PLE Certification Team

The success of the WEC Personal Leadership Effectiveness™ program is based on the concept of women supporting and lifting up women to lead in the future.

Our Personal Leadership Effectiveness (PLE)™ certification team includes executive-level women with proven track records to serve as assessment interpreters, coaches, and/or trainers for the program.


Dr. Becky Paneitz

FAI Affiliate, Certified PLE™ Coach/Trainer

Dr. Becky Paneitz is a seasoned consultant, speaker, and coach – dedicated mentor, motivator, and business leader who collaborates, instructs, and inspires for success. Becky is best known for her 10 years as president of Northwest Arkansas Community College. She was the first woman in Arkansas to receive President Emeritus distinction, which she was awarded for her commitment and dedication to the college after her July 2013 retirement. Becky is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Council, serves on the board of WorkMatters, and is a member of the NWA ALPFA Corporate Advisory Board. She is actively involved in the Northwest Arkansas community and is passionate about women’s issues. She is an adjunct faculty member at National American University.


Jean Anderson

President, Inseitz Group Women’s Empowerment Foundation and Certified PLE™ Coach/Trainer

Jean Anderson joined Inseitz Group in January 2017 after 16 years at NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC). During her time at NWACC, she held several leadership roles, including academic advisor, executive assistant to the president, executive director of organizational development, and executive director for NWACC’s Bella Vista Center.  Jean assumed her position as the Planned Giving Officer for the NWACC Foundation in July 2013.

Jean received her BA in Business Education from the University of Northern Iowa in 1973 and her MBA from Baker University (Baldwin, KS) in 1995. She is a Certified Practitioner of MBTI Step I and Step II instruments and a Global Career Development Facilitator.

Jean enjoys volunteering with several area organizations.  She is an active member of the Bentonville/Bella Vista Rotary Club and has served as an assistant governor for Rotary District 6110, which covers a four-state area.  Jean also is a member of Network of Executive Women, and the Green House Assisted Living Board.


Dr. Sharon Deloach

Certified PLE™ Coach/Trainer

Sharon Deloach, Ed.D., author and notable Instructional Executive Leader is celebrated for significant experience in directing and developing education, nonprofit, economic development, corporate and social service initiatives. Sharon gained years of experience serving as an education administration executive, municipal social service administrator, and a leader in the financial services industry. The culmination of her experiences ignited passion to author the book, An Answer to Disenfranchised Students.

A native of central Texas, Sharon has worked with thousands of educators, students, parents, legislators, industry leaders, and inspiration congregations, to inspire life-long learning. She has conducted specialized training, conference empowerment seminars, staff development workshops, and convocations across the country and abroad.

During her career, she worked as the National Implementation Coordinator and lead policy strategist for the U.S. Department of Education, OVAE: State Scholars Initiative. Fifteen Scholar States implemented advanced technical and policy work under her direction. Her curriculum redesigns have incorporated STEM coalitions across industries that include Healthcare/Medical, Military and Education Coalitions, Manufacturing, Retail, IT/Technical, Banking, and Hospitality.

Because of her leadership, 25% of the counties underemployed workforce received technology e-learning from the delivery of methodologies created through the Central Texas Manufacturing Skills and Workforce Development Council. Serving as an education director and school district administrator, Sharon is also known by her branded strategy of restructuring high schools increasing district, student, and staff performance. Her integrated blended learning models brings together traditional and nontraditional academic programs offering specializations in College Readiness and Soft Skill Workforce Certification.

Sharon earned her Doctor of Education and Masters of Education degrees from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX. She graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University-CC with a Bachelor of Science degree. She completed International Studies in Europe collaborating with the University of Maastricht, Zuyd University & Fontys University of Applied Sciences. She holds EC-12 superintendent, principal, and teacher certifications. Additionally, Sharon holds counseling certificates and a non-profit certification. Dr. Deloach has been recognized with a number of honors from business councils, civic organizations, military, and education organizations.

Sharon and her husband Sidney have six wonderful children and four adoring grandchildren.


Theresa-Barrera-ShawTheresa Barrera-Shaw

Certified PLE™ Coach/Trainer

Professionalism, ethics and a high level of integrity have been the hallmark of Theresa Barrera-Shaw’s 30-year career in retail and merchandising. Her intense desire to help people succeed continues to fuel her latest endeavor as co-owner of The Barrera Shaw Group.

Theresa’s in-depth knowledge and skill come from a 27-year career at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. She retired in 2013 as Vice President of Supplier Administration, which required her to oversee both Supplier Diversity and Supplier Development. She led both programs to realize success during her more than five years in that position.

Theresa is widely recognized for her work in advancing women and minorities in the workplace. Her most recent acknowledgments include being named to the “Top 30 Champions of Diversity” by Diversity Plus Magazine in October 2012, and was named “Best of the Best” by Hispanic Network Magazine in December 2012. Other honors include being named to the 80 Elite Hispanic Women (two years) and “40 under 40” by the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal.

Theresa serves on various boards including the University of Texas-Pan American (since 2002), the Bentonville Film Festival, and her church. She also served on the Arvest Bank Group-Benton County Board for 10 years.


Abby Foster

Certified PLE™ Coach/Trainer

As the Founder and Managing Principal of Ahnimisha Consulting, Abby Foster has over 25 years of corporate and consulting experience and is a Generational Dynamics trainer, Human Capital consultant, and Executive Coach. Known for her ability to develop high-performing, cross-functional, and multigenerational teams, Abby’s passion for diversity is the foundation for her success in the area of workforce effectiveness, and the cornerstone of her work in leadership development.

Prior to launching Ahnimisha Consulting, Abby was a Director with Deloitte Consulting in the Human Capital Services practice where she provided advice and counseling to a number of senior HR Executives at global companies in the Energy, Financial Services, and Health Insurance industries. Before joining Deloitte, Abby served as Corporate Director and V.P. of Client Sales and Accounts at Exult, Inc., where she was a member of the executive leadership team that launched the industry’s first pure play HR BPO organization. Prior to joining Exult, Abby developed an expertise leading global teams at Baker Hughes, Inc. where she held several finance positions over a 10-year period before accepting a senior leadership role in the global redesign and transformation of the company’s Human Resource and Finance operations. Before leaving Baker Hughes, Abby was responsible for the design, development, and implementation of the North America Finance and HR Shared Services organization (Baker Hughes, Business Support Services).

Abby is currently on the Board of Initiative for Resilient Philanthropy and Public Policy, and a member of the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce, the Health Care Marketing Association (Fayetteville), Northwest Arkansas SHRM, Arkansas SHRM, and the Bella Vista Business Association.

She is a practitioner of Krav Maga, an avid lover of nature, and lives in Bella Vista with her husband of 32 years (James), their boxer (Butch), and their tuxedo cat (Tex).


Sharon Orlopp

Certified PLE™ Coach/Trainer

Sharon is President of Orlopp Enterprise, an organization focused on education about inclusion of all people. Sharon recently retired as the Global Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President, Corporate HR.

At Walmart, Sharon was responsible for advancing a diverse and inclusive workforce of 2.2 million associates worldwide. Her responsibilities included overseeing and leveraging global diversity and inclusion efforts, associate relations, and HR policy for the world’s largest retailer. Sharon spent 12 years at Walmart in senior leadership roles in Human Resources, including Senior Vice President of People at Sam’s Club.

Prior to joining the company, Sharon was Vice President of Human Resources for Sports Authority where she was responsible for compensation, benefits, training, recruiting, public relations, and investor relations. Sharon also spent 17 years with Foot Locker where she held various leadership positions in Operations and Human Resources.

Sharon is an experienced human resource professional with a passion for diversity and for people. She has made it her mission to advance diversity initiatives, sponsor immersive learning trips and lead by example. A lifelong advocate for inclusion, education and opportunity, Sharon considers it a privilege to serve as a Board member for The Harwood Institute and for the University of Denver’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

She has held previous Board positions with Women’s Foodservice Forum, Enactus, and the Center for Entrepreneurship at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Denver, where she graduated magna cum laude.


Rose Mary Pham

Certified PLE™ Coach/Trainer

Rose Mary Pham is the Executive Director and founder of Mary’s Little Lambs Preschool, a private early education preschool in Bentonville. She graduated from University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 2000 and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership in 2012. Her experiences include teaching in public schools and early childhood development centers for more than 15 years.

She is currently an active member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA), and serves on the board of Navigators advisory council of the Early Childhood Initiative Center. Rose has also expanded her passion for children most recently by opening her home for children in need through the foster care system.


Suzi Vermillion

Certified PLE™ Coach 

One characteristic of Suzi Vermillion’s life has been change. Her career in sales mandated that she and her family relocateeight times in 16 years. Life has presented struggles for Suzi like dealing with her husband’s health issues, the highs and lows of raising boys, and finding personal balance while traveling for work 60% of the time.

In 2014, Suzi retired from a Sherwin- Williams Company, Fortune 500 Company, where she worked for 22 years in sales, most recently as a National Account Manager. Suzi currently lives in Northwest Arkansas. Her passion is helping women develop and grow both corporately and personally. Susan speaks to women’s groups on contentment and trust. She has two adult sons, Joseph who works in construction, and Jason who is currently stationed in Florida with the United States Air Force.