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Marissa Q. Paine, MSW, CPC

Executive Coach, Trainer, Facilitator, Change Consultant

CEO, The Painefree Group

A corporate executive turned social worker, Marissa is the Principal and CEO of The Painefree Group, a firm she started in 2012.

Passionate about helping those who help others, Marissa specializes in increasing the leadership and management capacity in nonprofit and service-based organizations; working at every level to assist leaders in identifying their roadblocks, developing effective growth strategies, skillfully managing implementation and accelerating results.

Marissa maintains a coaching roster of CEOs, senior executives, small business owners and high performing professionals from diverse sectors as well as peer groups and leadership teams. She is a sought after speaker, trainer and retreat facilitator known for her light-hearted ability to connect with her audience and deliver content in a way that is both relevant and relatable. Marissa’s consulting work in the areas of performance improvement, executive transition, organization development etc. has spanned organizations ranging from childcare to healthcare.

Marissa holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Webster University and a master’s degree in social work administration from Washington University in St. Louis. She received her professional coach designation through the School of Leadership at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

A proud wife and mother of three, Marissa and her family currently reside in the Greater St. Louis region.

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James Paine Jr., Ph.D.

Researcher, Trainer, Speaker

President, The Painefree Ministry Group

Dr. James Paine, Jr. is an award winning educator, speaker and leadership consultant known for his dynamic ability to unpack complex spiritual concepts and convert them into practical business success principles.  As President of The Painefree Ministry Group, Dr. Paine inspires ministry, education, nonprofit and business leaders to increase their influence without compromising their character.   Dr Paine speaks at colleges, churches and other faith-friendly organizations in the areas of leadership and career development using principles from his book, Workplace Worship: How to Practice Your Faith Without Preaching A Word (and Grow Your Career in the Process).

A bi-vocational leader, Dr. Paine has enjoyed a successful fifteen-year career in higher education administration and currently serves as chief operating officer for a local health care center.  Dr. Paine provides research and evaluation support for The Painefree Coaching & Consulting Group clients.

Dr. Paine’s formal education includes an undergraduate degree in human resource management from Lindenwood University, a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Missouri, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Saint Louis University.

Dr. Paine is a devoted husband (to an AMAZING wife – wink wing), son and father currently residing in the Greater St. Louis area.

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Tinesar Forrest, MPA

Trainer, Nonprofit Consultant

President, Ty Enterprise

Tinesar “Ty” Forrest is a dedicated and passionate public servant specializing in nonprofit development.  She brings more than 20 years of human service experience to her role as grantwriter, trainer and start-up consultant with The Painefree Coaching & Consulting Group including serving as an executive director of two charitable nonprofits and forming a nonprofit consulting firm of her own.

Tinesar holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of Missouri- Columbia and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  She also has a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Tinesar is an active leader at her church, a seasonal volunteer at The Salvation Army, and a year round supporter and advocate of numerous nonprofits.  She currently resides in the Greater Wilmington region.

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Tiffany Jackson, LMSW


Associate, The Painefree Group

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Phone: 314.492.4404