President's Letter: 2020 Vision

Happy New Year!  This year, ICFTN turns 25. Coaches who have been around since 1995 can attest to the ways our profession has grown since then, and our association along with it. Like each board before us, your 2020 representatives have set aside time to reflect on our progress, consider how we can continue to improve service to our members, and prioritize activities for the coming year accordingly. 

Our organization exists to help you coach more, coach better, and generate revenue doing it.  

ICFTN helps coaches combine our resources to meet these goals through three main efforts: 

  1. Excellent professional development. Our luncheon speakers and workshops will continue to address a variety of relevant topics designed to help you meet your business goals. In addition, you’ll have brand new access to 10 CCEU-eligible webinars in 2020. 

  2. Community. Those of us working as internal coaches may have unique skill sets, responsibilities, and challenges among our peers and need support outside of our organizations.

  3. Representing our profession to our community. We continue to value our pro bono coaching program, The Gift of Coaching, as a way to give back. Further, as a relatively new profession, we have a responsibility to educate our potential clients on the benefits of coaching and how to select a coach. 

While we’ve done a great job providing effective professional development and building community within our profession, we can take our association to the next level by doing more to represent our profession to our community. Our primary focus this year will be to accelerate the ways we form the face of coaching to potential paying clients through Coach Week and other outward-facing activities.

How does our 2020 vision help you meet your business goals? Is this vision one you can get behind by contributing your time and talent? If each of us contributes, we will achieve more together! Please consider how you’d like to be involved and contact one of us. Let’s make 2020 a year marked by more opportunity than ever to be leaders and agents of change in Tennessee.

Membership Minute

Did you know?  Your membership to ICF Global includes access to CCEUs at no additional cost.  Not available for the live webinar?  ICF Global events are the only recorded webinars that will earn you CCEUs!

2020 Board of Directors

Joanna Williams


Karen Nash


Donna Yurdin

Immediate Past President

Jeremiah Palmer


Glenn Maul


Laurie Macnair

Director of ICFTN East SubChapter

Angela Ellis

Director of Marketing Committee

Dayle Savage

Director of Membership Committee

Susan Salomone

Director of Outreach Committee

Walter Tieck

Director of Professional Development Committee

Pat White

Founder and Ex-Officio Board Member


Joanna Williams, ICFTN President

Joanna Williams

Spotlight: Mark Cappellino

Mark Cappellino1 - Where are you from, and how did you choose to live in Middle Tennessee?

I’m from Rochester, NY. I moved to Nashville in 1996 once I chose to leave my hometown and my family business for a warmer climate and a new career. I’d lived in Atlanta after college, so I knew I liked this climate and I’m very close with my brother who is my only sibling and he’d moved to Nashville in 1992 to pursue his career as a music producer and recording engineer.

2 - What is your professional background, and why did you become a coach?

My first career was in manufacturing in the tech-before-digital era in business reprographics (think Xerox and Kodak). In that career as a Business Unit Leader and later VP of Marketing and Sales, I’d discovered (owned up to) a passion and aptitude for the people side of organizations. Organizational Development was really where my heart was/is. I would later be “discovered by coaching” only to learn that I’d been a coach all my life, as seems to be the case for most coaches.

3 - How did you choose your specialty area?

When I came to Nashville, I retooled by getting my MA at MTSU in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and concurrently started an OD consulting business with one of my professors. After five years, that led to my taking a role with Franke in Lavergne as the Director of OD worldwide, which is where I narrowed my focus to Leadership Development and Executive Coaching. That particular focus of coaching was the natural progression of my career up until that point. And having been the son of the boss (SOB) in my family business, I was pretty comfortable in the C-suite. Apparently, speaking truth to power and taking your father/CEO to task are poetically, complimentary skills.

4 - What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career?

The greatest challenge of my career (as with life) has been to maintain a learner’s mind and to maintain mental, emotional and spiritual health in order to show up for myself and my clients. George Leonard says that mastery is about practice not perfection. When I started coaching, I recognized it as a lifelong pursuit and that I’d not live long enough to master it even if I live to be 108. The greatest rewards have been the magic that shows up in conversations with clients and them realizing their voice as leaders. I particularly like working with first-time CEOs. But my favorite fruit is when a client declares that their relationship with a spouse or child has improved as a result of our working together.

5 - What is something that most ICFTN members would be surprised to learn about you?

I am a highly social, off-the-charts Introvert.

6 - How do you enjoy spending your free time?

I love to cook for family and friends. I love to travel. Mostly, I keep busy with hiking, cycling, and yoga.

Mark Cappellino