Founders Bios

Geri Swingle

Geri is a professional Life Coach, LifePlan Facilitator, Speaker, Women’s Ministry Consultant and Instructor.  She received her training and certifications from Life Purpose Coaching Centers, International.  In 2005, Geri launched her own life coaching ministry for women called WholeWoman Ministry (www.wholewomanministry.com).  In 2007, Geri co-founded The Retreat at Hidden Treasure in Durango, Colorado with her husband Ron.  WholeWoman Ministry is now a ministry of The Retreat at Hidden Treasure.

Geri has over twenty-five years of experience in coaching/training roles, working with women of all ages. Before narrowing her focus to Life Coaching, she played the role of coach/trainer as an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer with her own business for over a decade.  In this role, she helped women and couples realize their fitness goals by designing and implementing customized fitness programs.  Because she worked with each client one-on-one in their homes, she was able to develop a relationship with them and often got beyond their fitness goals to minister to their spiritual needs.

During her tenure as a trainer, she also served as an advisory board member of a Christian jewelry company. Remember Me Jewelry, Inc. markets Greek and Hebrew symbols through the internet, mall kiosks, catalogs, and Christian event sales. In addition, she enjoyed the opportunities to work at events and partake in what God is doing through the message of the scripture-based jewelry.

Geri also held the position of Director of Prevention Education at the Crisis Pregnancy Center, in which she trained, coached and led a team of teens who spoke to their peers throughout the local school system on the benefits of abstinence before marriage.

Prior to that, she worked as a Peer Counselor at the Crisis Pregnancy Center.  In this role, she coached and assisted young mothers-to-be with their functional and emotional needs during a critical time in their lives.

Through all of these positions & life seasons, God has been honing Geri’s spiritual gifts, strengths & passions so that she could fulfill His calling on her life – to be a “Body (of Christ) Builder”! She feels her role allows her to have a front row seat to bear witness to God’s amazing transformational work in His beloved. Her joy is full when she is living out of her passion to help others discover and live out of theirs!

 

Ron Swingle

Ron is a professional Life Coach and LifePlan Facilitator.  He received his training and certifications from Life Purpose Coaching Centers, International and The Tom Paterson Institute.  In 2007, Ron co-founded The Retreat at Hidden Treasure in Durango, Colorado with his wife Geri.

Ron is also a Management Consultant with over 25 years experience in spearheading strategic business initiatives.   He possesses a unique combination of business and technical skills along with extensive experience in line, staff and consulting positions.  Ron’s work has been the subject of 2 business research papers authored by Ernst & Young’s Center for Business Innovation: Managing a Portfolio of Change and Pioneer-Standard Electronics: A Profile in Organizational Change.

Some of Ron’s key accomplishments: 

  • Corporate Transformation: Directed all aspects of a $35M, enterprise-wide Business Transformation initiative at a $1.5B electronics and computer systems distribution company.
     
  • Information Technology Consulting: Started and managed a new Information Technology consulting business within a $10B professional services firm.  Grew this business rapidly, becoming the fastest office within the company’s history to reach profitability.
     
  • “Big 5” Consulting:  Five years experience managing and consulting at a Big 5 professional services firm.

Ron has also been active in using his consulting skills in various pro bono engagements with local churches.  On one such engagement, he worked directly with the senior leadership team to “reinvent” the church, enabling it to experience significant growth in the local community.