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February 2024 Newsletter

ICF North Texas | Published on 2/5/2024

Important Dates

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

Mar 8 Chapter Meeting 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

Mar 14 Southeast Region Webinar 12:00 - 1:30 PM CT

Mar 21-24 All Texas Retreat and Conference

New Members and New Credentials

Welcome to Our New Members

Laura Caballero
Tracy Cantion
Christina Donelson
Brian Foster
Bianca Gouge
Samuel Gozo
Taruna Jain
Carl Lackstrom
James Oliver
Ann Papayoti, PCC
Kurt Richardson
Malini Shah
Kimberly Spikes
Bethany Stewart
Patty Vaccaro
David Wozniak
Congratulations on Your Certification
Kiki Dallao, ACC
Christina Donelson, ACC
Kimberly Spikes, ACC

       Board Member Message

Nathan Swenson-Reinhold, PCC

Read the Board Message

      Monthly Events


February 9 Hybrid Chapter Meeting and Program
Story Design: A Foundationally Human Approach to Coaching
Rance Greene

11:15 AM – 1:15 PM

In Person at Las Colinas Country Club, 4400 N O’Connor Road, Irving, TX 75061

Or Virtually Via Zoom

In-Person Attendees: Members–$50 / Non-Members–$60
Virtual Attendees: Members – $30 / Non-Members - $40

Rance Greene formed and the School of Story Design ( for those who struggle with storytelling at work. His methodology—Story Design—gives leaders and talent development professionals a systematic and creative way for discovering who their audience is and how to persuade them to take action on new ideas. He helps leadership teams, entrepreneurs and coaches discover that they are uniquely equipped to tell the best story for their audiences. Rance is the author of Instructional Story Design, a practical guide for developing stories that train. He coaches, teaches, speaks, and writes often on the benefits of stories to connect people to one another. Rance will join us virtually for this program.
We’ve all been told that the best communicators are good at storytelling. Neuroscience affirms this assertion, but very little instruction is available to those who want to actually do it well. As coaches, we are constantly communicating with our clients and potential clients. Learn the simple and creative process of Story Design to prepare for these conversations. Take your messaging to the story level. And learn some bonus tips on how to coach your executive clients to do the same.

CCEUs for this Program: 1 Resource Development Credit

Read the entire program description and register here:
February 9 Hybrid Chapter Meeting and Program

       Chapter News


Free Program to Prepare for New ICF Credentialing Exam

ICF San Antonio is offering a program on February 21 for those preparing for the new ICF Credentialing Exam. The cost is free to our members and $20 for non-members. This link provides information and registration details.

ICF North Texas LINC Group Offerings for 2024


Our ICF-North Texas Chapter is proud to offer four Credential Support LINC groups this year, including the new Road to Mastery LINC for experienced PCCs with greater than 1500 hours of coaching experience.

ACC Credential and beyond – support for members preparing for ACC Credential exam, as well as existing ACC coaches as they continue to develop their competency.
PCC Credential and beyond – support for experienced ACC coaches interested in pursuing the PCC Credential exam, as well as experienced PCC coaches continuing to develop proficiency.
NEW: Road to Mastery (Advanced PCC) – supports experienced PCC coaches wanting to develop coaching mastery. The group focuses on practicing master-level coaching skills and discussing the exercises.
MCC Credential – Supports members preparing for advancement to MCC. Prerequisite: Must 1) hold PCC credential, 2) have a mentor coach, 3) have enough training and client hours to apply for MCC, and 4) be actively recording regularly.
For more information about any of the ICF-NT LINC groups, please refer to the Active LINC Groups chart on our webpage.

2024 All Texas Retreat and Conference

Have you registered for the 2024 All Texas Retreat and Conference? Don’t wait!

Space is filling fast for the 2024 All Texas Retreat and Conference, March 21 - 24, in New Braunfels, Texas. This event is hosted each March by the Texas Coaches Coalition, to spark collaboration between coaches with a variety of experience and specialties. The conference is a must-attend event for all coaches who are interested in growing, learning, and connecting with other passionate and like-minded professional coaches from across the state of Texas, and beyond.
The conference offers unparalleled learning opportunities through high-impact keynote presentations and interactive workshops, with the opportunity to earn numerous CCEUs across the three-day event. In addition to the learning opportunities, attendees can network and exchange ideas through a variety of special interest Affinity Groups, as well as take advantage of the built-in “retreat” time to relax and recharge. This event is recognized by the ICF as an Alliance Partner. For information and to register, visit

Pro Bono Coaching Form

ICF North Texas is proud to partner with nonprofits in our community to provide pro bono coaching. We are currently identifying pro bono opportunities that will be available to our members in 2024. If you think you may be interested in learning more about these opportunities, please complete the form linked below. Even if you have expressed your interest in pro bono coaching in the past, please complete this form to indicate your interest in opportunities in 2024.

Communications Committee Volunteers

A huge Thank You to Jane Koenecke for serving on the Communications Committee for the past four years. Jane served as Communications Director for the first two years and spent the last two years as a committee volunteer coordinating the monthly newsletter and monthly Member Snapshots. Jane has thoughtfully and generously continued to offer her time to help transition her work to the 2024 Communications Committee and will remain on the committee to assist.

For the new year, we’d like to welcome Lisa Seay and Norma Martinez to the committee. Both Lisa and Norma are previous Communications Director Board Members. Lisa will be managing the monthly newsletter and Norma will be responsible for introducing our members through the Member Snapshots. Thank you, Lisa and Norma!

The Communications Committee still has space to welcome new volunteers. We could particularly use assistance with ideas, communications plans, and content for special events. Contribute your skills and talents to the Communications Committee by contacting Lisa Yarbough at

Alma Weaver Jones Receives 2023 Distinguished Service Award

Congratulations to Alma Weaver Jones, PCC, the 2023 recipient of the ICF North Texas Distinguished Service Award! Each year our chapter honors a member who has worked to expand the legitimacy of coaching as a vocation and a valuable service to both individuals and organizations. As a chapter past president and a long-time loyal member of ICF Global and ICF North Texas, Alma has led a successful Ambassador program, been a generous mentor for board members and coaches, and has served on the Texas Coaches Coalition Board. For over seventeen years she has worked as the Examiner and Supervising Coach and Faculty of the University of Texas Dallas School of Management’s Executive & Professional Coaching Program. Alma is an executive coach who also practices Equine Assisted coaching, and she is known as one of the most popular and effective mentor coaches at UTD. Thank you, Alma, for your dedication and service to the coaching profession!

Alma Weaver Jones accepting 2024 Distinguished Service Award

Alma with previous Distinguished Service Award recipients

Member Snapshot - Dr. Nancy McGruder

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 Dr. Nancy McGruder.

Dr. Nancy McGruder has been a member of ICF-North Texas since 2022 and has served as a committee member of the Alliance Committee.

Why coaching? I gravitate to coaching because this work gives individuals the ability to be their best. It’s not therapy, so I’m not working on trauma from childhood. My view as a professional is that coaching works and puts people in control of what they want to do, where they want to go, how they want to be. Getting to that new point by yourself can be difficult.

I’ve been in education my entire career and have watched people working to move to a new place by doing the same things in the same way that they have always done. It’s in my spirit to ask questions, not to challenge, but to help others uncover the answers they seek.
My business(s): My business efforts are focused in two areas: NMc Coaching & Consulting and Build Your Board of Directors (BYBOD).

NMc Coaching & Consulting is my core business where I focus on coaching, teaching, and mentoring others. Offerings include Career, Corporate/Executive, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Leadership Development, Small Business/Entrepreneur, and Team/Group coaching. I see my niche or target area as Leadership Development in all aspects of these offerings.

I just launched my 501C(3) Build Your Board of Directors (BYBOD). BYBOD fosters the success of Women of Color (WoC) by empowering, educating, and supporting women of color in having and maintaining a personal board of directors. Our vision at BYBOD is a world where the success of WoC is rooted in honoring and respecting women of color for their inherent worth and the immense value they bring to every sphere. Participants are engaged with a personal board of directors who are comprised of trusted advisors, mentors, coaches, and champions. This board of directors provides invaluable insights, helps broaden perspectives, expands networks, equips you to make well-informed decisions, and supports goal setting and achievement. Reach out to me if you have genuine interest in learning more about BYBOD.

Expertise and credentials: I earned my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University in 2016. I also hold degrees in Foundations of Education from Troy University, and Higher Education and Management from Dallas Baptist University. In addition, I have a Brain-Based Coaching Certificate (BBCC) from the NeuroLeadership Institute.

Why ICF-North Texas? I was looking to join a community that would continue to support my growth and development as a coach as well as a place where I could contribute.

My current focus is to obtain my ACC from the International Coaching Federation and I am an active member of the ICF-North Texas ACC LINC group. I chose this group to help support me in the pursuit of ACC as well as a place to build community.

What else can you share? I enjoy the challenge and results of working out several times per week.

Get Involved

Volunteer Opportunity – NEW Partner/Sponsorship Committee
Are you a networker or relationship builder? A new committee is launching. ICF-North Texas is rebuilding its sponsorship program. We want to partner with businesses and services that complement the coaching industry. And, we need volunteers to help restructure the program. Contact Staci Witten at for more information. 

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

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

Thanks to Our Volunteers

        Reeshemah Davis
Thank You, Reeshemah Davis
Tim Kincaid (Past-President) and Sue Shibley (Secretary) want to thank Reeshemah Davis for volunteering to assist us in updating our ICF-North Texas Bylaws. We are mandated by ICF-Global to update our Bylaws every three years. The three of us met over the course of three months to update the Bylaws to meet the new ICF-Global framework, the ICF-North Texas DEIB mission, and current processes of operation. Reeshemah graciously volunteered her time, and expertise which greatly expedited our process.

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 (DEIB) Laurie Goetz, ACC
Membership Cheryl Close, MCC
Online Platforms Teresa Dabney
Special Events Ben Dilla, ACC


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