Meet the team that started a global conversation about mindful accountability.
What is procrastinating, not being consistent, or not getting started costing you?
We bet it’s a lot.
Meet the Accountability Works Leadership Team
Ali Schiller Founder, Process Design
Ali’s background in mechanical engineering gave her a unique appreciation for structure, systems and process design. She also experienced what it was like to have a list of projects and deadlines followed by a paycheck. What she needed to do to be successful was clear.
It wasn’t until Ali decided to start her own business that she felt the real fear of not knowing where to begin, what to focus on, or the comfort of a steady income. Not to mention, having to handle all the unsexy, easy to put off, parts of running a business. That was when Ali decided to start an accountability group. She met weekly with three fellow business owners, to set goals, check in on their progress, and be held accountable. It was so effective, life-changing really, that her big question was, why doesn’t everyone do this?
This led her to start Accountability Works, a coaching and consulting company that has enabled clients to do everything from start a successful business, to tripling their income—without neglecting themselves or their families. She loves providing a place where people can work on their most important goals while being part of a supportive community.
Ali has been the featured accountability expert for Entrepreneur.com and featured in Business Insider, Fast Company, Psychologies Magazine, and Daily Worth.
She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband, two children and labradoodle, Auggie. She can get lost in a good book, is always up for an adventure, and is now learning how not to kill her new garden. She is drawn to people who are deep thinkers and will dance when the music comes on.
Where Process Meets Mindfulness
Where Process Meets Mindfulness
Marissa Boisvert Co-Founder, Behavior Change
As a Certified Integrative Health Coach, Marissa was formally trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) behavior change at Duke Integrative Medicine. She brings a depth of knowledge on how to implement mindfulness at every level of the AW process. As we explain in our programs, accountability is an act of mindfulness.
Prior to joining the AW leadership team, Marissa’s work was focused on helping people cultivate mindfulness. The problem she ran into was that while becoming more mindful and present is a desire of many, it is, at the same time, difficult to grasp and put into practice. When she started facilitating the AW process, she discovered that accountability is the tool that helps people become mindful and present in their lives. That’s when she knew she had found her match at Accountability Works.
A diverse background in the arts, behavior change coaching and online business led Marissa to identify that there is a sweet spot between driving and allowing, where you are connected to what is most important to you and what you value most. Marissa loves that today she gets to run a company that helps driven people navigate the discomfort of change and accomplish their goals with compassion.
Marissa’s work has been featured in Business Insider, Fast Company, Thrive Global, and Insight Timer.
She lives in Asheville, NC with her husband. Loves being surrounded by nature, and that on any given day, she sees people loading up their kayaks or bikes to head out for outdoor adventure. Marissa is drawn to people who nurture our planet + our relationship to it, the arts, and anything that makes her think critically or laugh.
Accountability at Scale
Accountability at Scale
Ann Catrina-Kligman Partner, Executive in Residence
After a career in corporate America at companies ranging from early-stage startups to large enterprise organizations, Ann is thrilled to partner with Accountability Works. As the company looks to deliver Accountability at Scale, Ann brings 20 years of extensive C-level coaching, mentoring, program leadership and consulting expertise.
Accountability is something that is a struggle for many organizations especially as they are currently navigating multi-faceted work environments (in person, hybrid, remote). In meeting Ali and Marissa, she was impressed with their mindful approach to accountability and how applicable their process is to the workplace — meeting the needs of managers and employees, no matter the industry or size of the organization. In today’s changing landscape, it’s more critical than ever to cultivate a way for employees to reach their goals through purposeful, trust-based sustained action.
Ann is excited about applying her experiences leading and optimizing high performing teams building and delivering high accountability cultures at scale. She leverages technology and employee-centered design thinking to make it easier to communicate and collaborate while fostering a sense of inclusion and belonging across organizations.
She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and her 14-year-old daughter, who inspires her interest in girl’s leadership and STEM education. An avid traveler and voracious reader, she enjoys a daily trail walk with Heidi, her long-haired chihuahua.
Meet the Accountability Works Coaches
Amanda Hogberg, AW Certified Accountability Coach
Amanda is a dedicated and compassionate coach with over a decade of experience. As a NASM certified Personal Trainer and Women’s Fitness Specialist, she has a strong foundation in physical health and fitness. Her journey led her to attain the Master Health Coach certification from Precision Nutrition, specializing in change psychology, personal achievement, and weight loss.
Her approach goes beyond the physical; she understands that sustainable change begins with the mind. Recognizing the importance of mindset and emotional well-being, she immersed herself in coursework at the Life Coach School and stays current with the latest research in the field.
Amanda’s own experience as a client of Accountability Works inspired her to complete the accountability coach certification. With a deep commitment to helping others, she joined the Accountability Works team in 2020. Amanda guides clients on their path to success, drawing from her extensive knowledge and personal journey towards creating a fulfilling life.
Kelly Day O’Brien, AW Certified Accountability Coach and Training Facilitator
Kelly Day O’Brien is a national board certified health and wellness coach with a background in integrative and functional lifestyle strategies. Her expertise extends to sleep behavior change. Kelly’s coach training was completed through Duke Integrative Medicine, where she continues to contribute as a coach training assistant for ongoing cohorts.
With hundreds of hours of individual and group coaching experience, Kelly’s unique journey began in broadcast journalism. Her career in journalism exposed her to the transformative power of genuine, compassionate, and others-focused curiosity.
Kelly’s mission is to set an example of what’s possible when life’s challenges are viewed as opportunities for growth and transformation. She was naturally drawn to the Accountability Works (AW) process due to its remarkable effectiveness in fostering self-awareness while simultaneously helping clients achieve their meaningful goals.
Becky Brown, AW Certified Accountability Coach and Planning Expert
Becky began her career as a Registered Pharmacist (RPh.) She quickly understood that true health and wellness would require more than a prescription. Her philosophy centers around the belief that we have the power to shape our health through our daily lifestyle choices. Driven by this philosophy, Becky became a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) completing her training through Duke’s Integrative Medicine Coaching program.
Becky’s experience guiding her clients through challenges with planning and work-life balance inspired her accountability coaching journey. She excels at structured planning with room for flexibility and a growth mindset. She views organization and accountability as an essential part of self-care, providing clarity and reducing stress.
Becky resonates with Accountability Works’ whole-person approach, aligning her expertise with their process of vision, professional and personal goal setting, strategy development, and commitment to implementation. She views AW’s process as a straight-forward, results-driven journey wrapped in a bow of Mindful Accountability™. Her comprehensive professional credentials also include ReCODE 2.0 Protocol Coach, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, and Lifestyle Medicine Coach.
Madeline Ruskin, AW Certified Accountability Coach
Madeline is a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) and a mindfulness-based behavioral change expert. Her journey into health and wellness coaching was a series of serendipitous events that led her to a fulfilling career. Before entering the world of coaching, Madeline was a professional actor in film, TV, and theater, earning membership in both acting unions: AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
Her career took a new path as she began working with adults facing various challenges in independent living, helping them build resumes, enhance interview skills, manage stress, and boost confidence and self-efficacy. Her client base evolved to include executives, corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, retirees, and individuals navigating significant life transitions. With the guidance of a dedicated mentor, Madeline proactively pursued comprehensive training in the neuroscience of behavioral change, functional lifestyle strategies, and habit formation, leading to her professional coaching career.
Madeline was drawn to Accountability Works® because of its unique approach to accountability. During the AW Coach Training Program®, she experienced the transformative power of its process firsthand.
Ivy Cerez, Administrative Assistant and Client Support
Ivy Cerez is an indispensable part of the Accountability Works team, with nearly three years of experience as a virtual assistant. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and spent five years in the corporate world as an administrative assistant, honing her organizational skills and attention to detail.
Ivy’s role is crucial in keeping our business running smoothly. She manages client and marketing communications, oversees small group enrollment, handles social media responsibilities, and plays a vital role in project management.
Beyond work, Ivy cherishes her relationships and dreams of building a loving family. She enjoys baking, cooking, and spending quality time with her pets. Traveling with her family and friends, especially in natural surroundings, brings her a profound sense of peace and joy. Ivy’s multifaceted contributions extend from the office to enriching our team with her diverse skill set and her appreciation for life’s meaningful moments.
Why do people show up every week? For months or even years?
People say they want accountability. Research supports that again and again.
We excel at delivering accountability because we have figured out how to make it enjoyable. And you know, the thing about accountability is it only works, when you show up.
People who sign up for our accountability programs, are excited. They want to be here. They want to do the work…even though it’s challenging.
It’s Accountability that Works.
The Why Behind Our Work
With the support of our wonderful husbands, families, friends, and always an accountability group keeping us on track and evolving, our mission is to share this work with as many people as we can.
We are honored to have worked with thousands of people in accomplishing their goals. From the US to Australia, Mexico to Bulgaria, it doesn’t matter the time zone or culture, Accountability Works.
Accountability Works for them…
Accountability means that I have the support I need to stay focused on my goals and make progress towards them. Accountability lets me know that somebody else is cheering for me and I am not alone in my struggles and accomplishments. It helped me to not bail on things I do not necessarily look forward to but are required to move forward in my goals.
I have a real need to know that I’m making progress. In the past by just writing down my goals, I wasn’t very good at accomplishing them. When I set out a time to specifically focus on that, I get a lot more accomplished. Accountability is an act of forced mindfulness.
There was always so much I wanted to do, but I just wasn’t doing it. I always thought, “I’ll get to that.” But putting my commitments and goals out in the open every week and being accountable for the things I said I was going to do, have made ALL the difference.
Are you ready to let accountability work for you?
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