Avenir, founded in 2007, has a mission to bring you highly effective, science-based coaching and training programming. Our team of highly qualified professionals have experience in a wide range of disciplines and performance-enhancement approaches. Avenir’s mission is to scour the landscape for the best tools and information and bring them to you in a practical (and fun) way to enhance your brains, minds and bodies. Our uniquely crafted training and coaching programs enable you to be at your best in all that you do, or want to do. We provide strategic guidance and clarity to our clients and work closely with them from the planning stage through tactical execution, reporting, and success analysis.
We listen. We are dedicated professionals, working hard to be a part of your success story. We understand that each client is unique and has its own set of goals and challenges. We also know that our clients know what they need and we listen closely to craft a program tailor made to fit your needs.
We are great communicators. We constantly reach out to our clients throughout the progress to ensure the best possible outcomes. We take full ownership of our work and actions, and we appreciate constructive feedback -- it helps us solidify our relationship with our clients and produce better work.
We want you to succeed! Every team member at Avenir has held one or more positions in the past where they have interacted with different types of groups, companies and organizations. Our main goal is that you get the facilitated training and coaching that is necessary to grow and succeed. We’re small and flexible and wish to be known by our expertise coupled with our remarkable customer service. Our staff is cross-trained in all facets of services we offer and have a ‘can do’ attitude towards all projects and challenges.
We love what we do and, above all, we believe in our work!
Colleen Mizuki, avenir Founder and Senior Trainer
Colleen Mizuki holds a B.A in French, Chinese and Economics, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and is a certified as a Professional Coach. She also holds certifications in Cultural Intelligence, HeartMath®, Somatic Experiencing® and Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT)®. Her early career was in semiconductors and information technologies as a trainer and technology analyst. She is Founder of Avenir Coaching and Training and served as the Director of Training for the Mind Fitness Training Institute. She has trained/coached individuals and groups from over 20 countries in a wide range of professional sectors. As an instructor for the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program since 2010, Colleen offers assistance to military personnel and family members, specializing in resilience, communication skills, and mind/brain/body fitness. She is a Defense Center of Excellence Cadre Speaker and has presented at numerous conferences around the world. Colleen is a contributing author to Healing War Trauma: A Handbook of Creative Approaches, published by Routledge in 2013. She is fluent in French and conversational in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. LinkedIn.
Solwazi Johnson, Senior Trainer
Solwazi has over 25 years of experience as a public educator and trainer in the field of public health communicable disease control, mindfulness and as a certified Mindfulness-Based Mind Fitness (MMFT) senior trainer. During his tenure with the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), he provided technical assistance, training, program evaluation, and one-on-one capacity building services to a variety of community-based, governmental, and private providers of disease-prevention services and training across the nation to public health physicians, nurses, epidemiologists, and disease intervention specialists. As a mindfulness teacher and MMFT trainer, Solwazi has worked with populations as varied as the military, corporate professionals, lawyers, and the incarcerated. Solwazi has degrees in Preventive Medicine Technology and Political Science from Merritt College and San Jose State University respectively. He is also a graduate of The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado, the Thai School of Complementary Health in Chaing Mai, Thailand, and the Academy for Guided Imagery, Inc. Solwazi received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy, where he worked as a Hospital Corpsman, providing a broad range of medical services to active duty service members, military dependents, and civilian contractors.
Chris Dixon, Trainer
Chris retired honorably after 20 years in the United States Marine Corps and is a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He served as an assistant team leader and team leader with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, deploying to Iraq three times and as an assistant team leader, team leader, platoon sergeant (Afghanistan) and Operations Chief with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. Chris is a military diver and Airborne/Freefall parachutist. He instructed at the Military Freefall School in Yuma, Arizona and holds Instructor #588. After retiring from the Marine Corps, he returned to school full time, majoring in psychology. He is co-authoring a book on his experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan that he hopes will be a resource for civilians wishing to better understand the ins and outs of the military experience and overall culture. LinkedIn
Christine Frazita, Trainer and Coach
Christine is an LCSW as well as certified by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and by the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute, and has been trained by The Mind Fitness Institute in Mindfulness- based Mind Fitness. In the past 30+ years in the health and mental health field, Christine has held senior positions in both inpatient and outpatient mental health clinics, hospitals, employee assistance programs, as a clinician, supervisor, and consultant. Since 1995, she has been in private practice, offering mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy to individuals, couples and families, as well as teaching, supervising interns and medical residents, and mentoring therapists in the integration of psychotherapy, mindfulness, and body-based practices for increasing resilience. As part of the Mind Fitness Training team, she offered training in stress resilience and performance enhancement. Christine has a passionate interest in the intersection between the science of the mind and nervous system and the art of facilitating change.
Shawn Van Bockel, Trainer
Shawn received her BS in Psychology from Yale University and Medical Degree from University of California, San Francisco. She trained in the Radiology residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center followed by Fellowship at Stanford University. She worked many years as a physician in the private sector before returning to VMC as an Attending Radiologist responsible for direct interpretation of patient studies, teaching In-house and Stanford residents, mentoring research in Body Imaging, and serving as Chief of GU Radiology.