Meet the TLC Team

Shandel Slaten

Shandel Slaten Sutherland

CEO and Founder, True Life Coaching Master Certified Coach
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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.


Jenny 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!”


Lisa 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.