Inner HeroesTM Career & Life Coaching Team

Carolyn Kalil  Inner Heroes

CEO DreamMaker Publisning, Inc.
Carolyn Kalil, MA, GCDFI is the world famous author of “Follow Your Inner Heroes™ to the Work You Love,”  an inspirational speaker, a counselor and a Lead Life Coach.

Carolyn developed a personality system that helps individuals through self-discovery and purpose. Her unique book is based on her own personal experiences and insights that are relatable and help transform personal lives. Finally, we have found an author who has taken the mystery out of personality science and transmutation.
The Inner Heroes™ personality system is based on four personality types that have distinct traits and values. It is the only personality system that is based on values, and it is precisely the emphasis on values that provides accurate support required for self-care management, decision-making, leadership, conflict-resolution, team-building, parenting, stress management, human diversity, and much more.
Inner Heroes™ is recognized by the National Employment Counseling Association (NECA) and is an empirically tested and evidence-based program. Case studies can be found in the Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, Volume 32. If this world gets on the same page and works within the same paradigm, wouldn’t life become easier for every person?!
It’s time to live life the Inner Heroes™ way!
When you hold this book in your hands, your brain will begin to shift into an adaptable mind-set and it will touch your heart like no other.
Make this your year!


Fabiola Beck-Threats
Counselor, Career & Life Coach and
Inner Heroes™ Facilitator

Hello! My name is Fabiola Beck-Threats. I was born In Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico on November 27th, 1980. I came to live in the United States in the summer of 1999. Immediately after my arrival, I started my educational journey. I have an AA in Social Work, a BS in Human Services, and a MA in College Counseling and Guidance. I like to help and motivate people to become the best that they can be. The Inner Heroes™ training program helped me fulfill my desire to become a motivational speaker. I believe that every person is born with a purpose, and Inner Heroes™ beautifully unveils an individual’s hidden talents. I live in San Diego, California with my husband and two adorable children.

“If YOU don’t build your own dream, someone else will hire you, to help them build theirs.” -- Tony A. Gaskins Jr.

Cassandra Curbello
Inner Heroes™ Life Coach

I first encountered the work of Carolyn Kalil in 2002. I was a student taking the first steps of my career in the early days of a post-9/11 world. Through the diligent work of a brilliant IH facilitator and career advisor, I learned that my Inner Hero is a Doer-Helper. That revelation had a profound effect on me. The effect was so profound that I chose to incorporate the Inner Heroes™ system into all of my work and to remain under the professional tutelage of my initial Inner Heroes™ instructor. Her expert counsel, combined with Carolyn Kalil’s powerful body of work, continues to inform my path to this day.

Learning about my Inner Heroes™ taught me concomitantly to see the Inner Heroes in others, and by extension, it has made me a highly effective communicator and educator. It has empowered me to thrive and excel as a technical specialist, analyst, engineer, and trainer at corporations including Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS), Cushman and Wakefield, Prudential Financial Inc., Con Edison, Polo Ralph Lauren, and The Rockefeller Group, as well as at institutions of higher learning like Fordham University and in my current capacity at Columbia University.

"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are."
-- Joseph Campbell

Fiona Dowling
Inner Heroes™ Career & Life Coach

Fiona is the founder of ClearThoughts a coaching and consulting practice in Ireland. As an executive coach, career strategist, and leadership facilitator with extensive business and finance experience, both nationally and internationally, Fiona specialises in helping clients to navigate the world of work by optimising their strengths to become an authentic leader with an ability to create a shared vision, be strategic and achieve business goals. She does this by delivering a personalised service that is empathetic, stakeholder centred, and outcome focused resulting in them creating a workplace culture that promotes collaboration, trust and empowerment.

Her unique energy and positivity are engaging and invigorating. She sees the potential in her clients and enables them to be the best version of themselves by helping them to recognise their value proposition, believe in themselves and create a strong professional brand that is memorable and sustainable. She is committed to her clients achieving the results they desire and leverages her extensive experience to help her clients develop a strategic road map to get them to where they want to go. As a performer she uses her stage experience to help her clients to read the audience and to communicate with charisma and conviction.

An EMCC accredited Senior Coaching and Mentoring Practitioner, NLP Coaching Practitioner, Coach Master Toolkit Certified, Emotional Intelligence Coach, Inner Hero Facilitator, Qualified Financial Advisor and winner of an Asset Based Finance Association Leadership award, Fiona believes in your innate ability to achieve your goals if you have clarity of thought, vision and self-belief.

"The only way to predict the future is to create it" --Peter Drucker

Terrie Hawthorne, MSW
Associate Professor of
Counseling, Workforce
Inner Heroes™ Career & Life Coach

Terrie Hawthorne is an Inner Heroes™ Facilitator whose Heroes are “Helper and Thinker”. Her job as Workforce Preparation Counselor and Coordinator at Moreno Valley College allowed her to self-actualize into the “shero” she was meant to be. Her Thinker Hero allows her to creatively develop and manage program elements and her Helper Hero connects with students and colleagues to implement services.  

Her humble beginnings from teen parenthood and upbringing in South Central Los Angeles in the inner city gave her the motivation and drive for a better life. She persevered through hardships and attended California State University Northridge where she earned her BS degree. Her Helper temperament prompted her to pursue a Master’s degree in Social Work at Loma Linda University where she connected to her purpose and mission in life. Terrie worked in a variety of capacities from corporate management, franchise ownership, child protection and adoption services, psychotherapy, and medical social work; all of which lead her to become a well-rounded counselor, coordinator and instructor.  

In 2014, Terrie co-authored the book “How to Create a Career Pathway that Matters in any Economy” with Carolyn Kalil. She became an avid presenter facilitating the Inner Heroes™ model at California colleges and community organizations. She’s made valuable contributions to local and state curriculum and is active in creating and teaching courses that deliver innovative strategies to assist students in connecting to their hero and achieving their potential.  

Terrie has counseled students through the college’s First Year Experience, Veterans, Foster Youth & other equity programs. She is also a mentor and field instructor in BSW and MSW programs, an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., a community volunteer, and proud mother of four.

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have” -- Unknown Author

Shirley Herwig
Inner Heroes™ Career & Life  Coach
Resiliency Trainer
Sexual Assault/ Harassment
Texas Mediator
Shirley is a program manager who serves as a senior staff coordinator with Readiness Programs. Overseas and conducts prevention/communication events and training. She feels her Inner Heroes™ (IH) training, business and social science background, work experience and training all assist her in helping staff to create resilient teams that are better prepared for struggles.

Shirley served over 20 years in the United States Army, as an Army Warrant Officer in the sectors of organizational leadership, strategic planning, mentorship, human resources, and IT. She traveled extensively and worked with diverse and dynamic groups of people as a facilitator and trainer.

Fourteen years ago Shirley took the Inner Heroes™ personality assessment and discovered that she was a Helper/Thinker personality type. As a Helper, she learned that she was gifted with excellent people and communication skills. She received confirmation consistently for why people found her approachable and inspiring. Her passion to develop and empower people gives her great joy in the work she currently performs.

Shirley believes that Inner Heroes™ Facilitation training sets one on a journey to self-discovery regarding natural strengths that a person can bring to the table, as well as challenges that one can improve on. Shirley has been engaging employees in her trainings for over 14 years, and her trainings have helped to bring change and understanding into relationships, better understanding for personal and work conflicts, teambuilding, leadership, career guidance, communication, and connection.

Shirley is in demand in her corporation where leaders seek her out to facilitate Inner Heroes™ Personality System. Leaders have given her rave reviews on her trainings and have shared positive outcomes of the IH trainings that have resulted in better employee communication, formulation of healthy relationships, and stronger teams. She considers communication to be the key in resolving conflicts.

Whether they are top management, supervisor, employee, family member, or student, Shirley believes that the Inner Heroes™ Personality System can help individuals transform their way of thinking, helping people to recognize them for who they are, and learn to value the differences in others.

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.“ -- Henry Ford

Jennifer Higgins Inner Heroes™ Career & Life Coach

I am a firm believer in Albert Einstein’s quote and apply it to every aspect of my life and how I treat and interact with people.

In my 60 years on this planet as a daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend, I have done everything from lead a shift of waitresses in the tourist town I grew up in, to teaching Middle School Spanish, to working in “Corporate America” for over 30 years, to serving two terms as president of a local soccer club. In 2008, my desire to help people led me to write a book called The Heart of A Leader and to become certified as a coach.

In 2011, I discovered True Colors and am certified in Personal Success, Parenting, Managing Conflict, and Teaching. In 2018, I became certified in Inner Heroes™ which is the basis for my online, self-paced class to help high school and college students figure out what they want to be when they grow up, called Claim Your Genius!

I live in Florida with my husband.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.”   -- Albert Einstein

Michael Hopper
Inner Heroes™ Career Coach
Michael L. Hopper is a tenured counseling faculty member of Los Angeles Trade Technical Community College. He received his Bachelor and Masters degrees from San Francisco State University School of Social Work. He has spent over thirty years working at various nonprofit agencies throughout northern and southern California serving children, youth and families.  

Michael has served as an EOPS counselor and summer bridge coordinator at Ohlone College; an international student counselor within the Peralta Community College District; an outreach/ matriculation counselor for El Camino College; an adjunct EOPS counselor at Los Angeles City College. He is also a general counselor and CalWORKS counselor at Los Angeles Trade Technical College.  He has received awards and recognition for his volunteer work from numerous nonprofit organizations and government agencies on the city, county and state levels.  

Michael’s passion comes from helping people find and pursue their life purpose.  He has been married to his wife Payge Means-Hopper for twenty-two years.  He and his wife started a nonprofit foundation seventeen years ago that has served over 6,000 Los Angeles youth. 

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
– El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

Cheryl Kelly
Inner Heroes™ Career & Life Coach

Cheryl is a 35 year veteran teacher in grades K-University. Her teaching experience included seven years in K-8, ten years in Middle School, ten years of high school and four years at the Universidad del Mayab in Yucatan, Mexico. Her vast experience in the education field has given her a broad vision and clear perspective of necessary solutions for public education.

Cheryl retired thirteen years ago from a prestigious high school and twelve years ago, Carolyn Kalil and Cheryl teamed up and started working together on a variety of projects. They created the Smart Heroes Program for middle school children and Cheryl has been trained by Carolyn and given many True Colors and Inner Heroes™ workshops in the education and business sectors. She has also worked extensively with at-risk girls and is now helping develop a program for homeless teens in her community of Nevada County, California.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Art and Physical Education and her teaching credential from California State University. She did graduate work at the University of California.

 “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” --  Margaret Mead

Audrey Herwig Mondoza
Inner Heroes™ Life Coach
Audrey Herwig Mendoza has channeled her strengths as a “Thinker and Planner” and a servant leader mindset into developing future leaders. She has spent 20 years and over 10k teaching hours as a Master Instructor successfully graduating over 135 classes which produced over 1.6k quality military Training Instructors, Training Developers, Career Development Writers and Training Managers stationed conus or traveling from overseas.  

Her subject matter expertise specializes in the following skills and knowledge: management, marketing, organizational culture/leadership, capitalizing on human potential, thriving human resources, instructional methodologies, technology, critical thinking, student centered instructional strategies, collaboration approaches, coaching and mentorship, presentation delivery techniques, effective communication, active listening, questioning techniques, conflict resolution, motivational interviewing, emotional intelligence, behavioral/cognitive/humanistic counseling, and curriculum and training development.  

Audrey has additionally been recognized and awarded at Air Force level for her impactful projects that benchmarked the Air Force’s approach to transform its training from the industrial instructor centric approach into the student centered affective approach using blended/online learning platforms and for her works as the President of the Sheppard AFB Civilian Mentoring Board leading a 15-person team to professionally “grow, connect and inspire.”  

Her belief system is that “EVERYONE is a Leader Regardless of Ranking or Position – True Leaders Develop Other Leaders!” She personally mentors 5 other amazing working professionals in various fields of expertise. She has worked hard to be trained by the best mentors, leadership experts and competed for the best training opportunities the Department of Defense has offered while pursuing her own educational career as well as heavily serving into her local community because “you can’t pour from an empty cup, take care of yourself…” and others. Teamwork!

“Don’t adapt to the energy in the room. Influence the energy in the room.”

Victoria Pamias
Inner Heroes™ Career & Life Coach
I want you to know that I love helping people. When they walk in through the door with their head hanging low I can tell that they don’t understand how their thinking impacts their worldview, especially in their interactions with others.  

I make them feel comfortable by getting to know them, and then I sort through their personal, educational, and professional circumstances that prevent them from moving forward in work and life. I have many resources and offer support through referrals, literature, and other means.  

Through proven methodologies, I further help people achieve their purpose and vision by helping them to understand another’s point of view. I work with people that come from diverse cultures, and varied educational and socioeconomic backgrounds. This helps me to demonstrate success in developing and facilitating dynamic training sessions toward personal and professional development.  

Here are some comments that my supervisors have made about me:

“Victoria’s approach to skills-based training is bold and innovative, challenging our accepted understanding of how we present information to clients”. A. Palamara, Director, Catholic Charities

“Victoria’s curriculum brought program sustainability. We achieved 100% placement and increased an industry prevailing wage”. Kim Hamilton, Director, Bronx Council on the Arts Development Corp.  

"Highly proactive people don’t blame circumstances, conditions or conditioning for their behavior. Their behavior is a product of their own conscious choice.” -- Stephen Covey 

Robin Robinson-Myhand
Inner Heroes™ Life Coach

Robin Robinson-Myhand is a Personal Development Guide, Author, Speaker and the owner of New Phase of Life. She provides guidance, resources and tools that encourage, empower and equip people to embrace their own unique greatness and find their own unique path.

Her professional and personal experiences have provided her with the skill set to help people embrace self-confidence and reach their full potential while being true to themselves.

She is a certified personal development coach and a certified mediator.  

She can be reached at or

" Once you know who you are, you don't have to worry anymore"  -- Nicki Giovanni

Dr. Karen Semien-McBride
Executive Life Coach
Business Coach & Strategist
Small Business Owner
 Entrepreneur and
Motivational Speaker
Dr. Karen L. Semien-McBride has over 25 years of experience in the field of organizational leadership, business development, change management, strategic planning, public speaking, mentorship, marketing, social psychology, accounting, human resources, human equity, finance, executive coaching, compliance, entrepreneurship, consulting, business administration and higher education. 10 years of her career were spent as a C-level executive.

Dr. McBride is one of the most sought-after executive trainers and business strategist for non-profit organizations and small businesses. In 2004, she founded the non-profit organization AORW (Association of Rejuvenating Women) now the CEO Institute, which supports coaching and mentoring individuals who want to advance their professional careers, businesses, and work-life balance. She is currently teaching a 12-month Executive Coaching program for individuals that supports professional advancement and personal growth. Her goal is to produce emotional intelligent leaders, with growth mindsets that can support their organizations to sustainability and innovation all while having a healthy personal life balance.

Dr. McBride holds two Doctoral degrees, a Master's and a Bachelor’s in the areas of Business Administration, Social Psychology, and Organizational Leadership. Her mix of these fields of research and study brings a new perspective to work-life balance. This mix produces sustainable results for her clients both business and individuals alike. Dr. McBride puts theory to practice by overlapping psychology theory and business acumen as a way of conceptualizing how individuals execute decision making, strategies, human interaction, operational styles, emotional intelligence, and mindset shifts. In 2016, the Harvard Business Review reported that 68% of Fortune 500 company executives have Executive Coaches.

Dr. McBride is closing the gap and filling the void for all executives, leaders, and entrepreneurs to have the support of an Executive Coach.

“Knowing and wearing your power is the best accessory to any outfit” -- Dr. Karen Semien-McBride

DeWayne Sheaffer
Inner Heroes™ Career Coach
Director, California
Teacher’s Union

DeWayne Sheaffer has worked in higher education for over 30 years. DeWayne started his career at California State University at Stanislaus where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing in the Business Office and Admission & Records area. He moved to California State University, Los Angeles working in the Admissions and Records Office processing students for graduation. He subsequently moved to California State University. Dominguez Hills serving as the Supervisor of the Graduation Unit in the Records Office while completing his Master of Science Degree in Counseling with an Emphasis in Higher Education.

DeWayne is currently working at Long Beach City College since 1996 in the Counseling and Student Development Department. While at LBCC, DeWayne has served in several leadership capacities such as Department Chair, Transfer Coordinator, Career Services Coordinator, and Association President at the college.

DeWayne's strong sense of advocacy came into existence at an early age when he participated in picketing at his father’s work place of Chevron Oil Refinery during a strike. He thought that was awesome that employees would do all they could including striking to ensure their voice was heard during the negotiation process. To date that event continues to remain his motivation in supporting and protecting the collective bargaining process.

Irina Koundelova
Inner Heroes™ Facilitator & Career Coach
Decades of hard work in the corporate world brought me success, but not professional happiness. I didn’t know why. I contributed greatly to the financial growth of several big companies, lived on two continents, spoke four languages, graduated two universities as a valedictorian and had every reason to be proud and confident.

Six years ago I came upon Inner Heroes™. I discovered my God-given talent as a Helper. Coaching others has always been the most flowless and successful work I have done, just that when something comes natural to us, we are pre-programed to ignore it and even think of it as insignificant.

Don’t spend decades of unhappy professional and personal life! Join us to experience your life transformation!

“Do everything in love”. --1 Corinthians 16:14