Our Coaches and Collaborators


Marie is the founder of High Tides, as well as a coach and small business consultant. She is an experienced and highly skilled training developer and facilitator, having assumed these roles for numerous organizations, leading trainings for groups of leaders as small as 6 to over 1500 people at a time and has lent her expertise both in the U.S. as well as abroad. Her passion for seeing emerging leaders grow and expand led to her founding of High Tides in 2016.

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CANDACE TAYLOR, Leadership Coach

Candace L. Taylor is an experienced and passionate performer, choreographer, researcher, leader and entrepreneur. In her professional life, post-grad and Fulbright, Candace has utilized creative thinking and expression, project management, effective communication and strategic development skills to increase operational efficiency in many industries and settings ranging from fashion, education, spiritual ministry, theater, and fitness.

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KERRY-ANN TOTTEN, Leadership Coach

Kerry-Ann has a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Albany, and Masters of Arts in Teaching from Howard University. Being in the education field for almost two decades has helped Kerry-Ann become a client-focused leader with a strong dedication to women, while providing a safe, reflective, motivating and empowering environment for transformation.

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DR. FANIKE-KIARA YOUNG, Master Healer & Transformational Trauma Specialist

Master Healer Fanike-Kiara Olugbala Young is a Doctor of Behavioral Health, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Transformational Trauma Specialist, Master Reiki Practitioner, author, healer, consultant, coach, wife, mother, sister, and friend that strives to make a positive impact on the lives of others. She specializes in healing trauma by focusing on mind, body, and spiritual healing.

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FREDERICA PETERSON, Certified Executive Coach and Learning Strategist

Frederica is a Professional Speaker, Certified Executive Coach, Learning Strategist and Award Winning Program Designer. She has been dedicated to results-focused performance excellence for over 20 years. Described by her clients as passionate, charismatic, intuitive and outcome focused, Frederica’s elite client list includes some of the top organizations in the country.

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DR. VICTORIA MATTINGLY, DEI and L&D Coach and Consultant

Dr. Victoria Mattingly has been providing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and learning & development consulting services to businesses and non-profit organizations for over 10 years. She has built and implemented DEI solutions with companies such as Intel, American Eagle, Sargent & Lundy, Project Management Institute, and Forte Foundation.

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SHARON PORTER, Leadership Coach and Consultant

Sharon is a Consultant, Leadership Coach & Social Researcher. Sharon provides workshops, seminars, research and coaching for organisations (individuals &/or groups) looking to develop an inclusive working environment and a sense of belonging. In her spare time Sharon continues her work with leaders in her voluntary role as Vice-Chair of BAMEed Bristol & Southwest. Her focus is on developing policies and practices that support the recruitment and retention of educators from ethnic minority backgrounds.

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SALVATORE J MANZI, Communications Consultant

Salvatore Manzi is a professional speaker, facilitator and communications coach. He has worked with and led programs for the World Economic Forum, LinkedIn, Facebook, Dropbox, Gap and Genentech. His areas of expertise include leadership, team development, cultural communications, and diversity and inclusion. As a diversity and inclusion facilitator, he helps organizations such as the United Nations and SXSW to navigate difficult topics and create truly inclusive environments.

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CASSANDRA LAM, Trauma-informed Facilitator

Cassandra Lam (she/her) is a Vietnamese American trauma-informed facilitator, somatic healing practitioner, leadership embodiment coach, and community builder based in unceded Lenape territory (Brooklyn, NY). As a neurodivergent and empathic daughter of refugees, Cassandra’s passion lies in creating spaces of safety, healing, and empowerment for historically marginalized communities. Her teachings are informed by 10 years of personal practice in the healing arts, training in mindfulness, politicized somatics, and trauma, and a commitment to healing justice principles.

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BETTY CHAN, Authenticity Coach and Brave Spaces Facilitator

Betty is an Asian American coach focused on rediscovering self-trust and guiding others to create fulfilling lives as leaders, entrepreneurs, and whole humans. Betty’s coaching is a powerful combination of reflection and action. She holds brave spaces for her clients to show up authentically as they learn to let go of limiting expectations, identify intuitive talents, and confidently decide who they will become. Betty’s work as a coach and facilitator reflects her commitment to co-create common ground and serve as a bridge to others.

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