The Academies Staff

Rebecca Potts, Client Services Manager

Rebecca oversees the many details of our ongoing classes, tracking student enrollment, assisting students and faculty with everything they need for our programs to run flawlessly – including answering questions regarding upcoming/current classes, and other administrative activities. She also assists with marketing materials and social media. Meeting the needs of our students is her number one priority! Rebecca can be contacted at or 559.547.8200.

Nicoletta Simmons, Webmaster

Nicoletta Simmons is the Webmaster for The Academies and has been with the Academies since 2013.  As Webmaster, she updates the website, assists with e-commerce management, and helps the team with network innovation. Nicoletta can be contacted at

The Academies Faculty

James Beeman, PCC, Career Management Coach Instructor, Executive & Leadership Development Coach Instructor

Several years ago James was so stressed out from his job that he had a headache every single day from clenching his jaw and grinding his teeth. In fact, the stress of his job kept him up at all hours of the night and began to negatively impact his personal relationships like his new marriage. He was tired, he was miserable, and he began to think that he was hopeless.

James got his personal wakeup call when he ended up in the ER thinking he was having a stroke or a heart attack, because he was taking every conflict at work to heart and because he thought that every problem at work was all his fault.

That’s what it took for him to change – to strike out in a new direction – a new career where he can help people who are miserable at work, find new life and joy. By the way, James wasn’t crazy, when he quit his job, they hired three people to replace him.

In his quest to help hundreds of clients, James earned a Master of Arts in Management & Leadership with a 4.0 and multiple professional coaching and career certifications including the Certified Career Management Coach from The Academies, the Professional Coach Certification from the International Coach Federation, and theNeuroPositive® Coach License from the Applied Neuroscience Institute. Learn more about James at


Barbara Berger, PCC, Certified Career Management Coach Program Instructor

I became a coach by way of a career in HR – hiring, recruiting, and interviewing hourly to C-level candidates. I was fascinated by career stories and found myself investigating this new industry called coaching. Ultimately, I left a secure job for an adventure in helping others. Career Wellness Partners was born in 2013 focusing on career transition and evolved to Live Your Genuine, a full-on transformational life and career coaching practice.
You can also find me at Lehigh University, coaching MBA students from all over the globe who step out of their professional lives, converge for an immersive MBA experience, and set out to re-launch their careers.

My passion for coaching led to training other coaches–new and experienced–because it invites me to go deeper with the transformational power of coaching, and contribute to seeing more and more well-trained coaches make a difference on this planet.

Stacy Duhon, PCC, Certified MBA Career Coach Program Instructor

In 2008, after 17 years in management, Stacy left her successful biotechnology career to pursue her passion of being a professional coach. She was scared to leave her secure, lucrative and enjoyable career but, at some point, she felt she was dying inside. She faced her fears, acted in the face of people telling her it wasn’t practical, and went after her dream. Already equipped with a Masters in Statistics (from SMU), she went back to school to pursue a second masters, this time in Coaching and Consulting (from Bastyr), as well as completed training at “Accomplishment Coaching,” to earn her ICF certification as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). She now has her own coaching practice and also coaches graduate business-school students for the University of Washington, Foster School of Business.

Pat Schuler, The Academies’ Sales Expert and Co-Creator of Serious Revenue

In memoriam: Pat Schuler continues to be a gift to The Academies’ community of coaches through her timelines “Serious Revenue” sales program for coaching entrepreneurs. Pat brought decades of experience to the table, having worked for technology companies, large and small, and won awards. She sold successfully to Fortune 500 companies in the 

long-term, complex, big-ticket technical sale, and she coached career entrepreneurs to double and triple their income while landing 4- and 5-figure clients. Her mission on earth: helping you find the right combination of sales skills, inner strengths, and overall strategy to make a difference in an astonishingly short time. We trust that her spirit is present, and that she is taking joy in you finding the freedom to flourish and prosper.

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