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Gulf Coast and beyond

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. By early 2013, they established a chapter committed to creating support and connection among coaches throughout the Gulf States region. In 2014, the Gulf Coast became a chartered chapter of the ICF with established Bylaws

By 2015, new members from the Florida panhandle joined the now growing community, which now encompassed the Gulf states from Louisiana to Florida. 

From the beginning of the chapter, members valued both virtual and face-to-face community. The chapter became a leader in developing online programs for professional development as a critical offering. Simultaneously, the chapter began hosting a yearly, in-person coaching workshop to provide an opportunity for members to connect, inspire and grow together.

Growth through professional development and community

As more professional coaches noticed the chapter’s active community, our membership has grown and now includes coaches from across the United States. Our chapter has expanded to new types of online and face-to-face programs, including two Special Interest Groups (SiGs) and Local Ambassador Meetups. We helped create the Southeast Regional Webinar Series, a collaboration of 15 ICF chapters in the United States’ southeast region to provide even more growth opportunities for professional coaches.


We are proud to continue to enhance our reach through innovative, high quality online events. If you’d like to be part of our community, please visit our Membership page. 


Offices and Board of Directors


Deirdre Danahar, MSW, MPH, LCSW, PCC

President | President@icfgulfcoast.com


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.


Deanna Vogt, PhD

Vice President  | VicePresident@icfgulfcoast.com 

Why I’m serving on the Board: Coaches serve forward-moving people, and we co-lead a process of progress. Serving and leading as we are able is part of our thrive equation. Serving our ICF chapter allows me to learn from inspiring people who do valuable work.


Michele Beisler, ACC, BSME, MSME

Secretary | Secretary@icfgulfcoast.com

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

 Treasurer | Treasurer@icfgulfcoast.com

 Why I’m serving on the Board: Coaches serve forward-moving people, and we co-lead a process of progress.   Serving and leading as we are able is part of our thrive equation. Serving our ICF chapter allows me to learn from   inspiring people who do valuable work.


Martha Brabston

Membership Chair | Membership@icfgulfcoast.com

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.


Melanie Polkosky, Ph.D., ACC

Programs and Events Chair | Events@icfgulfcoast.com


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.


Allison Gregg

Marketing | Marketing@icfgulfcoast.com

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!


Brian J. Hotard, CPC, CIC

Past President |Brian@acuitycoachingpartners.com


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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