Below is the nominated ICFLA Board of Directors Slate for 2021. Please take a moment to read through the bios and qualifications of these members then cast your vote.



 John is a former C-suite executive. Having previously worked at startups and publicly traded companies, as a Performance Coach John coaches CEOs and high-performance individuals to clarify vision, build complementary leadership teams, use clear and concise communication and to lead with authenticity with their employees, investors, and other stakeholders. John also conducts workshops on Corporate Diversity and Culture, with a specific focus on the LGBTQ+ community inclusion.

John acts as a mentor to the L.A. tech community through his work at AmplifyLA, and is also a member of Los Angeles Lesbian & Gay Chamber of Commerce (LAGLCC), Vistage Executive Speaker network, CMO Council, Junto Institute, Digital Marketing, International Coaching Federation L.A. and the digital CMO Network. John is passionate about Feeding America’s children.




As a certified professional coach and best-selling Amazon author, Carrie Williams works with individuals and businesses to help them get farther, faster. As a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, and one-on-one coach, Carrie works with teams and individuals to reach their goals in leadership, stress management, business growth, and team development. She has worked with top-ranked law firms, entertainment companies, and “Big Four” financial firms.

Through her workshops, speeches, and coaching, Carrie provides practical tips and inspiration to thousands of lawyers, entrepreneurs, and creative professionals every year. Her Amazon best-selling book Eyes on the Prize: A Kick-Ass Guide to Setting & Achieving G.R.E.A.T. Goals is a tool that enables anyone to tackle their goals at their own pace.

Carrie is the founder of Los Angeles-based RainShadow Coaching. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF) – the governing body and gold standard for the coaching field. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA, the Television Academy. She holds a graduate certification in evidence-based coaching from Fielding Graduate University.


CAMILLE MCKINNEY, Leadership Coach and Consultant

Immediate Past President

Camille McKinney is a leadership coach, speaker and business process consultant at Leveraged Leaders, where she is hired by professional women who want to advance in their career or business without sacrificing who you are or what’s important to you in other areas of your life. She brings her experience in leadership, Emotional Intelligence, performance consulting and training to support leaders in revealing your hidden potential by becoming more of who you are as a leader, both in business and in life.

Before becoming a Consultant and Professional Leadership Coach, Camille worked for over 25 years as a training and performance consulting professional in the banking and healthcare industries, most recently where she led a team of sales training professionals. Camille’s commitment to demonstrating effective leadership and empowering her team to be their best resulted in Great Place to Work employee engagement scores of 100% two years in a row!

She has a degree in Business Management and has completed Coach U’s Core Essentials and advanced coaching programs. She is a licensed facilitator of Corporate Coach U’s Coaching Clinic™, a training program that is delivered as part of a comprehensive, interactive learning experience, Empowering Performance Through Coaching.

Camille is also a certified facilitator for Linkage’s Advancing Women Leaders Academy, a nine-module learning experience, delivered on site, that seeks to equip women with actionable steps and practices to address the barriers that impede their advancement in the workplace.


 RACHEL KARU, MS, PCC, Coach, Speaker, Author

Executive Advisor

Rachel Karu’s quest for purpose and passion led her to create Stepping into More – A personal and professional development company dedicated to supporting clients to unleash their purpose and passion in order to live a fulfilling and empowering life! An experienced coach, speaker, trainer, and singer with over 19 years’ experience, she energizes her clients and creates an affirming environment for personal and professional transformation. Prior to launching Stepping into More, Rachel served as Human Resources Manager at EMI Music Distribution and the Manager of Organization Development and Training at Easton Sports, Inc.

Rachel earned a Master’s of Science in Counseling for Business, Industry, and Government and a Bachelor of Science in Business with a specialization in Human Resources. She achieved her Coaching Credential through the International Coaching Federation and is a Certified Strengths Coach with the Marcus Buckingham Company. Rachel is certified/qualified in a variety of assessment tools including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and Standout (strengths based assessment).

Rachel’s personal journey as a Recovering Perfectionist inspired her to create Stepping into More. Rachel’s perfectionism paralyzed her from pursuing her passion for singing for over 20 years until a car accident changed everything.

This series of events led Rachel back into performing, publishing her autobiographical self-help book – Stepping Into More – Lessons from a Recovering Perfectionist (, and producing her CD of songs – Stepping Into More ( 

Clients include: Facebook, Intel, Cisco, AECOM, Raytheon, United States Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Allergan, Philips, Braille Institute, Mattel, Viacom, Fox Entertainment, and Disney/ABC Media.

Rachel served as the chairperson for the Association for Talent Development’s Westside special interest group for over ten years.

Rachel is happily married for over 29 years and has two amazing children who continue to be her best teachers on a daily basis.




As an executive coach, consultant and facilitator, Edith is creative, bold, direct yet kind, and effective in producing high-performance results with both individuals and teams. She combines her background in finance, operations and process improvement with coaching skills to serve as a catalyst that speeds and evokes transformation.

With 25 years as a Director, VP, Operations-CFO and later an entrepreneur in the healthcare, IT, transport and service sectors, Edith often works with finance and operations leaders who face expanding responsibilities, transitions or new challenges. For me, “the power and the joy in coaching comes from creating a safe and courageous space where vision and skills quickly blossom, and where teams grow in trust, clarity and commitment.”

Edith earned her MBA at Columbia University and holds a B.A. in English from Queens College, along with a Six Sigma Black Belt in process improvement. She completed her executive coaching certification at Co-Active Training Institute (CTI), and is ICF certified.

Professional highlights include serving DaVita Healthcare Partners as a Group CFO covering 13 states and 5,000 employees, generating $900M, and having direct operations responsibilities for a $75M Division with 400 employees. Edith was a Faculty Member at DaVita University, and received Nationwide Awards for Team (2013) and creating Fulfillment for others (2006) at this Fortune 500 company. Later Edith served UnitedHealthcare as Vice President for Benefit Operations / Risk Management, and while at this Fortune 50 firm she co-founded Cars2Charities – a company that was later purchased by Riteway Charities. Today Edith is best known as a CFO Coach, and an Executive Coach for Finance leaders. She typically works with private equity firms and middle-market companies with $50M – $200M revenue.

Personal accomplishments include “that after 33 years together, my husband still LIKES me! Loves, of course. Yet respect, admiration, fun and the desire to continue to spend lots of time together seems like the bigger achievement.” Edith enjoys leading a Life Group with 10-15 members who meet weekly to grow and to serve together, and serving on the Finance Committee for Journey of Faith, a community of 3,000.

Did you know? Edith decided to find her funny, enrolled in a Comedy Improv class, and performed in front of friends and family. (Once.) She now likes to bring an element of fun and playfulness to the serious business of executive coaching.



Leadership & Team Coach/Non-Profit Consultant
Director, Operations

Jen is a coach, trainer, and non-profit consultant who works with leaders, teams, and organizations to get results. With nearly 20 years of experience developing and leading ethnically and generationally diverse teams, Jen combines her deep experience leading and forming teams and driving results with her training as a certified coach. Her practice focuses on engaging emerging leaders and teams where they are and together with them, crafting a vision of where they will find fulfillment and transformational growth. Her passion for coaching teams, leadership development, and diversity have fueled her career.

Jen comes from an 18-year career in international education, higher education collaboration, and non-profit management. Over this time, she has built and led multiple teams in a global organization and has created breakthroughs with leaders and cross-cultural teams by helping them take stock of today, co-create a vision of tomorrow, and commit to sustained impact over time.

Jen has received her certification as a Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) through The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and certified in the Team Diagnostic Survey (TSD). She also holds a Master’s degree in International Education Development from Columbia University, Teachers College, and a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development from Benedict College.


DAVID WAGGONER, MA, PCC, Executive Coach

Director of Programming

David brings over 20 years’ experience as a leader and consultant in leadership and organization development. A proven track record exists of developing executives, professionals, teams, and progressive initiatives combining interpersonal effectiveness and innovative organizational strategy. David concentrates on bringing self-awareness to the core skills of human and organizational interaction: Communication, influence and persuasion, negotiation, managing networks, presence, impression management, and dealing with conflict. David’s work is rooted in social intelligence and critical thinking. The core principles that form his philosophy are treating others respectfully with passion, enthusiasm, and energy.

In his career, David has held senior leadership roles in learning and organization development. His last internal role shaped the global leadership and organizational development strategies for Sony Pictures Entertainment with international execution. Additionally, he spanned the professional learning gap to Sony’s other business lines by delivering training to Sony ATV/Music Publishing, Sony Corporate, Sony Electronics, and Sony Music.

David is grateful to work industry-wide and cross-culturally in North America and internationally in Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Latin America. A partial list of clients includes Bayer, City of San Diego, CNN, Colgate-Palmolive, Comedy Central, Country Music Television, Deloitte US, DocuSign, Facebook, First American Title Insurance Company, HSBC, Intuit, Kellogg’s, KPMG International, Mars, Inc., Microsoft, MTV, Netflix, Nickelodeon, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, Paramount Pictures, Philip Morris, Royal Bank of Canada, Salesforce, Southern California Edison, Toyota Motor Corporation of North America, Inc., Uber, UCLA Extension, VH1, ViacomCBS Media Networks, and Wood Gutmann and Bogart Insurance Brokers.

David is finalizing a Doctorate in Organizational Development and Change, with a concentration in Evidence-Based Executive Coaching at Fielding Graduate University. He holds Masters Degrees in Organization Development and Change from Fielding Graduate University, Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles. Executive Coaching Certifications from Fielding Graduate University and the International Coach Federation are maintained.

Over 20 additional professional certifications and specializations round his credentials including: Birkman – Career Planning, Essentials, and 360. Emergenetics International – Certified Emergenetics Associate. Gallup – Strengthsfinder. Hogan – Leadership Forecast Series and Hogan 360. Ken Blanchard – Situational Leadership II. Korn Ferry – Interview Architect, Korn Ferry 360, Leadership Architect, and Voices 360. Langevin Learning Services – Advanced Instructional Design. MindGym – MindGym Distinguished Facilitator Certification. Multi- Health Systems – EQ-I 2.0 and EQ 360. Kilmann Diagnostics – Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument. The Table Group – Five Dysfunctions of a Team. Tracom Group – Social Style and Versatility. Wiley – DiSC. Zenger/Folkman – The Extraordinary Leader 360.



Director of Teleclasses

Adam Venker is the Founder and Lead Coach of The Productive Pause, a leadership, communication, and performance coaching practice. With over three decades of experience, Adam coaches executives,  creatives, and high potential professionals from organizations such as Netflix, Cisco, Nestle, National Public Radio, Chronicle Publishing, and the FBI.

“The key to elevating performance, enhancing influence, and expanding your role is to root down into your deeper purpose. From that fertile, dynamic, and resourceful place, a path appears, your power and intelligence activate, and the future becomes a clear destination on the horizon.”



Director of Communications

Iris Gelt Warner is an executive coach and communications strategist with an extensive track record of achieving powerful results. Her clients range from C- suite executives and their teams to individual business leaders.

Drawing on her long and diverse career as a senior corporate executive and consultant, Iris brings a wealth of direct, first-hand experience to helping organizations, teams, and individuals reach new levels of professional development and achievement.

An expert in strategic communications, Iris helps businesses and individuals optimize the measurable impact of strong communications skills to effectively influence audiences and deliver results in all types of meaningful interactions – including pitches, presentations, conferences, negotiations, interviews, media opportunities, and other leadership activities.

Her dynamic, customized communications trainings go beyond typical preparation methodologies by focusing on strategic message-building targeted to specific business objectives. With this strong foundation, Iris conducts focused practice sessions using real-time video playback and critique to develop basic presentation competencies, help increase confidence and ensure that delivery is both authoritative and powerful.

As a business executive, consultant and coach, Iris has worked with a wide variety of organizations, from global corporations to local start-ups. Her diverse experience includes many different business sectors, including retail, technology, entertainment, government, higher education and non-profit. Her career highlights include heading the Corporate Communications department of Universal Studios for 22 years; and creating and heading the Strategic Communications department at Art Center College of Design for seven years.

Iris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education from the University of New York at Albany; a Certificat d’Etudes in French Literature from the University of Nice, France; and a Certificate in Corporate Community Relations from Boston College. Hailing from New York and now living in Los Angeles, Iris brings a unique bi-coastal perspective to her coaching practice. Her fluency in French and Spanish is an added asset when working with global corporations both here and abroad.

Iris earned her certification in Individual and Organizational Coaching in 2002 from the ICF-accredited Hudson Institute of Coaching in Santa Barbara, one of the profession’s premier coaching organizations. She participates annually in Hudson’s community service initiative and is a certified practitioner of the Learning in Action Emotional Intelligence Profile, one of the foremost measurement tools of leadership skills and practices.



Director of Membership

Matt Mills, MA, PCC, CPC, ELI-MP is an experienced coach, speaker and writer who helps burned-out professionals navigate through the crossroads of their career so they can take bold steps to achieve fulfillment and success in their work and beyond.

Matt has years of experience working with individuals at various stages of their careers, bringing practical expertise in guiding professionals to a thriving career path that is meaningful and more authentic to their best selves.

Prior to becoming a professional coach, Matt has worked in the entertainment industry as a film development executive, and in higher education as a career counselor guiding aspiring creatives in their career paths.

Matt’s background, training and experience as a professional coach has helped hundreds of individuals take leadership to discover more fulfillment, freedom and purpose in their work, and reach the next level of personal and professional success – on their terms.

Matt holds a Master of Arts degree in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola Marymount University, is an iPEC trained Certified Professional Coach (CPC), and is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

When not busy with his professional pursuits, Matt enjoys the Southern California lifestyle with days at the beach, staying active and training for his next marathon, and exploring the diverse culture of Los Angeles with his wife Alyson.



Director of Membership

As a former C-level executive, Lori Tabb brings a deep understanding of corporate dynamics and executive leadership skills to coaching. Having worked inside high-performing organizations with a diverse range of cultures, industries, and leadership styles, she is familiar with the challenges and opportunities different environments present.

Prior to becoming a full-time coach, Lori spent more than 20 years in marketing and advertising in senior-level roles with industry leaders and Fortune 500 clients. From Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and J. Walter Thompson to Mattel and Hasbro, Southwest Airlines, General Motors, Coca-Cola, and Cirque du Soleil, she worked with some of the most recognized corporations and entertainment companies worldwide to successfully influence their brands and their people.

Today, Lori’s coaching client roster includes executives operating in all disciplines from the C-Suite and Founders to Senior and Mid-Level Executives in HR, Finance, Marketing & Advertising, Operations, Commercial Building, Film & Television Entertainment, Medical, Legal and non-profit leadership. Regardless of who she is coaching, she leverages the belief that we are all resourceful and creative and engages clients in a thought-provoking process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.


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For your information, listed below are the Associate Directors who have stepped up to support the board and the ICFLA community. You are NOT being asked to vote on Associate Directors.




Associate Director, Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Kathy Hadizadeh, MSc, PCC is the founder of Heart Mind Tuning in Los Angeles and a former IT executive.

Heart Mind Tuning is a coaching and consulting agency focused on human potential development and performance optimization.

She is a certified integral life, leadership, and executive development coach by New Ventures West. Kathy is also a certified neuroscience based emotional intelligence and mindful leadership consultant by Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI).

Using her background in systems thinking and her track record in mind body connection, Kathy developed methods that amplify effectiveness of leaders and boosts innovation in teams.

She builds on two Masters in Engineering and Management and 15+ years of experience leading technology and data initiatives and teams in the corporate world across multiple industries.



Associate Director, Chapter Meetings

Erica’s passion is to help leaders shine in life and work by collaborating with them to create meaningful change in their lives and the lives of those they touch.   She works with leaders to align intention and action to create and sustain a culture of leadership, accountability and trust that drives engagement and accelerates performance.

For the last 6 years, she has had the privilege of coaching 500 + leaders through Leadership@MARS 2 North America working with a diversity of talented managers from shift leads in manufacturing plants to a Global Director of Agronomy to Medical Directors for Banfield Pet Hospitals to IT professionals to their leadership development and drive high performing teams.

Erica believes in democratizing leadership – that people everywhere regardless of situation should have access to leadership development.  To that end she has worked with Maplewood Leadership Development, a group that provides leadership programs on a sliding scale to communities in NJ. She coaches in Ethiopia with the Center for Creative Leadership and has co-facilitated TransitionWorks, a ministry for helping people in transition.

Erica also facilitates Accelerated High Performance, a framework for accelerating and sustaining Cultural Leadership in organizations with T2Partners, LLC.  She recently trained as a virtual facilitator on the adobe connect platform and has converted face to face learning into interactive virtual learning modules.

Prior to coaching, she has 16 years of theatrical stage management experience in non-profit regional theater and commercial theater on Broadway.   And two years as the studio manager for a NYC 3-D design firm.  She and her family recently moved to South Pasadena, CA.  When not working, Erica loves spending time with her three sons and hubby, reading, cooking, gardening and helping her sons shine their light on the world.



Associate Director, Coaching Cafes

A Fortunate Series of Over-corrections, both the title to his upcoming book and his personal narrative that sets the foundation for his belief in the possibilities of positive change from the power of small shifts in our mindset, Paul is relentless in his empathic aspiration to live each moment of his life -just above average- and to leave this place just a little better than he found it.

A Launch Coach, BetterUp Associate Coach, workshop facilitator and assistant trainer with his alma mater, Erickson Coaching International, Paul has over a decade of personal and professional development experience, initially as a psychotherapist and now as PCC level coach with the ICF.  Whether as a coach, a writer and performance poet or with his work at The Guerrilla Experience, Paul’s coaching mission has been focused on bringing transformative experiences to the masses and disrupting people’s perception of coaching and development.

Prior to receiving his Master’s in Psychology, Paul attained his BSc from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and then spent many years in market research and business development for various tech startups in Silicon Beach where he first realized how much he enjoyed finding solutions for our most powerful device, our minds. Learn more about Launch Coaching with Paul



Associate Director, Communications

As an ICF Certified Accredited Career Coach, Tiffany Dedeaux is a career development resource for purpose-driven professionals. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism, a Master of Arts in Psychology focused on cultural transformation, a certification through the Institute of Career Coaching, and is an active member of the International Coach Federation and the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches.

Tiffany is also an Emmy award-winning Broadcast Journalist with a passion for marketing and a skill set that includes video editing, software training, resume writing, and career advisement across the tech industry. She empowers high performing business leaders to work outside the box of buildings, expectations, and routines through a nature-driven coaching and career services practice, Sacred Time.




Associate Director, Special Interest Groups (SIGs) TBD
Associate Director, Sponsorships


Associate Director, Volunteers


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