About Me

Hi, I’m Maureen.

  • I help people find their voice and start using it to change the world–or at least a corner of it.
  • I’m obsessed with the Internet–especially how it connects people.
  • I’m really good at translating technical concepts into normal-person language. (In other words, I can tell you what your IT guy means and what to do about it.)
  • I believe every person can help make the world a little (or a lot) more awesome.
  • I really like to use parentheses when I write (even when a comma would do).
  • I love people and their stories.  This makes me a really good listener.
  • I also love to brainstorm, which means when you are done telling me about what’s broken, I’ll usually have an idea that might fix it.
  • I’m a crier.  Sentimental commercials and injured animals are a sure path to the water-works.
  • I love “geeky” pastimes.  Science fiction and fantasy, boardgaming, internet memes–if the stereotypical lover of a hobby has no fashion sense, you can bet I dig it.
  • When I’m not amplifying small voices, I’m busy helping more people play more games more often.
  • I’m totally clueless about current popular culture.
  • I believe every meeting can be improved through effective use of a flip chart.
  • I’m a Diet Crusher.
  • If Sonia Simone were open to having disciples (which I’m pretty sure she’s not), I’d be one.

Looking for more traditional qualifications?

I have over ten years experience working in and around nonprofit organizations, most recently as the Workforce Development Program Manager for the Dayton Tooling and Manufacturing Association, where I managed a robot competition based on the BattleBots Television series. Previously, I managed the Orchestra Forum program for the Institute for Cultural Policy and Practice and served as House Manager for the Delaware Theatre Company.

I hold an MFA in Arts Administration from Virginia Tech and a B.S. in Speech Communication and Theatre Arts from the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

You can check out my resume on Linkedin.

How I work

If you are looking for someone who has all the answers and is ready to tell you what to do, I’m not your girl.

Treasure Map

it’s a helping hand and a treasure map*

If, however, you are looking for a partner, someone to ask you the right questions, and help you explore your options by providing a map of the potential treasures and pitfalls along each path, I can help you.

Thanks to my work as a facilitator in a co-housing community (where all major decisions are made by consensus) and my experience with appreciative inquiry(thanks to John and Judy) I approach consulting much differently than most. I know your situation is unique–not because you are facing unusual challenges, but because you are facing them with a unique set of people, experiences, viewpoints, and goals.

Rather than telling you what you should to to get more people to listen, I will bring my experience with a wide range of tools and techniques and work with you as a partner to explore what is possible. We will start with small experiments to test the waters and move on from there with the ideas that show promise. I will encourage you to stretch–but will never insist I know best.  I can best serve you by helping you find your own best solutions.

Ready to get to know me better?

Can’t wait to meet you!

*perhaps I should have added “really likes puns and silly word games” to the list. . .