Sally Pelto-Wheeler

A Note from the Owner

I have long been a believer of the positive impacts of nature and the outdoors on human health. I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, along the shores of Lake Superior. I spent much of my collegiate studies and professional career understanding the positive impacts nature and outdoor recreation has on human health and the development of communities. The more exposure humans have to nature, the more we benefit from reduced anxiety, enhanced creativity, and overall well-being. Park and recreation agencies are uniquely positioned to positively impact our communities and serve all people ‒ every age, every ethnicity, every social class. I believe deeply in the passion and potential of this group of professionals.


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.”   ~ Marianne Williamson


I have been a relationship builder and networker my whole life – a connector and advocate of people and ideas. My professional career led me through different roles, so I can appreciate the work completed at all levels of an agency. Through the development of the Collaborative Training Network, I am helping professionals work with purpose and integrity. My guidance is based on my commitment to and the foundations of:  

    • Multidisciplinary approaches to viewing challenges
    • Self-accountability in our words and actions
    • Anti-racist principles that embody inclusion
    • Courage to be authentic and deeply understanding yourself first

I meet you where you are – not where you hope to be – not where I expect you to be – but right where you are. That is my favorite place to get to know you.


“Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling but start. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just start.”   ~ Ijeoma Umebinyuo


I value…

Authenticity:   a commitment to being genuine and transparent

Integrity:   radical courage to practice honest communication and conduct

Wholeheartedness:   gratitude for the continual learning and hard work it requires to positively impact our communities


The Collaborative Training Network LLC
provides services to parks and recreation entities and other municipal agencies in the areas of:

Staff Training & Coaching Services

  • Leader & manager coaching
  • Agency-wide coaching
  • Workshops & trainings

Agency Planning & Engagement Services

  • Transition planning for outgoing/incoming leaders
  • Organizational efficiency planning & implementation
  • Master planning
  • Strategic planning

Sally’s coaching programs for agencies are not your typical out-of-the box trainings. Leaders are looking for ways to engage their managers and supervisors that stimulate growth and efficiency. In agency-wide coaching, Sally cultivates a trusting relationship and helps you see your blind spots – the miscommunications and oversights missed by busy staff. ​In one-on-one coaching, Sally invites you to take a deeper look at your relationships and how they function.

Sally listens – not to respond – but to understand and create solutions collaboratively. And she works with park and recreation staff like you every day. ​Though the growth​​ can be uncomfortable at times, Sally coaches folks through sustainable change with openness and compassion.

She specializes in strengths-based one-on-one and group coaching. She is skilled at designing programs that are fun and can be utilized long after she’s gone.


Individual Coaching Options

If you are an individual professional looking to be coached on your own, Sally is excited to guide you through whatever you are experiencing in your life right now. Maybe you accepted a new job or you’re feeling stuck at your current job. Or maybe you’re not feeling much of anything and you’d like to find your way. Sally offers in-depth one-on-one coaching for individuals. This includes monthly sessions and messaging support between sessions. See the “Individual Coaching Packages” section for more details.

Individual Coaching Packages

As an entrepreneur who practices being socially aware and economically just, I offer a managed sliding fee scale for my individual coaching.

I do not want you to turn away from an opportunity to collaborate with me solely because of financial concerns. I also understand that self-development and self-investment has many layers of difficulty when considering value & money. Many of these feelings are culturally ingrained in us – some of the feelings that might arise “How could I spend this money on myself, it feels selfish?” or “I can’t afford that!?” I observe within myself and within my clients that investment in self (with time, energy or resources) is the single biggest shift that can happen in a person’s life. 

I’ll say, the biggest disadvantage of the sliding scale is that folks will take advantage of it. I hope you don’t, because it is my desire to work with all those who feel called to do this type of deep, reflective work.

Here is what I offer for my sliding fee scale. I will admit that sometimes I need a reminder too, of where I fall on the economic-stability scale so that I can make more informed choices to redistribute my financial privilege and support financially insecure folks in our profession.

*concepts from my managed sliding fee scale are borrowed gratefully from Alexis J Cunningfolk at

While I ask you to take these factors into consideration, please don’t stress about it. I will not ask questions or quiz you on your payment choices. 

✔ I offer standard payment plans for anyone who asks about them (spreading automatic payments in smaller or extended payments).

In gratitude.

Individual Coaching Packages

6 month package

Notice Patterns & Initiate Change

12 month package

Notice Patterns, Initiate Change & Transform

5 sessions

10 sessions

messaging support between sessions

messaging support between sessions



Schedule your free 30 minute Introduction Call.

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”          ~ James Baldwin

Coaching is right for you if…

  • You rarely ever feel heard

  • You are feeling stuck or you want change

  • You are curious about the stress in your life

  • You are transitioning to a new role/position

See my YouTube page for more testimonials and Coaching Corner videos.

Sally’s coaching offers guidance from a behavioral health, energetic, and relational lens. Sally is an intuitive behavioral health coach with an understanding of the connections between mind, body, and environment.

Planning and engagement done well takes time and thoughtful action. Sally has a knack for meeting people where they are – through leadership transitions, in the midst of “leveling-up”, or planning for the future. She engages you and your stakeholders in meaningful ways that work best for your agency and community. Your outcomes – what success ‘looks like’ to you – is Sally’s priority throughout the project.

Sally takes the time to discuss your challenges and designs your plans collaboratively – with your input and her project management expertise.


Introductory Consultation

Parks and people are my passions! Contact me to set up a time for a phone or video chat. 

I take the time to learn and understand your challenges. We can work together to create programs that work best for your staff and community.

  • In-depth consultations are free of charge.
  • Don’t like what I’m cooking? I can help guide you to other resources. It’s most important to me that you find what you’re looking for!

Consult Me!

Get in Touch

I am looking forward to collaborating with you!