About True Life Coaching

Founded in 2000 by Shandel Slaten, True Life Coaching has coached clients to find their purpose, live out their goals and improve their relationships and lives. We collaborate with people to develop and leverage their unique talents and leadership skills to achieve powerful results in a short amount of time.

Our coaches are available for a variety of purposes. Some clients benefit from group coaching situations while others thrive in a one-on-one situation. Some of the many different options available are described below. We invite you to contact us for more information on how coaching can deliver the results you are searching for.

Private coaching
:  Private coaching is available after an initial interview in which we identify your vision and goals. We will discuss your current opportunities and obstacles. Finally, we will define key coaching concepts and your expectations as a client. After that, we will meet at regular intervals. Typically, we meet with our clients on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

Executive coaching:  
Executive coaching is a higher level of personal coaching where there is less of an agenda to accomplish a goal and more of an agenda to achieve greatness.

Situational coaching:  
Are you at a strategic point in the growth of your business? Could you improve your communication skills with key people in your life? Have you ever considered using an outsider as a sounding board? Our coaches are available to help you review your options, bring a fresh perspective to your situation, and be that unemotional third party during this key time in your business and life.

Our workshops allow you to experience coaching with the added benefit of a limited group setting. This class is regularly attended by a group of your peers: executives, managers, and small business owners who want to experience coaching and the changes it brings to their lives. Group members benefit from dynamic discussions led by Coach Shandel Slaten, whose coaching both inspires and holds members accountable. Group members also leverage knowledge and support from one another. Through a series of assessments, group discussions, goal setting, and behavior modification, you can realize your full potential in both your personal and professional life.

Group coaching sessions
:  Do you manage a group of people that have hit the wall? Are you under a tight deadline and suffering from personality conflicts within your group? Sessions with our coaches can teach members of your group to communicate better, resolve conflicts, and learn to say what they mean and mean what they say.

Keynote speaking at your next retreat or conference
:  Shandel Slaten offers an engaging slant on the subject of leadership and inter-personal communication. The result is always motivating with a tangible take-away value.

Our Coaches:

ShandelShandel Slaten

CEO and Founder, True Life Coaching Master Certified Coach ss@truelifecoaching.com
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Shandel is an executive coach with a proven track record of helping business professionals realize their personal and professional goals. For over a decade, she has worked with everyone from entrepreneurs to employees of Fortune 500 firms.


Shandel believes that seeking clarity on the right thing, the right way, while focusing on key relationships, leads to faster growth that breeds long-lasting results. Shandel coaches professionals who want to better define and execute their mission, strengthen their leadership skills, and hone their self-awareness. She is passionate about helping leaders achieve the next level of success in their professional and personal lives.

Experience and Qualifications

Shandel is a Master Certified Coach who holds a Summa Cum Laude degree in Psychology from Vanguard University.  She is a Coach U Graduate and holds certifications in Behavior Analysis, Professional Values Analysis, and Trimetrix. She is also a speaker and author who has shared her wisdom via the Ask Shandel radio and podcast segment on a popular talk show. She is affiliated with the National Speakers’ Association, International Coaching Federation, The Graduate School of Coaching, Target Training International, Pinnacle Forum, and the Entrepreneur’s Organization.


MBKMary Beth King

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Mary Beth King, founder of Sphere Coaching, partners with leaders to help them define their path and collaborate with and inspire others. These skills help them achieve and sustain personal and corporate success. Her broad definition of the arenas from which leaders emerge – the family, the community, and the marketplace – have provided her with a myriad of coaching experiences and expertise.


The inherent creativity that inspires leaders to give birth to innovation, explore challenges, and inspire those around them is the same creativity that makes them hungry for the growth available through coaching. Leaders recognize that their competence is based first on their ability to lead themselves well. Mary Beth’s supportive humor, intuitive guidance, and flexibility create a practical forum where they develop the personal and relationship tools that take them to the next level of success.

Experience and Qualifications

Mary Beth started her career as a health educator passionately training and motivating adults to be conscious of the power they have to create the life they want to live. She led hundreds of workshops for thousands of participants in both college and hospital educational settings. Becoming a professional certified coach was a natural step in her desire to motivate clients to embrace their roles as leaders. Mary Beth is certified in Co-active Coaching (CPCC) through The Coaches Training Institute. Her experience with Boas Professional Coach Training in Brussels provided worldwide coaching experience and insights. Her Professional Certified Coach (PCC) accreditation through The International Coach Federation designates her as having internationally recognized training, experience, and demonstration of expertise.


JennyJenny Bookamer

Executive Assistant / Operations Manager

At True Life, Inc., discussions often touch on the topic of relationships, and whether we are givers or takers. Do we focus on our needs, or do we seek to meet the needs of others? Jenny Bookamer likes to remind us of the clearest indication: how do we listen? 

Jenny is a listener—but that doesn’t mean she’s inactive or passive. True Life Inc. would grind to a halt without her! No, Jenny has an amazing gift of asking questions about other people’s thoughts, needs, and desires so that she can find creative and effective ways to assist as she has been doing daily with Shandel Slaten and Mary Beth King and the many clients of True Life since 2003.


Jenny takes that listening skill to another part of her world where she is a childbirth educator in the Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth and a birth doula (a doula is a nonmedical person who provides assistance and emotional support to a woman before, during, or after childbirth as well as her partner and family).

“We all have something to contribute in our sphere of influence,” says Jenny, who with her husband of 23 years, Ken, is proud mother to two daughters. The family enjoys gardening, hiking, board games, their horses, and being involved in their North Idaho community. “Start being an intentional listener and an effective giver and see what a difference YOU can make!”  


LisaLisa Kitzmiller

Marketing Assistant

Lisa Kitzmiller has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and over-the-top work ethic. At 10 she was selling products door to door to buy her first Pac Man game system. Right out of high school Lisa started her own manicuring business, and bought her first home at age 19.

Now through marketing and social media Lisa is helping True Life Inc. help entrepreneurs, CEOs, business leaders and individuals pursue their dreams, and she loves it.


From a very young age, all the way through high school, I played basketball, volleyball and softball. It was here where my first experiences with the word “coach” or “leader” was formed. It didn’t take long to be able to identify leaders who were poor, had potential and those who great and already there!

Working under the leadership of TLC has helped me to recognize when businesses are healthy, and when there is a need. I have witnessed companies who have been impacted by the work of Mary Beth and Shandel , and it puts a smile on my face to see such successful transformations.

The joys in my life are my high school sweetheart, Darren, two teenage children, and my goofy dog. We spend many busy days supporting our kids and their sports, so in the quite times, I enjoy gardening, hiking and spending time with my family and friends.

I never expected Lake Tahoe and Reno to consume such a huge space in my heart…But it has.