anna Yeshanova-Stephens, M.A., M.Ed, PCC

Founder and owner of Life-Spark LLC., dynamic and powerful life coach and trainer. Janna leverages her passion and engaging style to help others spark the possibilities of their lives. She helps her clients develop personal, professional and relationship skills as tools for improving their lives. She draws on stories from her own life to illustrate that with persistence and focus, anything is possible.

Originally from the former Soviet Union, Janna escaped to the United States when persecution became violent during the crumbling of the Soviet state. Arriving in the United States with her mother and daughter in tow, $126 in her pocket and knowing not a soul, Janna’s talent and experiences have helped her become a premier trainer and personal coach.

While in her former country, Janna acquired her Master’s Degree from Moldova State University and received a national award from the Minister of Professional Education in Moscow for outstanding work with her students. Upon arriving in the United States, she added a second Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science/Organizational Training and Development from Wright State University.

-Janna was a faculty member of the McGregor School at Antioch University, Yellow Springs, OH, for many years teaching, training and consulting Conflict Resolution in their Management Degree Programs and at the Center for Workforce Development at Columbus State Community College. She has consulted for various national and international companies including Navistar International, NCR, Honda of America, Mfg., Standard Register and Lexis-Nexis. Her clients also include various government agencies and non-profit organizations.

Janna has been active in professional organizations such as ASTD Western Ohio Chapter as Board Member, Toastmasters International and Red Cross as a much requested regional and state conference speaker and workshop facilitator. She also participated at the Dayton Mediation Center and Franklin County Court as a volunteer mediator and was a speaker at the Bosnia and Herzegovina International Peace Conference in 1996.

In 2009 and 2010, she took a sabbatical to consult in Russia and the Ukraine and wrote and published a novel that includes some of her biographical data. The English version, Love is Never Past Tense, was published in 2011. To learn more about this book and its sequels, visit

Whether coaching or training, Janna helps clients develop critical skills to support happiness and success, whether personally or professionally. Some of these skills can be applied alone, some as part of a team, and some as a team leader. Clients learn how to apply these skills to achieve their dreams.

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  • Janna’s powerful intellect helped me to identify my own paradigms and adjust those beliefs that were self-defeating.

    Joan L., NY, NY
  • Thank you, Janna, for helping me to save my family. Please accept my deepest appreciation.

    Lisa L., Columbus, OH
  • I find this information (listening skills) to be beneficial in all aspects of life: business, families, friends and other social activities. Great training! Tools I can quickly use and implement!

    Constance Wilcox, Customer Account Manager, DPL Energy, Dayton, OH
  • Janna is like the Energizer Bunny. She charges you up and helps you keep going and going. She is a very perceptive, caring and knowledgeable presenter and coach.

    Linda J. Tibbetts, Chairperson, Management & Human Resources Antioch University, McGregor School
  • Janna’s insights into human behavior and delightful sense of humor have provided me gentle guidance and practical solutions for those times when life’s day-to-day problems have become ‘too much.’

    Shawnee Kein, BA/MA/RN/OCN/CM, CareStar
  • I enjoyed Janna’s enthusiasm for the subject matter and the way she applied her life experiences to the discussions.

    Trainee, COSI
  • Janna was great! She knew her subject (conflict resolution) extremely well and presented it clearly and informatively with energy and with a great sense of humor.

    Trainee, Honda Motor Company
  • I never thought of conflict quite like that. Real life stories help draw the correlation to the points being highlighted.

    Nationwide Insurance, Linda J., Trainee


A hot summer romance leads to a hasty marriage, a quick divorce, and years of struggling to survive the fall of the Soviet Union until the lovers find each other again from opposite sides of the ocean. Become inspired hearing the true story of Janna’s dangerous exodus from Russia. Needing to support her daughter and mom, she arrived in the US without a job, without friends, and without any other family. She used her goals and talents successfully becoming an international author, world-class trainer, and premier life coach.