Our Team

Our effectiveness is reflected in the diverse leadership experiences of key members of our team.

Greg HiebertGreg Hiebert
Founding PartnerGreg’s commitment to profound change in people and organizations comes from long service as a leader and mentor. His eclectic experience includes West Point, the United States Army, Harvard Business School, Egon Zehnder International, BellSouth and McKinsey & Company. His coaching approach incorporates deeper levels of authentic and courageous dialogue to create conditions for personal and organizational transformation.

Paul Litten

Paul Litten
Founding Partner

Paul brings a strategic and human capital system perspective to our team. Known for his strategic consulting, innovative training and engaging speaking style, he also serves on the faculty of national healthcare collaboratives designed to transform the ICU and the OR. From his experience leading Fortune 100 companies and non-profits, Paul understands the rigors of day to day leadership. His coaching style is energetic, direct and engaging, and highly effective in helping clients sustain performance in their organizations.

Rebecca Henson

Rebecca Henson

Rebecca’s skills in training, team building, conflict management and process consulting are a major asset to leadershipForward clients. Through her work with Kaplan Devries, Inc. and the Center for Creative Leadership she’s helped senior executives become more effective in both their professional and personal lives. She excels at helping mid‑level executives successfully make the transition to senior-level strategic positions. As a coach, Rebecca helps leaders explore and address personal obstacles to excellence.

Dennis O’Neil, PhD

Dr. Dennis O’Neil is a prominent thought leader and subject matter expert on executive coaching and leadership development. He has over 25 years of practical leadership experience at the highest levels of Fortune 500 Companies, the White House, the military, and as a Professor of Strategic Leadership. He has been a trusted executive and advisor providing strategic and analytical guidance to public and non-profit boards, CEOs, senior government and military officials, and multi-national operations. An accomplished executive coach and leadership development expert, Dennis’ training methods inspire individuals and teams to deliver top-tier performances through one-on-one coaching and team engagements.

Janet Drey

Janet Drey
Consultant and Coach

Janet’s experience from developing and leading both ministry and leadership programs has taught her the importance of integrating the principles of spirituality with leadership practice. By deepening awareness and loosening the grip of old habits, leaders are freed to think, relate, and act in more effective and less distracted ways both individually and collectively. They develop different motivations and create new visions and actions. Janet works to engage the spiritual and emotional intelligence of the leaders she coaches.


Michael Montelongo
Senior Advisor

The Honorable Michael Montelongo, is a Senior Advisor at leadershipForward. A Council on Foreign Relations lifetime member and an experienced C-level executive who has led for-profit, public sector, and non-profit organizations, Michael is a former Presidential appointee and Senate-confirmed official. He served as the 19th assistant secretary and CFO of the US Air Force, managing a $120 billion budget and financing two major combat operations. Formerly a soldier, educator, and congressional aide, he completed senior corporate and military assignments across numerous industries.

Michelle Ruiz

Michelle Ruiz
Client Support Manager

Michelle has served as a Client Support Manager for leadershipForward since 2004. She assists clients by administering assessments, scheduling coaching dates, and handling project planning details. Michelle supports the leadershipForward team by handling a multitude of administrative tasks, including data analysis, metrics reporting, and meeting planning.

Dr. Phyllis Watson

Dr. Phyllis Watson

Dr. Watson began her nursing and teaching career in Illinois and acquired extensive experience in oncology, nursing research, nursing education and nursing administration at the Cancer Research Center and the University of Missouri-Columbia. From 1987 to 2007, she served as Chief Nurse Executive at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where she led numerous leading-edge initiatives in patient care quality and safety and nursing/hospital leadership. Her work has appeared widely in peer-reviewed cancer and nursing journals.



“The value leadershipForward brings to the table is not typical of consultants nor leadership coaches. They believe in what they are saying and are seen as a legitimate resource that executives can connect with and learn from.” 

Jack Stephens, CEO
Lakeland Regional Medical Center