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Meet the WCI Team

WCI's team is the best! You will experience coaching wisdom, real-life examples, advice and mentoring on how to be a success in this industry. Our instructors are extremely passionate about your success because they know how powerful this process is...they want for you what they have already achieved for themselves. They are available to you throughout your training and even beyond the completion of your course! You will be exposed to a handful of instructors during your course as well to give you a wider support team and body of wisdom to draw from. Please read about just a few of our team members below.

Our Team

Ally Weiser Ally Wieser Hernandez, CLC, MCC, CCT
President, WCI Coach Training School
Board Certified Coach

Coach Ally Wieser Hernandez is responsible for the strategic management and direction of WCI. Her work has always been about thinking differently, building, exploring, expanding, and creating business and life strategies to help others grow themselves and their businesses. For over a decade she lived and worked in NYC and London creating strategies and marketing offerings for both ad agencies and as a consultant to solopreneurs and small to medium size businesses, delivering double and triple digit increases in revenue time and time again. An adrenal collapse encouraged her to obtain further education in nutritional therapy and coaching. This opportunity enabled her to transition her consulting business into a coaching business.  While training at a few coaching schools, teaching at another and leaving a partnership as COO with another she realized that there was a gap in the marketplace for a coach training program that taught both high quality coaching skills AND how to actually make money doing this for a career. So, she launched World Coach Institute, the first school to offer Niche Coach Training and Coach Business Development Mentoring. Her coaching practice focuses in the areas of career, business development, life, wellness and enlightened living. She was also voted Best Life Coach, 2008 by the Miami Sun Post, studied Pre-Med Psychology and holds a BA in Finance from Loyola University New Orleans.

“Thanks to the Team WCI for making this happen. There is a lot of work that is put in to making a great organization and in WCI it shows. The teachers, curriculum and materials are awesome. ” 
August G.

Cheryl Thacker
Cheryl Thacker,ICF PCC, CLC, MCC, CCRC, CAC, CRC
Training Director, ICF Mentor Coach, Board Certified Coach

Cheryl Thacker, PCC, BCC is the CEO and Founder of Successful Coaches Enterprise where she helps emerging coaches to create the FREEDOM they crave in life by building their dream business with her Coaching Biz Accelerator program. Startup Coaches hire Cheryl to help them get complete clarity on their messaging, package and price their services, and create lead generation that works to get them clients quickly, so they can create freedom in their lives and leave their 9-5 JOB. Cheryl works with clients to market themselves authentically so they can build a tribe of lifelong followers, take structured action to set and reach goals, and set up simple systems that will bring in more clients, all while making a powerful impact on the world.

As an ICF Mentor Coach, Cheryl works with coaches to deepen their coaching skills, prepare for the ICF Credentialing process and increase emotional intelligence. She also runs a not for profit organization called Recovery Nation where she leads a team of coaches and volunteers who help those with addiction and their families, to transition away from the traditional disease-based models of recovery and into health using the Health Based Recovery (HBR™) model.

"I want to take this opportunity to tell you how great the course is, and in particular, what a great teacher you are. I recognize that being a great teacher of coaching is a separate skill from being a great coach. You are so skillful at critiquing the coaching sessions in ways that build on what is good, no matter how little or how much of that there is, and being very direct about missteps and missing elements. To paraphrase a phrase we use in the consulting business, "met the client at the point of need," you really meet the student at their point of need; not where you wish they would be or think they should be. This I imagine takes a lot of focus and patience...and the way you find that from 8-11 at night after full days is pretty miraculous! I really appreciate this."
V. Andris, CPC, CEC

“I just wanted to mention how much I have enjoyed Cheryl as our instructor. I felt very safe with her and feel she really wanted us to succeed. She doesn't pull her punches which is great. She was gentle in helping us see the light without feeling the bolt. I very much enjoyed the exercises we did as well as her insights during our practicum. She has a great laugh. All that to say she did a great job and I was very pleased with her instruction.” 
Dana G., CBEL

“Cheryl is such an awesome instructor and really engaged in her classes, knows the materials very well, provides feedback after we coach and shares information from her experiences and ends each call with an interesting challenge. She's really passionate about teaching.”
Angela A., CLC, CSC, CCMC

Cheryl is a fantastic instructor as she herself is a very experienced life coach. Her insights and enthusiasm for supporting students through the process of becoming life coaches truly takes stamina, patience and expertise. She's got it all in abundance! I enjoyed the process so much I didn't want it to end.
Wendy L., CPC, CLC, CBC, CSC

Angela Badolato
Angela Badolato, ICF ACC, CPC, CSC
Instructor, ICF Mentor Coach

Badolato is an international spiritual coach and healer based in New York, Australia and Toronto Canada. She is a founding member of Core Four LLC, a group of four WCI graduates launching a healing retreat center to facilitate coaching, wellness and transformation through a physical location and virtual education services. Core Four LLC has received $10 million in funding for their Belize based retreat center!!! Angela is also the author of Body of Love: 10 Steps to Love Yourself and Your Body - A Workbook. Angela is originally from Australia has taught Sufi dance, middle eastern dance, is a certified qi-gong facilitator, and is certified in energetic healing modalities such as Reflexology, Body Talk and Love Stream Touch. Due to her international lifestyle, Angela became certified with WCI to be able to facilitate coaching over the phone when she could not attend to clients in person. Angela has six years of business, internet and real estate investment training and has a real estate investment business based in Jacksonville Florida. Her experience in the entrepreneurial field and investing in the US offers a wide variety of knowledge to launching students and clients into their own entrepreneurial and life “path” which she fully believes must reflect the essence of you, meeting and surpassing your material and spiritual goals.

I wanted to tell you how much I've enjoyed the last sessions of class. You are truly a gifted instructor and coach! Thank you for making my first exposure to coaching a positive one. You have inspired me to leave no stone unturned in building a successful practice and becoming the best coach possible. 

I want to thank you for your presence and your insightful teaching. I really enjoyed your classes.
Debby B., CSC, CLC, CRC

"Last night's class was amazing! Angela is a very talented coach and instructor."
Mike R., CAC, CCRC

"Angela did a great job and has an amazing personality.”
Tedi P., CPC, CCC

Erica McCurdy
Holly Davis, ICF ACC, CPC

Holly Davis is a Christian Life Coach for women and her business is Journey Well Coaching. She spent the first half of her life as a Youth Pastor in Europe; Austria and Ireland. She spent 15 years training youth and helping teens in 8 different countries. She has always been a cheerleader and one to offer encouragement to others. After returning to the USA, she was at a loss as to how she could channel her gifts and passions into a new career. Life Coaching was only not the answer, but a beautiful full circle. Holly knew that being a Life Coach was the best way to channel her gifts and passions.

Meade Dickerson
Meade Dickerson, ICF MCC, CEC
Mentor Coach

Dickerson has been coaching executives to take large organizations such as Time, Inc., American Express, DHL, Tropical Shipping, Salomon Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, H&R Block and Alliance Atlantis to the next level for years. Dickerson has been seeing new coaches through to their ICF credential for nearly a decade. His passion lies in seeing his mentees blossom not only into full- fledged ICF coaches but into coaches with thriving practices. Meade has already held the role of President, International Coach Federation, Miami Chapter.

Kathy Burrus Kathy Burrus, ICF PCC, CLC, CRC, CCMC
Instructor, ICF Mentor Coach

Burrus loves empowering others to find hope through her company, Green HOPE Coaching. Burrus came to WCI as a student with a passion to help others discover the reality of hope in their own stories so that they could take their next steps forward in life. Within the first 6 weeks of class, she was very aware of HER next step.  She quit her part time job, completed the CCMC class and launched her own practice as a life and relationship coach. WCI gave her not only what she longed for to be an effective coach, but also what she needed to create a successful business.  As a WCI instructor, she is continually learning new systems, processes, and even questions to ask to make her practice better.  She believes the tools you will receive here will be so beneficial in assisting you to create a purposed and clear business plan for your successful endeavor. WCI believed in her!  She looks forward to believing in you!

"I'm in the April 2 Foundational Teleclass. Cheryl's my TD and Kathy my 1st set Instructor. Here's where the "Yikes!" "Wow" "Yowza's" come in...such skilled and gifted women. Thanks for making this possible."
Carol H., CRC

Kathy Burrus Pranati Battaile, ICF ACC, CLC, CPC, CCMC

Coach Pranati Battaile enjoys empowering and equipping people with the tools to  find their authentic voice in the world. Through her coaching businesses, L. Battaile  Coaching and Consulting and Life w/ P.R.A.N.A.T.I., Pranati spends most of her day  coaching individuals on how to live the life they desire; spirit, soul, body, emotionally,  socially and financially. Coach Pranati has a strong passion for people and it shows in  her daily life as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) and Coach, where she helps those who have been diagnosed with a mental illness learn the skills they need to live a balanced and whole life. Pranati also teaches leadership skills in corporate  settings, local churches and communities. Coaching has allowed Pranati’s passions  and purpose to collide.

"Coach P had a passion for coaching that was obvious and she ingrained in us the outline for ICF coaching that permeated each session. I feel confident that I know what to address in a coaching session."

Kathy Burrus Niki Marie Eckhardts, ICF ACC, CPC, CCMC

Coach Niki Marie is a Board-certified Master Life Coach, Clinical Therapist and entrepreneur with 28 years of business experience and ownership. Her education and knowledge are specific to small business and executive coaching. Niki loves teaching and working with entrepreneurs helping them develop dynamic successful businesses in coaching and other industries. She operates as a Transitional Life Coaching Inc, a private practice in counselling and master coaching for her international clients in business, wellness and nutrition, relationships, addiction, trauma, depression, anxiety and gender transition for the past 7 years. With her extensive business experience Niki has the ability to see what other business owners are having trouble visualizing and helps propel them too new heights with her powerful unique reality based coaching style. Coach Niki Marie can be reached at NikiEckardt@worldcoachinstitute.com
Her experience includes:

  • Public speaking and group coaching for corporate management and staff, doctors, nurses and medical caregivers, and educational institutions in diversity and inclusion with extra focus on the LGBTQ2SAI+ community
  • Writing policy and extensive course material developing in-depth workshops coaching and training participants in all the above fields.
  • A degree in engineering
  • In the mid 90’s she started a software and hosting company when the internet was just starting out and sold this entity in 2002 to Comcast ATTA
  • Started a hardscape construction company in 2006 being the only woman in the field and she still over see’s operations till this day
  • Built a custom website design company specific to coaches and businesses
  • Executive President for a Non-Profit organization which offers shelter and runs peer support programs for abused women and children along with LGBTQ2SAI+ victims of violence

  • "Niki has a wonderful balance of professionalism, warmth, encouragement, directness and joy. Her class was well taught; her direct teaching style, presentation of material, and leadership were excellent. Her class was enjoyable and she laid a strong foundation for us as beginning coaches. She obviously is highly experienced, knows the WCI curriculum and code of ethics backwards and forwards and she also presents, teaches and coaches in a very smooth, organized and encouraging way. She made the class enjoyable."

Kathy Burrus Coach Joe Cohen, ICF ACC, CPC

Joe Cohen is a capital consultant for leaders in various industries from executives and managers to high-potential individuals.Through his company 40 Pillars he has personally coached and consulted with CEOs, entrepreneurial business owners, and government agency leaders, including at Paul Weiss, Microsoft, Boeing, Stripe, Wells Fargo, Navy Seals, AT&T, Deloitte, AllState, Ulta Beauty, and many others. In his speaking and coaching practice, Joe leverages his skills as a lecturer, degrees in communications and law, and credentials in negotiation and mediation. 


Sue Battis Coach Lori Marini, ICF ACC, CPC, CLC

Coach Lori Marini is a Certified Life Coach who specializes in motivating and empowering women during and after their health healing journey through her coaching business Lori Marini Coaching. She loves to teach and share her knowledge with others so you can grow from her support. Her teaching experience includes 10 years teaching medical residents and staff and 15 years as an adjunct professor teaching Master Level courses for Quinnipiac University.