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Avanti Strategies uses the highly acclaimed Sherpa Coaching process to help clients make positive changes in their behavior that accelerate their career development and advancement.

Janice M. Sabatine, PhD, CSC, President
As a Certified Sherpa Executive Coach with a PhD in biochemistry, Dr. Janice Sabatine brings executive coaching to women in science and medicine because she believes they deserve the same support that corporate executives have enjoyed for years—the benefit of an executive coach.

With over 30 years experience in biomedical research, Janice is uniquely positioned to help her clients. She earned a BS in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. As a director of publications for several biomedical research programs and as an independent publications consultant, she has been influential in the publication of over 50 journal articles and book chapters and nearly 30 funded grant applications. Recognizing that her clients could benefit from coaching in addition to help with publications, Janice became a Certified Sherpa Executive Coach through Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business.

As an executive coach, Janice has helped numerous scientific and healthcare professionals become stronger, more effective leaders and successfully publish and secure funding. Her coaching approach focuses on behavioral change to improve workplace effectiveness.

Janice has used her coaching and teaching skills as a guest lecturer for the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, an adjunct associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University, an associate professor at Rocky Mountain University of the Health Professions, and as a workshop leader for numerous scientific and medical professional associations.

She is a member of the International Coach Federation, the 2012 President of the Pittsburgh Coaches Association and a primary faculty member in the Duquesne University Professional Coach Certification Program.


Avanti Strategies is complemented by excellent associate coaches including: Jane Patterson Abbate, Dr. Susan M. English, Dr. Judith A. DePalma, and Diane M. Brown.

Jane Patterson Abbate, MA, PCC, ORSCC, CPCC
Jane is an accomplished business executive with over 20 years of experience including C-level leadership positions in marketing, product development and human resources. By integrating real-world experience with effective change management skills, and building relationships based on trust and respect, Jane coaches business owners, leaders and top teams to achieve goals and realize success. With expertise in emotional intelligence, Jane’s clients develop better self-awareness and relationship building skills. Trained and certified in advanced team assessment and coaching methods, Jane works with teams to increase productivity and build a culture that supports exceptional performance.

Jane has held positions as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Development, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Office, and Vice President of Human Resources. In each of those roles, Jane demonstrated an exceptional ability to envision the future, build strong teams and implement significant new ideas, functions and products. Along with a strong professional presence and communication skills, she has earned the reputation of being open, practical and effective.

Jane holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations from Saint Francis University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Clarion University. She is recognized as a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation along with certifications by CRRGlobal and the Coaches Training Institute.

Susan M. English, OSB, EdD, CPCC, Associate Coach

Dr. Susan English helped to found Duquesne University’s Professional Coach Certification Program where she is Co-Director and primary faculty. She also maintains a private practice where she specializes in developing greater emotional intelligence, overcoming negative self-talk, improving communication skills, creating good habits, and finding life balance in service of a client’s career. As an Educational Leadership Coach, some of Susan’s favorite clients are faculty, chairs and university staff working on life balance and project completion. Susan has a particular fondness for helping graduate students who are struggling to complete their dissertations.

Dr. English has over 30 years of experience in the field of education and holds a doctorate in education. She taught or supervised in grades K-12 in public school, developed educational programs as an academic specialist in a prison setting, and was an Instructor and Assistant Professor for 12 years with Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is an award winning student mentor, program developer, and social justice advocate. Dr. English is a member of the International Coach Federation and is a Past-President of the Pittsburgh Coaches Association.

Judith A. DePalma, PhD, RN, Associate Coach
Dr. Judith DePalma, PhD, RN is a recently retired tenured Professor and Department Chairperson. She is currently a full professor, teaching part time in the non-traditional Nursing PhD program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Utah. Judy coaches academic and healthcare professionals with a focus on Evidence-Based Decision Making, leadership, and scholarly activities, especially research related activities. Her target audiences in academia are department chairs, junior faculty and doctoral students at dissertation. With department chairs the focus is on integrating coaching into their leadership approach and the use of evidence in decision making. With junior faculty the focus is on being successful with attaining promotion and tenure and with doctoral students the focus is on working with those who are struggling to complete the dissertation.

Her decision-making expertise earned an invitation to the Evidence-Based Management Collaboration formed and sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business and the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Pittsburgh, PA. This international group is promoting the use of evidence in the teaching of management at the graduate level and the decisions made by managers in academic, healthcare, and business settings.

Judy has delivered numerous presentations and has published extensively on evidence-based decision making and teaching for educators, clinicians, and administrators. She has held several research positions, which include Director of the Collaborative Research Center at Duquesne University, manager of major grant funding for the Oncology Nursing Society, and coordinating evidence-based research for the West Penn Allegheny Health System.

Diane M. Brown, MBA, Associate Coach
Diane M. Brown, Human Resource Development Center Associate for The Pennsylvania State University and Certified Sherpa Executive Coach, strives to make a difference. Her practical approach and belief that everyone wants to grow professionally and personally is at the core of her training approach. In this role, Diane oversees the Office Professional Certificate Program, the Women's Leadership Conference, and New Employee Orientation. She also is the liaison for the 23 Commonwealth Campuses to arrange for training programs.

Prior to joining HRDC, Diane was the Director of Admissions for South Hills School of Business & Technology. Her career path includes working for Eastern College as the Director of Marketing & Recruitment for the School of Professional Studies and as an Assistant Vice President/Accounting Manager for Marsh & McLennan, Incorporated. Since 2002 she has been an affiliate for HRDC. Diane has also been an adjunct instructor for Saint Francis University, Eastern College, South Hills School, and Penn State Continuing Education. Diane is a 2005 graduate of Leadership Centre County and an active member of the State College Toastmasters Club 1219. In addition to her Sherpa Executive Coaching certification, Diane holds a B.A. in Organizational Management and M.B.A. from Eastern College.
































































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