Each of our principals possesses a detailed understanding of critical leadership issues. They bring deep business and organization knowledge as well as an executive presence and maturity. Each of them has a long history of utilizing assessments and instruments in our practice to enhance our effectiveness to our clients.

Their strong interpersonal skills – listening, confronting, challenging, straightforwardness and rapport – allow them to build a strong affiliation with clients. Their deep experience as family business consultants and coaches uniquely positions them to make a significant impact on the challenges of a client’s business.

Renée Montoya Lado M.S., N.C.C.

Direct Line: 303.347.2488

Renee Montoya Lado

Renée founded Strategic Designs for Learning (SDL) in 1999. SDL specializes in working with family owned businesses, their families and their governance boards. Renée is an organizational development practitioner with thirty years of strategic leadership experience and consulting with small, mid-range and large companies in a broad range of fields, including the manufacturing, corporate real estate, hospitality, technology and insurance sectors.

She is accomplished in executive coaching, counseling and assessment, organizational behavior and diagnosis, change management, facilitation in the areas of team building, strategic planning and large systems change.

Previously, Renée was Executive Vice President of Talent Development for an international firm that provided information technology and consulting services in the private and public sectors. In this position she was responsible for both line and staff operations internally as well as for external coaching with senior executives, senior officers and executive teams.

Renée holds advanced degrees in Behavioral Psychology, Policy Analysis and Pastoral Psychotherapy and is certified in the use of numerous assessments and instruments including the Caliper Profile™, HR Chally Instrument™, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator™, the Center for Creative Leadership’s Benchmarks™ Instrument and Corporate Development Group’s Culturetek™. She has developed a number of proprietary tools that can be used with family owned businesses including Executive Dimensions™, The Success Print™ and A Family Mosaic™. She is a Certified Wealth Advisor through the Institute for Preparing Heirs and is a member of the American Psychological Association, Association of Managers of Organizational Design, American Counseling Association and Organizational Development Network.


Christian Montoya
Managing Director

Christian has more than 12 years of Information Technology experience and more recently, three years of experience in finance, marketing, and family business consulting. Now a seasoned, senior systems analyst, Christian began his career in technical training support and graphic design in a national technology corporation, managing and programming the company’s first custom web-based training project. After transferring to the IT department, he progressed from network and database administration to systems engineering to ultimately becoming interim Director of Information Services during the relocation of the corporate headquarters and data center.

Christian has enjoyed working with many technologies, including Information Security/VPN, distributed systems design, implementation, and validation, as well as highly specialized scientific and financial information systems. Occasionally, he has the pleasure of stretching the old design muscles.

Christian holds certifications and certificates in the following: Microsoft Systems Engineering (certified MSCE), HPUX System Administration, Oracle 8i Enterprise Database Administration, Checkpoint Security Engineering, International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (certified former CISSP), Waters Empower High Performance Liquid Chromatography software administration (certified), LabWare Laboratory Information Management System Administration (certified), Caliper Profile (certified), and HR Chally Instrument (certified).


Natalie McVeigh, MBE
Research Consultant

Natalie has worked in a variety of companies and boards as an advisor. She specializes in business ethics and compliance as well as corporate governance.

Natalie has been an Associate Committee Member, Ethics Committee on the Board of Directors at Generations Incorporated. Natalie was also a Due Diligence Manager at TRACE International, Inc prior to arriving at Strategic Designs for Learning.

Natalie earned her Master’s of Science in Business Ethics and Compliance at New England College of Business and Finance and a BA in Law and Society as well as Philosophy from Hood College. She is an Adjunct Professor with the Colorado Community College System and the New England College of Business and Finance. She also serves as the Secretary of NECB's Alumni Association’s Executive Council.

Natalie is a member of the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics Professionals. She is a proud AmeriCorps alumna and recipient of the Presidential Service Award in 2009.


Lydia V. Sanchez
Office Manager

Lydia V. Sanchez is a graduate of Centennial High School. She has a Business Administration Certificate from College of Phoenix. She retired from a 28 year career at Mountain Bell, which later became US West and is currently Quest, in 2000. She began to work at Strategic Designs for Learning in 2009 after enjoying full-time retirement for a while, when she decided that she still had more to contribute.