UWCPC – The Team

ICF accreditation

ACTP logo, ICF Accredited Coach Training Program

The UWCPC is an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) through the International Coach Federation (ICF), the accrediting body for coaching. ACTP accredited programs are all inclusive training programs, which offer start to finish coach training. Graduates of an ACTP program may apply for an individual ICF Credential including the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and the Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

Watch as Magdalena Mook, CEO and Executive Director of the International Coach Federation (ICF), explains why it’s important to choose an ICF-accredited coach training program.

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.

Sharon Barbour headshotSharon Barbour (MPH, PCC)
Instructor and Mentor
Sharon Barbour brings ten years of coaching experience to her clients, as well as expertise in habit change, mindfulness, and leadership development. She delights in facilitating life-changing shifts in perspectives, presence, and actions that inspire clients to make fulfilling changes and creations. Her habit change expertise ensures that changes last. Sharon’s warm and creative spirit, coupled with a fluid yet rigorous coaching style, helps her clients to make breakthroughs and move past old roadblocks to positive change. A life-long learner and observer of human nature, she is inspired by human potential and inner wisdom. She certified at the PCC level through the International Coach Federation and holds a faculty position at Presence-Based Coaching & Leadership Development. Prior to coaching, Sharon earned a Master’s degree in Public Health and worked with nonprofits, cooperatives, and educational institutions, primarily in program development, evaluation, and management. She loves family time and being outside — kayaking, gardening, and simply enjoying.

Lee N. Coffee Jr.Lee N. Coffee, Jr. (MA, PCC, MBTI Master Practitioner)
Lee is a Newfield Network Certified (NCC) & International Coaching Federation (ICF) Professional Certified Coach (PCC). He believes that “…everybody brings something to the table!” With over 30 years’ experience in educating, coaching, and facilitating experiential leadership development, his work has helped countless leaders reach their fullest potential. He held multiple positions of increasing responsibility during 24 years of Active Federal Service in the US Army. After graduating from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI), he became advisor to a two-star general.

Lee coaches to the human soul. His expertise is in facilitating thought-provoking group coaching discussions around social justice, unconscious bias in healthcare, spirituality in healthcare, and LGBTQI diversity & inclusion in healthcare. To achieve the best outcome for clients, he co-creates a safe space based on trust, open communication, and mutual respect. As an internationally known Chautauqua performer, he combines the creativity of storytelling with the analysis of philosophy, psychology, nursing, and leadership best practices to offer a multidisciplinary coaching synthesis. The central focus of the coaching relationship between the client and Lee is the well-being of the client.

Lee is a published author featured in Black Cowboys of Texas and Conversations on Success, an insightful, candid, inspirational book featuring Ken Blanchard and other well-known business professionals. Lee is also a contributing writer to several national and international magazines.

Samantha Dye headshotSamantha Dye (MA, PCC)
Instructor and Mentor
Samantha Dye is an organizational development and leadership coach. As owner of Dynamic Consulting, Samantha combines a coaching approach with organizational development methods to simultaneously support the uniqueness of individuals, the cohesiveness of teams, and the health of organizations.

Samantha began her career in South Africa, working for six years with a grassroots movement focused on developing leaders. After completing a stint of international development work in Afghanistan, Samantha attained her MA in Organizational Management & Development and a certificate in evidence-based coaching from Fielding Graduate University. Samantha is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation and is also one of eleven international partner coaches that comprise the Center for Non-Profit Coaching (CNPC), a supporter of non-profit professionals throughout the world.

Samantha is skilled in coaching for leadership and transformation, developing cohesive teams, facilitating small groups to large community stakeholders, increasing personal and interpersonal awareness, and creating space for individuals and groups to become more effective within their environments. Samantha resides, works, plays, and recreates in Juneau, AK with her husband and daughter. Samantha loves the opportunities that life and community in Alaska bring to her work in the world.

Photo of Michelle GalarowiczMichelle Galarowicz
Program Coordinator
Michelle works as the program coordinator for the UW–Madison Certified Professional Coach Program. She became a program coordinator for the Division of Continuing Studies in the summer of 2019. Prior to joining the division, she worked for the Madison Metropolitan School District in both teaching and administrative roles. Professionally she enjoys curriculum development and content management and is committed to advocating for learners and their experience in both traditional classrooms and virtual learning environments. She believes the strength of any educational experience lies in differentiated teaching strategies which meet the needs of diverse learners; and an organized, student-focused system that is inclusive of all students and their unique talents.

Michelle resides in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin where outside of work she loves spending time with her husband and children, reading, gardening, horseback riding and swimming. She is happiest when it is hot outside and she can spend hours at a pool or beach in the sun. Additionally, she loves baking and is always up for exploring new recipes that leads to any sort of sweet treat.

Chariti GentChariti Gent (MA, MCC, CPCC)
Program Director and Lead Faculty Associate
Chariti Gent is a veteran of the coaching world, having started her journey by hiring her first professional coach in 2004. Since then, Chariti has held positions as an internal corporate coach and trainer for a major international franchise, president and founder of Chariti Gent Coaching and Consulting, and director and lead instructor for the UW–Madison Certified Professional Coach program. Chariti received her formal International Coach Federation (ICF) training and certification through the Co-Active Training Institute (formerly CTI) in 2010. Chariti became a certified ICF PCC Assessor in 2018 and earned the designation of Master Certified Coach (MCC) in 2020. Having coached hundreds and hundreds of individuals throughout the last decade and a half, Chariti brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise to her role. Her students routinely rate her as a top-notch instructor, full of energy, enthusiasm and a true zest for learning. Chariti is recognized as being a leader in the coach training industry, and she is an active member of the global Association of Coach Training Organization’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Task Force. See Chariti on LinkedIn.

Paul GilbridePaul Gilbride (PCC)
Paul is a “recovering CPA” with 16 years of corporate experience and 7 years of coaching. In addition to his PCC designation, Paul is certified as a Dare to Lead™ facilitator based on the work of Brené Brown, and is certified in the EQi 2.0 Emotional Intelligence Assessment. He works exclusively with people and teams in corporate America and other large organizations on topics like leadership, work/life integration and general corporate navigation. He has had the honor of partnering with many companies including KPMG, Deloitte, Department of Defense, Lionsgate, Bloomberg Corp., Talking – Talent, Elanco, and PhRMA. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and considers his role as a member of the University of Wisconsin Certified Professional Coach Program as one of his highest honors.

Paul is passionate about making corporate and all organizations better. He strives to make people’s lives more fulfilling, rewarding, passionate and purposeful, one organization, team or individual at a time. He believes in connection, heart and emotional intelligence. He believes we do better when we lead with compassion not fear, growth not scarcity, integration not division, and heart not hurt. Above all else, he believes in courage. Courage to stand tall in our values, courage to listen with purpose, courage to speak truth, courage to have tough conversations, and courage to put people—all people—first.

Laura Gleisner headshotLaura Gleisner (MS, ACC)
Instructor and Mentor
Laura Gleisner, BSE, MS, ACC is a professional leadership coach, communication specialist, and sole proprietor of Laura Gleisner Coaching + Consulting, LLC, and has over 20 years of experience as an educator, consultant, coach, and trainer. A quote attributed to Tony Robbins, “The quality of our lives is equal to the quality of our relationships,” has created the foundation for her coaching with leaders and teams. She believes that in order for leaders to create satisfying professional relationships, healthy work environments (i.e. life giving rather than life draining) and maximize their impact, leaders today need to be experts in the fine art of communication. As a leadership coach and communication specialist, Laura practices and trains leaders and teams to communicate in a way that builds trust, creates healthy work environments, and supports efficiency, productivity, and goal achievement.

Laura is a self-described “recovering perfectionist” and has struggled with social anxiety her entire life. A gift of these challenges is that she geeks out on personal development, leadership and communication books, videos, and trainings. These experiences, in addition to her work in coaching and communication, has solidified her belief that coaching conversations can change your life. lauragleisner.com

Brendalyn KingBrendalyn King (ACC, MA, BS)

Brendalyn King has worked at Bhavana Learning Group for six years as an Ontological Coach and Educator, currently serving as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement.

With her colleagues, she specializes in adult learning and leadership by engaging generative language techniques and contemplative learning and unlearning practices to cultivate deep listening and conscious leadership.

As a leadership coach and consultant, Brendalyn works with clients to increase performance and deepen presence. She employs generative language practices to align purpose and meaning for clients. She also works with educators to include a “coaching mindset” to expand the professional ethos for those serving K-12 schools.

Brendalyn holds a degree in Business Management from Fordham University (2006); and a graduate degree in Education from Hunter College in (2010). Her unconventional learning includes 10 years of study, practice, and coursework in the practice of personal mastery in an ontological model. Her fields of study include transformative learning, appreciative inquiry, and servant leadership.

Veronica KingVeronica King
Veronica King is a South African communication specialist, master facilitator, global executive coach and social justice advocate. Veronica is the founder and CEO of Emuthini Consulting which she established in 2002. She has worked across a number of sectors and has developed a deep knowledge of organizational development and leadership drawing upon extensive institutional and organizational experience at a senior executive level. Veronica has been coaching for almost 20 years and has four coaching qualifications: Co-Active Coaching, ORSC (Organization, Relationship, System Coaching), Systemic Constellation for Coaches and Time to Think Coaching.

Her recent and current portfolio of work engages primarily with issues of diversity, equity and inclusion with private and public sector clients across a wide range of industries. In recent years her work has become increasingly engaged with addressing issues of social justice, anti-racism and diversity and inclusion in education. Veronica has worked in South Africa and internationally; in the United Kingdom and on projects in the USA, Turkey, Israel, Dubai, India, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and Swaziland.

Her work is driven by a deeply held commitment to social justice and the project of post-apartheid social transformation in South Africa. She is currently chairing a Social Justice Committee for the ICF Global Coach Training Board of the International Coaching Federation.

Susan KleinSusan Klein (MCC, BA, CMC)
Susan has been professionally coaching/training executives and leaders for over 31 years. She was one of the first 20 coaches in the world to be awarded the Master Certified Coach credential from the International Coach Federation. She is one of the founders of the ICF and Coach U. Susan calls on her extensive background in sales and sales management, having worked in broadcasting and advertising as a sales executive and regional sales manager.

Susan works with executives, managers, business owners, and physician leaders to deepen their leadership development in a thought-provoking process that supports them in achieving their organization and personal goals with sustainable, high-impact results.

Susan is also an adjunct professor at Nova Southeast University, University of Miami, and University of Texas at Dallas, where she teaches coaching competencies, coaching ethics, coaching skills for leaders, and emotional intelligence in the workplace, all with a coach approach. That often includes mentor coaching, assessing, and supervised coaching.

Susan’s mission has always been bringing joy and humanity to business. Located in South Florida, she can be reached at successtechnologiesinc.com .

Darcy Luoma headshot Darcy Luoma (MCC, BCC, ORSCC, MSOD, CPCC)
Darcy is a master certified executive and leadership coach, dynamic facilitator, and professional speaker. Her knowledge and intuitive style has helped hundreds of clients achieve remarkable results, including greater work/life balance, a clearer vision, and enhanced leadership. She is thrilled to have been voted Madison, Wisconsin’s Favorite Life Coach several times! Darcy has her Masters of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University, where her thesis research showed profound results that life coaching significantly increases overall life satisfaction and professional growth. Darcy served for 12 years as the Director of U.S. Senator Herb Kohl’s office. She is now the owner and president of Darcy Luoma Coaching & Consulting, LLC, which focuses on creating high-performing people and teams. Darcy balances her thriving business with raising her two energetic daughters, adventure travel, and competing in triathlons. You can learn more about Darcy at Link to Darcy Luoma’s personal coaching websitedarcyluoma.com

Nancy TurngrenNancy Turngren (BSN, MA, BCC, ACC)
Nancy Turngren is a professional coach passionate about her mission of helping individuals and organizations flourish through the power of awareness and conscious choice. She believes our work and personal lives have become so driven by outside forces that it requires us to consciously pause and be mindful of our priorities. As a coach, she finds it rewarding to provide the space for individuals and organizations to work through this process and witness the growth that is achieved.

Nancy believes in life-long learning and has a Masters in Organizational Management and Development with a Graduate Certificate in Evidence Based Coaching. She is certified by the International Coach Federation and is a Board Certified Coach. She works with leaders through a humanistic approach by helping them uncover their true needs and discover ways to utilize their strengths to grow. She understands the complexity of business relationships and how this can impact the performance of an executive. The partnership she develops with clients leads to lasting changes and successful outcomes in professional and personal growth. Link to Nancy Turngren’s personal coaching websitentcoaching.com

Begum VerjeeDr. Begum Verjee (EdD, ME, ACC)
Begum Verjee has a doctorate in educational leadership and a master’s in counselling psychology, both from the University of British Columbia, and is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF). Begum has over 30 years of experience working in the fields of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), and as an educational leader and social change agent, has developed post-secondary programs and educational initiatives utilizing a social determinants of health lens.

Begum started her coach certification training with the Faculty of Coaching at the Adler Graduate Professional School Inc. (ADLER) in 2016, an International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited program. She has taken courses in Mindfulness for Emotional Resilience, Living Systems Approach to Team Coaching and is currently undergoing certification in Positive Intelligence with Shirzad Chamine. Begum is a trauma-informed mental fitness coach, and integrates Adlerian and Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and Neuroscience approaches in working with her clients. The goal for coaching is to enhance one’s quality of life through self-care, and to strengthen authenticity and wisdom in leading a purposeful life. Begum works primarily with women entrepreneurs, leaders, and emerging leaders, particularly from non-representative groups.

Begum is a senior administrator and faculty member at Adler Graduate Professional School in Toronto, and on faculty with the International Committee of Adlerian Summer Schools & Institutes (ICASSI). She is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), and a member of the Graduate School Alliance for Education in Coaching (GSAEC). She also sits on the Council of Ambassadors with the ICF Foundation. Learn more at begumverjee.com.

Tony ZampellaAnthony V. Zampella (BA, MS)

Anthony V. Zampella, MSOL is an educator and activist, leadership and listening consultant, and writer and researcher in the field of adult learning and development. He founded Bhavana Learning Group in 2000, and works with experienced coaches, educators, and executives to cultivate learning communities and conscious leadership.

Coaching since 2000, Tony served as faculty at Mercy College until 2005, designing directing its graduate Organizational Leadership program. He has since taught part-time at Rutgers University business school.

In addition to BA in Sociology (UCSD), MS in Journalism (Columbia University), and MS in Organizational Leadership (Mercy College), Tony is a graduate of the Contemplative Psychotherapy at Nalanda Institute of Contemplative Science where he currently serves on its faculty and founded its “Practice Field.”

A Zen Buddhist practitioner since 2000, Tony holds several certificates in human development and has worked directly with authors/theorists: Foundations of Ontological Design from Newfield Network; Open Space Technology from founder Harrison Owen; Appreciative Inquiry; Spiral Dynamics Integral from Don Beck; and Spiritual Intelligence from founder Cindy Wigglesworth.