Our Team

Meet a Few of Our Dynamic Team Members

Leah Payton, MBA
President of LMJA, Management Consultant and Executive Coach

  • Extensive experience in the area of teambuilding, leadership development, supervisory skill development,
    change management and executive coaching
  • Specializes in leadership development for high-level administrative professionals
  • Certified to administer a wide variety of skill inventories and leadership assessments to include DiSC, 360 feedback instruments,
    Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Indicator, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory
  • Certified Mediator
  • Hobby: International travel and making memories.



Freddie Payton
Senior Partner at Leah M. Joppy & Associates

  • Specializes  in business process re-engineering, employee engagement and financial management.
  • Excellent facilitator of team building and conflict resolution.
  • Recent Projects: Presented National Webcast for Lockheed Martin entitled ‘Networking
    Your Way to Success’ as well as a series of leadership development classes.
  • Freddie's hobby is learning to play the guitar and cooking without recipes.




Marla Zemanek - West Coast Presence
Master Facilitator with international experience specializing in presentation skills

  • Expert in interpersonal communications, leadership development, team effectiveness, change management.
  • Adjunct Professor of public speaking and public speaking coach.
  • Authored e-book: The 7 Step Formula For Writing A Speech
  • Serves on the Board of Directors of a foundation that is helping rebuild Liberia by teaching kids
    about leadership through sports activities.
  • Marla loves to host international guests and foreign exchange students at her B&B.


Michele Proctor
Senior Trainer and HR Consultant specializing in organizational development

Extensive experience in:

  • Organizational Assessment and Development
  • Performance Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Workforce and Succession Planning
  • Best Practices and Benchmarking
  • Michele enjoys spending quality time with family, especially her children and grandchildren.  She also enjoys church activities.


Cliff Kayser
Senior Consultant at Leah M. Joppy & Associates
  • Specializes in values measurement and values dynamics for leader, team, and organization effectiveness
  • Vice President, Mastery and Coaching Programs at Polarity Partnerships
  • Certified Level Two Facilitator, Barrett Values Center Cultural Transformation Tool
  • On the faculty of the American University’s Masters in Organization Development program, KEY Executive Program,
    and the Federal Executive Institute
  • Hobbies: Runs, rides, swims, studies eastern philosophy, and regularly practices Tai Chi/yoga.



 Hope Cheeks – Southeast Presence
Corporate Trainer with over 20 years experience in human capital development with a focus in the corporate and nonprofit arenas

  • Expertise in the strategic development of leadership and organizational talent in a variety of business environments.
  • Previous Associate Director of Training for Synovus Financial Corp which was ranked as one of the top 10 places to work in
    America by Fortune Magazine.
  • Most recent clients include the Home Depot, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Pfizer,
    Department of Defense, Synovus Financial Corp, SECME, Inc., Hall County District Attorney’s Office and Morehouse School of Medicine.
  • In her spare time, hope enjoys the role of President of the Georgia Ballet Guild.




Al Collins
Senior Trainer and  Motivational Speaker specializing in public speaking and presentation skills

  • Extensive experience in career development, diversity, and coaching.
  • Enjoys conducting focus groups.
  • Al is an author and inspirational speaker who enjoys delivering messages of empowerment to women of all ages.
  • Al enjoys anything to do with helping women to move forward in their personal lives and careers.




Mark Sachs
Organization Consultant and Executive Coach

  • Specializes and training and coaching executives and managers to improve their leadership and management skills.
  • Clients have included:  NASA, NIH, FDA, IRS, FEMA and USAID.
  • MS: American University, MA and BA: Rutgers University
  • Certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory, Drexler/Sibbet Team
    Performance Inventory, and Culture Transformation Tools.
  • When Mark is not doing his organization development and executive coaching work, he enjoys being a carpenter.  



Gloria R. Norman
Senior Trainer & Communications Consultant 

Experienced instructor and facilitator for resolving workplace issues, especially

  • Communication (oral & written)
  • Managing Multiple Priorities
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Time & Stress Management
  • Gloria's hobbies include Movies, spending time with friends, family & pets, and travel.



Lynda Flanigan
Senior Consultant specializing in conflict resolution and negotiation

  •  Experienced in managing people, leadership development, project development and implementation 
  • Excellent facilitator of communication, team building, presentation skills, conflict resolution, and negotiations
  • Lynda' hobbies include golf and travel, and walking her dog on the beach.  She volunteers on the Carolina Beach marketing and
    advertising committee and Step-Up-For-Soldiers fundraising projects.