Meet The One Light Ahead Team

Coach April Ballestero

Executive Business, Real Estate, and Life Coach

Coach April Ballestero, Strategic Leadership Coach, Speaker, and Owner of One Light Ahead has taught and conducted speaking engagements with many audiences from the Great Smoky Mountains Association of Realtors in TN, Cape Coral CENTURY 21, Antelope Valley Inspirational Expo, uLink Network in Folsom and Roseville and many more.

She is currently a Board Member for Golden Sierra Job Training Agency, on the Membership Committee for Roseville Chamber of Commerce, an eXp Realtor and Training Coach. She also writes a monthly blog for The Sacramento Better Business Bureau. Her annual Trail Blazer Summit brings together high-quality leaders in multiple industries for a whole day of customized focus.

Coach April’s passion is coaching, consulting and public speaking. She produces seminars to committed clients, leaders, and organizations to increase effective, efficient, and empowered results. She empowers leaders to create, construct, cultivate, and customize personal and professional road maps by building relationships, systems, and teamwork One Light at a time.

Sherman Whitney

Client Relationship Manager

Sherman Whitney’s roots are from Southern California until he moved to the Bay Area in 1979. College brought him to Sacramento, where he graduated for California State University, Sacramento in 1984 with a degree in Communications.

In 1988 he enthusiastically started his career in sales beginning in the telecom industry. As a top producer, he has spent the last 30 years in the sales and marketing trade continuously working on his craft. He has covered a multitude of positions, including a sales person, sales manager, retail manager and sales trainer working in various industries. In 2018 he was in the inaugural Masters League Competition and was the first MVP winner showcasing his skills to earn the award and the coaches heart. In 2019 he joined the One Light Ahead team and serves as the Client Relationship Manager and life partner.

In the community, Sherman previously served as a director on the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce in 2018, Ambassador for the Roseville Chamber, and from 2012-2018 he has served on the Board for the Antelope Community Tennis Association spending 4 years as President. During the same period he served on the Sacramento Community Tennis Association and is currently the Secretary.

He is a proud father of Desiree, 27, Connor, 19 and step father to April’s two children Stephanie, 26 and Eric, 23 – they share two grandchildren, Jayden 6 and Nora 2 when they married in 2019. They are also excited to share Desiree has another one on the way.

Sherman and April enjoy traveling including visiting wineries, breweries and just spending time together. He also enjoys reading, playing tennis and is an avid history buff and huge sports fan.


Business & Life Coach

Marie brings a world view to the One Light Ahead team inspired by three distinct professions rooted in service to individuals and organizations – fund development, planning and training for organizations in the nonprofit sector; hands-on support to individuals in their journeys toward improved health and deeper relaxation, in the healing arts; and assisting and advising in the purchasing and selling of residential real estate for owner-occupants and investors, in the private sector. She enjoys the immense variety that these different paths seem to represent – “It exercises different parts of my brain – I crave it!” – and maintains that they are more alike than different, all enjoying the common thread of living and working in service to others. She deeply enjoys people’s stories – she is also a writer – and passionately embraces creativity, art and nature, in all their forms. She chooses to live on 25 acres in the foothills, but not more than an hour’s drive from The City, “where the culture is!” The best of all worlds! Most of all, she loves helping people develop and expand their individual stories.

Patricia Deeter

TN Assistant, TN Chamber Representative and Real Estate Agent

Patricia serves in our TN location as our community representative. After serving years in the school communities as a special education assistant, she took a road trip with Coach April, her daughter. The moment they hit TN, she fell in love with it. A few years later, she transplanted and is enjoying the southern community. She brings tons of support in admin, connections, and follow-up to our team. She also is mom to April’s twin; grandmother to Stephanie, Eric and Selena; and great grandmother to Jayden. She serves at church, and enjoys movies with friends.