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“Bari has the ability to understand where an organization is, helping that organization to develop a new reality. With excellent people skills, varied experience, confident leadership, and patience, she can lead an organization to a successful conclusion to the project. In the last year we’ve successfully changed our name, board and committee structure, board governance, goals, measures, and redefined our external and internal mission. We’ve changed our chamber from a reactionary to a proactive organization. None of those changes could have been accomplished without Bari’s input.”

Gordon Ritter
Former Chair of the Board
The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, and Ferrysburg

“When looking through some of my past class materials, I ran across two notebooks from classes instructed by Bari. My thought was that she would tell me I could do it–and so I did do it. Thanks for the courage!”

Barbara VanGelderen, CMA ES
City of Saugatuck

“Bari was able to lead our board of directors and staff through thought provoking exercises using her cool tools that broke down barriers. Her leadership made it possible for the board and staff to reach consensus on, not only our internal vision/mission statement but also, the development of our value statement and operating principals.
Bari’s energy, insight and imaginative approach to problem solving and her understanding of the responsibilities of leadership make her an excellent resource to facilitate the discovery of how small to mid-sized businesses and nonprofits can understand, assess and change their organization’s direction. Her high-energy interactive style encourages involvement by all participants. As an end result, the work product has buy-in from those involved and is easily understood by those who were not.”

Joy Gaasch
The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, and Ferrysburg

“Bari’s ideas are most intriguing and very much in synch with where the foundation is moving. Her work with us helped us grow, and it brought our organization’s focus to our mission. Bari is masterful at working with key stakeholders in our community to ascertain emerging opportunities. Her work in this regard is integral to helping the foundation plan community investment. Facilitation was exactly what we needed to get us on the road to discovery and foster growth.”

Libby Cherin
Fremont Area Community Foundation