Meet the Team
The DSWA team has dedicated their professional lives to the betterment of the industry through the establishment of an Alliance that is solely committed to serving the needs of independent direct sellers everywhere.
CEO, Co-founder and Accredited Business Coach
Nicki is a highly successful trainer and has spoken at conventions for companies around the world such as Avon, Mary Kay Cosmetics, USANA, Ignite, Thermomix, Juice Plus, Intimo, Norwex, Tupperware and hundreds more. She is the co-founder of the DSWA and contributed to the development of the DSWA Coach Excellence School®, coaching audio programs, eBooks, two #1 best-selling books and the DSWA Principle-Centered Coaching® programs.
She has coached hundreds of independent business owners as well as corporate executives. Nicki was named as one of the top 30 female entrepreneurs in America. She has been a successful field leader, Direct Selling corporate executive and consultant to the industry.
Nicki is a member of the DSWA Coach Excellence School faculty, a DSWA Accredited Coach and a Certified Business Coach (CBC) accredited by the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches.
President, Co-founder and Accredited Business Coach
Grace co-founded the DSWA with her business partner and mother, Nicki Keohohou, after being exposed to Direct Sales and entrepreneurship her entire life. Grace was the lead developer and designer of the DSWA’s Principle-Centered Coaching® and ELITE Leadership® programs. She began her Direct Selling career as a field leader and has a passion for this profession.
Grace has been actively working with corporate executives and Direct Selling professionals for over 15 years. She is a sought-after trainer, speaker and coach and has spoken for companies in multiple countries to audiences as large as 17,000. Grace has trained and coached home-based business owners for more than 8 years, helping them to overcome their challenges and grow their businesses to new levels. She is a co-author of several best selling books including, Build It Big, More Build It Big, and Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire. She also received, on behalf of the DSWA, the honor of being named the National Advocate of the Year for Working Mothers.
Grace is a member of the Coach Excellence School faculty, a DSWA Accredited Coach and a Certified Business Coach (CBC) accredited by the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches.
Chief Operating Officer
Sheena Tejeda has worked in the direct selling industry for more than 15 years, and currently serves in the capacity of COO of DSWA- The Alliance. Working closely with the company’s CEO and President, she is responsible for all aspects of the organization's operational policies, objectives, and initiatives, ensures successful execution of business strategies for company products and services, and is focused on bringing the vision to life at all levels of the organization.
Prior to joining the DSWA, Sheena served as the Executive Vice President of a mutli-million dollar international multi-level marketing company. Sheena started her career in the direct sales industry in 1996 as part of the in-house legal team and in 1999 became the company’s Vice President of Operations. In that capacity, she was responsible for the company’s operations, sales, marketing, web development, product research and development, legal, and technology teams, with the last four years focused on the company’s international licensing and expansion.
Over the years, Sheena has served as part of many professional organizations such as the Association of Legal Administrators, Society of Consumer Affair Specialists, Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, and the Government Relations Committee and Internet Council for the Direct Selling Association.
Director of Spanish-Speaking Markets and Accredited Business Coach
An accomplished and expert coach and trainer, Benny’s career in Direct Sales began 20 years ago working as the Manager of Sales Development for a large direct selling company in Mexico and then as the Director of Sales for Brazil. In 2009, Benny decided to pursue his own entrepreneurial interests and became a Certified Life and Executive Coach. Benny has an MDO degree from the University of Monterrey and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. Prior to joining the DSWA, Benny was engaged as a consultant to direct selling companies in Mexico and is a sought-after coach and public speaker.
As Director of Spanish-Speaking Markets, he oversees the development and training of the DSWA’s Spanish programs, including DSWA Coach Excellence® School, ELITE Leadership® Online Certification, and the Webinar Training Series. He hosts events in the U.S. and Latin America for Spanish-speaking direct sellers and direct selling companies.
Benny is a member of the DSWA Coach Excellence® School faculty and a DSWA Accredited Coach.
Executive Mentor and Coach, Director of DSWA Certified Trainer Program
Angie is an experienced Direct Sales senior executive with over 30 years of experience with Avon in North American and Global markets. He is a highly skilled leader, with expertise in direct selling talent development, dynamic team building, strategic change leadership, and organizational effectiveness.
Angie’s various senior management roles with Avon have helped him establish a broad base of experiences and perspectives. He led the US Sales organization to record sales levels in 2003-2005, and also led the implementation of Avon’s direct selling model in China (2006-7). He served in lead regional sales roles in Asia Pacific and WEMEA (2007-8), and as Group VP of Global Sales (2009-2011), Angie was responsible for the definition and execution of a consistent Field Management Process, global sales compensation strategy, and global talent development. He returned to North America (2011-2013) to lead the largest business transformation initiative in Avon’s long history.
An accomplished motivational speaker, Angie also has experience in operations management, recognition, events, and incentive strategy. Prior to Avon, he was a guidance counselor, teacher and coach. Angie holds a BA in Journalism from Rutgers University and an M.Ed in Secondary Guidance Counseling from the University of Delaware.