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 helping students discover who they are and why their self awareness matters.


Claudia Beeny

Founder and Executive Director

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

Creative Director

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 Curriculum

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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Marian Embry

Accounting Coordinator

Marian joined House of Shine in 2019 as the Accounting Coordinator. Her attention to detail, experience running her own business and work with other non-profits provides a great point of intersection for Marian’s skills and the House of Shine’s accounting needs.

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Richard Beeny

CEO, Life Science Logistics

Kim Festagallo

Educator, Imagine Schools

Lisa Pritchett

Owner, Lilium Floral Designs

Tina Kauffmann

VP Development, Bellarmine University

Claudia Beeny

Founder and Executive Director

MaryLee Alford

Mary Sackleh

Tracy Rector

Cheryl Taylor

Danielle Macias

Amanda Bigbee

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