Meet the President


Joan Starkowsky is President of Sirocco Coach-Consulting LLC and a Board Certified leadership and engagement coach, consultant, teacher and speaker.  She inspires people to maximize their potential and find passion, energy, performance and fulfillment in life and work.  Joan uses her extensive business, leadership and coaching experience to cultivate growth, expansion and engagement in others.

Joan has been captivating audiences with her unique and transforming message of becoming an authentic person and leader.  Her message is a catalyst for people to take charge of their lives, find their purpose and draw upon their gifts and talents to become their authentic self.

Joan is the former President and founder of Roadway Reverse Logistics, Inc.  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.

Joan's extensive coaching and mentoring proficiency began as a young sales manager in retailing and increased as a master's level rehabilitation counselor in a large mental health center.  Coaching and mentoring became the signature of Joan's leadership, where she has helped many people find direction, growth and development in their work and lives.

She holds an M.A. from Seton Hall University and a B.A. from Bloomfield College.  She has earned Certificates in Executive Leadership from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western University and in Logistics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  She is a graduate of the Newfield Network Coaching and Organizational Learning Program.  Joan attended the American Hypnosis Academy for Neuro-Linguistic Programming and is a certified practitioner.

Joan is a Board Certified Coach credentialed through the Center for Credentialing & Education. She is certified in Equine Experiential Learning through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association.

Joan and her therapy dogs, Sonny and Kyrie are Certified Therapy Dog and Handler Teams through Therapy Dogs International.  They are on the Cleveland Clinic Caring Canine Program and make regular visits on the heart, vascular and heart/lung transplant floors.  Sonny has also earned novice through advanced AKC Titles for obedience and agility.

Joan has been quoted in many industry periodicals such as, The Journal of Commerce, Industry Week, Global Logistics & Supply Chain Management and InBound Logistics to mention a few.


Joan Starkowsky is a professional of excellence who has successfully carried the mantle of business leadership.  It is her proven excellence that allows her to know how to coach and consult to leaders who are looking to succeed in today's business environment. 

Dorothy E. Siminovitch, Ph.D., MCC

Executive Coaching and Program Chairperson

International Gestalt Coaching Program

Gestalt Center for Organization Systems Development