Who you’ll be working with

“84% of adult consumers who had experienced a coaching relationship reported that it was important for coaches to hold a credential.” – ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study

Just as it is important to your clients that you are credentialed, it is equally important that the coaches that train you are credentialed as well. So you—and eventually your clients—can be assured of receiving the most current, researched, and relevant training and coaching available today.

Darcy Luoma (MS in organization development, Graziadio School of Business & Management, Pepperdine; CPCC, PCC, ORSCC)
Lead Instructor
Darcy is an organization development specialist and leadership coach and the owner of Darcy Luoma Coaching & Consulting, LLC. She has worked in the coaching and consulting field for more than 15 years. Ms. Luoma is a dynamic facilitator and engaging public speaker whose optimistic attitude and intuitive style have helped hundreds of clients achieve remarkable results, including greater work/life balance, a clearer vision, and enhanced leadership skills. A credentialed Organization and Relationship Systems Certified Coach, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, board member of the International Coach Federation, and member of the Institute of Coaching Professional Association, Ms Luoma was recently voted Madison, WI’s Favorite Life Coach by the readers of the Isthmus newspaper. darcyluoma.com»


Deirdre Danahar (MSW, MPH, LICSW, ACC)
Deirdre Danahar is a coach, consultant, speaker, and writer who helps people with complex, busy lives master the art of doing their best work without the guilt, strain, and emptiness of compromising for their careers. Her clients include successful creative professionals, like restaurateurs, lawyers, health care providers, graphic designers, small business owners, executives, and motivated people who want to move from the corporate world to the entrepreneurial world. A licensed clinical social worker since 1996, Deirdre began coaching in 2002, and is an accredited coach though the International Coach Federation. Clients describe her as charmingly forceful and she is known for her insight, creativity, humor, and common sense. Deirdre is a transplanted New Englander who now makes Jackson, MS her home base, where she lives with her college professor husband and an alarmingly large cat. inmotioncc.com»

Shawn Preuss (BS)
Assistant to the Instructor
Shawn Preuss, ACC, BS in Business Management, Trained CTI Coach, and Certified Myer Briggs Facilitator is a leadership and team development coach and the owner of Transitions Coaching & Consulting, Inc. Shawn has been coaching and consulting with individuals, teams, groups, and organizations for 15 years and has been in the coaching industry (sport/business/life) for more than 35 years. Shawn specializes in working with groups and teams navigating the process of team development using leadership practices and the coaching process. With an inside-out perspective, Shawn helps to draw out the best from people and organizations. Shawn’s insightful and objective perspective is a stabilizing point to any group of people she works with. With her depth of experiential learning, Shawn guides others in drawing rich learning from everyday life and business. Her coaching often acts as a catalyst to dynamic shifts and changes in life and business.

As a Life Coach, Shawn's love for coaching and program development helped to support bringing a Professional Life Coaching Certification program into existence for the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Shawn is an integral part of teaching the PLCC program and supporting the Professional Coaching Industry. Shawn is a Coaches’ Coach and provides mentoring, coaching, and consulting to professional coaches. She is an active member of the International Coaching Federation, Chicago Coaches Federation, and Association for Psychological Type. shawnpreuss.com»

Aphra Mednick (MSW, LCSW)
Program Director
Aphra is a clinical social worker and educator who has worked in community mental health, patient advocacy, and professional development. Her work at the University of Wisconsin has emphasized clinical and lifelong learning. In her current position for the Division of Continuing Studies, Aphra teaches online courses and manages numerous professional training and certificate programs. amednick@dcs.wisc.edu»

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