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Management Team

CTI's co-founders and management team all share a common passion and vision for work that is meaningful and has a lasting impact. This common vision has attracted and united world-class professionals that come from a diverse variety of backgrounds who bring their own unique style and strengths to CTI.

Henry Kimsey-House, CPCC
Co-Founder & Director

One of the first professional coaches in the 1980s, Kimsey-House is the Co-founder and lead designer of the thought-provoking, experiential learning programs of CTI and the co-author of Co-Active Coaching, the best-selling industry bible, which is in its third edition. An actor since age nine, Kimsey-House honed his insights into human emotion and the narrative process through classical theatrical training and years of stage, television and film experience. With deep conviction that education should be driven by immersive, contextually based learning and not dry information dumps, Kimsey-House is committed to creating richly engaging and transformative learning environments where retention approaches 80% rather than the traditional 20%. He continues to develop new, innovative curriculum, collaborate with other dynamic thought leaders and is completing a book about transformative leadership. He lives with his wife, Karen Kimsey-House, on the coast of northern California.

Karen Kimsey-House, MFA, CPCC
Co-Founder, CEO & Director

One of the earliest recognized luminaries in the coaching profession, Kimsey-House founded CTI in 1992 with Laura Whitworth and Henry Kimsey-House. They created the Co-Active philosophy of relationship that informs CTI’s world-renowned coaching and leadership programs. She also is the co-author of Co-Active Coaching, the best-selling industry bible, which is in its third edition. A successful entrepreneur, Kimsey-House founded and directed the Learning Annex San Francisco adult education program in 1986 and grew it into one of the most admired programs under the national Learning Annex brand. She received her MFA in Communications and Theater from Temple University in Philadelphia. Committed to pioneering Co-Activity in challenged environments and troubled populations, Kimsey-House continues to lead CTI workshops and is a dynamic keynote speaker around the world. On a mission of global, transformative change, she lives with her husband, Henry Kimsey-House, by the Pacific Ocean.

John Vercelli, MA, CPCC

John is adept at translating complex ideas into easily understood and applied models or tools that have a “practical wisdom” to them.  He designs and delivers corporate leadership development and training programs, conducts team development off-sites, and provides executive coaching. He has worked with manufacturing companies, financial institutions, health care providers, research institutions, government agencies, and defense contractors. John brings a broad academic background and 17 years management experience to working with clients. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Human Biology and Electrical Engineering, and a Master’s degree in Education. His management experience includes design engineering, manufacturing engineering, quality, and production. He is certified to use the Leadership Circle Profile© and is an active member of the International Coach Federation. John lives with his wife in the mountains of northern California where he enjoys hiking, skiing, and kayaking.