We are a national publishing, consulting, training and media company working with leading industry experts to develop effective, evidence-based materials that assist individuals in making positive life change. Our products and services are used in the fields of prevention, treatment, impaired driving, criminal justice and healthcare. Our mission is to put the most effective tools at the lowest possible cost, into the hands of the end user working to make positive life changes.
For more than 23 years The Change Companies® has been creating Interactive Journals. These change tools are designed with the collaboration of industry leaders in behavioral change and are tangible, engaging, and change-focused journals that guide an individual through life-change. This innovative approach is widely praised and helps to enhance the therapeutic engagement between providers of service and their participants.
In the course of gathering immediate and relevant information related to the problem areas, participants map out where they have been, where they are now, where they wish to go and how to get there. This structured and experiential writing process leads participants through a series of core behavior change content, targeted questioning and effective behavioral change strategies toward positive, pro-social life changes.
To date, we have served over 20 million individuals in their exploration and engagement in life changes.
Who We Are
- Don Kuhl Founder
- Sherry Newsom Owner
- David Mee-Lee Senior Vice President
- Shane Newsom President
- Frankie Lemus Senior Vice President
- Mike Judnick VP of Justice Services
- Bill Calhoun VP of Business Development
- DuAne Young VP of Special Projects
- Scott Provence VP of Product Development
- Scott Covert Senior Vice President
- Kevin 'Kip' Lowe Vice President of Training
- Susan Peterson Senior Editor
- Nicholas Avino Director of Programming
- Ted Moore Multimedia Designer
- Ryan Fitzhenry Multimedia Developer
- Todd White Multimedia Developer
- Adam Holwerda Web Development Lead
- Brianna Sheck Marketing Director
- Chris Wales Web Developer
- Jessica Fanaselle Proofreader
- Christy Degenhart Regional Sales Director
- Lisa Winge Regional Sales Director
- Cyntha Pennington Client Resources Manager
- Jill Tharpe Regional Sales Director
- Stefen Newsom Assistant to the President
Director of Programming
Nicky initially joined The Change Companies® as a research associate. Since then, his role has expanded to include the application of "what works" into Facilitator Guides, eLearning, and other content while staying current on research and outcomes relevant to The Change Companies®' products. When Nicky isn't at work, you can find him on the disc golf course or soccer field.
"I don't make my bed in the morning for the same reason I don't tie my shoes after I take them off."
VP of Business Development
For the past decade, Bill has trained and mentored the sales and customer support team that serves The Change Companies®' nationwide client base. Bill provides service to hundreds of program directors, facilitators and industry leaders in addiction treatment, criminal justice, impaired driving, youth prevention and intervention and health improvement. His practical knowledge of The Change Companies®' products and services helps providers in each of our markets make correct programming decisions.
Senior Vice President
In his role, Scott oversees training for clients of The Change Companies®. His responsibilities include providing on-site and off-site training for key clients, specifically "train the trainer" coaching and implementation of Interactive Journaling®. Scott has comprehensive knowledge of The Change Companies®' products and curricula. An excellent communicator, Scott specializes in teaching and leading groups using his strong presentation and facilitation skills. He also is certified in training design from the Bob Pike Group.
Regional Sales Director
During her six years at The Change Companies®, Christy has worked as National Customer Support Director, Regional Sales Director, Wellness Coordinator and even an actress for numerous in-house films. Her area of expertise is working with our tailored accounts such as state DUI/DWI programs or the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Jessica joined The Change Companies® in 2012 after completing her Master’s in English at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her love for words and sharp eye (when wearing glasses) help her in her duties as proofreader and writer.
A native of Minnesota, Jessica enjoys hiking around the mountains near Reno and laughing at terrible puns. No matter where she is or what she is doing, she probably has a book nearby.
Ryan brings his experience as a Television Producer and Motion GFX Designer to his role at The Change Companies. He is a self-proclaimed techie and enjoys reading up on and using all the latest video gear and software.
In his spare time Ryan enjoys skiing, backpacking and hanging out anywhere in Lake Tahoe.
Web Development Lead
A graduate of Michigan State University, Adam joined The Change Companies® in 2009. Infinitely confident and skilled in every trade (he says), he's used to juggling projects and roles - most recently taking on responsibilities as web development lead, where he directs the future of The Change Companies®' suite of electronic products.
Adam spends his free time performing stand-up comedy in small rooms in front of crowds of furniture.
Vice President of Justice Services
Few professionals have had the opportunity to view the numerous areas of justice services as thoroughly as Mike. Working at the federal, state and county levels of government, Mike brings the latest research on behavior change to the programs and products that can be used with prison, probation and court populations. For more than a decade, Mike has connected the dots so that practical, cost-effective solutions can be applied to a wide range of programming for both youth and adults.
M.S., Founder of The Change Companies® and the developer of Interactive Journaling®
Don founded The Change Companies®in 1988. Since founding this company, Don has worked with approximately 150 agencies and corporations to tailor Interactive Journals to serve unique populations. His collaborative efforts in Substance Use, Justice Services, Impaired Driving, Healthcare and Education have consistently focused on helping individuals begin the process of positive personal change.
Earlier in his career, Don worked in many industries including hotel management, publishing, higher education administration and healthcare business development. Along the way, he created numerous companies, experiencing both successes and failures. Don received his undergraduate degree from The Hiram Scott College. It went defunct shortly after he graduated. He has his M.S. degree from Iowa State University.
Don is most proud and appreciative of the outstanding employees who have shaped The Change Companies® for over two decades.
M.A., L.M.F.T., L.A.D.C., Senior Vice President
Frankie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Drug and Alcohol Counselor and Supervisor. He is the liaison to the national research community, and ensures the effective integration of evidence-based strategies in all of The Change Companies®' programs and curricula. He has contributed his clinical oversight to more than 50 of The Change Companies®' curricula in the substance abuse, offender treatment, impaired driving and health-improvement fields.
Kevin 'Kip' Lowe
Ph.D., Vice President of Training
Kip provides oversight of training development delivery and consultation. He is a nationally recognized expert in adult learning and has presented workshops on training techniques in several states. In his 28 years of state service, Kip served as Chief of the Office of Victim and Survivor Services, Deputy Director for the Office of Prevention and Victim Services and Assistant Deputy Director for the Institutions and Camps Branch for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
M.D., Senior Vice President of The Change Companies®
David's philosophy of promoting empathy, compassion, communication and flexibility is precisely aligned with The Change Companies®. He's well-known for focusing on participant-centered services that uphold clinical integrity, high quality and cost-consciousness. David has long believed in empowering and engaging clients to be active participants in their own treatment. A noted expert in the field of behavioral change, David has authored numerous articles and training materials to serve a treatment-focused audience. Read more
While she began as a writer for The Change Companies®, Teri spends most of her time these days printing and assembling counselor guides, trainings, and anything else that needs to be done.
Teri loves landscaping and building things. Her latest project is a picnic table she's been putting together for the new warehouse parking lot.
Ted brings his years of experience as a newsroom director to his role as The Change Companies®' resident video geek. His "I can do it" approach to every task makes him a valuable asset when deadlines loom, and his sense of humor ensures he's a joy to be around (most of the time).
Ted spends his time away from The Change Companies® working to become a master chef.
Assistant to the President
Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Stefen joined The Change Companies® in 2008 in the printing and distribution department. Now, as Customer Account Manager, Stefen processes all customer requests and orders for accuracy and appearance before approving them for delivery. Stefen also works closely with the sales staff to make sure all customer information is complete and up to date and assists the President in her daily tasks. Stefen loves spending time with her family and enjoys traveling. She also is a darn good stained glass artist.
Shane directs web and video production and oversees warehousing, distribution and shipping operations. His team has led The Change Companies® into the digital realm, creating new possibilities for training and programming delivery.
Owner of The Change Companies®
As Owner, Sherry has led The Change Companies® from a small, regional publishing shop to a major corporation serving 4,000 clients in all 50 states. During her tenure, Sherry has created a unique process for sophisticated telephone sales, established an error-free system for shipping and developed an employee training, evaluation and compensation program that motivates and guides all staff members.
Client Resources Manager
Cyntha spent her first year and a half at The Change Companies® as a Regional Sales Director. Now, as Client Resources Manager and director of ChangeU.net, Cyntha is an expert at making clients happy. She likes gardening, camping, and building stuff. Weird fact: she has a mushroom collection in pictures.
Susan serves as National Director of Responsible Driving Institute of The Change Companies®. Throughout her nearly 20 years with the company, Susan has developed a passion and level of expertise in curricula for impaired driving and offender populations. Her primary role is to work with state contacts to develop, update and edit impaired driving program materials.
A Michigan native, Susan is a devoted Detroit sports fan and University of Michigan enthusiast.
VP of Product Development
Scott Provence has an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. A native of Seattle, Scott enjoys demonstrating the many applications of an English degree, which so far have included everything from teaching college courses to performing in halftime shows for the NBA.
Brianna Sheck has an MS in Integrated Marketing Communications from Eastern Michigan University and a BS in Technical Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She was born and raised in Wisconsin, but moved to Tahoe from Minnesota to exchange 10,000 lakes for one big blue one.
Brianna is often seen doling out spirited high-fives (both warranted and sarcastic varieties) or busting out a yoga headstand in hopes that all the wayward creative juices will flow to her head.
Regional Sales Director
Jill started at The Change Companies® in 2009 working for Lifestyle Center of America, and is now a Regional Sales Director working with 9 states and The Salvation Army. Prior to her work with The Change Companies®, Jill owned and operated a multi-site retail health and wellness business, and took personal responsibility for staff training and development. In her spare time, Jill enjoys spending time with her daughter, Madisyn.
Chris comes to The Change Companies® after an 8 year stint writing and producing shows for several nationally televised home shopping networks. In his new role he strives to create user-friendly interfaces and useful tools to support The Change Companies®' suite of electronic products.
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Chris can usually be found searching the northern Nevada landscape for his errant tee shots.
Todd worked in television production for more than 15 years in Los Angeles, and as part of the development team at The Change Companies®, embraced the company philosophy of helping people make positive life change. He now works with the sales staff.
Todd enjoys quality time on local rivers and streams fly fishing, playing the drums (poorly) and producing videos for his small side business (so long as he's always behind the camera).
Regional Sales Director
In the time Lisa has been with The Change Companies®, she's used her sense of humor to put clients at ease and always has a laugh to share.
In her spare time Lisa likes gardening, reading, journaling or letting loose on her motorcycle.
If you happen to get hit with a ball at The Change Companies®, chances are Lisa threw it.
B.S., M.S., VP of Special Projects
DuAne is currently the Director of Special Projects for The Change Companies®, where his main focus areas are research, development and project management. Previously he was the Assistant Administrator for the Court Alcohol and Drug Program of the Indiana Judicial Center. He coordinated and conducted program certification, training and staff development for the 56 court-based alcohol and drug programs in Indiana, which are probation, community corrections and treatment center based. For five years he served as the Mental Health Evaluator for Marion County Probation, one of the largest urban probation departments in the nation.