Essex Hub Members


Our Mentor Members are pretty special women, they fundamentally believe in giving back and paying forward. These members offer up to 2 hours of their time, monthly, to any hub member who wants  to get some free advice, coaching or mentoring. We know this helps build strong bonds within our community and also helps to elevate everyone's work. 

Lisa Danforth

Mentor Member: Office Hours by Appointment

Connecting with people has always been a passion of Lisa's…getting to know what makes someone tick, what motivates them and inspires them is so exciting, but helping them discover that everything it takes to create a fulfilling life is within their reach, well, that is just simply thrilling. Inspiring actually.

Lisa's personality is upbeat, enthusiastic, a bit extroverted, yet practical. She loves to laugh and enjoy everything life has to offer. Learning to appreciate and grow from life’s ups and downs is one of her greatest resources. A favorite quote from Taryn Rose is “Fear regret more than failure,” something that has inspired her for many years and helped pull her towards growth.

Lisa feels truly privileged and honored to work with women, to help create change and expand possibilities in their lives…to invite them to live life excitingly, whatever that means to them.

  • Over the last 26 years she has successfully launched 3 businesses and she knows what it takes to get out of your own way and play a bigger game in life and in business.
  • She's a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) with training and Certification from the Coach Training Institute (CTI).
  • She has a deep knowledge and understanding of small business, entrepreneurialism, and the effects of clear communication.  Her strengths are listening, empathy, and bottom lining.

Mary Jo Rathgeb

Mentor Member: Office Hours by Appointment

Mary Jo Rathgeb has over 25 years experience in marketing and public relations for corporations in the publishing industry and their advertisers. She has focused most of her career on family publications and understands the importance of creating cherished family memories that last a lifetime. Mary Jo has a BA in English Literature from St. Michaels College and a MS, Counseling in Grief and Loss from Pace University.

Shelly Masson

Mentor Member: Office Hours by Appointment

Shelly Masson is a culture strategist, story crafter and champion of significance.  With over 20 years of experience working in multiple, mission-driven industries, Shelly honed her skills and competencies around Leadership and Organizational Development.  During that time, she's been engaged in organizational change efforts, competency development programs and company-wide training implementations.  An experiential and dynamic facilitator, Shelly has received numerous certifications and successfully facilitated nationally recognized programs, such as Crucial Conversations® and PeopleFuel The Energy Project.  Shelly has a passion for coaching, developing others and bringing a "people perspective" to the strategic work she does. 

Qualifications and certifications that enable Shelly to be a strategic organizational partner:   

  • Over 20 years of experience working in higher education, academic medical systems and manufacturing
  • Masters Degree in Business Administration and certification in Training and Development
  • Senior Professional Human Resources designation since 2008
  • Graduate of the CaPP Institute for Coaching and Positive Psychology
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessments and workshops
  • EQi - Emotional Intelligence assessments and feedback coaching
  • Korn-Ferry Lominger competency development system
  • DDI 360 Feedback Coach
  • Strong Interest Inventory - career planning assessment and coaching
  • Graduate of the Disney Institute for Creating a Culture of Service Excellence
  • Laughter yoga instructor

Wellness MavenS

Jill Davies

Wellness Maven

After finding the Avatar Course nine years ago I now spend my time teaching the course to people who want to make a change in their life.

I am a teacher and a guide with a combination of education and practical experience in business strategy and personal development.  As an Avatar Master I teach people new skills to help them survive and flourish in today’s changing environment, leadership skills that work in life and in the business world. 

As an expert facilitator I guide companies and non profit groups through meetings and strategic planning …making each session productive and fulfilling.

I’m based in Woodstock, Vermont and involved with my community in many projects and at board level in several organizations: Sustainable Woodstock, Ottaquechee Health Foundation, Women Business Owners Network (WBON) and I just began serve as Selectwoman for my town.

I’m a licensed Avatar Master and hold an MBA from the University of Chicago.  I’m the co-founder of The Sage Network, a group of senior facilitation professionals.