Our Approach

We believe you have your own answers.  As coaches, we help you uncover them.

We focus our work around the Sirocco Three A's:

Awareness * Acknowledgement * Action 

In order to initiate change you must have awareness and acknowledge that change is necessary.

We help you become aware and determine whether change is necessary to achieve your objectives.  If you acknowledge the need, we coach you to take action.


We coach, consult, and educate to maximize leadership effectiveness, optimize talent, and energize organizational health and well-being.


We envision energized people building healthy organizations that provide positive outcomes for their stakeholders and surrounding communities.


We join our unique company's offerings together to help organizations heighten engagement and performance to achieve profitable growth and fulfill their purpose.


Honesty . Integrity . Respect
Service . Excellence . Innovation


Meet the Partners & Team

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Joan M. Starkowsky

President of Sirocco Coach-Consulting, LLC

Managing Partner for Sirocco Well-Being, LLC

Joan Starkowsky, MA, BCC is a Board Certified life, leadership and engagement coach, consultant, teacher and speaker.  She inspires people to take their personal power, maximize their gifts and talents and find passion, energy, and performance in life and work.  Joan uses her extensive business, leadership and coaching experience to cultivate growth, expansion and engagement in others.
Joan is the former President and founder of Roadway Reverse Logistics, Inc., subsidiary of a Fortune 500 Company.  She is an entrepreneur and inventor who holds a patent for an innovative business process and web portal.  She has held multiple leadership positions in business organizations for over 30 years.  She has been in executive management, marketing, operations and sales management in transportation, logistics and retailing.
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Mary Ellen Garofalo

Managing Partner for Sirocco Well-Being, LLC Consultant to Sirocco Coach-Consulting, LLC

Mary Ellen Garofalo, MSN, RN, CRRN, SPHR has held leadership roles in health care and the business sector for over 30 years. She is a master’s level registered nurse, a human resource professional, entrepreneur, teacher, speaker and coach. She was the Director of the Transitional Care Program for a national home health care company. She led an engaged team of nurse managers in multiple states, transitioning catastrophically ill and complex patients home for nursing services through strong relationship building, sales and marketing. As the Director of Human Resources for health care and business enterprises, Mary Ellen worked as a generalist handling all aspects of the human resource role.

Mary Ellen has extensive nursing experience in rehabilitation, home health care, case management, complex patient management and insurance reimbursement. When human beings experience illness, trauma or stress, Mary Ellen’s passion is to help them live the best life possible. Through problem solving, her positive “can do” spirit, humor and respect, she motivates clients with life changing circumstances, illnesses and injuries to move forward in life.

We have a horse-handling team, who are experienced in all aspects of horse care and horsemanship.

They assist with the Hoof & Heart Experience, which is a method of learning called equine assisted coaching, using horses as partners in a safe learning environment.

It is used with both non horse people and people familiar with horses. The coaching process is done on the ground with a focus on creating an authentic connection to oneself and others. There is no riding or horsemanship.

Join Us!

Watch for our regularly scheduled workshops and retreats.
We will customize them for you or your group.