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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





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

Offices and Board of Directors

Deirdre Danahar, MSW, MPH, LCSW, PCC



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.

Tawnya Blalock

Vice President 


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 

Michele Beisler, ACC, BSME, MSME



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!

Deanna Vogt



Why I’m serving on the Board: 2021 is my third year of board service to this remarkable chapter. I serve because our chapter is exactly as strong as all of us together can make it. Everyone who gives what they can gives a lot, and it makes a difference to our work together: improving our profession, our coaching, and our connections with each other.  

Allison Gregg



Why I’m serving on the Board:  As a certified coach, I understand the importance of connection. With more than 20 years' experience in communications, I'm thrilled to bring my expertise to the ICF Gulf Coast Board to help our members develop connections with each other and their coaching practices. Through this position I will work to keep our members up-to-date on the many exciting offerings we have coming their way!

Melanie Polkosky, Ph.D., ACC

Programs and Events Chair 


Why I’m serving on the Board:  I’ve chosen to serve on the Gulf Coast ICF board to help create excellent opportunities for coaches to increase their skills and feel part of a vibrant community, even if the Gulf is a lengthy drive from home.

Jill Meaux

Membership Chair 


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.

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! 

Brian J. Hotard, CPC, CIC

Past President 


Why I’m serving on the Board: I believe in the impact of coaching. Serving Coach’s honors, the profession of Coaching and it allows me to give back to many of the coaches who have made a difference in my life. 

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