Katy Kloosterman

Katy’s Story:

A little about me. I love to learn new things. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Business from Calvin College. After school, I served as Human Resources/Legal Liaison Manager for OP Ventures, a Herman Miller dealer in Denver and Dallas, overseeing all personnel and legal matters. In 1996 after my first daughter was born I joined GVD Industries and have held various roles within that company. My family and I relocated to West Michigan in 2009 where I currently serve as Executive Vice President focusing on corporate culture & employee development. One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned over the years – there is power in our diversity. My strengths journey began in 2009 when my husband introduced me to the Clifton strengths assessment. I became a Gallup certified Clifton Strengths Coach in 2014. Since becoming a coach I have had the privilege of partnering with corporations and individuals to help them identify their strengths, set goals and find strategies to apply those strengths within their roles at work as well as in their personal life.

In 2015 I began the Soul Care certification program at the Soul Care Institute & Fuller Seminary Lifelong Learning Center. I completed my work with The Soul Care Institute in 2017. That experience allowed me to take care of my own soul equipping me to better encourage and develop others as they learn to discern the voice of their own heart.

I am committed to walking with people on their strengths-based development journey. Help them identify what is possible and create a plan to convert possibility to reality. My goal is to encourage, develop and equip others as well as myself as we continue to grow as individuals.

My top 10 Clifton Strengths

  • Positivity
  • Connectedness
  • Responsibility
  • WOO
  • Input
  • Ideation
  • Futuristic
  • Relator
  • Learner
  • Developer

How my top 5 strengths translate to action.

  • I love helping you see what is right about you and putting a plan together to develop and enhance your talents.
  • I am able to show you the big picture and potential places of integration
  • I am committed to doing things right and having a relationship built on trust.
  • I love meeting new people and hearing their story.
  • I love connecting people and resources for the greater good.

My top strengths combined with my experience, spiritual formation, faith and discernment leads me to join with executives, teams, individuals and students, as they engage in their personal journey of developing who they were designed to be.

Melinda Carlson

Melinda’s Story

Hi I’m Melinda. People have always been my passion. I love learning about personality styles, their motivations and unique giftings. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a Vocal Concentration. My life has taken several vocational turns through the years. I taught High School for many years and gave my summers to ministry. The summers brought to life a desire and calling to full-time ministry which led to working for a church in Vail, Colorado. During my years on church staff, I wore many different hats including, Worship, Young Adult and Resort Minister, later becoming the Discipleship and Worship Pastor. As life would have it, after 20 something years in vocational ministry, I began teaching High School again, working for Vail Performing Arts Academy and opened my own Voice Studio. Through each vocational opportunity, I have had the honor of walking with people to encourage them to discover the unique person God has made them to be, as well as, look at how their Story can benefit them and others.

I have continued learning through Storyline Conferences with Donald Miller, Potters Inn Soul Care Workshops, as well as, many Discipleship and Leadership conferences. My role as Discipleship Pastor gave me the opportunity to lead many Bible studies and guide people through discipleship curriculum. I am currently enrolled in the Soul Care certification program at the Soul Care Institute. This experience has taught me the value of engaging in many different practices to connect honestly with myself and Christ. It has set me on a journey to want to encourage others to engage with their own souls as they discover where God is actively at work in their lives.

My desire is for people to recognize they are loved fiercely by God, image bearers of Him and walk confidently in the hope that their life has purpose and meaning. I offer people the power of a question, a cup of hot coffee with a listening ear, and encouragement to help people write their own great story.