The Bearfence Story

 

Bearfence Mountain, Charlottesville Virginia Leadership Training, Central Virginia Coaching

The Metaphor

Our firm is named after the Bearfence Mountain rock scramble along the Appalachian Trail in central Virginia. It’s a short, but deceptively challenging climb over unique rock formations culminating in spectacular views of the surrounding valleys. Like life, the Bearfence rock scramble challenges us each in our own way and makes apparent the need to push ourselves in new directions to enable progress. It forces us to question how we’ve done things in the past, and how well our current approaches serve us. It also teaches us that if we muster the courage to step into uncomfortable situations, we can easily reach new heights, gain new perspectives, and find the unique strengths within each of us as complete and resourceful individuals.

The metaphor further alludes to our corporate ethos—to find strength within. In Native American cultures, the bear commonly represents strength, wisdom, and healing. These pillars represent our company’s charge in helping organizations find and leverage their unique strengths to perform at the highest levels. As organizations communicate better and develop high levels of trust, a healing occurs. The fence is symbolic of one’s surroundings—or the limit of their current perspective. Through Bearfence’s proven leadership solutions, organizations quickly realize that all the strength they need to succeed is already there within—they just need a catalyst to cultivate innate talents.

Founder

Our founder and President is Dave Brunelle—a forward-thinking, action-oriented polymath with an impeccable record of building teams, challenging processes, enacting efficiencies, effecting change, and empowering workforces. For over 25 years he’s led teams and organizations in the United States Marine Corps, defense contracting, private sector financial services, the federal Government, and numerous civic organizations. Every organization Dave has led benefited from dramatic increases in accountability, efficiency, retention, and organizational health.

David Brunelle Charlottesville Virginia Leadership Training, Central Virginia Coaching
After years of training leaders and Coaching individuals and teams, Dave became increasingly compelled to aid the human condition and awaken spirit within others. In some sense, all humans are perfect and whole. In other ways we’re all struggling and facing incredible challenges that we keep hidden from others. Further, through preoccupations, distractions, stuck emotions, or the lack of resources, most leaders fail to reach their true potential—thereby prohibiting their organization from reaching its utmost potential. Dave’s relentless mentoring, deep listening, and open mindedness unveiled the unique strengths within each person he encountered. His commitment to personal self-improvement and leveraging a proven formula of cutting-edge tools led to his vision of a leadership solutions firm that helps individuals and organizations find strength within.

Associates

In lockstep with our President, our team at Bearfence is a pool of experts who we leverage to meet the unique needs of every client. Our network of Certified Coaches, experienced facilitators, talented program managers, and battle-tested leaders are here for you.

Our Principle-level Associates include:

Kristine Campbell

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John Lindegren 

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Melinda Hayman

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Contact Us

Contact us to schedule a free 30-minute consultation and see how Bearfence’s customized leadership solutions will help your business find strength within. No sales pitches. No pressure. No strings attached. During the consultation, we’ll learn about your unique challenges and discuss if it makes sense for us to work together.
Kristine Campbell, MBA, MPH, ACC

Kristine is a Career, Leadership, and Performance Coach, and the founder of Coaching Strong, LLC. Across her 22-year career serving national non-profit and federal organizations, Kristine has established vision and strategy, driven change, and rallied large multi-faceted teams to achieve success. Kristine is proud to be a trusted Coach and Facilitator for Bearfence Leadership Solutions, while also serving The Muse, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, MSBCoach, and numerous individual clients across technology, retail, e-commerce, healthcare, legal services, and non-profit sectors. Kristine holds a Master of Public Health from The George Washington University, a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management from the National Intelligence University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

While at Darden, Kristine concentrated her studies on leadership and change management, and served as the first President of the Darden Network of Executive Women. Kristine holds the following professional certifications: an International Coaching Federation Associate Coaching Credential (ACC), Leadership and Performance Coach and Team Coach Certifications from ACT Leadership LLC, Instructor and Facilitator Certifications from the US Department of Defense, TetraMap Facilitator Certification from TetraMap US, Career Leader Assessment License from Career Leader LLP, and Certified Mindset Index Practitioner Certification from AIIR Consulting. In her free time, Kristine enjoys playing basketball and traveling with her family.

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John Lindegren

John is an enterprise minded visionary, constantly striving to improve the teams he serves. For over 28 years he’s led dynamic teams in the United States Army, defense contracting, and federal government. John has a BA in International Security from the University of Denver, and a Masters in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University. He’s a Department of Defense Certified Instructor as well as a certified Performance and Leadership Coach, and Certified Leadership Challenge Workshop Facilitator. John spends a majority of his free time volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America where he facilitates a variety of training, including Wood Badge – a leadership course utilizing experiential learning to teach and apply leadership principles in an outdoor environment. John loves being in the outdoors and spending time with his family.

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Melinda Hayman

Melinda is a Certified Executive Coach, communication expert, and leadership trainer. Her passion for leadership began when, at eight years old, she was handed her father’s Army leadership manual at the dinner table. Since then, she has coached, advised, and trained leaders across a wide variety of disciplines to achieve transformational change, both at the personal and organizational levels. She works with clients and teams of all sizes and functions, from one-on-one sessions to groups of several hundred. Melinda uniquely leverages the coaching mindset, core tenets of emotional and social intelligence, and her expertise as an interpersonal communication expert to spark insight, enable action, and increase effectiveness and outcomes.

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