Elevate Your Potential Through Coaching

Elevate Your Potential Through Coaching

We have served as coaches and coach trainers for over 30 years. In that time, we have seen our clients elevate their potential in both their personal and professional lives.

Excellent Coaching Produces Sustainable Transformation That Brings Hope to the World

This is why we have devoted our time to training coaches who understand the human condition and appreciate all that it takes for sustained change. It is also why numerous organizations have used Blue Mesa Coaching to develop internal coaching capability.

We are a constellation of former senior executives and leaders with experience spanning industries and continents. We have learned that no matter what the goal, obstacle, or conflict, people are the most important variable determining organizational success or failure. Coaching promotes strategic thinking about people – valuing them as human resources. The result is individual and organizational resilience and achievement.




Patricia Barlow, MCC

President and Founding Partner

Pat Barlow is a sought-after executive coach and a thought leader in her field, thanks to her MCC credential from the International Coaching Federation and the collected lessons of years spent in business leadership.

The unquestionable result of Pat’s knowledge, diligence, and passion is empowerment of individuals, teams, and organizations to reach their full potential.

Pat has become adept at translating her acquired wisdom into the practical advancement of business and cultural competence for leaders.

As an executive HR leader for both Merck and Citigroup, Pat gathered experience spanning cultures, industries, organizations, and financial climates. She balanced external business objectives–sales, profits, and growth–with the internal conditions necessary for success–skilled leadership, clear objectives, and strong corporate cultures–on six continents.

She has been at the forefront of divestitures and acquisitions, diversity leadership, organizational and team development, strategic planning, labor negotiations, senior executive consulting, and leadership assessment and development. She is pleased to put the broad sweep of her accumulated knowledge at the disposal of her coaching clients.

Pat is the President and a Founding Partner of Blue Mesa Coaching, an executive coaching and consulting firm based in Fort Collins, Colorado, providing executive coaching and leadership training through the creation of assessments and processes customized to allow each client to achieve desired results and growth.


Micki McMillan, M.Ed., MCC

CEO and Founding Partner

Micki is a teacher of coaches. She brings her diverse experience as an operations executive and an international executive coach to all aspects of Blue Mesa Coaching. She is an ICF Assessor, approved Mentor Coach, Chair of the ICF Global Training Board, and co-director for the Transformational Coaching Program. She integrates lessons from her personal study of nature and science with Blue Mesa Coaching.



Karen Romero, BSN, MBA, PCC

Karen brings a comprehensive healthcare and information technology leadership background to Blue Mesa Coaching. She is a dedicated partner with corporate clients aspiring to large-scale organizational transformation and process improvement and individuals, desiring personal, professional growth.  Karen is a practicing yogi and student of meditation, bringing an east meets west approach to Blue Mesa Coaching.


Janna West Kowalski, MS, ACC

Janna West Kowalski brings more than 20 years of experience leading, coaching, and training in government, health, and academic sectors. She currently serves as a faculty member and coach for Blue Mesa Coaching and the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL). Janna is also grateful to coach leaders and emerging leaders to support them in achieving their personal and professional development goals.


Craig Wright MD, ACC

Craig brings over 20 years of experience as a healthcare- and physician-executive to his coaching.  He has held several operational and corporate level positions, and now finds passion in coaching leaders to develop personally and professionally in complex environments. He especially enjoys working with emerging and senior level managers who are in growth phases or transitions. Craig is a board certified Family Physician who lives in Portland, Oregon.



Abby Veliquette, Ph.D., PCC

Abby is a dynamic teacher and skilled coach who loves helping others root down into their values so that they can take on new challenges. She draws on ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector, managing volunteer training, recruitment, and retention. She also serves as an instructor in Organizational Communication and Business at Colorado State University.



Jason Veliquette, MA, PCC

Jason is an energetic leader who brings out the best  in others.  During the decade he spent leading volunteer teams in a large non-profit organization, he developed skills  as a leader, coach, teacher and speaker. Jason is the program manager of the Transformational Coaching Program, and an approved Mentor Coach with ICF. He loves his work as a leadership coach and consultant, and he has a knack for identifying the strengths and challenges of leaders who seek to become their best.



Alayna Felder, MBA, ACC

Alayna is an experienced and dynamic HR leader and coach with nearly 10 years of expertise as a business partner, specializing in coaching and advising leaders, and managing retention and engagement. Alayna’s passion lies in helping individuals navigate their thoughts to find their “a-ha” moments. She currently serves as the Sr. Manager of Employee Relations and Engagement at Snooze A.M. Eatery.