"In the past, our Board hadn't had a positive experience with strategic planning. Many of us were overwhelmed with statistics and dialogue that didn't make sense for our organization. We needed a planning leader and a coach who could guide us. Megan did an exceptional job in eliciting responses and generating ideas. She helped us think outside the box and smoothly navigate the process. During our first session, through a series of questions and responses we were able to revise our current mission statement into a clear and concise statement that better defined our organization. This was a huge accomplishment AND Megan made it fun. The following planning sessions proved to be just as beneficial. I highly recommend Parallel Solutions and would love to be able to work with Megan again in the future." Ellie Vratanina, Board Co-Chair, Arts for All of Northern Michigan
"Megan was a great help in assisting us to determine our readiness to launch a capacity campaign and identifying the steps to initiating one. She really took on the role of senior staff level support, diving into our organizational data and operations to provide considered concrete direction for board and staff. She is concise, engaging and committed and operates from a position of experience in the non-profit world of time and resource constraints. Our board and staff were very impressed with her work and her ability to be direct and take on tough issues from a position of understanding and shared experience that results in solutions and inspiration." Chris Bunch, Executive Director, Six Rivers Land Conservancy
"We’ve become wary, after working with too many consultants that let a particular process or model trump the legitimate needs of our small organization. Working with Megan as a planning partner and mentor has shown us how this business is supposed to work. Megan is foremostly a good human who understands that she is working in a community, bringing warmth and care to balance her incredible rigor, professionalism and drive. The combination is unbeatable and has helped us speed through the learning curves of exceptional non-profit management." Brad and Amanda Kik, Co-Directors of Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology (formerly ISLAND)
"Megan's active listening skills combined with her unique ability to pull order out of chaos is what sets her apart. Her drive to ensure that her client's needs are reflected in the final work product along with her acceptance of feedback along the way is the result of an outcomes-oriented approach to her guidance and consultation. This approach elevates project management efficiency and produces meaningful work products that reflect not just what was accomplished, but also why it was started in the first place." Julie Clark, Executive Director, T.A.R.T. Trails, Inc.
“Ducks Unlimited really profited from working with Megan and Parallel Solutions. Megan was very easy to work with, came well prepared, and was a master at engaging our staff. We highly recommend her.” Gildo Tori, Director of Public Policy, Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office, Ducks Unlimited
"Megan was instrumental in the preparation of a case statement pulling together a number of disparate community development initiatives into a comprehensive and cohesive action plan complementing the natural character and culture of our area. Her underlying expertise and knowledge of economic and environmental interrelationships was most rewarding as she uniquely positioned us for successfully meeting our goals and objectives." Gary Reid, Supervisor, Clark Township, Les Cheneaux Islands
"Megan drilled down to the particulars and used these to strengthen the over-arching plan. She also never forget an aside or small detail of a conversation and it would appear within the work even when we'd forgotten about it!" Erin Anderson Whiting, Executive Director, Parallel 45 Theatre
"Megan facilitated our planning retreat with the perfect blend of confidence and flexibility, an approach that inspired trust and participation among people meeting as a group for the first time. She thoughtfully listened, effectively captured our ideas, and deftly moved us along when needed. Her follow-up materials were prompt and thorough, giving us a solid start to move forward with our plan. We plan to call on Megan again!" Paula McIntyre, Co-Executive Director and President of the Cerulean Center