Executive Director

Executive Director - Paul Steele

With over 30 years as an administrator in non-profit work, I have developed skills in recruiting and implementing teams to accomplish successful outcomes.  My skills have been honed by working cooperatively with volunteers, staff, community groups and board members.  I have focused on helping individuals and families become self-sufficient and an integral part of their community.

Utilizing 10 years of fundraising experience, I have created various campaigns which have enhanced agencies’ financial standing.  For United Methodist Family Services, I created their first annual campaign, which reached nearly $100,000 in the initial year implemented.  In support of UMF-sponsored foster children, I participated in their program to recruit hundreds of church individuals and groups in pledging a monthly amount, honoring each as a ‘Guardian Parent’. As development director of The Salvation Army our team increased donations by $500,000 and I drafted grants culminating $265,000 for program needs.  I have also directed several programs at St. Joseph’s Villa, helping to train single mothers to be self-sufficient, thereby avoiding homelessness. As director for Church World Services in Richmond 100% of refugee families were successfully resettled and reached self-sufficiency (utilizing ESL, income independence and stable housing) within a few months. My academic background includes a psychology undergraduate degree (UVA), and also a M.Ed. in human services counseling (UVA).  I am a Richmond, VA native.  Married with two grown children and two stepchildren, I also have a side business of home repair and interior painting.  I enjoy interacting with various clientele, many of whom are single/elderly women in need of a trustworthy helper. I consider the opportunity to assist the Family Life Coaching Association a pleasure and honor.

Paul-Steele

Executive Board Members

Chair - Susan Holt

Susan is a Board-Certified Family Life Coach with a master’s degree in education and 30 years of teaching and coaching experience with both children and adults. Her expertise is in building connection in families and classrooms by developing social/emotional intelligence for healthier families and resilient children. In addition, she is privileged to serve as Director of Family Ministry for her church.

Vice Chair - Christi Howard

Christi is the owner of Me Time 4 Mom, a life coaching business for moms. When she works with moms, they team up to create achievable, actionable goals which focus on time allocation, stress management, positive motivation, mindfulness, and self-compassion. Once moms create time for themselves, they become fantastic examples for their families. Her goal is for moms to be the best living example of what they want their children to embrace and become in the world. She has a B.S. in Family and Consumer Science and is a Certified Professional Coach.

Jennifer Perez

Lead Treasurer - Jennifer Perez

Jennifer is from Colombia-South America. She graduated in International Business with a master’s in Financial Management. Jennifer moved to the United States following the dream of having better opportunities and helping her family. She is currently pursuing an associate degree in accounting with the goal of becoming  a CPA. She has worked in American companies for 7 years and has learned to function in different roles related to accounting. Jennifer’s dedication to making sure she helps her workplace create success blends well with her welcoming personality. Her goal at FCLA is to help, learn, meet new people, and spread positive motivation.

Yvette Cha

Assistant Treasurer - Yvette Cha

My name is Yvette Cha, and I recently graduated this spring semester. I plan to go to graduate school next fall so that I am preparing for graduate school while working at the same time. I am from Seoul, South Korea and I came to Utah in 2019. I went to work at a public accounting firm for a while and I will start to adjust my future plans after getting my CPA license. These are my brief plans for my 20s. I normally did work while I was in school at the investment company, banking, taxes, and audits so that I am familiar with those materials. However, I definitely still need to learn more and a lot of other tips/ materials. I want to introduce myself using five emojis:

1) ice cream, ketchup, waters: as long as I can have these three every day, I am happy. 

2) football: I think I am getting into football. I cannot wait for the upcoming college football season that will be happening within two months. 

3) Korean food: I have to have Korean food at least once per day so that I can actually feel like I have eaten something.

4) sleep: I am very happy if I am able to sleep for 10hours

5) thumbs up: I use this a lot while communicating with other people. Even for no reason too. 

Secretary - Jennifer James

Jennifer James has 13 years of experience as an educator, counselor, and life coach, guiding women and families in enhancing their spiritual, physical, and mental health. In her current role, she is the CEO and Certified Life Coach for her business WHoly Mom Coaching LLC, where she collaborates with mothers, empowering them to ignite their true selves by uniting their mind, body, and spiritual presence. She leads a podcast that encourages continued and sustainable growth in by facilitating sessions that teach life skills to women and families.

Jennifer is well-versed in creating a haven for women to share their stories of resilience, healing, loss, wellness, growth, and advocates for mental health. She is dedicated to recognizing and responding to individual and cultural differences of women, young and old, and is an approachable leader that works cooperatively and communicates effectively with clients and members of the community.

jennifer james
Tiffany Burnette

Executive Board Member-at-Large - Tiffany Burnette

Tiffany Burnette, MT-BC, CFLE-P owns Rhythm & Cadence Family Services, LLC, and offers family life coaching and education primarily through music-based activities to families wanting to manage stress and enhance developmental relationships. She provides various services and programs in-person and online; two of which are discussion groups integrating group coaching and lyric analysis and songwriting around mental health topics that benefit family relationships and function; and a family group development program she calls “Family Dynamics!” using the AI model of coaching. She enjoys offering experiential learning opportunities for parent-child bonding to those in new family structures. She is passionate about supporting those from diverse families and challenging circumstances. She has enjoyed mentoring through the FLCA mentorship program and continues to take every opportunity for growth. She lives in Apex with her husband, three boys, and their bearded dragon (Shredder). She loves all things Earth and sky.

Board of Directors

Tiffany Burnette

Advocacy Chair - Tiffany Burnette

Tiffany Burnette, MT-BC, CFLE-P owns Rhythm & Cadence Family Services, LLC, and offers family life coaching and education primarily through music-based activities to families wanting to manage stress and enhance developmental relationships. She provides various services and programs in-person and online; two of which are discussion groups integrating group coaching and lyric analysis and songwriting around mental health topics that benefit family relationships and function; and a family group development program she calls “Family Dynamics!” using the AI model of coaching. She enjoys offering experiential learning opportunities for parent-child bonding to those in new family structures. She is passionate about supporting those from diverse families and challenging circumstances. She has enjoyed mentoring through the FLCA mentorship program and continues to take every opportunity for growth. She lives in Apex with her husband, three boys, and their bearded dragon (Shredder). She loves all things Earth and sky.

2023 Conference Chair

Praise Fowowe is a family life innovator, coach and the creator of Family Systems Engineering Programming, a family life model that assists family life coaches in improving their diagnostic tools and intervention management. In the last 19 years, Praise has pioneered the family life coaching sector in West Africa and mentored family life coaches across Africa, North America and Europe. Praise consults for governments, organizations and faith- based communities in promoting peaceful co-existence through effective family systems.  He is the founder of the Institute of Family Engineering and Development, Africa.
Praise Fowowe

Emerging Coaches Co-Chair - Autumn Guin

Autumn Cano-Guin, PhD, BCC teaches Family Life Coaching in the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences and directs healthy living and STEM programs for NC 4-H at NC State University. She serves nationally as a Program Success Coach for the Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk Professional Development and Technical Assistance Center. Her scholarly interests include program development with marginalized audiences, parenting, youth development, family life coaching, adverse childhood experiences, protective factors, nonformal education, and educator professional development. She is a nationally recognized program design and evaluation expert with over 20 years of experience. Autumn also serves as a leader coach and develops curricula at her church. She is most passionate about her family including her partner of 25 years, Michael, 2 adult children, 2 grandchildren, 2 grand dogs, and a bearded dragon.

Autumn H. Cano-Guin, Ph.D., BCC (she, her, hers)
NC 4-H Youth Development Program Design & Evaluation Specialist
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Agricultural & Human Sciences
North Carolina State University

Emerging Coaches Co-Chair - Tiffany Burnette

Tiffany Burnette, MT-BC, CFLE-P owns Rhythm & Cadence Family Services, LLC, and offers family life coaching and education primarily through music-based activities to families wanting to manage stress and enhance developmental relationships. She provides various services and programs in-person and online; two of which are discussion groups integrating group coaching and lyric analysis and songwriting around mental health topics that benefit family relationships and function; and a family group development program she calls “Family Dynamics!” using the AI model of coaching. She enjoys offering experiential learning opportunities for parent-child bonding to those in new family structures. She is passionate about supporting those from diverse families and challenging circumstances. She has enjoyed mentoring through the FLCA mentorship program and continues to take every opportunity for growth. She lives in Apex with her husband, three boys, and their bearded dragon (Shredder). She loves all things Earth and sky.

Tiffany Burnette

Fundraising Committee Chair - OPEN

Are you interested in contributing to the health and wellness of families everywhere in this special way?  Contact us at info@flcassociation.org.

Marketing Co-Chair - Ekundayo Ayeni

Ekundayo Ayeni has over 10 years of experience in digital marketing and has helped several companies 7x their revenue online. He holds a master’s degree in digital marketing, and has created workable solutions that will provide businesses with the maximized value by offering clients a wide range of digital solutions to effectively generate traction, and conversions through the use of digital media.

Ekundayo is a highly skilled and experienced marketing professional with a proven track record of success. He is passionate about helping businesses grow their online presence and achieve their marketing goals. He is also a strong leader and team player, and is dedicated to providing his clients with the best possible service.

In his spare time, Ekundayo enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and traveling. He is also a passionate advocate for digital marketing, and is committed to using his skills to help businesses succeed online.

Ekundayo Ayeni

Marketing Co-Chair - Feyil Akinwale

Feyi Ankinwale is a social media manager at the Family Life Coaching Association. She has over 3 years of experience in social media marketing, and she is passionate about using social media to connect with families and help them live happier, healthier lives.

She is a creative thinker and a skilled content creator, and she is always looking for new ways to engage with audiences on social media.

She is also a strong analytical thinker, and she uses data to track the effectiveness of her social media campaigns.

Membership Chair - Kayla Bereijo

As a graduate from Humboldt State University, Kayla holds a bachelors degree in Child Development and Family Studies. With over a decade experience working with youth and families, Kayla has worked in community, education, and multi-cultural based settings. This experience includes serving with the Peace Corps as a Community Development Specialist in Timor-Leste, working as an Early Childhood Education Specialist for a learning center in Spain, and as a Preschool Teacher in California. In her current role, she is a Project Assistant for the Orange County Department of Education where she works with youth to develop leadership skills and prevention education. Kayla is in the process of becoming a fully credentialed Family Life Educator and plans to transition into coaching.

Kayla Bereijo

Professional Enrichment Chair - Ali Tepper, M.Ed., BCC

Ali is a Board Certified Coach, Certified Hand in Hand Parenting by Connection Instructor, and Certified Conscious Parenting Coach. She is formerly the Director of Curriculum at Read to Lead, an educational nonprofit creating literacy and social-emotional learning games for middle schoolers. She is a Fulbright scholar, holds a master’s degree in Elementary Education, and former classroom teacher. Her mission is to support overwhelmed parents struggling with their children’s challenging behaviors through connection-based tools that strengthen the parent-child relationship and increase joy, cooperation, and harmony within the family unit. She also consults for the nonprofit Hand in Hand Parenting to bring their trauma-responsive curriculum to early childhood educators nationwide. She lives in Austin, Texas with her hubby, three children, and Spaniel.

Research Chair - Luz Dalia Sanchez

Dr. LuzDalia holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, and her expertise includes qualitative research -phenomenology- and mixed research methodological approaches. In addition, Dr. Sanchez is an MD, with a master’s degree in Community Psychology. She is a certified Family and Parent Educator and Parent Coach from Minnesota. Dr. Sanchez loves children, and she is focused on supporting brain development and social- emotional development in young people through educating, mentoring, and coaching parents/caregivers. Currently, she is the founder and Executive Director of the Astounding Families Alliance in Houston TX.

Standards Chair - YoLanda Sanders

YoLanda Sanders holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Family Sciences and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Graduate Advanced Studies in General Psychology and is currently a doctoral candidate at Capella University. YoLanda is a Certified Family Life Educator and obtains multiple certifications, continuing education units, and professional training in parenting education, childcare, family reading education, infant mental health, family literacy, family resource management, teaching family sciences, parent-child relationships, and online instructor. YoLanda devotes most of her time to research, after-school reading volunteering, and working with undergraduate students, family sciences virtual course developer, sorority, youth church, children, and families in parenting-reading education through parent involvement. Her goal is to incorporate establishing credentialing and certification to ensure best practices and professionalism in family life coaching and family life education.

Full Board Member-at-Large - Russ Smidt

Russ retired from pediatric medicine Jan 1, 2022. He now works full time at Faithful and True Ministries, Eden Prairie MN, as a Board Certified Coach and is a proud member of the Family Life Coaching Association since 2016. I see individual men, lead men’s groups, and see couples with my wife Susie Smidt LMFT (she does the therapy, I do the coaching). I’m excited to start working as a board member at large. I retain emeritus status with Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park, MN.

Structure & Sustainability Chair - Open Position

Are you interested in contributing to the health and wellness of families everywhere in this special way?  Contact us at info@flcassociation.org.

Other Team Members

Administrative Assistant - Fisayo Dayo Samuel

Fisayo Dayo-Samuel  is an experienced Family Life Coach specializing in crisis management, a skilled mediator, and holds a master’s degree in Media and Communication.  She is a Certified Family System Engineering Practitioner from the Institute of Family Engineering & Development in Nigeria.  She has had five years of media and public relations experience spread across consulting, social work and education. She has been successful at managing projects for past employers and maintaining meaningful relationships with all of them. She understands the importance of effective communication and efficient administration.

Fisayo is looking forward to contributing toward the development of the FLCA Certification program, promoting our monthly webinars, managing the elections process and developing our newsletters as well as all of the other administrative tasks that come her way!

She and her husband and two little ones live in England.

Committees

Advocacy

Focus on coaching-related state, national politics/policies

Write policy papers, white papers, position statements

Lobby for reimbursement for FL coaches

Help with securing grants/funding

Establish partnerships w/other entities/organizations to further mission, vision of FLCA

Conference

Logistics: conference location, hotels, food

Presenters: CFPs, correspondence; keynotes

Create & print program

Advertising, inc. booth rentals, program ads

Create budget w/exec board assistance & approval

Website prep & monitoring

CEUs, volunteers

Emerging Coaches

Invite & encourage student & new professionals’ participation, including those new to coaching

Facilitate student-specific activities

Organize activity for FLCA conference

Facilitate sharing info re certification w/Standards

Encourage collaboration w/Research Committee

Assist FLCA in identifying needs for graduating students

Fundraising

Set up holistic fundraising plan to include special events, mailings, web posts, product sales, etc.

Work w/Marketing Committee

Work w/Conference Committee

Work to securing grants & other funding opportunities

Marketing

Focus on consistent branding, messaging

Develop & maintain social media accounts

Work w/Membership to encourage & retain members

Work w/Conference to advertise

Work w/Fundraising

Create, distribute promotional materials

Membership

Identify membership process

Announcement & promotion of membership

Connect with & track all new/renewed members

Establish and schedule Coffee Chats for members

Notify VP & committee chairs of new volunteers

Work w/Conference on membership table

Professional Enrichment

Solicit, schedule, & advertise webinar speakers

Participate in webinars (introduce speaker, monitor process & questions, etc.)

Ensure various topics/individuals are included

Establish follow-up procedures (release of recordings, summary for newsletter, etc.)

Host book club meetings

Research

Review/share pertinent coaching literature

Assist members in writing blogs, short articles

Establish publication guidelines for FLCA

Identify gaps in literature

Assist Advocacy in writing briefs, policy papers

Establish Family Life Coaching Journal

Standards

Compare/research standards of other organizations

Develop, recommend, validate standards

Present info sessions on certification/credentialing

Monitor certification/credentialing processes

Follow-up with members re yearly updating of certification (CEUs to include ethics)

Create & update ethics for FL coaches & FLCA

Continually monitor best practice w/Research

Structure & Sustainability

Update Bylaws, Handbook and Board & Committee Summary

Elections (Executive Board & Board of Directors) with involvement of Full Board and FLCA Admin

Provide Board training

Analyze and follow-up on Strategic planning

(1, 3, 5 year plans)

Interested in joining one of our committees?

All committees are volunteer positions. To apply, please send your information to info@flcassociation.org.  Include your full name, email address, resume and a brief statement of interest. The Chair will contact you by email or phone. Thank you!

Free Webinar Sept. 30 @ 1pm EST

Global Family Life Coaching Day is September 30th! To celebrate, join our free webinar to learn what's new with FLCA and how we support coaches.