Patty Koppa:

Pat Koppa is a consultant who specializes in strategic planning and group facilitation with public health and history organizations. She is also a life coach specializing in resilience and chronic disease. As a 44 year kidney transplant survivor, Pat approaches each day with joy and excitement. You can reach her on

Ruth (Ruthie) Godfrey:

Ruth (Ruthie) Godfrey is the founding director of Learning Journeys: The Center for International Coaching. Ruthie first considered entering the field of coaching as she was completing her coaching final exam. The instructor took the exam from her and tore it up.  He told Ruthie that she had taken coaching beyond where it was at that time and suggested she go back to Minnesota and start her own coaching school. Inspired, Ruthie enlisted her daughter, Jennie, and six months later they launched their first course, The Power of Possibility. Upon completion students asked, “What’s next?” This simple question spurred coaching certifications, books, resources and more. You can find out more about Ruthie’s work at Her newest dream is to write children’s books.

Lisa Greene:

Lisa recently retired from the field of Community Education where she worked for 21 years, the last ten as Director of Community Education for St. Louis Park Public Schools.  Before working in Community Education, Lisa worked in advertising and marketing.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.  She has also received her Life Coach Practitioner Certification through Learning Journeys International Center of Coaching.  Lisa believes that the community is enriched when individuals take steps toward their own self-actualization. Now that she has more time on her hands, she is seeking meaning for this next phase of her life.

Lynne Sarnoff Christensen:

I am a contemporary artist whose work has been shown in galleries and juried shows throughout the country. For over 30 years, I have been working in clay with a consistent focus on organic surface design.

The better part of my focus is hand-built ceramics. Getting to know the personality of the clay body and what it is capable of doing is paramount.  With the process of hand building, I know the characteristics of the clay and how I can manipulate and alter my shapes to create great movement, texture and surface design. I embrace the imperfections and textures I create.

Carol Boyer Peterson:

I am a widow, stepmom, grandmother of 9, social scientist and retired university administrator. I love many forms of exercise from Pilates to hiking. Despite the long winters, I also love living in Northern Minnesota with a view of Lake Superior. I am blessed to have dear friends and family who are with me on my life journey.