Chapter Leadership

The ICF AR-OK Board of Directors is a dedicated group of volunteers committed to serving our chapter in a variety of roles. Feel free to reach out to any member of our leadership team with questions or feedback about their area of oversight. 

Each office is a two-year commitment with overlapping terms to ensure continuity of leadership and chapter initiatives. Interested in serving on the chapter board? Contact Lissa Qualls, Past President and Nominations Chair.

President - Jonathan Marion, PhD, ACC

Jonathan has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and has been coaching and consulting in related contexts for over 15 years. Now focussing on transformational life coaching, he has worked with clients in and from Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jordan, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA. Already a Certified Emotional Intelligence Practitioner through Genos International, he is currently completing his ICF certification, his Group Coaching certification (via the International Coach Academy in Australia), and his Somatic Coaching certification (via the Somatic School in the UK).

Professionally, he also works as an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas and is a steering committee member for the Medical Humanities Program as well as a member of the Society for Applied Anthropology. Jonathan has served as a former President of both the Society for Visual Anthropology and the Society for Humanistic Anthropology. He is also the author of four academic books and numerous book chapters, articles, and encyclopedia entries.

Jonathan resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas. If you would like to connect with Jonathan or have questions for him, feel free to reach out to him here.

PAST President - Lissa Qualls, PCC

For over twenty years Lissa served as a trainer for Youth for Christ USA and International. During that time, she filled one passport and her second passport, with double pages, was filled as well. In her leadership roles Lissa has trained staff, National Directors and National Boards of Trustees throughout the world. She has also worked with CEOs, managers, leadership teams and entire companies each time helping them to better understand how they show up and how to better communicate with each other.

Lissa resides in Edmond, Oklahoma. If you would like to connect with Lissa or have have a question for her, feel free to reach out to her here.

Secretary Treasurer - Rhonda Ellis, ACC

Dr. Rhonda S. Ellis is an executive leadership development coach and the founder of INTOUCH Coaching, LLC. She coaches with physicians, practice administrators, clinic managers, and C-Suite executives and teams in the healthcare space. Her specialties include organizational culture (personality assessments and purpose statements and values development), customer care, emotional intelligence, and change management.

She is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) certified through the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is a Doctor of Business Administration, Management/Healthcare Management with a specialization in organizational leadership. Prior to coaching, she spent 10 years in physician practice management and 22 years in higher education. She is an active member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators. Rhonda is a published author with a co-authored book, book chapters, and scholarly article publications. She enjoys serving her community through several nonprofits.    

Rhonda resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas. If you would like to connect with Rhonda or have questions for her, please reach feel free to reach out to her here.

President Elect - Bill Guy

Chapter Membership Chair - Christa Vanzant

Christa has over 20 years of experience as a strategic consultant in leadership and professional development training. Partnering with HR Teams, Executives, and Emerging Leaders, she has helped coach towards successful career paths and the development of more fulfilling personal and professional goals. Christa holds a (MA) in Executive Coaching & Consultation, from Concordia University and is a leadership trainer certified in Franklin Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, 4DX, Time Management & Productivity.

As a small business owner, she has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur. Her passion is to help small business owners through the difficult seasons of team development and effective communication. Reach out to Christa here.


Jen Welsh is an experienced educator and coach with a decade of experience growing the impact of educators, leaders and teams. Jen believes that forming deep relationships and taking vision-driven action is the key to unlocking the strengths of individuals and groups in order to achieve goals. She aims to support all people to get what they need to live happy, successful lives through coaching and training individuals and teams in education and non-profit organizations. 

Jen resides in Little Rock, Arkansas. If you would like to connect with Jen or have questions for her, feel free to reach out to her here.

External Relations Chair - Amanda Connelly

Amanda Connelly is the SVP, Leadership Development for Career Management Partners (CMP), Certified Executive Coach, Certified Leadership Coach, and Certified Master Cognitive Behavioral Practitioner who offers a dynamic coaching approach coupled with assessment tools that promote authentic leadership in her clients.

She uses her 20+ years of leadership and executive level experience including roles in companies such as CVS Health and Raising Cane’s Restaurants to institute a commitment to self-discovery and professional growth. She combines validated assessments and proven techniques to create personalized, performance driven coaching programs that result in increased enterprise leadership and acceleration of leadership growth. If you would like to connect with Amanda or have questions for her, feel free to reach out to her here.

Communications Chair - Open

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