Amanda Johns
Founder and Executive Program Director

Amanda graduated Cum Laude from the University of Tennesse with a B.A. in Communications, Business Management and Spanish. She is as licensed real estate agent in TN, professional speaker, sales and leadership consultant and author of Selling to the Sexes and 4-Dimensional Follow Up. She is the Founder of Southwestern Speakers Bureau and remains as the liason between Southwestern Certified Speakers and outside corporate entities.

Isla Lake, Corporate Program Director

Isla graduated Magna cum Laude from both Liberty University with an A.A. in Communication and Trevecca Nazarene University with a B.A. in Business Management and Human Relations. Isla has been with Southwestern Consulting since the summer of 2010 and serves as a Corporate Program Director for the Southwestern Speakers Bureau. Isla works with Associations, Educational Institutions, Corporations and many other for profit organizations to help them find speakers and trainers for their annual meetings and events.

Tessie Gale, Corporate Program Director

Tessie is the Program Director for Motivational Speaker, Author and Self-Discipline Strategist Rory Vaden. Rory's work revolves entirely around teaching people to do things they know they should do but don't want to do. Tessie's 

extensive experience in leadership, management, sales, and communication assists her in partnering with companies who are in search of a dynamic professional speaker for their annual conferences and events.


Jane Weber, Corporate Program Director

Jane has a B.A. from Tufts University. She started her career with the Southwestern Company as a college intern but continued to work with the company for the next 6 years. She was in the top 100 her first year as a sales rep and a top manager year after year. She has spent the last 15 years in the Financial & Business Administration arena for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. She now focuses her time on helping Educational Institutions find speakers and trainers for their annual meetings and events. 
Jane also enjoys hiking, hot air ballooning and bicycling in her spare time with her husband of 32 years.

Kajsa White, Corporate Program Director

Dana Owen, Bureau Coordinator

Dana comes to Southwestern Consulting’s special operations team as the Bureau Coordinator. She has specialized in streamlining administrative processes and creating reporting systems since 2006. She resides in Nashville, TN and is married to her husband Dallas with their first child.

Kimberly Novosel, Brand Manager

Kimberly received her BA from Belmont University in 2004 and has spent the last six years working in marketing in various fields including entertainment, fashion, and real estate, among other industries. She started KMN Consulting in 2011 through which she handles all of the marketing and tour management for the Take the Stairs and Rory Vaden brands.  In her free time, Kimberly runs charity event planning group Giving Back is the New Black which allows her to use her love of event planning to give back to the community and encourage other young professionals to find their own ways to do the same.  She loves reading, writing, kickboxing, yoga and traveling to big cities.

Melody Joachims, Speaker Coordinator