Board of Directors


Gaby Alvarez-Pollack, MBA, CPTD, PCC

President 2022


Gaby is a learning & development expert and a professional coach with an emphasis in strategic talent management, behavioral assessments, and organizational design. For over 20 years, her passion for learning, growth and strategy has helped individuals, teams and organizations achieve success by finding the perfect combination of personal meaning and business results.

Gaby creates and delivers transformational learning experiences focused on bringing individual talents and strengths to life, improving emotional intelligence, and opening paths of continuous learning and growth, always in support of organizational goals and business strategy.

She is a Certified Master Coach, a Gallup Strengths, Emotional Intelligence and DISC Certified Instructor and Coach and has worked with 100’s of leaders and teams across a variety of industries. Gaby brings insight to her work rooted in Positive Psychology and the Neuroscience of Growth Mindset.

Gaby is the founder and Chief Learning Officer at GS&L Consulting, holds an MBA, the Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTP) and is PCC accredited.

In the classroom of life, she spends her time at the golf course, reading a good book, and enjoying a nice glass of wine. Gaby calls San Diego and Mexico City her home, where she lives and learns with her husband Steve and their 10-year-old, Lucas

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Shahrzad Nooravi, PsyD


Shahrzad Sherry Nooravi, PsyD, MCC, is an organizational psychologist and CEO of Strategy Meets Performance. For the last two decades, she has supported fast-growth to Fortune 500 companies in strengthening their culture and leadership through executive coaching, training and facilitation. 

As President of ICF-San Diego, Shahrzad is looking forward to furthering the coaching profession, creating a strong and joyful local community and supporting all coaches (new, intermediate-level and seasoned) in gaining new skills, knowledge and certifications. 

She has been named Citizen of the Year, Trailblazer of the Year and A Voice to Listen to for her community work and original leadership research. Shahrzad’s leadership philosophy is that we can tap into our deepest potential when we focus on expanding our wisdom, power, resilience and grace. She holds a Doctorate of Psychology from Alliant International University, Masters in Communication from Pepperdine University and Bachelors degree in Psychology and Journalism from California State University Northridge.

When she is not serving clients, you can find her spending time with her husband and Siberian Husky, writing her forthcoming book and smashing a tennis ball. 

Donald E. Coleman

Treasurer and President-Elect 2022-2023


Donald E. Coleman is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the Chief Evangelistic Officer of Semper Kaizen Corp, a human development company. For over 30 years, he has devoted himself to adding value and serving others. Twenty years ago, he was introduced to professional coaching and received training at Coach U, founded by Thomas J. Leonard. Donald believes that every person can live a vibrant and purposeful life and as a result, he founded Semper Kaizen Corp.  "We have one mission; to bring the professional certified coaching and training to the 99% in San Diego, because no one should be left behind." 

He resides in San Diego, California, where he provides engaging financial empowerment, personal development, leadership workshops and keynote speaking throughout California. He spent the last 20 years working in the credit union movement as a Vice President in San Diego. Under his leadership and personal direction, he used the coach approach to help thousands of families achieve their personal goals centered on financial health. Donald is a Licensed Coaching Clinic™ Facilitator.

 Ana Floyd, PCC

 Secretary 2022-2023


Ana is a Life Development Coach in CommunicationsTMCertified Communications Trainer, and experienced facilitator who has worked with thousands of clients worldwide. Ana began her training in San Francisco, California in 1988 when she attended the first Design Your Life WorkshopTM, co-created by the late Thomas J Leonard and Carol McCall, PhD, which was an integral and foundational part of her beginnings in training as a coach.   Currently, Ana holds her Professional Certified Coach credential with the International Coach Federation (ICF), as well contributing as a supervisory board member for the Women in leadership program at the University of California, Santa Barbara-PACE. 

Starting out as one of the youngest pioneers in the coaching industry, since 1997, Ana has co-owned and operated a successful coaching and training company for over two decades.  She has been blessed for 25 years to develop her skill as a seasoned coaching entrepreneur, gaining a reputation for being quick on her feet, facing numerous business challenges while continuing to follow through on deadlines. She is a focused professional, as well as a compassionate, open-hearted leader who prefers to relate to others with a relaxed approach when faced with challenges and opportunities.

Moreover, Ana is a skilled listener who is capable of listening on several levels, thus hearing what's being said and what's not being said. Ana continues to professionally develop her expertise in empowered listening through coaching and training professionals worldwide.

Ana is a native Californian, born in San Francisco and graduated from University of California, Davis. Ana now calls San Diego her home.

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Freda Wilson

Communications Director 2022-2023

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Freda Wilson is Certified Life & Relationship Coach and the founder and owner of Relationship Matters and HELP Enterprise Inc. She has authored two Amazon bestsellers, Healing the Wounds of Divorce and Building Relationships That Last. She is also an ordained minister with over 20 years of experience in executive leadership, biblical teaching, pastoral care and guiding individuals and couples in personal pursuits. Her life’s mission is to help others through a variety of modalities: to believe in themselves, achieve their goals and succeed at maximizing their economic, social, and spiritual potential. 

Freda received her undergraduate education at Lincoln University, Lincoln University, PA and DeVry University, Chicago, Il where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. She has two graduate degrees, a Master of Biblical Studies and Church Administration from Logos Graduate School, Jacksonville FL, and a Master of Arts in Theology and Applied Ministry with an emphasis in Global and Contextual Studies and Community Ministry Leadership from Bethel Theological Seminary, San Diego, CA. In addition, she received a certification in premarital and marriage counselling from Bethel Theological Seminary, San Diego, CA. 

Freda is currently a board member for Caring Hearts Medical Foundation. She has a profound sensitivity to the hurts and needs of others and has built her life around helping people succeed.  

Cathy Horishny

Communications Director 


I am thrilled to be a part of the amazing Board of Directors team. I am excited to see what our conversations and programs will bring the ICF San Diego Chapter members and the community. We are living and making history during these astounding times. I look forward to what our Chapter members share as they continue to grow in their coaching practices, professional lives and personal achievements. What an incredible year 2022 will be! 

With all that life has brought me I understand the wondrous and surprising journey of life. It is an honor and privilege to currently serve as a high school science educator. I continue to stand in awe of my students' curiosity, conversations and courage as they navigate, grow and mature to become responsible and commendable citizens. 

I center my business, Vitality Unlimited, LLC on family, education, well-being and professional growth. I bring ingenuity into the dynamics of life, working alongside clients as they create the life they imagine. I am a graduate of an ICF Life Coach Certified Program. I strive to be active within coaching networks and consistently work to provide my clients with unparalleled conversations. 

I enjoy running and hiking. I have completed the 5 Peak Challenge in Mission Trails, including the 5 Peak Pentathlon in one day. I enjoy music and literature as well. I love chocolate, a great book and being in nature. I am a US Navy Veteran of the Gulf War-Desert Storm-having served in San Diego, the Pacific and the Middle East as a parachute rigger. I currently live in La Jolla, CA. 

I deeply appreciate the opportunity to serve alongside each of you as we bring incredible countless open doors to our members, each other and the San Diego community. 

Sherri Engler

 Programming Director


Sherri has always had a passion for people.  She has been invested in her career in the human economy.  She worked as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Certified PRINT® Facilitator specializing in Performance Improvement and team relationship dynamics in industry, for the Dept. of Energy, continuing on with DOD and DOH . She has a Masters Degree in Organizational Information, Communication, and Learning Sciences and has been trained by one of the top Coaching Schools in the nation, Coach U as a life coach.  In partnering with clients ranging from top executives, entrepreneurs, small business owners, consultants, college students, and stay-at-home moms, Sherri has impacted performance improvement, identity management, reality creation, and relationship improvement both interpersonally and professionally. 

Sherri believes in intimacy... that is, "In to me see" as her philosophy of coaching.  She believes in the power of unfolding and creating new realities since our reality is based on perception.  So, why not change your perception and create your reality?   With "In to me see," Sherri draws on the skills, knowledge, strengths, and experience possessed by her professional and personal clients, then coaches toward tapping into those values, principles and passions to support in the creation of their reality.  Authentically she seeks empowering her clients to achieve a healthy life balance, accomplish unfathomable goals; all the while supporting the success and fulfillment of their professional and personal relationships.

As we embark in the Human Economy, It is Sherri's Mission to help people through her genuine care and growth mindset.  Through the power of connecting and living life intentionally the possibilities are endless!

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