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 here at Wicked Walnut Farm, home of LeadQuine.

Our Founders

meet those who started leadquine

Ellen E. Patnaude


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 a business facilitating group workshops and sessions for individuals interested in being challenged to create new roadmaps. Becoming certified in Equine Guided Learning has brought an expanded set of tools to her toolbox, and she loves bringing teams a whole new experience with the horses. In December 2019, Ellen completed a year-long program with the Center for Executive Coaching to become a Certified Executive Coach. Ellen is also a Certified Specialist with two assessment tools—the AcuMax Index® and MRG’s Leadership Effectiveness Analysis (LEA360).

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.

Our Team Members

Our team Taking Blinders off your team

A Horse and A Pony

Duke, the Palomino Arab mix, is the herd boss. He is curious but wary of new situations and will be the first one to head back to the barn if something scary happens, like the cows next door moving too fast. He’s a benevolent leader, most often making his wishes known by moving his ears and head, rather than using his teeth. Roger, the Icelandic black and white pony, is by far the most playful and mischievous member of the herd. He absolutely loves people and doesn’t hesitate to invite himself into your space. He is never far from Duke, whom he adores, much to the irritation of Lily, our mini mule. 

Three members of our herd have moved on to their next homes recently, leaving a couple of vacancies. Stay tuned for updates on newcomers!

Small Packages

Variety is not only the spice of life, but the reality of every team we’ve ever encountered in the workplace. And so, we have variety in our team, too! Meet Lily, Daisy and Glory. Daisy and her daughter, Glory, are mini donkeys. They have sweet dispositions and are very loving once you get to know them. Being donkeys, they have a different nature than the horses. They are a little on the shy side, but can take you by surprise with their playfulness. They stick closely together and are definitely the most stubborn members of the group. But they are also the most affectionate and loyal. Lily is a mini mule, which is a cross between a mini donkey and a mini horse. She can most often be found near Duke, as she fancies herself co-leader of the herd with him, and also plays quite a bit with Roger. She loves to keep everyone informed of everything, so she very vocally announces anything happening in the pasture.

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