My bio...

Executive Coaching Profile:  

  • Specializing in transition coaching, helping individuals navigate the uncertainties of change, especially in downsizing situations
  • Experienced leadership coach with five years of formal coaching experience
  • Certified by International Coaching Federation as Associate Certified Coach, 2017
  • Experienced human capital professional providing advisory/consulting services to all levels of management

Professional/Coaching Experience:   

  • Founder & VIP Coach, Transition Coaching for Career and Life, Berryville, VA
  • Senior Program Manager, US Geological Survey (USGS), Strategic Initiatives, Reston, VA

Education & Training:

  • M.A., Conflict Resolution & Counseling, George Mason University (GMU)
  • B.A., Human Resources Management & Counseling, GMU 


  • Certification in Coaching, Northern Virginia Workforce Programs
  • Certified as State Court Mediator in Virginia
  • Certified Professional, International Personnel Management Association
  • Certified by the Booth Company 360 Leadership Assessments

Professional Experience:

Patty possesses an extraordinary human capital background having worked in multiple Federal agencies, including the U.S. Geological Survey, Executive Office of the President, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health, and as an independent entrepreneur. Areas of expertise include coaching, talent management & recruitment, succession planning, organizational restructuring & downsizing strategies such as VSIP/VERA, position classification, equal employment opportunity, change management, and more. She has worked with employees, managers, and leaders at all levels and in different capacities and diverse challenges concerns. She enjoyed her work with the National Institutes of Health, Transition Center where she helped employees impacted by funding cuts transition into different occupations and positions.

Positions held include:

  • Senior Program Manager, US Geological Survey, Office of Human Resources, Strategic Initiatives Branch
  • Senior Program Manager, National Science Foundation (NSF), Workforce Planning & Analysis Branch
  • Supervisory Human Resources Specialist & Human Capital Advisor, Department of Health & Human Services, Talent Resource Center
  • Human Resources Advisor, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Strategic Planning, Transition Center
  • Human Resources Specialist, Executive Office of the President, Division of HR, Washington, DC
  • Independent Human Resources Consultant, Self-employed (Independent Contractor)
  • Equal Employment Manager, Farm Credit Administration & David Taylor Naval Ship R&D Center


  • International Coaching Federation and ICF Government Coaching Community of Practice
  • Top of Virginia, Winchester, VA, and Dulles. VA Chambers of Commerce
  • Community activist with Berryville Economic Vitality Group - Main Street America, religious, social services, and community organizations
  • USGS STAR Award, NSF Director’s Award, NIH Director’s Award, Department of Navy Productivity Award,
  • Several Outstanding and Sustained Superior Performance Awards

On a personal note...

Patty is married to a retired American Airlines captain, the mother of two adult children, and lives in a small town in the Shenandoah Valley. Her husband is restoring an older home, while she enjoys church and community activities, hiking, yoga, gardening, entertaining, and cooking for her hard-working man.