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April 2023 Newsletter

ICF North Texas | Published on 4/3/2023

Important Dates

Apr 8 ICW Lunch & Learn Proposals Due

Apr 13 Southeast Region Webinar 12:00 - 1:30 PM CT

Apr 14 Hybrid Chapter Meeting 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

May 8 - 14 International Coaching Week

May 11 Southeast Region Webinar 12:30 - 1:30 PM CT

May 12 Hybrid Chapter Meeting 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

May 12 In-Person Chapter Workshop 1:30 - 3:30 PM CT

May 25 New LINC Organizational Zoom Mtg - 9:00 AM CT

Sept 8 Celebrate Coaching 2023 Event

New Members and New Credentials

Welcome to Our New Members

Sheryl Chacko
Alison Cooper
Carl Fowles, PCC
Jim Hurlburt
Michele Mitchell, ACC
Laura Myers, ACC
Ron Oliver
Monica Premo
Stephanie Rash
Kneisha Sanders, PCC
Elizabeth Simmons, PCC
Maureen Tarantello, ACC
Karuna Thomas, PCC
June Vanzant, ACC
Lauren Vosbein, ACC

       Board Member Message

Read the Board Message 

      Monthly Events


April 14 Hybrid Chapter Meeting and Program
Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Group and Team Coaching
Mike Caracalas, PCC, CPCC, CTPC
Pam Van Dyke, PCC, ACTC
Paula Holland, CPCC

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

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

Meet Our Presenters:
Mike Caracalas, PCC, CPCC, CTPC
Mike Caracalas helps senior executives who are frustrated by all the drama that comes with leading people. His depth of coaching skill is the result of nearly 30 years developing leaders, countless hours of formal and informal learning, and a passion for making a difference in the lives of the leaders he coaches. For the first 18 years of his career, Mike developed leaders internally for organizations such as Mount Sinai Medical Center, Sun Microsystems, and Yum Brands. For the past 10+ years, Mike has built an independent coaching practice, serving senior level executives across a wide range of organizations. Mike’s philosophy of leadership is that “leaders take responsibility for their world.”

Paula Holland, CPCC
Resilience, creativity, and breakthrough results are the foundation of What’s Next For My Life™, the coaching company founded by Mental Fitness Coach, speaker, award-winning author and artist, and 20+-year breast cancer survivor Paula R. Holland, CPCC. Recovery from cancer at age 37 inspired her departure from corporate and into ground-breaking survivor-coaching work in the oncology healthcare industry. Her work and award-winning cancer journals earned her the title of “Gamechanger” in CURE Today Magazine and inclusion in the first-ever Wall Street Journal article recognizing cancer coaching as a growing profession. Her proven 3-part coaching process and tools combine positive intelligence, body awareness, conscious breathwork, energy clearing and expressive arts tools that dramatically accelerate the ability to achieve full potential and sustain living in positive energy.

Pam Van Dyke, PCC, ACTC
For more than 30 years Pam has helped individuals, teams and organizations define and reach their goals. She has extensive leadership development experience in addition to running a behavioral health hospital in the role of CEO. Using evidenced-based coaching methodologies, Pam has coached individuals, teams and groups in a variety of capacities in a range of situations. Additionally, for the past 28 years Pam has been an Adjunct Professor. Currently, she teaches part time at Southern Methodist University – Cox School of Business, in Dallas, Texas. Pam has written numerous articles in leadership and coaching and is also the author of Virtual Group Coaching: A Research Study and a contributing author of The Handbook of Team Coaching and Leadership Coaching in China.
The workplace is a dynamic environment. Coaching can occur individually, in a group, or among a team. Bringing together a group or team can be the engine of a machine. They bring together diverse sets of skills to solve problems, innovate, and execute strategy.

CCEUs for this Program: 1 Core Competency Credit

Read the entire program description and register here:

April 14 Hybrid Chapter Meeting and Program

April 13 Southeast Region Webinar
Intuition and Coaching Mastery: How Can They Co-Exist?
Annie Gelfand, MCC, MBA, CPCC

12:30 – 1:30 PM CST
Webinar Cost: ICF Global Members – $10 / Non-ICF Global Members – $20

Annie Gelfand, MCC, MBA, CPC, has been coaching since 1997 and is the Founder of Radical Wisdom. She is the creator and host of the Essence of Mastery Summit, an annual event devoted to cultivating coaching mastery. Annie is a Master Certified Coach credentialed by the International Coaching Federation and MCC Assessor. She holds a Master of Business Administration Degree and is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, trained in Organizational and Relationship Systems Coaching and Team Coaching. Her sweet spot is mentoring credentialed coaches on the path of coaching mastery. She helps driven coaches go deep so they can be a powerful change catalyst for their own clients. If you want to stand out and feel confident as a coach, she can help you uncover your true unique coaching style so you can excavate inner blocks to success and become unstoppable. For driven coaches who are committed to being masterful.
It is said that intuition is always correct but not necessarily our interpretation of it. So how do you know when you are inviting your clients into their own intuition versus leading them? Join us for a lively interactive discussion as we explore this entity called intuition in the context of coaching mastery.

CCEUs for this Webinar: 1 Core Competency Credit

 Read the entire webinar description and register here:
April 13 Southeast Region Webinar

        Chapter News


International Coaching Week is May 8 - 14

Celebrate the power and impact of professional coaching during International Coaching Week (ICW) 2023. This year’s theme, “Explore Your Potential,” honors the coaching process and is a reminder that we all have the power to maximize our personal and professional lives. Once again, we are going to offer Lunch & Learns to the public in honor of ICW. We hope you will consider submitting a proposal.

Request for Proposals – Accepting Proposals NOW
Proposal Submission Deadline – April 8, 2023

To celebrate the power and impact of professional coaching during International Coaching Week (ICW), the ICF-North Texas Chapter will again host 45-minute “Lunch & Learns” from May 8 – 12, with sessions from 12:15 – 1:00 PM CT. The structure will include a learning session and time for discussion. These live learning engagements are free to the public and designed to raise awareness and promote coaching, which is ICW's main focus. Creating a proposal with this audience in mind is important. Some topics might be in the example of these themes: Maximize Your Potential with a Coach; Explore Your Potential with a Coach; Coaching Can Help You; Why Do I Need a Coach?; The ROI of Coaching. The possibilities are endless.

Chapter coaches interested in facilitating a Lunch and Learn (L&L) are asked to submit a proposal by completing this Google Form by April 8.

Be sure to mark your calendars:
NOW – April 8:    Submit your Proposal
May 08 – 12:    Lunch and Learns

Exciting LINC News

Mark your calendar now. We have a new LINC forming! It will be the Ready to Retire – Now, Later, or Never? LINC Group.

If you could be considering retirement—whether or not you will ever retire, this is the group for you. Our first organizational meeting will be on May 25 at 9:00 AM CT on ZOOM.

If you would like to attend, please email Once Cheryl receives your email, she will forward you the ZOOM ID.

Save the Date!
Celebrate Coaching 2023 Event - September 8

Our ICF-North Texas Special Events committee is looking for sponsors that would benefit from our Celebrate Coaching event. If you know of a company that would be interested in being a sponsor, please send the information to Sandi Knight, Director of Special Events at

Member Snapshot - Sarah Dao-Bai

As we continue to introduce you to more of our wonderful chapter members, we invite you to learn more about Sarah Dao-Bai of Joyful Catholic Living, her brand of coaching.

How did your career in coaching begin? I was experiencing many challenges at work when I sought the help of a Life/Career Coach. Throughout our conversation, my love for one-on-one prayer ministry and soul care transpired. This is really when I felt the most alive. One day my coach recommended that I check out The Professional Christian Coaching Institute (PCCI) which was about to offer the "Essentials of Life Coaching" course, specifically for aspiring Catholic coaches. I was not sold on the idea of becoming a coach but signed up anyway for leadership development purposes. The class was an introduction to a new world that completely transformed my life. Not only did my relationships at work improve as I implemented basic coaching principles (listening and asking questions), but I was also building amazing relationships in the coaching world. For the first time in ten years, I felt aligned, alive, and inspired when it came to my career. Coaching offered me a safe space where I could bring all of myself. This is a space where everything was falling into place; a space where my experiences, gifts and talents beautifully came together. Today I offer a space for lay Catholic leaders (Ministry/Business) where they can be vulnerable, find community, and get reinvigorated.
What is your niche in coaching and how did it unfold? Leadership Development, Personal/Life Coaching, Group Coaching. I stumbled upon this niche while running virtual small-group programs. A few participants related that they did not feel comfortable joining things in their local communities. This led them to feel isolated and lonely. I recognized an opportunity to create a virtual space that would fill their needs for connection and community. For connection to their community. It was a match made in Heaven. They were all able to create memorable experiences together.

Overall, my coaching allows me to see my clients rising from the ashes after years of losses and grief. I get to see them gain confidence, regain their sharp sense of humor, and be filled with new hopes and dreams.

Why do you enjoy being part of ICF-North Texas? I chose to become a member of ICF-North Texas because of the people and the community. It has been a great blessing to meet such generous, fun-loving, and amazing people. Volunteering for the Membership Committee and being a member of the Business Development LINC have both been very rewarding. As I pursue my ACC and work toward starting my business, being part of this chapter helps me feel more connected and confident. I enjoy the added learning and the sharing of coaching best practices.

Tell us more about yourself. Being a native of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), my first language is French. I have lived most of my life in the U.S. and moved to Dallas from the Northeast after falling in love with the city. My hobbies include reading (non-fiction), fashion sewing and traveling.

Final thoughts.
  •  I truly enjoy ‘Laser Coaching’ by Marion Franklin.
  •  My motto is "Living Life Well."
  •  I love to meet new people and learn their life stories. I find it fascinating.
  •  Do not hesitate to reach out if you want to grab coffee or chat.

Visiting my favorite place, the Dallas Botanical Garden, and hanging out with Mother Teresa.

On the day I became a U.S. Citizen, I stopped to capture the moment in NYC with my mother.

Get Involved

How do you want to get involved? Volunteers will tell you that they benefit so much more by engaging with our North Texas Chapter. Get to know other coaches, network, and share by volunteering with one of more of these groups.

  •  Special Events Team working with Sandi Knight
  •  Alliances Team working with Dara Rossi
  •  Finance Team working with Elisabetta Mroski
  •  Communications Team working with Lizette Warner
  •  Online Platforms working with Teresa Dabney
  •  Facilitator of Team Coaching LINC
  •  Facilitator of “Ready to Retire—Now, Later or Never” LINC
  •  Facilitator of an Experienced Coach Mastermind type LINC 

Join a LINC

Learn  Interact  Network  Connect

Members are welcome to join these new LINC groups:
- Business Building LINC
- Digital Marketing LINC
- ACC Credential Support LINC
- PCC Credential Support LINC
- MCC Credential Support LINC

- Internal Coaches LINC

Coming Soon:

- Virtual Book Discussion LINC, re-forming soon
- Team Coaching LINC, forming now
- Ready to Retire - Now, Later or Never LINC, launches May 25
- Experienced Coach Mastermind type LINC, possible new LINC.
   Email Cheryl if interested.

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

        ICF International News

Nominations for ICF Coaching Impact Awards Now Open
Who Are You Nominating?

Help us shine a light on an individual, business, or organization in the coaching community by nominating them for a 2023 ICF Coaching Impact Award.

The ICF Coaching Impact Awards celebrate the best of coaching and ICF through a variety of categories that reflect the different facets of the profession. For the 2023 awards cycle, ICF Coaching Impact Awards will be given in the following categories:
  •  Professional Coaches: Honor an individual coach practitioner who is making an impact in the profession and at ICF (evolution of the ICF Circle of Distinction and Young Leader Awards).
  • Organizations: Celebrate a business or organization that has built a strong coaching culture and demonstrates the positive effects of coaching (evolution of the ICF Prism Award).
  • Coaching Education: This new recognition will acknowledge coach educators and ICF accredited providers who are leading and innovating coaching education.
Don’t wait. The deadline for nominations is April 21 at 11:59 PM (New York).

We get benefits from our local and international memberships with ICF. If you have a global membership you can log in to read these additional articles. If you have questions about your log in, please visit

ICF International Announces New Strategic Plan

ICF International is truly partners with coaches in the work we do, which is why we are excited to share the new ICF Strategic Plan with you. The plan demonstrates the unity of the One ICF ecosystem, and our goals will help move ICF, coaching, and society forward.

“It has been a lengthy and very involved process as input has been gathered from our members, stakeholders, association management experts, and foresight authorities,” explains ICF CEO Magdalena Nowicka Mook. “A dedicated group of ICF leaders worked tirelessly to arrive on this ambitious and inspiring, yet achievable plan. We are very excited to see the planning stage moving to execution.”

We get benefits from our local and international memberships with ICF. If you have a global membership you can log in to read these additional articles. If you have questions about your log in, please visit

The Value of the ICF Credential

ICF Credentials and Standards is pleased to share that we recently achieved a credentialing milestone with more than 50,000 active ICF credential-holders worldwide!

We could not have reached this milestone without you. We are grateful for your commitment to the highest standards in our profession and for being an integral part of this growing community. We invite you to celebrate this momentous occasion; and especially your hard work and that of every ACC, PCC, and MCC worldwide.

Share Your Reflections

At ICF Credentials and Standards, we are proud to partner with individuals like you who share the same ethical values and principles in their professional journey.

We’d like to hear and share YOUR stories with others!

We invite you to share what it means to you to be an ICF credential-holder. Thank you for shining as an ICF credential-holder and helping ICF shine a brighter light on the power of coaching.
Share Your Credentialing Reflections

We get benefits from our local and international memberships with ICF. If you have a global membership you can log in to read these additional articles. If you have questions about your log in, please visit


We Value Our Volunteers

Our award-winning chapter is successful and works so well because of our volunteers. Volunteering increases the value of ICF membership in so many ways. Sharing your time and talents as a volunteer helps us expand the impact of professional coaching throughout North Texas and beyond.

Volunteers benefit, too. Volunteering can help you build your network and grow your coaching practice. Serving on a committee is a great way (for new members, especially) to get involved and meet other professional coaches who are potential collaboration partners, allies, source of referrals, and friendship.

Contact Information 


President  Staci Witten, PCC
President-elect  Steve Hendon, PCC 
Secretary  Sue Shibley
Treasurer   Elisabetta Mroski, ACC
Past President Tim Kincaid, PCC
Programs   Open Position
Alliances  Dara Rossi, ACC
Membership   Cheryl Close, MCC
Communications   Lizette Warner, PCC
Online Platforms  Teresa Dabney
Special Events  Sandra Knight, 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