Our Team Members
Molly D. Shepard, MS, MSM
Founder & CEO
Molly D. Shepard is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design, a company dedicated to the advancement of executive and high-potential leaders. She has more than 30 years of experience in career counseling, leadership development, executive coaching and executive search.
Nila G. Betof, PhD
Chief Operating Officer
Nila Betof has extensive experience coaching executives in the C-Suite through emerging level talent and brings over 30 years of operational and management experience to The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design. She has substantial experience in career development consulting, assessment, leadership development, executive coaching, and organizational change.
Peter J. Dean, PhD
President, Leaders By Design
Peter J. Dean, Ph.D. heads Leaders By Design, the men’s leadership development and executive coaching division of The Leader’s Edge. With over 30 years of national and international experience in the industry, Peter bases his executive coaching and consulting on current reviews of literature and research from the ever-expanding field of leadership development and the best practices in leadership development and executive coaching.
Shelley Potente, MA
Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Client Services
Shelley Potente is the Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Client Services at The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design, bringing over 15 years of experience as a leading strategic client relationship manager to her role. As part of the executive team, she is involved with business development, strategy and marketing.
Elizabeth F. Reeder, MBA, PCC
Regional Vice President, New Jersey
Elizabeth Reeder is a consultant and executive coach with The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design and brings extensive experience across multiple industries to her work in executive coaching.
Mary Jane Reed, SPHR
Regional Vice President, Washington D.C.
Mary Jane Reed brings over 30 years of leadership and human resources management to The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design. Mary Jane Reed is a respected business leader and senior human resources executive with proven skills and successes in corporate mergers, change management, and leadership and organizational development.
Tracey L. Cantarutti, PhD
Regional Vice President, Midwest
Dr. Tracey Cantarutti is a Regional Vice President and executive coach with The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design. She has coached global senior executives from all over the world while working with multi-national organizations in a variety of industries including health care, packaging, high technology and food processing.
Lisa S. Aronson, MBA, PCC
Vice President, Quality & Delivery
Lisa Aronson has extensive experience partnering with and coaching successful executives with the primary focus on coaching leaders to maximize their impact and personal effectiveness. She assists her clients in clarifying their goals and objectives and in developing the self-awareness necessary to reach their professional aspirations.
Monica Warner Dimpfl
Executive Director, Strategic Marketing
Monica is the Executive Director, Strategic Marketing at The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design and has been with the firm for more than fifteen years. Monica leads the company’s strategic marketing efforts including the implementation of integrated marketing campaigns through social media, email, web, and other communication outlets.
Client Relations Project Manager
Dominique SanGiovanni is the Client Relations Project Manager at The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design. Dominique manages the firm’s leadership development programs and events, leads the company’s online branding efforts through social media, and supports the executive team and senior consultants through assessment instrument management, survey distribution, and tracking the progress of coaching engagements.
Ellen Petersen, PCC
Ellen is an executive coach with The Leaders Edge/Leaders By Design. She has over 20 years of experience providing coaching, executive strategy, business and leadership facilitation across a spectrum of top-ranked organizations and industries, in both for-profit and non-profit sectors.
Jane E. Beale
Jane is a seasoned corporate human resources executive, with years of executive coaching experience, including male and female executives up to the level of CEO and covering a myriad of industries. Her inside knowledge of the executive suite brings a valuable perspective to her clients.
Maribeth D. Renne, CMF
Maribeth D. Renne, C.M.F., is an internationally board certified Career Management Fellow. She is recognized for expertise as a leadership, talent development and career coach and presenter with 20 years of accomplishment in corporate, academic and non-profit sectors.
Karen Coplan, PhD
Karen is a senior consultant with The Leaders Edge/Leaders By Design. She is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist with over 17 years of corporate and consulting experience working across a variety of industries, including private equity, telecommunications, technology, financial services, education, industrial, and healthcare.
Lisa is a seasoned business executive with over 20 years of hands on experience in Corporate America. As a senior consultant for The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design, Lisa’s expertise lies in the areas of team and focus group facilitation, executive coaching, and organization development.
Elizabeth (Beth) Reeves
Beth brings over 30 years of international human resources experience to The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design. She is a high-impact HR professional specializing in acquisitions, due diligence, integration, people assessment and development, with strong international expertise and the ability to link HR strategy to the business strategy.
Joseph R. Toto
Joseph Toto brings to The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design forty years of broad-based human resources experience in management, consulting and leadership development and coaching with global organizations such as Unisys, Betz-Dearborn (now part of Ashland), Rhone Poulenc (now Sanofi-Aventis), Roche Pharmaceuticals and BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company).
Beverly Wise, SPHR, M.Ed.
Beverly Wise is an accomplished business executive with experience on several corporate senior management teams including two publicly traded organizations. As a senior consultant for The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design, Bev brings 27 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Dr. Rochelle Cooper has spent over 20 years consulting with and coaching senior executives to be very effective and successful leaders. Her expertise is in building critical Leadership Skills, Enabling leaders in new roles or in preparation for next level roles, Teambuilding, Integration, Executive Coaching, Facilitation and Organizational Assessment.
Cheryl Henderson, Psy.D.
Cheryl is an accomplished Organizational Development professional with over twenty years of leadership experience. She has well-developed skills and proven expertise in organizational assessment, program design, and process management consulting with an emphasis on diversity. Her domestic and global experiences include working in Financial Services, Healthcare, Consumer Products, Manufacturing and Publishing.
Caroline H. Jantuah
Caroline Jantuah is an experienced trainer, facilitator and executive coach with an extensive background in leadership development, organizational change, cross-cultural team development, diversity and inclusion. Caroline brings to The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design her experience in these areas within organizations across Europe, North America and Africa.
Lisa H. Cannell
Lisa H. Cannell has focused on the crucial link between talent and business success in experiences including recommending talent strategy, the needed Human Resources department structure and competencies for clients to support their strategic goals.
Helen Appleby is an accomplished executive coach who helps CEOs, senior leaders and high potential women to design their careers and deliver powerful results. As a Senior Consultant for The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design, Helen helps clients with career planning and purpose, authentic leadership style expression, people development and stakeholder management.