Our team members have deep health and human services subject matter expertise, strong assessment and analytic skills, and operational know-how. We have the ability to implement and execute successful initiatives that are sound, strategic, and cost-effective.
Cheryl Jensen, Managing Partner
Strategic planning, interim executive director, executive search, team development, executive and board coach
Cheryl is the Managing Partner of Strategic Consulting and Coaching, LLC. She brings her 25 years of experience in nonprofit organizations as vice president, executive director, director, professional coach and board member to her coaching clients and client-companies. Cheryl has extensive experience working in diverse communities, leading organizations, managing large projects, and developing high-impact teams.
Cheryl specializes in leadership transitions and turnarounds. She understands changes in top-management can be difficult and often result in high anxiety for staff and boards. Cheryl’s calm presence, listening skills, and her ability to engage staff have helped organizations build strong foundations, pave the way for new leadership and implement new capacities.
Cheryl has a master’s degree in Nonprofit Organizational Development and is a certified coach through the International Coach Federation. Cheryl is an alumnus of The Institute for Life Coach Training (ILCT), where she completed Professional Coach training and Registered Leadership Coach (TM) training jointly sponsored by ILCT and McKinley Group in Chicago, IL. Cheryl is a member of the International Coach Federation, the Minnesota Coaching Association, and Minnesota Council of Quality and continues to pursue advanced training in executive, leadership, and business coaching.
Strategic planning, interim executive director, program design, mergers & realignments, professional development training
Renae brings knowledge from over 27 years of leadership and management in health and human service organizations. Renae has extensive experience in program design, delivery and evaluation, and community collaborations of all sizes. She possesses broad nonprofit sector and community building experience in both urban and rural settings. She has worked with many boards of directors regarding strategic planning, resource development, mergers and realignments, and governance issues. Renae also serves as an adjunct faculty member in human services at Century College. She is passionate about the power of education and training to change people’s lives.
Renae possesses a master’s degree in Nonprofit and Public Administration from Metropolitan State University and has a B.S. in Community Health with a minor in business administration. In addition, she is a 2008 graduate of the Shannon Leadership Institute and has participated in ToPs facilitation training.
Research and evaluation and program and policy development
With a professional background in social work, Lindsay brings over 10 years of experience in direct practice working in health and human services in a variety of contexts. Since leaving direct practice and returning to school to pursue a PhD, Lindsay has worked on a number of research projects and continues to work as a research assistant on an evaluation team at the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development.
Lindsay is currently working on her dissertation to complete a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and Policy Development, with an emphasis on Evaluation Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is focusing on Theory-Driven Evaluation and its application in integrated health settings. In addition, she holds a master’s in social work from St. Catherine’s and a BS in social work from Winona State University.
Krista is the Administration and Operations Director at Strategic Consulting and Coaching, LLC. Krista embodies a commitment to promote organizational success through high-quality client service, effective collaboration, and a creative approach to problem solving and efficiencies. A highly skilled relationship manager, she has served as an advocate and change agent supporting communities and individuals who are facing challenges. Krista is well skilled in volunteer management and articulating processes and procedures that support quality engagement. In addition, Krista has a keen eye for program and event logistics coordination and execution. And, not to be overlooked, hers is the smiling face you’ll regularly see at the SCC booth during conferences. Krista has an action-oriented style that focuses on innovative strategies to grow programs and maximize productivity in rapidly evolving settings.
Krista has a B.A. in psychology and sociology from the University of Virginia and also maintains a master's level national certification in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.
Writer, editor, internal and external communications specialist, aspiring astrophysicist
Jennifer is a communications consultant and freelance writer whose career has spanned corporate and employee communications, public relations, and video production. Jennifer has agency and corporate experience in the areas of employee communications and engagement; organizational communications; and public relations. Jennifer can provide strategic as well as tactical communications support.
Jennifer is a strong writer who develops strategic communications that connect clients, donors, volunteers, staff, and the general community to the mission and goals of the organization. In addition, she is an experienced focus group facilitator, who infuses humor and warmth to create a sense of comfort and trust that encourages constructive conversation and involvement. Jennifer also enjoys working with private clients to write or copyedit their book manuscripts.
Jennifer earned her B.A. in organizational communications from Augsburg College.
Project manager, change agent, organizational management and leadership, ethics in leadership, merger management
Fran has an extensive business career that includes executive leadership in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She is currently an adjunct professor in the Augsburg University MBA program; her portfolio of courses includes business and professional ethics, communications, organizational behavior, organizational development, and strategic leadership.
Fran’s for-profit experience spans multiple industries, including financial services, consumer goods, insurance, and technology, Fortune 500 companies, IBM, Kimberly Clark, and Thrivent Financial, as well as small and mid-sized organizations. Her nonprofit experience includes director and executive positions in human services and youth leadership organizations where she successfully led strategic mergers both locally and regionally. She led strategic technology innovation in mental health counseling that resulted in transition to automated call center operations and the first text-message based youth counseling services offered in the state of Minnesota, and second in the nation. As a volunteer board president, Fran led internal board assessment and development, as well as a successful merger of two nonprofits.
Fran holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Iowa State University and earned her Executive MBA from Marquette University in 2000, focusing on international business and technology. Fran completed her Ph.D. in Humanities from Tilburg University (The Netherlands) in collaboration with the TAOS Institute.
Principal Consultant Susan Rostkoski has extensive experience in both the corporate and nonprofit arenas. Her 20+ year corporate career in cities across the U.S. culminated in top leadership positions with Hertz and Budget car rental companies. Susan was recognized for her team building skills, problem-solving ability and project management expertise. She was also selected to be part of a small team that dealt with troubled business units across the country. Those same skills made her an effective leader during her 20+ years in nonprofits in the areas of fundraising, communications, volunteer management and executive leadership. She has demonstrated aptitude in nonprofit management, working in diverse communities and group facilitation.
Susan attended Ohio University, has traveled broadly, values diversity and, in her spare time, volunteers with various nonprofits across the Twin Cities.
Capital campaign counsel, interim development and executive director, board development, strategic marketing planning and execution, annual and major fundraising expert, writer and editor
Elaine consults with nonprofit organizations on marketing and development capacity building. Her projects have included annual fund planning, grant writing, board and development officer training, overall development department management, strategic planning, development audits, feasibility studies, capital campaign management, marketing strategy, and planned giving. She served two terms on the board of directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and presented at the AFP Philanthropy Day Conference, along with many other presentations and seminars for organizations and foundations in the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin, including numerous seminars for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and the former MAP for Nonprofits. Elaine was an adjunct professor at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota for 15 years, teaching marketing principles, strategy, research, and promotions at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Elaine’s focus, regardless of the size or ability-level of an organization’s staff, is to identify the barriers to moving the organization’s capacity to the next level, whether it’s board membership or training, basic or complex fundraising efforts, or marketing projects.
Elaine received an M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota with a focus in marketing.