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CCNI is a non-profit membership organization led by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is the single governing body of CCNI and actively promotes the objectives of CCNI, operating in accordance with the programs and policies established by the Bylaws and by the Board of Directors. Members of the Board of Directors are elected to serve by, and are accountable to, the members of CCNI.

Michael J. Marx, MBA, EdD, PCC
Immediate Past President

Michael J. Marx is your contact for ethical issues and interests in establishing a chapter in the U.S. or globally.  

Bio Snapshot

Dr. Michael J. Marx is a Professional Certified Coach (ICF) and a Certified Professional Life Coach (PCCI). He specializes in executive, business, and life coaching. A gifted teacher, Michael holds a BA from ORU, an MBA from Louisiana State, and an EdD in Adult Education from Regent University. His passion is adult learning and he serves on the faculties of the Concordia University (teaching International Business and International Finance) as well as the Professional Christian Coaching Institute.

Michael and his wife, Joy, lived in Germany for 23 years where they worked as "tent making missionaries." When they  returned to the U.S. in 2012, they traveled throughout North America in an RV and are currently living in Colorado. Their dog “Angel” writes a blog about their adventures at

A strong advocate for professionalism in Christian coaching, Michael has served on the ICF Global Ethics & Standards Committee and currently is active establishing systems for coaches to receive support on ethical issues. A noted expert on one-to-one communication, his doctoral dissertation analyzes the promotion of learning in mentoring and coaching.

Kelly McClelland, CCMC, CJSS

Bio Snapshot

Warm greetings in the Lord from Orlando, Florida! In 2009 the early sense of a season of transition and change began stirring in my spirit. A returning missionary's testimony was how God nudged me into exploring the coaching industry. In 2010, after completing my first round of coach training, I launched Transition Time Coach, LLC to serve missionaries, ministers and non-profit staff in the midst of career transitions. One of the first things I did was save enough from those first few paying clients to enable me to join Christian Coaches Network International (CCNI)! I felt a deep desire to connect with other like-minded believers who were practicing faith-based coaching. In our organization, I found friends, resources, and willing mentors to help me build my own practice.

Some of you may know me from our 2014 eSummit where I was the tech guy helping Marcie behind the webinars. It is fun to keep the chat window going during webinars. I'm happy to be assisting again for Maximize 2016 eSummit and hope we can connect there. As a new member of the board and leadership team, I pray my 45+ years of military, business, cross-cultural, and ministry experience will be helpful to CCNI as we build and expand our community worldwide.

L. Marie Trotter, PCC, CPLC
President, Elect

L Marie TrotterBio Snapshot

L. Marie Trotter is a business writer, book and magazine publishing expert, speaker, radio host, and trained life coach. For over 15 years, she has worked as a writer and editor of well-planned and effective commercials, catalogs, magazines, and books for individuals, for-profits, tax-exempts, and governments. She is the publisher and editor-in-chief of WHOLE magazine and the publisher and writer of Bless His Name Cards and More.

Marie received her coach training through Erickson College, and she is a PCC member of the International Coach Federation. Her coaching niches are author and book development, community and organizational capacity building, leadership development, and communications. Marie is the founder of L.A.M.P. Sessions (Leadership Accountability Mentorship and Prayer), which connects and trains Christian women in leadership. She earned a BA in Professional and Technical Writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a MS in Leadership and Ethics from John Brown University

Cathy Lee, ACC, CCC
Director, Membership

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I launched Cathy Lee Coaching in 2014 while still in coach training and pursuing credentialing with ICF and CCNI (encouraging some of you to ‘just do it!’).  Today I serve both business and ministry leaders, with a special focus on missionaries serving on foreign fields.

I’ve enjoyed a diverse career, filling leadership roles in a variety of organizations.  For many years, I led a large business unit for a global leader of data, analytics and software solutions, serving Fortune 500 companies in the US and UK.  As an entrepreneur, I began my own business consultancy in 2010 with executive coaching, organizational training and public speaking. It was also a privilege to serve many years on the leadership staff of my church. 

I’m an avid reader and continual learner, and love travel and landscape photography.  In addition to living in Germany for several years, a few of my travel destinations include Canada, Mexico, South America, India and Antarctica. My husband, John and I have been married 35 years. 

Mary-Margaret Armstrong, CAE, CMP

Mary-Margaret Armstrong is your contact for voting and membership election issues. 

Bio Snapshot

Mary-Margaret (“MM”) Armstrong, a native North Carolinian, has over 20 years’ experience with a myriad of areas including business consulting, business management, non-profit association management, and event planning.  After working within healthcare in various operational and management roles, she ventured into meeting planning where she sourced and executed 100s of meetings for clients in the pharmaceutical industry.  From there, she moved into a sales and consulting capacity for a national meeting planners network group bringing in over a million dollars in sales.  In 2005, she, along with several other executive women volunteers, founded the Research Triangle Park, NC chapter of Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) which provides services to over 6000 members.  In 2007, she joined the HBA as a full time staff member, managing 14 domestic and 1 international chapter boards as well as half of the organization’s staff, and held the position of Vice President, Membership and Education.  In 2013, she launched CertainInsights, a business consulting company that provides strategic planning in areas of operations, marketing, and prioritization. 

MM is a graduate of UNC-Wilmington with a BA in Political Science and has achieved both the CMP and CAE designations.  Along with her experience in the association industry as well as event planning, she is especially skilled at building effective client and colleague relationships, developing strategy, improving process and efficiency, providing critical assessment and problem solving, imparting strong organizational techniques and follow through acumen. She is a driven performer keenly focused on organizational and leadership goals and outcomes as well as individual professional growth.

Karen Kornik, CPLC

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Raised in an entrepreneur environment, Karen enjoys owning a business and loves working with numbers.  She and her husband Sheldon of 25 years live in Dauphin, Manitoba Canada where their business, White Dove Water Company & Laundromat has been flourishing since 2006. 

Karen has been a Treasurer for her church for the past 7 years and also has served as treasurer for a few businesses.  Karen serves as a Deacon in her church and is a Leader for the Mercy & Mission team.  She received her CPLC (Certified Professional Life Coach) and ACC (Associate Certified Coach) with IFC and plans to transition slowly into starting up her coaching business.

She and Sheldon have two children who are both attending University and a very special grandson, Braxon. When time permits, Karen enjoys running half Marathons in different cities and meeting people from all over the world.

Donna Duren, CPLC
Director, Marketing

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Donna Duren is a Certified Professional Life Coach, earned from Christian Coach Institute. She has been happily married to Dave since 1993 and is a proud stepmother to two stepdaughters and Oma to two beautiful girls. She attended Word of Life Bible Institute and holds a degree from Cedarville University.  She is originally from Toledo, Ohio and still cheers for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Now that she lives in Rowlett, TX, she cheers the Texas Rangers and the Cowboys. Donna loves any exercise class that has social interaction.  Donna works actively in coaching individuals, couples and Groups.  Donna’s passion in coaching is working with those who have been impacted by addiction, either their own or that of a loved one. As Phil1:6 states, “and I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you, will bring it to completion in the day at the Day of Jesus Christ.” Donna is grateful to be part of the process with her clients.

Karen Dana Hendrix
Director, Credentialing

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Karen believes that each one of us is placed on this planet with God given gifts, personalities, core values as well as life and educational experiences that allows us to bring something to the world that no other individual can bring.  She believes it is our joy and our duty to explore what that uniqueness is and to serve for the betterment of humanity by sharing our uniqueness. One way I contribute is by teaching and mentoring new coaches as they have the opportunity to go out and reach others. As a human being, she contributes by affirming and empowering others to live in alignment with their purpose. 

Credentials/Education/Training: ICF Credentialed Professional Coach, Christian Coach Certified, Masters in Business Administration, Adjunct Instructor ACSTH Leadership OD Coaching Certificate in MSOD Advantage Program, and Adjunct Instructor ACSTH Health and Wellness Masters Program at Maryland University of Integrative Health.   

Specialties: Teaching, coaching and mentoring new coaches; Certified Myers-Briggs Practitioner (MBTI); Certified in Workplace Mediation; Communication and Leadership; Professional Service Providers (i.e. aesthetic plastic surgery patients and surgeons, dentists and chiropractors); Women in transition.

Angela Herrington, LSCC
Director, Strategy

Bio Snapshot

Angela is a passionate coach who co-creates massive momentum with her clients!!!  As a life and digital strategy coach she empowers Christian entrepreneurs to embrace their creativity, explore life outside of the traditional box, and blaze their own trail!

She helps coaches, authors, and business women break out of their warm market by leveraging the power of social media. She brings a powerful combination of 20+ years of business, marketing, customer service, event promotion, and administration to her coaching and consulting practice. Monthly she reaches 200,000 people in 40+ countries on her social media and blogging platforms. Angela is also a pastor, wife, mother of five, and the founder of Broken Beautiful BOLD Ministries. ‚Äč


Paul D. Olmstead
Director, Educational Enrichment and Point of Need Coaching

Paul D. OlmsteadBio Snapshot

My wife and I are missionaries with New Tribes Mission, and I serve as NTM’s Training Facilitator and Coach for our new and veteran missionaries raising support to go to/back to their field of service. My wife, Susan, serves as an Administrative Assistant in Personnel.

I am excited to join CCNI’s Board of Directors. I view it as an excellent opportunity to give back to the CCNI community. A community that has helped me better understand Coaching in general, and Ministry Coaching specifically over the past three years.


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