John Bistolfo Founder, Bark Design

Coaches

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Coaching for OMD has provided me with clarity of my own purpose. We’re in this huge city, living together, and we should help each other work toward a better future. Being part of OMD helps me do that and if I can impact someone else’s life—even a little bit—that’s a pretty awesome thing.”

John Bistolfo first learned about OMD when his design firm was engaged to help OMD develop its brand. Twenty years ago, he started Bark Design wanting to work with companies and organizations who are making a difference in our communities, and OMD was no exception.

He was immediately drawn to OMD’s energy and the people involved, and admired the effectiveness of the support model—most especially the scholar/coach program. It didn’t take long for John to decide he wanted to become personally involved with OMD.

“We live in a world that is so much who you know and being in the right place at the right time. Between networking, coaching, and connecting with professionals, OMD opens new worlds for scholars and provides them with opportunities to meet the right people and the skills to succeed in those situations.”

John believes that community college is a time to find yourself and get your life on track. He experienced this firsthand while working and going to community college before heading to a four-year university. Now a successful business owner, he gives back by providing inspiration and assistance through coaching.

This year, John coached Jackie Sanchez, a single mother who is as much an inspiration to John as he is motivator to her. Their relationship has grown from coach/scholar to a friendship of mutual respect.

“Scholars like Jackie are earning more than a degree. It takes a warrior to go through the battle of life, overcoming incredible odds to impact the future of your family and future generations. Jackie’s daughter is an honor student at Jones, and wants to attend an Ivy League school. She has seen what her mother has accomplished and the importance of education. Jackie’s an inspiration for everyone around her.”

Now a community college alumna, Jackie has decided to become an OMD Coach, and the admiration that John has for Jackie comes through when he speaks about her. “This is a person who is extremely busy. She has three kids, is a full time student, and trying to make a better life for herself and her kids. Yet, she’s taking time this year to be an OMD coach.”

OMD has paired John and Jackie to be co-coaches, a model that works well for the organization. The small group dynamic is an effective way to deliver personalized one-on-one coaching, while offering different perspectives from both scholars and coaches. John couldn’t be happier that he was teamed with Jackie. “We’ll be coaching scholars together, which is a pretty cool thing.”

Coaching Stats

3000+
hours of personal and professional coaching by dedicated volunteer professionals

150
Our coaches work for over 150 different companies

Thank you to our 2015–2016 Coaches

  • Marina Abdou
  • Elizabeth Abunaw
  • Valerie Adams
  • Robert Adducci
  • Luz Agosto
  • Adetola Akinwande
  • David Albrecht
  • Diana Alfaro
  • Javier Alonso
  • Iliana Alvarenga
  • Mary Ann Apostolos
  • Emily Armato
  • Sandra Armstrong
  • Kaitlin Arntz
  • Judith Asuzu-Ward
  • Robert Bach
  • Rebecca Barron
  • Cheryl Beaman
  • Alan Bean
  • Katherine Beauchamp
  • Charles Beavers
  • Andrew Beideman
  • Raymond Berry
  • Shaneikiah Bickham
  • John Bistolfo
  • Christina Black
  • Drake Blessum
  • Marjorie Bolden
  • Jeffrey Bollman
  • Elda Bonilla de Serratos
  • Stephen Bonner
  • Catherine Borowski
  • Jihane Bouchareb
  • Anthony Boyd
  • Walter Braunschweig
  • Cliff Bregstone
  • Jonathan Brooks
  • Annyce Brown
  • Scott Brown
  • Catie Burkhard
  • Raquel Burnette
  • Matt Burns
  • Asiaha Butler
  • Jovan Butler
  • Karen Caldwell-Littleton
  • Carmelita Camarillo
  • Patrick Campbell
  • Pablo Castillo
  • Chris Celio
  • Latrice Celio
  • Sergio Chapa
  • Jonathan Chaparro
  • Mardy Chizek
  • Johnathan Clancy
  • Nancy W Cook
  • Armecia Cooper
  • Megan Craig
  • Karen Cross
  • Dean Crutchfield
  • Kathryn Cureton
  • Valerie Curry
  • Doll Curtis
  • Henry Cuzco
  • Julie D’Agostino
  • Melissa Davis
  • Christina de Jong
  • Maritza Del Real
  • Vanessa Del Real
  • Ivana Del Real
  • Sally Delgado
  • Michel Desjardins
  • Debbie Dietz
  • Henrietta Dombrovskaya
  • Marguerite Donovan
  • Candice Dougherty
  • Julie Droessler
  • Dana Dunham
  • Dan Dunne
  • Cathy Ender
  • Dale Fakhouri
  • Rami Fakhouri
  • Ouida Ferguson
  • Anastasia Fitz
  • Ashley Foght
  • Rita Foley
  • Leslie Fowler
  • Will French
  • Michael Friedman
  • Jonathan Galaska
  • Carmen Garrett
  • Myra Gaytan-Morales
  • Ameya Ghurye
  • George Gilliland
  • Kevin Givens
  • LaNeesha Givens
  • Daniel Gonzalez
  • Karl Gray
  • Ben Greazel
  • Tony Green
  • Gwen Gregory
  • Joe Grimes
  • Brad Grossman
  • Shanthi Gudavalli
  • Kimberly Haas
  • Christopher Hagale
  • Jessie Halton
  • Kimberly Haney
  • Margaret Hansbrough
  • Erika Hansen
  • Roberta Hansen
  • Bruce Harris
  • Amanda Hartzmark
  • Keisha Heard
  • Rhonda Henderson
  • Larry Henry
  • David Hibbs
  • Katie Hollis
  • Gabrielle Horton
  • Constance Hughes
  • Tonia Humphrey
  • Robert Ingraham
  • Andrew Iverson
  • Robin James
  • April Jeffers
  • Arnelar Jenkins
  • Jo Ellyn Johnson
  • Chris Johnson
  • Alexiaa Jordan
  • Priya Kalaria
  • William Kernan
  • Richard Kerr
  • Jacqueline Kersey
  • Oghay Kherzai
  • Tom Kleinschmidt
  • Linda Kolbusz-Kosan
  • Judah Kurtz
  • Ben Lahue
  • Kevin Lamb
  • Linda J. Lang
  • Jay Laurila
  • Heidi Laurila
  • Cheryl Layne
  • Andrew Lee
  • Lisa Lee-Herbert
  • Jeanne Leifheit
  • Angelica Lewis
  • Candace Lewis
  • Oz Lifshitz
  • Nicolette Lindberg
  • Atonio Littleton
  • Cathy Loh
  • Daniel Loiacano
  • Tisha Loomis
  • Christine Lopez
  • Alison Lopez
  • Karen Ludwigsen
  • Derek Lyttle
  • David Magana
  • Kristin Maksymec
  • Matthew Malfeo
  • Sanna Malick
  • Varsha Mall
  • Aaron Mallory
  • Annie Marcuzzo
  • Jessica Matthews
  • Shawn Mayberry
  • Frederick McConnell Jr
  • Michael McDermott
  • Ashaunte McLean
  • Georgeanna Mehr
  • Gregg Mehr
  • Adilla Menayang
  • Jeff Meyman
  • Daniel Miller
  • Ticole Miller
  • Miguel Millett
  • Jeff Misak
  • Constance Mixon
  • Matthew Mo
  • Francis Morkeh
  • Beth Morrissey
  • Maria Moten
  • Jeremy Murden
  • Cierra Murry
  • Patricia Naughton
  • Steven Nellemann
  • Lisa Newell
  • Justina Nguyen
  • Christine Norkaitis
  • Lisa Olson
  • Rachael Olson
  • Daniel Ortiz
  • Kay Otter
  • Mary Beth Ottinger
  • Matthew Palmere
  • Becky Panter
  • Nicole Paulson
  • Jeffrey Pavlu
  • Adrian Peace
  • Laura Pegoraro
  • Lakshman Pernenkil
  • Kenya Pettigrew
  • Annette Phillips
  • Eric Phillips
  • Karen Pierson
  • Shontay Pinder
  • Sarah Pinho
  • Suhaas Polavarapu
  • Paige Ponder
  • Edward J Poropat III
  • David Price
  • Kalpana Punukollu
  • Sue Quinlan
  • Kelly Quinlan
  • Merry Quinn
  • Lilia Ramirez
  • Janet Reeves-Wilson
  • Ruth-Anne Renaud
  • Tony Reynes
  • Kevin Reynolds
  • Corey Richardson
  • Claudia Richman
  • Jilicia Ricketts-Simms
  • Zachary Riedy
  • Gerald Ritter
  • John Rogers
  • Barry Rose
  • Kelly Ross
  • Chaitut (Chai) Roungchai
  • Colleen Ryan
  • Michael Saletta
  • Lauren Salotti
  • Antuanet Sanchez
  • Parvathi Santhosh-Kumar
  • Lew Sauder
  • Carolyn Sawyer
  • Tiffani Saxton
  • Mary Ann Schaefer
  • Karen Schmidt
  • Julie Schnidman
  • James Schutter
  • Gara Seagraves
  • Matthew Seston
  • Warren Shew
  • Larry Shoemake
  • Connie Shoemake
  • Stephanie Short
  • Wayne Shulman
  • Anjala Singh
  • Blaine Slack
  • Nita Smayrabunya
  • Kimberly Smith
  • Barbara Smith
  • Thomas Stack
  • Bev Stelk
  • Gregory Stewart
  • Elena Suaste
  • Kathy Sutton
  • Ernest Swierk
  • Joella Tabaka
  • Jacques Takou
  • Scott Tang
  • Sharon Taylor
  • Mike Terson
  • Kelly Thomas
  • Paris Thompson
  • Sherece Thompson
  • Susan Tipton
  • Sam Tipton
  • Isaac Tipton
  • Don Togade
  • Kay Trotter
  • Tony Unruh
  • Robert Ward
  • Matthew Ward
  • Dossie Ware
  • Karen Washington
  • Chandler Watlington
  • Marcus Wedner
  • Bob Werdan
  • Lisa Wernli
  • Jennifer Whalen
  • Christopher Wheatley
  • Deana Whitehead
  • Joseph Williams
  • Sam Williams
  • Bruce Wilson
  • Maria Wiseman
  • Jenny Wittner
  • Michele Ybarra
  • Amar Yeluru
  • Robert Yoder
  • Stephen Zink
  • Mark Zorko
  • Jon Zoubek