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July 2024 Newsletter

ICF North Texas | Published on 7/1/2024

Important Dates

Jul 12 Chapter Meeting & Program 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

Aug 7 Southeast Reg Webinar 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CT

Aug 9 Chapter Meeting & Program 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

Sep 12 Southeast Reg Webinar 12:00 - 1:30 PM CT

Sep 13 Chapter Meeting & Program 11:15 am - 1:00 PM CT

Oct 11 Celebrate Coaching 2024: Chapter Flagship Event

New Members and New Credentials

Welcome to Our New Members
Kristin Bartholomew
Jennifer Cusano
Vicki Johnson, PCC
Laurene Klassen
Miya Maysent
Katie Ongena
Barbara Sagué, ACC
Jessica Scott
Wayne Scott
Ron Skidmore
Michel Statler
Patricia Torpey
Gloria Veal
Meg Witmer-Faile

Congratulations on Your Certification
Marc Felton, ACC
Lauren Vosbein, PCC

       Board Member Message

Sue Shibley, ACC

Read the Board Message

      Monthly Events

July 12 Virtual Chapter Meeting and Program
The Qualitarian Quiz: A Holistic Coach Trainer Shares the Secrets of Creating a Currency of Quality to Live More Fully Now
Dez Stephens, PCC

11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

This is a Virtual Meeting Only

Virtual Attendees:
Members - $30 / Non-Members - $40

This program entails diving into a world of quality over quantity. In just one hour, participants will learn how to take inventory of their lives through the lens of quality. They will remember what it's like to make choices that fill their cup instead of draining it. They will access their inner knowing of how to handle life and business situations with ease and grace. The Qualitarian Quiz covers physical, vocational, social, emotional, mental, financial environmental, and spiritual subjects. Webinar participants will gain coaching tips and be asked Qualitarian questions to decipher where they are in terms of living a life of quality.
Dez Stephens is the founder of Radiant Coaches Academy, a prominent international coach training school certifying holistic coaches. She is a certified and credentialed coach, published author and expert trainer who is known for her great insight and compassion. Dez is a humanitarian coach, social entrepreneur, people’s advocate, and planetary activist. She has coached professionally since 2005 and has trained over 1000 students in 25+ countries. The International Coaching Federation has awarded her the PRISM Award for her advancement of the coaching profession and her important work in Honduras through her co-founded nonprofit organization providing grief-recovery coaching to Central Americans. Dez is also the author of the acclaimed coaching book, The Qualitarian. She serves as a Global Ambassador for ICF, and she uniquely opens new markets to professional coaching worldwide.
CCEUs for this Program: 1 Resource Development Credit

Read the entire program description and register here:
July 12 Virtual Chapter Meeting and Program

       Chapter News

Kristin Robertson, PCC
2020 ICF-North Texas President

Kristin Robertson, PCC, our 2020 ICF-North Texas Chapter President, passed away on June 5, 2024. One of Kristin's greatest legacies was her relentless dedication to leaving the world a better place than she found it.

As 2020 President of ICF-North Texas, Kristin led with grace and determination, guiding us through the challenges of the pandemic and reminding us of the power of connection and community. Her belief in the transformative power of coaching was unwavering, and she served as a beacon of inspiration to us all.

An ICF member since 2008, Kristin served on ICF-North Texas chapter’s Board of Directors as Programs Chair for two years before becoming President Elect in 2019, and then President in 2020. Kristin’s unwavering belief in the power of collaboration was exemplified in her service on the board of the Texas Coaches Coalition, comprising the four ICF chapters in Texas. In 2020, Kristin and her husband, Adam Gordon, moved to Austin to be closer to their children Becca and Eric, at which time Kristin joined the ICF Austin Chapter.

Through Brio Leadership, her coaching and consulting practice, Kristin was known as a talented executive coach and organizational design consultant. Her passion for excellence and love of learning set a wonderful example for all, as she continuously added to her “tool kit” of knowledge and assessments to serve her clients.

Kristin authored three books and earned a certificate in Evidence-Based Coaching from Fielding Graduate University, where she also completed a second master’s degree in Organization Development and Leadership.

A person of deep faith, Kristin was a trained spiritual director and provided direction at Texas Christian University’s Brite Divinity School as well as through her local church. She led retreats-in-everyday-life following the Exercises of St. Ignatius. In 2016, Kristin and her daughter, Becca, walked a large portion of the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain.

Kristin was an extraordinary leader, coach, colleague, and friend. Her example inspired us. Her ability to connect and build meaningful relationships inspired many and lives on as core values that infuse our chapter today.

A North Texas-area memorial service will be held July 13 in North Richland Hills:

July 13, 2024, at 11:00 AM (light lunch to follow)
St. Paul Presbyterian Church
4517 Rufe Snow Drive
North Richland Hills, TX 76180

Click here to read Kristin's obituary.

ICF-North Texas created a memory board for you to share your memories and stories of Kristin. You can access it here:

Save the Date for Celebrate Coaching 2024


Save the date for Celebrate Coaching 2024, the ICF-North Texas annual flagship event that recognizes and celebrates the power of coaching for individuals and organizations.

Celebrate Coaching 2024 will be presented both in-person and virtually via Zoom.

Friday, October 11, 2024

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM CT

In-Person Location:
Las Colinas Country Club
4400 North O'Connor Rd
Irving, TX 75062

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please email Ben Dilla, Director of Special Events at

From Your Board

During our most recent Board of Directors meeting, we completed several important milestones. First, we honored Kristin Robertson with a donation in her memory to the ICF Global Foundation. We also appointed Rory Brannum as Treasurer and warmly welcomed him to your Board of Directors.

A significant focus moving forward is the preservation of ICF-North Texas's history, which we are now actively collecting and organizing. Additionally, we had the opportunity to preview ICF Global’s new ICF-Professional Coaches Engage Platform. This exciting new platform will soon replace the current ICF Extranet, offering enhanced connectivity and interaction for all our members.

In another update, we are introducing new affiliation classifications: Besides “Full Members,” we have included the following: "Associates," "Organizational Sponsors," and "ICF Partners." These categories will soon be detailed on our website, though most members will not experience any immediate changes.

Furthermore, our Alliances Chair briefed us on a new initiative that will further expand our impact. Alongside our existing "pro bono" (no cost coaching) partnerships, we will now also focus on developing "low bono" (reduced rate coaching) opportunities. This initiative aims to further strengthen our community bonds and broaden our support network.

These steps mark a significant advancement for your chapter, reinforcing our commitment to growth, collaboration, and community impact.

Finally...don’t forget that our July meeting will be virtual only!

Steve Hendon
President, ICF-North Texas

Calling All Internal Coaches!

Our recent program by Cherie Silas on Internal Coaching created quite the buzz. Some of you have contacted me, and I believe we have enough interest to re-start the Internal Coaches LINC.

Would you like to meet once a month with other coaches navigating the Internal Coach landscape? (The group can decide day and time and on ZOOM or in person details.) This could be a great opportunity for you to get to know others in the Internal Coaching field. I can just imagine the robust conversations that will happen. If you are an internal coach and would like to be part of this newly formed LINC, don’t delay. Email Cheryl Close at so I can put you on the list.

Now You Know

Helpful Information for New and Not So New Members

By Cheryl Close, Membership Director

Connection Crew LINC for New-ish Members
Welcome to our new members and congratulations to those earning a new credential! Since we have had over 50 new members this year so far, I want to make sure you all know what we offer. We have a LINC Group called “Connections Crew” especially for you during your first year as a chapter member. It is led by our President-Elect, Dara Rossi. It provides you an opportunity to meet other new members and to explore everything ICF-North Texas has to offer you and where you can become more involved.

Check Out Our Website and Programs Event Calendar
Our website ( is full of information for you—especially our event calendar under Programs. You can click on anything on the calendar and it will take you to the specific information and the page to register, if required.

Receive Text Updates
This month, I’d like to highlight an area of our website that can be overlooked. If you log in and hover over your name in the upper right-hand corner, you can click on “profile” in the pop-up. This will open a page with several blocks of categories. By clicking in one of the blocks, you can review your information, edit what is there, or add additional information. In the Basic Information block, be sure to scroll down and right under your phone number, please click the check box in front of:
 I agree to receive text messages from the ICF-North Texas
This is important to make sure you receive important updates. We do not send very many texts, but with the size of our chapter it is no longer practical to make calls.

Have fun exploring our website at

Have a great month. If you have any questions or would like more information, email me at

New! ICF Engage

On behalf of ICF Global, we are excited to introduce ICF Engage, the world’s largest coaching community providing a dynamic way to interact with your chapter members, fellow chapter leaders, and global members in one, centralized place.

Visit and log in using the same username and password that you use on

Within Engage, you can:
  • Spark engagement among your members by creating discussions in your dedicated chapter community.
  • Collaborate with fellow chapter leaders, tapping into their diverse knowledge and experience.
  • Create meaningful connections with members worldwide.
  • Stay up to date on industry news, emerging trends, and relevant information.
  • Access the same resources found on the ICF Chapter Leader Extranet — now conveniently centralized. (Please note: The Extranet will no longer be accessible after July 24).

Gain Valuable Tips with Upcoming Guided Tour
Register for an upcoming guided tour and gain valuable tips on how to maximize your Engage experience.


Member Snapshot - Reeshemah L. Davis, ACC

Our Member Snapshot is an ongoing glimpse of your fellow members, giving you a great network of resources available to you and reminding you why it is so valuable to belong to ICF-North Texas. This month our feature member is Reeshemah L. Davis, ACC, of EMBOLDEN Action, LLC.
My Story: Why Coaching? My coaching journey began as an internal coach and mentor for a national multicultural leadership development program. Initially a volunteer, I later joined the staff, which sparked my passion for coaching. Initially, my services included DEI strategy, implementation, and executive coaching. Today, I focus on providing executive and team coaching for corporate clients and nonprofit organizations. My background in multicultural leadership and DEI allows me to offer a unique perspective and approach to coaching.

Why I Chose ICF-North Texas: I joined the ICF-North Texas chapter to connect with a network of like-minded professionals and access resources to enhance my coaching practice and business. Being part of this community helps me stay current with industry trends and continuously improve my coaching skills.
Involvement with ICF: I am an active member of the DEI and Alliance Committees within ICF, contributing to initiatives that promote diversity and build strategic alliances. These roles enable me to stay engaged with the coaching community and support the development of inclusive coaching practices.

Education and Mentoring Opportunities: Through my involvement with ICF, I have benefited from various educational opportunities, including chapter meetings and committee work. These experiences provide valuable learning and growth, allowing me to stay at the forefront of coaching methodologies and best practices.

Client Focus: I work with leaders in both non-profit and corporate sectors who struggle with burnout, leadership influence, and team presence. My services include:
  • Corporate/Executive Coaching: Helping leaders enhance their leadership skills, manage stress, and achieve their professional goals.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Providing strategies and support for creating inclusive workplace environments.
  • Internal/Organizational Coaching: Assisting organizations in developing internal coaching programs and fostering a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Leadership Development: Offering training and coaching to develop effective leadership at all levels.
  • Multicultural Coaching: Addressing the unique challenges faced by leaders in diverse and multicultural settings.
  • Team/Group Coaching: Facilitating team dynamics and improving group performance through effective coaching techniques.

Credentials and Certification: I hold an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential and am actively working toward my Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certification, with a goal to achieve it by 2025. This journey underscores my commitment to continuous professional growth and adherence to the highest standards in coaching excellence.

Training and Expertise: My expertise is enriched through extensive training in leadership assessment tools and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). I am certified in Gallup StrengthsFinder, Leadership Profile 360, Intercultural Development Inventory, Intercultural Conflict Styles, and Myers-Briggs. Additionally, I have completed numerous leadership and DEI trainings. As a lifelong learner, I am dedicated to expanding my knowledge and skills to provide the best possible coaching experience for my clients.

Feel free to contact me at

Get Involved

If you have marketing, writing, public relations, project management or administrative experience, the Communications Team has an opportunity for you to get involved. We are seeking volunteers to help support this year’s initiatives to externally market the ICF North Texas Chapter. To inquire, contact Lisa Yarbough at and we will find the best fit for you to contribute your skills and talents.

Join a LINC

Learn  Interact  Network  Connect

Members are welcome to join these new LINC groups:
ACC Credential Support LINC
PCC Credential Support LINC
MCC Credential Support LINC
Business Building LINC
Digital Marketing LINC
Ready to Retire - Now, Later, or Never? LINC
Road to Advanced Coaching Mastery LINC - New Group
Connection Crew LINC – New Group

If you are interested in learning more about the currently active LINC groups, contact Cheryl Close for more information

Thanks to Our Volunteers

We are grateful to these volunteers:

Lara Burnside, Associate Director Membership, for setting agendas for the Membership Team, leading Membership Team meeting in place of Director, and partnering with Director and Team on new work.

Ginnie Plauché, Membership Team member, for volunteering to call any member who had let their membership expire this year. She offered to help them renew and asked if there was anything they needed.

ICF North Texas Board of Directors


President-elect Dara Rossi, PCC
Secretary Sue Shibley, ACC
Past President Staci Witten, PCC

Alliances Mayme Doumbia, PCC
Communications Lisa Yarbough, PCC
Diversity Equity Inclusion Belonging Laurie Goetz, ACC
Membership Cheryl Close, MCC
Online Platforms Teresa Dabney
Special Events Ben Dilla, AC


Our Mission

Our mission is to grow and develop a competent coaching community that drives results for coaches and those they serve. We do this by providing strong credentialed coaches, educational programs, and rich resources for internal and external coaches, and organizations and individuals seeking coaches. 

Our Vision

ICF-NT will be known as the leading resource for the coaching community and the organizations and individuals it serves by providing:
  • A collaborative network of credentialed coaches
  • Continuing education 
  • Impactful contributions to the coaching profession