MEET THE TEAM

 

Coaching with Darcy Luoma Coaching & Consulting is a powerful step towards creating the life you want. Our certified, professional coaches help individuals, leaders and teams increase productivity, overcome obstacles, and achieve goals.

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Meet the Team

Darcy Luoma

Founder and CEO

Darcy Luoma, creator of Thoughtfully Fit®, is a Master Certified Coach, dynamic facilitator, and inspiring motivational speaker. She has worked as director for a U.S. Senator, deputy transition director for a governor, and on the national advance team for two U.S. presidential campaigns. As the owner and CEO of Darcy Luoma Coaching & Consulting, she’s worked in forty-eight industries with more than five hundred organizations to create high-performing people and teams. The media has named Darcy the region’s favorite executive-and-life coach four times. Darcy balances her thriving business with raising her two energetic teenage daughters, adventure travel, and competing in triathlons.

Craig Parsons, CEO, Palmer Johnson Enterprises

The people of Palmer Johnson Power Systems have LOVED working with Darcy over the past 5 years. We started with executive leadership coaching (including myself!). Next she coached a group of five newer managers in our 2020 Future Leaders program. We then were lucky enough to have a group of PJ’ers serve as a guinea pig for her Thoughtfully Fit program. Most recently, she facilitated a team-building session for our strategy team.

Darcy gets us. She has the ability to feel the culture of an organization & bend her approach to fit the personality and objectives of the group. The result for our team-building focused strategy session was a grand slam. She led us through a series of thought-provoking exercises that exposed opportunities to get our team more closely aligned. On a personal coaching level, Darcy has the intuition & experience to ask the right question at the right time. She makes you think, helps you ask the right questions of yourself & gives you the tools to help steer you to a plan to realize both your work & personal goals.

Truly can’t say enough about what a great coach/facilitator/person she is!

DANA HOFFMAN , VICE PRESIDENT, COMMERCIAL LENDING SUMMIT CREDIT UNION

It’s a rare person who profoundly connects with their audience and teaches some practical lessons in less than 30 minutes, yet Darcy Luoma readily accomplished both. Darcy graciously agreed to speak about resilience to our women’s business forum via a new online platform. She shared personal challenges she had faced, what she learned from them, and how we can pause, think and act to address our own difficulties. As a result, our audience asked thoughtful questions and we all learned some practical tips. Darcy’s presentation resonated deeply and it was one of the very best we’ve ever heard. I’m pleased to give Darcy my highest recommendation.

ANGELA ARRINGTON, SENIOR ATTORNEY, ALLIANT ENERGY

I have had the pleasure of working with Darcy when she was President of Wisconsin Women In Government, a civic, non-profit, organization committed to advancing and promoting careers for girls and women who desire to work in government. I was very impressed with Darcy’s leadership skills and her ability to motivate the ladies in the group to aspire to achieve excellence. Under Darcy’s leadership, WWIG enjoyed unprecedented levels of success in all realms of her Presidency. Because of Darcy’s outstanding leadership ability, I have gone to her for advice on professional matters and received nothing but great results from her. Darcy has proven herself to be a very effective and proven leader and anyone working with her will be able to see these leadership traits very quickly.

TARA DERBICK CONGER, SHRM-SCP, PRESIDENT, THE QTI GROUP

Darcy is absolutely amazing! I’ve had the pleasure to work closely with her for the past four years. She has coached many of our people, including our executive team and high potential employees. It was a great investment that helped our people grow, gain confidence and self-awareness, as well as build better relationships. If you have anyone that needs coaching, I’d recommend her in a heartbeat!

Most recently we engaged with Darcy to do some corporate training with her new program called Thoughtfully Fit. It was a hit! Employees enjoyed the four-part series which helped them increase emotional intelligence, improve workplace communication, raised self-awareness (and system/team awareness), as well as taught them how to deal with conflict in a healthy way. Many of the tools she teaches throughout the program can be used immediately in the work setting!

The combination of training with executive coaching has had a positive impact on PJ’s culture. It’s been so much that we are having four more of our managers start coaching with her in 2018. I’d highly recommend her to do both training and coaching at any company.

I’ve attended some of her speaking engagements which are fabulous. If you go, you will want more! Whether that’s coaching with her or doing some training. She’s that good! 😊

ERIK S. SONJU, PRESIDENT, POWER SYSTEM ENGINEERING, INC.

Hands down, Darcy is one of the top consultants I have worked with over the last ten years. She played a key role during a turning point in our organization that has resulted in a higher level of trust and improved communications amongst our leadership team. Her approach of individual interviews followed by a group retreat tailored to unique issues and personalities was just what we needed. Thanks, Darcy! We owe you one!

SHANNON CARPENTER, CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE CEO, SUMMIT CREDIT UNION

Darcy coached me through several transitions in my personal and professional life beginning when I was an intern in Senator Kohl’s office. Since that time, Darcy has helped me build my career from intern to campaign fundraiser to scheduler for a busy Governor to working for the President of the United States.

Darcy provides a variety of strategies which have helped me build my career and balance my life. Her coaching has been invaluable.

I would recommend Darcy’s coaching for anyone who is:

– deciding on a new job or negotiating for a raise

– attempting to define and achieve personal or professional goals

– looking to go “from good to great”

Darcy’s education, experience and attitude make her a role model and great coach. I feel lucky to have worked with her and have greatly benefited from her expertise.

PRESTON BOLLERUD, DIRECTOR OF GROWTH, NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL INSURANCE

It has honestly changed my career and how I view relationships and connections in my personal and professional life. This experience and work that we have done is so valuable and can be used almost anywhere, in any situation, with anyone. It’s worth every penny and ROI is infinite with the time, work and commitment you put into it. 

JENNA (WEBER) ATKINSON, CEO, THE P5 PROJECT

I have had the pleasure of watching Darcy speak on numerous topics. She is a dynamic and engaging speaker who keeps the attention of the audience from start to finish. Our young professionals group, CONNECT Madison, had the opportunity to have Darcy as a speaker in December 2013 and she definitely did not disappoint. She had a tailored presentation that perfectly matched the needs of our audience. She was incredibly easy to work with and was one of our highest rated presenters by our members. She had a great mix of personal examples and actionable takeaways. I would recommend Darcy to any group who is looking to “wow” their audience!

TRAICI BROCKMAN, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE II, GEORGIA HEALTH POLICY CENTER

Darcy offered to provide executive coaching to our WWIG executive committee designed to help us grow as a leadership team. Darcy was thoroughly prepared for each coaching session which helped provide a roadmap of what we would focus on for each session and what we had accomplished in past sessions. In leading our team through the coaching process Darcy helped create a safe environment where our team members could be honest, thoughtful, and reflective on how to grow and improve as a leadership unit. Darcy leads with the utmost integrity, honesty, and provides true guidance to the leadership team she is coaching while allowing that team to learn how to step into bold decision-making. Any leadership team looking to engage in self-reflection and evaluation of their current leadership style should consider hiring Darcy as an executive coach to lead them through that process.

SHAWN PREUSS, MCC, OWNER, PREUSS COACHLEADER ACADEMY

Darcy is a master coach and teacher. She is also a dynamic speaker. Her zest for life and desire for others to have a fulfilling life come through in her speaking, coaching and teaching. Darcy’s own love for learning and growth keep her in the pulse of change and development. Who better to support you on your journey of growth? I have enjoyed working side by side with Darcy, creating, teaching and continuing to learn from each other. If you want impact and support on your journey I highly recommend Darcy Luoma.

Education
  • Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management – Masters of Science in Organization Development (MSOD), Master’s Thesis on the Impact of Life Coaching on Overall Life Satisfaction
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison, La Follette School of Public Affairs – Public policy graduate seminar graduate
  • University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, Bachelor of Science – Double major in Mathematics and German with teaching degree
  • Landmark Forum – Chicago, Illinois
Professional Experience
  • United States Senate – Director for 12 years
  • White House – National Advance Staff
  • Wisconsin Governor – Deputy Transition Director
  • Public Policy Research Non-Profit – Senior Education Outreach Specialist
  • Leadership Institute – Coordinator and Lead Facilitator
  • Hallatt Consulting Group – Consultant and Motivational Speaker
Coaching
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison – Director of Professional Life Coaching Certificate (PLCC) program
  • International Coach Federation (ICF) – Master Certified Coach (MCC), Active Member and Registered Mentor Coach
  • Center for Credentialing & Education, Inc. (CCE) – Board Certified Coach (BCC) with speciality designation as Executive/Corporate/Business/Leadership Coach
  • Coaches Training Institute (CTI) – Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
  • CRR Global – Organizational and Relationship Systems Certified Coach (ORSCC) to work with teams and couples
  • Institute of Coaching Professional Association (ICPA) – Member of ICPA at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate
  • Brava Magazine – Voted Madison, Wisconsin’s Favorite Life Coach, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Isthmus – Voted Madison, Wisconsin’s Favorite Life Coach, 2012-2013
  • International Coach Federation–Wisconsin – Active Member and Former Board of Directors
Community Service & Professional Organizations
  • National Speakers Association – Professional Member
  • Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce – Member
  • Madison Area Business Consultants (MABC) – Member
  • Consulting for Organizational Reflection and Effectiveness (CORE) – Founder’s Circle
  • Wisconsin Women in Government (WWIG) – Scholarship recipient, Past president with keynote speaker Elizabeth Edwards, banquet chair with keynote speaker Hillary Rodham Clinton, and board member
  • Greater Madison Federal Agency Association (GMFAA) – Active participant and award-winning committee member
  • TEMPO – Active member since 2003 of this professional organization of women in executive and leadership positions
  • Wisconsin Women’s Network 
  • Madison Organization Development Squad (MOD Squad)
  • Organization Development Network (ODN)
  • Association for Training and Development (ATD) – South Central Wisconsin Chapter
  • Wisconsin Institute for Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia, Inc. (WILDD) – Advisory Committee Member
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – Greater Madison Area Chapter
Other
  • Mom –To two spunky, challenging, confident, fun-loving daughters
  • Triathlete –Competed in triathlons every year since 1998, including multiple sprint, olympic, half-ironmans, marathons, and a full Ironman
  • Small Business Administration  Certified Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)
  • 20 years experience – Facilitating, coaching, training, motivational speaking and consulting in small businesses, universities, non-profits, and corporations throughout the United States, China, France and Mexico
  • And before that…Rollerblade Demo Team instructor, corn detassler, photographer’s assistant, babysitter, house cleaner, camp counselor, resident assistant, secretary, office manager, dishwasher, raspberry picker, peer counselor, mathematics tutor, dormitory front desk worker, apple picker, lawn mower! Not even kidding.
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Jill Mueller

Learning Experience Designer and Coaching Coordinator

Jill Mueller is the Learning Experience Designer and Coaching Coordinator at Darcy Luoma Coaching & Consulting. Previously, Jill worked as a Special Assistant to the President at UW System and as a trainer and assistant manager at Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. She earned her Master’s in adult education at UWMilwaukee and completed the Professional Life Coaching Certificate program at UWMadison. Jill is passionate about combining education and coaching to help adults find joy and success in their work and life.

The coaching experience for me was a tremendous opportunity to learn about myself and grow in the manner and at the pace that met my needs. Jill brought so much to our relationship. Her questions caused me to think and provided different perspectives. She was always present with me with empathy, and she challenged me. Her listening is extraordinary! I could not imagine a better fit, coach and person. I highly recommend Jill to anyone who wants coaching.

BOB KLIMKO

DIRECTOR, MARKET DEVELOPMENT, ORBIS CORPORATION

Education & Credentials
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison
    Professional Life Coaching Certification (PLCC)
  • University of WisconsinMilwaukee
    Master’s in Adult and Continuing Education Leadership
  • University of WisconsinStevens Point
    Bachelor’s in Elementary Education
  • International Coach Federation
    Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
Services Provided
  • Training
  • Professional Coaching
  • Small Group Coaching
  • 360 Assessments
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Mike Touhey

Mike Touhey is a highly experienced executive coach who leverages over 20 years in senior operating executive roles to work with clients to help them develop the leadership skills to be more effective and have greater influence and impact in their organization. He has “walked in the shoes of leaders at all levels in the organization which gives him a high degree of credibility with his clients. His coaching accelerates their growth as leaders.

Mike brought his strategic and executive experience to our coaching discussions, allowing me to build my confidence, form my own leadership approach and achieve my goals in my new executive role.

PAM PETERSON

Chief Human Resources Officer, UW Credit Union

Education & Credentials

 

  • Marquette University
    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Marquette University
    Masters in Business Administration
  • IBM
    Leadership Development Program
  • Harvard University
    Advanced Leadership Training Program
  • Northwestern UniversityKellogg School of Business
    Advanced Leadership Training Program
  • Coach U   
    Certified Graduate of Coaching Training Program
  • International Coach Federation
    Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
Services Provided
  • Leadership and Executive Coaching
  • Leadership Development
  • Leader Onboarding
  • Leading Change
  • Executive Communication Strategy
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Sharon Barbour

Sharon Barbour’s depth of training and breadth of coaching experience spans over 15 years.  She gets to the heart of the matter so you can create what’s important – whether that’s about behavior/habit change, completing a major project, expanding leadership competency, increasing wellness or growing through a life transition.  Sharon also teaches coaching at the University of Wisconsin Madison and is on faculty for Presence-Based Coaching & Leadership Development in Asheville, NC.

Working with Sharon has been the greatest investment in myself and in my business.
Coaching helped guide me through a swell of transitions in my life and helped me re-ground in my own sense of worth, belonging and accomplishment.  I’ve rekindled a sense of purpose and growth in my career and I’ve found ways to prioritize the things that are most meaningful and fulfilling for me.
I look forward to sessions with Sharon and have highly recommended her to my closest friends and colleagues.

ROCHELLE RITZENHALER

Design Strategist + Founder, The Friendly Future Collective

Education & Credentials
  • Eastern Michigan University
    Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science & Design
  • University of Michigan
    Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Coach for Life
    Life Coach Program Graduate
  • Presence Based® Coaching
    Certified Presence-Based Coach, Leadership Development, 2012 Mentor Coach
  • International Coach Federation
    Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
Services Provided
  • Life, Leadership and Executive Coaching
  • Team and Small Group Coaching
  • Mentor Coaching
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Nancy Turngren

Nancy Turngren is a professional coach who works with professionals looking to optimize their personal life and career performance. Individuals that work with Nancy gain insight into how they relate to those around them and how to best work with others. Nancy has her Master’s in Organizational Management Development and has been a mentor for the University of Wisconsin’s Professional Coaching Certification program for the past seven years.

Coaching with Nancy helped me see that my perception of myself and the way my colleagues perceive me were not in alignment. I’ve learned how to be less hard on myself and more open to new and different ways of doing things. I’m more comfortable trusting what comes from within me, and less concerned with the approval or influence of others.

LEAH U.

Education & Credentials
  • Millikin University
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Wellness Coach Training Institute
    Certified Health and Wellness Coach
  • Fielding Graduate University
    Master of Arts in Organizational Management & Development
    Certificate in Evidence-Based Coaching
  • Center for Credentialing and Education
    Board Certified Coach
  • International Coach Federation
    Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
Services Provided
  • Life, Leadership and Executive Coaching
  • Team and Small Group Coaching
  • Organizational Development Consulting
    • Organizational and Team Assessments
    • Retreat Facilitation
    • Change Management and Team Building Facilitations
  • Customized 360 Review
  • Training and workshops
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Ndidi Yaucher

Ndidi is passionate about personal development, and was drawn to life coaching as a tool to bring out the best in others. She loves learning about her clients’ goals and supporting them by helping them identify small, doable steps to move in them in the right direction to fulfilling their dreams. In addition to being a certified professional life coach, Ndidi has a doctorate in pharmacy and a masters in business administration.

Ndidi asked questions that made me think about things in a new way. There were times that I felt stuck in my train of thought and she helped me see that a different angle or approach might have sparked something different. My time with Ndidi gave me the opportunity to be present and fully explore my thoughts. 

KERRY B.

Education & Credentials
  • University of Colorado at Denver
    Pre-pharmacy studies
  • University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, School of Pharmacy
    Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy
  • University of Cincinnati, College of Pharmacy
    Doctorate of Pharmacy
  • Cardinal Stritch University
    Masters in Business Administration
  • University of WisconsinMadison
    Professional Life Coaching Certification (PLCC)
Services Provided
  • Life, Leadership and Executive Coaching
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Brian Yaucher

Brian Yaucher has been serving others through a career in nursing for 15 years. Upon the birth of his children, he searched for a way to have a flexible work schedule. Enter coaching! He enjoys working with his clients’ to first meet them where they are, and then create a safe space to allow them to find a path forward. He strongly believes in coaching the person, not the issue, which builds skills they can use again and again.

Education & Credentials
  • University of WIOshkosh
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  • Madison Area Technical CollegeFort Atkinson
    Licensed Practitioner Degree, 1996
  • Madison Area Technical CollegeMadison
    Associate Degree in Nursing, 2001
  • University of WisconsinMadison
    Professional Life Coaching Certification (PLCC), 2015
Services Provided
  • Life, Leadership and Executive Coaching
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Kara Barnes

Business Operations Specialist

Kara Barnes is our Business Operations Specialist. You’ll find her in Denver, CO, barely keeping up with her husband on a mountain bike or kicking his butt at a yoga studio. She works closely with the team in a “catch all” administrative support role. She’s particularly passionate about designing realistic strategies to help busy, driven, individuals to find balance and supportive systems for long-term business and career success.

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