Meet Our Team
Our team is committed to providing you with Coaching For All Of Life™. Our coaches, Kate Knaul and j Miranda are experienced and ready to help you navigate your path forward with support, compassion, and encouragement.
Kate credits her career in education to her parents - a math teacher and an electrician-turned-teacher, as well as a profoundly transformative experience studying abroad in France with a Rotary Foundation Scholarship between high school and college. Not drawn into the classroom, instead she pursued implementing student learning experiences outside the classroom. Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Hamilton College and a master’s degree in international education from the School for International Training.
In her 17 years of working in higher education at Washington & Lee University in Virginia and DePauw University in Indiana, most recently as associate dean in academic affairs at DePauw, Kate has directed study abroad, research, and career centers, supporting students to discover their passions and engage in the world around them. She’s worked with countless students and adults - from the US and countries around the world - on resumes, cover letters, graduate school applications, personal essays, and scholarship applications. She has led the merger and development of new organizational units, managed financial and administrative operations, and led countless staff retreats and trainings.
Through it all, however, she has held closely the time and devotion to working individually with others as they discover their passions and interests and set concrete goals to achieving them. Kate says the most fun and rewarding work took place the seven years she worked with students applying to nationally competitive scholarships, most notably the Fulbright US Student Program. This work included helping students find their voice, articulate all they had done as well as their hopes and aspirations, putting it all together as one would a puzzle. The result? Incredibly powerful personal essays and students’ soaring confidence about who they are and the direction of their life. And seven consecutive years of being a top producer of Fulbright awards.
What I do now
Originally from Auburn in the Fingerlakes region of New York, Kate found her home in Greencastle, Indiana after meeting her husband Tim, a professor of Geoscience at DePauw University who grew up in California and came to Indiana after completing his PhD at Stanford University. She is active in the community, currently serving with The Greencastle Civic League to improve the life and beauty of Greencastle, as well as on the Scholarship and Educational Advancement Committee at the Putnam County Community Foundation. She's excited to serve as an independent educational consultant and career coach helping individuals pursue their academic and career goals. In her spare time, she provides strategy and leadership consulting to non-profit organizations, helps raise money for community projects, bakes dozens and dozens of lemon rosemary scones for friends, and routinely finds her inner child with her husband and two daughters, Zoe and Tessa.
In my first coaching class back in 2003, I remember being asked to introduce myself from the space of being (who I am), not doing (what I do). The first thought that came to mind is “I aspire to be a healing presence”. Healing presence defines my work. I don’t heal people. Instead, I facilitate the natural physical, emotional, and spiritual healing that comes from within. I am a guide who walks alongside the natural, healing journey.
Like many people, I’ve worn a lot of hats in my lifetime. I’ve had the opportunity to walk through the world as an educator, a musician, a CIO, a university administrator, and some other roles that have informed my work and deepened my learning. The unifying theme of my past experience, my present work, and my future goals is that of service—service in the form of abiding presence, deep and heartfelt listening, and the passion to support those in search of a meaningful life or end of life experience.
What I do now
So now, you might be wondering what exactly I do. As a coach, I listen, ask questions, and help you navigate whatever transition you are undertaking. I help you understand the strengths on which you can draw and help you identify your resources. As a Reiki Master and sound healer, I understand the body’s ability to come to the center and advocate for your wellness through energetic means. Whether life coaching or end of life coaching; Reiki or sound healing, I am your guide.
As a lifelong learner, I am dedicated to quality training and ongoing personal and professional development. I earned my professional coaching credential in 2005 as a Certified Professional Coactive Coach through the Coaches Training Institute and have maintained an independent coaching practice ever since. Just this year, I certified as an End of Life Coach through Coaching at End of Life and look forward to specifically supporting dying and grieving individuals. My understanding of the body’s ability to heal led me to be certified as a Reiki Master Teacher through Heart Spirals in 2010. I provide individual Reiki sessions and Reiki classes and I share my Reiki gift as a hospice volunteer.