Meet the iACTcenter Faculty & Team
The iACTcenter’s Mission
The International ADHD Coach Training Center’s (iACTcenter’s) Mission is Three-Fold
First, to prepare emerging coaches with the skills, competencies, ethics, and guidelines of the International Coaching Federation to increase awareness of ADHD and ADHD Life Coaching globally. Secondly, to increase our student’s self-awareness of clients living with ADHD so they can move forward to their goals and live their best lives using the ICF’s Coaching model. Finally, using an ICF coaching model to provide our students with the information, tools, resources, and structure they want to create a sustainable coaching business and continue pursuing their passion for being Certified ADHD Life Coaches (CALC) and becoming ICF credentialed coaches.
What We Stand For…
Ethics, Transparency, and Integrity
As an International Coaching Federation (ICF) member, the International ADHD Coach Training Center (iACTcenter) adheres to the professional ICF Code of Ethics. All team members, including administrators, staff, faculty, contracted and accessory personnel, acknowledge and agree to abide by and be accountable to the ICF Code of Ethics. The initial agreement each sign includes the statement: I Agree to be accountable to the ICF and the International ADHD Coach Training Center and act in accordance with their Codes of Ethics and values at all times.
Furthermore, when applicable, the iACTcenter teaches and incorporates the ICF Code of Ethics in its coaching classes and dedicates two complete courses specifically to the ICF Code of Ethics. Students are required to complete a three-hour ICF ethical review course to graduate. When renewing their ICF credentials, faculty must submit the certificate of completion from their ICF ethical review course to the iACTcenter.
Integrity for us means that we act after weighing our choices, the ethical and contextual implications, and what is in the best interest of our students, clients, the public at large, our organization and regulating body, the ICF. Our decisions reflect the ongoing commitment to maintaining an active reputation for honesty, authenticity, and trustworthiness.
Transparency, for the iACTcenter, means that we always strive to be open and honest when serving our global community, students, and clients using direct communication and clear information about our policies, pricing, organizational values, and ethics. The value of our program to our global community reflects the thoroughness and quality of coach training and education provided at the iACTcenter.
Excellence, Connection, Learning, Service, and Respect.
We are thrilled to introduce you to the core values that guide us at the iACTcenter. These values are the heart and soul of our organization, and we are sincerely grateful to our entire team for refining this list to represent what matters most to us.
Excellence: We’re committed to upholding high standards, continuous improvement, and ethical conduct.
Connection: We honor every individual with kindness, empathy, trust, and respect, fostering a sense of community.
Learning: Lifelong learning is key to who we are. Fueled by curiosity, it empowers personal, professional, and organizational growth.
Service: We’re dedicated to making a positive impact, reaching beyond our own lives to help others.
Respect: We value diversity, authenticity, fairness, and boundaries in all interactions.
These values define us, driving us forward with sincerity and professionalism.
Excellence: At the iACTcenter, we are unwavering in our commitment to making a positive impact by upholding the highest standards in educating and training future ADHD Life Coaches. Our pursuit of excellence extends to a continuous journey of professional and personal self-improvement, innovation, and ethical conduct.
Connection: This value centers around creating genuine, authentic, and meaningful relationships. By approaching every interaction with kindness, empathy, trust, and respect, we honor every individual’s inherent worth and dignity and a sense of community and belonging for all.
Learning: Lifelong learning is fundamental at the iACTcenter. We place great importance on personal and professional growth and embrace learning, knowledge, skills, and experiences in all aspects of life. Curiosity, open-mindedness, creativity, and adaptability drive our learning and empower our organization to navigate change, conquer challenges, and continually evolve.
Service: Service is not just a value; it’s a commitment at the iACTcenter to helping those with ADHD and contributing to the well-being of our global ADHD communities. Service encompasses community engagement, mentorship, advocacy, and volunteering, all driven by our unwavering dedication to making a positive impact.
Respect: At the iACTcenter, we respect every individual’s inherent worth and dignity. Diversity and authentic self-expression are celebrated without judgment or prejudice. Personal and professional interactions are approached with courtesy, and fairness, always mindful of individual and organizational boundaries, which include upholding professional ethics and standards and ensuring transparency in our interactions.
These values are not mere words at the iACTcenter; they define who we are. They inspire us to move forward with sincerity, friendliness, and professionalism in our pursuit of excellence.
Laurie Dupar, MN,RN,PCC, CALC
Founder, Director of Training Coach Instructor, Coach Mentor
Laurie is on a mission to rid the world of the stigma surrounding ADHD so those who experience it can truly enjoy their AWESOMENESS!
Her youngest son failed “circle time” twice when he was diagnosed 25 years ago. Dedicated to finding a way to focus on his brilliance rather than his ADHD challenges, Laurie discovered coaching and earned her certification with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) in 2002. After experiencing the positive changes coaching made for her son and her family, Laurie made a mid-life career switch from the role of a nurse practitioner to the profession of an ADHD Life Coach.
In 2015, Laurie founded the International ADHD Coach Training Center. Intentionally, the acronym spells out “I ACT,” as the iACTcenter has trained 1000s of Certified ADHD Life Coaches (CALC) worldwide to actively make a positive difference in the lives of those struggling with ADHD regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or culture through coaching.
What makes the iACTcenter ADHD Coach training different from others is Laurie’s knowledge and experience with ADHD, 20+ years of coaching persons with ADHD, and advanced education and expertise in the neurobiology, neurochemistry, and neuropharmacology of the ADHD brain style.
Taking a big risk to become a coach, 27 years later, Laurie has an even higher respect and appreciation for the profession, art, and science of coaching. She believes coaching is a calling: a career motivated by a passion and a mission to make a difference. It is a career where you can make a difference making a living.
With her scientific background, 20+ years as a professional ADHD Life Coach, 15+ years training emerging coaches, her entrepreneurial acumen to build a sustainable six-figure coaching business, and a lifetime of living personally and professionally with ADHD herself… Laurie’s expertise is unparalleled.
She’s edited and co-authored the #1 Amazon Best-Selling series, The ADHD Awareness Book Project, and authored the popular Brain Surfing and 31 Other Awesome Qualities of ADHD and Unlocking the Secrets to Your Entrepreneurial Brain Style. In addition, she is a published expert on ADHD medications and coaching in ADDitude and Attention Magazine and received the distinction of being one of the top 100 ADHD Blogs on the internet.
She’s a recognized leader in the ADHD community, a fierce advocate for persons diagnosed with ADHD, and a sought-after speaker on coaching, ADHD, and entrepreneurship. She has served on numerous boards and organizations throughout the ADHD community.
Most importantly, she’s committed to providing you with the highest standard of ADHD coach training possible, so you graduate as a confident, world-class ADHD Life Coach who continues the mission to support and empower those with ADHD in your community.
heidi fishbein, PCC, CALC, CMC
Assistant Director of Training, Coach Mentor, Coach Instructor, ICF Assessor
Heidi Fishbein is a highly sought-after ADHD & Christian Life Coach specializing in helping clients become self-aware of their brilliance and unearth their strengths, gifts, and talents. Using a holistic approach, Heidi’s clients experience clarity, empowerment, and growth. Believing everyone has a light within, born with the qualities needed to solve your own problems, she partners with her clients as they move forward, reaching each milestone, one at a time, ultimately building confidence, self-worth, effective strategies, and self-empowerment.
Heidi is a trained Certified ADHD Life Coach (CALC) through the International ADHD Coach Training Center (iACTcenter), a qualified Christian Leadership Life Coach through Leadership Coaching Canada (LLC), a Certified Mentor Coach (CMC) through inviteChange and has earned her advanced International Coaching Federation (ICF) credential as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC).
When not working with private clients, Heidi shares her talents as the Assistant Director of Training, instructor, and coach mentor at the iACTcenter and Leadership Coaching Canada.
Heidi is the proud mother of two creative, spontaneous, and fun-loving young boys. She considers herself blessed to have an incredibly supportive husband who shares her love of family and service to others. As a family, they enjoy being active in their community and church, sharing game nights, and pursuing various sports and recreational adventures.
Sue trace, PCC, CALC
Coach Mentor, Coach Instructor Lead ICF Assessor
Sue is passionate about resilience & well-being! With a background in nursing, recruitment, retention, HR, sales, marketing, program development, company ownership & management, Sue brings a wealth of career and life experience, offering effective and results-oriented coaching. Sue is a certified ADHD (CALC) coach through the iACTcenter, a certified professional Co-Active coach (CPCC) through the Coaches Training Institute, a certified mental fitness coach through Positive Intelligence (CPQC), and a certified team coach through the Global Team Coaching Institute. She holds her PCC designation with the International Coach Federation (ICF).
Sue works with individuals, leaders, and teams in healthcare and corporate organizations to increase positive collaboration, engagement, retention, build resilience to endure challenging times and beat burn-out through evidence-based neuroscience & positive psychology programs.
Personal life experiences have given Sue an understanding of individuals struggling with ADHD’s daily difficulties. Having been a guardian to two at-risk teens struggling with Fetal Alcohol Effects, ADHD, reactive attachment disorder, sensory processing delays, and dyslexia, combined with her daughter with inattentive ADHD and cognitive processing delays and living with a hyper-active ADHD spouse, she gets the challenges. Sue is a fierce yet compassionate advocate.
Sue is honored to be an instructor with the iACTcenter and an ICF mentor coach, working with emerging coaches equally passionate about making a difference in the lives of others with ADHD!
tracy winter, phD, PCC
Coach Mentor, Coach Instructor
Dr. Tracy Winter is a leadership coach specializing in neurodiversity, particularly twice-exceptional folks. She enjoys coaching clients who are gifted, ADHDers, autistic, dyslexic, and more. Each client she meets has a unique brain that deserves its own unique approach, and she partners with her clients to use their strengths to reach the outcomes they desire.
Tracy has coached up and down the career ladder, from job seekers to vice presidents, and has worked in different industries, including technology, government, academia, and health care. Tracy helps her clients, individuals, or teams develop new perspectives that lead to new behaviors, behaviors more likely to get the results they want, whether it’s a promotion, more team cohesion, or just being heard, seen, and valued for their ideas.
Based in Austin, TX, Tracy maintains a global private practice, nerd coach. She also facilitates leadership development training with organizations such as Tesla, coaches students at Rice University through the Doerr Leadership Program, and has been an adjunct professor for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She enjoys her work with iACT students because they are also passionate about supporting people with ADHD.
Tracy earned her Ph.D. in Human Development, her MA in Human and Organization Systems, and her Evidence-Based Coaching Certificate from Fielding Graduate University. Her dissertation focused on the social-emotional needs of highly gifted adults. She serves as president of the Austin chapter of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and has held an ICF credential since 2010, currently as a Professional Certified Coach. Plus she can jump rope tap dance.
Jean Gibson, ACC, CALC, CIPD
Jean Gibson is a certified Wisdom Coach and adult Life and Career Coach (Diploma as a Personal Performance Coach). She is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and an accredited flow consultant. She has completed training to become a Certified ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Life Coach) CALC from the International ADHD Coach Training Centre.
Jean began her formal coaching practice in June 2016 after a long career in Information Technology and Human Resources, managing individuals and teams at all levels within and across a blue-chip organization in the UK. With a background in Human Resources, Project Management, and Leading Teams, Jean initially focused on career coaching professionals.
With four grown children, Jean is acutely aware of the challenges kids try to navigate and how stressful and unhappy their lives can be. From the parents’ perspective, she also understands their desire for their children to be happy. She actively coaches children from 10 to young adults, giving them a firm foundation to grow into positive, courageous, and self-confident adults.
When her grandson was diagnosed with ADHD, she became the support for her daughter and sought to understand all she could to ensure he was provided with the assistance he needed to thrive. As a result, she wrote a book, The ADHD Support Handbook, about her experience helping other parents and caregivers, set up a Facebook community, The ADHD Revolution, and expanded her coaching practice to continue to help those living with ADHD.
Jean is excited to be an instructor with the iACT, work with individuals wishing to understand and learn more about ADHD, and, in particular, become a Life Coach supporting others with the condition. She desires to empower those with ADHD to recognize their strengths and talents, enabling them to fulfill their potential in life.
Lisanne Thomas, PCC, NBC-HWC, CPAC, CSFC
Lisanne possesses an inspiring passion and zest for the art and science of coaching. She brings to her heart-centered work over fifteen years of facilitating change for over 1,000 coaching clients worldwide, including various ages, lifestyles, and living circumstances. With a delightful blend of curiosity, play, and spaciousness, Lisanne crafts safe and inviting spaces where growth blossoms, radical self-care, and self-agency thrive.
Lisanne is a nationally board-certified health and wellness coach and a professionally certified ADHD and life coach with advanced training in ADHD coaching and ADHD coaching for youth and families. She is also a Certified Solution-Focused Brief Coach, PN Level 2 Master Coach, Certified Personal Training Specialist, and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200).
Lisanne also walks the talk, and her dedication to radical self-care is evident in her multidisciplinary approach to holistic well-being. From leaving a successful corporate career in marketing management to becoming a birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, yoga instructor, health coach, and business owner, she truly brings all she is into her work as a multi-faceted change catalyst. Being diagnosed with ADHD later in life was a gift that brought a sense of validation and freedom that further inspired Lisanne to expand her coaching practice. Despite constant change, curiosity, creativity, and play remain at the heart of it all, as do her three wonderful kiddos, three wacky whippets, and her rock n’ roll husband.
Farah Jamil, ACC, CALC
Farah is an Ivy League grad Health Executive with a Master in Health Administration (MHA), a Certified Executive Coach (CEC) with the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential from the International Coaching Federation (ICF), & an Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Coach. She has briefed senior leaders (e.g., Canadian Ministers, US Senators, Ambassadors, etc.), led high-performing teams, navigated DEI (diversity/equity/inclusion)-related issues, & provided 1:1 & group coaching within organizations & privately.
She coaches early- to mid-careerists to be less passive & more proactive in their career/leadership goals. She’s passionate about helping people dig deep to unleash their inner “Super Leader!” & their inner “ADHD Superpowers!” Farah hosted the first Muslim ADHDers Virtual Summit, which brought together 14 speakers & 1,500+ registrants from around the world to discuss the intersectionality between ADHD, productivity, health/wellness, & faith.
Farah is also a Fellow at the Institute of Coaching at McLean – Harvard Medical School Affiliate, presented at The World Business & Executive Coach Summit (WBECS) with Coaching.com on “Neurodiversity – Navigating ADHD in the Workplace” & was selected as one of 36 global Executive Coaches for the 2020 INC 5000 Vision Conference for the fastest-growing US private companies.
Abby is Laurie’s Virtual Assistant, responsible for managing the “back end” of the iACTcenter, including student and staff liaison, technology, and marketing. She is the unsung hero of the iACTcenter, keeping it all moving forward. With her experience in customer service and administrative assistance, Abby connects with others intentionally, professionally, and wholeheartedly. She is the “Welcome” in “Welcome to the iACTcenter!”
Abby is from a tiny town in the sweet peach state of Georgia, where she lives with her husband and son. When not working, Abby is either enjoying her family, snuggled up in her favorite chair with a good book and cozy cup of coffee, or involved with church activities and hosting fun get-togethers.
CJ Pringle, A-CALC
CJ Pringle is a former supply chain professional with experience leading teams in optimizing efficiency and service to over 2200 restaurants in the US and Canada. She made a career change to ADHD life coaching after working in the supply chain industry for 20+ years. She is passionate about new process implementation for improved measurable results and interactive performance management. In addition, she enjoys leading people, facilitating collaborative problem-solving environments, and responding to rapidly changing customer needs. Fortunately, these skills and passions are all transferrable and are what she now uses to assist the iACTCenter in facilitating team meetings and managing special projects.
Amy allen Sekhar, Phd, ACC, cpcc
Amy Allen Sekhar is a certified professional coach, consultant, facilitator, and public speaker. Amy’s coaching philosophy begins with the premise that no one is broken – we are all whole and worthy of taking up space and taking a stand. Her focus of practice is to offer coaching that is identity-affirming, accessible, and meaningful to every body-mind, however you show up in the world. Amy firmly believes that coaching is transformational and that coaching should be accessible – financially and in practice – to people from historically marginalized communities. Her coaching is informed by her lived experiences as a disabled person – Amy has a physical disability as well as non-visible disabilities – and by her commitment to Disability Justice.
Amy is a trained Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) through the Co-Active Training Institute (CTI) and has earned her International Coaching Federation (ICF) credential as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC). She is currently in the certification process as a Certified ADHD Life Coach (CALC) through the International ADHD Coach Training Center (iACTcenter).
Amy earned her Ph.D. from Boston University, and prior to shifting to coaching and consulting, Amy spent 10 years as faculty in higher education, where she was a passionate advocate for the value of co-creating learning spaces that introduce students to perspectives and lived experiences that challenged their own ways of being, thinking, and acting in the world. Since leaving academia, Amy has engaged in systems change work and offers consulting and facilitation in the areas of curriculum design and equity. Amy is a dynamic public speaker who challenges audiences to reconsider their perceptions about disability identity and how it fits into the work of systems change.
Amy is also an avid para-rower and would be overjoyed if she lived near enough to an accessible dock to spend her mornings on the water, sharing the sunrise with the early birds. Amy is also a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) and teaches this mindful drawing method as a way for people to open to their innate creativity and to calm their minds and enter into a deep flow state. Amy loves laughing, – and making others laugh – break baking, knitting, and her animals. She and her husband share a home with four dogs and three parrots.
The iACTcenter’s DEIJ Statement, Equal Opportunity, and Non-Discrimination Policies
The iACTcenter staff, faculty, students, graduates, and leaders live and work in more than 66 countries, six continents, 45 states, and four territories. The iACTcenter is committed to the shared vision of making ADHD Life Coaching an integral part of communities worldwide. To reach our mission of leading the global advancement of ADHD Life Coaching, we will not ignore the challenges our students, staff, trainers, coaching graduates, and coaching clients face due to discriminatory perspectives.
By living the principles of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ), we are committed to addressing the persistent challenges of discrimination in the past and present. We commit to work to meet such challenges at the iACTcenter and in our collaborations worldwide.
Diversity, inclusion, belonging, and justice are considered in every decision within the iACTcenter. As we continue toward our mission, we will consistently recommit ourselves to valuing the unique talents, insights, and experiences that every coach and client brings to the world. We invite you to join us in celebrating differences and unite to reduce the stigma and increase awareness of ADHD worldwide.
Equal Opportunity Policy
The International ADHD Coach Training Center is committed to providing equal opportunity within our programs and training courses to everyone, irrespective of age, gender, ethnic or national origin, race, color, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, religious or ethical belief, brain style, learning style, economic background, or language.
It is the policy of the iACTcenter not to discriminate based on sex, age, handicap, disability, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, brain style, learning style, veteran, sexual or affectional preferences.
The iACTcenter accommodates a variety of learning styles and supports enhancing opportunities for people with disabilities to access our training. The iACTcenter encourages prospective students to disclose the nature of their disability and their unique needs during the application, admissions, enrollment, and registration processes. The iACTcenter can then assess their ability to provide exceptional support toward completing their training program.
The iACTcenter staff and faculty consider the diversity of our student population when planning, teaching, and assessing class participation. Therefore, it is the policy of the iACTcenter that:
- Recruitment and hiring of all personnel is conducted without discrimination against any individual with regard to race, age, religion, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, brain style, learning style, disability, or veteran status.
- All staff and personnel will not discriminate against any employee or participant because of race, age, religion, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, brain style, learning style, disability, or veteran status.
- All individuals are welcome to participate and enjoy an environment free of discrimination regardless of race, age, religion, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, brain style, learning style, disability, or veteran status.
- The iACTcenter will not tolerate conduct by any employee, student, volunteer, contractor, visitor, or vendor that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s ability to learn in a welcoming environment and will not tolerate discriminatory language.