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The Absolute Best People

Over the years, CMP has built a team of uniquely experienced and passionate professionals. This team represents deep experience across industry and function. Each person has had experience on both sides of the desk, as an inside leader and as an outside consultant. We go to great lengths to ensure we match the right client with the right CMP person.

Executive Coaching Team


Kathy Kilroy

Midwest Region

As President of Career Management Partners (CMP), Midwest Region, Kathy Kilroy has extensive experience across multiple industries consulting and leading talent management initiatives that achieve bottom-line results and drive business success. 

Trusted Advisor, Coach and Mentor to a wide network of business leaders, her focus is on bringing out the best in people, creating strategic alliances, and building valuable connections for people to help them advance in their careers, grow businesses and consulting practices or lead change initiatives.

Specific areas of expertise include: 

> Executive & High Potential Coaching

> Women’s Leadership Coaching & Mentoring

> Building Executive Presence

> Managing Health & Wellness for Leadership Success

> Peer Advisory & Masterminding Group Leader/Facilitator

> Career & Life Transition / Outplacement & Protirement

Kathy also sponsors and leads:

  • The Executive Opportunities Forum (EOF), a peer advisory group for C-suite leaders. Founder/Leader
  • Financial Executives International (FEI), Chicago Sponsor & Member of the Program Committee.
  • MentorRings™, Women’s Leadership Program – Founder & Leader
  • Executive Leaders in Transition (ELITE) Founding Sponsor & Board Member

Memberships include:

Human Resource Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC)

Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) - Member & Mentor

Lake County Haven (Non-Profit) – Auxiliary Board Member, Fundraiser & Mentor


John Hernandez

Senior Vice President,
Client Strategies

John Hernandez is the SVP Client Strategies for Career Management Partners (CMP). He has over 25 years of experience and is well-versed in 6 different industries, including Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Wealth Management, Non-Profit Management, Construction, and Manufacturing. His diverse yet distinct experience has enhanced his ability to bring a holistic approach to various aspects of business and professional development.

A key component to John’s success is his ability to foster and maintain relationships. He works relentlessly to promote community engagement efforts and serves the business community by working closely with stakeholders, partner organizations, community leaders, and elected officials.

John is an alum of Southern Methodist University (SMU) where he earned his MBA in Finance and Strategy. He received his BA in International Trade from Midwestern State University (MSU). During his time at MSU, he was selected to participate in an international internship to study at one of Mexico’s most prestigious private universities, Tecnologico de Monterrey in Chihuahua, Mexico.

He is a native Texan who remains an active member of the academic and business community at large. He’s had the honor of serving on several different boards and committees, including Communities in Schools Greater Tarrant County, BoardBuild, Cancer Care Services, Texans Can Academies, Downtown Fort Worth Inc., Visit Fort Worth, LeaderPrime Advisory Committee, FW Minority Business Advisory Committee, Blue Zones Advisory Committee, and has served as an Honorary Commander (Alum) at Naval Air Station/Joint Reserve Base (NAS/JRB) in Fort Worth, TX.


Amanda Connelly

Vice President,
Leadership Development

Amanda Connelly is the VP, Talent Development for Career Management Partners (CMP), Certified Executive Coach,  Certified Leadership Coach, and Certified Master Cognitive Behavioral Practitioner who offers a dynamic coaching approach coupled with assessment tools that promote authentic leadership in her clients. 

She uses her 20+ years of leadership and executive level experience including roles in companies such as CVS Health and Raising Cane’s Restaurants to institute a commitment to self-discovery and professional growth.  She combines validated assessments and proven techniques to create personalized, performance driven coaching programs that result in increased enterprise leadership and acceleration of business goals. 

Amanda’s guidance has allowed her to inspire leaders through her broad expertise as a talent management industry leader.  She has partnered with executives and emerging leaders to drive operational effectiveness in the healthcare, hospitality, oil and gas, technology, non-profit and financial services industries.  She offers development through Executive and Leadership coaching as well as through Team Sessions on various topics that may be customized for each client.

Examples of some areas of coaching success stories include:

Ø Targeted Performance and Executive Presence Coaching

Ø Leveraging Emotional Intelligence

Ø Strategic Adaptation and Growth

Ø Accelerated Change Management

Examples of some team sessions include:

Ø Certified John Maxwell Leadership

Ø 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership & Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

Ø Your Career from the Inside Out

Ø Keep Employees Ingaged in the Organization

Ø DISC, Hogan, or MBTI Assessments with Interactive Team Building

Ø Team & Self Discovery: Learn How to Improve Workplace Interactions

In addition to her coaching and cognitive behavior certifications, she attained her MBA with a specialization in Change Management.  She is also certified in numerous assessments including but not limited to Leadership Temperament Index (LTI), Hogan, MBTI, DISC, MDQ, and many more that can be customized to fit client’s unique needs.

Recent partnerships include:

CHRISTUS Health, CVS Health, Prism Health, Pioneer Natural Resources, Dean Foods, Borden Dairy, Raising Cane’s and many more.


▪ International Coaching Federation (ICF)

▪ World Coach Institute (WCI)


Sandra Lopez Garza

Senior Consultant

Sandra Lopez Garza combines her 18+ year’s leadership experience with her solid bottom line career coaching approach. Her own career has given her a series of administrative and coaching experience, leadership training, and mentoring, and conflict resolution training.

With Sandra’s background in education and leadership development, she has developed new leaders and worked with many individuals as an internal career consultant. Sandra’s passion and mission provide a guiding light to job seekers and career changers as they navigate the waters of an ever-changing world of work. She works collaboratively, in partnership with her clients to identify the real issue(s), match values with career choices, gain more self-awareness, explore options, overcome obstacles and set goals with accountability.

Sandra has been member of United Way Leadership Society, Texas Principals and Supervisors Association, MANA Fort Worth, and The Hispanic Women’s Network. She currently serves on various  boards, holding leadership roles within the community. She has volunteered in mentoring middle/high school students, while assisting in raising over 1/4 million dollars in college scholarships.

Areas of career consulting specialties include Career Transition; Career Change; Career Decisions; Retirement, Life and Career Options; Leadership Development; Program Management; Performance Coaching; and Training and Development.

Sandra earned her M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her post graduate studies have been at the University of North Texas and attended the Harvard School Urban School Leaders Program.


Kathleen Murphy

Senior Career Coach

Kathleen quickly creates robust coaching relationships built on empathy and trust. A sense of humor, keen perception and active listening skills help to delve into candidates’ abilities, skills and desires for next career steps. Kathleen is fearless in mentoring and becoming a trusted advisor.


Kathleen has professional experience in Executive and Management transition coaching as well as project management. She has worked with 80% of the Fortune 500, along with private equity, privately held and nonprofit enterprises. Working nationally, she’s been in all regions of the United States (plus Canada). In addition, she has held an advised in strategic planning for large RIFs and is considered to be a subject matter expert in career transition logistics.

Both as a Clinical Psychotherapist and career transition coach, Kathleen has met folks at an interesting juncture in their lives where a change is needed. She is not only able to work comfortably one-on-one, but also in group settings (seminars/workshops) or managing projects (up to 1,000 employees).


Kathleen has worked with various industries such as…

  • Banking
  • Bio-renewables
  • CPG
  • Engineering
  • High Technology
  • Food & Beverage
  • Legal
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil & Gas
  • Legal
  • REIT and Property Management
  • Healthcare


  • Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (past)
  • Psychotherapist
  • Certified coach


Bachelor of Arts - Social Work, Western Illinois University


Teresa Pool

Executive Coach
Teresa Pool is a highly experienced coach and human behavior specialist with over 25 years of working with leaders and teams to select the best talent, overcome barriers and create more success. Her passion is identifying and resolving the people component of challenging business problems.
Her work spans multiple industries and companies of various sizes including the US Missile Defense Agency, Safran, Stryker, Computer Associates (Asia Pacific), State Farm, Integris Health, University of North Texas, Ericsson, YMCA USA, Best Friends Animal Society and the Perot Museum. Her specialty is partnering with senior executives and high potential leaders that want to move quickly to the next level of performance. She has a reputation for creating a powerful learning experience that challenges and develops the leader at multiple levels.
Teresa has coached professionally since January 2001 and is credentialed by the International Coach Federation as a Master Certified Coach with over 4,500 coaching hours. She also holds credentials as a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst, Talent Selection Specialist, Neuro Linguistics Master Practitioner, and Equine Facilitated Coaching Specialist.
Specific areas of expertise include:
  • Executive coaching
  • Change management
  • Leadership development
In addition, Teresa is the ACTP Director for the Executive Coaching Program at the University of Texas at Dallas. She provides career development coaching for their Executive MBA program and serves as an International Coach Federation (ICF) certification assessor. Teresa also uses her coaching, human behavior and communication skills to lead problem solving workshops across the country.

Kenneth Rogers

Executive Coach

Ken has an extensive business background with over 25 years as a Corporate Executive, Director, and Consultant in global Fortune 500 companies in the areas of healthcare, higher education, pharmaceuticals, professional and business, chemical manufacturing, food & beverage, mechanical service, aerospace, aluminum manufacturing, industrial distribution, auto parts manufacturing, and transportation.

Kenneth is credited with building and leading best-in-class initiatives in the areas of change management, talent management, executive coaching, and organizational development.     He has spent his career improving business processes, developing, mentoring, and improving the lives of others. He has a broad range of experience having lived and/or worked in 10 cities and 5 countries. As an executive coach, mentor, and change agent, Ken has developed Executives in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.


As a frequent motivational speaker and presenter, his experience and insight have gained him invitations to present at several conferences and workshops including the American Management Association Leadership Conference, University Corporate Executive Exchange Program sponsored by the National Urban League, Leadership Network AICHE Diversity and Empowerment Conference, Regional EEOC Conference and the Texas Workforce Commission Annual Conference.

Achiever Awards Winner for the State of Commonwealth of Kentucky, in recognition of dynamic growth, personal achievement, and notable accomplishment both in the community and in the workplace. Employer of the Year award winner, for Outstanding change initiative from the Texas Workforce Commission.

Ken served on the Board of Directors for numerous organizations including Christus St. Joseph Hospital Paris, National Children Studies, Northeast Texas Workforce Development Executive Board, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, Local Chamber of Commerce, United Way, and Boy Scouts of America.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) and holds a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Management from John F. Kennedy University (JFK), in Orinda, California. He is certified in several assessment tools including MBTI, FIRO B, and DDI. In addition, he is a certified Diversity Equity and Inclusion trainer and a licensed Human Element practitioner.

Specific areas of expertise include:

  • Executive and Career Coaching
  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion expert
  • Change Transformation
  • Leadership Development
  • Talent / Performance Management
  • Personal and Professional Growth

Eric Turbiville

Executive Coach

Eric is an executive and leadership coach with over 20 years of experience leading in start-ups, mid-size, and large organizations. He is credentialed as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). He is a former Fortune 500 executive with leadership experience in sales and marketing. Most recently, he led a team of approximately 1,000 employees and was responsible for producing annual revenue of over $2 billion. He has coached executives at every level in many industries.

Eric is the author of the book, The Perfect Leadership Triad: How Top Executives Maximize Productivity through People, Coaching, and Performance. He has participated in many podcasts and interviews. Eric’s philosophy is that strong leaders drive performance by focusing on people and coaching. He meets clients where they are and helps take them to where they want to go in their professional career.

Eric serves as the President of Corporate Relations for the Southwest Region of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA). He mentors and advocates for women and minority leaders to help achieve gender and race parity.

Eric holds an MBA from Brigham Young University. He uses a variety of assessment instruments including the Bates ExPi which measures executive presence. His areas of expertise include:

  • Executive coaching
  • Leadership development
  • Team leadership
  • Performance coaching
  • Transition coaching
  • Coaching high potential leaders

Julie Overholt

Executive Coach
For 16 years, Julie has been helping organizations and individuals cultivate and innovate their road to success. With unparalleled industry and leadership experience, Julie provides customized solutions in the areas of leadership, communication skills, talent development, and success planning to best serve the individual and the organization they are leading.

Her case studies include:
  • Coaching a Fortune 500 executive in a $95 billion travel industry to a higher organizational visibility, resulting in a move from regional director to regional vice-president role;
  • Acting as a confidential advisor to the president of a nationally recognized not-for-profit healthcare organization with over sixty primary and specialty care offices in North Texas;
  • Coaching a senior executive through a rigorous rebranding process to be successfully selected as a Director in a $4.5 billion division of a Fortune 100 company;
  • Mentoring a CIO of a $684 million multi-level marketing company on the best practices in leadership, the demographics of change in the industry, and how to navigate through the core issues of his organization; and
  • Advising and coaching the president and CEO of a Fort Worth division of a $41.9 billion Fortune 100 company.
Julie’s wide range of clients include Abbott Pharmaceutical, Aegon, AIG TravelGuard, Avaya, Capital One, Citigroup, Continental, Cook Children’s, ExxonMobil, Frito Lay, Intuit, Johnson & Johnson, MNBA, McKesson, Prudential, Raytheon, Shell, SMU, Southwest Medical, Starbucks, Travelocity, and the University of Texas.

In 2011, Julie co-authored a book on generational leadership issues entitled, Exiting OZ: How the New Generation Workforce is Changing the Face of Business Forever & What Organizations Must Do to Thrive. She is a leader in her professional community, serving as President of the North Texas Chapter of the International Coach Federation (2009) and roles at the international level.

Claudia Chavez-Castilla

Executive and Career Coach
Claudia has a background in both Human Resources and Market Insights and over 20 years of organizational experience in multinational companies such as PepsiCo, Holderbank and Gallup. She is fully bilingual in both English and Spanish and able to coach present or lead seminars in whichever language her client chooses. She also has vast experience in multi- cultural and diverse environments.
Claudia provides clients with a broad vision, that combines her corporate and practical customer and market based approach with a profound humanistic-psychology sense. The combination of these approaches drive results for her clients to access self-awareness and positive self-image in a unique and individualized way. She has been in the International educational area for the past 8 years and currently is part of the faculty for Psychology and Nursing at SUAGM, a private dual-language institution in the Dallas area.

Claudia's expertise includes:

  • Career Transition
  • Career Path Planning 
  • Effective Communication
  • Leadership Development
  • Performance Coaching
  • Conflict Resolution

Claudia has a BA in Psychology, a Master’s in Humanistic Psychology, a certification in Market Research by the American Marketing Association, a Graduate certification in Executive Coaching and a credential as PCC from the ICF. Her additional certifications include MBTI, Conversational Intelligence, as well as various leadership, career and personality assessments. Claudia is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and of the Hispanic Women Network of Texas.


Mary Holdcroft

Senior Consultant

Mary Holdcroft is an executive coach with over twenty years experience in career management focused on empowering individuals to take responsibility for managing their careers. Through the coaching process, she works with individuals to acquire the skills, competencies and business strategies for today’s increasingly competitive global marketplace. She has consulted with organizations in designing and implementing leadership development programs career management and career transition programs.

Mary has delivered numerous executive coaching assignments on key managerial competencies including effective communication skills, success in new and expanded organizational roles, giving and receiving feedback, understanding management styles, becoming politically savvy within the organization and delivering bottom-line results. Organizations that Mary has worked with include Baxter Healthcare, ExxonMobil, FritoLay, Blockbuster, MaryKay, Nortel Networks, Pioneer Natural Resources, KPMG, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Prior to becoming a career consultant and coach, Mary was president and CEO of Career Management Resources, a career management firm focused on career transition, career and leadership development, executive coaching and online career management programs.

Mary has a Master’s degree in Counseling and Personnel Management from the University of North Texas and a B.A. in Psychology from Texas Tech University. Certifications include National Certified Career Counselor, Master Career Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor. She attended the Hudson Institute LifeLaunch program for additional coach training. She has presented programs at the International Career Development Conference, National Career Development Association, Texas Counseling Association, Society of Human Resource Management and American Society of Training and Development.

Qualifications and certifications include numerous assessments such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Strong Interest Inventory, CPI 260, RealTime Performance 360, Campbell Interest and Skill Survey, Firo-B and several other 360 instruments.