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About ICF High Country


Coaching is an integral part of a thriving society, and every ICF High Country member represents the highest quality of professional coaching.


ICF High Country provides programs, opportunities, and community to cultivate the growth of coaching and coaching professionals in Idaho, Montana, North and South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.


  • Community -- we come together to share our knowledge and experiences to develop our members, profession, and community and inspire others to reach their potential.
  • Inclusiveness -- we provide a safe, collaborative environment that supports dialogue and is open to different perspectives, as well as access to opportunities and resources for ALL members.
  • Professionalism -- we consistently adhere to the highest personal, professional, and ethical standards. We model the standards and ethics set by the International Coach Federation (ICF).


    We hold monthly meetings open to members and guests on the second Friday of each month (except July and August) from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. Guests are welcome to attend a maximum of three meetings before joining. Please see the Events page for upcoming meeting details and to register for an event.


    Longtime coaches Jan Salisbury and Dawn Monroe started our organization in 2011. The group quickly attracted a select group of coaches in the Treasure Valley, holding monthly meetings to advance the coaching profession and support a local community of coaches. In 2015, we developed our first strategic plan and elected our first Board of Directors. We established the group as an Idaho Nonprofit Corporation in April 2016, and are an IRS 501(c)(6) tax exempt organization. Our fiscal year runs from June 1st through May 31st.

    Thank you to the following Charter Contributors, whose generous donations supported the launch of ICF High Country: Nancy Buffington, Tom Hardison, Terri Hughes, Vicki Lundin-Taylor, Michael Marvosh, Carmen Oldenburg, Bill Rauer, Jan Salisbury, Linda Secretan, and David Spann.


    Our bylaws are available here.

    We hold monthly meetings open to members and guests on the second Friday of each month (except July and August) from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. Guests are welcome to attend a maximum of three meetings before joining. Please see the Events page for upcoming meeting details and to register for an event.


    PRESIDENT: Amber Ussin Davey, MA, ACC (Montana)

    Amber Ussin-Davey is an ICF accredited coach (ACC) and a licensed clinical professional  counselor (LCPC). She is certified through the College of Executive Coaching and has a  masters in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. Amber partners with her clients to assert their voice and bring an embodied presence to their  work. She brings her years of experience in human development, trauma recovery,  neuroscience and art to work with clients including college sports teams, profit and non-profit  organizations, and health care providers.

    Vice-President (President-Elect): Jennifer Dougherty

     As an iPEC Certified Professional Coach (CPC), Energy Leadership Index – Master Practitioner (ELI-MP), and COR.E Leadership Dynamics Specialist, I am passionate about helping leaders at multiple levels and organizations be the best versions of themselves. I have experience as an internal coach, administrator, leadership and professional development trainer, and researcher. I hold a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University. Also, she has a Master of Arts in Counseling and Educational Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Nevada, Reno.

    My strengths are learning, deliberation, responsibility, relating to others, and intellect. I believe that the primary purpose of life is to learn and develop (on all levels). For me, each person has a path, which is expressed uniquely. I believe that people can change and grow in various degrees, and they must want to change for themselves.

    Secretary:  Alex Barilec

    Treasurer:  Valerie Davis, EMBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP (Idaho) 

    Valerie Davis has over 30 years of executive, leadership, and human resources experience in varied industries, including: financial, retail, and consulting services. Her specialty is strategic planning and leadership coaching with expertise in culture, engagement, and talent and strength development. Valerie has a reputation as an enthusiastic leader who encourages and inspires others to stimulate both personal and group excellence.

    Valerie is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Marketing from the University of Idaho and her Executive MBA from Boise State University.

    Valerie has been an active HRATV member for nearly 25 years and has spent the last seven years serving on the HRATV Board. Last year, Valerie launched her coaching and consulting practice, Creative Connections where she enjoys creatively connecting people to their purpose, passion, and each other. In 2019, she also became a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and ICF High Country.

    Valerie and her husband enjoy spending time outdoors, watching sports, and living life as an adventure. They have two adult sons, a daughter-in-law, a rambunctious puppy, and they recently welcomed their first granddaughter to the family.

     Membership Co-Chairs:  

     Chris Acton, ACC (Utah)

    Chris’s career in aerospace and mining took him around the world, leading teams on five continents in multiple business functions and in many business transformation projects. After gaining his coaching certification with ICF, Chris left the corporate world and founded Coaching to Leadership, LLC to fulfill his unwavering passion for helping people develop to their full potential and become the best leaders they can be, regardless of where they are in their career journey.

    Chris’s compassion extends to the non-profit world where he holds Board positions with community organizations, including past leadership of The Road Home, Utah’s largest housing and homeless services charity.

    Ultimately Chris sees his most important role as being a good male role model for his two daughters and granddaughter and inspiring them to follow their dreams with courage and passion.

    Patricia Teall Vincent, LCS (Idaho)

    Patricia comes to the ICF High Country region from over three decades of multi-cultural community building in the States, Asia, and Europe. She works from Boise, Idaho, locally as well as virtually around the world, coaching and strengthening her communities. Learning and connecting are what she loves! Patricia Teall Vincent, LCS | LinkedIn


    Programs Co-Chairs: 

    Becky Tibbetts

    Madjdy Kassem

    Special Events Chair: Hillari Brandise

    Past-President: Todd Hess, MODL, PCC (Utah)

    Todd Hess is the owner of Terrene Leadership Coaching, which focuses on developing leaders through coaching by incorporating the simple practice of “The Work” created by Byron Katie.

    Todd is a certified coach through the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and received his certification through the Coaching Leadership Program at Saint Joseph’s University where he also received a Master of Science in Organization Development and Leadership.

    An HR Executive with 15 years’ experience leading Organizational Development and Leadership Coaching functions to help companies like eBay, CallTower, Vivint, and NICE inContact to improve management skills, employee performance, retention, and revenue growth. Todd has been passionate about developing people and ensuring organization health by developing people across the United States and in Asia.


    As a 501(c)(6) Tax Exempt organization with annual gross receipts normally less than $50,000.00 we file IRS Form 990-N (e-postcard) after the completion of each fiscal year (June 1 through May 31st). Our most recent 990-N report is available here: 2018 990-N e-Postcard Filing Confirmation

    Our financial status is reported to the ICF High Country Board at its regular meetings, and annual updates provided at the May Members meeting. To inquire about ICF High Country Financial and Information Returns, email our Treasurer.

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    © 2016-2021 ICF High Country, INC. A 501(c)6 non-profit organization. PO Box 9654, Boise, Idaho 83707

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