Meet our Coaches

While they all follow the same proprietary 1st Ride Coaching program, all of our coaches have unique backgrounds that allow them to apply their own personal styles to coaching. We know that it is important for you to feel comfortable with the coach you choose, so read on to learn more about each one!

Dr. Matthew P. Galeone

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Personal Bio

When Dr. Matt Galeone was in his late 20’s he became very sick.  Doctors told him that he had 3 weeks left to live.  That was almost a decade ago and Matt proved those doctors very wrong.  Since that time Matt has been passionate about doing the most with the time he has and he created the 1st Ride Coaching program to do the same.  In addition to running 1st Ride Enterprises and our coaching program, Matt became a father in June of 2013 and enjoys writing, snowboarding, hiking, and paddle boarding.

Professional Credentials

Dr. Matt Galeone created the 1st Ride Coaching program, acts as our head coach, and personally trains and coaches all of our 1st Ride Coaches.  He has a master’s degree in psychology, a doctorate in organizational leadership, and post-graduate certifications in executive coaching, conflict resolution and mediation, change and transition management, and systems thinking.  Matt has been an executive and goals coach for over 6 years and has been consulting in commercial, government, military, and education settings for over 13 years.

Coaching Philosophy or Influences

Dr. Matt Galeone created the 1st Ride Coaching program in accordance with the belief that people are capable of great things.  He believes that when people live their lives in alignment with their values and learn how to best use their time and energy they are able to accomplish much more than they previously thought possible.  His coaching centers around helping people create life goals that are meaningful to them and then learning how to live a goal-oriented life.  With his training grounded in psychology, Matt has been influenced by Carl Roger’s Humanism and John Watson’s Behaviorism theories of human psychology.

Jennifer Smith

Personal Bio

Jennifer Smith spent the first three years of her career as a counselor working with clients to rebuild their lives in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. The experience gave her lifelong personal insight and an appreciation for the resilience of the human spirit. Since then, Jennifer lived in San Francisco and later returned to New Orleans to be part of the continued rebirth of the city.  Jennifer is married to Jimi, an acupuncturist, and they share their home with a Boxer, Tessa. Jennifer is an avid reader, and enjoys swimming, biking, running and generally any activity that involves socializing or time outdoors.

Professional Credentials

Jennifer Smith has 7 years of experience as a coach and consultant in the business and private sectors.  She has a master’s degree in Counseling and holds certifications as a professional coach and counselor.  She has deep expertise in change and transition management, organizational design and behavior, executive coaching, and crisis management.

Coaching Philosophy or Influences

Jennifer Smith has established successful coaching relationships built on a high degree of trust.  Many of her clients have stayed in touch with her over the years beyond a formal coaching framework as a confidant and partner. She believes that all people are inherently capable of achieving their life’s goals with the right amount of time, focus and support. Her coaching centers around setting goals that align with values and facilitating personal growth with conversations and actions that are purposeful to the client.  With a background in counseling, Jennifer ascribes to Viktor Frankl’s existential approach of psychology, which emphasizes the individual’s ability to fulfill a purposeful life through daily choices and actions.

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