Our Team

Coolaroo is a cohesive team of professionals with a range of complementary skills. We partner with companies that value their employees as the foundation of their business success, and who value a growth mindset and a focus on productivity and efficiency. 

Lisa McDonough

Lisa develops and teaches programs to align individual capabilities and interests with an organization’s needs and strategy at all levels — for employees, managers and leaders. Her speciality is creating practical experiences for fast skill development.

Lisa has more than 25 years of executive coaching experience working with individuals and teams across the world in a variety of industries, including technology, biopharma, advertising, investments, government and the military. She received her BA in organizational behavior from the University of Canberra Australia, a BA from the Australian National University, and is certified in the Hogan Leadership Development tool, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, and DISC, as well as the True Colors Work Style Assessment tool.

Luke Bailey, PhD

Luke specializes in planning, operations, finance, logistics, and administration — a skill set honed over a 20-year career with the United States Coast Guard. He’s currently a member of the leadership team for Hawai’i Gas, responsible for oversight and management of Maui County. 

He’s also highly active in volunteer work, having served as a youth sports coach for baseball and soccer, and as a mentor and tutor for underprivileged youth.  He currently volunteers with the Wounded Warriors, among other organizations.
Luke has an MBA from Columbia College and a Doctorate in business administration from the City University of Seattle. He’s also certified as a master exercise practitioner by the Emergency Management Institute.

Nicola Ries Taggart

Nicola is a leadership success strategist, coach, trainer and speaker who specializes in showing teams how they can improve communication and increase connection and collaboration. She’s been coaching, developing and delivering personal and professional development programs for more than 15 years. As a certified life, leadership and relationship coach, engaging speaker, and skilled facilitator, Nicola creates an experience for her clients and audiences that combine experiential information, motivational messages, inner wisdom and practical take-away tools. She is on a mission to help people create a life that blends the best of both worlds: a satisfying and successful professional life and a fun and fulfilling personal life.

Nicola is also the author and creator of the CALM THE CHAOS Journal and product line published by Chronicle Books. She received her BS in journalism and communications from the University of Oregon.