2017 Board of Directors

Kori Diehl


Kori Diehl is an executive coach (PCC) and organization development professional.  After careers in telecommunications and consulting, she has been "building leaders who build leaders, one leader at a time" as a coach since 2006. Kori has served on the board in a number of positions and has presented at the Capital Coaches Conference and at Professional Development events. As President-Elect, she looks forward to enriching members' experience of the ICF Metro DC Chapter to grow a more engaged, more inclusive, and more diverse community. 

Kori is committed to the ongoing professionalization of coaching which depends in part on developing a rich body of knowledge to support our work. Her doctoral dissertation was one of the first to investigate the intersection of adult development, futures studies and executive coaching. 

Todd Dallanegra

Past President

Todd Dallanegra has used his unique combination of private / public / non-profit work within a global context to empower leaders to authentically live out their calling for more than 20 years. He brings a global perspective to his clients as he worked in France and Switzerland for 13 years, has native-like fluency in French and has coached and trained clients in Europe, Africa and the U.S. Todd employs a winsome yet strong spirit to move clients forward to reach their goals. Whether coaching individuals, groups or teams, he serves as a catalyst for professional success and personal improvement.

He delivers executive coaching at federal agencies and is employed with CRM Empowering Leaders, a non-profit organization which values coaching with 500-plus employees living or working in 90 countries. He studied coaching in London and earned ICF’s ACC credential. Todd first became a coach and joined the ICF while working in France, and then affiliated with the Metro D.C. chapter upon relocating to the D.C area. He has served in various roles in the chapter and looks forward to expanding the impact and benefits of coaching in the region.

Gary Crane


Gary Crane, Treasurer for the ICF DC chapter is a recent graduate from the Leadership Coaching certificate program at Georgetown University. He will be retiring from the Federal government in August after a 35-year career in finance and business operations in both the private and public sector.  During his career Mr. Crane served as a Chief Financial Officer for a publicly traded corporation.  For his encore career, he is working with great leaders to assist them in being even greater leaders as an Executive and Leadership Coach.  Mr. Crane is currently coaching leaders in the Federal government and private sector.  He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Ohio and Florida and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Ohio Society of CPAs.

Director, Marketing & Communication
Michal Safianik

Board Director at Large (2 year term)-

Laura Phelps

Laura Phelps is a professional coach (ACC) with over twenty years of higher education experience. She enjoys serving in a variety of coaching roles including George Mason University’s workplace coaching program, American University’s Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance Certificate Program, and Goose Creek Coaching and Consulting. In addition, Laura is in the process of forming her own coaching business. Laura has a passion for helping people create positive lasting change and lead more fulfilling personal and professional lives. She holds a Master’s in Organization Development and Knowledge Management, as well as a certificate in Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance from George Mason University. She also completed coach training through the Coaches Training Institute.  



Board Director at Large (2 year term)-

Brooke Carpenter

Brooke Carpenter’s journey through life reflects her desire to explore and try new things. She started her career in the U.S. Air Force, spent many years as a wedding planner and owned a stationery boutique, built a career in human resources, and along the way, found her passion as a Life and Leadership Coach. Brooke has an MBA in Leadership and Management from Webster University, a Human Resources Management Certificate from George Mason University, and has completed the Core Essentials Program at Coach U. Brooke currently juggles life with a young family, building her coaching practice, serving her community as a volunteer, and nurturing relationships with friends and family. She believes that it’s not about doing it all, but rather, creating a life, on her terms without apologies and she is on a mission to help others do the same.



Board Director at Large (2 year term)-

Saundra King

Saundra carries the distinction of being a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) from the Coach Training Institute (CTI) obtained in 2012. She also holds the credential of Associate Certified Coach (ACC) from the ICF. Prior to launching her coaching practice, Saundra served more than 20 years as a commissioned officer in the US Army, specializing in civil-military affairs and psychological operations. Additionally, she held an extensive career with the School District of Philadelphia possessing certifications in early childhood and elementary education. Saundra’s academic achievements include a M.S. (Human Behavior and Development) from Drexel University and a M.S.S. (Strategic Studies) from the Army War College. Known for her high energy and bottom-line candidness, Saundra enjoys helping clients move through their fears and explore possibilities for including more play in their daily life. She is a pro bono coach for two ICF Metro DC sponsored projects, Stand Beside Them and Women for Change Coaching Community. Saundra looks forward to utilizing her talents with the ICF Metro DC board.



Board Director at Large (2 year term)-

Marlene Thomas

Ms. Thomas is retired Senior Executive and is currently President and CEO of Thomas Management Consulting. Marlene is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF). She received her coaching certification from The Coaches Training Institute (CTI). Through her coaching skills, she unlocks the potential of individuals and teams to allow them to improve personal and professional business processes and organizational outcomes. Her experience as an Executive and Leadership Coach has led to partnering with executives of small and medium-scale businesses, as well as large and small non-profit organizations.


Board Director at Large- 

Charles Jewett

Charles Jewett has been a member of the ICF since 2008. He is a leadership coach and business consultant based in Washington DC. He is certified with the International Coach Federation, a graduate of the ITL at Georgetown, and holds an MBA from Loyola College.

Charles’ corporate experience includes over 20 years in management positions at global technology and financial services organizations in the DC Metro area. In 2009 he began a seven year journey to explore the diversity of culture, life, and business outside the United States. He ultimately spent time in Oman, India, and most recently Singapore - where he was coaching leaders in the social entrepreneurship and technology startup sectors.

Board Director at Large- 

Jim Sims

Jim is an executive leadership coach whose first career spanned three decades of experience in the legal profession (the last 22 years as a partner in a large international law firm), during which he trained and mentored countless people with diverse backgrounds.  Jim has also served in numerous volunteer capacities for the American Bar Association, provided pro bono legal service to dozens of clients, and served on several nonprofit boards, including ten years with the American Hospice Foundation, and most recently the Mid-Atlantic Association for Imago Therapists as its (non-therapist) Education Committee Co-Chair.


Combined with the Georgetown University Executive Leadership Coaching program, which he is finishing in August 2017, this prior experience provides a great framework for his new coaching business.  His goal in coaching is to help clients turn their paths in new directions and in the process, propel positive transformation of themselves and their businesses.  Jim’s primary role on the ICF Metro DC board will be to spearhead planning for the 2018 Capital Coaches Conference.