Certified Trainers

(Page updated November 2021)

Certified Trainers for
“Training from the BACK of the Room!”

As of November 2021, there are over 375 professional trainers from over a dozen countries world-wide who have been certified/licensed to teach Sharon Bowman’s globally acclaimed, in-person 2-day “Training from the BACK of the Room” (TBR) Practitioner Class, based on the best-selling book by the same name.

Throughout 2020, there were 12 TBR Certified Trainers who worked hundreds of hours together to create the official, 5-module, TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Class.  Along with this original dozen, there are now 17 more TBR Certified Trainers who have completed the VE Certification/Licensing process, for a total of 30 trainers who are licensed to offer both public and private TBR-VE Classes globally.

This page serves as an introduction to many of the active Certified Trainers (listed in alphabetical order). “Active” means that they have presented (or will be presenting) in-person TBR Practitioner Classes or virtual TBR-VE Classes for either public, private, or non-profit organizations. Many also present TBR concepts at national or global conferences. Others offer private TBR programs solely for their own companies and clients. Still others write about TBR for blogs, podcasts, websites, and other online venues.

All Certified Trainers function as independent consultants and, as such, they set their own pricing, venues, and registration information for TBR classes.

Public TBR Practitioner Classes and TBR-VE Classes for 2021 – 2022 are posted on the Public Training Calendar page of this website. If you wish to contact a TBR Certified Trainer for a specific country not listed on this page, please send Sharon an email inquiry at sbowperson@gmail.com.

Active TBR Certified Trainers 

Angela Agresto, Minnesota, USA
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer

Greetings, I’m Angela Agresto, founder and CEO of Agresto Coaching & Training. I am passionate about helping motivated individuals, leaders, and organizations create empowering & engaging environments so that people feel safe to explore, learn, grow, and recognize their true potential. 
As a lifelong learner, I intentionally integrate my creativity, skills, and experience into my work by creating the learning environments needed to inspire lasting transformations. As a TBR Certified Trainer and Professional Coach, I created the new 4Cs Interactive Design Tool called Brain Building Blueprints to help facilitators easily and quickly build their own 4Cs Training Maps using the tips and techniques taught in the TBR Practitioner Class. Feel free to connect with me at https://angelaagresto.com – I look forward to hearing from you!

Jean-Paul Bayley, England
Trainer Certification Course (TCC) Certifier
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certifier
I’m Jean-Paul Bayley,  partner of Actineo Consulting LLP  –  a Business Agility Consultancy. People say that I am a “very competent, good natured facilitator.” I’ve been helping people be the best that they can be for many years. My mission is to share how to create fun, engaging and memorable learning experiences. Using the skills that I have honed during my career as a consultant, coach, and trainer, I now help individuals, teams, and organisations achieve their professional goals. I facilitate processes for organisations and teams that unleash what they know and how they can apply this to get to where they want to be. Be sure to read my blog posts on Sharon’s website: Small Trumps Large when Training Online and When Everything is Suddenly Virtual, as well as others: 3 Anti-Patterns of Training,  Anti-Patterns of Training – Part Two and TBR, Psychological Safety, and C1-Connection Activities. You can follow me on Twitter @jpbayley. I am also a TCC Certifier and a TBR-VE Certifier. For more information about how to become a TBR Certified Trainer, you can email me at jp.bayley@actineo.email.

Audrey Boydston, Greater Chicago Area, Illinois, USA
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer
“I’m Audrey Boydston, an experienced Lean-Agile coach, mentor, trainer, speaker and SAFe Program Consultant with Thoughtful Agile.  I am passionate about the value Agile delivers and focus on facilitating increased collaboration for delivery teams and creating an environment that fosters sustainable transformations.  As a TBR Certified Trainer, my focus is on engaging my audience and creating a love for lifelong learning through each workshop I create and deliver.  I am an avid runner and usually come up with my most unique coaching and facilitation ideas while training for half marathons.  You can find me on LinkedIn or Twitter @Agile_Audrey.

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Tricia Broderick, Colorado, USA
I’m Tricia Broderick, an 
experienced leader, coach, mentor, trainer, and speaker with Agile For All. I’m passionately focused on the facilitation of high-performance software development environment. I bring seventeen years of experience to my training work, including the last eight years of focus with an Agile mindset. I leverage and openly share work experience stories and examples to inspire people, especially managers and leaders, to reach new heights through continuous reflection, both as individuals and as members of innovative teams.  You can follow me on Twitter @t_broderick.

Laurie Brown, Michigan, USA
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer

Hi, I’m Laurie Brown, founder and CEO of Laurie Brown Communications, based in Detroit, Michigan. I work with leaders and teams who want to  communicate more effectively. I have over twenty years of experience training, coaching, speaking and consulting.  I have an international clientele and I have worked on four continents and in numerous countries. My sessions are fun, effective and a safe place where people can learn and grow. You can learn more about me at www.lauriebrown.com – I look forward to connecting with you.

Stephanie Bryant, Nevada, USA
I’m Stephanie Bryant, a TBR Certified Trainer and an Agile coach and consultant. I teach Scrum practices to teams and organizations. I have a background in technical communication and have previously taught English Composition at San Jose State University. In my free time, I play games, knit, and play bass in a punk rock band. I live in Las Vegas, Nevada and you can find me at ritsukolifts.com.

José Casal, Europe & Latin America
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer

I’m José Casal, partner of Actineo Consulting LLP – a Business Agility Consultancy based in the United Kingdom. I have had a long career working as a developer, coach, trainer and facilitator. In a classroom setting, people say that I create “excellent learning environments where people can explore their ideas.” I love setting up creative and safe spaces where people can thrive. My courses manage to combine a balanced blend of scheduled content and unplanned “rabbit holes” led by the needs of the course participants. This makes every class different and this is consistently reflected in the course feedback. You can read my articles on the Actineo Blog, follow me on Twitter and connect on Linkedin.

Chris Conlin, Ohio, USA
I’m Chris Conlin, a TBR Certified Trainer based out of Cincinnati. I love helping people achieve their goals through training and learning. TBR dives into the psychology that allows humans to achieve great things through short teaching moments, and I am passionate about helping people create these. As a long-time trainer of Agile courseware, including much that I have created using the brain principles of TBR, I have learned how to help others create powerful learning environments. I hope you’ll join me in an upcoming class and see for yourself what happens when we change up the traditional approach to learning.


Jeffrey Davidson, Texas, USA
I’m Jeffrey Davidson, a strong people leader with the proven ability to build exceptionally strong teams. I am experienced at coaching staff and teams transitioning to Agile and Lean development methodologies. I am also experienced with strategic planning, including strategy plan development, communication, organizational alignment, and execution. I specialize in quickly developing comprehensive requirements for large software projects as a Senior Business Analyst for Raytheon, Dell, Ebay, and other clients. You can find more information on my website and blog at Good Requirements.

Salah Elleithy, Washington D.C. Metro Area, USA
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer

I am Salah Elleithy, a passionate Agile Coach, Agile Project Manager, Business Analyst. and highly motivated Information Technology (IT) Project Leader. I am also the president and founder of Spark Agility, an Agile company that provides project management, business analysis, and Agile BI (performance metrics) with a focus on Organizational Agility. We help clients in the federal and commercial domains improve project delivery lifecycle through the use of a value driven approach. Please read my article in InfoQ: Applying the 4Cs Map to Enhancing Team Performance.

Shannon Ewan, Illinois, USA
I’m Shannon Ewan, an experienced trainer, facilitator, agile coach, long-time consultant, advocate of empowered teams, and proud team member of ICAgile. I enjoy keeping people on their toes and having them return the favor, not just in value-generating productivity, but in witty banter. I bring nearly two decades of experience to my training work, including agile transformation work in the commercial and government sectors, agile leadership and delivery for software teams, and international project management in the US Peace Corps. Brain-based learning and coaching is my passion. It is the key to happiness in the workplace and sustainable Business Agility. You can follow me on Twitter @ShannonEwan.

Nicole Fleming, Kentucky, USA
Trainer Certification Course (TCC) Certifier
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certifier

I’m Nicole Fleming, co-founder of Fleming Services LLC. I’ve always been fascinated by how people learn and absorb information and now I’m combining two of my passions – teaching and professional development – in order to help people grow. I have observed and helped facilitate hundreds of training classes in a wide variety of formats and venues. Learner interest and engagement have always been major components of all the workshops and classes I facilitate. As a Certified Trainer for “Training from the BACK of the Room,” I take what I have learned from the experts in brain-based instruction and Agile Leadership and apply my own unique perspective and approach to all the training programs I facilitate. I am also a TCC Certifier and a TBR-VE Certifier. For more information about how to become a TBR Certified Trainer, you can email me at nicole@flemingservices.biz.

Teri Frith, Bournemouth, England
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer

I’m Teri Frith, a Bournemouth-based (UK) TBR Certified Trainer.  My career has taken me from teaching in mainstream schools to the world of software development where I work alongside technical specialists at all stages of their careers to grow and develop their technological and leadership skills. I am especially lucky because I have first-hand access to what participants really think about the various technical (and other) training courses they attend, and I apply this feedback in my own training practices alongside the brain science principles. I particularly enjoy running the TBR courses because they are a constant source of delight for participants. Please visit my website at www.TFTraining.co.uk for information about the “Training from the BACK of the Room” classes I offer to private clients in Europe and the UK. 

Natalia Gulchevskaya, Russia
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer
I am Natalia Gulchevskaya, CoFounder of OKR Academy. All my life I have been teaching adults and this is my mission. I’m a PhD in Pedagogical Psychology, professional coach PCC ICF, team coach, Agile and OKR coach, and business trainer. I help companies and teams grow, become more agile and reach the next level. “Training from the BACK of the Room” significantly improved all my training and workshop programs. For more information, you can message me by clicking HERE.

Rune Hansen, Denmark
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer
I am Rune Hansen, founder of Next Level Agile ApS – an Agile Consultancy. I am an experienced Agile coach, facilitator, and trainer with a passion for releasing human potential in creating awesome solutions. I have a strong track record of designing learning environments that are characterized by trust, cooperation, and continuous learning. As a trainer, I am creative and interactive and I help others to design interactive and engaging learning experiences. I have helped 40+ teams start their Agile journey in technologies ranging from mainframe to mobile apps, across a wide range of industries and countries.

Shane Hastie, New Zealand
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer

I’m Shane Hastie, the Director of Agile Learning Programs for ICAgile. I’m based in New Zealand and work all around the world. I’m an ardent Agilist and have been a professional trainer & coach for the last 15 years.  I firmly believe that the humanistic way of working and the agile mindset are desperately needed in organisations all around the globe today, and I use TBR to help people “get” what it means to really BE agile.  Taking agile values and principles beyond software is important and making sure they are properly embedded is absolutely crucial for success – we’re in an industry that touches every aspect of people’s lives and massively influences society as a whole and I want to be a part of making sure that industry is both ethical and sustainable.  I am the Lead Editor for Culture & Methods on InfoQ.com and the host of the InfoQ Engineering Culture podcast.

Mat Hayes, Coventry, UK
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer
Hi, I’m Mat Hayes. I am a training consultant, executive coach, and I’m also very active in the Agile community. I love improvisation, mindfulness and listening to people. I love to bring a sense of kindness and playfulness in whatever I do. The moment I came across TBR I just knew it was going to be a passion of mine. My favourite thing to do is create immersive and interesting workshop and mixing things up as much as possible. TBR has quite literally changed my life! I am trained to deliver TBR in person or virtually, and I’m always happy to help others with their workshops by building their ideas. You can find me at Mat Hayes Coaching.

Matthew Hughes, Missouri, USA
I’m Matthew Hughes, a transformation coach who partners with product and engineering leaders, managers, and teams to identify and implement the exact changes organizations want and need. I love helping organizations overcome their most stubborn obstacles so they can unleash their creativity, innovation and passion for improving outcomes and experiences. I model and teach how to ask great questions, make learning and work fun via brain-based practices, share what we know, actively listen and embrace feedback, uphold our agreements, engage in healthy conflict, and celebrate the entire journey. You can find out more about what I do on my website at Matthew Hughes Consulting.

Anil Jaising, Greater New York City Area, USA
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer

I am
Anil Jaising and I lead Concepts & Beyond, an Agile, DevOps and organizational change training and consulting firm. My role is focused on Agile, product management, and organizational change. I am also charged with changing mindsets of senior executives and teams. From the beginning of my career in 1993, I realized that if I wanted my audience to experience and learn new ideas, I had to deliver impactful presentations and facilitate them effectively. “Training from the BACK of the Room” has dramatically changed how I deliver my workshops and the impact it has made on my audiences, both in-person and now in the Virtual Edition. I had the rare opportunity to contribute in the creation of the TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Class with other great trainers from around the world. You can reach me HERE  or on Twitter @aniljaising.

Kriti Jaising, Greater New York City Area, USA
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer

Hi, my name is Kriti Jaising Founder & CEO of Concepts & Beyond. I am a facilitative trainer and instructional designer. I believe in making learning fun and “Training from the BACK of the Room” gives me the ability and framework to transform any learning material into an interactive & engaging experience. I had the rare opportunity to contribute in creating the TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Class with Sharon and 11 other great trainers from around the world. I have over 25 years of experience in advertising, traditional & digital marketing, consumer research, events management and training. I’ve also implemented the values of TBR into sales, consumer research, and education, thus improving the quality of learning as a whole. You can follow me on Twitter @Kriti Jaising and connect on LinkedIn HERE.


Thorsten Kalnin, Germany
I’m Thorsten Oliver Kalnin and I’m a business and executive coach (SoC), Co-Active Coach (CTI), professional facilitator, Communication Scout, StrategicPlay, and facilitator and Certified Trainer for “Training from the BACK of the Room!” 
I work with companies, teams, and eager individuals to unleash their full potential. I accompany and facilitate change initiation, coach individuals, and change the world a tiny little bit for the better every single day.

Julian Kea, Germany
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer
I’m Julian Kea, a serious games facilitator, consultant and coach based in Berlin. As an experiential learning enthusiast, I believe in the power of co-creation and highly interactive learning approaches. Besides “Training from the BACK of the Room,” my toolset includes Agile Classrooms, LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®, Thiagi’s Interactive Training and Teaching Strategies and Open Space Agility, just to name a few. My background in business and education equip me with the skills to design and hold spaces, where participants can exchange ideas authentically, develop mutual understanding and strengthen collaboration. My mantra is “Rediscover Learning. Work Smarter.”
You can find me on Twitter @kiLearning.

Matt Khodadad, Florida, USA
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer
I’m Matt Khodadad and I’m dedicated to helping people discover the key to their inner-self and empowering them to unlock their true potential. I am an Enterprise Agility Transformation leader of a Fortune 500 company and a results-driven professional with deep Agility and business transformation experience. I’ve spent my career helping individuals and organizations move from a fixed mindset to a culture that has transformed into a growth mindset. I’ve traveled the world and have lived and worked in Western Europe, the Middle East, and North America. I’ve worked with engineering, government agencies, the US Department of Defense, and private equity organizations. Outside of work, I research and study and serve my family by helping them to be healthy, confident, and joyful. You can learn more about me at www.humdevcoaching.com.

Sivakumar Padmanaban, Tamilnadu, India
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer

I am Sivakumar Padmanaban, Founder of Coach2Reach. I am an experienced mentor, trainer & professional coach. I was introduced to TBR a few years ago and now all my training programs through ICAgile and the International Coaching Federation are designed using TBR. I have over 21 years of career experience in Scrum/Kanban/Scaled Agile/Project Management. I have worked in multicultural environments in various countries, including India, the USA, Australia, and the UAE. I have trained students in Agile Coaching, Enterprise Coaching, Professional Coaching, Scrum, Kanban & Scaled Agile. For more information, you can message me on LinkedIn.

Kelly Pfeiffer, South Carolina, USA
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer
I’m Kelly Pfeiffer, owner of Go Interactive Training with expertise in active learning, social-emotional learning and experiential facilitation methods. As a trainer and training designer, I’ve been integrating TBR strategies into my training work since 2006. I love the challenge of taking a typically boring training topic and breathing life into it through the learner-centered training design taught in “Training from the Back of the Room.” Currently, I facilitate face-to-face training programs and I also work with companies to improve their training design. My work is mostly with adults, but I’ve also used TBR strategies with children as young as seven to teach writing through movement and brain based strategies. I regularly tweet at @GoInteractiveKP.

Dana Pylayeva, New York, USA
I am Dana Pylayeva, the founder and CEO of Agile Play Consulting. I love everything that helps to engage people I train or the teams I coach – Agile games, Open Space Technology, LEGO and (you guessed it!) “Training from the BACK of the Room!” In fact, after taking the course with Sharon, I completely redesigned my training programs. I am also the author of “Introduction to DevOps with Lego, Chocolate and Scrum Game.” I’ve trained teams in the US, Canada, Ireland, Japan and the UK, and everywhere people enjoy being engaged in the classes –  staying alert and focused as well as having fun while learning. 

Shyam Kishore Kuppu Rao, Virginia, USA
My name is
Shyam Kishore Kuppu Rao a.k.a Shyam. I work with a secondary mortgage lending company headquartered in Virginia, USA. I am an Agile/Scrum coach and I help with the transformation of legacy systems, processes, workflow, culture, and most importantly the company/people mindset. I was introduced to TBR a year ago and it fascinated me to a very great extent, so I completed the TBR Practitioner Class and then pursued the TCC Certification as well so that I can help others create training programs that last a lifetime. I am proud to be a part of the initiative Coach2Reach where we have designed all our training using TBR and brain-based learning techniques. Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn or follow me on Twitter @shyamkishorek.

Evelien Roos, Netherlands
TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Certified Trainer
I am Evelien Acun-Roos, and I work at Xebia Academy. I am a professional Scrum trainer for Scrum.org and a certified trainer for “Training From the Back of the Room” and also for the TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Class. Working in the Agile environment for 11 years has given me great insights, learnings and experiences in Agile and Scrum and I have been transferring that to Scrum Teams, their surrounding environments and their management. I love to get teams get teams up and running and then help them continuously improve. Since I have learned about TBR, my training courses are filled with brain-based learning activities. For more information about me you can visit www.evelienroos.nl , follow me HERE or on Twitter @evelienroos2, Instagram @scrumboosters or Tiktok @scrumboosters.

CT Authors of TBR Blogs, Podcasts, and Articles

Victor Bonacci, California, USA
I’m IT specialist and avid Agile Coach Vic Bonacci. In 2012, I created Agile Coffee for the purpose of bringing together the local Agile/Lean community around a focal point of conversations. As more trainer/coaches joined this online community, they exchanged many creative ideas – and consumed a lot of coffee! My use of the moniker “Agile Coffee” owes as much to the Lean Coffee (and What is Lean Coffee?) movement as to my own love for the roasted bean. You can find my 
podcast about “Training from the BACK of the Room” on Sharon’s blog HERE and on my blog HERE.

Ed Buhain

Ed Buhain, Washington D.C. Metro Area, USA
I’m IT specialist Ed Buhain. With over 15 years of professional experience in software development and technical project management, I have seen and suffered through the pitfalls of poorly designed and poorly written software. So I enjoy using cutting-edge technology to solve problems and to teach/train/coach others. I also apply my expertise to professional software development and technical project management (and to personal interests like home improvement and cooking!). I am a “technical overachiever” at InfernoRed Technology. You can visit my blog there, and find me on LinkedIn.
 You can also find my guest-post on Sharon’s blog: Terrible Technical Talks (and How to Avoid Giving Them).

Torsten Werchmeister Hansen, Denmark
I’m Torsten Werchmeister Hansen. As an experienced coach, facilitator and trainer, I have helped companies and teams in Scandinavia, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the USA have deeper and more meaningful conversations at training events, in workshops and in everyday meetings. I believe most of what we do at work involves an element of learning; therefore, I am excited to be able to share my own “Training from the BACK of the Room” experience at courses in Denmark and elsewhere. My blog on Sharon’s website is titled: 5 Considerations for Remote Class Delivery.


Bob Hartman, Colorado, USA
I’m known by friends as “Agile Bob” because I bring over 30 years of experience and broad industry knowledge and was a very early adopter of Agile processes and principles. I’ve served in almost every role in the software industry; consequently, I have deep expertise in training, coaching and mentoring across all areas of Agile development. The following article I wrote was before I become a Certified Trainer for “Training from the BACK of the Room!” I think you’ll find the article an informative and interesting “back-story” to TBR:
Adventures in Accelerated Learning.

LucaLuca Minudel, England
I am Agile Coach Luca Minudel and the founder and CEO of the company SmHarter“SmHarter” is the fusion of two words: “Smart” (working and improving with intelligence and mastery), and “Heart” (using collaboration, purpose, passion, and creativity to delight customers and learners). I passionately believe that “smart” and “heart” are two key ingredients of any successful learning organization. I have combined my own “smart-heart” passion with “Training from the BACK of the Room!” Please see my slide presentation on Sharon’s blog: Draft Your Next Training Course with Ideas from TBR.

Amir Peled, Romania 
I’m Amir Peled,an enthusiastic and energetic Agile Coach with over 7 years of practicing Agile and more than 18 years of project management experience. I have successfully aided organisations in their Agile journey to either adopt or improve their use of Scrum and other Agile frameworks both in troubled projects and new ones. Companies which benefited from my coaching services were of various sizes, from start-ups to multinationals, with diverse backgrounds such as public transport, rail, IT (infrastructure and software development) and banking. Please read my blog post on Sharon’s website titled: A Different Approach to Teaching.

Miquel Rodriguez, Spain
I’m Miquel Rodriguez, an experienced Trainer and Consultant working at Netmind, a Spanish IT Training & Consulting company (that does makes sense, doesn’t it?). I’ve dedicated my career to help organizations get the most out of their IT projects and teams. Currently I’m focused on working with large enterprises to lead organizational improvements and agile transformations. I love TBR since the moment I first heard about it and read the books. When I became a TBR Certified Trainer, I created a Course Design Canvas for the TBR course (feel free to download it here). I also write articles at Netmind’s Knowledge Center.  You can follow me on Twitter @miquelrodriguez

Paul Tevis, California, USA
I’m Paul Tevis, founder and CEO of Vigemus Consulting (which  is Latin for “Together We Thrive”).  As a coach and facilitator, I have more than a dozen years experience in helping leaders foster effective change in their organizations, in both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. I partner with technical leaders who want to work as effectively with people as they do with technology. I also present virtual workshops on remote facilitation and techniques for making the most with meetings in general. Recently, I was a guest on Vic Bonacci’s Agile Coffee Podcast. You can find me on Twitter @PTevis.

Emily Webber, England
I’m Agile Coach and Consultant Emily Webber and the author of Building Successful Communities of Practice. I work with learning organizations and Agile development in the business world. As part of my TBR certification, I created a short, image-rich, informative slide presentation that brings together many of the TBR concepts. You can find my slide presentation 5 Tips for Trainers on Sharon’s blog.


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