Meet Our Tribe

House of Shine was formally established in 2014.

But the heart and soul of our organization has been around much longer.

Our founder, Dr. Claudia Beeny, began shaping the idea behind House of Shine in February, 2008, when she wrote her first blog post. What began as a simple goal to share one creative idea a day for a year, has been transformed into a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to teaching others to ignite the power within, and change their world for the better.


Claudia Beeny

Founder and Executive Director of House of Shine

Claudia’s top strengths are Strategic, Focus, Achiever, Input, and Ideation. By pairing her experience in education with her talent for hatching ideas and creating plans to execute them, she is able to spend every day doing what she enjoys most: Helping others discover their gifts, and use them to shine.

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Colleen Monroe

Chief Strategy Officer

After years of raising her two daughters full time, Colleen Monroe was itching to return to work outside the home again. In 2018, she joined the House of Shine team as Chief Strategy Officer. With more than a decade of experience volunteering for intermediate, middle and high school parent teacher organizations at the executive board level, Colleen shares her strengths of Communication, Responsibility, and Achiever with a strong sense of belief in House of Shine.

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Maureen Ramirez

Chief Operating Officer

Maureen’s top strengths are Adaptability, Arranger, Includer, Empathy, and Developer.

She combines these natural gifts with a background in marketing and graphic design, using her unique combination of experience and talent to design and produce marketing materials for the organization. She also assists in arranging events and developing curriculum.

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Katie Kolkmeier

Director of Programming

Katie’s top strength is Learner. She has experience leveraging technology and social media to develop community; and she excels in writing curriculum and delivering staff trainings. Her success is a result of having discovered her own SHINE — and she joined House of Shine to pay it forward, and help others do the same.

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Shelle Womack

Executive Assistant

As Executive Assistant/Accountant at House of Shine, Shelle Womack is responsible for helping all staff members SHINE as bright as they can. That could mean performing such tasks as planning and arranging meetings, mailing important Shine packages, helping Rise & Shine meetings run smoothly, doing payroll for the week, paying bills and keeping track of donations.

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Richard Beeny

CEO, Life Science Logistics

Kim Festagallo

Educator, Imagine Schools

Claudia Beeny

Founder and Executive Director of House of Shine

Lisa Pritchett

Owner, Lilium Floral Designs

Tina Kauffmann

VP Development, Bellarmine University

MaryLee Alford

Mary Sackleh

Tracy Rector

Cheryl Taylor

Danielle Macias

Amanda Bigbee

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