Our Team

Our team is dedicated to creating Decker’s communications experience for our clients:

  • Our Program Leaders are the best in the industry – they deliver consistently superior quality programs every day that continually exceed our client’s expectations.
  • Our sales professionals are consultative in their approach to ensure that programs are designed for maximum impact for each client.
  • Our office staff brings it all together for an end-to-end seamless experience.

Decker Team

Brian Ahern

Brian Ahern
Account Executive

Brian Ahern is an Account Executive with Decker Communications.
Prior to joining Decker Communications, Brian has sold in a variety of verticals, including software, technology, medical devices and services. His areas of expertise encompass all facets of new business development, major account management, presentations, and the cultivation of strategic, long-term partnerships with a CXO-level clientele. Brian has worked with notable companies such as Stryker, Computer Associates and Telcordia Technologies.

Brian has a BA from the University of Arizona. He lives with his wife in Marin County and enjoys hiking, mountain biking and reading.

Keith Bailey

Keith Bailey
Senior Consultant

Keith originally came in contact with Decker several years ago when his first book was published. He hired Decker to help him be more effective when dealing with TV and radio interviews – so he knows first-hand how well the Decker methodology works.

Keith is co-founder of Sterling Consulting Group, a communications company specializing in customer service improvement. He has worked with some of the most prestigious organizations in the world including American Express, AT&T, Marriott Hotels, Microsoft, Lufthansa German Airlines and The British Government.Keith’s expertise has been featured in dozens of magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Newsweek and Time. He has also been interviewed on ABC, CNN, NBC, Fox and many other affiliates.

Keith has published 7 business books to date, and has a BA in photography. He loves to cook, take photographs and design websites. He lives in Mill Valley, CA with his wife, Deborah.

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Neel Bhandari
Program Leader

Neel loves creating personal messages that are memorable and actionable. For over ten years, Neel has delivered training programs to senior-level executives on prioritization and time management, motivating learners, negotiation, conflict management, creative thinking and presentation.

With an I.T / Engineering background, Neel spent his early career working with Ford, training users on systems software. He leveraged this experience to Forex, where he developed software for trading on the foreign currency exchange market. Neel has trained at many other financial services firms and investment banks, including JPMorgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, American Express, Bank of America and Barclays Capital.

He holds a postgraduate degree in Educational Studies from Warwick and Cambridge University. Neel also writes, directs, produces and stars in modern interpretations of ancient Indian dramas in Brooklyn, NY. Neel currently lives in Queens, NY with his wife Vishaka.

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Linda Capello
Program Leader

As a Program Leader for Decker, Linda’s enthusiasm for her clients is infectious.  She is honored to foster program participants’ growth as leaders and communicators as they learn and apply the Decker Method.

Prior to joining Decker, Linda held leadership positions in industries ranging from not-for-profit to venture capital. Outside her life at Decker, Linda is the Communication Coach-in-Residence at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and teaches entrepreneurial communication to Stanford undergraduates. Additionally, she developed the curriculum for, and taught, Stanford’s first class on presentation design and delivery skills.

Linda has an MBA from the University of Connecticut, an MAT from Fuller Theological Seminary., and a BS in Accounting from Fairfield University. And as if that wasn’t enough, she spent two years studying at the Academy of Art University. She considers herself over-educated, over-caffeinated, and at times, over-stressed.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cycling, and reading. She lives in the SF Bay Area with her daughter, Katie.

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Hilary Davis
Program Leader

Hilary fell in love with the simplicity and power of the Decker Method after participating in a public session of Communicate to Influence in 2011. As a program leader, she loves helping participants transform, personally and professionally, and watch as their self-confidence soars after the Decker experience.

Hilary has a deep love for communications, both written and verbal. Prior to Decker, she worked for the American Conservatory Theater as a development manager, running multi-channel communications campaigns and working directly with high level donors and theater lovers. Prior to A.C.T., she worked for McKesson Corporation in their marketing and PR teams.

Hilary graduated magna cum laude from Colorado State University, with dual degrees in Technical Journalism and Political Science. When she’s not traveling the world for Decker or traveling San Francisco in search of adventure, she’s working on her forthcoming travel book, World of Style: How to stay safe, sane and stylish while traveling abroad.

Susan Eakin

Susan Eakin
Program Leader

Susan is passionate about encouraging people to lead confidently in their area of expertise. Susan truly cares about the people with whom she works, and she is committed to their transformation and success.

Prior to joining Decker, Susan worked as an Account Executive at Google Networks. Susan led a team in ad campaign management for key travel and technology clients. She brings over ten years of experience in the technology industry to Decker.

A respected leader, teacher and coach, Susan has established the foundations of two nonprofit organizations, implemented leadership processes and managed teams of over 80 people. Susan enjoys running, hiking, horseback riding and RVing with her husband Andrew and three children. She graduated Cum Laude from Hamilton College.

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John Galvin
Program Leader

John Galvin thrives on the transformation that takes place with clients after a Decker experience. “It’s cathartic to shed bad habits, and incredibly powerful to emerge on the other end as an outstanding communicator,” he says.

John is the founder of Strategic Media Group, a company that creates dynamic content for clients such as Deloitte Consulting, Russell Reynolds Associates, iInside and Customerville. He also founded One Day University, a live adult-learning experience featuring the country’s best professors.

As a journalist, John’s work has appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, Popular Mechanics, Outside, GQ, and other publications. His assignments have taken him from the Egyptian desert in search of a mythical pharaoh, to the Arctic Circle with Kenya’s first winter Olympians.

He lives in Northampton, MA, with his wife, Tamara, and their three children. As a family they play a mean game of whiffle ball, and challenge each other to hot-sauce eating competitions.

Sarah Goldberg

Sarah Goldberg
Program Leader

Sarah focuses on achieving high performance through effective communication and self-awareness, making her a natural fit for the Decker team.

With expertise in leadership development, sales training, team building and individual growth, Sarah became an executive coach seven years ago. Previously, she was a director at The Walt Disney Company and the founder of West Coast Advantage Inc., an advertising sales firm with clients like Apple, Gap, Microsoft and The Hearst Corporation.

Sarah is certified by The Coaches Training Institute, in addition to being a certified Myers Briggs (MBTI)® facilitator and a Program Manager for Women Unlimited. She holds a B.A. in Semiotics and Communication from Brown University. Along with her husband and two teenage daughters, Sarah lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Nick Hanson

Nick Hanson
Manager, Strategic Accounts and Business Development

Improving communications has fascinated Nick ever since he was a teenager, answering the phone for his family’s business. At Decker, he enjoys partnering with clients to develop strategic training plans that fit their unique needs and challenges.

Nick manages several key clients at Decker while also being responsible for the outbound business development process. Prior to joining Decker, Nick was a headhunter – recruiting for jobs in the finance and accounting industries. He also spent time as an auditor for KPMG. Nick graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Business.

Outside of work he enjoys staying active with his wife Meghan. Nick loves to exercise, cook dinner at home and spend time with his family.

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Dani Janklow
Senior Marketing Manager

With passion for leadership, social change and strategic communication, what does Dani love most about the Decker MethodTM? Getting answers to the age-old question: “So what?”

Dani started her career producing live television before turning to marketing to share ideas. She has been brand building, creating original content, managing national campaigns and developing messaging strategy from coast to coast (and in between) ever since. Prior to Decker, Dani was consulting for start-ups and nonprofit organizations.

Dani loves spending time outside – especially hiking, skiing and surfing. She also has a penchant for international travel, volunteering, yoga, citrus and spicy foods. Dani graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently lives in San Francisco.

Karen Laos

Karen Laos
Program Delivery Manager, Program Leader

Karen loves being a Program Leader for Decker! She considers it a privilege to be a catalyst in people’s growth and is passionate about seeing participants transform in just two days. Her background in human resources at Gap Inc and Gensler Architecture has helped shape her philosophy of experiential learning. She finds her job rewarding because people get to practice and see immediate results. Karen received a BA in Psychology from Lafayette College and puts it to good use everyday.

Originally from Minneapolis, Karen decided to pack up her bags in 1994 and follow her childhood dream of living in San Francisco. An adventurer at heart, she takes every opportunity possible to travel, especially to beach destinations. Next on her must-visit list: Greece and Bermuda.

Jennifer McMahon

Jennifer Lewis
Program Leader

Jenny has long been fascinated by what people say and how they say it. She is passionate about leveraging storytelling in business and loves helping participants craft their messages. A former newspaper reporter in Los Angeles, she covered gritty urban crimes, investigated the inner world of street gangs, followed high-profile celebrity trials, and tracked the occasional Presidential visit. Her breaking news story about the murder of a social worker at a clinic won a statewide award and led to tighter OSHA security measures.

A San Francisco native, Jenny holds a BA in Journalism with Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude honors from the University of Southern California.

At Decker, Jenny also draws upon her experience working at CBS-TV, Hyatt Hotels, and Williams-Sonoma. But it’s her love for travel and a job as a cruise ship activities director that gave Jenny a lifetime of stories and taught her an essential skill for Decker road trips: how to pack light.

Bridgette Logan

Bridgette Logan
Administrative Coordinator

Bridgette found the Decker culture of positivity, inclusiveness and commitment to bettering oneself to be both inspiring and contagious. After her internship, she couldn’t wait to be a fully “Decker-ated” member of the administrative team.

As a member of the Dream Team, Bridgette works hard to ensure that every experience with Decker, whether it’s a training program or a company birthday party, radiates with positivity, professionalism and care.

A recent transplant from Los Angeles, Bridgette has lives in the East Bay. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in Comparative Literature concentrating on Film and Media Studies. As such, Bridgette keeps the Decker team up to date with all things Pop Culture, and makes sure they never miss out on the best films and television shows.

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Bruce Marcey
Senior Consultant

Bruce finds great joy in the positive impact he brings to the lives of individuals and companies through communication coaching and training.

Prior to coming to Decker, Bruce was on the Communication Faculty at Queens University of Charlotte, in addition to founding and running an executive communication consulting firm. He also previously found and led several non-profit organizations.

Bruce jokes that he attended Bucknell University and majored in soccer. The truth is that because of a professor who was a brilliant and energetic communicator, he double majored in Geography and International Relations. Bruce also has a Ph.D. in visual rhetoric, or as his 18 year old son says, a Ph.D. in “pictures.”

In addition to communication, Bruce enjoys soccer, reading and great beer. He and his wife Nann live in Charlotte, NC with their 3 children and their dog Luis.

Amelia McCormick

Amelia McCormick
Senior Manager – Program Development

Amelia oversees the Decker program experience, reviewing and updating core content as well as developing new programs. She is the resident expert for program customization, and she enjoys the challenges of tailoring programs to meet specific client needs, goals and timeframes. She also leads programs and workshops, as well as serves as an executive coach. In addition to her management role at Decker, Amelia loves the opportunity to have a direct impact on the communication skills of others.

Amelia’s professional background is in advertising and strategic communications, working with a variety of regional and national clients on message development and communication strategy. Prior to Decker, she was director of marketing and fundraising for a countywide nonprofit southern California.

In her spare time, Amelia serves as the national Philanthropy Chairman for Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity and regularly contributes to branding and messaging strategy for the organization. She lives in the hills of the East Bay with her husband and their two miniature schnauzers, Elsie and Ballack. Amelia holds a MS in Strategic Communication from the University of Kansas.

Sonya Medema

Sonya Medema
Program Leader

As a Program Leader for Decker, Sonya enjoys the opportunity to help people and loves to see their personal growth, right before her eyes.

Prior to joining Decker, Sonya worked at The Sharper Image for ten years as a Buyer. She traveled all around the world, searching for the latest techie products and also working closely with manufacturers on product development. In this role, she became quite familiar with how critical communication skills are in business.

Sonya holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She and her husband, Aaron, live in Lafayette, CA with their two young children. She loves to cook and spend time enjoying nature.

Lauren Rauch

Lauren Rauch
Program Leader

Lauren’s passion stems from her interest in how culture impacts communication styles. Lauren has lived – and led workshops and trainings – in North and South America, Europe and the Middle East, making her a true global citizen.

Prior to joining Decker, Lauren specialized in Global Business English, teaching international executives how to communicate with more confidence. Lauren also trained Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian, and North American students in leadership and cross-cultural dialogue at the Arava Institute of Environmental Studies.

Lauren holds an MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management from SIT Graduate Institute, and a BA in International Studies from UNC- Chapel Hill. Lauren is an active volunteer, serving on the Impact Grants Initiative board and the Leadership Council for New Generations, New Israel Fund. She lives in San Francisco.

Debra Robinson

Debra Robinson
Account Executive

Debra enjoys assisting executives, teams and individuals to realize their full potential. Her clients value and appreciate her consultative approach to helping them maximize the training and coaching they receive through Decker programs.

With a passion for excellence, Debra has over 25 years experience in sales and sales leadership. Prior to joining Decker, Debra held senior leadership positions with PowerSpeaking, Valassis Inc., American City Business Journals and the Bay Area News Group. She is adept at generating business opportunities and has a keen understanding of team building and training.

Debra enjoys the arts and loves to travel. She is passionate about fitness, wellness, cooking and wine pairing.  She lives in San Francisco’s East Bay, and devotes much of her free time to her daughter and her two grandsons.

Matt Suddaby

Matt Suddaby
Sales Development Associate

Matt has been interested in the self-improvement ever since he can remember. Decker gives him a chance to interact with like-minded clients and co-workers on a daily basis. After taking the Decker trainings, he has expanded his approach from self-improvement to continuous improvement.

Matt is responsible for outbound business development. Prior to joining the Decker team, he worked in business development for a nonprofit. He has also  worked in the medical billing industry.

Matt received his BA in Communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Outside the office Matt enjoys a number of outdoor activities that the Bay Area has to offer, including golf, the beach and the occasional trip to the lake for some waterskiing.

Celeste Steenburgh

Celeste Steenburgh
Office Manager

Celeste is the glue that holds the Decker office together. She works magic behind the scenes as the single point of contact for end-to-end program execution. As a result, participants experience a seamless program, helping them fully commit to honing their communication skills. Celeste holds a BA in Speech and Communication from San Francisco State University and took her degree into the working fields of hospitality, media, and now brings her communication skills to Decker.

Celeste has spent the majority of her life in the Bay Area and owns a home in the in the North Bay with her love and Winnie.

Domini Tarman

Domini Tarman
Program Leader

As a Decker Program Leader, Domini thoroughly enjoys the rewards of helping people feel more comfortable with their communications and speak more effectively. The most rewarding part of her job is receiving the many emails from participants after completing Decker programs sharing their new success stories.

Domini has a BA from University of Southern California in Public Relations and Marketing. She spent over 20 years in sales management with American Express, EMC and Dun & Bradstreet. It is the knowledge from this experience that she feels adds a special touch to the programs, along with some hilarious stories of mishaps. Recently, Domini has become a speaker on behalf of the American Heart Association, after a long history of support for the organization.

She and her husband, John, have two grown children, Aimee and Brandon, and are diehard college football fans. Having grown up in a family of eight children Domini learned early on how to get her way with her communication, which she currently uses today.

Diana Thompson

Diana Thompson
Program Leader

“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, they won’t go anywhere.” Diana is a committed believer in this quote by Lee Iacocca and in the incredible power of effective communicating. Knowing that people judge you by how well you communicate, she set a personal goal to further her own skills and help others do so as well.

This desire, combined with her passion for coaching and motivating others, led her to Decker. Her position as Program Leader leverages many years of experience in marketing, training, and sales across diverse industries.

Diana received an MBA from San Diego State University and a BS in Social Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She considers herself a student of life and feels enlivened when traveling and experiencing various cultures. Diana lives with her two sons in Danville and enjoys planning memory-building experiences for all of them to share.

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Mindy Wegner
Program Leader

Mindy was convinced of the effectiveness of the Decker Method while participating in a Communicate to Influence program. “I was profoundly impressed with the improvements and changes that every single person in the program was able to achieve after only 2 days working with the Decker Method. I was inspired to want to be a part of helping others in that process of improving.”

Mindy joined the Decker Team with that desire: to help people reach their communication potential. She brings years of experience working with non-profit organizations in fund-raising, donor-base development, event production, and leadership development and coaching.

Prior to her years in the non-profit world, Mindy worked in the medical staffing industry as the Director of Hospital Services for a contactor providing contract physician services to military hospitals across the nation. It was during these years that Mindy came to know she loves all the“military toys”.

Mindy received her BA degree and post-graduate studies towards an MBA from Oral Roberts University. She resides in the San Francisco East Bay with her husband and 2 amazing teenage boys.

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Leah West
Program Leader

“When you know better, you do better.” Leah loves to see this quote from Maya Angelou come to life during programs as participants gain self-awareness that transforms their communication confidence and effectiveness.

Leah uses humor to help others get outside of their comfort zone and explore new perspectives. A brand strategist when she came to Decker, she has more than 20 years of experience in corporate marketing, PR and creative facilitation, collaborating with some of the world’s most iconic brands, including Coca-Cola, Playboy and Reader’s Digest.

Leah earned a Master’s degree in Communication Management from the USC Annenberg School of Communication and a Bachelor’s degree in Literature & Rhetoric from Binghamton University. She resides in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and their two terrier rescues, Pixie and Cleveland.

 

Jonathan Willard

Jonathan Willard
Eastern Region Director

Jonathan leads Decker’s New York office. He brings two decades of experience in designing and delivering organizational communications and performance improvement programs for some of the world’s most admired companies.

Jonathan has worked extensively in the areas of strategy, innovation, leadership, business development, and brand activation. His agency affiliations have included JWT, the Involvement Practice, Bonfire Communications, and New York Consulting Partners.

In addition to his work in communications, Jonathan is an accomplished artist whose paintings and drawings have been widely exhibited, and his writing has appeared in numerous journals and literary reviews.

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Yvonne Yip
Program Production Supervisor

After taking Decker’s Communicate to Influence program, Yvonne realized how important communication is – and always will be – in the corporate world. The Decker methodology has changed the way she works and interacts with others.

Yvonne is a valued member of Decker’s administrative team (“The Dream Team”), supporting the sales and program teams. Her love for organization can be seen from the meticulously labeled program materials to the color-coded tea bags in our office. Her hard work ensures that the “program goes on!”

Yvonne has lived in California’s East Bay for 13 years. Originally from upstate New York, she still considers herself a true Yankee at heart. Yvonne graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a BA in English. She has a passion for fashion and helps keep the Decker team looking fresh. She also has a healthy obsession with pandas and is a Pinterest enthusiast.