CCMI staff completes life coach training

Seven Community Cooperative Ministries, Inc. staff members recently completed training to become certified life coaches.

According to CCMI’s Division Director of Social Services and Education Roger Mercado, Jr., during the past year, direct service staff within CCMI’s Department of Education and Social Services made the transition from the traditional case-manager model to life coaches.

Staff members who completed the certification are Nilsa Amaya, Daphne Azpiazu, Emmanuella Charles, Colleen Hentz, Jo Ellen Keller, Kaysy Maradiaga and Blanca Perez.

CCMI staff members were coached by Certified Life Coach Mary Lynn Ziemer for 10 weeks prior to being trained as life coaches for another 10 weeks utilizing passive, active and collaborative learning techniques including classroom training, online work, self-study and group work, one-on-one coach training, live coach/client practice modules and more.

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation provided $5,000 in funding to help with the training costs for these life coaches who will serve CCMI’s clients throughout the greater Lee County area.

CCMI is an innovative nonprofit organization made up of social service entrepreneurs fighting to end homelessness and hunger in our community. Information: (239) 332-7687 or

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