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, CLC

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 Jackie Black, Ph.D., BCC, Lead Couples Trainer, Advanced Partnerships and Radical Marriage

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What I do:

As co-developer of RCI’s couples coach training program and lead Advanced Partnerships Trainer, I teach and mentor our members to support couples to ignite their passion, deepen their connection to themselves and each other and step into the world of Radical Marriage.


  • Faculty, Relationship Coaching Institute
  • Faculty, Coach Training Alliance
  • Faculty (former), University of California Los Angeles, Extension Education
  • Master Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner
  • Guest Lecturer (College, University, and Special Interest Groups)
  • Board Certified Coach (BCC), The Center for Credentialing & Education
  • Certified Coach, Coach Training Alliance
  • Foundational Coach Training, Institute for Life Coach Training
  • Licensed Relationship Coach for Singles and Couples, Relationship Coaching Institute
  • Ph.D. Psychology, La Salle University
  • Certificate in Management Effectiveness (CME), Graduate School of Business, University of Southern California
  • Trained & Certified, DiSC Indra Assessments


I bring a unique combination of academic expertise and training, as well as personal experience to my students and Marriage Coaching clients. I was married right out of college, divorced for many years when my children were young, met and married Mark, the love of my life, and lived happily ever-after until his death from cancer in 2005. I am “Nana” to twins who have enriched my life beyond measure.

I am passionate about co-creating the coach-client relationship, which is the foundation of this vigorous change process we call coaching. I am the advocate for the relationship and the holder of the possibilities for every couple I am privileged to work with. Weaving the textures of your life experience with those of another, to create a fabric richer than your wildest expectations, is possible.

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Meet Annette Carpien, Lead Couples Trainer, Couples Coaching Foundations and Pre-committed Couples

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, Singles Lead Trainer

What I do:

As the lead instructor for the Singles Track at RCI I instruct our members in the Conscious Dating Singles I and Singles II programs. 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.

Meet Amie Leadingham, BS, MA CRCS, Lead Mentor Coach

What I do:
I’m a certified graduate of RCI’s amazing Relationship Coach Training Program, now a practicing Relationship Coach, and Lead Mentor Coach for aspiring Relationship Coaches. I help aspiring coaches play BIG in life by moving them from a passionate dream into a fulfilling profession!


  • Faculty, Relationship Coaching Institute
  • Relationship Coach Trained & Certified, Relationship Coaching Institute
  • Life Coach Trained & Certified, Center for Coaching Certification
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Marketing and Administration, Cal Poly Pomona


Amie Leadingham, found light after many years of struggling in failed relationships. After going through her own personal growth of self-discovery, she finally identified the poor relationship choices that led her heartbreak.  She applied her new perspective to dating which led her to meeting the love of her life, now husband. Her personal experience gave her the inspiration to help others open themselves up to the life and love they really deserve.

Wanting to help in a more professional, but compassionate way, she became a Certified Master Relationship Coach and currently serves on faculty as Mentor Coach at the Relationship Coaching Institute. Her mission is to inspire, cultivate, and empower singles to their highest good. Her dedication and passion has recently led her to be named one of LA’s Best Dating Coaches of 2014.

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