About Toni Kellar

Newsight Life Founder, Director, and Self-Leadership Coach

I care deeply about living a sustainable, meaningful, and intentional life, grounded in the values of curiosity, mindfulness, balance, humility, serving leadership, and lifelong learning.

In my work, I understand this:

Leadership, and learning, are never-ending and always-growing journeys.
We may never fully arrive (which means we’ve reached the end of our journey), but, we are always arriving!

There was a “calling” in my early years into roles of leadership and service, beginning in high school, when I served as drum major for the marching band, editor and photographer of the yearbook, and president of the National Honor Society and the outdoor recreation club. I was also a lifeguard and one of the first females in the snare drum line.

I share this history to help understand that the interests of community, leadership, communications, group alignment, service, empowering and caring for the well-being of others, connection to nature, and rhythm have been an integral part of my life!

Throughout the years, I added experience in photojournalism, strategic planning, program design, curriculum development, teaching, facilitation, interactive rhythm events, corporate communications, leadership training, and ontological coaching.

Today, I’m delighted to bring it all together in the programs and services of Newsight Life!




I facilitate experiences for transformational learning.

The context could be anything from a drum circle, a workshop, a one-to-one conversation, an interactive presentation, a retreat, your team meeting, or a walk in the woods.

It doesn’t matter where, but you will be transformed.

This is my gift, and I’m delighted to share it with you.

— Toni Kellar



Professional Experience

  • Founder & Director
    Newsight Life
  • Director, Programs & Curriculum
    Newton Institute /
    Center for Serving Leadership
    (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Director, Marketing & Corporate Communications
    Newton Consulting (now Aspirant, Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Marketing & Communications Officer
    The Wilds (Ohio)
  • Owner & Consultant
    Branches Creative Services
  • Program Director
    NWDEF / Deerassic Park (Ohio)
  • K-12 Substitute Teacher
    Guernsey, Noble, and Belmont County Schools (Ohio)
  • Community Education Coordinator
    Noble County Recycling and Litter Prevention (Ohio)
  • Founder & Director
    Roots To Rhythm®
  • Assignments & Origination Editor | Photo Editor
    The Hartford Courant (Connecticut)
  • Photojournalist
    New Milford Times (Connecticut)
    Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
    Cambridge Daily Jeffersonian
    Ohio University Post
    Athens Magazine

Community Service

  • Friends & Neighbors Program
    United Way of Guernsey, Monroe, and Noble Counties
  • Reading Group Facilitator
    Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Strategic Planning Committee
    United Way of Guernsey, Monroe, and Noble Counties
  • Board of Trustees
    Olney Friends School
  • Board Member, Consultant
    Dickens Victorian Village of Cambridge, Ohio
  • Founder
    Cambridge Rhythm & Arts Walk
  • Board Member & President
    Cambridge / Guernsey County Visitors & Convention Bureau
  • Action Planning Committee
    Noble Local School District
  • Volunteer
    Girl Scouts of Ohio
    Hartford Corporate Neighbors Program
    Weaving the Wisdom
    Girls, Inc.
    Literacy Volunteers
    Big Brothers / Big Sisters

Education & Training

  • Certified Training Partner
    Center for Serving Leadership
  • NCC® Newfield Certified Coach
    Newfield Network
    ICF Accredited
  • Holding Space Foundation Program: Facilitator / Coach / Leader
    Centre for Holding Space
  • Drum Circle Leadership
    Jim Donovan Music / Sound Health Solutions
  • Rhythm2Recovery® Evidence-Based Model
  • Beat the Odds® Evidence-Based Protocol
    UCLArts & Healing
  • Mental Health First Aid®
  • Coaching for Personal & Professional Mastery
    Newfield Network
    ICF Accredited
  • Program Design
    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Dance for All
    UCLArts & Healing
  • ACC Associate Certified Coach
    International Coaching Federation (ICF) 2020-2023
  • Leadership Noble
    Ohio State University Extension
  • HealthRhythms®
    Remo, Inc.
  • Interpersonal Management | Conflict Resolution | Supervision
  • B.S. Journalism
    Ohio University, College of Communications

Continuing Education

  • Beyond Self-Care: Cultivating Daily Acts of Self-Devotion
    UCLArts & Healing
  • The Body as a Portal to Resilience
    UCLArts & Healing
  • Self and Nature Connection Through Eco-Art Therapy
    UCLArts & Healing
  • Healthy Minds Program
    Healthy Minds Innovations
  • The Spiral Path
    Centre for Holding Space
  • Mindfulness-Based Emotional Intelligence:
    Radical Responsibility®
    Windhorse Seminars / Fleet Maull, PhD
  • The Circle Way
    The Circle Way
  • Virtual Facilitation
    Institute for Experiential Learning
  • Leadership Principles for Times of Massive Disruption
  • Finding Wisdom & Resilience through Council & the Arts
    UCLArts & Healing
  • The Neuroscience of Staying Focused in Chaos
  • Think Like a Wayfinder
    Martha Beck
  • Resiliency Skills in a Time of Uncertainty
    University of Pennsylvania
  • The Personal Hope Book: A Fundamental Resilience Tool
    UCLArts & Healing
  • Art Journaling for Joy: Finding Resilience through Creative Expression
    UCLArts & Healing
  • Improvisation for Emotional Self-Care
    UCLArts & Healing
  • Thriving in Change: Somatic Practices
    Strozzi Institute
  • Singing for Connection & Resilience
    UCLArts & Healing
  • Seven Habits of Highly Ethical Coaches
    ICF / International Coaching Federation
  • Elevating Your Coaching Impact Through Arts-Based Experiential Learning
    ICF / International Coaching Federation
  • Self-Care Through Art & Writing / The Open Studio Process
    UCLArts & Healing
  • Mini Habits: A Small Tool for Big Success
    ICF / International Coaching Federation
  • Monk in the World
    Abbey of the Arts
  • Playing With the Power of Metaphors
    ICF / International Coaching Federation
  • Life Purpose Coach, Certified
    Transformation Academy
  • Healing Addiction Summit
    Healing Addiction
  • Mindfulness at Work
  • The Art of Mindful Communication With Kids
    Mindful Schools
  • Mindful Education Summit
    The Awake Network
  • Heartfulness Meditation Champion
    Heartfulness Institute
  • Beyond Addiction Online Conference
    Recovery 2.0