CDC Certified Divorce Coach® program Leaders and Co-Founders

PC-Clear-199x300Pegotty Cooper, MBA, CDC®, Certified Coach

is President and Co- founder of Divorce Coaching, Inc., a firm that trains and certifies individuals to become personal Divorce Coaches. She is also a co-author of the recently released book Divorce: Overcome the Overwhelm and Avoid the Six Biggest Mistakes – Insights from Personal Divorce Coaches. Both of these initiatives are done in partnership with her husband Randy Cooper CFP©, CDFA™ and Certified Family Mediator.

Pegotty started her own coaching practice in 2003, after 25 years working in executive positions in large organizations. She’s been coaching and assisting people going through the divorce process for more than a decade. In 2011, she and Randy developed the curriculum for the CDC Certified Divorce Coach Training and Certification in collaboration with Harvey Hyman, J.D., Ph.D.; Tonya Quillen MA, LMHC, Psychotherapist; and Wendy Coughlin Ph.D. Parenting Coordinator; and began training and certifying divorce coaches. The vision for Divorce Coaching is to change the experience of divorce and help people take the high road, maintain their dignity and have peace of mind through the process.

In addition to her experience in life and business, Pegotty’s qualifications include certifications from several highly reputable coach training organizations: the Coach Training Alliance, 6 Advisors Coaching Academy, Arbinger Institute, ReCareer Institute, and The Productive Tension Institute, and the Center for Conflict Dynamics. She also earned an MBA from Rutgers University and a BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

randycoopersmall1-238x300Randall R. Cooper, MBA, CDC®, CFP™, CFEd™, CDFA™

CDC Certified Divorce Coach®
Certified Financial Planner™, practitioner
Certified Financial Educator™
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™
Supreme Court of Florida Certified Family Mediator
Certified Retirement Coach
Financial Coach™
Leadership Coach for the MBA program, University of Tampa
Leadership Coach for the Management Certificate Program, University of South Florida

Mr. Cooper has helped people in the financial services arena for 30 years. He is an hourly, fee-only financial expert, as well as a coach for retirement and financial matters generally.

He also works in the area of Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce) with clients as a financial professional, coach, and mediator working toward workable divorce settlements.

The CDC Program® Instructors and Administrators

In addition to Randy Cooper who is a Supreme Court of Florida Certified Family Mediator, CDFA and CFP and Pegotty Cooper, Certified Divorce Coach and owner of her own coaching practice for the past 11 years, there are three knowledgeable and respected professionals we have gathered to help you understand all facets of the challenges your divorce clients will be facing, and how to work effectively with the professionals in the divorce process:

drcWendy Ellen Coughlin, Ph.D.
Dr. Coughlin is a Psychotherapist in private practice. She provides individual, couple and family counseling and consultation, and information and referrals. It is her goal as a psychotherapist to assist people in moving from a state of dis-ease to a state of ease in handling life situations. Dr. Coughlin has studied many specialty areas of psychology. These areas include but are not limited to: family therapy, adolescents, behavioral addictions, substance addictions, eating disorders, gifted issues, trauma, mediation, and parenting coordination.

Dr. Coughlin earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Union Institute and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor as well as a
Supreme Court of Florida Certified Family Mediator and a Qualified Parenting Coordinator.

MFarrarHeadshot160Maida Farrar is a Family Law Attorney licensed in both California and Florida (inactive) as well as a Certified Divorce Coach. With a heavy focus towards mediation and coaching, Maida offers unique alternatives for her clients to the traditional divorce process. She helps her clients make informed decisions about the divorce process, set and maintain healthy boundaries, manage their emotions, set goals, create a workable action plan to achieve those goals, and find balance between the legal process and moving on with their lives. She also acts in the capacity of an instructor and lecturer concerning coaching and the practice of law. Maida received her law degree from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and holds a BA in the field of Psychology from Appalachian State University.

DSC_07881Tonya Quillen, MA, LMHC, TEP

Tonya is a Licensed Psychotherapist, Trainer of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, and an Executive Leadership Coach. In practice for over 20 years, she works with individuals, families and couples addressing trauma, eating disorders, alcoholic family systems, depression, divorce, anxiety, grief and loss, the adoption triad (birth family, adoptive family and adoptee) and personal growth. As a Leadership Coach Tonya offers short and long-term development with individuals and teams addressing core concepts such as preparing for difficult conversations and facilitating conflict resolution, identifying behavioral preferences and motivational values, envisioning and implementing a leadership style, developing strategic thinking, identifying and facilitating the developmental stages of a team, managing up and mentoring subordinates.

denise-hedges2Denise Hedges is a passionate speaker and results-oriented business development and speaking coach with over 30 years experience in public speaking, sales, and marketing.

She absolutely loves to speak, and loves to teach coaches, consultants, and other service professionals how to use speaking to build their practices. Her speaker coaching, whether private or in groups, focuses on teaching other business owners how to create the same exceptional results she has! Audience members are encouraged, motivated, and inspired by her authenticity and passion.

She holds the designation of PCC – Professional Certified Coach – one of the highest distinctions awarded by the International Coach Federation. Denise is a certified graduate of Coach University and a member of the Coach U Faculty, teaching marketing and business development.

She also holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and a BA in Psychology from the State University of New York. As a highly effective Introduction Leader trained by Landmark Education Corporation, Denise led Introductions to the Landmark Forum, a transformational program offered in more than 100 cities worldwide.

Contact Denise through her website:

Joe-Headshot-transparent-WEB-IMG_6482Joe Malinowski
Senior Marketing Strategist
The M David Katz Co.
After founding a legal insurance agency and later a networking website, Joe Malinowski met Mark Katz and partnered with him in 2011 to develop a full-service business strategy firm. His community and networking involvement is also extensive. And he was recently recognized as one of 40 under 40 by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

What made Joe’s strategies different than other marketers was that it was intertwined with a company’s offline engagement. Joe helps business owners and marketing managers by collaborating on the development of their marketing strategy in order to allow them set goals, action plans, and to avoid “shiny object syndrome.” Joe is a firm believer in social proof and that social validation is the best form of marketing for any and all companies. You are much more likely to make a buying decision based off a friend’s recommendation, right?

To date, his company, The M David Katz Company, has already helped, on a one-on-one basis, HUNDREDS of diverse companies with their marketing strategy, social validation acquisition, website development, social media engagement, online sales and plan implementation.
For the CDC Certified Divorce Coach Program®, Joe provides a very hands-on, practical approach to starting down the social media path to gain visibility for your coaching practice.

Merry Berger is the Mentor Program Manager and also leads the NOW WHAT? GETTING CLIENTS! Class for newly certified coaches to overcome the obstacles to make the transition to having clients, making themselves visible through leading workshops and seminars, and to gain the confidence to build and expand their coaching practice. She coaches private clients in divorce, entrepreneurship, negotiation, and other areas in life.

She has a degree in Psychology, is a Yoga Teacher and has been a successful entrepreneur most of her working life. She has also been program leader for one of the leading transformational education programs, Landmark Education.

DianaGDiana Guerin
CDC® Mentor Program Coordinator

Diana is a CDC Certified Divorce Coach and CTA Certified Life Coach. She is a speaker, writer, workshop leader and celebrant. She holds a BA from Adelphi University and an MA from Naropa University.

Diana, believes a woman’s life is an amazing journey that takes many turns along the way. Some aspects of her journey are just as she envisioned them but others may not be the dream she created years ago. No longer having that dream now opens her to creating new dreams to bring into her life.

Diana supports women in all stages of divorce to remember and bring forth their strengths, and to create a new dream for life after divorce for herself and for her family and to do this guilt free and with a joyous heart.

Diana works closely with Merry Berger, CDC Mentor Program Manager, to ensure that the program meets the criteria defined by the CDC so each new divorce coach graduates fully credentialed as they start their new practice or expand their current practice.

Debra-Block-160Debra Block, CDC®, M.B.A
CDC Peer Coaching Program Manager

Debra became a CDC Certified Divorce Coach in 2012, strengthening her skills in guiding clients through divorce, as well as, reinforcing her credentials within the divorce related profession. Deb is dedicated to helping to minimize the impact of divorce on individuals and families.

Throughout the development of Deb’s private coaching practice, she has remained committed to supporting the CDC training program. Deb has focused her attention to working with Pegotty and Randy on the development and implementation of the Peer Coaching Program. Since it’s introduction in 2014, the Peer Program as grown to be a valued contributor to the successful coaching development of the CDC graduates. Currently, Deb works closely with Merry Berger, the CDC Mentor Program Manager to insure the programs are fluid and fully represent the CDC standards for training outside the classroom.

monicaMonica Garbisch
Certified: CDC Divorce Coach, Life Coach, Lifestyle Wellness Coach and Yoga Instructor

Monica Works with Deb Block as the Peer Program Coordinator and is involved in the CDC Mentor Program. She became a CDC Certified Divorce Coach in 2014.

Monica is currently developing her business as a Divorce Coach and is branching out with her other coaching certifications as well. She instructs numerous yoga classes and helps people become more balanced with mind, body, spirit. Monica enjoys teaching a Lifestyle Wellness Class and is a member of a Healing Arts Team in her local community. Some of her other interests are Toastmasters, karaoke and going for walks in her beautiful city of Sheboygan WI which resides on the border of Lake Michigan.

Londra-Mead-2Londra Mead is the CDC Client Care Concierge and Editor. She works with the certified coaches to market their coaching business on the CDC website. She also edits the training materials and syncs up the language of our materials with the exams and assignments.

Londra is a retired association executive with over 35 years of experience. She is the former owner and president of Mead Management & Consulting, an association management company in Orlando, Florida.

MiriamSHaya-KingMiriam Shaya-King MA, EAT, GDCR, CDC®
Miriam is the Host of the Divorce Coaching Forum on LinkedIn for Certified Divorce Coach.
She is an Expressive Arts Therapist, Family & Couples Mediator, and CDC Certified Divorce Coach®. Miriam received her Masters of Arts degree with a Major in Expressive Arts Therapy and a Minor in Psychology, cum laude, in 2000 as well as her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Research, Leadership & Training in Expressive Arts Therapy, Education and Consulting in 2003 from the European Graduate School in Leuk, Switzerland. Miriam obtained her Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution from Carleton University in Canada in 2013 and became a CDC Certified Divorce Coach in 2015

As a certified divorce coach, Miriam specializes in working with professionals who are involved in high- conflict situations and helps them work through their separation and divorce and provide them with being able to maintain their dignity and grace; have less conflict and work towards creating mutual agreements outside of the courts. In doing this, they will be more productive at work, have less stress, and save money. At present, Miriam is focused on supporting clients in their life transitions by using expressive arts therapy, certified divorce coaching, and mediation in order for the client to achieve their best results.


Kara Brown is a fine artist, independent graphic designer and the Website Manager for CDC. She creates and maintains the Find-A-Coach Directory and the individual Coach Profile Pages. When not designing graphics or websites she is painting, illustrating, gardening or generally enjoying herself in Asheville, NC.

For inquiries about additions to this site contact her via

quinn160Quinn Phillips is the Social Media Manager for Certified Divorce Coach with responsibility for social media marketing. Prior to joining CDC, Quinn’s work experience includes: Medical Billing, Sales and Marketing, and Management in the Financial Industry. Quinn’s greatest strengths are her creativity, drive and leadership. She thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand the company’s reach.

In 2012 Quinn was awarded with the Michigan State Championship for her project in Marketing and promotions on healthy living for students. Quinn holds an Associate’s degree in Business Administration concentration in Paralegal from Baker College. She is currently attending Siena Heights for her Bachelors in Business Administration. She is planning to graduate within the next year.
She lives in Michigan with her boyfriend of five years, and in her free time, Quinn enjoys photography, scrapbooking, and jewelry making.

linda2Linda Herrin is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, clinical sexologist, Certified Grief Counselor, and CDC Certified Divorce Coach®.

In practice for a few decades, Linda has worked with people in transition, including the transgendered, caregivers, people with serious illness, and those in the midst of grief and loss, including people going through divorce.

Linda has multiple interests outside of counseling and coaching – she is a “latinophile” having lived many years south of the border and loves speaking Spanish. She is also an artist, creating in a variety of mediums. In the past few years Linda has gotten interested in building websites and most recently in social media marketing, as well as currently enjoying being the host for the CDC’s private Facebook page for coaches.