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Growth Through Professional Development and Community

ICF Gulf Coast became a chapter of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) when three professional coaches from Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana realized their vision of building a community for coaches. 

From the beginning of the chapter, members looked for both virtual and face-to-face community, making it a leader in developing online programs. Simultaneously, the chapter began hosting a yearly, in-person coaching workshop, then Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Local Ambassador meetups.

We continue to enhance our reach through high-quality programming. If you'd like to be part of our community, please explore our membership options


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ICF Gulf Coast Chapter is established by coaches in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana

ICF Gulf Coast becomes a chartered chapter of the International Coach Federation

Florida Panhandle joins the chapter

Gulf Coast helps create the Southeast Regional Webinar Series




Tawnya Blalock, PCC

President 

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Why I’m serving on the Board:  I have valued being of service and volunteering since I was young.  As a coach I have learned how meaningful it is to have a strategic thinking partner, and recognize that we’re able to exponentially impact connection and growth far more in partnership, than alone. Being a part of this chapter has inspired me and supported me. I am committed to this community of professionals who also see the value of service, credibility and ongoing development 





Angelica Alexander Defillo, , MBA, SPHR, CPC, ELI-MP

Vice President

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Why I’m serving on the Board:  “What the world needs now is love sweet love.” Coaching widens the lens of our world view and invites us to ponder what’s possible. It’s invigorating to imagine a world made more vibrant by purposeful connection, consciousness, and service. It is rewarding to assist in the ongoing support and professional development for coaches and professionals interested in coaching. I am serving on the Board to expand the footprint of coaching in underserved communities and to create increase in the purposeful pursuit of diversity, inclusion, belonging and justice.

Raymond Osbun

 Treasurer

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Why I’m serving on the Board:  ICF Gulf Coast is such a desired community for me. I have experienced a 40+ year career in executive management of corporations owning and operating hospitals and related health care facilities. I have also been a entrepreneur and owner of several small businesses and franchises. I engaged in the coaching process by happenstance when I was transitioning and repurposing myself into what I conceptualized as “retirement.”

Michele Beisler, ACC, BSME, MSME

Vice Secretary 

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Why I’m serving on the Board: Service to others is a cornerstone of my daily personal, spiritual and leadership practices so I am grateful to contribute my talents and experience to help the ICF Gulf Coast chapter thrive and grow. I also enjoy working with a group of professional coaches committed to creating success!


Rana El Deeb, PhD

External Affairs Director 


Why I’m serving on the Board:  Serving coaches is an honor, helping connect the ICF coaching industry to every other part of the world is exciting as it helps the professional and personal growth of more and more people everywhere and  everyday! 

Melanie Polkosky, Ph.D., ACC

Programs and Events Chair 

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Why I’m serving on the Board:  I’m thrilled to return to the 2022-2023 board to continue our tradition of high-quality virtual programming that highlights diverse, progressive and insightful thought leadership while inspiring and supporting coaches far beyond the Gulf Coast.


Jill Meaux, ACC

Membership Chair 

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Why I’m serving on the Board:  The ICF Gulf Coast Chapter has given so much to me as a professional coach, that I felt it important to give back to the chapter.  My hope is that the chapter can continue to inspire and develop excellent coaches in our region.

Deirdre Danahar, MSW, MPH, LCSW, PCC

Past President

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Why I’m serving on the Board:  In 2013, I was excited to become one of the first ICF Gulf Coast Chapter members.  Connecting with and contributing to a community of professionals committed to the credibility, ongoing development and advancement of coaching was and remains inspiring. Through ICF I’ve been exposed to new ideas and cultivated connections with colleagues in across the Gulf Coast region and beyond.  Serving on the Board in was a natural extension of my commitment to my drive to ensure the highest quality of coaching is available.

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