Meet The Team

About LeadQuine

LeadQuine was founded in 2016 to help leaders and teams take their blinders off. While the pandemic has changed many things about how we work, we know companies need to adjust and keep going. The skills needed to successfully navigate working relationships, productive team function and remote leadership in times of uncertainty are more critical than ever.

Our team of certified and credentialed Executive & Team Coaches have extensive experience working with business leaders and small teams in many industries, including manufacturing, education, healthcare, non-profit, government agencies, and Fortune 100 Companies. We specialize in providing unconventional experiences focused on gaining a better understanding of hard-wiring in order to increase effectiveness and productivity exponentially

We’ve adapted our offerings to continue supporting business leaders and small teams during this time when we are all adjusting how we work. All of our coaching and workshops are available in the virtual space and are designed to be even more engaging, challenging, interactive, and disruptive to your current patterns in order to find new ones. We are still here to help you take your blinders off. And if you’re looking to get offsite for a day, we’re happy to host your small team at a partnering location.  Contact us to learn more. 

Our Founders

meet those who started leadquine

LeadQuine Ellen Patnaude CEO & Founder

Ellen E. Patnaude

CEO & Founder

Ellen Patnaude has always been fascinated by how a person’s hard-wiring, life experiences, and unique perspective causes them to interact with the people around them. She is a Detroit native, and graduated from Alma College in 1995 with a BA in Biology & French. She thought she wanted to be Jacque Cousteau, but her first few science-based jobs pointed clearly towards working with people. She worked for several years as a community organizer in other midwestern states. Returning to Michigan in 2005, her reputation followed her for challenging people to see and be a better version of themselves, and the phone started ringing. Since then, Ellen has built an internationally-recognized company supporting individuals and teams in the pursuit of continuously improving communication habits.

Ellen is a credentialed PCC-level Executive Coach (from the International Coach Federation, ICF), and certified in multiple assessment tools, including the AcuMax Index® hard-wiring assessment, MRG’s Leadership Effectiveness Analysis LEA360®, Genos International’s Emotional Intelligence toolkit, and Equine-Guided Learning practices from Innovative Horizons.

Danielle M. Leach


Danielle M. Leach started working in the manufacturing industry in 1995, where her informal study of effective leadership styles began. She began training with leadership and motivational experts in 2002 and built an impressive library of knowledge in the field. Implementing the very skills she now teaches, Danielle was able to move up through the ranks in her industry, often attaining positions requiring formal education that she lacked, simply because of her mastery of key leadership skills. Her one-on-one coaching skills are exceptional, and her level of insight into what’s holding back her clients from greater success is highly acclaimed. Her love of horses began at age 6 when her grandpa brought home her first pony. She learned everything she knows about horses from just jumping in there with them and trying it all out. She has a keen ability to read their body language and signals, and has been breaking and training them for most of her life. Danielle is a natural in the arena with the horses and with our clients, and she is so pleased to have found a way to bring together two of her passions through the Equine Guided Learning certification. Danielle’s sense of humor, energy and insight keep LeadQuine grounded, and ensures every client interaction is exceptional.