For over twenty years, Barb has been helping people turn obstacles into stepping stones for success. A former Occupational Therapist, Sales Manager, and Sales Consultant, Barb has a unique ability to inspire individuals to stretch out of their comfort zones both in work and play.

Now, as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), workshop leader, and founder of Fresh Company, Barb helps busy professionals and entrepreneurs capture the power of connecting with their inner wisdom and natural talents. Just as she uses her positive energy and insight with each of her clients, Barb can assist you to:

Discover and activate your true passions
Thrive in your career
Place yourself at the top of your priority list
Find time and energy to play again!

Barb is a trainer for the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), and a member of the International Coach Federation. She is a Master Practitioner in Energy Leadership (ELI-MP) and holds degrees in Psychology and Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois. She has successfully run two small businesses (an art business, and sales consulting). She has been known to bungee jump off of 100-foot bridges in New Zealand and scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef. Staying a little more grounded, she now jumps horses over very low poles. She believes in getting out to play… a lot.

Barb’s philosophy is that we each have the full capacity to create the life we really want. That capacity combined with a customized coaching program of focus, intent, and action is a potent partnership designed to achieve your desires.

Where will coaching take you?



“Barb challenged me to think outside the box to grow my business. Our coaching sessions helped harness my energy and re-direct it to maximize my efforts. Together, we came up with ideas that offered my business significant savings. She helped me go beyond “good enough” to achieve a richer and more fulfilling professional and personal life. My business has grown further and faster than I imagined, and through the coaching process I have a renewed sense of accomplishment and contentment. Barb is invaluable!
C. B., Highland Park, IL
Small business owner

“I was avoiding a major space-clearing project (to create an art studio) for years. There was always “something more important” to do. Barb helped me overcome this hurdle in a supportive, humorous and thoughtful manner. She helped me focus and concentrate on my goal, and the skills she taught me are still helping me in other areas of my life. Now I’m creating art in a beautiful, inspiring space and loving it!”
K. C., Chicago, IL
Local artist

“My coaching sessions with Barb brought me to levels of healing that I was not expecting. I gained clarity about what I needed to do next, to address the challenges that had surfaced. Barb’s intuitive ability to ask just the right questions, along with her compassion, helped me find greater trust in my own wisdom and intuition. I feel I am better able to make decisions, and act on them with greater ease and confidence, especially when it comes to my business. I found it transformative!”
S. M., Des Plaines, IL
Small business owner

“Dear Barb – You helped me stop the procrastination by lighting a fire under me and having someone to answer to besides myself. By meeting with you every week, I knew I had to show my progress. As a result of my coaching sessions with you, I now own two businesses that I created! I feel so much more positive about myself. I have direction, goals, and a plan on how to achieve them. Thank you for all your help, insight, patience, understanding, and coaching. Without it, I’d still be in my “cave of comfort.”
A. D., Chicago, IL
Small business owner



Phone: 847.331.3512