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
Cheryl Jensen 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.
Affiliations & Accreditations
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 also 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.
Renae Oswald Anderson, Partner of Strategic Consulting and Coaching, 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 Bachelor of Science degree 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.
Karen Goodenough has over 20 years of professional experience ranging from direct practice and senior leadership, to research, professional coaching, and teaching. She is an effective leader and facilitator who is passionate about empowering organizations to strategically improve their practice and decision making capabilities with data.
Karen has amassed a portfolio of experience working with diverse populations in child welfare, youth development and education, basic needs family support, corrections, domestic violence and substance abuse recovery. As a member of the senior leadership team of a local non-profit for 12 years, Karen honed her macro practice skills in leadership, administration, supervision, program development, policy, fundraising, and evaluation. In addition, she was a transformative leader in several key collective impact efforts. Over the past 10 years, Karen has served as an adjunct faculty member in bachelors and masters of social work programs throughout the state. Her teaching focuses on all aspects of macro practice, including her favorites: strategic planning, program development, fundraising, and social policy.
Karen is currently working on a Ph.D. in social work at the University of Minnesota, where she has focused on the relationship between non-profits and philanthropy, collective impact, and international learning.
Krista Harding is the Administration and Technology Director at Strategic Consulting and Coaching, LLC. Krista comes to SCC with a commitment to promote organizational success through high quality client service, effective collaboration and a creative approach. A highly skilled relationship manager, she has served as an advocate and change agent supporting communities and individuals who are facing challenges. Krista has an action-oriented style that focuses on innovative strategies to grow programs and maximize productivity in rapidly evolving settings. Krista has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Virginia and also maintains a master's level national certification in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.
Jennifer L. Hipple is a communications consultant and freelance writer whose career has spanned corporate and employee communications, public relations, and video production. She earned her BA in organizational communications from Augsburg College. Jennifer has agency and corporate experience in the areas of employee communications and engagement; organizational communications; public relations; and skills development training. Jennifer can provide key strategic as well as tactical support in all areas of communication planning and implementation.
Jennifer is a strong writer who develops strategic communications that connect clients, donors, volunteers, employees, and the general community to the mission and goals of the organization. In addition, she is an experienced focus group facilitator who creates a sense of warmth and trust that encourages constructive conversation and involvement. In her “spare time” Jennifer enjoys working with private clients to write or copyedit their books.
Fran Lyon-Dugin has an extensive business career built of experience in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. She is currently an adjunct professor in the Augsburg College MBA program and the Concordia University, St. Paul College of Business and Organizational Leadership, and an independent consultant for educational and nonprofit projects.
Fran earned her Executive MBA from Marquette University in 2000, focusing on international business and technology. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Iowa State University. She is currently preparing to be a Ph.D. candidate 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.
Elaine consults with non-profit 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 three seminars for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. She 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 that is in 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 in 1990 with a focus in marketing.
Rebecca possesses strong grants management and fundraising skills and experience that allows her to effectively support our clients in their development goals. Rebecca has over 30 years of professional experience in various nonprofit sectors, including nonprofit arts and cultural industries. She has a rich background as a consultant to public broadcasting, museums, universities, archives/libraries as well as film, visual arts, and performing arts nonprofits.
Rebecca holds a MLIS in Library and Information Science and has completed coursework toward her M.A. and Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from NYU. Contact Rebecca at: email@example.com