Board of Directors

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Debra Kasowski

Debra Kasowski, the charismatic host of the thought-provoking podcast, The Millionaire Woman Show, is committed to enriching the leadership potential of her clients, essentially guiding them to go within to capitalize on their true personal power, so they can achieve the measurable success they desire in business, and in life.

After graduating with distinction, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, this award-winning, 3X bestselling author, 2X TEDx speaker, Forbes Coaches Council Contributing Writer, and Certified Executive Coach spent many years as a clinical manager excelling in leadership development before founding Debra Kasowski International, world-class training and consulting venture focused on helping individuals, aspiring business owners and solopreneurs develop the winning “success habits” that transform human potential into sustainable profits.


Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas
Past President

I am delighted to continue serving on the 2021 ICF Edmonton Chapter Board.

In 2018, I became a credentialed member of ICF Edmonton and was quickly invited to volunteer as the Edmonton Chapter treasurer. I said yes. After two years of service in that role, I became the President and now am Past President.

I believe in and have been touched by the power of coaching. I trained through Erickson International in 2016/2017. It was during this time that I launched my own coaching and consulting firm SaLT Catalyst Consulting.

I love what I do, and I am proud of what I am creating.   My approach to coaching is to be trustworthy and curious while empowering those I work with to uncover their own wisdom and learning from which to create actions that lead to transformational growth and change. I intend to apply that same approach to this role. 

With more than 14 years of leadership experience, in addition to my role as coach, my work includes leadership and team development, governance and board development as well as organizational design, change management and strategic planning and implementation. I served as the chief executive officer of the Professional Association of Residents Physicians of Alberta (PARA) for much of my professional career; I also served as a member of the executive team at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA).  I am also an appointed public member on two regulatory boards and volunteer as a literacy tutor with Project Adult Literacy Society (PALS) here in Edmonton. I work with senior leaders, directors and managers in various areas: private industry, public and not-for-profit sectors including academia, tech, health and regulation.

Laurie Fenske
President Elect

Laurie’s coaching successes are rooted in her ability to lead clients to find their best solutions within themselves. Clients are drawn to Laurie’s passion and commitment for helping clients to achieve substantial improvements in their work through high-energy coaching sessions and workshop facilitation. Drawing from her extensive professional experiences, Laurie offers Executive, Leadership and Team Coaching for clients who are striving for more but need leadership guidance to reach their top goals. She has also had great success as an Organizational Strategic coach, partnering with organizations or entrepreneurs seeking to elevate their business to the next level of success. Laurie offers customized training programs and workshops to enhance the learning and development successes of individuals or teams.

· Professional Certified Coach
· Member: International Coaching Federation
· 2019 / 2020 Nominee RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award
· Certified McQuaig Facilitator
· Certified Book Yourself Solid ® Coach
· Indigenous Awareness Certified
· Indigenous Communication & Consultation Certified
· EQi-2.0 / EQ-360 Certified
· Change Management Practitioner


Charlene Kushner
Director of Membership

Charlene is a Leadership and Personal Development coach. She loves coaching leaders of all ages and experience levels. She has always been passionate about helping people identify their dreams, fulfill their goals, reach their potential, and live their lives to the fullest. In the business world, she coaches leaders such as: frontline staff, department heads, human resource professionals, general managers, college professors, and executives. Outside of the business world, she coaches children, youth, parents, and individuals looking to transform from their current state and kickstart their personal development to live their very best life.

She retired from her career after 29 years as the General Manager of a large aquatic, fitness and wellness facility and was responsible for 300+ staff. She has over 35 years of experience in leadership, facilitation, supervision and management.

She is a certified CPCC coach from CTI and is a PCC accredited coach with the International Coaching Federation. Charlene is a Positive Psychology Practitioner, a Personality Dimensions Trainer and a LIA Individual and Team (EQ) Practitioner. She has a certificate in Neuroscience and Applied Brain Health and is trained in Servant Leadership, Meditation & Mindfulness, Gravity Yoga, Appreciative Inquiry, and business planning and facilitation.

Not only did she decide in retirement to continue with business, leadership and personal development coaching, but she became certified as a children’s coach and began coaching children and youth to give them the tools to deal with anxiety and increase their self-esteem and self-confidence.

Charlene is thrilled to take on the role of Director of Membership with the ICF Edmonton Chapter. She looks forward to working with the board and members.



Kathleen Cameron
Director of Programming

Kathleen Cameron works with clients to create real change by integrating emotional intelligence, leadership, and personal development. Before launching her coaching practice, Kathleen spent a decade in corporate communications and public relations where she gained invaluable insight into the complexity of teams and interpersonal communication. She is passionate about bringing the knowledge and tools she’s gained to support healthier, happier and more engaged individuals and teams in the workplace.

Kathleen’s easy-going nature allows her to collaborate with clients in a positive, energetic and dynamic way. Through this work, her clients report gaining self-confidence, building stronger relationships, making better decisions, communicating with greater impact and empathy, and feeling more resilient in their day-to-day.

An engaging and thoughtful facilitator, Kathleen is licensed to deliver several assessments and workshops, including DiSC, The Five Behaviours of a Cohesive Team and Productive Conflict.

Kathleen holds a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University, an ACC accreditation with the International Coach Federation, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Lethbridge, and a Diploma in Public Relations from MacEwan University. Kathleen is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation.

Kathleen is thrilled to give back to the community of coaches in the Edmonton region and help raise the profile of professional coaches in our city.


Pauline Melynk

Pauline Melnyk

Pauline Melnyk, is a Business Leader, Strategic Consultant in Organizational Change and Associate Certified Coach and Certified Human Resources Professional, with over 20 years’ experience.  She has built the leadership capacity and effectiveness of large, complex organizations and works with individuals, corporate leaders, physicians and other professionals who want to be at their best so that they can enhance their performance. 

Pauline offers a proven track record in building positive workforce cultures by enabling both behavioural and organizational transformation, ahead of the curve.  Utilizing tools and approaches formed in positive psychology, narrative and action learning to bring out the full potential and simply, create enjoyment in the day.  A catalyst for change, a certified Workplace Fairness Analyst and Trauma Informed Coach who restores wellness in the capacity of teams and leaders overcoming resistance to change with a focus on engagement, equity, diversity and inclusion. 

A strong implementer and facilitator of change, Pauline enjoys partnering with program leaders and project teams to capitalize on the full benefits of the organizational system design and resilience of employees in the project. She has led generational shifts in workforce planning and culture that have transformed sector best practice and closed the gaps between legacy and future state business models.

As a Director of her consulting firm, Melnyk Consultancy Ltd,  she insists on working collaboratively, which is in direct alignment with the lived values and building a positive culture to sustain change across projects.  Pauline Melnyk is a specialist organizational facilitator, accredited change management trainer and coach. Pauline offers both in-person and online Coaching and Facilitation as well as comprehensive Change Management Accreditation with APMG International.   Her company is an Accredited Training Office and provides businesses, organizations and individuals with Change Management Certification, positive and ethical practices that are also full of energy and fun, management consulting, facilitation and coaching outside the ordinary. Pauline is an architect and designer at heart, an advanced communicator by choice and very qualified for her profession. 


Jenifer Horvath
Director of Public Relations

Jenifer is the founder of HeartLifted Coaching, supporting working moms who are struggling with stress and overwhelm to achieve their personal and professional goals. Jenifer’s approach is holistic because work, family, self-care, and mindset all blend to create success and satisfaction. She works primarily one-on-one with clients, but can also be found running practical workshops like “Who Am I Now That I’m a Mom” and “Taming Your Squirrels: How to Get Stuff Done and Hold Yourself Accountable.”

Jenifer also supports women to start and build their businesses at Alberta Women Entrepreneurs as a part-time business advisor. Using her 20 years of marketing and consulting experience, she delivers workshops and does one-on-one advising. Seeing her clients have “ah-ha” moments and achieve their goals, is her favourite thing about both coaching and advising.

Jenifer graduated from The Art and Science of Coaching, Erickson International in 2017 and holds a University of Alberta Bachelor of Commerce degree. She’s a mommy to two, step-mom to two more, a non-fiction reader, a women’s advocate, an aspiring yogi, and a hard-core latte lover.

She's excited to increase awareness of coaching in the community and support colleagues through the ICF Edmonton Chapter Board.


Jennifer Askey

Jennifer Askey, Ph.D. works with leaders and leaders-to-be in a down-to-earth and engaging approach that utilizes emotional intelligence, positive psychology, and mindfulness to help her clients navigate the internal and external obstacles of their professional worlds.

Jennifer brings over 20 years of working in complex academic organizations as both a faculty member and administrator to her coaching work, where she focuses on career planning and transition, as well as organizational effectiveness. She utilizes assessments, such as DISC, EQi-2.0, Belbin Team Roles, and 360s to help her clients and their organizations gain new insights and develop forward-looking plans for change.

She is an engaging and enthusiastic public speaker and workshop facilitator. She leads workshops on emotional intelligence and team effectiveness in Alberta and virtually.

Jennifer holds a Ph.D. in German Literature, is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach with CTI, and a Professional Certified Coach through ICF. She is pursuing certification with Positive Intelligence and the International Mindfulness Teachers Association.

This is her first year on the ECC board, where she is using her compulsive note-taking skills in the role of Secretary.

Joanne Bergos
Director At Large

Joanne is a Certified ACC coach and certified Mentor Coach with over 35 years of educational and HR leadership experiencing. After graduating from Royal Roads University’s certified executive coaching program in 2016, she significantly contributed to creating a coaching culture in one of the largest urban school divisions. Today she is completely immersed in her own coaching business, Joanne Bergos Coaching, offering individual and team coaching and facilitating coach training.

Joanne understands and has experienced the opportunities and challenges of leading from the middle and has witnessed the powerful impact of coaching and a coach approach in leadership. Coaching emerging and mid-level leaders in a variety of organizations to help them stretch into their leadership potential to lead and develop others is her passion and drives her to continue her own coach development and learning. She believes strongly in giving back to the community so is also involved in a number of coaching initiatives and communities.

She’s a proud mom, Nana and wife who loves spending time with her family and friends, travelling, reading, outdoor walks and is learning to crochet. She’s excited to work with the amazing people on the ICF Edmonton Chapter Board in support of our members learning and growth.

Kelly Johnson Coach

Kelly Johnson
Director At Large

Kelly Johnson, MA (Leadership), is a Certified Executive Coach with a PCC designation from the International Coaching Federation (ICF) who practices Leadership, Executive, Team, Implementation and Presentation Coaching.

To date, she has applied her coaching expertise to partnering with executive, senior and system leaders in the public and private sectors, specifically in government, public and post-secondary education, non-profit, health, communication, publishing and business entrepreneurial areas.

Currently, working full time with FranklinCovey, Kelly facilitates the 7Habits of Highly Effective People, Speed of Trust, The 4Disciplines of Execution and The 4Roles of Great Leaders, provides one-on-one and team coaching as well as custom organizational and professional learning in leadership, coaching, organizational development at all levels including senior executive leadership.

Kelly’s coaching presence is described as laser-focused, energetic, feet-to-the-fire, inspiring and driven. Kelly brings a sense of passion, energy and innovation to her coaching and views her role on the ICF-ECC board as aligning to her commitment to contributing to the growth and development of this professional practice we call coaching.

She is honoured to serve the chapter membership in her role for the next two years.