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Find what you’re looking for on this list of consultants with expertise to guide a wide range of projects, including comprehensive strategic planning, business plan development, organizational assessments, community need assessments, financial analysis and feasibility studies.

Beverly Beauchamp, capacity building consultants llc

Email: beauchamp.becky@gmail.com
: Coaching, Communications, Community Engagement, Executive Transition, Fund Development, Marketing, Meeting Facilitation, Network/Collaborative Support, Program Development, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Systems Practice, Volunteer Recruitment/Management
Counties: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee

During her diverse career, Becky Beauchamp has served as a university vice president of marketing and development, managed two United Ways, facilitated economic and community development projects for the State of Michigan and a US Senator, and led fundraising programs for a symphony orchestra and public television.  She has served on numerous Boards of Directors, several in leadership positions.      As a NorthSky consultant since 2016, Becky’s clients have included the Teen Parent Program, the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, Justice for Our Neighbors, Everybody Reads Network, Leelanau Children’s Center, Manistee County Council on Aging, Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation, Friends of Easling Pool, and TC Retreat.            Offering a range of services, Becky provides her clients honed instincts, seasoned judgment, and capable hands to provide customized responses to their specific needs.      Becky has a Master of Arts in Public Administration and Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Journalism from Northern Michigan University.    

Mary Bevins-Gillet, Sparks & Starts llc

Email: mgillett03@gmail.com

Services: Communications, Fund Development, Marketing, Meeting Facilitation, Network/Collaborative Support, Program Development, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Training/Professional Development, Arts & Culture Administration
Counties: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Wexford

Mary Bevans Gillett specializes in arts, culture and the creative sector, bringing more than 30 years’ experience in management, marketing communications, grant writing and capacity building to her work, as well as a passion to strengthen the ecosystem impacting the arts, and advocate for the sector’s vital role in our communities and cultural economic development. She is co-convener of the Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network, supporting and connecting individual artists, organizations, creative entrepreneurs and endeavors, as well as the Region 2 regrant coordinator for Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs' minigrant program, providing grant management, capacity building & technical assistance to arts and cultural organizations and community projects throughout the ten-county region. Mary also teaches graduate fundraising courses for Central Michigan University’s Master of Science in Administration (MSA) program; and grant writing for Northwestern Michigan College’s Extended Education Services (EES), in addition to individual consultation, workshops and training.  Mary earned an MBA and MA from University of Michigan, and BFA from Central Michigan University as well as designations as a Certified Fundraising Manager (CFRM), Community Arts Leadership Fellow, Certified SCORE Business Mentor and Springboard for the Arts "Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists" Trainer.

jen booher, true north consulting & grant writing llc

Email: jenbooher7@gmail.com
Services: Board Development, Fund Development, Marketing, Meeting Facilitation, Organizational Capacity Assessment, Strategic Planning
Counties: any

Jennifer Booher brings leadership experience from both nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Since 2002, she has worked with nonprofit organizations and foundations in developing strategy that leads to strengthening infrastructure and maximizing impact. Her focus is on positioning organizations to better fulfill their missions and achieve long-term sustainability.    Jennifer began her career representing national and international clients in the automotive industry through various marketing efforts. During this time she managed cause-related marketing programs for clients resulting in her desire to work with nonprofit organizations directly. After leaving the for-profit world, Jennifer served as Sponsorship Manager for the Detroit Zoological Society followed by her position as the Director of Fund Development for Camp Daggett.    In her experience as a consultant she has been successful in working with various nonprofit organizations and foundations to increase their effectiveness. Jennifer has advised individuals with diverse backgrounds and personalities ranging from executive directors of sophisticated, national organizations to first-time board members of grassroots, start-up organizations. In doing so, her approach is to guide clients toward reaching their full potential.  

Beth Buelow, Zopa consulting

Email: beth@zopaconsulting.com
Services: Coaching, Executive Leadership Development, Strategic Planning, Team Building/Conflict Resolution,Training/Professional Development, Public Speaking, Stress Management/Resilience/Mindfulness
Counties: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Wexford

One of the biggest sources of stress in our lives is conversations we’re not having, feedback we’re not giving, and needs we’re not sharing. This negatively impacts your organization’s culture and your personal effectiveness.     As a Professional Certified Coach, author, speaker, mediator, and facilitator with more than a decade of coaching and consulting experience, Beth Buelow, PCC, is committed to supporting leaders and their teams in creating a positive culture of communication.     Beth is the founder of ZOPA Consulting, which provides personalized coaching, facilitation, and learning services to small businesses and nonprofits. She draws on a range of frameworks in her work, including mediation and conflict management, appreciative inquiry, narrative coaching, non-violent communication, improv, and the work of Parker Palmer, Edgar Schein, and other personal growth leaders.     Since 2010, Beth has been best known as The Introvert Entrepreneur. Through coaching, speaking, training, and her book and podcast of the same name, she has empowered thousands of people to embrace their introvert strengths and create more sustainable, energetically aligned businesses. Prior to starting her own business, she was a nonprofit professional, with roles ranging from fundraising to marketing to grant-making. She holds a Master’s in Arts Administration from Indiana University-Bloomington.   

lucille chrisman, Communication works

Email: lchrisman.coach@gmail.com
Services: Coaching, Communications, Community Engagement, Executive Leadership Development, Executive Transition, Meeting Facilitation, Network/Collaborative Support, Organizational Capacity Assessment, Team Building/Conflict Resolution, Training/Professional Development
Counties: Statewide

Lucille Chrisman, CPCC, is a Certified Executive Coach fueled by the belief that small change over time yields tremendous results, and that leaders aren’t born; they are coached. She provides 1:1 and team coaching to create new levels of awareness, choice and performance, working with the whole person to bring their best self forward. With over 30 years experience as a professional trainer, a tenacious business leader, and administrator in higher education, Lucille helps individuals, teams, organizations and networks increase their readiness and capacity to meet complex challenges. As a certified facilitator of the Intercultural Development Inventory, Lucille provides frameworks, tools and skills for creating a culture of trust, inclusion and diversity. Adaptive leadership, effective communication skills, and peer learning circles are core components of the programs she offers. Lucille’s past experiences as vice president of public affairs and executive director of development at Saginaw Valley State University and associate director of philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy, have given her broad and deep understanding of the complexities and challenges of being a leader. In addition to her executive positions, Lucille has been a university professor of communications and organizational development. Her desire to build human capacity began when she was a corporate trainer and facilitator for the American Management Association. From this experience, Lucille started her own business, CommunicationWorks, developing customized programs for businesses, organizations, city government and educational institutions. Today, Lucille is a credentialed executive coach with a mission to create impact in the world one person at a time.

Tim Ervin, Tim Ervin & Associates LLC

Email: timervinassoc@gmail.com
Services: Board Development, Business Development, Community Engagement, Fund Development, Meeting Facilitation, Organizational Capacity Assessment, Program Development, Strategic Planning, Succession Planning
Counties: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau

Executive, board and management experience in government, business and nonprofits.  Focus is support for change, transformation and organizational growth involving strategy, personnel, funding & evaluation.  Current areas of focus are community & economic development; conservation and ecosystem protection and restoration.

Pamela w. Evans, Duality Consulting

Email: pamelaevans000@gmail.com

Services: Board Development, , Community Engagement, Executive Transition, Fund Development, Meeting Facilitation, Needs Assessment, Network/Collaborative Support, Organizational Capacity Assessment, Program Development, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Succession Planning, Systems Practice, Team Building/Conflict Resolution, Training/Professional Development, Mergers/Partnerships
Counties: Any in Michigan

Pamela W. Evans, MS, CFRM, has over 30 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations, foundations, social enterprises in the areas of organizational development, collaborations, joint ventures, revenue diversification, governance, fund development, and strategic planning.    Pam was employed by Trinity Health System for 17 years working for its flagship unit, St. Joseph Health System, as director of planning and marketing and as Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Planning for GNA, a national physical rehabilitation company headquartered in Grand Haven, Michigan.  In her role at GNA, she consulted with hospitals and clinics throughout the country in the areas of planning, marketing and business development.    Pam currently serves as a consultant for Rotary Charities of Traverse City, the Council of Michigan Foundations, and the Community Advancement Network, Midland. For these organizations, she works with over 40 nonprofit organizations and foundations annually in organizational capacity building, strategic planning, fund development, succession planning and governance. She has lead over 70 strategic planning projects during the past seven years.    Pam has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from Central Michigan University. She has a certification in fund raising management from Indiana University’s School of Fundraising and is a certified business counselor with the Michigan Small Business Association. Pam has completed “Train the Trainer” from The Monitor Institute of Deloitte Consulting in the “What’s Next for Community Philanthropy”,  governance consulting training through Board Source, and is a certified DiSC administrator.  She currently chairs the West Shore Healthcare Foundation, Manistee, MI.  

John Iacoangeli, Beckett & Raeder INC

Email: jri@bria2.com
Services: Community Engagement, Meeting Facilitation, Needs Assessment, Organizational Capacity Assessment, Strategic Planning, Local Government- Public Administration Services
Counties: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee

John joined Beckett & Raeder, Inc. (BRI) as a Principal in 1991 and is a Professional Certified Planner and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. John has over thirty years experience working with public, private and non-profit sector clients on a variety of community and economic development based projects. He has been involved in the preparation and implementation of downtown and neighborhood revitalization, community development, economic development, historic preservation, and natural resource-based projects for numerous communities throughout the Midwest. His area of specialization is assisting clients to develop implementable strategies that enhance their quality of life and economic sustainability.    He serves as an advisor-consultant to planning commissions and a variety of redevelopment authorities (DDA, CIA, BRA) and is a frequent instructor for the Michigan Association of Planning and the MIPlace program.

Lyn a Jenks

Email: lyn_jenks@yahoo.com
Services: Board Development, Fund Development, Meeting Facilitiation, Strategic Planning, Team Building/Conflict Resolution
Counties: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Wexford

Lyn began her career in healthcare at Hutzel Hospital in the Detroit Medical Center after attending Wayne State University.  After moving to Petoskey in 1973, she joined the staff at Lockwood MacDonald Hospital, then Northern Michigan Hospital.  There, she held positions ranging from Director, Administrative Services to Vice President of Marketing and Planning to President of the Hospital Foundation, where she built their corpus to over $35 million.      In 1988, Lyn started her own consulting firm and has provided support to non profits all over the country, specializing in leadership development, philanthropy, governance and strategic planning.  In Michigan, her clients included: Michigan Architectural Foundation, West Shore Medical Center, West Branch Medical Center, Cadillac Area Free Clinic, Traverse Health Center, Glen Arbor Arts Center,  Jordan Valley Arts Council and Munson Healthcare. She also served as the Lead Facilitator for the Michigan Hospital Association’s Excellence in Governance Fellowship, a nationally recognized year-long development program for hospital board members.      In 2012, she was appointed CEO of Charlevoix Area Hospital, now Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital, where she orchestrated a multi-million dollar turn-around for the organization resulting in five successive years of positive financial performance. Lyn recently retired from this position and now spends her time painting and consulting for select clients in Michigan.   

Lisa Knowlton, Ed.d., wyatt advisors

Email: lwyattknowlton@gmail.com

Services: Applied Research, Board Development, Business Development, Coaching,Communications, Community Engagement, Environmental Assessment, Ethics, Evaluation, Executive Leadership Development, Executive Transition, Human Resources, Meeting Facilitation, Needs Assessment, Network/Collaborative Support, Organizational Capacity Assessment, Program Development, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Succession Planning, Systems Practice, Training/Professional Development, Volunteer Recruitment/Management
Counties: any

Lisa champions learning, she is known as competent, compassionate and focused on results.    Her work history includes senior roles with social sector organizations, including CEO (twice). Lisa holds a doctorate in in Education Leadership, a Masters of Public Administration and Bachelors in International Relations. Her experience spans many areas of community development in the social sector and the private sector. She is knowledgeable in all aspects of managing and leading.    Lisa is a national Kellogg Leadership Fellow with international experience. She authored  The Logic Model Guidebook: Better Strategies for Great Results. This text is a field standard in the design, planning and management of both programs and evaluation. It is used worldwide among leading organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Harvard University and the Packard Foundation.     Her passions include great plans, critical thinking, innovation, skillful facilitation, insightful management and related processes that support organization development. She has provided extensive customized executive education and taught for both Notre Dame and Grand Valley State Universities. Lisa is committed to the success of others.     At “home” in northern Michigan and a Traverse City native, Lisa advocates for the Great Lakes, adoption and is an avid cyclist. See: www.wyattadvisors.com.  

Martie manty

Email: mlmanty@yahoo.com
: Communications, Community Engagement, Evaluation, Fund Development, Meeting Facilitation, Network/Collaborative Support, Program Development, Project Management, Training/Professional Development, Volunteer Recruitment/Management
Counties: Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee

Working in organizational leadership for over 40 years, Martie is now providing consultations to assist community projects to achieve success and sustainability. A strong believer in the power of relationships to get the work done, Martie shares many practical skills to achieve collaborative teamwork. In recent years, she has consulted with project mergers, provided board development, volunteer program and management development, provided fund development services and assisted in the creation of a regional community center consisting of multiple partners.

kate redman, Commonplace law

Email: kate@commonplacelaw.org
Website: www.commonplacelaw.org
Services: Business Development, Coaching, Legal/Liability
Counties: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Wexford

Kate Redman practices nonprofit and community enterprise law in northern Michigan.  She founded Commonplace, a nonprofit community incubator hub in Traverse City, and Commonplace Law, which provides legal services to support the Commonplace mission of enlivening healthy, connected, and creative organizations and communities.   She works with nonprofits and community-orientated enterprise  in every life stage.   Her areas of specialization include: legal and tax structure,  501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, crowdfunding, social enterprise and hybrid nonprofit/for profit entities, governance, contracts, collaboration, zoning, real estate, and mergers/sales. 

Julie ann rivers-cochran

Email: julieannrivers@blackbirdnonprofitconsulting.org
Services: Advocacy, Board Development and Engagement, Community Needs Assessment, Cultural Humility and Inclusion, Curriculum Development, Disaster Preparedness Planning and Response, Facilitation, Grant Writing, Leadership Development/Coaching, Organizational Capacity Assessment, Policy Development and Analysis, Program Development, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Training/Professional Development
Counties: All

Julie Ann is committed to helping nonprofit organizations carry out their mission while best serving their constituency. She has over 20 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector with success in supporting nonprofit Chief Executive Officers, Board of Directors, and staff with training, technical assistance, and capacity-building on issues such as board governance, board development, board recruitment, mission-driven program and policy development, strategic planning, and grant acquisition and management. She also has a successful history of leading workshops, presenting key note addresses, and developing curricula. She is a Steering Committee member of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence’s ACE-DV Leadership Forum. Prior to founding Blackbird Consulting for Nonprofits, LLC, Julie Ann served as the Vice President of Programs and Planning for the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She began her career in the movement to end intimate partner abuse by providing direct services and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking at Alternatives for Battered Women (now the Willow Center) of Rochester, NY, and as Shelter Director for Refuge House in Tallahassee, FL. Julie Ann holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida State University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College, and an Executive Certificate in Transformational Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

Ashima Saigal, Database Sherpa

Email: ashima@databasesherpa.com
Services: Database/Information Systems Development
Counties: Any (virtual)

Ashima founded Database Sherpa in 2012 to help organizations find peace with their data. With her background in software development, entrepreneurship, and nonprofit technology, she guides nonprofits towards self-sufficiency with the Salesforce platform.

Teresa Scollon

Email: tjscollon@gmail.com
: Board Development, Communications, Community Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion, Needs Assessment, Organizational Capacity Assessment, Strategic Planning, Training/Professional Development
Counties: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Wexford

Teresa Scollon has a broad experience base in administration, organization development, education, publishing/writing, and human resources. She has worked as an internal and external consultant for clients—nonprofits, government, corporations, and grassroots communities—in many fields. She has a proven record in starting and rebuilding programs, and building effective partnerships with internal and external partners.. She works with stakeholders to find a common vision, and to determine practical steps toward making that vision a reality. She believes that the answer to most challenges is already in the room; her role is to help an organization clarify and implement answers. She prefers to work towards clarity and simplicity, while making sure that all relevant stakeholders are connected.

Leslie Starsoneck, Starsoneck consulting

Email: lstarsoneck47@gmail.com
: Board Development, Community Engagement, Environmental Assessment, Executive Transition, Meeting Facilitiation, Network/Collaborative Support, Organizational Capacity Assessment, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Training/Professional Development
Counties: Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska

Leslie Starsoneck has been a consultant to nonprofit organizations for the past 13 years.  She has served as a Senior Advisor with the firm of Armstrong McGuire, a multi-service consultant firm to nonprofits, based in the Triangle area of North Carolina for the past three years (see her bio and blog for background on that work).  Leslie performs organizational assessments, and has particular expertise in coalition assessment and capacity building, and executive searches.  Her content expertise and experience are in the human services, child and family well-being and violence prevention areas in the areas of policy and training and program development.  She is the Program Director for Adler University’s graduate degree program in Nonprofit Management for the online campus.  

beth stoner wiegland

Email: beth.stoner1001@gmail.com
Services: Board Development, Coaching, Fund Development, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Training/Professional Development
Counties: Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Manistee

With 10 years of experience at the National Endowment for the Arts and 20+ years of experience in fund development at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Beth Stoner Wiegand consults with organizations and/or individuals on how to increase their organizational capacity on a variety of levels through proven techniques, tactics and strategies. Rather than provide boilerplate solutions, Beth is able to customize her assistance to fit the articulated current needs/vision for the organization and/or individual.

Julie Tarr

Phone: 908-928-0117
Services: Business Development, Community Engagement, Evaluation, Grant Writing, Needs Assessment, Network/Collaborative Support, Organizational Capacity Assessment, Program Development, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Systems Practice
Counties: Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau

Dr. Julie Tarr has worked successfully over the last 20 years to implement local, state and federal programs across numerous communities. Julie has special expertise in working with foundations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations on systems change, strategic planning, capacity building and evaluation of place-based initiatives. Currently, she works part-time as the Executive Director of a nonprofit dedicated to senior citizens in Leelanau County, MI.     Prior to moving to Michigan she worked as a consultant with a national firm in Philadelphia and as a program officer and the director of evaluation at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. She received her Doctorate in Education from Rutgers University and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign.   Clients in Michigan include the following: Office of Great Start, Michigan Department of Education; Rotary Charities of Traverse City; Leelanau Township Community Foundation; Traverse Bay Intermediate School District; Legal Services of Northern Michigan; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan, Land Information Access Association; The Watershed Center; Leelanau Montessori Public Schools Academy; and the Greenspire School.    

mark vanderklipp, Connect_cx

Email: markv@connect-cx.com
Website: www.connect-cx.com

Services: Communications, Meeting Facilitation, Network/Collaborative Support, Systems Practice, Training/Professional Development
Counties: Antrim, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee

Mark is an experience and systems designer, working in human-centered graphic design for over 30 years. He helps businesses visualize the systems within which they function, empowering people to deliver an experience that’s clear, relevant and human.    He previously spent 24 years with Corbin Design, 13 as  president, where he was the lead strategic designer for diverse design assignments in healthcare, higher education, civic, corporate, trails and tourism throughout North America.    Since July 2016, Mark has worked as a consultant with Rotary Charities as a design resource to a diverse array of non-profit and for-profit clients.    Mark is a 1987 graduate of the University of Michigan. In 2017 he became certified in Systems Practice through +Acumen. He is also a founding partner of the customer experience consulting firm Connect_CX.

Kevin Woods, Woods Consulting Group

Email: woodsconsulting@gmail.com
Services: Board Development, Business Development, Executive Transition , Marketing, Meeting Facilitation, Needs Assessment. Project Management, Strategic Planning, Succession Planning, Training/Professional Development, Customer/Client Service Training
Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Manistee, Wexford

Kevin Woods is the principal partner and owner of Woods Consulting Group of  Muskegon, MI and Normal, IL  The firm has served clients in the areas of strategic planning, market feasibility, and market strategy development for 20-plus years. Clients are located in the states of Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Illinois.    Kevin is a native of Chicago, the oldest son of Irish immigrants.  He has earned an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Detroit and a master’s degree in regional planning from Cornell University.  He has also done post-graduate work in Public Administration at Western Michigan University and in health-care administration at Ohio State University.    Kevin is a member of the Master of Management faculty at Aquinas College (Grand Rapids) where he teaches marketing and management planning.      Woods Consulting Group works in a variety of markets typically serving small-medium sized businesses and non-profit organizations throughout a 5-state area.  The firm’s engagements typically involve market research, market feasibility studies, resource development,  and strategy development.      Woods Consulting has served clients in the housing, health-care, financial services, community service, food and agriculture, and manufacturing sectors.      Kevin is married to Cindy and has two (2) adult daughters, one living in Chicago (Molly) and the other in Detroit (Colleen) plus two of Cindy’s daughters – one in Bloomington and one in Indianapolis.  He enjoys running, biking, and cross-country skiing.