Meet Our Team


Otto Siegel
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Susanna Lange
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Ivan Apers
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Kandy
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Mary Ray
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Joanne Gorelick
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Otto Siegel, MCC, M.Ed.
Certified Genius Coach, Author,
Transformational Speaker

“Genius is Simplicity beyond Complexity”

 

 

Professional Summary

Otto is best known for his passionate and precise approach to exploring and developing hidden brilliance and suppressed intelligence as creative assets in individuals and organizations. He is a nationally known expert on genius and innovation who has transformed the lives of his clients as a coach, speaker and co-author of “Yes, You Are a Genius – Whether You Know it or Not”.

During the past decade he created The Genius Profile™, a revolutionary new method to evaluate human brilliance and utilize it in executive leadership teams and forward thinking families. With his strong background in science and education he applies the physiology of high performance to profoundly improve the lives and upgrade the careers of his clients.

Since 2002 his company Genius Coaching, LLC has been partnering with Fortune 500 companies, progressive business owners, educational institutions and families of bright children on practical creative innovation, team transformation and top talent retention through genius leadership.

Otto’s Client List Includes

  • Oracle
  • Dell Computers
  • IBM Tucson and San Jose
  • McKesson

Key Accomplishments

  • Founder and CEO of Genius Coaching, LLC in Scottsdale, AZ (2002)
  • Started first “Paedagogische Praxis” in Germany for bright children with learning difficulties (1994)
  • Founded the Institute for Biology of Learning in Germany and Scottsdale, AZ (1994)
  • Traveled with his friend from Munich to India through Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan in his own VW bus
  • Participated in the Olympic Games in Mexico City (1968)
  • Lived for 7 years in Sao Paulo/Brazil as an Educational Consultant for the German Government and initiated international student exchange program with Germany

Education

  • M.Ed. in Education, Biology and Chemistry from the University of Munich/Germany (1975)
  • Certified Human Behavior Specialist with Nobel Laureate Dr. Konrad Lorenz in Germany (1972)
  • Certified Behavioral Analyst with TTI  (2002)
  • Master Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (2007)

Areas of Proficiency

  • Executive leadership coaching
  • Strength-based team development
  • Upgrading company cultures
  • Highly intelligent business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Coaching families with bright but unhappy children
  • Innovative coaching program design and facilitation
  • Public speaking
  • Leadership training for teachers

Hobbies and Passions

  • Unlimited life experience
  • International travel
  • Downhill skiing
  • Fitness & healthy gourmet eating
  • Reading, art, & music

 


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Susanna Lange
Certified Genius Coach

Professional Summary

Knowing the power of strength-based performance, Susanna has embraced her own strengths and translated them into a successful career in account management with multi-million dollar accounts in Germany and the United States.

At the same time, Susanna has helped hundreds of children and adults overcome learning challenges and discover their own individual strengths as a foundation for a successful life and career. As part of Genius Coaching, LLC. Susanna has been co-developing the Genius Profile ™and the Genius Accelerator program – the most comprehensive and powerful programs for strength-based performance in today’s market place.

Key Accomplishments and Experience

  • Overcome dyslexia and became successful in a corporate career as well as with Genius Coaching, LLC.
  • Since 1994, used Fit-for-Learning model to help hundreds of children and adults in the U.S. and Germany overcome learning difficulties and behavior challenges such as dyslexia and ADHD
  • Help people get their school and personal careers back on track.
  • Contributed to significant culture shifts from mistrust and disagreement to team collaboration using Genius Coaching program for small and midsize corporations — culture changes have impacted revenue growth, employee turnover rate, and leadership effectiveness
  • Co-created 2 powerful coaching programs that have helped hundreds of children and adults in educational and professional settings make quantum leaps in their performance
  • Helped many women age 50+ get their lives back on track after drastic changes such as divorce, lay-offs, or getting back to work
  • 15+ years of experience as account manager with information services contracts for the pharmaceutical industry, advertising projects for companies such as BMW and managing live concerts for German folk music stars
  • 15+ years of account management, handling multi-million dollar accounts
  • 10+ years of family and leadership coaching and program development as part of Genius Coaching in the U.S. and ‘Paedagogische Praxis’ in Germany

 Education

  • Certified Professional Coach from the International Coach Academy
  • Bachelor’s degree in Japanese Science from the University of Munich/Germany
  • Certified in Brain Gym and Educational Kinesiology in Munich/Germany in 1994

Hobbies and Passion

  • People Unlimited Member – ending separation between people to build an environment for unlimited human living
  • Horse-back riding – “My horse, Lucky, is my ‘therapist.’ He helps me keep my feet on the ground when my mind goes a million miles per hour.”
  • Arts, architecture, interior design, fashion, international traveling

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Ivan Apers

Certified Genius Coach

“The human body is a work of art”

Professional Summary

For over 25 years, Ivan has been working with families and in schools, teaching dancing, performing, and fitness.

Starting his career in Belgium, he has been recognized to have the natural gift of easily engaging and inspiring children.

Personal Accomplishments 

  • Moved to Arizona in 2006 to start a brand new life
  • Started his own company, Inspiring to Change, in 2007
  • At age 12, performed break-dance in Regional Fair and won
  • Imitated Elvis Presley’s dance move at age 5, Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie at age 14
  • Broke 2 discs in his back in a work accident and was told he couldn’t ever do sports again. Has completely recovered, teaches kickboxing, fitness classes, and dance
  • Learned Muaythai boxing from watching TV

Client List

  • Personal clients in Scottsdale and Phoenix
  • TMF Belgium
  • El Dorado Private School
  • AZ on The Rocks

Experience

  • Professional dancer and instructor for 25 years, specialized in working with teenagers and families
  • Certified Personal Trainer for 25 years
  • Worked for Belgium’s known fitness chain GoFit (1998-2004)
  • Top printer for Chesepeake Corp (1997-2006)

Education

  • Certified Personal Trainer in 1998
  • Certified Genius Coach in 2011
  • Degree in cooking in 1990. Cooked for 500 people in the Belgium army
  • Specialty in Muaythai boxing, trained with the best in Belgium, Daniella Somers (2000-2005)

Hobbies and Passions

“My biggest passion is people. Every person on earth deserves the best life, full of joy, and it starts with our kids.”

  • Muaythai boxing, weight training, tennis, NBA, snowboarding
  • Riding my motorcycle and sports car
  • Making people laugh and be happy
  • Going on vacations and discovering new places
  • Music and dancing
  • My dog, Spicy

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Kandy

Kandy’s Responsibilities as Otto’s Personal Assistant

  • Client Greeting
  • Emotional Support for Children and Adults

Kandy’s Accomplishments as a Greeter

For over 2 years, Kandy has been assisting Otto in making his clients feel more comfortable. This is essential because when children first enter the office, they might feel nervous, insecure, or worried that they are seeing Otto to be ‘fixed.’  Kandy dispels these fears — she connects well with the children, she welcomes them, and she tells them with her excitement that they are very much liked. She helps them to relax and be themselves, and since Genius Coaching is all about being yourself, Kandy is an asset to the team. She is a genius because she has developed a sense for kids who like or dislike dogs. She will only greet those who feel comfortable with her. If children are afraid of dogs or just simply don’t like them, she will stay back and leave all the greeting to Otto.

Kandy’s Accomplishments as an Emotional Support Dog

Kandy comforts clients of all ages when they confront intense emotions.  During the genius coaching process, children might feel overwhelmed, inadequate, or pressure from school or their family.  They might need a short break from the coaching session exercises. Kandy helps in these situations by playing with them for a couple of minutes or by laying next to their feet as a security. Kandy’s genius is timing, and she provides much needed support when clients face challenges. She knows exactly when to step in and who she can help. At the same time, she knows when to stay away. She effectively supports the coaching process by putting clients at ease within a few minutes.  She treats everyone with respect, and she cares for their emotional well-being.


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Joanne Gorelick

Certified Genius Coach

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Professional Summary

Joanne has been an Educational Professional for over 30 years. She started her career in Special Education in Wisconsin in 1980 and continued for 11 years. With a major career shift to the retail arena at Marshall Fields in Milwaukee, she began as a Sales Associate. Within a year, she was promoted to Assistant Manager of Housewares and later to Supervisor of Bridal / Gift registry which continued for 11 years. She moved to Phoenix in 2002 and obtained multiple insurance licenses. She then worked at several different insurance companies. In 2006 she joined a major insurance company as a customer service representative. Using this as a platform, she was promoted to the position of Corporate Trainer in 2008. With her love and passion for people, learning, teaching, and making sure her students have that “a-ha” moment, she looks forward to the next phase in life as a Certified Genius Coach.

Key Accomplishments and Experience

  • Home-schooled from 5th grade through 12th grade and graduated from college with Honors
  • Educated students with special needs (Kindergarten-6th grade) for 11 years in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
  • Created “The Milwaukee Fan Club for the Singing Sinatras” at age 16.  As President of this club, she received numerous letters and autographed photographs from Frank Sinatra
  • Performed professionally as a singer and actress in over 50 operas, operettas, and musicals
  • Became a corporate trainer within 2 years, responsible for training 5 products with a major insurance company

Education

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, May 1980

Areas of Proficiency

  • Evaluation particular needs of students and customizing instructional style to meet those needs
  • Strong ability to empathize with those struggling to learn new things
  • Endless patience to help guide individuals to new discoveries

Hobbies and Passions

  • Music and theatre, both as an audience member and performer

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Mary Ray

“Genius is not so much accomplishment of creative cleverness, but more the art of refined clarity and purposeful order…”  – Unknown

Professional Summary

A professional variety of experiences in accounting, sales, management,  sewing, and teaching have created Mary’s career history. She passionately supports students and adults in discovering their true talents and strengths, while effectively incorporating Genius Coaching methods into teaching environments.  Her caring and empathetic style creates a strong connection with her clients, encouraging deeper reflection and meaningful breakthroughs.

Experience

  • Retail and Direct Sales – 7 years
  • Accounting and office management – 9 years
  • Home decor seamstress – 4 years
  • Teaching – 7 years
  • Genius Coaching – 1 year

Key Accomplishments

  • Actively managed accounts receivable department for a national vehicle locating company.  Also, corresponded with eight national office and assisted owner with hiring
  • Effectively improved sales for a hardware company
  • Designed and constructed Home Decor accessories for interior design clients
  • Palomino Elementary School – taught kindergarten and first grade
  • Milestones Charter School –  Special Education Instructor
  • Completed 37  Genius Coaching sessions
  • Phoenix Country Day School –  taught a course in discovering learning styles and strengths for 6  – 9th grade students in 2013

Education

  • University of Arizona – graduated with a degree in Clothing and Textiles
  • UCLA – studied Fabric design
  • Scottsdale Community College Teacher Certification
  • Genius Coaching Certification Scottsdale, 2013

Hobbies and Passions

  • Dancing
  • Art
  • Sewing
  • Nature & hiking
  • Spiritual growth

 


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