Meet the RCI Leadership

The Relationship Coaching Institute’s Leadership Team is passionate about making a difference in the world by providing coaches with the training and skills needed to help improve their clients’ lives.

We are dedicated to the success of our members and offer our support, experience and mentoring to create a thriving relationship practice.

Meet RCI Founder, David Steele, MA, LMFT, CPC

David Steele, MA, LMFT, Founder of Relationship Coaching Institute
Relationship Coaching Institute Founder, Author, Relationship Coaching Pioneer, and Global Authority on Growing a Profitable Private Practice

David Steele is making a profound impact for coaches, therapists, the media, clients and those seeking to make conscious life partner choices around the world.

As a subject matter expert and author, the cornerstones that are the foundation David’s worldwide contributions include:

Why RCI? Here’s David’s Story

David welcomes speaking invitations, media interviews, quantity book purchases, and other opportunities that allow him to fulfill his life mission to vastly improve the success rate of committed relationships worldwide.Read this great interview with David Steele in Published! magazine here Contact David here


Meet Annette Carpien, Lead Couples Coach Trainer

What I do:

As a Lead Trainer for the Couple’s Programs I bring my personal experience and marriage education training by many of the world’s relationship experts, to help our members find, grow and thrive in their own love relationships, so they can share their experiences and knowledge with their clients. My mission is to offer hope and skills, insights and tools for singles who want a healthy, thriving, lasting relationship, and for couples who are in the midst of power struggles and communication breakdowns. I want this for children who deserve a stable, loving home, who will learn, for better or worse, about marriage and relationships through observation and personal experience.


  • Certified Life Coach with Coach Training Alliance.
  • B.A. degree and teaching certification from University of Buffalo, NY
  • Landmark Education, Self-Expression and Leadership Program
  • Various Relationship and Assessment Trainings
  • Toastmasters, public speaking group, CTM status
  • Kripalu Yoga, many, many personal growth trainings


My marriage of 35 years just keeps getting better. Even when we are angry at each other, or feel invalidated, we know that our intention and commitment are to use our upsets as the fuel for understanding each other better, and to feel closer, and to make requests for different, and better behavior, to deepen our love. It works! We have a “juicy love”. We have 2 grown sons, a daughter-in-law and I am now an OMA (grandma) to the “other” guy in my life. I enjoy belly dancing, ballroom dancing and I also love to travel.

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Meet Tereasa Jones, Lead Singles Coach Trainer

What I do:

As the lead instructor for the Singles Track at RCI I instruct our members in coaching singles using the Conscious Dating program. I assist coaches in practicing and developing their skills so that they will feel confident using the materials in their own workshops and with their own clients.

My Mission:

I love empowering coaches to step out with confidence when working with clients in search of their life partners. The contribution that our coaches make in the lives of their clients is no small thing. It is my goal to provide the coaches with a safe environment to practice, learn, and grow their skills. Working with these coaches makes me feel that I have made a meaningful contribution to their work and to RCI.


      • I have a Master Degree in Counseling Psychology and worked as a therapist prior to deciding to devote myself to coaching exclusively.
      • I received my coach training at Coach U and began coaching in 1998.
      • In 2006 I joined RCI and in 2008 I became an RCI Master Certified Relationship Coach.
      • I have been a mentor coach for the singles track for RCI for several years as needed and for each session of classes since 2011.

Meet Terri Hase, MCC, Lead Life Coach Trainer

What I do:
Ask her clients about her and they will tell you she’s an iron fist in a velvet glove. She creates excitement, oozes certainty and can handle seemingly anything with a calm graceful style. With Terri in your life you are safe to explore your darkest fears, deepest hurts, leap towards the wildest of your dreams, do better, play better, be better and love your life. Just be warned, there is no place to hide. Terri is known for her cut to the chase nature and uses it to call her clients forward.

With careers in Retail Management and Customer Service Training, Terri transitioned into coaching in 2002 and has been hooked ever since. In fact, she says she didn’t even know coaching existed until 2002, otherwise she would have said she wanted to be one ‘when she grew up’!

Terri served as General Manager for the world’s largest coach training organization, CoachVille, for 5 years. She was also an instructor and one of the leads on the certification team. She is a Certified Graduate and is Certified through the International Association of Coaching and the International Coach Federation.