Making the world a better place one extraordinary leader at a time.
- Executive Coaching—be an extraordinary leader, through all kinds of change
- Emotional Intelligence—it’s all about relationships, we’ll help you get better at them
- 360 Feedback—find out where to focus your energy for the best impact
- Team Coaching—help your teams act like teams
- Online Education & Community—launching in October 2017—stay energized with monthly webinars, case studies, and community conversations
Meet our Coaches
The coaches at Best Practice, Inc are incredibly experienced. Combined, they have been doing this work for over 80 years…long before it was called executive coaching. And, like our clients, they continue to evolve their skills and stay current through consistent, ongoing education and training.
Our processes are modeled on the both/and approach, after our founder, Sherryl T. Christie. Sherryl is fearless in her coaching, unwilling to compromise results by sugar-coating feedback or failing to tackle the tough issues or tall egos. At the same time, her genuine warmth and care for the client—as a person first—is at the heart of each coaching partnership. We believe these two must co-exist to help strong leaders continue to grow.
Sherryl T. Christie, MCC — Founding President/Master Coach
If you want to take your leadership to the next level and are ready to make a profound transformation, Sherryl is the master coach to guide you there.
Her decades of training and experience, her wide array of tools, plus her uncanny gift to carefully observe human interaction and spot the most relevant behaviors inhibiting growth and leadership enable Sherryl to highly customize the coaching experience.
She holds two Master Coach certifications—one from the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara and the other from the International Coach Federation (ICF). In 2017, she will complete requirements for her diploma in Coaching Supervision from the Coaching Supervision Academy in London.
A true expert, she gets to meaningful results faster. She has helped develop leaders in organizations such as REI, Costco, Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind, Puget Sound Energy, GE Healthcare, and Apple.
As a dedicated ally and confidant for her clients, Sherryl is known for her direct, honest feedback; deep insightfulness; and a genuine care for her clients’ well-being. She lives on Whidbey Island in Washington’s Puget Sound.
Sam Magill, MCC — Master Coach/Coach Supervisor
Sam is masterful at helping clients discover their own in-the-moment behavior and to establish clear visions of where and how they want to be. He is both pragmatic and visionary…grounded in the practicalities of science and business (earning a degree in biology and an MBA) and skilled in the art of observation and meaningful reflection, as a poet and photographer.
For the last 30 years, Sam has worked with individuals, small teams, and employee groups as large as 1200. Whether he is supervising other coaches, facilitating resolution of group to group conflict, or helping executives de-role and/or re-role as a result of organizational change, Sam’s calm and reassuring demeanor, deep listening, and wise interventions create environments in which people have the conversations that enable long-lasting shifts in perspectives and behaviors. He thrives on helping create and sustain honest organizations.
An avid learner, Sam holds a diploma in Coaching Supervision through the Coaching Supervision Academy in London, is a Master Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation, and has earned numerous certifications in a variety of tools and assessments. As a skilled mentor and facilitator, Sam taught coaching at the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, and currently teaches Coaching Supervision at the Coaching Supervision Academy in the UK, the US, and France (speaking French fluently).
Christy Tonge — Senior Coach/Host of Leaders Get Real Podcast Series
Christy believes that taking one’s leadership to the next level is an “inside out” process. Her coaching with leaders is both reflective and results-oriented, helping them become better versions of themselves. She guides leaders to combine character strengths, competence, and personal connection for greater impact on their organizations…and in their lives.
Leaders Get Real, a podcast series she has recently launched, features stories of inspiration and insight by people--and for people--leading with purpose, passion, and authenticity. In the series she interviews best-selling authors and organizational leaders who are currently “in the trenches.”
Among other roles, Christy has been a Director of Product Development and Senior Consultant with the Tom Peters Company and as Product Manager at the global firm GP Strategies. In those positions, she has led the launch of an array of products and collaborated closely with best-selling authors to develop leadership tools based on their books. Christy earned her undergraduate degree and a Masters from Stanford University. She is a TILT certified Coach Practitioner among other certifications.
Leaders from Facebook, LinkedIn, Visa, Yahoo, Disney, Salesforce, Brocade, PG&E, Lucasfilm, Gilead, Dolby and Charles Schwab have all benefited from Christy’s strategically oriented, high-energy and thoughtful approach to executive coaching, facilitating, speaking, and consulting.
Christy loves skiing, hiking and the outdoors. She also enjoys cultural experiences, and took a half year service adventure around the world with her husband and 2 kids, living in India, Kenya and Honduras.
Meet the Rest of the Team
Joy Lynn Broughton — Executive Assistant/Office Manager
Joy Lynn is an organizer extraordinaire. She is the “front office” interface with our clients and she is the owner of the calendars—managing both the master corporate calendar and Sherryl’s schedule.
In addition to scheduling, she will do “anything and everything administrative” to help meet clients’ needs. She manages client information, data & reporting, email correspondence, contracts & licensing, presentations, events, workshops, and other responsibilities. She works to make clients’ lives easier, whether that means helping them prepare for Board meetings, meeting special deadlines, or organizing staff retreats.
In her former lives, she ran the business office for the University of Alaska, was the Fitness Director of the Juneau Racquet Club (with a staff of 52), and was Controller for one of the Northwest’s premier custom cabinet manufacturers. She has also been an educator in both public and private elementary schools. A first-rate writer and editor, she was named a 2010 Boise State Writing Project Fellow.
Today, fortified with a BA in Accounting and a Masters in Teaching, Joy Lynn combines her twin talents of uber-organization and communication to keep Sherryl and Best Practice, Inc. running smoothly. She is an avid fan of the outdoors, is passionate about natural horsemanship, and also owns and operates The Joyful Gardener, a garden design and maintenance business on Whidbey Island, WA.
Ron Norman — Operations Manager/Photographer
Ron brings twenty-six years of operations experience to Best Practice, Inc., drawn from his career in health care management and IT—adding a healthy dose of pragmatic thinking, fiscal discipline, soft-spoken empathy, and quick wit to our back office team.
He served more than a decade as V.P. of Regence Blue Shield’s Boeing division, where he administered the airline manufacturer’s self-insured worldwide health benefits program. Covering claims and customer service, he oversaw a 243-person team trained in all aspects of client care and financial support. Prior to this, Ron was V.P. of Government Programs for Blue Cross of Washington and Alaska. Responsibilities included Medicare, the Federal Employees Program, and the Department of Defense's Tricare, covering fifteen western states.
Both the Boeing and the government program roles required Ron’s superlative organization, follow-through, and innovative information technology solutions to support these clients. He earned, as a result, both the recognition of his peers and financial bonuses for superior performance. He received his B.A. from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business and is an accomplished photographer, fisherman, and avid outdoorsman.