Meet the ICF-NJ Board

Renee RobertsonReneé Robertson, President

Renée Robertson is the founder and CEO of Trilogy Development, a consulting and learning firm with a proven track record in designing and implementing human resources initiatives, internal coaching programs; sales force performance initiatives and talent development solutions. A veteran Fortune 500 executive, she has served as a trusted adviser and coach to many top business leaders.

Renée is a two-time winner of the International Coach Federation’s prestigious Prism Award, a recognition bestowed upon her for her innovative coaching programs at MCI and Verizon.  At Verizon, the program engaged more than six hundred leaders from all functional areas over a four-year period. It reinforced key training and change initiatives and was a critical component to succession planning. It was combined with key leadership development programs for female and ethnically diverse executives, managers, and top employees.

Renée holds an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a BA from Drew University and has completed studies at the University of London, United Nations, the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and completed the Leadership Somerset Development program. She is a member of the board for the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation and has served as an interim foster family for a family in crisis. She resides in Bernardsville, NJ with her family.


Ken Jacobs, Secretary and Communications Director

Ken Jacobs is the principal of Jacobs Executive Coaching, which offers leadership coaching to corporate communications, public relations, marketing and advertising leaders, executives, and managers who want to achieve breakthrough results.

Ken is also the principal of Jacobs Communications Consulting, LLC, which helps public relations and communications agencies grow and manage business, improve client service and relationships, and enhance staff performance, communications, and leadership skills. It does so via executive coaching, training, and consulting.

Prior to launching his companies, Ken spent 25 years in management and leadership positions with Dudley-Anderson-Yutzy; Ogilvy & Mather Public Relations; Ogilvy, Adams & Rinehart; Marina Maher Communications; and Maloney & Fox.

Ken has been coaching since 2007, holds Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credentials from the International Coach Federation (ICF), of which he is a member, and is accredited as a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and Energy Leadership Index (ELI) Master Practitioner by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC.)

Ken graduated with honors from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, with a dual B.S. in Public Relations and Speech Communications. He has been an adjunct at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies and the Fashion Institute of Technology.


Samita Loomba, Treasurer

Samita Loomba, owner of IngeniousYou, is a Leadership Coach, a Master Practitioner of the Energy Leadership Index, and a co-author of The Coach’s Journey.

An immigrant from India, Samita has since witnessed personal, professional and organizational shifts of focus, turning challenge into opportunity by unlocking and leveraging unique abilities. Experience in client interface, analysis and management interaction make her orientation toward setting goals, forming plans, and effecting positive outcomes the hallmark of success. Her own life demonstrates that the mastery of leadership skills powerfully enhances productivity, happiness, health and balance. Coupled with her background as a consultant to CEOs, CIOs, senior vice presidents, and directors in both telecommunications and government, Samita is positioned on the cutting edge.

Observing how leaders operate, how their values and belief systems impact their decision making, how they affect the lives of people around them, how they manage stress and expectation, and how tempted they are to fix every situation has given her the first-hand knowledge necessary to help leaders rise to the best in themselves.

Samita founded IngeniousYou with a passion for helping her clients recognize obstacles, draw on their strengths for inspiration, create new opportunities, and participate enthusiastically in a  new and highly competitive environment.


Manino, BrookeBrooke Manino, Technology Director

Brooke Manino is the founder and President of Advanced Leadership Performance Strategies, LLC, a coaching and leadership development practice focused on transforming individuals, small businesses, and leadership teams to achieve superior strategic business outcomes. Each program is customized to the special needs of the client, ranging from one-to-one coaching to overall strategic organizational design, as well as performance and change management.

Brooke brings extensive coaching experience from her corporate career to guide her clients through the ALPS Coaching program. This expertise, combined with her training at the FastTrack Coaching Academy, enables her to leverage strategies for excelling in leadership along with practical application of essential tools and techniques to help her clients achieve their desired success.


Shefali Salwan, PCC, Education & Professional Development Director

Shefali Salwan, a PCC certified executive coach, has over 20 years experience in leadership coaching, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Assessments, and Diversity and Inclusion.

In addition to leadership coaching within the corporate and nonprofit sectors, Shefali is passionate about supporting the development and coaching of senior women leaders. She has coached leaders and emerging leaders across the globe from USA, and Europe, including South Asia, Central Asia, and North and East Africa.

Shefali integrates her experience in organizations (including the global lead for Diversity and Inclusion, Unilever) with an understanding of psychological frameworks, diversity issues, assessment tools and leadership development. In addition, she brings first-hand knowledge of the nuances and pressures of being a corporate executive in a VUCA world.

Shefali holds an MBA in HR from India’s top business school for HR – XLRI. She has a graduate degree in Psychology from Delhi University. Shefali is accredited in a range of Psychometric tools including MBTI, Saville and Holdsworth, and Thomas Profiling System. She is also a graduate of Ontological Coaching from NewField and Academy Of Executive Coaching UK.


Sharon Stern, Membership Director

Sharon Stern ACC, CPC, is a Business and Executive Coach. Prior to becoming a Coach, Sharon spent over 20 years as a successful business owner, working with C-Suite executives and decision makers.

“Taking the experience and knowledge I have gained creating and sustaining a successful business, I now partner with business owners and executives: coaching them to discover how to make more efficient decisions, get better results at work and in their personal lives, and grow even more as effective leaders.”

Sharon is a trained facilitator of workshop and mastermind groups and is currently working at Dale Carnegie Training as a Senior Corporate Training Consultant where she helps organizations of all sizes create measurable positive business change by improving the performance and engagement of their employees.


Karen Delk, Community Groups Director

Karen is the Founder and President, Davis Delk Consulting, LLC, a boutique executive coaching and management consulting firm that designs, manages, and delivers innovative business solutions. Karen has 25 years of diverse experience in corporate leadership and executive management in the financial services, consumer packaged goods, and manufacturing industries. Her experience includes designing and facilitating global talent development programs; strengthening leadership and team effectiveness; coaching executives new in the role to develop critical leadership skills, and assisting emerging high potential talent to integrate into the organization to assume broader responsibilities.

Karen holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Mount Holyoke College. She received her Evidence Based Coaching certificate from Fielding Graduate School and her advanced leadership training and development through various corporate university programs, including GE’s Crotonville, GrandMet/Pillsbury’s PDI’s Successful Leaders, and Prudential’s Excellence in Leadership.

Karen is passionate about the power of coaching and creating change. As a result of her commitment, she created and launched a Princeton Cable Television show, New Beginnings, which celebrates the creativity, courage, and wisdom of people creating change. New Beginnings explores lessons that accompany changes both welcome and unwelcome, and covers topics from the worlds of business, education, health, and the arts.