Refinery gives clients the real feedback and the right tools they need to develop their leaders and inspire people to do great work.
We’re a highly skilled team with diverse, deep business and life experience. We share a natural curiosity, passion for our work, and a desire to develop our clients. We’re always learning, evolving and sharing.
Refinery Leadership Development
Years In Business
Meet Our Consulting, Design and Operations Team
Javiera Caro, Program Coordinator
Javiera brings a dynamic and proactive approach to her role as Project Coordinator. Her passion, creativity and organizational skills drive her attitude to go above and beyond with our clients. Born in Santiago de Chile, Javiera has lived and worked in the United States, Andorra and throughout Central America. Javiera has a strong background in the arts working both in television and live theatre.
Winnie Chick, Program Manager
Continuously working on self-improvement, Winnie is thrilled to be a part of a company that encourages reflection and nurtures growth. With her previous experience as an elementary school teacher, Winnie likes to emphasize HAVING FUN: in her Program Manager role, she is the brains behind many of the engaging activities in our virtual programs. Additionally, you can find Winnie online offering tech support during our virtual sessions.
Ciaran Irwin, Program Delivery Coordinator
Ciaran is practiced at blending different contexts and processes in a career that has included supporting and developing remote working teams for multinationals, working for social enterprises and non-profits, and producing live multimedia projects. Across these experiences, the common thread has always been a focus on helping create the conditions where people and organizations are empowered and engaged to perform at their best.
At Refinery, Ciaran combines these skillsets in the production of virtual programs where clients have unique opportunities to learn experientially and connect to meaningful, purposeful work.
Frank Liao, Program Coordinator
Frank has worked in various roles in the non-profit sector and small businesses over the years through which he has acquired experience in talent management, project operations, curriculum development and leading teams. Throughout his time engaging within these different roles, he has been continually focused on personal impact and positive change in order to influence the circles that people are in, which he brings to his role at Refinery as a Program Coordinator. He intends to provide staff, facilitators, and workshop participants with all the tools that they need to succeed in the areas that they are involved in.
Sid Mehta, Operations Coordinator
Sid’s brief work experience at his university enabled him to spot the hardworking and flexible professional in himself where he saw himself adjusting well across different kinds of people, tasks and reporting managers and yet making a success of the unique challenges. He was attracted to Refinery’s open and communicative culture where he could learn new skills in different business areas like finance, accounting, marketing, and administration. Sid developed an affinity towards numbers, data analysis, technology, and organization. At Refinery, he gets to explore these passions during his full-time term.
Rocio Olvera, Accounting Lead
Rocio has 10 years of experience working in finance and project accounting for professional services firms in both Canada and Mexico. She was attracted to the inclusive and supportive culture at Refinery Leadership so much so that she joined our team twice. Rocio enjoys being hands-on in our business and is absolutely fearless about taking on new challenges wherever help is needed.
Kate Duggan-Radford, Program Coordinator
A self-proclaimed wizard behind the curtain, Kate brings a diverse mix of business, project management, public relations, and marketing skills to her role as Project Coordinator. She is passionate about creating impactful experiences and thrilled to be working with a team that challenges people to climb toward the best version of themselves every day.
Teresa Reith- Program Coordinator
As Refinery Leadership’s co-founder, Barbara has been actively engaged in, and responsible for, the development of leadership strategy in many organizations. An accomplished entrepreneur and executive, Barbara is passionate about building enduring organizations that provide purpose, meaning and impact. This spirit and intent drive the vision, culture and values of Refinery Leadership internally, and extends through to our work and purpose to transform organizations by developing leadership capacity.
Jelena Vath, Director of Design
Jelena brings a varied skillset to The Refinery developed throughout years of her work in the field of client relationship management, business development, organizational management and consulting. Known for turning challenges into opportunities, Jelena’s personal-professional style involves strategic foresight and is influenced by a passion for the development of others and the belief that organizational success relies on consistent, quality collaboration.
In her role as the Director of Design at Refinery, Jelena oversees the creation of immersive developmental learning programs that target leaders at all levels of an organization.
Mariana Veras, Program Manager
Mariana is invested in helping her internal and external clients succeed and feels that she has landed in a role that provides the perfect combination of challenging work that meets her goals for personal development with a rewarding career helping people realize their potential as leaders. Mariana has over ten years of business management experience across industries such as education, finance, consulting and human resources.
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