“The Howells Group team has a unique set of skills, experience and talent to help any organization through the growth and change process.”
—VP of Business and Program Development, Global Design Automation Company

Karen Howells

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 12.30.58 PMAs President and Founder of the Portland based firm, The Howells Group, Inc., Karen has worked as an executive coach as well as a leadership, teamwork and organization development consultant for companies large and small around the world for more than 30 years. Karen is also a highly respected and seasoned workshop leader, speaker and meeting facilitator.  Karen and her partners have worked locally, throughout the US, as well as globally for clients such as NIKE, Intel Corporation, American Express, Barco Medical Imaging, Freightliner, Cadence Design Systems, Hewlett Packard and many other Fortune 500 companies, as well as in smaller entrepreneurial companies. Current clients include Intel, Wieden and Kennedy, R2C, Pacific Natural Foods, Solar World, Mass Ingenuity, and Crimson Trace.

In 2004 The Howells Group created an innovative approach with one of the world’s largest technology companies to develop and retain key performers in leadership.  This program continues to be utilized for this client and is currently being adapted for the global scope of the entire organization. Between Karen and the other partners at the Howells Group, we have more than 60 years of combined experience as coaches and consultants.  With this history, we can provide our clients with a rich array of proven tools and process to grow leaders, teams and their organizations.


Richard Howells

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 12.33.45 PMRichard has been a practicing management consultant for 25 years. He has held executive leadership positions and served as Director of Organization Development for an Oregon-based insurance company. He consulted for six years as a principal with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), one of the largest IT and management consulting firms in the U.S. In 2000, Richard founded his own management consulting practice in Portland, Oregon, actively collaborating with clients and colleagues on various large-scale change projects.

The heart of Richard’s work is consulting with executive teams, aligning on business strategy, developing the ownership of senior managers, and mobilizing employees. Richard is committed to uncovering and building on the strengths that already exist in an organization, rather than focusing on what is wrong. Richard aims his practice at building alignment with leadership and management teams, as well as creating “line-of-sight” to strategy from bottom to top. At utilities, manufacturing and service organizations, he has helped create innovative processes for engaging managers and employees, giving people a stronger voice in shaping the future of their companies and their own careers.Richard has developed tools for exploring the effectiveness of team decision-making, accountability management, conflict management and other areas of organizational effectiveness. He is skilled using interviews, focus groups and surveys to identify organizational strengths and opportunities for improvement. Richard has served many clients around the United States focusing on executive alignment, leadership development, executive coaching, strategic visioning, cultural change, high performance teamwork, and generating breakthroughs in results.


 James Warrick

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 12.34.45 PMLeadership Coach and Catalyst, James Warrick is a trusted relationship for women and men. His client list is made up of leaders in every industry who say, “James is an innovator in developing people.”  It’s the sharpness of the conversation, the challenge of new thinking, the action that is taken… it’s what we hope for in a coaching relationship.

James holds a Masters in Coaching and Leadership Development.  He has earned the prestigious credentials of a Professionally Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation. James has taught over 50 Graduate-level coaching courses and trained over 500 new coaches.

Coaching clients include leaders from a wide range of organizations and sectors; R2C Advertising, Compassion International, Clark Nuber Global Accounting, Chapman University Leadership, Nike, Merrill Lynch, Williams Sonoma, entrepreneurs and best selling authors.  James, a strategic partner with the Howells Group, brings proven tools and a process to grow leaders.


Heather Harrison

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 12.37.40 PMAs an Organization Development Consultant, Heather has worked with leadership, teams and individuals in four large organizations for over 15 years; University of Washington Hospitals, University of California San Diego Medical Center, Arthur Anderson, Andersen Consulting and Intel.  She collaborates with management in the development of skilled leaders, strategic organization systems and effective teams.  Her intent as an Organization Development Consultant is to grow and develop individual employees and increase overall organizational productivity.Ten years ago, she transitioned her career from a sole focus on Organization Development and Leadership Coaching to also becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. In addition to her work as an Organization Development Consultant, she also works with individuals, couples and families to help them navigate life transitions. Embedded in these transitions are issues of anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem, abuse and addiction.  The goal of her Counseling practice is to help people to confront and deal with these issues in order to gain a sense of peace, purpose and direction.

Heather Harrison, MA, LPC, LMFT
Heather Anne Harrison, LLC


Karrine Granato

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 12.35.35 PMAs a member of The Howells Group, Inc., Karrine brings to her clients a unique set of skills, experience and passion. Her extensive background in theatre arts, program development and business training will empower you to be the best you can be. Karrine is a professional actress, choreographer and director with more than 20 years experience in all elements of theatrical productions.

Karrine uses her theatrical experience to help all her clients move toward mastery in their communication and presentation skills. Karrine has worked with such clients as Intel, Hewlett Packard, Nordstrom and Bonneville Power Administration to deliver results oriented communication trainings. Using her varied background, she coaches clients to tap into their unique style to maximize their impact as a communicator. She also coaches clients in refining their content and message to connect with their audience and meet their communication objectives.

Karrine also has a depth of experience in program management and assists clients in developing large and small programs for their employees. Through her experience as the Program Director for the Girl Scouts she impacted thousands of young women and hundreds of adult volunteers in their development of communication, interpersonal and life skills.

Rob Howells

ROB_NEW_Small With a diverse professional background in both for profit and not-for-profit organizations,       Rob brings broad experience to leaders needing support and counsel to develop a strong transition plan to ensure an organization’s ongoing legacy.

Over the last 30 years, Rob has held leadership roles in banking, sales and marketing, technology, education, and social services. He has a strong track record as a team player, people developer and growth oriented leader.

Rob has served on boards and worked closely with boards in his leadership roles giving him a strong foundation to serve both founders, executive directors and their boards to work together towards succession.

The son and grandson of founders, it’s literally been in his “DNA” to help grow organizations in multiple sectors, coming alongside the founder at various stages of their organization’s development to bring needed processes, talent development, sales and efficiency to increase organization’s effectiveness and to ensure an ongoing legacy. He has a strong passion to help founders and younger talent form powerful partnerships that is needed.


Tanya Young Stump

TANYA_NEW_HEADSHOT Square copyHaving held top level executive leadership roles in both for profit and non-profit organizations, Tanya is an effective visionary leader and is well equipped to coach teams and individuals. Whether you’re in start-up, turnaround, or an ambitious growth phase, she will enthusiastically work with you and your team to develop skills and effective strategies that lead to measurable results. She is also gifted in conflict resolution and is a certified mediator, facilitating challenging conversations and easing discord in order to return to peace and productivity.

Recognizing and affirming the talents and gifts of others is second nature to Tanya and you will leave your time together feeling more connected to yourself and with a greater confidence in your ability to accomplish your goals. She walks alongside clients, collaboratively challenging them to dig deeper and unlock potential. Her ability to establish warm rapport and trust helps clients arrive at inspiring personal growth and professional outcomes. Client R. Bloomfield, the Executive Director at Saint Child, says “ I have learned so much, both personally and professionally, from Tanya’s artful communication style and grace filled presence. She brings wisdom, insight, and creativity to every interaction and project. I am always confident that with Tanya as a part of a team, either as a leader or collaborator, both the process, and the outcome, will be enriched.


Kelly Johnston

Kelly_Headshot_1_30 copyKelly Johnston is a skilled and passionate professional focused on building healthy organizations that thrive. She is committed to the mission that healthy organizations provide a cornerstone to healthy people, teams and  communities. Her consulting expertise includes building strong individual skills, organizational cultures that flourish, as well as structures and systems needed for sustainable success

Kelly holds a Master in Science of Organizational Development, which combined coursework from MBA and graduate Psychology programs. She works in both the public and private sector and her experience ranges from individual coaching and leadership development to large-scale change initiatives focusing on strategic initiatives and organizational culture. She has also led enterprise level restructuring and organizational design initiatives. Clients most often comment on the clarity they receive in working with Kelly, both in terms of their own personal and professional goals and for how to best move their organization forward.


Rachael Price

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 12.38.00 PM Rachael is The Howells Group’s Client Services guru. With a diverse background in music, social media management and customer care she helps the partners of The Howells Group effectively connect and successfully communicate with each client.