that which is ineffable. It is a gift and a privilege to collectively hold this space for myself and others as together we navigate our way in learning how to be with grief without succumbing to old habits of moving away in fear. 
  • I am a facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie; this work makes my heart sing
  • I have 12 years of experience coaching teenagers and parents
  • I do Hospice volunteering.


Alyssa Canann, PCC

Working with people in grief and at end of life moves me in myriad ways. Grief and death invite us collectively and as individuals to plumb new depths of feeling, of connectedness, of what it means to be human. It is a privilege to participate in the development of End of Life Coaching students. Together, we deepen our capacity to bear witness to self and other, an essential prerequisite to grief work.

We are all just walking each other home.    ~ Ram Dass

Alyssa’s mother, father and husband died, separately, within the space of nineteen months. She is inspired by those willing to talk openly about death – from aspects mysterious to mundane – and by those who fiercely urge us to accept and honor the reality of grief.

Other Roles/Training include: Certified End of Life and Grief Coach, Certified Death Midwife, Hospice Volunteer, Twilight Brigade


Dr. J. Val Hastings, MCC

Val10croppedsquare-e1410044867391-150x150Dr. J. Val Hastings, MCC, is the Founder and President of Coaching4Clergy, which provides specialized training for pastors, church leaders and coaches. Val hired his first coach while he was pastoring at a local United Methodist church. His progress was noticeable by all, and he began to wonder, “What if I adopted a coaching approach to ministry? What if the larger church adopted a coaching approach to ministry?” In that moment, a vision began to emerge—a global vision of Every Pastor, Ministry Staff and Church Leader a Coach.  Val is the author of the books, The Next Great Awakening: How to Empower God’s People with a Coach Approach to Ministry; Professional Coach Training: Developing Ministry Excellence and Effectiveness; Change Your Questions, Change Your Church: How to Lead with Powerful Questions; and the e-books,1 -2-3 Coach: Start Coaching in 60 Minutes; and Coach Your Way through the Scriptures: A Tangible Way to Use Coaching in Ministry.  He also compiled the book, Ministry 3.0: How Today’s Church Leaders Are Using Coaching to Tranform Ministry. Val currently holds the designation of Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, its highest coaching designation.