About Us


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Denard Ash, MBA, PMP is the founder of Ash Training Co. where he provides leadership training, organizational development and coaching services to emerging leaders and organizations. Prior to starting Ash Training Company, he worked as a project manager at Ciena, a global telecommunications firm providing network services to top companies around the world. As a project leader, he has had the opportunity to work closely with top companies such as AT&T, CenturyLink, Goldman Sachs and Facebook and has successfully led project teams throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2014, Denard published his first book, You Can Get There from Here, which teaches developing leaders looking to advance in their careers- and life purpose- how to get greater results at work.

In 2015, Denard joined the John Maxwell Team as a certified speaker, trainer and coach allowing him to integrate practical application of John’s proven leadership methods and content. For the past 7 years, he has also volunteered his time as a servant-leader at Extraordinary Church in Conyers, GA, who helps individuals to discover their purpose and Do Something Great!

Denard and his wife of 13 years, Chawanis, live in metro Atlanta.

About Chawanis

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Chawanis Ash is a standout leader, speaker and coach. Through her years of experience in the professional counseling industry, she has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of individuals, couples and families.

Through her company, CJA Counseling Services, founded in 2010, she provides individual, couple and group counseling to those suffering from addiction, trauma and life crisis. Before starting her practice, she worked as clinical manager for Tangu Treatment Services in Atlanta, GA, and Pastoral Counselor for Extraordinary Church in Conyers, GA.

In 2015, she founded Chawanis Speaks, a program dedicated to helping women discover and lead authentic lives. Through her monthly coaching calls, speaking engagements and radio & television appearances, she has helped women, young and old, break through issues of the past to live full authentic and purposeful lives. She also released her first book, The Distance Between God and Me, which chronicles her journey from heartache to finding God and her true self.

Chawanis is also co-founder of Ash Training Co. She and her husband, Denard, live in Metro Atlanta where they enjoy traveling and eating at their favorite restaurants.

Chawanis received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 2001 at the University of West Georgia. In 2007, she graduated from Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology with a Master of Divinity degree in Pastoral Counseling. She completed her graduate studies in 2009 at Mercer University’s School of Medicine with a post-graduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy.