Our Team

Here’s our crew of changemakers. Want to know more about us? Click the images below for the extended cut. 

Youth Coaching Institute, LLC, Coaching  Life, Forney, TX

Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, PCC, BCC

Founder, Executive Director, & Faculty

Dr. Mazzola is responsible for all research and development initiatives in line with our mission and values. She facilitates one to two training cohorts yearly to ensure our content and training programs remain up-to-date and effective for the diverse audiences we serve. She maintains a small private coaching practice LBM Coaching, LLC where she offers life, academic, and career coaching for adolescents and adults. She discovered the power of coaching through her doctoral studies as she investigated why some high-risk youth overcome the barriers to success while others do not. This research led her to coaching to combat marginalization and trauma with resilience building and empowerment. Her passion for the work is very personal as a thriving adult who overcame trauma, poverty, and juvenile delinquency to create a future she never imagined possible while deep in the struggle. Read more about her story and research in her book – How We Did It: A Guide for Juvenile and Emerging Adult Offenders Ready for Positive Reform. 


  • Life coach training and practicum supervision
  • ICF mentor coaching for ICF ACC and PCC applicants
  • Life and career coaching for teens and young adults 14-25
  • Desistance coaching for young people involved in delinquency, alternative sentencing, and juvenile justice reintegration support
  • Life, career, mentor coaching, and new business coaching for coaches
  • Program development consulting for organizations offering coaching services for adolescents


  • PhD in Psychology with Forensic Psychology specialization
  • o Expertise: Criminal desistance and positive reform
  • o Dissertation: A Phenomenological Inquiry into Identity Change on the Path to Long-term Criminal Desistance
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Board Certified Coach – Center for Credentialing & Education
  • Professional Certified  Coach – International Coach Federation – Registered ICF Mentor Coach 
  • Over 250 hours of coach specific training

Jade Enrique, EdD, BCC

Faculty - Coach Trainer & Practicum Supervisor

Dr. Enrique is a life coach who holds degrees in Education, Psychology, and Therapy. She maintains a small private coaching practice known as Bright Balance, LLC (brightbalancecoaching.com) where she primarily offers life, academic, career, and ADHD coaching for teens and young adults. She utilizes a strengths-based, multi-disciplinary, and multicultural approach to coaching. Dr. Enrique finds fulfillment in contributing and utilizing her varied theoretical backgrounds to assist in helping to change outcomes for underserved clients and communities. She believes that coaching is one method of ensuring that individuals are at the helm of receiving the support/accountability they may need so they can continually be encouraged to strive for their goals; improve performance; resolve deficits; and build/restore confidence.


  • Life, academic, career, and ADHD coaching for teens and young adults 14-29
  • ADHD, career and life coaching for teachers/professors and other education-related staff
  • Life coach training


  • EdD in Education with Special Education concentration
  • o Expertise: Special Education Law, Administration, and Advocacy
  • o Dissertation: A Study of Behavioral Response to Intervention: Practices and Perceptions Perceived by Teachers
  • Educational Specialist in School Psychology
  • Master of Science in Family Therapy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist
  • Diplomate in School Neuropsychology
  • Certified Memory Interventionist
  • Professional ADHD Coach
  • Over 120 hours of coach-specific training

Liezel Lane, MA, ACC

Faculty - Coach Trainer & Practicum Supervisor

Liezel Lane is a teen life and resilience coach holds degrees in Psychology and Industrial Psychology with an emphasis in Psychometric Assessments. She maintains a small private coaching practice known as MyTeenLifeCoach.com where she primarily offers life, academic, career, emotional integration and ADHD coaching for teens young adults and millennials. She became proficient in this work after leaving the corporate world in I/O Psychology leading learning and development departments as well as executive coaching. She then started her own non-profit organization for youth and teens, mentoring community leadership development through performing arts as a facilitation tool (Atlanta S.E.E.Ds Inc.® – Self Esteem Empowerment and Education through Dance). She utilizes evidence based, strengths-based, assessment tools and body/emotional integration tools in her coaching. Liezel is passionate about young people becoming the sustainable force for the planet’s future and preparing youth for their own purposes and leadership abilities. 


  • Life, academic, career and Social Emotional Learning coaching for teens and young adults 12-25
  • Psychometric Testing/Assessments A,B and C levels.
  • Parent coaching and Life coach training
  • Leadership development 


  • Masters Industrial Psychology with specialization in Industrial Sociology and Psychometry
  • Expertise: Leadership Development, Cultural Adaptation and Social Emotional Learning, Psychometry
  • Dissertation:
  • Generating a Theory from Predicting the Success Level of Assurance Representatives
  • Imperial Society Of Teachers for Dancing (ISTD)
  • Registered Psychometrist with South African Medical and Dental Council
  • Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Sociology
  • Over 150 hours of coach-specific training

Jennifer Watson, MS, EdD

Program and Curriculum Development Consultant

Dr. Jennifer Watson is a certified youth resilience coach and an experienced curriculum designer who holds a Doctorate in Education in Instructional Systems Design and a Master of Science in Educational Psychology. Dedicated to supporting projects that foster positive youth development, Dr. Watson has created custom curriculums for large youth organizations, schools, coaching institutions, and for private clients. Through her coaching practice she helps young people discover their purpose and empowering them with the resources and confidence to follow their dreams. Discover more about the many courses, resources, coaching packages, and curriculum design aids that she has developed at findthehiddengem.com.


Curriculum Design

Consulting/Coaching in Curriculum Development

Youth Life Coaching


Doctor of Education in Instruction and Administration (Instructional Systems Design)

Masters of Science in Education (Educational Psychology)

Bachelor of Arts in Communications

Cyndy Etler, MEd, ACC

Substitute Faculty

Cyndy is a certified life coach who holds bachelor’s degrees in English and American Studies and a master’s degree in education. She has been supporting teens professionally for over two decades, first as an alternative school teacher and today as a coach, a writer, and a national speaker. She is the author of two award-winning young adult memoirs, The Dead Inside (Sourcebooks, 2017) and We Can’t Be Friends (Sourcebooks, 2017). Her work has been featured on CNN, HuffPost, NPR, CBS TV, and other outlets. As a professional coach, Cyndy relies on empathy, accessibility and humor to meet clients where they are while ensuring the coaching process is enjoyable. She understands the deep adolescent needs to be heard, respected and supported in realizing self-determination. She frequently draws from ACT principles to help clients move through the barriers between their current reality and their ideal future. She brings passion, levity and accessibility to her role, ensuring that her coaches-in-training are well-prepared and confident in their youth coaching skills. Learn more about her private coaching practice at theteenlifecoach.com.


  • Life and education coaching for teens and young adults aged 14-25
  • Career transition coaching for teachers
  • Life coach training and practicum supervision


  • Master of Education: Concentration in Secondary English
  • Bachelor of English and American Studies
  • Licensed Teacher in English, Special Education and English as a Second Language, grades 6-12
  • Associate Certified Coach