October 2019

Message From The President

Mary Ellen Waltemire, PCCRayna Schroeder, PCC

The Gift of Coaches Connecting and Learning Together

I had the opportunity to attend the Capital Coaches Conference this year on September 13, 2019. Over 475 people attended the event at the Bethesda Conference Center for a day of connecting and learning together. I was grateful to have been able to connect with several ICF MD Board and committee members given the large crowd, as well as see colleagues and friends from up and down the East coast. It reminded me of the energy, passion, and inspiration I get from connecting with coaches, learning about what is happening in the field of coaching and learning about myself.

Having been a solopreneur for over 13 years, I make a deliberate effort to connect with other coaches regularly. Being a part of the ICF MD chapter enables me to do that through educational sessions, either via webinar or in-person, through socials, through quarterly coaches coffee’s and through my work as part of the ICF MD Board of Directors. In addition, my connections with other coaches have led to a great deal of work for me. When I started in 2006, I asked other coaches how I could grow my business. To a person, they all said get involved with your local ICF chapter – so I did. I joined a committee, met some great people and shared the work I was interested in doing. One connection led to another, that led to another and I found coaching work, coaching contracts where I could subcontract, training opportunities, and ideas for speaking and bringing in clients.

Whether you’re a new coach, a solopreneur, looking to make a change in your coaching practice, or want to reinvigorate yourself, my invitation is to connect with other coaches. If you would like to make a connection, or make a stronger connection, I invite you to hold the evening of November 7th on your calendar. That is our ICF MD annual meeting and coaching demonstration that draws 50-75 people on average for an evening of connection and education. Below are the details for the November 7th event:

Annual Meeting, Health/Wellness Workshop and
Meet Our Board Candidates for 2020

Thursday, November 7, 2019 • 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Maryland University of Integrative Health
7750 Montpelier Road, Laurel, MD 20723 

Health/Wellness Coaching Strategies for ALL Coaches
Presenter: Patricia Hinton Walker, Ph.D, RN, FAAN, MCC, CMC, NBC-HWC 

Earn 1.5 CCEUs in Core Competencies

For more information and to register for the event go to:

In addition, if you’ll be attending the Local Coaching Coffee connection in Annapolis on the morning of October 23rd or in Frederick on the morning of October 25th, I look forward to seeing you there!

For more information and to RSVP for these free coffee events go to:


Rayna Schroeder, PCC
2019 ICF-Maryland Chapter President
[email protected]

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November 7th Annual Meeting

You don’t want to miss
the November 7th Annual Meeting
if you want to…

  • Enjoy a meal and network with your colleagues

  • Learn Health and Wellness Coaching Strategies for ALL Coaches from Patricia Hinton Walker, MCC

  • Meet and talk to the candidates for the 2020 ICF MD Board

  • Hear an update from the ICF MD leadership

  • Earn 1.5 Core Competency CCEUs (pending)

Thursday, November 7, 2019 • 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.        
Maryland University of Integrative Health
7750 Montpelier Road
Laurel, MD  20723

Health and Wellness Coaching Strategies for ALL Coaches

Learn How Simple Health & Wellness
Strategies Improve Goal Achievement 

  • How sleep and other health/wellness awareness impacts goal coaching success

  • Strategies to help clients improve Work-Life Harmony

  • Use of wearable Health Devices for client self-management and focus

  • Live coaching demonstrations will enhance learning/ application

Presenter’s Profile

Patricia Hinton Walker, Ph.D, RN, FAAN, MCC, CMC, NBC-HWC is an experienced coach, coach trainer/mentor, consultant, and has assisted individuals, teams, organizations and executives to deal with stresses and challenges of transitions, mergers and leadership change. A major focus of her career, life and organizational transition coaching is assisting clients to leverage increased awareness of the impact of health/unhealthy lifestyles to improve productivity, reduce stress, and find better life-work balance. 

An internationally recognized speaker and coaching professional in the areas of career/executive coaching, health care, technology/informatics (with a focus on wearable mHealth devices for just-in-time evidence of work/life harmony).  Pat has assisted leaders, groups, teams and organizations in making good choices amidst growth and challenges of a rapidly changing, stressful world. 

A seasoned educator, Pat is well-published, having edited books and over 100 scholarly publications in nursing and inter-professional journals. In addition to teaching the Foundations and Body-Centered Coaching, she provides leadership to the MentorCoach’s certification program in Health and Wellness Coaching and serves on the advisory board and is an item-writer for the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching Certification.

Advance Registration:

  • $40.00 ICF Maryland Member

  • $40.00 ICF Global Member

  • $50.00 Non-Member

Registration at the Door:

  • $50.00 ICF Maryland Member

  • $50.00 ICF Global Member

  • $60.00 Non-Member

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Election of 2020 ICF Maryland Board of Directors

ICF Maryland Charter Chapter is gearing up for an election to select the 2020 Board of Directors. Based on our Chapter by-laws notification of candidates and their backgrounds are shared with you, our members 30 days prior to the election. The official election process begins on November 7, 2019.

Please plan to attend the Chapter Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 7, at the Maryland University of Integrative Health at 7750 Montpelier Road, Laurel, MD 20723. The candidates will be introduced at this event to be held from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Meet the Candidates!!!

Past President

Rayna Schroeder

Rayna Schroeder has been on the ICF Maryland Board for four years and is currently serving as President for 2019. In 2018, Rayna served as President-Elect and was Membership Director in 2017 and part of 2016.

Rayna brings over 25 years of experience with leadership development, organizational development and managing change, including 13 years of experience as a PCC Leadership Coach with over 1,700 hours of coaching.

Rayna has degrees in business and positive psychology, holds top secret security clearances from multiple intelligence agencies and is published co-author of, “Becoming a Servant-Leader: A Workbook for Bringing Skill and Spirit to Professional and Personal Life,” 2012.

Having been called “ridiculously likeable,” working with Rayna is enjoyable as well as enlightening.  She lives in Edgewater, MD with her wonderful husband Gary and two cats, Perry and Della. And the entire household is clear that the cats are the ones in charge.


Lori Raggio

As a business owner, leadership coach, Human Resources Executive, organizational consultant, trainer and transformational retreat leader, Lori works with individual leaders and diverse organizations. In addition to serving as President of Inspire Greatness Coaching and Consulting, LLC, she is Immediate Past President of Chesapeake Human Resources Association; President-Elect of ICF MD and on the board of directors of Healthcare Access Maryland and HobbleJog Foundation.

As a Certified Conversational Intelligence Coach and a Master Certified Intelligent Leadership Executive Coach, she trains coaches globally to obtain their IL certification. Lori is a graduate of Accomplishment Coaching, an ICF accredited coach training program.  Lori is the Program Manager for Leadership Essentials a program for emerging leaders through Loyola University Maryland as well as an adjunct faculty member at Towson University.

A Creation Catalyst Lori is powered by purpose, driven by insatiable curiosity and partners to crystallize client transformation one conversation at a time.


Donna Jones Daley

As Managing Partner of Noble Resource Associates, Donna supports emerging leaders to navigate change within their organizations and their careers. She helps her clients to move from “their Now to their Next,” by focusing on developing their professional brands.

Donna has used her passion to serve to enhance visibility of our Chapter’s brand.

  • As Chair of the Business Development Community of Practice, Donna used feedback received in the 2018 Chapter Member Survey to identify engaging speakers, who shared best practices on how to build thriving coaching businesses.

  • Connecting with members to share information on Chapter events, Donna served as an Ambassador for the Membership Committee.

  • She also continues to work with our Communications and Practice Development Committees to strategically move the Chapter’s programming and organizational vision forward.

Donna holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She has credentials from the International Coaching Federation and is a certified Business Coach.


Karen Jacobs

Karen Jacobs, PCC, MBA brings 8 years’ experience with ICF- MD Board, holding Communication and Membership Director positions. Currently Board Secretary for WIFS-MD and past AMA Board member. Served on the Board of Meals on Wheels for 10 years, becoming President.  35+ years of expertise in Training, Management, Marketing, Strategic Planning, Market Research, Leadership Coaching and Process Improvement, Karen is innovative and resourceful. Currently, Partner with The Integrity Team, a full-service training and business coaching organization targeting individual and organizational growth. A Director over 110+ employees of a Fortune 200 Public Utility for 25+ years leading transformational and strategic initiatives. Experienced in spearheading organizational change, conflict resolution, problem solving, and a master recruiter. Trained by the MD Nonprofits Association in managing Boards she is passionate about driving the mission of ICF-MD and if honored as President Elect Karen aspires to build on the organizations outstanding achievements to date.


Karin Schultz

Karin is currently serving as Treasurer for the ICF Maryland Chapter. As the Owner/CEO of Zone of Potential, LLC, she is a results-oriented executive-level coach and consultant with over 33 years of leadership and intelligence expertise from the US Marine Corps and as a Senior Government Civilian with the Navy and Defense Intelligence Agency. She has extensive experience working directly with executives and an in-depth background in building and developing organizations and cohesive teams to meet business outcomes. Her education and certifications include: Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Roger Williams University, Gabelli School; Masters’ Degrees in Business Administration and Cyber Security Policy through UMUC; ACC through ICF; and certified master neuro-linguistics (leadership) programmer. Karin is married to John, an incredibly talented master homebuilder and has a daughter in the USAF and a stepson in high school. Her hobbies include outdoor adventures, working out, and mind challenging games.


Sharon Scibek

Sharon is a recognized leader in human resources with over 30 years of corporate experience in private industry, government contracting, financial services, and manufacturing. In addition, she served as adjunct professor at Anne Arundel Community College and the graduate HRD program at McDaniel College. Her success is built on the leadership philosophy that consistently creates opportunity and results through the development of its people.

In her corporate life, Sharon developed effective recruiting and talent management programs which included onboarding and performance management. She was influential in driving change that resulted in a 22-week reduction of pension applications, and served as a chief union negotiator steering successful contract negotiation.

Sharon is a certified coach through Newfield Network. In addition, she is certified in the Caliper Assessment for Talent Selection and the Belbin Assessment for Team Effectiveness.

Sharon served as President of the CHRA Board of Directors as well as other non-profit boards.

Communications Director

Bonnie Blueford

Bonnie Blueford became an ICF Maryland Chapter member in 2018. She served on the Professional Development and Communication Committees and assumed the role of Communications Director in 2019. Her love of coaching and communications comes together to support the chapter and its members.

She is the owner of The Blueford Group, a communications and coaching organization. Bonnie founded The Blueford Group following a 30-plus-year career at Northrop Grumman Corp., where she coached at all levels, facilitated team building, and built internal communication campaigns to create an inclusive, engaged and innovative work culture.

Her current work includes culture change communication initiatives, leadership coaching and helping leaders clearly communicate their vision and strategy.

She holds a graduate certificate in Transformational Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University and a master’s in Public Communications from American University. She is an accredited ACC and a member of the International Coaching Federation.

Membership Director

Amy Stumme

I am a Professional Certified Coach through CTI, the largest in-person experiential coach training and leadership development organization in the world. I provide training and coaching services that help businesses increase employee engagement, build resiliency and cultivate collaborative teamwork. As a professional facilitator, I have led strategic planning sessions with dozens of businesses and nonprofits in Maryland and throughout the United States. I am a mixed-media artist and the founder of Evolve Your Creativity, a series of intuitive painting workshops that combine creativity, insight and fun. I volunteer with Seasons Hospice.

Community Outreach Director

Angie Dabbs

Angie is passionate about helping people, teams, and organizations thrive. This passion shows up in her work as an organization development practitioner and coach. She has a long history of developing strong partnerships with her clients and supporting them in realizing outcomes that drive business strategy and contribute to growth. She believes clients often have the solutions to their most complex problems and simply need an objective partner to help them unlock the answers.

In addition to holding a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science/OD from Johns Hopkins University, Angie is recognized as a Certified Integral Coach through New Ventures West, credentialed as a Professional Certified Coach with ICF, and is a mentor coach for graduate students. Angie feels privileged to be the existing ICF-MD Outreach Director. In addition to her vocation, Angie loves spending time with her husband and four kids, traveling, practicing wellness, and connecting with others.

Professional Development Director

Pat Hinton Walker

Patricia Hinton Walker, PhD, RN, FAAN, MCC, CBCC, NBC-HWC is an accomplished coach and ICF Coach Trainer at MentorCoach LLC, Bethesda, where she teaches positive psychology related coaching courses and provides leadership for the Health and Wellness Coaching Certification program.  She represents MentorCoach on the advisory board to National Board for Health &Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). Pat is one of a few approved, internationally certified Body-Centered Coach Trainers and integrates this approach into her coaching. In addition to the MCC, Pat is certified in wellness (CWC), executive (CEC), body-centered (CBCC), and social-emotional intelligence (SEI).

As a former dean, university vice president and organizational consultant, Pat is a recognized leader, nurse, academic executive, coach, speaker, and author nationally and internationally. She has an established coaching business and integrates principles from health and wellness and resilience coaching into her career, executive and life-transition coaching and mentoring with national and international clients.

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We All Want To Be Heard!!!

ICF Global and ICF Maryland is listening…  

ICF Global is working with PricewaterhouseCoopers on a global survey of coaching. The information collected will influence ICF Global policy decisions. This includes which initiatives will be funded and by how much.   

ICF Maryland will receive the survey results for our members. This is your second opportunity to be heard. Like ICF Global, ICF Maryland makes local decisions based on the information provided by its members.

You have until December 31, 2019, to make your voice heard!

To participate, go to and scroll down to the button that says, “Take the Survey Now.” Alternatively, contact us at [email protected] and ask for a link to the survey.

The ICF Maryland Board appreciates those of you who have taken the survey and looks forward to hearing from the other members.

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Status of Business Development Programs

by Donna Jones Daley
Chair, Business Development Committee

Fall Greetings to ICF Maryland Chapter Members,

On behalf of the BDC Program Committee, we wanted to provide you with a status of our BDC programming activities.

As you may recall, in July 2018 we launched our BDC programming prototype to reflect the feedback received in our Chapter Member Survey. The survey was coordinated by our Communications Committee.

Based on your recommendations, we offered fee-based series programming to provide members with an opportunity to deepen our learning in various business development areas.

We delivered programming over the past year that provided us with strategies to enhance our social media presence; gain clarity in developing our professional brand; perfect our sales conversion process; develop sharper PowerPoint presentations; and make time to build and expand our business relationships.

For members and guests that have attended our BDC programs, we appreciate your participation and the feedback that you provided us.

In an effort to continue to provide you with high-impact programming, we once again are assessing our BDC programming activities.

Working with PDC Chair, Patricia Hinton Walker, we have begun the process of identifying ways that we can strategically incorporate BDC offerings with PDC.

To this extent, it was agreed that we pause in scheduling additional BDC programming over the next several months.  We will use this time to focus on creating a robust, integrated programming calendar for 2020.

As always, we appreciate your patience and willingness to share suggestions that enable us to better meet your business development needs.

Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] if you have any questions or suggestions for us to consider.

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Upcoming Events

Professional Development Community of Practice presents...
Core Strength: Take Your Coaching to the Next Level
A Coaching Core Competencies Series

Tuesdays, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
October 29
1.50 CCEU in Core Competencies per Session
Zoom Webinar

Columbia ICF Coaches Coffee
Bagels and Grinds • Hanover, MD

Wednesday, October 23th – 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

RSVP: Raquel Cosden at [email protected]

Annapolis ICF Coaches Coffee
Bean Rush Cafe • Annapolis, MD

Wednesday, October 23th – 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

RSVP: Raquel Cosden at [email protected]

Frederick Coaches Coffee
The Common Market • Frederick, MD

Friday, October 25th – 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Loving the Challenge: Why Challenges are a Good Thing and How to Deal with Them

Annual Meeting & Health/Wellness Workshop
Maryland University of Integrative Health
7750 Montpelier Road, Laurel, MD

Thursday, November 7th – 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Health/Wellness Coaching Strategies for ALL Coaches
Patricia Hinton Walker, Ph.D, RN, FAAN, MCC, CMC, NBC-HWC
Earn 1.5 CCEUs in Core Competencies (Pending)

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