Opening Doors to Growth
Jo Ann Skinner

About Jo Ann


For more than six years, I’ve worked with dozens of individuals ranging from adolescents on the brink of transitioning into college to rising executives looking to increase productivity, improve time management skills, or discover a more rewarding work-life balance.

In that time, I’ve devoted myself to becoming an exceptional coach. Learning is a lifetime passion for me. In fact, if I’m not enrolled in a course, I’ve just finished one or am about to start! And beyond achieving the industry’s top professional accreditations and certifications, I continually study the latest thinking on ADHD, work/life balance issues, all aspects of well being. My husband Bob and I have been part of the Reston, Virginia community for nearly 20 years, raising two daughters. I’m also the proud rescuer of several kind and loyal dogs and cats.



  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Working with an ICF credentialed coach is important. ICF credentialed coaches have completed rigorous instruction, mentoring and testing. I abide by the ICF strict Code of Ethics and meet the professional standards defined by the ICF Core Competencies.
  • Certified ADHD Coach (ACAC)
  • Board Certified Coach (BCC)


  • Fast Track Coach Training Academy
  • JST Coaching, “Coaching Teens and College Students with ADHD” and “Coaching Children with ADHD”. In addition, I train ADHD Coaches for JST Coaching and have co-authored their business coaching classes.
  • Mentor Coach, completing both Intensive Individual Coaching Skills Master Class and Small Business and Entrepreneur Coaching
  • VIA Institute on Character, multiple courses in Positive Psychology
  • George Mason University, Advanced Coaching Program in Leadership and Well Being
  • Edge Foundation, Career Services Specialty Training


  • Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD)
  • Board Member, ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO)
  • Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources (WISER)
  • ADHD Resource Group of Northern Virginia
  • Member of the Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Designated Coach for Leadership Fairfax, a program for mid-level to senior level managers designed to enhance their leadership capabilities

And while every client is unique, I follow the same three guiding principles in my practice:

Collaboration is a pre-requisite to success. I collaborate with individuals who are highly motivated, ready, able and willing to learn new habits and take action in their lives.

An environment of mutual trust. From the first time we meet, I work to ensure each client feels safe, comfortable, and never judged. I listen carefully to tune into each client’s mindset and perspective and get a solid grasp of who each person truly is. And there’s often a good measure of shared humor along the way as well.

We work in the here and now. We focus on what’s going on today (not years in the past) and what kind of future each client envisions. Accountability is absolutely key. Every client must have the drive and initiative within themselves to succeed. And when there are road bumps or set-backs along the way, we learn from them and move forward.

I welcome the opportunity to tell you more about how my ADHD coaching techniques can help you or someone in your life. Please call 910-769-2509 or email

Jo Ann and Ellie

Jo Ann and Ellie enjoying some quality time.