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About Us

Trellis Life Management

We did not create the field of well-being any more than American business magnate, Henry Ford, invented the automobile. However, like the iconic industrialist, we have developed a process we believe has revolutionized the way to being healthy, happy, and satisfied with life.

For Ford, it was the assembly line and his realization that creating a process to piece together key individual components in a successive, mutually supportive manner would more efficiently and effectively produce the vehicle—a means to an end in a systems-based approach.

Like Ford, Trellis LM knows that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. For us, this is our Brain-Mind-Body System (BMBS™). This system cannot be optimized by working with the individual parts, rather must be managed in a synergistic way. The result is an integrated, practical and, manageable way to fundamental and sustainable well-being.

We have spent decades scouring the landscape and studying/testing the many individual (and valid) approaches, from ancient practices to cutting-edge performance-enhancement techniques. From that exhaustive exploration, we have woven a lattice of best approaches to help people, teams and organizations move toward their boundless capacity.

We bring together the most accurate information, the best techniques, and the most effective psychometric tools/assessments from across the well-being domains and deliver them in an interwoven system. Like the lattice in a trellis, the package provides the necessary structure and support to achieve optimal growth in all aspects of your life.

We understand when and how various approaches are most effective and meet each client in their context.

Mission

We teach science-based techniques and use highly researched tools to bridge the gap from desiring improvement, increasing self-awareness, setting concrete goals, and, ultimately, to attaining sustained, meaningful change.

Vision

To provide the necessary support and structure for true, meaningful, and sustained positive change for individuals, groups and, ultimately, societies. We do this by helping people understand and optimize their brain-mind-body systems.

What Makes Us Different


  • Interwoven Program and Techniques¬†that Consider¬†the Brain, the Mind, and the Body¬†¬†
  • Unique¬†in Our¬†Approach¬†to¬†the Science and Art of Well-being ¬†¬†
  • Transcend¬†Other Mind-Body Approaches¬†¬†
  • Blend¬†Ancient Practices and Cutting-Edge Science in Well-Being¬†¬†
  • Diverse Team¬†United by a¬†Passion to Help People, Groups, and Society¬†Gain Coherence¬†
  • Flexible, Practical,¬†Instantly¬†Applicable¬†Techniques and Approaches¬†
  • Cost-Effective Means to Supporting Our¬†Overall¬†Health¬†¬†
  • Promotes and Supports¬†Individual Goals, Challenges, and Needs¬†¬†
  • Limitless¬†Opportunities for Enhancement in All Aspects of Life ¬†¬†
  • Team¬†Possesses a Vast Array of¬†Global and Professional Experience¬†and an Ample Portfolio of Skills and Competencies¬†¬†
  • Steadfast in Pursuit of Leading-edge¬†Research on Techniques and Practices¬†¬†
  • Believe in Building Community Not Simply Healthier and Higher Performing Individuals¬†¬†
  • We are Fun to Work with and Great to Be Around!¬†¬†
  • Through the Trellis Aperture, Client is Synonymous with¬†Community¬†Member
 
Practices and techniques that weave together achieve together.

Colleen
Co-founder, Coach & Trainer, Speaker

Colleen has 20 years of experience in executive and life coaching; organization development; and designing/delivering performance-enhancement, learning and development, and resilience programs. Her expertise and passion centers around programs based in the science and practice of mindfulness techniques; brain-mind-body optimization; and self-regulation for greater well-being and improved performance. She brings a unique background in psychotherapy and body-based therapy, coaching, training mindfulness/yoga practice as well as hard science. She has experience working with a very diverse client base, including corporate, military, academic, diplomatic, social services, cyber (hackers), information technology R&D, and non-profit organizations, and with clients from over 25 countries.

Colleen has a B.A. in French/Chinese/Economics, an A.A. in Laser Electro-optics Technology, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology. Her certifications include the Hudson Institute of Coaching; Cultural Intelligence Center (CQ¬ģ and Unconscious Bias); Myers-Briggs (MBTI¬ģ); MHS (EQi/EQ360); HeartMath¬ģ Institute; Institute for Social and Emotional Intelligence (ISEI¬ģ); Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT¬ģ); Somatic Experiencing¬ģ International (body-based trauma resolution);¬†Science of Stretching‚ĄĘ (YOGABODY Teachers College¬ģ);¬†Sleep Science¬†Coaching (Spencer Institute);¬†Breath Coaching (YOGABODY Teachers College¬ģ); and, Idea Connection System, Inc. (ISPI¬ģ). She speaks fluent French and gets by in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

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Colleen

Colleen has 20 years of experience in coaching and designing/delivering performance-enhancement, learning and development, and resilience programs. Her expertise and passion centers around programs based in the science and practice of mindfulness techniques; brain-mind-body optimization; and self-regulation for greater well-being and improved performance. She brings a unique background in psychotherapy and body-based therapy, coaching, training mindfulness/yoga practice as well as hard science. She has experience working with a very diverse client base, including corporate, military, academic, diplomatic, social services, cyber (hackers), information technology R&D, and non-profit organizations, and with clients from over 25 countries.

Colleen has a B.A. in French/Chinese/Economics, an A.A. in Laser Electro-optics Technology, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology. Her certifications include the Hudson Institute of Coaching; Cultural Intelligence Center (CQ® and Unconscious Bias); Myers-Briggs (MBTI®); MHS (EQi/EQ360); HeartMath® Institute; Institute for Social and Emotional Intelligence (ISEI®); Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT®); Somatic Experiencing® International (body-based trauma resolution); and, Idea Connection System, Inc. (ISPI®). She speaks fluent French and gets by in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

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George
Co-founder, Coach & Trainer, Speaker

George truly believes in the “Whole of One Approach” to brain, mind, and body fitness and well-being. His mantra: “The courage to change is the initial footstep along the pathway to personal growth, evolution, and the attainment of limitless capacity.”

George has accumulated over forty-three years of combined experience within the Department of Defense (DoD) in uniform – U.S. Army – and as a federal employee, both civil service and contractor. During his Army career spanning thirty-one years – twenty-eight as an officer –his key military areas of expertise included leadership development; force management and development; and tactical, operational, and strategic planning and execution in peacetime and combat. Throughout this entire period, George was a change manager, mentor, and developer of leaders. As a Department of Defense civil servant, George supported the NATO-led military operations in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Resolute Support) as a senior advisor. In this capacity, he provided critical guidance, advice, and mentorship in the areas of good governance and sustainable institutional capacity building to key leaders within the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan security ministries. As with his time in uniform, these missions called on his skills in change management and leadership development, and leveraged his emotional and cultural intelligence.

Since 2015 George has served as program and course manager of the Defense Security Cooperation University’s (DSCU) Ministry of Defense Advisors (MoDA) and Defense Advisors Program (DAP) training endeavors. During this time, he has planned, managed, and executed the training of over 400 career Department of Defense career employees and United States military service members enabling them to effectively serve globally with strategic partner countries at the ministerial/cabinet level.

George Reynolds has a B.A. in Business Management, M.S. in Strategic Studies, and an M.A. in Military Studies. He is also a graduate of both the US Army War College and the US Army Command and General Staff College as well as the US Army Force Management School.

            

Maya Mizuki
Chief Communications Officer

Maya has the unique experience of being Trellis cofounder, Colleen Mizuki's daughter as well as her (involuntary but grateful) life-long student. From an early age, Maya was invited to engage with her mother on the concepts, curiosities, and research that eventually evolved into what is now Trellis Life Management. Maya maintains a long standing passion for understanding people, connecting with them, and helping them connect with each other.

After beginning her academic career as a Communication major, Maya discovered a love for the science of language, its usage, and its implications. This led her to receive a B.A. in Linguistics (emphasis in sociocultural linguistics) from the University of California Santa Barbara. Maya has volunteered with First Decision Education Group, assisting in teaching English as a second language (L2) at schools in Beijing and Kunming, China. She went on to work as Marketing Coordinator at C2 California Clean, while also volunteering with the Department of Defense Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program as Instructor Manager.

Maya looks forward to a life of exploring all corners of the world, however Croatia and France hold a special place in Maya's heart. She has spent a significant amount of time immersed in the two countries, their cultures, and their languages. 

Wherever she finds herself located, Maya feels grounded in the natural world, observing the intelligence and flow of the systems we exist in. In her down time she enjoys reading, writing, listening to podcasts and music, exploring various art mediums, and growing her collection of increasingly irrelevant facts.

Kelsi Gallagher

Social Media Manager

Kelsi is a dedicated advocate for mental health and holistic wellness, with a diverse background in music, art, gaming, and teaching. With a passion for connecting mind, body, and spirit, Kelsi's journey has been shaped by a commitment to self-care and empowering others to prioritize their mental health.


In pursuit of their holistic wellness goals, Kelsi attended Healing Hands School of Holistic Health in Escondido, CA, where she studied massage therapy encompassing both Western and Eastern practices, tai chi, herbalism, and nutrition.


Driven by a desire to make mental health services accessible to all, Kelsi is deeply committed to empowering individuals with mental health struggles. Through their advocacy work, she strives to break down stigma and promote a culture of understanding and support.


Outside of their professional pursuits, Kelsi finds joy in exploring different cultures through travel, learning new languages, and discovering music of all genres. She is also an avid artist, cherishing quality time spent painting with friends. With a blend of compassion, creativity, and expertise, Kelsi continues to make a meaningful impact in the realms of mental health advocacy, holistic wellness, and digital engagement

    

Laura Hsu, NC, A-CFHC, NBC-HWC
Associate, Nutrition Consultant and Health & Wellness Coach

Laura received her nutrition certification in 2015 from Bauman College, School for Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts, in Santa Cruz, CA. She is also board-certified through the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. She completed training to become an Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) Certified Coach in 2018. In 2022, she became a board-certified functional health coach, enabling her to help clients create a wellness vision and mobilize their own insight, internal strengths, and deepest motivations to make lasting behavior change.

Laura helps clients achieve their wellness goals through a personalized nutrition and lifestyle approach that always centers around nourishing whole foods. Her approach is practical, sustainable, educational, and supportive. She has helped clients with health issues including blood sugar imbalance, gut dysbiosis and digestive problems, weight management, and autoimmunity. She enjoys spending time with her husband and teenage son, cooking, reading, and hiking.

Kelsi Gallagher
Social Media Manager

Kelsi is a dedicated advocate for mental health and holistic wellness, with a diverse background in music, art, gaming, and teaching. With a passion for connecting mind, body, and spirit, Kelsi's journey has been shaped by a commitment to self-care and empowering others to prioritize their mental health.

In pursuit of their holistic wellness goals, Kelsi attended Healing Hands School of Holistic Health in Escondido, CA, where she studied massage therapy encompassing both Western and Eastern practices, tai chi, herbalism, and nutrition.

Driven by a desire to make mental health services accessible to all, Kelsi is deeply committed to empowering individuals with mental health struggles. Through their advocacy work, she strives to break down stigma and promote a culture of understanding and support.

Outside of their professional pursuits, Kelsi finds joy in exploring different cultures through travel, learning new languages, and discovering music of all genres. She is also an avid artist, cherishing quality time spent painting with friends. With a blend of compassion, creativity, and expertise, Kelsi continues to make a meaningful impact in the realms of mental health advocacy, holistic wellness, and digital engagement.

Laura Hsu, NC, A-CFHC, NBC-HWC

Nutrition Consultant and Health & Wellness Coach

Laura received her nutrition certification in 2015 from Bauman College, School for Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts, in Santa Cruz, CA. She is also board-certified through the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. She completed training to become an Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) Certified Coach in 2018. In 2022, she became a board-certified functional health coach, enabling her to help clients create a wellness vision and mobilize their own insight, internal strengths, and deepest motivations to make lasting behavior change. Laura helps clients achieve their wellness goals through a personalized nutrition and lifestyle approach that always centers around nourishing whole foods. Her approach is practical, sustainable, educational, and supportive. She has helped clients with health issues including blood sugar imbalance, gut dysbiosis and digestive problems, weight management, and autoimmunity. She enjoys spending time with her husband and teenage son, cooking, reading, and hiking.

Dr. Mike Patterson
Associate, Speaker, Consultant, Coach

Dr. Mike Patterson is an author, speaker, consultant, and coach committed to helping leaders accomplish more with, through, and for people. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book, Mission First People Always: The Definitive Guide to Balancing People and Performance, and co-author of Have a Nice Conflict: How to Find Success and Satisfaction in the Most Unusual Places. He has also authored or co-authored several successful training programs and is the host of the chart-topping podcast Mission First People Always: Great Leaders. Great Teams.

Dr. Mike teaches in the doctoral programs at Pepperdine University's Graduate of Education and Psychology and California Baptist University. His area of scholarship is adult learning theory and training transfer, but he teaches courses in organizational behavior, leadership, and learning design and evaluation. He has also taught in the masters program in organizational psychology (MSOP) at Vanguard University, as well as undergraduate business courses at Concordia University. He has guest lectured at Loma Linda University's School of Public Health and Walla Walla University.

For 10-years, Dr. Mike was a principal at Core Strengths, the global talent development company that publishes the well-known psychometric assessment, SDI 2.0, Core Strengths training, and the Core Strengths performance support platform. Dr. Mike represented the brand as an international speaker and thought leader, and helped the company grow by 400%. He continues to use the SDI 2.0 and promote Relationship Intelligence in nearly all of his client engagements.

Prior to joining Core Strengths, Dr. Mike spent 20-years in the pharmaceutical industry, rising to become the Director of Leadership and Employee Development for TAP Pharmaceuticals and later, Takeda Pharmaceuticals America. Earlier in his career at TAP, he led sales teams of ten to 120, was the product manager for a $4 Billion dollar brand, and was a sales trainer. Dr. Mike began his career as a U.S. Army officer.

Dr. Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, a Master of Public Administration from Troy University, a Master of Arts from Biola University, and a Certificate in Biblical Studies from Talbot School of Theology. Dr. Mike earned his doctorate in education from Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. His dissertation, Factors Affecting Training Transfer in a Sales Organization, was designated a distinguished dissertation by the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI).

How Dr. Mike can Help Your Team or Organization
Whether you need to develop the leadership capacity of your front-line supervisors or senior executive team, Dr. Mike brings a high-energy, activity-driven, and interactive approach to all of his engagements. He focuses on immediate application and challenges leaders to bring out the best in those around them by building more productive relationships. Specifically, Dr. Mike delivers team- and cohort-based training using the SDI 2.0 learning tool, as well as lively keynote presentations on a variety of topics. Dr. Mike is also a coach and counselor to executives and can help navigate difficult situations where interpersonal conflict is involved. He also partners with organizational leaders to develop learning strategy and curriculum.

 

DeChon Burns

Associate, Speaker, Coach

DeChon has a very long career as a well-rounded athlete, coach, leader, and community servant. In high school, he played football and basketball and ran track (All-Conference Long-Jump champion), and went on to play football and baseball for the University of Southern California where he played in two Rose Bowl games. DeChon later played baseball in the Houston Astros developmental system. Ultimately, he found his calling in coaching, serving at the University of Texas El Paso, Texas Southern, and on to the NFL where he coached for a number of teams including the Eagles, 49ers, and (then) Washington Redskins. He then decided to dedicate his experience to not only coach young, talented athletes in various high schools, but also to support the Freddie Mac Organization, Hoops for the Homeless. He continues to share his insight and coaching wisdom at Linfield Christian HS in Temecula, CA, and as a public speaker. DeChon has a B.A. in Communication (emphasis in social sciences) and has three amazing children.  

Dechon burns

ASSOCIATE, SPEAKER, CONSULTANT, COACH 

DeChon has a very long career as a well-rounded athlete, coach, leader, and community servant. In high school, he played football and basketball and ran track (All-Conference Long-Jump champion), and went on to play football and baseball for the University of Southern California where he played in two Rose Bowl games. DeChon later played baseball in the Houston Astros developmental system. Ultimately, he found his calling in coaching, serving at the University of Texas El Paso, Texas Southern, and on to the NFL where he coached for a number of teams including the Eagles, 49ers, and (then) Washington Redskins. He then decided to dedicate his experience to not only coach young, talented athletes in various high schools, but also to support the Freddie Mac Organization, Hoops for the Homeless. He continues to share his insight and coaching wisdom at Linfield Christian HS in Temecula, CA, and as a public speaker. DeChon has a B.A. in Communication (emphasis in social sciences) and has three amazing children.  

      

Grace Stephen, DC, E-RYT500 
Associate, Speaker, Consultant, Coach

Professional Yoga Therapist, Lead Instructor at Yovana Yoga 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, Qi Gong Instructor and Retreat Leader

Formal Education: Doctor of Chiropractic, B.S. Biology

Grace’s unique teaching is a blend of her training in the United States and abroad. She personally understands the power of mind-body practices; specifically qigong and yoga, and is inspired to teach others about their innate ability to heal. After a debilitating automobile accident and a previous diagnosis of cancer, these practices helped her regain physical health and peace of mind. Grace has learned to share the benefits of Qigong and Yoga with every body. Her lists of students have included, children, adults, professional and non-professional athletes. Prior to becoming a mind-body instructor, Grace had a long successful career in the medical field. She has spent most of her career working with people of various abilities and health concerns. When not teaching Grace enjoys, cycling, hiking, trail running, SUP and loving on her three rescue fur babies. She teaches group classes and maintains a private practice in Kennesaw, GA.

‚ÄúMy passion is to teach people the power of the mind, body and breath to improve all aspects of their life‚ÄĚ.¬† ¬†Grace Stephen

Grace Stephen, DC, E-RYT500, NBC-HWC

Associate, Speaker, Consultant, Coach

Professional Yoga Therapist, Lead Instructor at Yovana Yoga 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, Qi Gong Instructor and Retreat Leader

Formal Education: Doctor of Chiropractic, B.S. Biology

Grace’s unique teaching is a blend of her training in the United States and abroad. She personally understands the power of mind-body practices; specifically qigong and yoga, and is inspired to teach others about their innate ability to heal. After a debilitating automobile accident and a previous diagnosis of cancer, these practices helped her regain physical health and peace of mind. Grace has learned to share the benefits of Qigong and Yoga with every body. Her lists of students have included, children, adults, professional and non-professional athletes. Prior to becoming a mind-body instructor, Grace had a long successful career in the medical field. She has spent most of her career working with people of various abilities and health concerns. When not teaching Grace enjoys, cycling, hiking, trail running, SUP and loving on her three rescue fur babies. She teaches group classes and maintains a private practice in Kennesaw, GA.

 

‚ÄúMy passion is to teach people the power of the mind, body and breath to improve all aspects of their life‚ÄĚ.¬†
Grace Stephen