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About the Team

Jon Gordon, Founder

Jon Gordon is one of the most influential and sought after leadership authors and speakers today. He’s a consultant to numerous leaders, CEO’s, NFL, NBA, and MLB Coaches, championship teams and high performers and an inspirational teacher who has helped millions of people have a more positive mindset.

He is the author of 28 books including 15 best sellers and 5 children’s books. His books include the timeless classic The Energy Bus which has sold over 3 million copies, The Carpenter which was a top 5 business book of the year, Training Camp, The Power of Positive Leadership, and The Power of a Positive Team. Jon’s latest bestselling book, The One Truth has been called profound, revolutionary and life changing.

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Dr. Jim Van Allan, President

Dr. Jim Van Allan is President of The Energy Bus for Schools. He runs The Energy Bus for Schools program which gives schools the blueprint and framework to create a positive school culture. He coaches school leaders and superintendents on mindset, teamwork, communication, and culture-building. Additionally, Jim speaks to schools and districts across the country with keynotes, trainings, workshops, and student assemblies. He is the co-author of the book, The Energy Bus for Schools, with Jon Gordon.

Jim is also a Professor of Communication Studies and Lead Speech Instructor with Keiser University, which is based in Florida. He teaches Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, and Business Communication.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from the University of Florida and a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Florida Atlantic University.

He also earned his Ph.D in Education Leadership from Keiser University. Jim studied the impact of an early version of The Energy Bus for Schools program on a model school in Ohio. Much of his research centered around the impact of sustainable professional development for schools.

He lives in Palm City, Florida, with his wife and three children, Brady, Brenden, and Brinley.

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Petra Krebbs, Workshop Leader

Petra Krebbs is a Leadership and Team Developer. She is known as the Strengths Strategist™. Petra is a speaker, trainer, consultant, and coach with a professional career that spans over 20 years. Petra is part of a select team certified to speak and train on behalf of best-selling author Jon Gordon and for The Energy Bus for Schools program.

Petra holds a degree in Education and continues to operate from a teacher’s heart. She is an innovative, entrepreneurial thinker who built a thriving direct sales organization. Her positive energy is contagious and her focus on tangible outcomes is refreshing. Petra’s life-changing experiences and lessons drive her mission to help others live an engaged, equipped, and elevated life.

Julie Prangley, Workshop Leader

Julie is known for her positivity in everything she does, the age-old quote of turning lemons into lemonade is one of her trademarks.  She loves to see the cup not only as half full but as a cup full of opportunity.  Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of North Florida.  She brings a wealth of knowledge from over 25 years on the corporate side, including 20 years at State Farm Insurance where she spent her time in leadership, training, and Human Resources.

Julie has a passion for developing others and does this by sharing ways to create dynamic cultures, strong teams and promote positivity as a triple certified trainer in The Power of Positive Leadership, The Power of a Positive Team and The Energy Bus.  Julie loves working with schools through our Certified Energy Bus program and seeing the difference the program makes with faculty, students, and communities.

Julie and her husband Mike of 28 years reside in the sunshine state of Florida.  Together they have 3 daughters and 2 son in laws.  In her free time, Julie enjoys staying active playing tennis, bootcamp and the beach.

Kendall Olsen, Multimedia Manager

Kendall Olsen, a recent graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business, works to combine business acumen with creative vision. As the Multimedia Manager for the Energy Bus for Schools program, Kendall brings her expertise to the forefront, using multimedia platforms to communicate the program’s mission of fostering positivity and resilience within educational settings. Through engaging content creation and strategic communication, she plays a role in amplifying the impact of the program across diverse audiences.

Kendall Olsen’s journey from business graduate to the Energy Bus for Schools Multimedia Manager reflects her dedication to using her skills to make a meaningful impact in the realm of education. Her mission is not just about managing multimedia but about creating a narrative that uplifts and transforms the educational experience for everyone involved.

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