2013 Coaches Bios

Brett Penfil has over fifteen years of experience facilitating individual and organizational change in public, non-profit and for-profit institutions. With her experience and education as a coach, psychotherapist and organizational consultant, she has a deep understanding of the change process at the individual, group and systems levels. Brett is the Director of Coaching at the University of California at San Francisco Center for the Health Professions, where she coaches emerging and senior clinical and non-clinical health care professionals, leads the coaching element of the Center's leadership programs, and provides organizational consultation. In addition to her work at the Center, Brett is a psychotherapist (Marriage and Family Therapist #48447), providing counseling for individuals, couples and business partners. Previously, Brett worked as a senior organizational consultant for Blue Shield of California, where she provided consulting to individuals and teams, and for Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, where she consulted to the health education department. Brett received her Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Brett is a certified integral coach and lives in San Francisco.


Sally Durgan is the Associate Director for Leadership at the Center for the Health Professions (Center), University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Director of the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) Health Care Leadership Program.  She was previously the Program Development Associate for the CHCF Health Care Leadership and the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Executive Nurse Fellows Programs at the Center. Prior to joining UCSF, Sally served as the Health Outcomes Project Manager for Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS), a homeless services organization in Alameda County and as a Research Assistant for The California Endowment. Sally earned an M.S. degree from the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University and a B.A. in Biology and French from Lafayette College. She is also certified as an integral coach by New Ventures West.


Melia Franklin has 28 years of experience in the non-profit sector working for social justice as an organizer, researcher, communicator and leader. In 2004, she founded Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network (PLAN) and currently she serves as Executive Director. Based in Oakland, PLAN works to empower low-income parents of color to transform schools so that all children can receive an excellent education. Melia became a certified coach through Coaching for Transformation in 2013. Her coaching practice benefits individuals and organizations seeking to lead from their hearts, align with their values and build high-impact, sustainable organizations. Melia brings humor, vulnerability and powerful imagery to the coaching partnership and partners with clients to cultivate wholeness, self-love, authenticity and passion.


A combined experience as a funder, organizational development consultant, leadership development program staff, as well as a career and life transition coach, has given Adele James a unique set of skills and strategic understanding of what it takes to be a productive and responsive leader, team and organization. She has over 20 years experience in the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors, including 12 years of grants management with three California-based foundations and an independent administrative and fiscal government agency. Over her career, Adele has commissioned and/or facilitated grant programs totaling $173 million throughout California. As an organizational development consultant, Adele works with statewide, regional and local groups in conducting program planning and design, meeting facilitation and training, proposal development and grants administration, capacity building and evaluation. A skillful and engaging facilitator, Adele is known for creative and results oriented approaches to challenges. She brings a broad perspective on issues of diversity on the basis of race/ethnicity, culture, gender, disability, geography and orientation. Adele is passionate about working to help individuals and organizations step into their fullest potential as impactful leaders on issues importance to their communities.


Since 1985 Johnny Manzon-Santos has been engaged in peace and social justice movements as an activist, organizer, and client advocate. A strategic thinker with deep experience in the nonprofit sector, he served 15 years as Executive Director of health/HIV agencies in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. He is co-principal of pearldiving, a coaching+consulting practice committed to partnering with individuals and organizations in transition. As a coach Johnny invites emerging and seasoned leaders to tell the truth, engage both sides of the brain, align head, heart and stomach, and lead from where you are—with fierceness, humor and humanity.



Terrie Moore is committed to helping people increase their capabilities. As a career coach, that means using a variety of approaches to assist in building understanding of oneself in relation to the world of work. As a facilitator, consultant, or project manager, it means helping to create a container for collaboration, performance, and progress.  As a coach, Terrie holds the conviction that people’s learning, development and performance are based in recognition of their innate strengths, developed by applying new learning, and fostered by coaching and mentoring. As a facilitator, Terrie is a strong believer in collaboration, change and transition principles, and team principles, coupled with fact-based decision-making. Before embarking on her current role as a career coach, consultant, and facilitator, Terrie pursued her career in the healthcare industry, with experience in process improvement, organizational change, management and leadership development, and workforce planning. Terrie is a National Certified Counselor and an MBTI Certified Practitioner, and holds M.S. degrees in Career Counseling and Health Services Administration.


Josaphine Stevenson is a certified life coach and medical anthropologist with experience in community health promotion and food systems change. As a life coach, Josaphine works with individual clients to help identify life goals and the strategies and practices to achieve them. She has many years of leadership experience in philanthropy, academia, non-profits and state government. Josaphine currently works on the California Department of Public Health's Health in All Policies Task Force, a multi-agency task force designed to promote health and sustainability in California. Josaphine was also a Multicultural Fellow and Program Associate at the San Francisco Foundation. In addition, Josaphine was a co-owner of the Cheeseboard Collective in Berkeley for almost a decade. Josaphine received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology at UC Davis and her M.A. in Medical Anthropology at Cal State Long Beach.


Grace Turkis joined the Center for the Health Professions in September 2008. As the Director of Operations over the Institute for Physician Leadership and the Pharmacy Leadership Institute, Grace focuses on the development and delivery of leadership programs for physicians and pharmacists primarily across the State of California. Prior to working at the Center, she served as a Co-Director of the San Francisco chapter of Cru, a nonprofit organization focused on leadership training and spiritual development of college students. Grace received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. She is also certified as an executive coach from The Coaches Training Institute.


Bonnie Wolf is a Life Coach and Community Development Consultant. Her passion is partnering with individuals and community leaders seeking to align with their values, heal their obstacles, and realize their deepest dreams. Bonnie intuitively supports clients to create a life connected to their soul wisdom and inspiration. She offers coaching, organizational consulting and spiritual healing with social justice leaders, activists, religious leaders, spiritual seekers, healers, parents, and formerly homeless individuals and others traditionally marginalized from envisioning and fulfilling their dreams. As a community development consultant, Bonnie supports social justice organizations to create beneficial social programs, build collaborations, evaluate their impacts, raise large-scale funding, and achieve sustainability. Bonnie has a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from M.I.T. and is a certified Coach through Coaching for Transformation.




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