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Elliott Avenue
United States

Our Team

Shandel Group offers executive and corporate team leadership coaching as well as Talent Management tools.


Shandel Sutherland


Shandel is an executive coach with a proven track record of assisting business professionals realize their personal and professional goals. She is the founder of Shandel Group (formerly known as True Life Coaching). She has worked with all types of business professionals from entrepreneurs to employees of Fortune 500 firms.


For over a decade, Shandel has coached entrepreneurs, executives, professionals, and business owners toward...

  • Defining and executing their mission

  • Strengthening their communication

  • Upgrading their personal operating system

Clients learn skills that stretch beyond the office walls to bring fulfillment and success to all areas of life. Shandel believes that seeking clarity on the right thing, the right way while staying focused on relationships leads to faster growth that breeds long-lasting results.

Inside the corporate walls, Shandel specializes in assisting the executive to first lead with awareness and integrity.  Followed by developing high performance teams who are ready to improve communication, build trust, and optimize relationships.  Leaders of teams are never disappointed with the ROI of the time invested and the teams reap rewards not only in the initial team building exercise, but the long term payoff in the bottom line results. 


Shandel is a Master Certified Coach who holds a Summa Cum Laude degree in Psychology.  She is a Coach University Graduate and holds certifications in Behavior Analysis, Professional Values Analyst, and Attribute Index Analysis. She is affiliated with the National Speakers' Association, International Coaching Federation, The Graduate School of Coaching, Target Training International, and the Young Entrepreneur's Organization.   As an author, speaker, and coach, Shandel has many tools to assist and equip you with principles and concepts that can take you and your goals and dreams to the next level. Fun fact about Shandel, after 45 years of being single, she was married to the love of her life on 12.13.14. Read their love story here.


Alan Andersen

Alan Andersen has had some degree of a leadership role in the non-profit world, public, and private sector since 2001. From innovative start-ups to established organizations, his sweet spot is partnering with individuals and teams to build strong, sustainable and a more satisfying culture. In other words, an effective leadership practice. (Learn Alan's story here)



Leaning into his deep passion for engaging, empowering, and equipping people to transform and thrive, Alan doesn't do "theory" rather he focuses on practical application. Having logged more than 20,000 hours in people development coaching, his process is simple and proven. Alan will help you (and your team)... 

  • Tap into a Growth Mindset

  • Clarify the Mission at hand

  • Uncover the Motivation for growth or change

  • Prioritize and execute a Method for sustainable success

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He is superior in executive coaching, team facilitation, high-performance leadership, and conflict resolution. With a proven ability to cultivate genuine trust with leadership and support teams, he primarily helps people uncover the areas of growth and coaches them to a higher level of efficacy and accountability.

Outcomes result in raw potential maturing into increased productivity, stronger performance, and greater profit.


Alan's primary focus has been and continues to be Leadership Multiplication and Organizational Effectiveness. He has been involved in starting, coaching and overseeing more than 500 businesses across the U.S. and British Columbia.  Being able to work with a business from the ground up has has taught Alan the art of accelerating growth. 

The cornerstone to Alan's success is his commitment to doing business at the speed of trust. Whether he is working with you as an executive coach, facilitation with your team or one of his frequent public speaking opportunities, Alan will help you transform and thrive.


At Shandel Group, discussions often touch on the topic of relationships, and whether we are givers or takers. Do we focus on our needs, or do we seek to meet the needs of others? Our support team is fully focused on “giving more in value, than we take in return”!

Jenny Bookamer

Jenny is a listener! Now that doesn’t mean she’s inactive or passive. Shandel Group would grind to a halt without her! No, Jenny has an amazing gift of asking questions about other people’s thoughts, needs, and desires so that she can find creative and effective ways to assist as she has been doing daily with Shandel Sutherland and Alan Andersen and the many clients of Shandel Group since 2003.

Lisa Kitzmiller

Lisa is a connector! She has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and over-the-top work ethic. At 10 years old she was selling products door to door to buy her first Pac Man game system. Right out of high school Lisa started her own manicuring business, and bought her first home at age 19. Now through marketing and social media Lisa is helping Shandel Group help entrepreneurs, CEOs, business leaders and individuals get connected to the resources that help others pursue their dreams, and she loves it. 

Jenny jansen

Jenny is a creative! She has always had an innate ability to design beauty and tie meaningful application to her creations. Whether turning an oh-so boring Powerpoint deck into a fun and aesthetically pleasing learning platform. Or taking raw concepts and putting a framework around them to engage and guide learners to accelerate their healthy growth process. She does it all!

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