Alyssa Gasca has been driving organizational change and building high performing teams for over 20 years. She spent the first half of her career at Intel, leading performance improvement and global change projects in a variety of corporate training, organizational development, and strategic planning roles. There she learned the importance of teamwork, discipline, and sustainable results and had the opportunity to build teams that crossed geographies, business groups and organizational levels.
Alyssa started her consulting practice (formerly Alyssa Gasca Consulting) in 2007 to help growing businesses solve tough problems through their people. Since then, SPARK Executive Solutions has grown and developed a reputation for their unique approach, which balances strategy with execution and relationships with results. In addition to leading companies (including top global brands) through large-scale transformation efforts, she has also designed and led hundreds of workshops for over 40 organizations across 15 countries, and has helped thousands of individuals build their leadership, management, and interpersonal skills.
Alyssa holds an MA in Adult Education from Portland State University with a focus on Corporate Training & Development, and a BA in Psychology from Oregon State University.
Alyssa’s favorite part of working at SPARK: “Motivating others by tapping into the power of people and teams.”
When Alyssa’s not working, you can find her: “Outside playing with my family, or curled up on a couch reading.”
Monica Eisel is a passionate catalyst for building high performing teams and exceptional strengths-based leaders. She has over twenty years of experience inspiring leaders and teams to achieve their full potential through facilitation, training and coaching.
Monica specializes in management and leadership development, team and organizational development and long range strategic planning. Her expertise in communications, change management, human resources, project management and business analysis means that Monica can develop big picture strategy and skills with her clients, then roll up her sleeves for a practical implementation.
Monica has designed and developed customized facilitation, training and workshops for public agencies, private corporations and nonprofits on a wide range of topics including leadership & management development, strategic innovation, effective teamwork & collaboration, change management, storytelling for impact & action, presentation skills training, and individualized coaching. Since 2011, Monica has provided leadership training to over 3,000 individuals and facilitated strategic planning events for over 1,000 leaders.
Prior to working with SPARK, Monica worked in executive leadership development at Intel Corporation, Hoffman La Roche and Wells Fargo Bank. Monica has also served on the board of the Resource Area For Teaching, PC Pals school program and Golden Valley Charter Schools.
Monica holds a B.A. in Communications from Humboldt State University. She is a certified coach and facilitator for both DISC Communication Styles as well as the Leadership Practices Inventory® (LPI).
Monica’s favorite part of working at SPARK: “Getting to work with smart, savvy and fun people to help leaders and teams become the best versions of themselves.”
When Monica’s not working, you can find her: “Outside, enjoying the mountains of Northern California or traveling far and wide to see new places and cultures.”
Kent Thomas has spent 30 years in management and executive roles within the outdoor industry, where he honed business strategies and implementation, patented innovative product solutions and created dynamic messaging and branding for Cabela’s, The Outdoor Channel, Danner, LaCrosse, Leatherman and Crimson Trace. He specializes in building and leading teams that set high expectations to achieve a clear vision with long-term results. Using his innate ability to identify and eliminate roadblocks, he boldly challenges assumptions to help people accomplish their goals.
Kent attended the University of Kansas and studied Education before entering the world of consumer brands and behavior in 1989.
Kent’s favorite part of working at SPARK: “I love being surrounded by smart, driven, gifted leaders who also have a curious mindset and willing to grow. Helping leaders discover how to make better decisions, grow their businesses and build extraordinary teams, while also improving themselves is what makes SPARK really hum for me.”
When Kent’s not working, you can find him: “Outdoors somewhere, likely in the mountains of the PNW, Idaho or Montana. But if I’m doing it right, you won’t find me at all…”
Cindy Johnson began her career in Human Resources, accruing over a decade of experience with local companies Biotronik, Inc., Willamette Dental Group, P.C. and Certus Corporation. After starting a family, her professional focus shifted to the nonprofit sector, where she was Program Manager and a member of the Board of Directors at Oregon Repertory Singers.
Cindy also donates her time with local organizations such as The Portland Rescue Mission, Friends of Trees, SOLV and the Oregon Food Bank.
She is a graduate of the University of Oregon, where she studied Psychology and Business. Go Ducks!
Cindy’s favorite part of working at SPARK: “I love the challenge of having many different balls in the air – from managing workshop details, client service, supporting Alyssa and the Team to helping run the business side of SPARK. It’s so much fun to help SPARK deliver the best to some of Portland’s best businesses!”
When Cindy’s not working, you can find her: “Out with my family and pup Sadie at the beach or hiking in the Columbia River Gorge, traveling and digging in my garden.”
The things we value most
Authenticity Be honest and direct, even when it is hard.
Humility We are here to serve our clients. Listen deeply, say “I don’t know” when appropriate, and always act with compassion.
Results Uncover and solve the real problems, and deliver high quality, sustainable results.
Collaboration Work together to find the right solution for each unique challenge. Teach clients how to fish. Ask for help when needed.