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Mary Verstraete, PCC

President, Leadership Consultant and Coach


Mary’s focus is developing leaders of significant influence. Her wealth of leadership experience brings expertise to CCE as she shapes the professional coach training programs to deliver effective, lasting impact. 

With more than 30 years’ experience in leadership development, training, and consulting, Mary’s work with leaders and organizations consistently demonstrates the importance of coaching in developing quantifiably competent leaders. 

In 2007, Mary cofounded the Center for Coaching Excellence (CCE) along with Roger Erdvig, who now serves as an educational administrator and adjunct professor. Working together to author and publish the first version of what is now known as Essential Training, Mary and Roger built the foundation for what would become one of today’s most effective resources for leaders and coaches. 

In her current role as President of CCE, Mary continues to expand coaching into diverse industries by developing customized coach training used in companies such as ExxonMobil, Fairview Health Systems, and MJ Senior Housing.

As a leadership consultant, Mary works with organizations to establish a synergistic team culture through a strengths-based approach that results in greater employee engagement and communication effectiveness. She trains leaders to maximize their competencies, develop greater agility, and achieve more influence by developing their unique leadership brand.

Joe Denner

Senior Advisor, Executive Coach, Consultant and Coach Trainer


Joe partners with leaders to increase their personal effectiveness and efficiency, helping them create transformational, sustainable leadership development within their culture. With over 15 years of leadership experience in finance, accounting, operations and human resources, Joe brings a wealth of knowledge relating to the development of human capital for positive, profitable, and sustainable growth. In his most recent position with Microdynamics Group, he succeeded in promoting operational excellence and quality service with a 99% quality and on-time delivery rating while Vice President of Plant Operations.

Joe is the founder of Alliant Leadership and provides executive coaching, leadership training, and organizational development services to help leaders get more of what they want and less of what they don’t. He is a certified Myers-Briggs administrator and trained in the use of the Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment..

Alliant Leadership

Annie Perdue-Olson, MA

Senior Advisor, Executive Coach, Consultant and Trainer


Annie specializes in linking leadership development with business strategies to grow successful leaders and drive sustainable results. As a seasoned business professional in human resources, operations, finance and program development, Annie facilitates personal and organizational change along with leadership development initiatives. She is a partner with Olson and Associates, Inc., helping individuals, leaders, and organizations achieve vision and enhance leadership skills. 

Annie focuses on delivering high-impact training and coaching programs and is trained in the use of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, StrengthsFinder 2.0, Strong Interest Inventory and Team Management Systems to help individuals do more of what they love and help organizations achieve the results they want.

She holds a master’s in Human Resources and Change Leadership with an emphasis in organizational development. Serving as a member of the Vision and Strategic Team for CCE, Annie specializes in facilitating training programs to achieve mastery in leadership and coaching skills that move an organization forward.

Olson and Associates

Rick Raiford

Senior Advisor and Conversational Leadership Trainer


Rick Raiford has spent his entire career in the field of investment management. His career began as a registered financial advisor with Phillips Capital Management in Greensboro, NC. Rick transitioned to Wachovia Wealth Management (Wells Fargo Private Bank) in 2006 where he worked as an investment manager, responsible for actively managing over $200 million in assets. As an investment manager, Rick was responsible for establishing investment policy statements which outline the investment allocation and strategy for each client. Rick also was responsible for the active and ongoing management of the investment portfolios, and regularly communicated with clients about investment performance and market/economic news and outlooks. In addition to his career as an investment professional, Rick has served on the board of directors for several non-profit organizations, and one for-profit corporation. The non-profits include Men Of Vision & Excellence (M.O.V.E.) (Co-Founder, Vice President), Restoration Place Ministries (Former Chairman), Cornerstone Charter Academy Athletic Committee (Former Chairman), and Daystar Church (Trustee). The for-profit corporation is the Center for Coaching Excellence, which is a leadership development organization based in Minneapolis, MN.

Rick has lived in Greensboro for the past 19 years. Rick is married to Amber Raiford, and has six children; Caleb, Camryn, Avery, Evan, Landry, and Levi. Rick enjoys watching, participating, and coaching a variety of sports, spending time with his family, and Executive Pastor at Daystar Church.

Alice Bourdon

Personal Advisor to the President


Alice works with clients to leverage their strengths in order to live purposeful and productive lives. Her coaching approach focuses on creating a coaching environment that inspires insight and action for clients to achieve their desired future.

Alice’s zeal for creativity and vision for developing leaders led her to her current role as director of Grace Adventure, an organization that offers workshops for personal growth, spiritual formation, and leadership development. She also serves as a mentor and group coach in a leadership development program for young adults in her church.  

Grace Adventure

My growth from the training gave me confidence to coach in challenging workplace situations. The training was very thorough, with personalized attention that allowed me to absorb the coaching concepts and skills, apply them to my coaching context, practice the skills, and receive feedback.

Jay Baumgardner
Leadership Coach