WVTAs 2nd Annual Leadership Workshop


Jill Baake, Thrive! Confidence Coach

Jill attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and received her B.A. in Education. She went on to complete her M.A. in Education at Viterbo University. She taught kindergarten for four years in the Greater Milwaukee Area and then moved on from Education to become an Internal Resource Manager at GMR Marketing for six years. In 2008, after several disruptive life experiences, Jill did some soul searching and realized that her purpose was to support people as a coach and community leader. From this place, she started a personal wellness center called The Atrium. As life continued to lead her in new directions, she became acquainted with the four women who developed and expanded THRIVE!; allowing her to bring her experience and life strategy to the broader stage of business, sport, and life.

Lori Kuhn, Thrive! Executive Coach

Lori received her B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1994. Since then, Lori has worked in Big Six (now Big Four) and national accounting firms. She has worked in the financial, business, and advising environment for over thirty years, where she has done everything from managing multimillion dollar budgets to consulting for Fortune 500 companies. Lori has studied and received multiple holistic practice certifications including energy medicine, soul coaching, and hypno-therapy. This holistic path drew Lori to THRIVE!, where for the first time she feels that she finally found a practice that not only impacts humanity but also, enables her to live a life that she loves. As one of the four owners, she is proud to be an integral part of THRIVE!’s impact.

Kristen Cooley, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)

Kristen Cooley is a Veterinary Technician Specialist in anesthesia and analgesia. She is an Instructional Specialist at the University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine where she has spent over decade studying anesthesia and pain management under some of the most brilliant minds. Kristen is the immediate Past President of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia, she is a board member of the International Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) and a part of the steering committee for the newly organized North American Veterinary Anesthesia Society (NAVAS). Kristen is a published editor, author and illustrator of anesthesia related text books as well as an internationally recognized and frequently sought after speaker and award winning instructor. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and 5 year old twins, a handful of dogs and cats and a 28 year old box turtle.