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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

Coach Cheryl Thacker is the founder of Successful Coaches Enterprise LLC, a veteran owned company, where she partners with Coaches and Entrepreneurs to take structured action to define and scale their business, reach their personal and professional goals and improve health and balance in their life.  As an ICF Mentor Coach, Cheryl works with coaches to deepen their coaching skills, prepare for the ICF Credentialing process and increase emotional intelligence.  Coach Cheryl 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. 

Coach Cheryl is a Master Board Certified Coach and holds several certifications. She is PCC Credentialed through the International Coach Federation and BCC Credentialed through the Center for Credentialing and Education. Along with her coaching certifications, Cheryl uses Emotional Intelligence (EQ-I and EQ360) to help her clients become more successful in all areas of life and business.

"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

Coach Erica McCurdy’s work with clients around the world has made her an in-demand resource for respected publications such as Entrepreneur.com, U.S. News and World Report, Business News, Fox News.com, SparkHire, AARP Life Reimagined, LiveStrong, Readers Digest, GoodEveryDay blog, MoneyForLunch Radio show, Money Nomad, FlexJobs.com, Bustle Magazine, and more. As a member of Forbes Coaches Council and a credentialed member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), Erica works with individual and corporate clients to better understand thinking and habits, create effective action plans, make decisions and take great next steps. Erica has been recognized three years in a row as a ‘Best of’ Business in her industry and is listed as a ‘Top Atlanta Coach’ by Experteer. Erica is also a regular writer for Forbes and Recruiter.com and has recently been invited to join the Huffington Post blogging community. In addition to her corporate career, Erica has also been a successful entrepreneur, founding and growing and selling her own companies. Erica is known for being quick, direct, and untraditional. She doesn’t hold back. An Atlanta native who attended the Westminster Schools and the University of Georgia, Coach McCurdy is committed to making difference in her community. She was involved with the creation of her first nationally recognized non-profit at the age of seventeen and continues to be passionate about inspiring others to overcome obstacles and follow their passion. She has presented new concepts to leadership teams of all sizes, from the Pentagon, to President Clinton’s Transportation Improvement Panel and Family and Teen Non-Profits.

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.

Tom Mueller Deaunna Evans, ICF ACC, CLC, CWC, MCC

Coach Evans is an admitted self-growth info-junkie and serial entrepreneur! While taking time off to raise her 3 children, she has been involved in the professional arena with MLM companies, owned a music store with her husband, and even ran a Kindermusik business. She finally found her calling at WCI in 2010 as an work-life balance coach to Executive Moms. She brings to the table years of business and marketing experience plus business mindset strategies to help WCI students 'hit the ground running' to take phenomenal coaching gifts and talents into the world and get paid handsomely as well!

"I want to thank you for being one of our instructors, and for giving so much of yourself to our class. I truly enjoyed the time we spent together, and I learned so much more than I ever thought possible in such a short amount of time! I am excited to be expanding my career to include coaching, and have decided to further my education and experience by enrolling in the WCI CCMC Course that begins next week! The knowledge and experience I have gained so far from WCI and our instructors has far exceeded my expectations, and you have been a big part of that! So, from the bottom of my heart, I sincerely say "Thank You"!!

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.

Kathy Burrus Ann Adams, ICF ACC, CPC, CWC

Coach Ann Adams is a life and health coach offering holistic coaching that focuses on the whole person; body, mind and spirit.  Believing that everyone has the right to live life to the fullest she guides clients to achieve balance in their lives and to unleash the power they have within themselves to create a life that brings them joy and satisfaction. 

Ann is also a certified holistic health practitioner (American Association of Drugless Practitioners) and has just started work on her first book.  She is based in Portland Oregon.  Ann possesses a passion for coaching that she is eager to share with her students.

"Ann is a naturally solid Instructor. She is the quintessential calm, refreshing delight, power of silence, and presence. She is eloquently solid as she steadily commands your focus as she allows you to silence your mind and focus. Her coaching style is pure in her gift of enhancing your enlightenment and knowledge. Coach Ann is a rare type and very genuine. Far from ‘thin-skinned’ as she openly listens in her delightful, polite lady-like and consistently professional manner. Coach Ann has that natural ability that makes me want to strive in spiritual goodness. It’s like sitting with a true friend with a glass of eggnog at Christmas by the fire place as she teaches and/ or coaches you. I am honored to have been taught and coached by her; an embedded life long and spiritual experience that I will always fondly remember. "
Thalia C., CLC, CCC, CCMC

Sue Battis Coach Susan Marie Battis, ICF ACC, CPC, CLC, CAC

Coach Susan Marie Battis runs Sunshine Life Solutions and is a personal empowerment life coach who helps women in transition re-ignite their inner fire and once again believe in their own unique beauty. After divorce and trauma lead her to hire a coach for herself, Susan knew that she must share this gift with other women as well. Now a single mother of 2 amazing young adults, Susan started her coaching business in order to help other women deal with their own lack of self-worth and confusion that can spring from sudden and at times traumatic, life changes. While raising her family, Susan spent over ten years homeschooling her children while chairing many volunteer programs through her church and community. Today Susan offers a wide range of programs and services - from individual coaching, to on-line workshops and retreats. Susan believes in giving back and will never turn anyone away due to their financial situation.

"Sue Battis is a wonderful instructor. She provides great feedback while always being encouraging at the same time. You can hear that she truly cares about each student, both as a person and as an emerging coach. Also, she is passionate about developing great coaches who can help their clients create transformational change."
Natalia M., CEC


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 and master’s degree in psychology
  • 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