I have always delighted in hearing people’s stories. Family, friends, and more than a few complete strangers have told me that they feel comfortable sharing them with me. As the oldest of three girls, I was raised in Jupiter, Florida by loving, hard-working and generous Christian parents. We grew up living near extended family (aunts, uncles and many cousins) with whom we gathered regularly for dinners, holidays, celebrations, and fellowship. I have fond memories of playing with cousins and hearing the adult discussions, which often highlighted similarities and differences in viewpoints.

What I especially appreciate about those childhood experiences is the opportunity to see and hear extended family express opinions, listen to one another, agree and disagree strongly, and problem solve on a foundation of love and mutual respect. Through conversation with my parents and extended family, interactions with friends, and experiences in my church, I learned early on that if I listened long enough, remained curious, and asked the right questions, I could understand motivations and the root causes of why people feel and think the way that they do.

College, Marriage, and Career:

These childhood experiences helped shape my desire to learn more about human motivation and obtain a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). It was also at UF that I met the love of my life and husband of 20 years, Kerry Van Voorhis. Together, we focused on learning and bettering ourselves and discussed our dreams to serve and promote the lives of children and families.

I used my psychology expertise in a variety of positions at Johns Hopkins University with the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships. There, we focused on “what could be” in the dynamics of schools rather than “what is.” We examined how families, schools, and communities can effectively partner to promote student achievement. My specific area of interest involved homework—training and mentoring educators and teachers to create assignments that encourage a student-led discussion with a parent or family partner. Not surprisingly, well-planned interactive homework assignments such as these related to higher levels of positive family involvement and student achievement. Ultimately, this research supports a commonly accepted notion that there is immense power in positive one-on-one mentor relationships for children. During my time with Johns Hopkins University, I gained valuable research knowledge; published scholarly articles and chapters; led workshops with educators, principals, researchers, state and district education leaders; conducted invited consultations for many school districts nationwide; and organized meetings with international education researchers.

Married with Children and Redefined Career:

As my daughter and son have grown, my passion has shifted from working in the educational realm to working with individual and groups of women, parents, children, and the family unit. I desire working directly with people in helping them move to their personal “what could be.” Like every family, ours has experienced our share of bumps and bruises over the past 22 years. I am grateful to have received wise spiritual, life, and psychological counsel and support from family, friends, licensed counselors, and life coaches. The constant thread of my life has been 1) belief in individuals and families, and 2) the desire to help them find their path through deep and honest conversation.

Therefore, in 2016, I took my own leap to grow personally and professionally by earning my certification in Christian Life Coaching. As I have become clearer about my values, mission, talents, and focus, I find it much easier to accomplish the inevitable “To Do Lists” in life because I feel connected to my purpose.

My Personal Life Coaching Mission:

I am honored to offer motivated individuals and groups a safe place to reexamine their life choices, prioritize their values, focus on wellness, recognize their strengths, offer new areas of possibilities, and define and direct their lives in more fulfilling ways. My goal is to help others, "Live the Story You Are Meant to Tell", a story that is intentional, exciting, strengths-based, passion-filled, chosen by you, generous to others, and honoring to God.

If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.
-Gail Sheehy

I look forward to working with you.
Love. Learn. Live.

Frances L. Van Voorhis, PhD, ACC, CHBC

PhD in Developmental Psychology
Associate Certified Coach (International Coach Federation) 
Certified Human Behavior Consultant 

Christian Life Coach and Consultant
FranVan Coaching, LLC

CHILDHOOD in Jupiter, FL

  • Born and raised in Jupiter/Tequesta, FL
  • The Benjamin/North Palm Beach Private School & Jupiter High


  • B.S. in Psychology (1995)
  • Married Kerry Van Voorhis (1996)
  • M.S. in Developmental Psychology (1997)
  • Instructor/ Developmental Psychology (1998)
  • Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology (2000)


  • Interactive Homework Coordinator & Associate Research Scientist at Johns Hopkins University (1998-2003)
  • Education Consultant for the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (2001-2003
  • Instructor/ Human Development at Towson University, MD (2002)


  • Consultant, Principal Investigator, and Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University (2013-2014)
  • Birth of daughter, Emery Van Voorhis (2004)
  • Birth of son, Dean Van Voorhis (2006)
  • Pippen, our Cavapoo dog, joins our family. (2009)
  • Volunteer Tutor and Classroom Assistance at Sharon Elementary School (Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grade) (2009-2012)
  • Parent Coordinator for Missions Week Activities for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Classes at Covenant Day School (2012-2015)
  • Welcome Team Volunteer at Church at Charlotte (2012-2016)
  • Certified Human Behavior Consultant (CHBC) from Christian Coach Institute, Charlotte, NC-trained to administer DISC Personality Profile (2016)
  • Certified Professional Life Coach (CPLC) from Christian Coach Institute, Charlotte, NC (2016)
  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC) from International Coach Federation (ICF) in January 2019


22 Years of Marriage

6 Hondas

4 Cities

3 Degrees and 2 Certifications

2 Children

1 Cavapoo

1 Faithful GOD


Exercise; Walking with Family, Friends, and our dog; Dance Parties in our Kitchen, Excessive Smiling

Favorite Food: Peanut Butter

Favorite Color: Turquoise Blue

Favorite Sound: My Kids’ Laughter

Favorite Word: Love

Top 5 Values: Faith, Family, Authenticity, Creativity, & Perseverance

Selected Research Publications

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