About Dian

Dian Reid-Jancic with shoulder-length hair, smiling.

Dian Reid-Jancic

In 2006, I left my job of nearly eight years to write a book about my experience of my father’s death. That book took nearly seven years and during the process, I earned a certification in co-active life coaching from Coaches Training Institute. Since then, I have traded the Pacific Ocean for Lake Michigan in a move with my wife and rescued animals from Long Beach to Chicago. I returned to school to earn a bachelor’s degree in social work from Northeastern Illinois University in 2019 and a master’s in social work from UIC Jane Addams College of Social Work in May 2021. 

I practice stoic philosophy, Coactive® coaching, and trauma-informed care. I meet people where they are and work with folx to co-create a path forward that’s based on their experiences and needs, not mine. I try to understand myself as best I can and keep from pushing my style or perspective on anyone else.

I have many coming out stories and I have worked with others to help them figure out how they want to go about theirs. I want to continue working with folks who identify as LGBTQ+ and to do so on their terms.  

Sometimes I procrastinate and stay up too late and eat too much and many other habits I’m still working on changing. I sometimes feel awkward in social situations, even when it looks like I don’t. I’m actively working toward antiracist behavior and welcome any feedback on moments when I’m failing in that endeavor.

I’m grateful you’re here. I hope you get what you’re looking for and if you don’t, I hope you find what you’re looking for in the next place you look.