Andrea’s upbringing was modest, raised by parents who didn’t go to college. Prior to moving to Las Vegas for high school, she grew up in the small town of Ottawa, Kansas, mostly in a small motel built by her father. After deciding in high school that drugs, drinking and bad grades weren’t for her, Andrea started eating well, getting in shape and teaching aerobics at a local health club. She discovered books by Napoleon Hill, Dale Carnegie, Steven Covey, Norman Vincent Peale, Ernest Holmes and Krishnamurti and began to realize that despite her circumstances, she could create the life she wanted and also inspire others.
After earning a degree in Business Administration at Pepperdine University, Andrea spent ten years in the software industry including a position at Andersen Consulting marketing IT solutions to Fortune 500 companies. After marrying and starting a family, she continued her passion for health and fitness by becoming a certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. To further inspire her clients to make lasting, holistic life changes, Andrea continued her studies to become a Wellness and Life Coach.
Certified through WellCoaches and Coaches Training Institute, Andrea has coached individuals and groups for over ten years, helping them accomplish their goals, improve their focus and establish a healthier work-life balance. With her strong foundation in exercise science and nutrition, clients learn “clean eating” habits, practice consistent exercise routines, and adopt mindsets of success.
Andrea lives in Ojai, CA where she teaches high-intensity strength training at a local health club and rides her two horses, Big Red and Flash, almost every day. She enjoys hiking, cooking, walking her dogs, Moose, a mastiff and Boomer, a chocolate lab and spoiling her cats, Gigi and Baby. She also values her family time relaxing with her husband George, their son Taylor, her stepchildren Martha, George III and Joey and granddaughter Sarah.
Higher Ground Life & Wellness Coaching was founded by Andrea to inspire others that any life change is possible with imagination, positive mindset and friendly guidance.