Bridget Horvath C.C., ACC
Director and Lead Instructor
Bridget Horvath, founder of the Life Coach Institute of Orange County, is a speaker and trainer with experience derived from the corporate world where she owned and operated one of the largest multimedia companies in Orange County before selling the business to pursue a calling in life coaching.
She was trained in life coaching in La Jolla, California and continued her training in Boulder, Colorado with her teacher and mentor, Michelle Weiner-Davis, who has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, and written books appearing on the New York Times bestsellers list.
Her extensive corporate marketing background was used to develop the marketing portion of our Institute, which we feel is one of the best in the United States.
She has a practice located in Orange County, California specializing in relationship coaching.
Joan Wise, M.A., ECE., C.C., A.C.C.
Lead Facilitator, Instructor
Joan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Elementary Education and Psychology, and a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education.
Joan has been working since 2005 as a Domestic Violence Specialist and Parenting Instructor in agencies that support clients appointed by the Orange County Probation/Parole Department, Family and Criminal Courts, as well as Child Protective services. She is a member of the OC Family Violence Council and OC Volunteer Center.
While teaching and directing programs at SUNY in Sunybrook, New York, Joan was on the faculty as an adjunct lecturer in Early Childhood Development.
We are proud to say that she is a graduate of the Life Coach Institute of Orange County and has been an invaluable asset to our staff.
She has a full life coaching practice specializing in family issues coaching in Orange County, California.
Lisa Finck, C.P.C., A.C.C.
Lisa brings her vast experience as a Certified Relationship Coach to our Institute by providing our students with insights into the world of relationship coaching.
Lisa has successfull practice working with couples, discovering custom ways to rebuild or enhance their relationships by providing a specific, time honored approach. Her extensive training in the field includes Barbara De Angeles, John Grey, and John Gottman, some of the most famous specialists in relationships.
She has been happily married for 24 years with two beautiful children.
Lisa is also a Certified Massage Therapist.
Luke Benoit C.P.C., A.C.C.
Luke Benoit holds a B.F.A. from USC and an M.S. from Cal State Long Beach.
He has worked in the areas of self-help and recovery for the past 17 years and has focused on Life Coaching in his private practice and in teaching with the Life Coach Institute for the last four years. Luke specializes in working with adults and adolescents struggling with substance abuse,couples and singles struggling with difficult, addictive or obsessive relationships and codependency. Most of all, Luke works with people (all those mentioned above) dealing with self-esteem issues that make them undervalue themseves and sell themselves short in so many areas of their lives.
HIs mission: to empower our students and graduates as well as clients, and help them realize how truly wonderful and valuable they really are.
Marci Bryant C.P.C.
Dr. Bryant is the Founder and Director of BVT Ministries Outreach, founded in 1994, to teach, train, encourage and inspire individuals to pursue their God given gifts & talents. To this end, she ultimately became the Pastor of the BVT Ministry & Director of its Bible School which offers faith based degrees, from Associates to Doctorate. The church has partnered internationally with other ministries to provide bibles and other ministry supplies to assist in the spreading of the gospel. She is a teacher by profession, and a Certified Life Coach Instructor, a published author & playwright of inspiration works. She has appeared on several TV networks including TBN, ABC, Cable, & Spread the Word. She is a spirit-filled motivational speaker and she travels both nationally and internationally. Her passion is to help people reach their full potential and pursue their purpose. She also specializes in marketing for the small business owner and entrepreneurs. She holds a Doctorate in Ministry, a double Masters Degree, one in Educational Leadership and the other in Christian Ministry Education as well as a Bachelor’s in Church Administration.
Cindy Di Ferdinand M.S.,C.P.C.
Cindy Di Ferdinand is an experienced Nutritionist, Health and Wellness Educator, and Professional Life Coach.
Cindy has built a career on pioneering new food products with a focus on good nutrition. She has consulted to the food industry, and works as a clinical nutritionist in private practice, counseling people of all ages on preventative nutrition as it relates to optimal health and longevity. Cindy pioneered and developed nutrition programs at various clinics and fitness facilities, she is experienced in healthy menu planning; she is a speaker, workshop facilitator, and media spokesperson.
In her role as clinical nutritionist and professional coach, she has implemented an array of disciplines and methodology to analyze her clients dietary habits, motivation, and drive to change. Once her clients are on the path to a healthier lifestyle, she then coaches them to identify their passions and set goals to achieve the optimal life they deserve personally and professionally.
She holds a Master of Science Degree in Human Nutrition from University of New Haven, Connecticut, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics and Food Administration from University of California, Long Beach. She is certified as a professional life coach.