Deborah J. Hrivnak, Ed.D.
Dr. Deborah J. Hrivnak is a professional coach, and has been CEO and founder of MyCoachDeborah, Inc., since 2004. As a coach, Deborah works with small businesses, individuals and teams, inspiring and teaching them to leverage their strengths for greater productivity, engagement, and profits. Deborah received her coaching certification through The Academy for Coaching Excellence in Sacramento, California.
Deborah is the author of Get Off the Sidelines and Into the “Game” as well as a contributing author for Discover Your Identity; Real Stories by Real People to Inspire and Ignite Your Soul, by Sue Brooke, and RockStar Success Stories; Inspirational Stories of Success by Extraordinary “RockStars,” by Craig Duswalt.
Her prior leadership experience includes serving on the Board of Directors for South Central Nebraska Community Mental Health Center and the Chamber of Commerce. Deborah has also served for three years as President for her church. Deborah has received honorary recognition from Phi Delta Kappa and Pi Lambda Theta, in addition to receiving the recognition of Outstanding Teacher of the Year at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In 1983, based on her notable work with special needs students, the Nebraska State Department of Education created a television documentary, Educational Alternatives for Handicapped Students. Deborah continues to provide support for special needs individuals and families through coaching, advocacy, and consulting in addition to her work with small businesses.
Before starting her own business, Deborah served as a special education administrator as well as working in human resources for a large corporation located in Omaha, Nebraska. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member for Judson University where she teaches coursework in Education as well as Management and Leadership.
Deborah currently lives in Saint Charles, Illinois with her husband, John. She and John sing with the Elgin Master Chorale.
Cheryl I. Procter-Rogers, APR, PCC
Senior Strategist and Executive Coach
A Step Ahead Consulting and Coaching
As an executive coach with more than 20 years of experience, Cheryl is passionate about assisting busy C-Suite executives, high potentials and entrepreneurs in corporations, universities and national nonprofits remain a step ahead. She also provides career-saving “CPR” to individuals whose forward progress has stalled or stopped.
She is a high-energy, dynamic coach with a focus on leadership development, corporate presence, personal branding, effective communications, work-life balance, career transitions and time management.
With more than 37 years of experience as a public relations and business strategist, Cheryl has worked with a variety of corporations and organizations in a number of business sectors. She served in executive positions for DePaul University, Home Box Office (HBO), Nielsen Marketing Research and Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company. As a consultant, she has implemented communications and business strategies for Coca-Cola, Nissan, Allstate, McDonald’s, Sears, McCain Foods, Valparaiso University Law School, Academy of General Dentistry, Heartland Alliance, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and Magellan Corporation, to name a few.
Cheryl was the 2006 national president and CEO of the 30,000-member PRSA. She has served on the board, executive committee, and/or advisory council for the Chicago Foundation for Women, La Rabida Children’s Hospital, DePaul University College of Communications, Chicago Chapter of PRSA, University of Florida Communications, Black Public Relations Society of California. She currently serves Secretary of Bradley University’s Black Alumni Alliance.
Cheryl earned her bachelor’s degree from Bradley University and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. She received her coach training from the Center for Coaching Certification and Goal Imagery. She is currently pursuing a masters degree from DePaul University in organizational culture change.
For more information about Cheryl, please visit her website at astepaheadpr.com.
Peter A. James
Peter James comes to ICF-Chicago with more than two decades of leadership-laden experience stretching from his service within the U.S. Army to his current roles as a business coach and professor. A quick review of his background and credentials will show that he has served as the catalyst for successful sales and marketing, corporate education and training, and process redesign initiatives, complemented by high-caliber leadership qualifications and a proven track record in delivering value to all of the organizations and customers in which he has served.
Peter has been able to traverse the corporate landscape effectively and efficiently. Along with his strong communication skills and dynamic facilitation/public speaking style, one of his greatest strengths is his ability to coach executives and business owners through obstacles, barriers and hurdles. He does so by helping them breakthrough and overcome their obstacles, roadblocks and barriers in order to accomplish their career and/or business objectives.
Peter’s qualifications include an MBA with a Health Care Administration concentration, a current pursuit of his Ph.D. (Organization & Management), a certified business and a corporate coaching certification via the International Coaching Federation.
Cathy Carroll is founder and President of Legacy Onward, Inc., a leadership coaching firm that specializes in family businesses.
After growing up around her grandfather’s business, Cathy pursued a 20-year corporate career as an actuary at Hewitt Associates and a corporate executive at Sabre Inc., and United Airlines before leaving to run her father’s business. As President & COO of Pro Equine Group, she was responsible for five companies that manufacture and distribute equipment serving the team roping market.
After turning the company around, Cathy left to start Legacy Onward, bringing leadership and executive coaching services to family businesses.
Cathy earned a leadership coaching certificate at Georgetown University, an MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a BA at Boston College. She is also a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) in the International Coaching Federation, and is certified in Hogan Assessments and The Leadership Circle 360.
An active member of the community, Cathy serves on the Board of Just Born and the Advisory Board of Alper Services. Cathy is also the Chicago Chapter President of the Family Firm Institute and serves as Secretary of the ICF-Chicago Chapter. In the non-profit arena, Cathy is Chair of the President’s Advisory Council at St. Xavier University and is a founding board member of A Leg To Stand On. Cathy is based in Chicago, IL.
Debbie Leoni is a professional speaker, trainer and “Fearless Living” coach and author who teaches personal development and positive change through the body, mind, and spirit. For over twenty years Debbie has championed the idea that physical health and inner courage through change are intertwined. As a trainer and coach for Elevate USA, she helps participants connect with practical, emotional, and spiritual life to heal past wounds, find purpose, and create a vision and action plan that can powerfully motivate them to achieve their long-standing goals.
Central to this “Fearless Living” philosophy is being mindful of one’s choices at any given moment, enabling the recognition of patterns and beliefs, and acting sensibly on the analysis of those actions. Debbie has extensive experience as a health-conscious personal trainer and recognizes the link between personal health and mental state. She has also worked as a therapeutic facilitator for struggling teens where she helped instill a sense of accountability, responsibility, teamwork, and self-reliance through high-impact educational workshops. Her leadership training program “Fearless Living” instructs participants in techniques to develop a deeper mindset for leadership that unfolds on a core mental level that enables strong decision making.
Debbie is the author of “I Am Fearless: 12 Elements of Fearless Living” as well as a contributing author for “Pure Wealth: 26 Crazy Ways to Profitability. Debbie’s training is impactful, unique, and well-balanced between practical advice, spiritual understanding, and physical accountability. Participants experience lasting positive results through personalized exercises, meditations, facilitated discussions, and internal processes that create accountability for the individual to their goals. Associations & Honors: International Coach Federation; Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva: Board Vice President, Membership Committee, Greeter, Worship Associate, Group facilitator for: “Meditation For Connection” meditation group; Community Emergency Response Team; Kane County Magazine 2015 Woman of Distinction; 2015 Inspiring Woman, Itasca Bank and Trust Company Women’s Initiative Education: Ford Institute of Integrative Coaching; American Council of Exercise Aerobic Instructor; National Academy of Sports Medicine; Master Integrated Coach from Ford Institute of Integrative Coaching; Spiritual Director; Resource Academy Leadership Coach; Resource Academy Family Coach; Yoga Studies Institute Yoga Instructor; Level II Reiki and Healing Touch Practitioner; Debbie attended Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. Debbie lives in Geneva, Illinois.
For more information about Debbie go to www.debbieleoni.com.
Board of Directors
Director of Programs
Arika Clark is an iPEC Certified Professional Coach working toward her Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credentials. She currently focuses on coaching people trying to balance their work and personal life. In addition she works with clients to improve time-management and self-care.
Arika has owned and operated her own business for more than 20 years. As leader in the field, a critical mentor- for more than 15 years, Arika understands both the theory of business and the practical application of helping others reach their potential.
Arika received her Master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Illinois and teaches at Moraine Valley Community College. Arika resides in the city of Chicago.
Anne Linsdau, ACC
Anne Linsdau, is a career transition coach, who has spent several years in companies such as RR Donnelly, McCain Foods, and Fortune Brands as the Vice President of Human Resources. She has been responsible for Recruitment as well as Training & Development of employees in all functions and levels. She is currently focused on coaching people in career changes and helping them to determine their next career steps.
Elizabeth-Anne Stewart, BCC, PhD
For nearly three decades, Elizabeth-Anne has coached those committed to having stronger relationships, better communication skills, more successful businesses, more fulfilling careers, healthier lifestyles, deeper spirituality and more creative retirements.As the author of many books and articles and a member of ICF and the Spiritual Directors International, she is on the faculty at the Institute for Life Coach Training, Roosevelt University, St Xavier University, and Columbia College. Trained as a Spiritual Director at the Claret Center, Chicago, she holds a PhD in Theology (University of Malta). Her business ventures have included writing, coaching, and healing with the imagination, photography, wedding officiating, motivational seminars and teaching Argentine Tango!
The founder of Walking to Emmaus, a Spiritual Direction training and formation program sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago (1992-97), Elizabeth-Anne is committed to the transformation of consciousness and to the well-being of our planet and all her people. Her specialties include imagery & healing, the mythic imagination, mystical consciousness, the Divine Feminine, scripture, body-mind-spirit connections, dreams, spirituality & the arts, inter-religious dialogue and issues of social justice.