ICF Virginia 2017 Board of Directors 

Gay-Lynn Carpenter - President

Gay-Lynn Carpenter, PCC, is a leadership and communication coach. She works with emerging leaders, technical experts and rising executives to help them strengthen their leadership, presence and communications so they can be influential in their organizations.

Gay-Lynn's approach to coaching is a culmination of 30 years developing all manner of written and spoken communications and helping leaders engage their employees in business goals. She has worked in the health care, financial services, legal services, and non-profit sectors.

Gay-Lynn was first accredited as a coach in 2008 and has earned a professional certified coach designation from the International Coach Federation (ICF). She serves on the Board of the Greater Richmond ICF Chapter. She graduated from the Neuro-Leadership Group's Intensive Coaching Training Program, which uses neuro-scientific techniques to capitalize on the brain's ability to act on new thinking and insights. She has a Master of Science in communication management from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science in Cultural Anthropology and English from James Madison University.

Melissa Lubin - Past President

Melissa Maybury Lubin, PhD, ACC Melissa is director of Virginia Tech’s Commonwealth Campus Centers in Richmond, Newport News and Virginia Beach where she is responsible for the university’s graduate and lifelong learning programs. She is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation and is the principal of Human Harmonics, LLC. a coaching practice specializing in the development of emerging and senior leaders. Melissa is a Master Certified Practitioner of the MBTI and is a certified administrator of the Emotional Intelligence EQi. Her professional sweet spots are coaching, mentoring, senior leadership development, and managing across generations. Before joining Virginia Tech, Melissa held leadership positions at the Institute of Professional Development, This End Up Furniture Co., Circuit City Stores Inc. and Radford University. Melissa holds a doctorate in Adult Learning and Human Resource Development from Virginia Tech and an M.B.A. from Georgia Southern University. Melissa lives in Richmond with her husband Neil, eleven year old son D.C., a precocious border collie and two, quintessential Siamese cats.

Shizuka Modica - Secretary & Acting Membership Director

Shizuka Modica, co-founder of the i.m.i. institute, LLC, is an expert in the areas of high performance, meaningful work, and leadership. Through organizational development (OD) and coaching work, Shizuka helps individuals and organizations be their best and sustainably grow. She has an extensive experience as an educator and administrator in higher education both in Japan and the U.S. She earned her master’s in Education from the Harvard University (’98) and Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Virginia (UVA) (’07). She is an Associated Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation and certified for the 360 Benchmarks by the Center for Creative Leadership.
At the International University of Japan, Shizuka managed an American-style MBA program and its executive education programs. While there, she was honored as a Fulbright International Education Program Scholar. At UVA, Shizuka held various positions as an administrator, researcher, and instructor. Most notably, she researched and wrote business cases on entrepreneurship and organic growth for the Darden School of Business Administration and taught Organizational Behavior (OB) to undergraduate students at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. In addition to OD and coaching work, she now teaches OB and Leadership Theory at Kyoto Computer Gakuin, a professional IT school in Kyoto, Japan.
Having grown up in Kyoto, Shizuka enjoys mindfulness practices and integrates these practices into her professional work. She believes that the internal work individuals do collectively contributes to sustainable economic development and the formation of a just society. She also enjoys organic gardening, Yoga, and traveling.

Margaret Johnson - Treasurer

Margaret Johnson, ACC, is a leadership coach and works in Organizational Development as a nurse educator at Johnston-Willis Hospital. With over 20 years of experience in health care as a critical care nurse, she now focuses on on-boarding, retention and engagement, and leadership development.

Margaret holds a BA in Biology from Randolph Macon Women’s College, a BSN in Nursing from James Madison University, and is currently completing her MA in Organizational Leadership at Regent University.

Laura Boone - Business Development Director

Laura Boone, M.Ed., ACC comes to the field of executive coaching and development with more than 25 years of Human Resources Development and Consulting experience. Her diversified background includes retail and manufacturing operations, production, healthcare, process improvement, customer service, management, adult learning principles, and leadership and organization development. Her clients appreciate and benefit from the varied experiences she brings to her coaching practice.

People development is a passion for Laura. Her ability to translate the diverse work and personal experiences of her clients into tangible resources for personal and professional growth allows her to succeed with individuals from varied backgrounds and professions.

Laura graduated with a B.S. in Management from Purdue University. She completed her M.Ed. from Virginia Commonwealth University in Adult Education and Human Resource Development. Laura has completed post baccalaureate work in Multi-Cultural Counseling from Purdue University, over 60 hours of doctoral work in Leadership and Organizational Development from Virginia Commonwealth University and is an ACC certified Executive Coach through the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Libby Dishner - Communications Director

Elizabeth M. Dishner (Libby) has spent 20+ years during her career helping people find success and fulfillment by reaching for their full potential. As founder of Cresco Strategy, and co-founder of Cultivate Coaching and Consulting, Libby works with individuals and organizations helping them change and grow, providing leadership development, coaching and HR strategy. 

Libby holds a master’s degree in Human Resources from The Ohio State University. Trained by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, she is a Certified Professional Coach. Currently her ACC accreditation is pending with the International Coach Federation.  Libby and her family have been residence of Richmond since 2000.  She is also very involved in the nonprofit community serving in leadership positions with several boards. 

 Jennifer Einolf - Programs Director

On a long and circuitous path to Coaching, Jennifer Einolf has found herself in a lot of places of possibility. She earned a degree in English at William and Mary and a degree in Interior Design at Virginia Commonwealth University. This means she can make art and then describe it. She has worked designing hospitals, facilitating the daily operations of a synagogue, teaching art to the self-confessed uncreative and training churches on the use of social media. She has nurtured a delight-filled marriage, parented a quirky son through 15 eventful years (so far) and maintained an active social life with a network of oddballs, instigators, and divergent thinkers.

In all those journeys and in all those places, she has come to understand that her role has often been that of a coach—the person who is present, who asks the curiosity fueled, disruptive question that gives birth to hope and agitation and action and change. So she pointed herself toward a new possibility and attended Newfield Network for training in ontological coaching. Now, in her business, Bold Whisper LLC, she is blissfully facilitating her clients' path to real, meaningful, personal success. “What", she wonders, "is possible if we are all living our boldest life? "

Amy Gamblin, ACC - Programs Director

She is a career coach and discovered her passion for coaching by having a coach herself and realizing the benefits as she went through a career transition. Because of these benefits, she decided to take her learnings to help others.  Amy now works with individuals who want to create passion and purpose in their careers.  She is also passionate about educating other coaches as they grow in their profession. 

Amy has over 10 years of business experience with a background in project management and training working with both the government and corporate sector.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Kentucky and her Master of Arts degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from the Patterson School of Diplomacy at the University of Kentucky. 

ICF Virginia Support Staff 

Lee Wiercinski - Administrative Assistant

We are fortunate to have an amazing Administrator who keeps us all straight.  We are most appreciative of her contributions and longevity!


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