True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their
own. – Nikos Kazantzakis
RCA Leadership Team & Faculty
Kathleen O’Grady, PCC, CALC
Founder, CEO, CALC Creator, Head Co-Lead Faculty & Mentor Coach
Kathleen O’Grady is the self-made authentic leader, and positively disruptive pioneer, responsible for launching Raleigh Coaching, LLC in 2008. She did this to support individual and organizational clients by inspiring authentic leadership, creativity, and innovation. Why? Because every cell in her body was screaming at her to do so. She even left the ‘stability’ of corporate America during a global financial crisis to pursue her passion, on her own terms. Needless to say, her family and friends thought she was out of her mind, but they eventually saw that it was well worth the leap of faith.
Driven to increase her level of impact, she later launched Raleigh Coaching Academy™ to credibly educate and foster coaches who share her commitment to the ethical integrity of the coaching field, as well as a passion for honoring individual uniqueness as the most competitive edge one can harness. Kathleen understands that the greatest gift a coach can give their client is the courage to recognize and stand in their own authentic power.
Kathleen received her initial coach training at North Carolina State University, and has since achieved the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential through the International Coach Federation. As a two-time Past President of the ICF Raleigh Area Chapter she is known locally and beyond for her visionary contribution to growing and expanding her community’s global award-winning chapter.
Marcelletta Miles, RN, MBA, ACC, CALC
Head of Program Development, Co-Lead Faculty & Mentor Coach
Marcelletta Miles is devoted to inspiring others to be fully present in all aspects of work, family and play. She fosters innovation and trust through her ability to balance a rational approach with out-of-box thinking. Her knowledge of mindfulness techniques and foundation in healthcare lends to her holistic approach in coaching. She values every interaction she has with clients, family, and friends as a shared opportunity for soul growth.
Marcelletta is the Founder of Celletta Coaching, LLC, where she partners with clients to explore, experience, and evolve authentically. In addition to her coaching practice, she is a leader at AccessCare of Community Care of North Carolina, where she holds the space for others to discover their own genius. Understanding the value and benefit of coaching, she implemented an internal coaching and mentoring program to benefit her organizational culture.
Marcelletta is a graduate of Raleigh Coaching Academy and credentialed through International Coach Federation. She also has a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and a Master’s in Business. She contributes to the coaching profession by volunteering her time with the local ICF Raleigh Chapter.
Julia Curtis, ACC, CALC
Head of Executive Development, Co-Lead Faculty & Mentor Coach
Julia is a 25-year corporate career veteran turned coach extraordinaire! Upon returning to the US after three amazing years as a Global HR Leader in London, Julia decided to solidify her years of corporate coaching through professional certification. Little did she know that her life would be forever changed when she selected Raleigh Coaching Academy. The transformational experience solidified Julia’s desire to coach leaders.
Harnessing her extensive expertise in the areas of Marketing, Operations, Six Sigma Quality, and Human Resources, Julia took the leap of faith to pursue her own private coaching and consulting business Carolina Coaching & Consulting, LLC. Julia works with a diverse group of leaders to offer insight and awareness to help them be more confident, inspiring, and impactful leaders while staying true to their authentic self.
Julia proudly holds the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential through the International Coach Federation. After experiencing Raleigh Coaching Academy, Julia decided that she wanted to “be a part of the power of RCA.” Now, Julia enjoys training and mentoring coaches to tap into their own creativity. Julia’s own authenticity is truly contagious!
Laura Reichert, ACC, CALC
Head of Operations & Client Experience, Co-Lead Faculty & Mentor Coach
Laura has acquired her credential as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) from the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and her certification as a Certified Authentic Leadership Coach (CALC) from Raleigh Coaching Academy (RCA). Laura is the Founder and CEO of Triangle Life Coaching, a division of Believe In You Life Coaching LLC, as well as the creator of The Success Process™. Laura is a nationally recognized entrepreneur and featured in the September 2005 edition of Women’s Day Magazine.
Due to Laura’s modesty, you wouldn’t know that she also, created, and currently runs her family business G&L Assets LLC. Here she oversees the purchasing and selling of investment properties. Laura also sits as treasurer for the Sea Dunes III homeowners association. She displays so much pride working as a stay at home mom (SAHM), bringing up her three children, and nurturing her 27+ year marriage to her global CIO husband.
Keeping life in perspective and using her healthy work-life balance, she carves out time to volunteer as a Life Coach and auction committee member at The Carying Place. Her authentic leadership skills, coaching expertise, business savvy, and organization skills are the talents she offers to the RCA leadership team. She displays commitment, love, and modesty and she is RCA’s vitamin B12 shot that we are all so happy to get from her whenever we need one.
Kioka Dunston, ACC, CALC
Co-Lead Faculty & Mentor Coach
Kioka Dunston is the owner of kiokacoaching, inc., a life and career coaching company offering personal and group coaching to corporate professionals and emerging leaders desiring career satisfaction. kiokacoaching also offers PeopleMap training to small-to-medium sized teams so they can develop and maintain strong relationships that greatly enhance productivity.
Kioka’s 20+ year background in Human Resources and Accounting highlights her partnership with leaders and staff in major Fortune 500 companies including IBM, Coca-Cola, Honeywell and BD. After obtaining certification from The CaPP (Coaching and Positive Psychology) Institute, Kioka left full-time Human Resources in August 2012 to live her passion – helping corporate professionals intentionally pursue careers and lives they dream of, in alignment with who they really are. Dedicated to the advancement of the coaching profession, Kioka is a proud member and former Board member of the Raleigh Charter Chapter of International Coach Federation (ICF). She is also an active member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).
Kioka is the gift that keeps on giving. Her unwavering commitment to supporting others is apparent to those who are fortunate enough to work with her, and often times, humbly invisible. Her mission is to help leaders and professionals identify and pursue their personal path towards Monday morning joy.
Vahbiz Shroff, PhD, ACC, CALC
Faculty & Mentor Coach
The name “Vahbiz” represents diversity and adaptability. Vahbiz truly exhibits diversity in all aspects of life. She not only comes from a diverse cultural heritage but has also established a diverse professional presence for herself. After moving to the US from India in 2003, she had the opportunity to explore several promising careers and learning opportunities. Due to her ability to get intensely involved in everything she does, she has been able to create rather fulfilling careers in science, business, and now, coaching.
After pursuing a research and teaching career for over 20 years, Vahbiz looked into coaching, simply as a means to improve herself personally and professionally. However, from the moment she met Kathleen O’Grady, Founder/CEO of RCA, she knew that she had found a mentor for life and a true calling in life! She fell in love with the RCA mission and wanted to be a part of the revolution!
Vahbiz loves connecting with people & nature! She firmly believes in the oneness of the world and that we are all connected to each other at some level. She is passionate about women and their role as world leaders. Her goal is to help women realize their authentic and unique selves rather than being stuck with the labels of the “roles” they play in life. She believes that work-life harmony does exist and it is her sincere desire that every woman can experience it.
Vahbiz is the owner of Living Your Best Coaching, and in her spare time she enjoys traveling with her husband & kids, meeting new people, and volunteering at schools. Her daily relaxation rituals include meditation, yoga, and martial arts.
Executive Coordinator to Founder & CEO
Amber Harkey is a family life coach, entrepreneur, and passion-driven Executive Coordinator to Kathleen O’Grady, CEO of Raleigh Coaching, LLC. She is jumping feet first into the world of coaching and loving every minute of it. After years of chasing careers that she believed would bring her happiness, she took a step back to self-reflect and realized she wasn’t chasing her passion. Her passion and purpose are to support families, couples, and parents in discovering how to become the best versions of themselves.
Immediately after Amber recognized her calling to become a coach, she came across Raleigh Coaching, LLC. Now as the Executive Coordinator to Kathleen, Amber uses her experience in business functions to help Raleigh Coaching, LLC and Raleigh Coaching Academy flourish.
Amber is a graduate of North Carolina State University holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Youth, Family, and Community Sciences.
Amber is the founder and owner of Carolina Family Life Coaching where she uses research-based methods to empower her clients to discover their unique inner-strengths. During the times she is not coaching, Amber enjoys reading a good book or spending time in the North Carolina mountains.
Stefanie Zizzo, PCC
Visiting Faculty Associate
Stefanie Zizzo professional certified coach and workshop facilitator with more than 20 years experience supporting individuals and groups in gaining clarify, confidence and direction in their career and lives. With 10 years experience as a full time coach, she is passionate about supporting new and seasoned coaches as they reach their first/next level of coach certification and build successful coaching businesses. Stefanie is a graduate of the Institute for Life Coach Training, holds a Masters in Counseling and Bachelors in Psychology. She is currently serving as Past President of the Raleigh Chapter of the International Coach Federation.
Stefanie is a master at structure and organization, which has undoubtedly added to her expansive success over the years as one of the Triangle’s most sought after career coaches. When she is not helping to transform lives, Stefanie is likely recharging with her talented musician husband at their lake house.
Noa Ronen, MBA, PCC
Visiting Faculty Associate
Noa (without the letter h), means movement in Hebrew, and movement is a big component in her life. Her family relocation had an enormous influence on the way she lives her life, and her decision to become a life and transition coach and support people in transitions through Noa Ronen Coaching.
As an Interculturalist, who lives and believes that it is important to create bridges between people around the world Noa works with transitioning individuals, global leaders and teams. Noa’s created the inside-out system that helps her clients reconnect with their unique self in their new situation while being aware to what other resources within themselves and outside are available for them to move forward.
Noa became a Certified Professional Life Coach, through the Coaches Training Institute and received her coaching credential through the International Coach Federation. She served as a Board Member of the ICF Raleigh Area Chapter Since 2013.
When Noa is not coaching or facilitating group coaching, you can find her at a kickboxing class, or sitting in a local coffee shop and enjoying a quiet time with a good cup of soy-latte.