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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

Board of Directors

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



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.

Tawnya Blalock, PCC

Past 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 

Raymond Osbun



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.”

Shannon D'Gerolamo, PCC

Communications and Programs Chair 

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