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Michael S. Oden M.A.

Founder of Final Step International and The Needs Based Method®.


Michael is a Deputy Probation Officer II, Keynote Speaker, Communication and Behavioral Expert, Personal & Corporate Coach, and award-winning Author.

Michael has been successful at helping men and women transform and improve their personal and professional lives since 1998 with an 85% success rate in behavior shift. He has advanced knowledge about how your communication style, behavior and beliefs impact your performance in your personal life and in the workplace.

Alina J. Ugas

Co-founder and Program Director of Final Step International and The Needs Based Method®.


Alina Ugas is a Behavior and Communication Mentor and Co-founder of Final Step International and its trademark technique, The Needs Based Method®. With over 35 years’ experience in the health care, mental health and business sector, Alina, a National Certified Recovery Coach, motivational speaker, workshop facilitator and trainer, has always had a passion for helping others discover why their emotional decisions and self-destructive behaviors prevent them from reaching their highest potential. Years of research and interviews with thousands of clients battling drug addiction, anger, eating disorders, gambling, and emotional dysfunction helped craft the development of The Needs Based Method®. 

Alina is committed to the belief that coaching is not only a necessary life tool but a business tool as well. After working for others for more than 33 years, Alina started her own family business Final Step International along with her partner. Together they have developed a coaching program called “The Needs Based Method®” to help others transition into and survive family business ownership and find the balance between the demands of work and the needs of the family.

This dynamic combination of experiences makes Michael and Alina an exceptional team. Alina’s experience in business management and Michael’s knowledge from the psycho-social behavioral component gives participants a closer look at how their family owned businesses can improve the family dynamic.

By teaching the family how to better communicate with each other, as well as, individual clients, these new tools will improve family relations, reduce conflict, stress, and generate a harmonious work environment.

By offering people practical tools to take with them and to apply this method to any situation will empower those individuals to transform their lives. The Need Based Method® is a cutting edge thinking and communication style process that reduces conflict & connects people to live a purposeful life.