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..


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.

Gaydell Dillhyon

Executive Secretary

Answers all calls, emails and addresses all project management requests within 24 hours. Maintain current coaching client’s roster, updates, numbers and documents, including InfusionSoft. Assists with events, classes, seminars and business meetings. Documents all materials and stores in Google Drive and database system. Develops Prezi presentations system for offices, individuals and organizations.

Gaydell worked with Coach April when she was the Director of Sales Coaching and Mentoring. She enjoyed watching all the clients who came through the training engage and grow. Gaydell brings years of experience in multiple focuses, including real estate, law, and admin support. She and her husband enjoy living near the coast and summer concerts, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and getting grandkid visits.