Clients

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Auburn, City of (2017)

The City of Auburn, Maine, has hired us to plan and facilitate a series of work sessions among City Department Directors and City Councilors to discuss work plans, long term goals, and other specific topics.

Casco Bay Nutrient Council (2017)

Convened by the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, the purpose of the Casco Bay Nutrient Council is to develop recommendations to policy makers, regulators, and funders on how best to manage the impacts of nutrients on Casco Bay in southern Maine. We have been hired to plan and facilitate a series of Nutrient Council meetings to help the Council achieve its purpose.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (2017)

For the tenth year in a row, CIEE has hired Craig to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country. In these retreats we review the past year, plan for the future, and build our teamwork skills with fun activities.

CIEE Support Team (2017)

Based in Portland, Maine, the CIEE Support Team helps CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange)’s students, host families, and local coordinators have a safe and smooth experience during CIEE’s programs. We have been hired to facilitate a meeting for members of the Support Team to discuss and develop a mission statement for their department.

Cumberland County Clean Water Collaboration (2016-2017)

Building on our earlier work with the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District, we are facilitating several meetings of the Design Team of the new Cumberland County Clean Water Collaboration, a coalition of municipal managers and stormwater management professionals working together on municipal and regional stormwater projects. In these meetings we are discussing objectives and tasks for the new Collaboration.

Dragon Cement (2010-2017)

This Thomaston, Maine producer of cement products retains us to facilitate a community advisory panel. The group meets quarterly and serves as a forum for learning and dialogue between plant managers and community leaders.

FMC (2005-2017)

As part of its Responsible Care initiative, this Rockland, Maine chemical manufacturing company retains us to facilitate a community advisory panel. The group meets every two months and serves as a forum for learning and dialogue between plant managers and community leaders.

KPFF / Casco Bay Lines (2017)

Casco Bay Lines operates year-round passenger, vehicle, and freight service to six Casco Bay islands in southern Maine. Casco Bay Lines has hired engineering firm KPFF to review and make improvements to ferry schedules and services. We are partnering with KPFF to provide stakeholder input facilitation and related services for the project.

Maine Coast Sea Vegetables (2013-2017)

Located on the beautiful Downeast coast, Maine Coast Sea Vegetables harvests, dries, and sells about 100,000 pounds of certified organic sea vegetables annually. We were hired by this socially and environmentally conscious company to facilitate a series of long-range planning meetings among senior staff. We have also facilitated all-staff meetings to discuss company changes and provided coaching services to leadership staff.

Maine Cybersecurity Cluster (2017)

The Maine Cybersecurity Cluster (MCSC) is an academic and research center bringing together government, industry, and academia dedicated to workforce and economic development in the field of cyber security. We have been hired to plan and facilitate a “Visioneering Workshop” to bring together academic, government, business leaders, and cybersecurity practitioners to generate ideas and potential solutions for addressing the cybersecurity vision and applied research growth opportunities for NASA, Maine, and the greater New England Region. The Visioneering Workshop will be held  2017, to be held in conjunction with the statewide Partners in Cybersecurity Summit in Portland Maine.

Maine Energy Marketers Association (2016-2017)

The Maine Energy Marketers Association represents over 300 Maine providers of heating oil, propane, biofuels, pellets, electricity, and motor fuels. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning meeting to build shared understanding of the Association’s current situation, general strategic direction, near term tasks and long term goals, and roles of the board, committees, and staff. Building on the work done in the meeting, we are also facilitating a series of meetings among committee chairs to make a work plan for the future.

Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) Ad Hoc Consumer Group (2016-2017)

The Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) is a state agency that collects health care data for the purpose of research, policy development, and health care improvements. We have been hired to facilitate a series of meetings of an ad hoc group of consumer advisors who will provide advice to MHDO on the new CompareMaine website, a tool to compare health care cost and quality options in Maine. We are also providing complete reports of the meetings.

 

Maine State Legislature and Maine State Employees Union (2017)

As in the past, we have been hired to facilitate a series of interest-based bargaining meetings among the nonpartisan staff members for the Maine State Legislature and the leadership of the Maine State Employees Union. The interest-based bargaining method focuses on developing mutually beneficial agreements based on the interests of the participants.

Maine State Legislature Staff (2017)

The staff of the Maine State Legislature provide nonpartisan research, analysis, administrative and management services to the Legislative Council and its committees. For the second year in a row, Craig will facilitate a workshop at the Maine State Legislature employees’ annual retreat. This year’s topic will be on conflict management.

Oak Grove School Foundation (2017)

The Oak Grove School Foundation was established after the sale of the Oak Grove-Coburn high school in Vassalboro, Maine and now provides grants to support the educational and cultural needs of students and nonprofit organizations in the greater Central Maine area. The Foundation also owns the historic Oak Grove Chapel – also known as the River Meeting House – and we have been hired to plan and facilitate a series of meetings to help the Foundation’s board discuss and decide the foundation’s role with regard to the historic building.

Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire (2017)

The Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire serves as a resource and advocate for its members and provides information to the general public about heating with oil and energy conservation, environmental protection, and safety. We have been hired to plan and facilitate a full-day strategic planning meeting to discuss and make decisions about the future work of the Council. We will also prepare a complete report of the meeting and provide assistance with advance surveys of members and the board.

Saco, City of (2017)

The southern Maine city of Saco has hired us to work with a committee of City and School Department staff to collaborate on some organizational decision-making.

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (2017)

In Portland and Biddeford, Maine, the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine trains students to become osteopathic physicians. To prepare for a University-wide strategic planning effort, the College of Osteopathic Medicine has hired us to facilitate a series of department workshops and a leadership team retreat to discuss communications, workflow, and other topics.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff / PACTS Multimodal Priority Corridor and Centers Planning (2017)

Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) coordinates transportation planning and investment decisions among state, municipal, and public transportation organizations for the greater Portland, Maine region. PACTS has hired the engineering firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff to develop a multimodal transportation corridor plan in Portland and South Portland. We are partnering with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff to provide stakeholder input facilitation and related services for the project.

Health Care

AARP (2009)

Using a unique approach to problem solving, AARP hired us to facilitate a meeting among stakeholders to discuss a proposed legislative bill (LD 1078) that would reorganize the delivery of state-supported long term care. Held at the State House in Augusta, the meeting included the Commissioner and other top officials from the Department of Health and Human Services, legislators, and representatives from several organizations with an interest in long term care.

AARP (2011)

AARP is is a membership organization leading positive social change and delivering value to people age 50 and over through information, advocacy and service. We were hired to facilitate a “community conversation” to collect community input on key issues and prepare a full report. Leigh Tillman served as lead facilitator.

American Psychiatric Association Area One Council (2009)

The American Psychiatric Association Area One Council, representing psychiatrists in the six New England states as well as Canada’s Eastern provinces and Quebec, engaged us to facilitate two meetings at its spring conference in Boston. We also prepared reports of the meetings.

APS Healthcare (2014)

APS Healthcare works with a variety of healthcare system parties (Medicaid Agencies, state and local governments, health plans, employers, and others) to design and deliver disease management services, care coordination, clinical quality and utilization review, and behavioral health services. We were hired to plan and facilitate a staff retreat for the leadership team of APS Healthcare in Maine, with a special focus on what makes a great team.

Bangor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (2011-2012)

Bangor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a 60-bed facility providing nursing care, assisted living, and rehabilitation therapies. We were hired to help facilitate development of a strategic plan. The process included industry/competitor analysis, internal and external stakeholder interviews, a staff survey, and a series of facilitated strategy team meetings.

Blue Hill Center for Holistic Health (2004)

This brand new and ambitious board of directors hired Craig to run a kick-off board retreat at which the group made several decisions about how they will operate as a board and approved a draft vision statement for their organization. The board operates by consensus, so there was a fair amount of time devoted to learning consensus process and conflict management.

Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME) (2016)

Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME) serves those affected by co-occurring conditions by advocating for best practices, encouraging professional development, maximizing collaboration, and facilitating integrated health and behavioral health services. We were hired to plan and facilitate a strategic planning board retreat to affirm strategic direction and identify specific strategies for board and member development.

Common Ties Mental Health Services (2011)

Since 1985, Common Ties Mental Health Services has promoted the health and wellness of citizens of Androscoggin County by providing programs to support recovery from physical, mental, and substance abuse illnesses. We have been hired to help plan and facilitate a strategic planning retreat for the staff. We will also prepare a draft Strategic Plan based on results of the retreat.

Community Clinical Services (2009)

Part of St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston, Maine, Community Clinical Services is a Federally Qualified Health Center with 19 different practice sites. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat of the board of directors.

Community Clinical Services (2010)

Part of St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston, Maine, Community Clinical Services is a Federally Qualified Health Center with 19 different practice sites. We were hired to help finalize the organization’s strategic plan.

Community Clinical Services (2012)

Affiliated with St. Mary’s Health System, Community Clinical Services (CCS) provides comprehensive medical services — including primary care, dental care, mental health, and school-based health — to the residents of Androscoggin County, for the benefit of the community. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat among members of the board and senior staff to review community needs and decide on strategic directions for CCS. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

Consumer Council System of Maine (2015)

The Consumer Council System of Maine is mandated by the State Legislature to represent consumers of mental and behavioral health services. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat and prepare a complete report.

Consumer Council System of Maine and NAMI (2010-2011)

The Consumer Council System of Maine has teamed up with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to convene a series of meetings of peer and family support groups for people with mental and behavioral health challenges. The purpose of the meetings is to explore collaboration opportunities. We have been hired to help plan and facilitate the meetings and prepare a complete report.

Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership (2011)

Since its founding in 2002, the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership has worked to build a solid foundation of healthcare leadership for Maine’s future. We were hired to facilitate a full day conference, “Accelerating Clinical Information Sharing for Maine’s Behavioral Health Provider Community” and several follow-up meetings.

DFD Russell Medical Centers (2008)

We facilitated a board retreat to develop a new three-year strategic plan for the DFD Russell Medical Centers (DFDRMC) in Leeds, Turner and Monmouth, an independent public/private partnership founded in 1975 to provide affordable and accessible health care to area residents.

Direct Health Care Worker Registry (2006)

In response to a recent legislative mandate, a coalition of organizations, including the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, the Maine Center for Economic Policy, the Muskie School of USM, and the DHHS Office of Elder Services, hired us to facilitate dialogue among health care providers, workers, and consumers. Our objective was to find common ground among these interests and develop consensus recommendations on the nature of a statewide registry of direct care workers.

Disease Management Collaboration (2008)

The Disease Management Practicum Group and the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership, in collaboration with The Institute for Civic Leadership hired us to facilitate a half-day retreat to explore new ways of preventing and managing chronic disease in Maine.

Downeast District Coordinating Council for Public Health (2012 – 2013)

The Downeast District Coordinating Council for Public Health is overseeing implementation of a federal Community Transformation Grant which will help Washington and Hancock Counties expand efforts in tobacco-free, active living, healthy eating, quality clinical preventive services, and healthy and safe physical environments. We have been hired to help plan and facilitate a series of meetings of the Community Transformation Grant Oversight Committee, to develop a shared understanding and collaborative approach for implementing the grant. Leigh Tillman is serving as lead facilitator.

Eastern Maine Healthcare (2009)

Eastern Maine Healthcare hired us to facilitate internal management discussions in order to improve collaboration and service delivery.

Eastport Health Care (2011)

Eastport Health Care is a FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) providing the residents of Washington County with comprehensive medical, dental and mental health care. We were hired to plan and facilitate a one-day retreat of the Board of Directors to review the mission and vision and begin crafting a strategic plan for the next five years.

Family Planning Association of Maine (2013)

The Family Planning Association of Maine raises awareness of family planning issues and provides health care services to Mainers, especially people with limited or no income and those who are uninsured. We were hired to facilitate a full-day staff retreat to explore workplace culture and the Association’s work in clinical settings. We also prepared a Complete Report of the retreat.

Franklin Healthy Community Coalition (2007)

The Healthy Community Coalition promotes health and well-being in Franklin county, Maine and surrounding towns. They hired us to facilitate a half-day retreat of the Board of Directors to establish priorities.

Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports, Health, and Wellness (2005)

This Governor-appointed Council hired us to plan and facilitate a highly interactive one-day retreat. The group affirmed their mission and determined specific goals and actions to make them more effective. We also prepared a written report of the meeting.

H.O.P.E. (2008)

“Healing Of Persons Exceptional”. Since its inception in 1987, the non-profit H.O.P.E. has provided support for individuals facing illness and life challenges to find meaning, value and purpose in their lives. We were hired to facilitate a planning retreat.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) (2009-Fall)

We were hired to provide four facilitators for the HRSA Community Strategic Partnership Conference in Portland, Maine in October. This was a gathering of practitioners from across New England to collaborate on ways to improve delivery of rural healthcare.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) (2009-Summer)

The federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) partnered with the Maine Primary Care Association and the Maine Center for Disease Control to hold a strategic partnership meeting focused on connecting specialists with rural health providers to address Hepatitis C. They hired us to facilitate a full day meeting of these providers to discuss how to improve connections with specialist consultants regarding the disease. In addition to facilitating the meeting, we prepared a complete report.

HealthInfoNet (2010)

HealthInfoNet, a non-profit organization was established in 2006 to develop a statewide electronic health information exchange (HIE) for Maine. As a result, Maine is about to become one of the first states in the nation to develop a statewide HIE. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat for the Board of Directors.

HealthInfoNet and Maine Quality Forum (2008)

As a result of a recent legislative resolve, HealthInfoNet and the Maine Quality Forum jointly convened a multi-stakeholder group to study and make recommendations for creating and financing a fund to establish and sustain HealthInfoNet, a statewide digital clinical information network. The group also considered future options for developing a strategic health information technology investment fund. We were hired to facilitate this multi-stakeholder process, which included regular meetings over an eight-month period.

Healthy Androscoggin (2008)

Healthy Androscoggin is dedicated to improving the health of all Androscoggin County citizens through collaborative planning, community action, education and prevention. We facilitated a board retreat where directors reviewed recent accomplishments and built consensus around a strategic direction.

Healthy Androscoggin (2009)

Healthy Androscoggin is dedicated to improving the health of all Androscoggin County citizens through collaborative planning, community action, education and prevention. We were hired to facilitate two staff retreats, which included team building and other activities.

Healthy Androscoggin (2010)

Healthy Androscoggin is dedicated to improving the health of all Androscoggin County citizens through collaborative planning, community action, education and prevention. We have been hired to facilitate and provide a complete report of the annual retreat of the board and staff, which will focus on strategic planning. This is our third time working with this successful group.

Healthy Maine Partnership, City of Portland (2007)

The City of Portland received a significant Healthy Maine Partnership grant from the Maine Center for Disease Control to provide public health and related services. We were hired to facilitate a board retreat to discuss how Healthy Portland will transition into a larger initiative. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

Healthy Northern Kennebec (Summer 2014)

Healthy Northern Kennebec is a non-profit working collaboratively with community agencies, government and local citizens towards resolution of local health problems. We were hired to facilitate a series of focus groups to learn community members’ thoughts about being healthy in the greater Waterville area. In addition to facilitating and documenting the groups, we also prepared a report of findings highlighting top themes.

Healthy Northern Kennebec (Winter 2014)

Healthy Northern Kennebec is a nonprofit working collaboratively with community agencies, government, and local citizens towards resolution of local health problems. Building on our earlier focus group work, we were hired to facilitate two focus groups of community members to discuss specific issues related to healthy living in the Waterville area. We also prepared a report of findings.

High Value Healthcare Collaborative (2016)

The High Value Healthcare Collaborative (HVHC) is a provider learning network committed to improving health care value through data and collaboration. We were hired to help improve effectiveness and efficiency of the stakeholder meetings led by the HVHC Program Management Office Coordinators and Senior Leaders, including a full-day facilitation training and Craig’s observations of actual stakeholder meetings. As a result of this work, the group will establish and implement Standard Operating Procedures for high value meetings.

Home Care Alliance of Maine (2006-Fall)

The Home Care Alliance of Maine, a statewide trade association, hired us to plan and facilitate their annual meeting of members. During a full-day meeting, we discussed the organization’s membership and dues structure, committee structures, and related issues. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

Home Care Alliance of Maine (2006-late Winter)

This statewide non-profit, consisting of home health care providers, hospice providers and other health care organizations, hired us to facilitate two meetings in order to develop recommendations to the state on how to ease administrative burdens on health care providers.

Home Care and Hospice Alliance of Maine (2014)

The Home Care and Hospice Alliance of Maine is a nonprofit trade association supporting affordable, accessible, quality home care and hospice services throughout the state. We were hired to plan and facilitate a board meeting to discuss governance and member engagement.

Kennebec Behavioral Health (2011)

Kennebec Behavioral Health offers a wide range of outpatient and medication services to promote the well-being of children, adults, and families who experience mental illness, emotional difficulties or behavioral challenges. We were hired to facilitate a full-day staff retreat focused on reviewing the past year and establishing future priorities. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting. Two months later we facilitated an additional meeting with senior staff at which the group prioritized top activities.

Kennebec Behavioral Health (2013)

Kennebec Behavioral Health offers a wide range of outpatient and medication services to promote the well-being of children, adults, and families who experience mental illness, emotional difficulties or behavioral challenges. For the third year in a row, we have been hired to facilitate a full-day Senior Management Team retreat focused on reviewing the past year and establishing future programmatic and operational priorities.

Kennebec Behavioral Health (2014-2015)

Kennebec Behavioral Health (KBH) offers a wide range of outpatient and medication services to promote the well-being of children, adults, and families who experience mental illness, emotional difficulties or behavioral challenges. We were hired to facilitate quarterly meetings of the organization’s Planning Team to discuss and make plans for strategic initiatives.

Kennebec Behavioral Health (Spring 2012)

Kennebec Behavioral Health offers a wide range of outpatient and medication services to promote the well-being of children, adults, and families who experience mental illness, emotional difficulties or behavioral challenges. We were hired to plan and facilitate a Senior Management Retreat follow-up meeting to make decisions about long-term strategic objectives, short-term programmatic priorities, and operational improvements. We also provided a Highlights Report.

Kennebec Behavioral Health (Spring 2014)

Kennebec Behavioral Health (KBH) offers a wide range of outpatient and medication services to promote the well-being of children, adults, and families who experience mental illness, emotional difficulties or behavioral challenges. For the fourth year in a row, we have been hired to help KBH with annual work planning and organizational development. This year we facilitated a retreat of the Senior Management Team and a retreat of all Senior Managers and Directors to review the past year and establish future programmatic and operational priorities. We also prepared complete reports of the meetings.

Kennebec Behavioral Health (Winter 2012)

Kennebec Behavioral Health offers a wide range of outpatient and medication services to promote the well-being of children, adults, and families who experience mental illness, emotional difficulties or behavioral challenges. For the second year in a row, we were hired to facilitate a full-day Senior Management Team retreat focused on reviewing the past year and establishing future programmatic and operational priorities. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (2005)

This non-profit advocacy group hired us to facilitate a strategic planning retreat in two parts. In October,2004 we helped them analyze their strengths and weaknesses and develop consensus on a vision. In early 2005, we helped them establish strategic directions and specific action plans.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (2010)

Faced with difficult decisions on how to cut the state budget, legislative leaders asked organizations that provide elder services in Maine to consider how to find savings in the long-term care system. We were hired by the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) to facilitate this discussion.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (2012)

The Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is a non-profit agency whose mission is to advocate for quality of life and care for long term care consumers. We were hired to help plan, facilitate, and record a meeting to gather stakeholder input regarding an initiative to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.

Maine Academy of Family Physicians (2015)

The Maine Academy of Family Physicians represents over 700 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students in Maine. The Academy advocates for the specialty of Family Medicine, and enhances communication among and provides information to Maine family physicians. We were hired to facilitate a multi-day strategic planning retreat to help the Academy plan for the future.

Maine Assembly on School-Based Health Care (2006)

On beautiful Mount Desert Island we spent a day with the board of directors of the Maine Assembly on School-Based Health Care. We helped the group decide their strategic priorities for the next five years and create a vision for school-based health centers, literally, on a huge 4’x8’ piece of paper!

Maine Assembly on School-based Health Care (2007)

The goal of the Maine Assembly on School-based Health Care (MeASBHC) is to improve children’s success by keeping them healthy, in school and ready to learn. MeASBHC supports the development and operations of school based health care services to accomplish this goal. We have worked with them before and they recently hired us again to help them survey stakeholders and finalize their strategic plan.

Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors (2013)

The Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors is a professional association of naturopathic doctors (NDs) who live and work in Maine, dedicated to advancing the principles of naturopathic medicine and expanding Maine’s consumers’ access to natural, prevention-based health care. We were hired to facilitate the annual strategic planning meeting of the Association. 

Maine Board of Dental Practice (2016)

The Maine Board of Dental Practice licenses and monitors compliance among Maine’s dentists, hygienists, and related professions. We were hired to plan and facilitate a board workshop to identify next steps and action plans in moving the goals of the Board forward. We also prepared a complete report.

Maine Center for Disease Control (2005)

We were hired by the Maine Center for Disease Control (formerly the Bureau of Public Health) and the Muskie School for Public Service to facilitate four break-out sessions for a full-day, statewide conference on Pandemic Flu Planning for Communities.

Maine Center for Disease Control (2007)

The Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued an RFP for statewide delivery of public health services. They convened a bidders conference in Augusta and asked Good Group Decisions to provide four facilitators for regional break-out sessions.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2009)

We were hired to provide several facilitators for a statewide conference designed to develop a plan to vaccinate Maine residents against the H1N1 virus, also known as Swine Flu.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2010)

We were hired by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to facilitate a meeting of the Childhood Obesity Stakeholder Group, a cooperative of Maine State agencies and nonprofit organizations united to fight the obesity epidemic in children. The purpose of the meeting was to help the group make decisions about developing grant-funded programs.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Medical Reserve Corps (2011)

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) administers the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps, a group of volunteer medical professionals that are trained and equipped to deal with public health emergencies. There are four Medical Reserve Corps in Maine and we were hired to help organize a Statewide Advisory Group made up of representatives from each Corps. We facilitated two meetings of the advisory group and prepared complete reports of each. Leigh Tillman assisted with this project.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Outbreak Response (2011)

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) develops and delivers services to preserve, protect and promote the health and well-being of the citizens of Maine. We were hired to facilitate a full-day meeting to explore and refine foodborne illness outbreak response protocols. We also provided a full report of the meeting. Leigh Tillman served as lead facilitator.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Public Health Vulnerability Assessment (2012)

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Emergency Preparedness Unit reviews vulnerabilities in areas such as epidemiology, emergency medical services, weather services, and much more. We facilitated a meeting of over 50 statewide stakeholders to discuss and score the relative risks of potential hazardous events and situations in Maine. We also prepared a Complete Report of the meeting which included discussion comments as well as the scoring data for all 35 different situations.

Maine Dental Association (2010)

In March, the Maine Dental Association hosted the New England Dental Leadership Conference, a gathering of dentists from the six New England states that will focus on the question, “What will the practice of dentistry look like in 2020?” We were hired to facilitate this 3-day conference.

Maine Department of Health and Human Services (2005)

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services was awarded a grant to develop a statewide Oral Health Improvement Plan in collaboration with stakeholders ranging from regulators to providers. We were sub-contracted by Medical Care Development to facilitate meetings of Maine’s Oral Health Advisory Committee, to facilitate a statewide conference, and to write the resulting plan.

Maine Department of Health and Human Services (2006)

In moving to a system of Managed Care for mental health and substance abuse treatment services, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services wanted to be sure and hear from stakeholders about what was working well and what should be improved. In collaboration with the Muskie School for Public Service, we were asked to facilitate and report on a series of 14 public meetings designed to gather input. We also established a website for the benefit of the stakeholders.

Maine Family Planning (2014)

Maine Family Planning raises awareness of family planning issues and provides health care services to Mainers, especially people with limited or no income and those who are uninsured. We were hired to observe and provide feedback on an interactive training conducted by the education team.

Maine Health Access Foundation (2006)

The Maine Health Access Foundation convened 200 people at the Augusta Civic Center to discuss integration of Maine’s mental, behavioral, and physical health systems. We provided several facilitators to manage the break-out sessions.

Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) Ad Hoc Consumer Group (2016-2017)

The Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) is a state agency that collects health care data for the purpose of research, policy development, and health care improvements. We have been hired to facilitate a series of meetings of an ad hoc group of consumer advisors who will provide advice to MHDO on the new CompareMaine website, a tool to compare health care cost and quality options in Maine. We are also providing complete reports of the meetings.

 

Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) Board (2015)

The Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) is a state agency that collects health care data for the purpose of research, policy development, and health care improvements. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a retreat of MHDO Board members to reflect on the past year and plan for the future.

Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) Board (2016)

The Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) is a state agency that collects health care data for the purpose of research, policy development, and health care improvements. For the third year in a row we were hired to help plan and facilitate a retreat of MHDO Board members to reflect on the past year and plan for the future.

Maine Health Data Organization Board (2014)

The Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) is a state agency that collects health care data for the purpose of research, policy development, and health care improvements. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a meeting of MHDO Board members to discuss the scope of data collection.

Maine Health Data Organization Board (2017)

The Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) is a state agency that collects health care data for the purpose of research, policy development, and health care improvements. For the fourth year in a row we were hired to help plan and facilitate a retreat of MHDO Board members to reflect on the past year and plan for the future.

Maine Health Data Organization Consumer Advisory Group (2014-2015)

Working with the Human Services Research Institute, we facilitated, administered and documented bi-monthly meetings of the MHDO Consumer Advisory Group, whose purpose is to provide input and guidance to the Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO). The MHDO is a state agency that collects health care data for the purpose of research, policy development, and health care improvements. The Human Services Research Institute is building and operating a data warehouse and public website to help the MHDO provide clear information on health care costs and quality in Maine.

Maine Infection Prevention Collaborative (2010-2011)

Made up of representatives from each of Maine’s 39 hospitals, the Maine Infection Prevention Collaborative (MIPC) seeks to prevent and control health care associated infections. We were hired to facilitate regular 5-hour meetings of the Collaborative. The MIPC makes decisions by consensus.

Maine Medical Center (2010)

The Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at Maine Medical Center hired us to facilitate a series of focus group discussions on how prostate cancer patients receive and react to information about their prognosis. The research will be used to improve how such information is conveyed.

Maine Migrant Health Program (2014-2015)

The Maine Migrant Health Program brings health services to farmworkers across the state, such as primary care mobile medical units, outreach, case management, interpretation, health education, and referral vouchers. We were hired to plan and facilitate a strategic planning retreat and prepare a draft strategic plan with measurable objectives,  a timeline, and specific responsibilities for specific steps.

Maine Nursing Action Coalition (2017)

The Maine Nursing Action Coalition works to create innovative solutions where nurses are leading the way to address Maine’s health challenges. We were hired to plan and facilitate a stakeholder meeting to build shared understanding of Maine’s projected nursing shortage and to develop approaches to address related challenges.

Maine Nutrition Network (2006)

At beautiful Maple Hill Farm in Hallowell, we facilitated a full day conference for the members of the Maine Nutrition Network. About a hundred people attended. We helped the group decide their mission and specific areas of work for the next few years, along with how they should best be structured to achieve their goals. As follow up, we helped them write their strategic plan to be finalized at their annual meeting.

Maine Nutrition Network (2011)

The Maine Nutrition Network is a collaborative of public and private partners that coordinates nutrition and physical activity initiatives and contributes to policies and environments that improve the health of Maine people. We were hired to facilitate the Network’s annual meeting of about 100 people – in order to engage strategic stakeholders and partners in a discussion about the future of the Network. Leigh Tillman assisted with this project.

Maine Optometric Association (2013)

As the representative voice of optometry in Maine, the Maine Optometric Association advances the quality and availability of eye, vision, and related health care in Maine. We have been hired to facilitate a meeting among members to develop organizational priority focus areas and an action plan for the next few years. 

Maine Osteopathic Association (2009)

The organization, which is dedicated to providing professional education and services for the osteopathic profession to ensure the quality of osteopathic care to the people of Maine, hired us to facilitate a full-day retreat of the Board of Directors focusing on strategic planning. Following the retreat, we prepared a report.

Maine Primary Care Association (2008)

The Maine Primary Care Association works to strengthen and sustain Maine’s Primary Care Safety Net, providing high quality health care to underserved populations in Maine. We facilitated a board retreat, and prepared a complete meeting report that will serve as the basis of a strategic plan.

Maine Primary Care Association (2009)

For over 25 years, the Maine Primary Care Association has worked to strengthen and sustain Maine’s Primary Care Safety Net. We were hired to facilitate two meetings among representatives of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to discuss how to more effectively communicate medical information. We also prepared reports of each of the meetings.

Maine Public Health Association (2016)

The Maine Public Health Association (MPHA) is a member-based nonprofit organization advocating for polices and environments that promote public health and health equity in Maine. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat.

Maine Quality Counts (2011)

Maine Quality Counts builds capabilities for patient-centered, equitable and high-quality health care in Maine. We were hired to help plan and facilitate two regional roundtable discussions among health care providers and administrators in Washington and Piscataquis Counties, on emerging models of health care. As part of this project we facilitated a simultaneous meeting in Calais and Machias, connected by an Interactive TV system. We are also preparing Complete Reports of the meetings. Leigh Tillman served as lead facilitator.

Maine Quality Counts (2012)

Maine Quality Counts builds capabilities for patient-centered, equitable and high-quality health care in Maine. We were hired to facilitate a board meeting to review current strategic priorities and plan for the future.

Maine State Innovation Model (SIM) (2016)

The Maine State Innovation Model (SIM) is a partnership of health care providers, insurers, data analysts, and others with the goals of improving the health of Maine’s population, improving the experiences of Maine patients, and reducing the total costs of care. We were hired to facilitate a series of six meetings of the SIM Medicare Proposal Oversight Committee and support the Committee’s development of a proposal to explore innovative payment models for the Maine Medicare system.

Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice (2011-2012)

Affiliated with Dartmouth Medical School, the University of New England School of Osteopathic Medicine and MaineGeneral Medical Center, the Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice is a group of family practitioners serving the greater Waterville area and training resident doctors who specialize in family medicine. We were hired to help the management team develop a strategic plan to define the Practice’s future. We facilitated a series of meetings over a two-year period which resulted in a written strategic plan.

Manchester Health Department (2011)

The Manchester Health Department (MHD) provides public health services to the large, culturally diverse city of Manchester, New Hampshire (pop. 110,000). We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning process to help the MHD develop strategic goals and a framework for implementation. In addition to facilitating strategic planning meetings, we conducted stakeholder interviews and employee focus groups, and prepared a written final draft of the strategic plan.

Massachusetts Psychiatric Society (2014)

The Massachusetts Psychiatric Society represents the majority of psychiatrists in Massachusetts, promotes education, legislation, and resource allocation to address the needs and rights of the mentally and emotionally ill, and provides a supportive and informative professional community. Craig was hired to plan and facilitate leadership development training for psychiatry residents actively involved with the Society’s council and committees. Training was delivered in both a full group setting and via individual coaching.

Medical Care Development (2009)

Initially administered by Medical Care Development, the Casco Bay Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention launched a program called 21 Reasons. They hired us to facilitate an important organizational meeting that, among other things, resulted in renaming the program Casco Bay Can.

Medical Rehabilitation Associates (2009-2010)

This highly successful partnership of physicians with offices in Brunswick, Lewiston and Augusta hired us to help them better define roles and governance procedures.

Mercy Hospital (2007)

The managers and directors of the Patient Care Services division of Mercy Hospital hired us to facilitate a two-day off-site staff retreat at which we did team building exercises, expertiential learning, and strategic planning.

Muskie School of the University of Southern Maine (2007)

We were hired by the Integrated Core Injury Prevention and Control Program of the Muskie School of the University of Southern Maine to facilitate a full-day, statewide conference on how to reduce the misuse of perscription drugs. We provided multiple facilitators for the day and also prepared a report of the conference.

NAMI Maine (2016-2017)

NAMI Maine, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, provides support, education, and advocacy to better the lives of those affected by mental illness. We were hired by the NAMI Maine System Reform Advisory Committee to help gather stakeholder input on indicators to measure the success of Maine’s mental health system, and to help plan action steps based on the input.

North Country Associates (2005)

North Country Associates is a leading provider of post acute Medicare skilled nursing, rehabilitation and long term care in New England. This private corporation operates 20 facilities and has about 1600 employees. They hired us to work with their senior management team over a six month period to improve communications and overall productivity, and help establish their strategic direction.

North Country Associates (2006)

North Country Associates is a leading provider of post acute Medicare skilled nursing, rehabilitation and long term care in New England. This private corporation operates 20 facilities and has about 1600 employees. They hired us to work at specific facilities to improve communications and effectiveness among department heads.

PATCH (Planned Approach to Community Health) (2007-Fall)

The Waterville area PATCH (Planned Approach to Community Health) received a significant Healthy Maine Partnership grant from the Maine Center for Disease Control to provide public health and related services. We were hired to facilitate a board retreat to discuss how PATCH will transition into its new role. We also prepared a summary report of the meeting.

PATCH (Planned Approach to Community Health) (2007-Spring)

The Waterville area PATCH (Planned Approach to Community Health) has hired us to help them establish an optimal institutional arrangement for responding to a public health delivery RFP recently issued by Maine Center for Disease Conrol. We facilitated a meeting of the Board of Directors and other key players and prepared a meeting report.

Pen Bay Healthcare Foundation (2010)

We have been hired to facilitate a meeting among five island health centers: Northhaven, Vinalhaven, Islesboro, Monhegan, and Matinicus. We will be using internet video technology. We will discuss improved collaboration and sharing resources among the island health centers.

Penobscot Community Health Care (2008)

Penobscot Community Health Care is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving the 38 towns of greater Bangor. Its mission is to provide access, regardless of ability to pay, for people of the region to quality community health care services, and to promote access for all in Maine. We were hired to facilitate a retreat of board members to launch the development of PCHC’s strategic plan.

Portland Public Health (2008)

The Public Health Division of the City of Portland hired us to help them develop a strategic plan. We interviewed key stakeholders and facilitated a series of management meetings that resulted in a prioritized list of activities to be done over the next three years. The plan contains specific performance measures with data presented graphically.

Providence Service Corporation of Maine (2009)

Providence Service Corporation of Maine, also known as Providence of Maine, is an organization specializing in nonresidential community-based services. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat with the management staff.

Providence Service Corporation of Maine (2010)

Providence Service Corporation of Maine, also known as Providence of Maine, is an organization specializing in nonresidential community-based services. We were hired to facilitate a focus group discussion among high school educators to explore potential opportunities for collaboration in light of new federal funding.

Quality Counts Consumer Advisory Council (2014-2015)

Maine Quality Counts is an independent health care collaborative committed to improving health and health care for the people of Maine by leading, collaborating, and aligning improvement efforts. Members of the Quality Counts Consumer Advisory Council provide  input and guidance to ensure that Quality Counts programs and initiatives appropriately reflect the consumer/patient perspective. We were hired to plan, facilitate, and document a series of regular meetings of the Consumer Advisory Council.

Quality Review Committee (2005)

The Quality Review Committee is a state-chartered group with responsibilities to review the quality of work that Elder Independence of Maine delivers to about 3,000 consumers of home-based care services throughout Maine. They hired us to facilitate a strategic planning session to re-consider their overall mission and scope of work.

Quality Review Council (2005-2012)

The Quality Review Council is established by state law to review homecare services provided by Elder Independence of Maine. The Council reviews quality reports and also works on short-term, high priority projects to improve home care. We were retained to facilitate all regular meetings of the Council.

Redington-Fairview General Hospital (2008)

We were engaged to facilitate a mission retreat by Redington-Fairview General Hospital, an independent community hospital located in Skowhegan, Maine, that has provided quality, comprehensive health services to the residents of Somerset County since 1952. At the retreat we helped the organization develop a mission statement that is simple, understandable and compels enthusiasm.

Reducing Youth Obesity in Maine (2010)

The Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership was asked by Health Policy Partners of Maine to convene a forum that would bring together key leaders representing a wide range of interests. We were hired to facilitate a full-day discussion among educators, private employers, and environmentalists to develop strategies to reduce youth obesity in Maine.

Sacopee Valley Health Center (2009)

We were hired to facilitate a board retreat to develop a new strategic plan for the Sacopee Valley Health Center, located in Porter, Maine, which has been delivering comprehensive health care services to the Sacopee Valley since 1976. In preparation for the retreat, we tabulated and analyzed the results of a community-wide survey conducted by the Health Center. We also prepared a report of the board retreat.

Sacopee Valley Health Center (2012-2013)

Sacopee Valley Health Center, located in Porter, Maine, has been delivering comprehensive health care services to the Sacopee Valley since 1976. We were hired to help facilitate a staff retreat and a board retreat to assess progress on past strategic plan goals and plan for the future. We also surveyed the staff, board, and community to gather input ahead of the retreats.

Sacopee Valley Health Center (2015)

Building on our past work with the Sacopee Valley Health Center in Porter, Maine, we were hired to conduct a staff survey among the Health Center’s nearly 50 employees. Results from the survey will be used to help plan future staff and board retreats and to consider future changes at the Health Center.

Sacopee Valley Health Center (2015-2016)

Building on our past work with the Sacopee Valley Health Center in Porter, Maine, we were hired to help plan and facilitate a staff retreat to work on strategic issues and plan for the future. We also prepared a complete report of the retreat.

Sacopee Valley Health Center (2017)

Sacopee Valley Health Center in Porter, Maine, has been delivering comprehensive health care services to the region since 1976. As in the past, we helped facilitate a series of leadership team and board meetings to assess progress on past goals and to update the Center’s strategic plan for the future.

Shalom House (2006)

Shalom House helps hundreds of people with serious mental illness each year by providing affordable housing where people can escape the stress of homelessness, hunger, and isolation. We were hired to deliver training on communications and conflict management styles.

Shalom House (2007)

Shalom House helps hundreds of people with serious mental illness each year by providing affordable housing where people can escape the stress of homelessness, hunger, and isolation. We were hired to deliver training to staff on stress reduction. Via a number of interactive games and activities, we discussed the causes of stress, reactions to stress (healthy and unhealthy) and developed a list of strategies to reduce stress.

Shalom House (2010)

Shalom House provides an array of community based services and quality housing for adults living with severe mental illness in Maine. We have been hired to facilitate a full-day retreat, among staff from all over the state, focused on team building and improving productivity and efficiency.

St. Joseph’s Manor (2007)

St. Joseph’s Manor offers a range of nursing home services including assisted living, skilled nursing care, and adult day care. This private, non-profit provides a true continuum of care at its beautiful Portland facility. We were hired to help the board analyze their current situation and establish strategic goals.

State of Maine Board of Dental Examiners (2016)

The Maine Board of Dental Examiners licenses and monitors compliance among Maine’s dentists, hygienists, and related professions. We were hired to plan and facilitate a board workshop to determine top priorities for the next year and to clarify roles and responsibilities of the board.

Statewide Quality Improvement Council (2017)

The Statewide Quality Improvement Council (QIC) represents people served by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services by advising the Commissioner on issues of statewide system implementation, advising the Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Block Grant process, and working to ensure that Maine provides quality mental health and substance abuse services in an environment of respect and empowerment. We were hired to plan and facilitate two strategic planning meetings to build shared agreement on vision, mission, values, an action plan, and committee responsibilities. As a result we prepared a Complete Meeting Report and a Draft Strategic Plan.

 

Tri-County Mental Health Services (2012)

Tri-County Mental Health Services delivers state of the art mental health, substance abuse, habilitation, and life skills services to the people of Maine. We were hired to facilitate a staff training session.

United Way of Mid Coast Maine (2009)

This United Way, based in Bath, hired us to facilitate discussion among providers of mental health service in the Mid Coast region in order to identify gaps in service and to plan for improved service delivery in the future.

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (2011)

Founded in 1978, with campuses in Portland and Biddeford, the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine trains students to become osteopathic physicians. The Dean of the College convened a conclave among all the faculty to discuss the future of the College. We were hired to facilitate and provide a complete report of the conclave. In addition to discussing strategic issues we also did some team building.

VNA Home Health Care (2007)

VNA Home Health Care is a major provider of home health and hospice care affiliated with Mercy Hospital and serving families throughout Cumberland and northern York Counties since 1921. We facilitated a multi-day leadership retreat at Camp Kieve on the shores of Damariscotta Lake where we worked on strategic planning and team building.

VNA Home Health Hospice (2014)

VNA Home Health Hospice provides in-home care, skilled nursing, social work, physical therapy, and hospice services throughout Maine. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a two-day off-site retreat among executive leaders that included team building and strategic and operational discussions.

Volunteers of America Northern New England (2009)

Volunteers of America Northern New England hosted a statewide conference to confront the problem of misuses of prescription drugs. Participants from the medical, pharmacology, law enforcement, substance abuse treatment & prevention, and mental health fields discussed how medicine moves from health to hazard, what can be done to intervene in the diversion process and what some communities across Maine are doing to tackle this growing concern. We were hired to facilitate the conference as well as follow-up meetings with the leaders to define next steps.

Nonprofit

350 Maine (2014)

350 Maine is a grassroots network across the state working to address global warming and climate change, under the organizing model of the 350.org global movement.  We were hired to plan and facilitate a meeting to achieve consensus on organizational structure and related issues. We also did additional advance work to gather specific ideas from the group on one of the meeting topics.

AARP (2009)

Using a unique approach to problem solving, AARP hired us to facilitate a meeting among stakeholders to discuss a proposed legislative bill (LD 1078) that would reorganize the delivery of state-supported long term care. Held at the State House in Augusta, the meeting included the Commissioner and other top officials from the Department of Health and Human Services, legislators, and representatives from several organizations with an interest in long term care.

AARP (2011)

AARP is is a membership organization leading positive social change and delivering value to people age 50 and over through information, advocacy and service. We were hired to facilitate a “community conversation” to collect community input on key issues and prepare a full report. Leigh Tillman served as lead facilitator.

Acadia Center (2015)

The Acadia Center develops innovative policies to combat global warming and promote clean energy and clean air solutions. As in the past, we were hired to plan and facilitate a multi-day staff and board retreat in Jamestown, Rhode Island.

Acadia Center (formerly Environment Northeast) (2014)

The Acadia Center (formerly known as Environment Northeast, or “ENE”) develops innovative policies to combat global warming and promote clean energy and clean air solutions in New England and Eastern Canada. As in the past, Craig was hired to plan and facilitate a multi-day staff and board retreat to review organizational successes and challenges and to build team effectiveness. Craig returned to beautiful Jamestown, Rhode Island for this year’s retreat.

Agawam Council (Camp Agawam) (2014-2015)

Camp Agawam, located on Crescent Lake in Raymond, Maine, is a traditional seven-week summer camp for boys, founded in 1919. We helped plan and facilitate a strategic planning process for the Agawam Council Board of Directors, which governs the camp.

American Heart Association (2011)

The Maine chapter of the American Heart Association is dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. We have been hired to conduct an advanced survey of board members and facilitate a full day board retreat.

American Psychiatric Association Area One Council (2009)

The American Psychiatric Association Area One Council, representing psychiatrists in the six New England states as well as Canada’s Eastern provinces and Quebec, engaged us to facilitate two meetings at its spring conference in Boston. We also prepared reports of the meetings.

Androscoggin Land Trust (2008)

The Androscoggin Land Trust is dedicated to protecting, through land conservation and stewardship, the important natural areas, traditional landscapes, and outdoor experience along the central Androscoggin River corridor. We were hired to facilitate a full day retreat of the board of directors to assess the current organizational capacity and environmental trends, develop strategic goals, and refine the organization’s mission. In addition to facilitating the meeting, we also prepared a complete report that will serve as the basis for a strategic plan.

Arts Are Elementary (2011)

Since 1980, Arts Are Elementary (AAE) has brought visual artists, writers and performers into the Brunswick elementary schools, reaching all children in grades one through five with fun, inspiring models and opportunities for creative expression. We were hired to facilitate a half-day meeting to help the organization make decisions about its future. Leigh Tillman served as lead facilitator.

Avesta Housing (2009)

Avesta Housing is the largest non-profit housing agency in Maine. It promotes and provides housing opportunities primarily for Southern Maine people in need and helps them access other needed services. They hired us to deliver training in effective face-to-face communication for their entire staff.

Bangor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (2011-2012)

Bangor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a 60-bed facility providing nursing care, assisted living, and rehabilitation therapies. We were hired to help facilitate development of a strategic plan. The process included industry/competitor analysis, internal and external stakeholder interviews, a staff survey, and a series of facilitated strategy team meetings.

Bates College – Gulf of Maine Field Research Stations (2015)

Bates College, in collaboration with the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, has received a National Science Foundation grant to coordinate the efforts of Field Research Stations around the Gulf of Maine. At an overnight meeting on Hurricane Island in Penobscot Bay, we helped the group prioritize research needs and coordinate their efforts.

Belfast Area Ecovillage (2007)

We helped this group of energetic, ambitious people work on starting a new cohousing community in the Belfast, Maine area. Initial tasks include deciding organizational structure, decision making rules, and an initial work plan.

Bethel Area Nonprofit Collaborative (BANC) (2017)

The Bethel Area Nonprofit Collaborative (BANC) is a group of nonprofits with a wide variety of missions in the Bethel, Maine region committed to working together to improve the community. We were hired to plan and facilitate a strategic planning process for BANC, to answer key questions about activities, outreach, and organizational structure. The process included stakeholder interviews and focus groups, and meetings among BANC members to build consensus on answers to strategic questions.

Blue Hill Center for Holistic Health (2004)

This brand new and ambitious board of directors hired Craig to run a kick-off board retreat at which the group made several decisions about how they will operate as a board and approved a draft vision statement for their organization. The board operates by consensus, so there was a fair amount of time devoted to learning consensus process and conflict management.

Boston Children’s Museum (2010)

The mission of the Boston Children’s Museum, founded in 1913, is to help children understand and enjoy the world in which they live. We were hired to provide training on how to have effective meetings and time management.

Bowdoin College (2008-Fall)

Bowdoin College is a nationally renowned college of liberal arts and science in Brunswick, Maine. We were hired by Bowdoin to work with staff of an administrative office to improve communications and team effectiveness. We conducted advance interviews with all staff within that office, facilitated a half-day retreat and prepared a summary report.

Bowdoin College (2008-Spring)

Bowdoin College is a nationally renowned college of liberal arts and science in Brunswick, Maine. We were hired to conduct a professional development luncheon among all the Student Affairs staff of Bowdoin. We reviewed basic mediation principles and discussed specific case studies.

Bowdoin College (2010)

Bowdoin is a nationally renowned college of liberal arts and science in Brunswick, Maine. We were hired by the Student Activities Office to facilitate a full-day staff retreat.

Breakwater School (2007)

The Breakwater School is an independent pre-school and elementary school located in Portland, Maine. Founded in 1956, Breakwater is private, non-denominational, and co-educational. They hired us to facilitate a short series of meetings among the board, parents, and faculty.

Bridgton Recreation Advancement Group (2007)

The Bridgton Recreation Advancement Group hired us to facilitate a public community forum to gather input on a newly proposed community recreation facility. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (2011 – Fall)

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) preserves acreage of ecological, agricultural and aesthetic importance in the neighboring towns of Brunswick and Topsham. BTLT hired us to facilitate a full day board retreat focused on the future of Crystal Spring Farm, a working farm owned by BTLT that raises vegetables and livestock, maintains recreational trails, and hosts a farmers’ market on 320 acres. We also prepared a full report of the meeting.

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (2011 – Spring)

Since 1985, the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust has preserved more than 1,100 acres in the neighboring towns of Brunswick and Topsham in an effort to protect properties with true ecological, agricultural and aesthetic importance. With support from the Maine Department of Agriculture, we were hired to facilitate an outreach meeting among farmers and neighbors.

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (2012)

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust teamed up with the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust on a long term project to help improve sustainability of local agriculture in the Merrymeeting Bay Region. We were hired to facilitate a roundtable meeting that brought together regional stakeholders to gather information, begin to identify solutions, and develop a network. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (2015)

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust protects 1,100 acres of properties with ecological, agricultural and aesthetic importance in Brunswick and Topsham. The Trust also is a convener of the Merrymeeting Food Council, a collaborative network of farmers, non-profits, businesses, government, and individuals working to advance a thriving, resilient food system. We were hired to facilitate a meeting to help refine goals and action plans for the newly-formed food council. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

 

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (2016)

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust protects 1,100 acres of properties with ecological, agricultural and aesthetic importance in Brunswick and Topsham. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat to affirm mission and vision and establish strategic direction going forward. We also provided a Complete Report of the meeting.

Camp Kieve and Wavus Camps (2005)

Situated on opposite ends of Damariscotta Lake, the boards of directors of these camps engaged in seven months of discussions, which initially began as explorations on how to collaborate, but which resulted in a complete merger of the two organizations. With many details to work out, they jointly hired us to facilitate their meetings and bring them to a very satisfying win-win agreement.

Cancer Community Center (2011)

Since 1998, the Cancer Community Center in South Portland, Maine has offered support and information as well as a sense of community for people living with cancer, their families and their friends. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat of the Board of Trustees. We also conducted an advance survey of all Board members.

Cancer Community Center (2013)

Since 1998, the Cancer Community Center in South Portland, Maine has offered support and information as well as a sense of community for people living with cancer, their families and their friends. For the second time, we have been hired to help plan and facilitate a board retreat to assess progress on strategic plan goals and plan for the future.

Cancer Community Center (2014)

As in years past, the Cancer Community Center in South Portland, Maine, hired us to facilitate a strategic planning retreat for their Board of Directors. The Center offers support and information as well as a sense of community for people living with cancer, their families and their friends.

Center for Cultural Exchange (2007)

The Center for Cultural Exchange is a not-for-profit community arts center with a mission of advancing cultural understanding through arts and education programs. Faced with some critical decisions about their future, the board hired us to facilitate a four-hour meeting to explore options and develop consensus. We also prepared a report of the meeting.

Chebeague Island Council (2016)

The Chebeague Island Council is a volunteer organization started in the 1940s on this Casco Bay Island with roughly 400 residents. The Council addresses a wide variety of community needs such as health and wellness, fuel assistance, hospice care, parades and festivals, and fundraising for local charitable causes. We were hired to facilitate a strategic direction workshop among members of the board, to help the Council take stock of its activities and plan for the future.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (2007)

Having recently moved from Boston to Portland, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. CIEE creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad. CIEE management hired us to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country at a camp-on-a-lake setting. We worked through many issues, made several decisions and did some fun, team-building exercises.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (2008)

Headquartered in Portland, Maine, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. CIEE creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad. As in 2007, CIEE management hired us to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country at which they worked through many issues, made decisions, and engaged in fun team-building exercises. Following the retreat, we prepared a summary report.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (2009)

Headquartered in Portland, Maine, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. CIEE creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad. For the third year in a row, CIEE management hired us to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country to work through many issues, make decisions, and engage in fun team-building exercises. Following the retreat, we prepared a report.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (2010)

Headquartered in Portland, Maine, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. CIEE creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad. For the fourth year in a row, CIEE management hired us to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country to work through many issues, make decisions, and engage in fun team-building exercises. We prepared a report following the retreat.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (2011)

Headquartered in Portland, Maine, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. CIEE creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad. For the fifth year in a row, CIEE management hired us to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country to work through many issues, make decisions, and engage in fun team-building exercises.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (2014)

For the eighth year in a row, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) hired us to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country. In these retreats we work through issues, make important decisions, and have fun doing creative team-building exercises. This year we returned to Sebago Lake in southwestern Maine.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (2015)

For the ninth year in a row, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) hired us to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country. In these retreats we find a beautiful Maine location and work through issues that have come up, make important decisions about the future, and have fun doing creative team-building exercises.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (2016)

For the ninth year in a row, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) has hired us to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country. In these retreats we work through issues that have emerged over the past year, make important decisions about the future, and have fun doing creative team-building exercises.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (2017)

For the tenth year in a row, CIEE has hired Craig to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country. In these retreats we review the past year, plan for the future, and build our teamwork skills with fun activities.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (Early Fall 2012)

For the sixth year in a row, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) management hired us to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country to work through issues, make decisions, and have fun doing creative team-building exercises.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (Fall 2013)

For the seventh year in a row, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) hired us to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country. In these retreats we work through issues, make important decisions, and have fun doing creative team-building exercises. This year we were on lovely Sebago Lake in southwestern Maine.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (Late Fall 2012)

Headquartered in Portland, Maine, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. CIEE creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad. We were hired to plan and facilitate a workshop on challenging conversations and follow up with a one-page write-up of practical tools and techniques.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (Spring 2012)

For the second year in a row, we were hired to deliver a training workshop on management conflict for staff members who provide support to foreign high school students visiting the United States and their host families.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (Spring 2013)

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. Craig was hired to deliver his interactive keynote address “Group Decisions Done Right” at a national training conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (Winter 2011)

Headquartered in Portland, Maine, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. We were hired to deliver a workshop on conflict prevention, management, and resolution to staff members who provide support to foreign high school students visiting the United States and their host families.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (Winter 2016)

The Council on International Educational Exchange offers a Global High School program to facilitate international exchange among young people. Craig was hired to plan and facilitate a workshop on innovation for the High School staff at a CIEE retreat in Kona, Hawaii.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) Work & Travel USA Program (2012)

The CIEE Work & Travel USA Program supports more than 10,000 students to find jobs across the U.S. every year. We were hired to facilitate a training session and discussion among staff from various departments to help clarify roles and protocols.

CIEE Support Team (2017)

Based in Portland, Maine, the CIEE Support Team helps CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange)’s students, host families, and local coordinators have a safe and smooth experience during CIEE’s programs. We have been hired to facilitate a meeting for members of the Support Team to discuss and develop a mission statement for their department.

Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME) (2016)

Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME) serves those affected by co-occurring conditions by advocating for best practices, encouraging professional development, maximizing collaboration, and facilitating integrated health and behavioral health services. We were hired to plan and facilitate a strategic planning board retreat to affirm strategic direction and identify specific strategies for board and member development.

Common Ties Mental Health Services (2011)

Since 1985, Common Ties Mental Health Services has promoted the health and wellness of citizens of Androscoggin County by providing programs to support recovery from physical, mental, and substance abuse illnesses. We have been hired to help plan and facilitate a strategic planning retreat for the staff. We will also prepare a draft Strategic Plan based on results of the retreat.

Community Clinical Services (2009)

Part of St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston, Maine, Community Clinical Services is a Federally Qualified Health Center with 19 different practice sites. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat of the board of directors.

Community Clinical Services (2010)

Part of St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston, Maine, Community Clinical Services is a Federally Qualified Health Center with 19 different practice sites. We were hired to help finalize the organization’s strategic plan.

Community Clinical Services (2012)

Affiliated with St. Mary’s Health System, Community Clinical Services (CCS) provides comprehensive medical services — including primary care, dental care, mental health, and school-based health — to the residents of Androscoggin County, for the benefit of the community. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat among members of the board and senior staff to review community needs and decide on strategic directions for CCS. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

Community Concepts, Inc. (2011)

Community Concepts offers a variety of housing, economic development and social services for the communities of Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties. We were hired for a series of meetings to help the staff, board, and executive team debrief a recent challenge that the organization faced and come to conclusions about how such a challenge might be handled in the future.

Community Concepts, Inc. (2012-2013)

Community Concepts offers a variety of housing, economic development and social services for communities in western Maine. We were hired to help facilitate an organization-wide process to collaboratively develop a Statement of Values – a concise list of values that every employee understands, believes in, is enthusiastic about, and can use to help guide critical decision-making and problem solving. Leigh Tillman served as lead facilitator.

Community Concepts, Inc. (2014)

Community Concepts offers a variety of housing, economic development and social services for the communities of Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties. We were hired to facilitate a Leaders’ Circle work session on the Community Concepts Values Statement.

Conservation Law Foundation (2017)

The Conservation Law Foundation protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people, using the law, science, and the market to create solutions that preserve natural resources, build healthy communities, and sustain a vibrant economy. We were hired to plan, facilitate, and prepare a Complete Report of a staff retreat in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Consumer Council System of Maine and NAMI (2010-2011)

The Consumer Council System of Maine has teamed up with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to convene a series of meetings of peer and family support groups for people with mental and behavioral health challenges. The purpose of the meetings is to explore collaboration opportunities. We have been hired to help plan and facilitate the meetings and prepare a complete report.

Creative Work Systems (2007)

Creative Work Systems seeks to enable persons with cognitive, physical and psychiatric handicaps to increase or regain self-sufficiency through employment, independent living support, and personal skills development and social/interpersonal opportunities. They hired us to conduct a series of two-hour training sessions for managers based on The Seven Challenges of Cooperative Communications, by Denis Rivers.

Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership (2011)

Since its founding in 2002, the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership has worked to build a solid foundation of healthcare leadership for Maine’s future. We were hired to facilitate a full day conference, “Accelerating Clinical Information Sharing for Maine’s Behavioral Health Provider Community” and several follow-up meetings.

DFD Russell Medical Centers (2008)

We facilitated a board retreat to develop a new three-year strategic plan for the DFD Russell Medical Centers (DFDRMC) in Leeds, Turner and Monmouth, an independent public/private partnership founded in 1975 to provide affordable and accessible health care to area residents.

Downeast Lakes Land Trust (2016)

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust protects lakeshores, improves fish and wildlife habitats, provides public recreation opportunities, offers educational programs, and supports jobs in the forest and on the water in eastern Maine. We facilitated a retreat of board members to develop a plan for the next five years.

Durham Friends Quaker Meeting (2014)

Durham Friends Quaker Meeting is a welcoming faith-based community that has been gathering in the Durham, Maine area since the 1770’s. Craig was hired to plan and facilitate three committee sessions to help define the Meeting and clarify the pastoral role.

Eastern Maine Development Corporation (2015)

Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) provides technical assistance, access to capital, community planning, and other economic development services. We were hired to facilitate and document a series of roundtable discussions of industry stakeholders in eastern Maine. Information gathered from the discussions will help EMDC develop a plan for using regional assets to build economic growth and stability.

Eastern Maine Healthcare (2009)

Eastern Maine Healthcare hired us to facilitate internal management discussions in order to improve collaboration and service delivery.

Eastport for Pride (2004)

This non-profit organization, with a mission to revitalize downtown Eastport, hired us to individually interview each board member and conduct a full-day strategic planning retreat to address their most challenging issues.

Eastport Health Care (2011)

Eastport Health Care is a FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) providing the residents of Washington County with comprehensive medical, dental and mental health care. We were hired to plan and facilitate a one-day retreat of the Board of Directors to review the mission and vision and begin crafting a strategic plan for the next five years.

Educate Maine (2012)

Educate Maine, created by the merger of the Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education and the Maine Compact for Higher Education, champions increased education attainment and college and career readiness. We were hired to facilitate a board retreat to discuss key education challenges and opportunities and make plans for the organization’s top strategic objectives. We also conducted interviews with individual board members and prepared a brief report in advance of the meeting.

Educate Maine CS-IT Initiative (2012)

The Educate Maine Computer Science and Information Technology Initiative (CS-IT) is a statewide effort to double the number of computer science Bachelors degree graduates between now and 2016. Business leaders have gathered into seven teams to work on various projects in support of this goal. We were hired to facilitate a meeting among all seven teams in order to coordinate their efforts.

Elder Abuse Institute of Maine (2013-2015)

Founded in 1995, the nonprofit Elder Abuse Institute of Maine promotes the awareness and prevention of elder abuse through training, collaboration, outreach and advocacy. The Institute also offers transitional housing options and supportive services for elder victims. We were hired to facilitate a series of meetings among members of the board to plan for the future of the Institute’s housing and support programs. In addition to facilitation, our services included arranging meeting space, sending out meeting announcements, preparing notes of each meeting, and maintaining the participant contact list.

Elder Independence of Maine (EIM) (2007)

Elder Independence of Maine (EIM) is Maine’s Home Care Coordination Agency. A division of SeniorsPlus, EIM connects people throughout the state of Maine with home care services. We were hired to conduct a retreat for senior management to improve meeting efficiencies and role definition.

Elder Issues Partnership (2004-2012)

A large coalition of organizations that serve elderly in various ways banded together in a coalition and retained us to facilitate their monthly meetings which always consisted of exchanging information about state and federal policy initiatives and often included outside speakers on topics of interest. In addition, we provided complete secretariat services which included meeting write up and distribution, handling all correspondence, managing a website and list serve on behalf of the group, and arranging meeting facilities. The group tried to influence state policy to better serve elderly people. More recently, we were hired to facilitate a strategic planning meeting for the coalition.

Elder Justice Partners (2011)

The Elder Justice Partners is a partnership of 17 state government and non-profit agencies working to protect Maine seniors. Elder Justice Partners convened a day-long summit of leaders working in the area of elder abuse to highlight the current state of elder abuse outreach and prosecution and plan for the future of elder abuse work in Maine. We were hired to facilitate and prepare a complete report of the summit.

Encore Leadership Corps (ENCorps) (2011)

Every year Encore Leadership Corps (ENCorps) trains hundreds of older Mainers to be volunteer leaders for environmental stewardship and grassroots community development. ENCorps’ annual two-day Leadership Summit provides training sessions with state and national leaders focused on improving and protecting the quality of life throughout Maine. As part of the summit, we were hired to plan and facilitate a workshop on “How to Deal with Difficult People”. Leigh Tillman served as lead facilitator.

Encore Leadership Corps (ENCorps) (2012)

Encore Leadership Corps (ENCorps) trains hundreds of older Mainers to be volunteer leaders for environmental stewardship and grassroots community development, and their annual two-day Leadership Summit provides training sessions with state and national leaders focused on improving and protecting the quality of life throughout Maine. For the second year in a row, we were hired to plan and facilitate a summit workshop on “Dealing with Difficult People”. At the summit we also facilitated conversations about environment and conservation, health and wellness, and building a sense of community. Leigh Tillman served as lead facilitator.

ENE – Environment Northeast (2008)

Environment Northeast (ENE) is a non-profit organization that researches and advocates innovative policies that tackle environmental challenges while promoting sustainable economies. We were hired to facilitate a board retreat and a staff retreat in order to help establish a strategic direction and improve effectiveness. We prepared summary reports for both retreats.

ENE – Environment Northeast (Fall 2011)

Environment Northeast (ENE) is a non-profit organization at the forefront of efforts to combat global warming and promote clean energy and clean air solutions in New England and Eastern Canada. ENE researches, develops and advocates innovative policies that tackle the region’s environmental challenges while promoting sustainable economies. ENE hired us to help plan and facilitate its 3-day annual staff/board retreat, where we engaged in team building activities, program-issue brainstorming sessions, and strategic planning sessions with the board.

ENE – Environment Northeast (Fall 2012)

Environment Northeast (ENE) develops innovative policies to combat global warming and promote clean energy and clean air solutions in New England and Eastern Canada. We were hired to plan and facilitate a three-day staff and board retreat at lovely Point Lookout in Northport, Maine, to review organizational successes and challenges and build team effectiveness.

ENE – Environment Northeast (Spring 2012)

Environment Northeast (ENE) develops innovative policies to combat global warming and promote clean energy and clean air solutions in New England and Eastern Canada. We have been hired in an ongoing capacity as a management consultant to help facilitate implementation of ENE’s strategic goals developed at a retreat in Fall 2011.

Enterprise Maine (2006)

Enterprise Maine, now called the Growth Council of Oxford Hills, hired us to work on several projects over the course of a whole year. We helped the Lake Region Development Council establish a strategic plan and organizational structure to achieve it. We helped the Naples Downtown Group get organized to serve as an advocate for the downtown. We helped the Enterprise Maine board develop a new strategic plan. We helped to build institutional capacity among the Oxford Hills Business Development Network and the Lakes Region Business Development Network. We helped to organize the region’s modular building companies into a Building Trades Workforce Collaborative designed to result in benefits for the partner companies and for the entire region. And we facilitated a public forum in Downtown Norway to gather public input on how to spend Community Development Block Grant funds.

Environment Northeast (ENE) (2013)

Environment Northeast (ENE) develops innovative policies to combat global warming and promote clean energy and clean air solutions in New England and Eastern Canada. As in the past, we were hired to plan and facilitate a multi-day staff and board retreat to review organizational successes and challenges and to build team effectiveness. This year’s retreat took place in Jamestown, Rhode Island.

Environmental Education Funders Collaborative (2013)

The Environmental Education Funders Collaborative (EEFC) is an informal collaborative of funders in the San Francisco Bay Area that develops avenues for sharing and partnering with the many stakeholders in the field of environmental and science education. We were hired to plan and facilitate a full-day conference of environmental educators and funders in San Francisco, CA.

Family Planning Association of Maine (2013)

The Family Planning Association of Maine raises awareness of family planning issues and provides health care services to Mainers, especially people with limited or no income and those who are uninsured. We were hired to facilitate a full-day staff retreat to explore workplace culture and the Association’s work in clinical settings. We also prepared a Complete Report of the retreat.

Farmington Downtown Association (2009-2011)

We were hired by the Farmington Downtown Association to help assess parking supply and demand, consumer preferences for retail opportunities, and strategies for improving business downtown. We also facilitated a community-wide meeting and a meeting of downtown business owners to share findings and gather additional input. Downtown Farmington has been designated a member of the Main Street Network, a program of the Maine Downtown Center.

Fractionation Development Center (2006)

This brand new non-profit corporation hired us to facilitate a full-day board retreat and prepare a resulting strategic plan.

Franklin Healthy Community Coalition (2007)

The Healthy Community Coalition promotes health and well-being in Franklin county, Maine and surrounding towns. They hired us to facilitate a half-day retreat of the Board of Directors to establish priorities.

Freeport Housing Trust (2015)

Freeport Housing Trust, Inc. is a community-based charitable organization that provides over 200 safe and affordable housing units for lower and moderate-income households of Freeport, Maine. We were hired to facilitate a future visioning retreat among the Board of Directors.

Friends of the DaPonte String Quartet (2014)

Based in coastal Maine, the internationally recognized DaPonte String Quartet performs and teaches renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, and modern music worldwide. Friends of the DaPonte String Quartet (FDSQ) is a nonprofit that develops resources to support the Quartet’s community performances, tours, master classes and workshops. We were hired to facilitate a FDSQ strategic planning retreat to develop strategic goals and establish clarity on board and staff roles. 

Friends of the York River (2015)

The York River flows through rolling hills and tidal marshes in York, Kittery, South Berwick and Eliot, Maine. The nonprofit group Friends of the York River is exploring the possibility of a “wild and scenic” National Park Service designation for the river. We were hired to help design and facilitate a group process to move this exploration forward.

Gardiner Main Street (2013)

Gardiner Main Street fosters the economic and cultural vitality of the downtown of the City of Gardiner, Maine (population about 6,000) using the national “Main Street” program approach, and is a partner in the Gardiner Heart and Soul project, which gives the community opportunities to contribute in non-traditional ways to the future of the City. As part of Gardiner Heart and Soul’s leadership training series for community members, Craig was hired to facilitate an interactive workshop on conflict transformation and negotiation.

Good Food for Lewiston (2011- 2012)

Good Food for Lewiston is a collaborative working to develop a healthy community food system in Lewiston. We were hired to help plan for, and train volunteer facilitators for, a series of “Good Food Gatherings” which brought together community members to create and share a vision for a healthy food system.

Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) (2014-2016)

The Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) is a nonprofit organization that assists with cooperative services such as bulk purchasing, transportation planning, data, mapping, and economic and community development. GPCOG’s members include 26 municipalities from Casco Bay to western Cumberland County, along with the County itself and other affiliate organizations. We were hired to help gather stakeholder input and facilitate a series of meetings to develop a five-year strategic plan for GPCOG.

Greater Portland Landmarks (2006-early Winter)

This small yet highly effective nonprofit promotes preservation and revitalization of historic buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes and encourages high-quality new architecture in Portland and surrounding communities. They hired us to help board members implement a new committee structure and related board development.

Greater Portland Landmarks (2006-late Winter)

This small non-profit promotes preservation and revitalization of historic buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes and encourages high-quality new architecture in Portland and surrounding communities. They hired us to help them better define staff roles and improve overall efficiency.

Greater Portland Landmarks (2006-Spring)

We were engaged to facilitate a Board Retreat for Greater Portland Landmarks, a nonprofit oprganization that promotes the preservation and revitalization of historic buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes and encourages high-quality new architecture to enhance the livability and economic vitality of Portland and surrounding communities. We also prepared notes of the meeting.

Greater Portland Landmarks (2007)

Greater Portland Landmarks promotes preservation and revitalization of historic buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes and encourages high-quality new architecture to enhance the livability and economic vitality of Portland and surrounding communities. They hired us to run a staff retreat focused on developing their annual work plan.

Greater Portland Landmarks (2008)

Greater Portland Landmarks promotes preservation and revitalization of historic buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes and encourages high-quality new architecture to enhance the livability and economic vitality of Portland and surrounding communities. They hired us to facilitate a board retreat.

Greater Portland Landmarks (2009)

Greater Portland Landmarks promotes preservation and revitalization of historic buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes and encourages high-quality new architecture to enhance the livability and economic vitality of Portland and surrounding communities. For the second year in a row we were hired to facilitate their annual board retreat.

Greater Portland Landmarks (2011)

Greater Portland Landmarks promotes preservation and revitalization of historic buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes and encourages high-quality new architecture. Greater Portland Landmarks convened a meeting of area teachers and nonprofit educators to discuss how it can help enhance the classroom curriculum by providing materials and getting kids out into the streets, to the Observatory, and to other Portland landmarks. We were hired to facilitate the meeting and prepare a complete report.

Green Building Council (2007)

This young non-profit is Maine’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. They hired us to help them establish their strategic direction. We facilitated a full-day retreat of the board and prepared a report which is serving as the basis for their strategic plan.

Green Building Council (2008)

This energetic and rapidly growing non-profit is Maine’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Like the year before, they hired us again to facilitate a full-day board retreat and prepare a complete report.

Green Building Council (2010)

The Maine Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is Maine’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. For the third time, they hired us to facilitate a full-day board retreat and prepare a complete report.

GrowSmart Maine (2012)

GrowSmart Maine finds common ground solutions for growing Maine’s economy and preserving our quality of place. In 2006, GrowSmart Maine brought The Brookings Institution here to develop Charting Maine’s Future, a report that created a vision for Maine and an Action Plan to achieve that vision. Now, in 2012, GrowSmart Maine is assessing the impact of Charting Maine’s Future and updating the Action Plan. We were hired to manage this assessment and update project, including conducting research and interviews with dozens of Maine’s influential leaders, facilitating meetings to develop new recommendations, drafting text for the new report, and coordinating graphic design and printing for the report. We partnered with Peter Weed and Teague Morris for this project.

GrowSmart Maine (2013)

GrowSmart Maine is a nonprofit working to find common ground solutions for growing Maine’s economy and preserving our quality of place. GrowSmart Maine recently launched a new community planning project called “ReEnvisioning the Highway Strip” which proposes to research and present current ideas and examples for retrofitting highway strips. We were hired to facilitate a convening of planners and others working on commercial strip projects to share thoughts and lessons learned.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute (2007)

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute convened ground fishermen from Cape Cod to the coastal Maine to discuss new, innovative ways to manage the fishery. With the hope of achieving consensus on recommendations to the New England Fisheries Management Council, we were hired to facilitate the discussions and prepare a report of conclusions.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute (2008-Fall)

Regulations for groundfishing in the Gulf of Maine and on Geroges Bank are changing to allow fishermen to gather in cooperative “sectors.” How will the catch be monitored and reported under the new system? We were hired to facilitate discussions among fishing trade associations, regulators, scientists, and environmental groups to explore consensus on monitoring and reporting methods.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute (2008-Summer)

Regulations for groundfishing in the Gulf of Maine and on Geroges Bank are changing to allow fishermen to gather in cooperative “sectors.” How will the catch be monitored and reported under the new system? We were hired to facilitate discussions among fishing trade associations, regulators, scientists, and environmental groups to explore consensus on monitoring and reporting methods. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting, which was submitted directly to the New England Fisheries Management Council.

H.O.P.E. (2008)

“Healing Of Persons Exceptional”. Since its inception in 1987, the non-profit H.O.P.E. has provided support for individuals facing illness and life challenges to find meaning, value and purpose in their lives. We were hired to facilitate a planning retreat.

Habitat for Humanity – Bath/Brunswick Area (2005)

The Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity – Bath/Brunswick Area was poised to go to the next level of sophistication: from building 3 or 4 homes per year to building 5 to 7 homes per year. They hired us to facilitate a board retreat and prepare a report which defined the specific steps required to achieve their goals.

Habitat for Humanity – Bath/Brunswick Area (2006)

For the second year in a row, the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity – Bath/Brunswick Area hired us to facilitate their annual 2-day board retreat and update their strategic plan.

HealthInfoNet (2010)

HealthInfoNet, a non-profit organization was established in 2006 to develop a statewide electronic health information exchange (HIE) for Maine. As a result, Maine is about to become one of the first states in the nation to develop a statewide HIE. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat for the Board of Directors.

HealthInfoNet and Maine Quality Forum (2008)

As a result of a recent legislative resolve, HealthInfoNet and the Maine Quality Forum jointly convened a multi-stakeholder group to study and make recommendations for creating and financing a fund to establish and sustain HealthInfoNet, a statewide digital clinical information network. The group also considered future options for developing a strategic health information technology investment fund. We were hired to facilitate this multi-stakeholder process, which included regular meetings over an eight-month period.

Healthy Androscoggin (2008)

Healthy Androscoggin is dedicated to improving the health of all Androscoggin County citizens through collaborative planning, community action, education and prevention. We facilitated a board retreat where directors reviewed recent accomplishments and built consensus around a strategic direction.

Healthy Androscoggin (2009)

Healthy Androscoggin is dedicated to improving the health of all Androscoggin County citizens through collaborative planning, community action, education and prevention. We were hired to facilitate two staff retreats, which included team building and other activities.

Healthy Androscoggin (2010)

Healthy Androscoggin is dedicated to improving the health of all Androscoggin County citizens through collaborative planning, community action, education and prevention. We have been hired to facilitate and provide a complete report of the annual retreat of the board and staff, which will focus on strategic planning. This is our third time working with this successful group.

Healthy Northern Kennebec (Summer 2014)

Healthy Northern Kennebec is a non-profit working collaboratively with community agencies, government and local citizens towards resolution of local health problems. We were hired to facilitate a series of focus groups to learn community members’ thoughts about being healthy in the greater Waterville area. In addition to facilitating and documenting the groups, we also prepared a report of findings highlighting top themes.

Healthy Northern Kennebec (Winter 2014)

Healthy Northern Kennebec is a nonprofit working collaboratively with community agencies, government, and local citizens towards resolution of local health problems. Building on our earlier focus group work, we were hired to facilitate two focus groups of community members to discuss specific issues related to healthy living in the Waterville area. We also prepared a report of findings.

Herring Gut Learning Center (2011)

Herring Gut Learning Center is dedicated to educating students, teachers and the public about Maine’s marine resources through aquaculture, environmental studies and research opportunities. We were hired to interview each member of the board, prepare a report of findings, and lead a board discussion about the Center’s future. We also prepared a complete report of the board discussion.

Home Care Alliance of Maine (2006-Fall)

The Home Care Alliance of Maine, a statewide trade association, hired us to plan and facilitate their annual meeting of members. During a full-day meeting, we discussed the organization’s membership and dues structure, committee structures, and related issues. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

Home Care Alliance of Maine (2006-late Winter)

This statewide non-profit, consisting of home health care providers, hospice providers and other health care organizations, hired us to facilitate two meetings in order to develop recommendations to the state on how to ease administrative burdens on health care providers.

Hope Association (2014)

Based in Rumford, Maine, Hope Association provides a wide range of leadership, residential, case management, vocational and community support services to individuals with intellectual and related disabilities and their families. For the Association’s annual staff meeting, Craig delivered his “Better Together” keynote about the benefits of good teamwork and collaboration, and facilitated a related interactive after-dinner session.

Hydrogen Energy Center (2008)

The Hydrogen Energy Center, an organization dedicated to advancing the transition to a renewable hydrogen economy through education, demonstration, and advocacy, engaged us to facilitate a strategic planning retreat of its board members.

Island Institute (2011)

The Island Institute is a community development organization focused on the Gulf of Maine and the fifteen year-round island communities off the Maine coast. Craig Freshley was asked to facilitate a training workshop for staff and interns on how to effectively handle difficult behaviors and situations.

Isleboro Community Center (2009)

We were engaged to facilitate a retreat for the board of directors of the Isleboro Community Center, which was on the verge of opening a new facility.

Kennebec Behavioral Health (2011)

Kennebec Behavioral Health offers a wide range of outpatient and medication services to promote the well-being of children, adults, and families who experience mental illness, emotional difficulties or behavioral challenges. We were hired to facilitate a full-day staff retreat focused on reviewing the past year and establishing future priorities. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting. Two months later we facilitated an additional meeting with senior staff at which the group prioritized top activities.

Kennebec Behavioral Health (2013)

Kennebec Behavioral Health offers a wide range of outpatient and medication services to promote the well-being of children, adults, and families who experience mental illness, emotional difficulties or behavioral challenges. For the third year in a row, we have been hired to facilitate a full-day Senior Management Team retreat focused on reviewing the past year and establishing future programmatic and operational priorities.

Kennebec Behavioral Health (Spring 2012)

Kennebec Behavioral Health offers a wide range of outpatient and medication services to promote the well-being of children, adults, and families who experience mental illness, emotional difficulties or behavioral challenges. We were hired to plan and facilitate a Senior Management Retreat follow-up meeting to make decisions about long-term strategic objectives, short-term programmatic priorities, and operational improvements. We also provided a Highlights Report.

Kennebec Behavioral Health (Spring 2014)

Kennebec Behavioral Health (KBH) offers a wide range of outpatient and medication services to promote the well-being of children, adults, and families who experience mental illness, emotional difficulties or behavioral challenges. For the fourth year in a row, we have been hired to help KBH with annual work planning and organizational development. This year we facilitated a retreat of the Senior Management Team and a retreat of all Senior Managers and Directors to review the past year and establish future programmatic and operational priorities. We also prepared complete reports of the meetings.

Kennebec Behavioral Health (Winter 2012)

Kennebec Behavioral Health offers a wide range of outpatient and medication services to promote the well-being of children, adults, and families who experience mental illness, emotional difficulties or behavioral challenges. For the second year in a row, we were hired to facilitate a full-day Senior Management Team retreat focused on reviewing the past year and establishing future programmatic and operational priorities. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

Kieve Veterans Camp (2011)

Kieve-WavusEducation, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the aspirations of young people through summer camp programs in Maine. For the past few years, Kieve-Wavus has offered veterans a stress-free weeklong program called Veterans’ Family Camp. The Board and Staff hired us to facilitate a retreat to discuss and decide the future strategic direction of this valuable program. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc. (2005)

This newly formed organization, a merger of Camp Kieve and Wavus Camps, held its first board meeting over two days on the shores of Damariscotta Lake. We were hired to plan the agenda, facilitate the meetings, and prepare meeting reports.

Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc. (2006-Fall)

As they did six months ago, the board of directors of Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc. asked us to facilitate their full day board meeting. We also prepared a detailed meeting report.

Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc. (2006-Spring)

Again, we facilitated the annual meeting of the Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc. Trustees on the shores of Damariscotta Lake.

Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc. (2011-2012)

Kieve-Wavus offers summer camps on the shores of beautiful Damariscotta Lake in Nobleboro and year-round experiential programs for youth and adults in Maine and beyond. We were hired to facilitate a process to develop a long-range plan for the camps and programs, including a survey of board and staff and a facilitated 2-day retreat. We also prepared a report of findings from the survey, a report of the retreat, and a draft long-range plan.

Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc. (2013-2014)

Kieve-Wavus offers leadership development programs for youth and adults and summer camps for girls and boys on Damariscotta Lake in Nobleboro, Maine. We worked with board members and leaders of the Wavus Camp for Girls to help them plan new programming.

Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc. (2015)

Kieve-Wavus offers summer camps on the shores of beautiful Damariscotta Lake in Nobleboro and year-round experiential programs for youth and adults in Maine and beyond. We were hired to facilitate a meeting to discuss the future of Kieve-Wavus educational programs such as The Leadership School. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

L/A Arts (2010)

L/A Arts increases awareness, appreciation and support of the arts in the Lewiston-Auburn area by offering programs in education, performance and community service. We were hired to facilitate a full day retreat of the staff and board focused on strategic planning.

L/A Trails (2007)

L/A Trails is a non-profit organization in Lewiston & Auburn that advocates for and helps create recreational trails. They hired us to plan and facilitate a board retreat focused on strategic planning. We also prepared a report of the meeting.

Lake Region Development Council (2005)

This day-long retreat on the shores of Sebago Lake included a mock “TV Talk Show,” brainstorming what the organization should be known for, consensus on two primary areas of focus for the organization, and specific action plans for the near future with measurable objectives. We were hired by Enterprise Maine to facilitate the retreat and prepare a report.

Laudholm Trust and Wells Reserve (2013-2014)

Located in Wells, Maine, The Wells Reserve and the Laudholm Trust are two organizations working in partnership to support a National Estuarine Research Reserve (including 2,250 acres of coastal habitat) and a large historic saltwater farm (listed in the National Register of Historic Places). Together they conduct research, education, stewardship, and community building. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a Future Planning process to address general strategic direction around visibility, sustainability, roles, and deliberate partnerships. As part of the process we gathered stakeholder input, facilitated a series of meetings, and prepared a draft plan.

Legal Services for the Elderly (2010)

Since 1974, Legal Services for the Elderly has provided free, high quality, statewide legal services to Maine’s socially and economically needy elderly age 60 and over. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat of members of the board and staff.

Lewiston Public Library (2014)

The Lewiston Public Library is over 100 years old and provides books, periodicals, archives, research services, public computers, events, programs, and many other community services all in a lovely downtown building in Lewiston, Maine. We were hired to facilitate a staff retreat to build teamwork and plan how to best serve the community in the future.

Lincoln Academy and Kieve-Wavus Collaboration (2010)

Lincoln Academy, an independent secondary school in Newcastle, Maine, and Kieve-Wavus, an 85-year old experiential education and leadership organization in Nobleboro, Maine, have established a Task Force to explore possibilities for an educational collaboration. To help ensure a fair and efficient process, we were hired to facilitate the work of the Task Force.

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (2005)

This non-profit advocacy group hired us to facilitate a strategic planning retreat in two parts. In October,2004 we helped them analyze their strengths and weaknesses and develop consensus on a vision. In early 2005, we helped them establish strategic directions and specific action plans.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (2010)

Faced with difficult decisions on how to cut the state budget, legislative leaders asked organizations that provide elder services in Maine to consider how to find savings in the long-term care system. We were hired by the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) to facilitate this discussion.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (2012)

The Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is a non-profit agency whose mission is to advocate for quality of life and care for long term care consumers. We were hired to help plan, facilitate, and record a meeting to gather stakeholder input regarding an initiative to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.

Mahoosuc Land Trust (2010)

The Mahoosuc Land Trust protects and conserves land and traditional land uses surrounding the Mahoosuc Mountains of central Oxford County, Maine, and eastern Coos County, New Hampshire. We have been hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat among members of the board.

Maine & Company (2007)

Maine & Company, a non-profit corporation, provides free and confidential services to companies locating to or growing in Maine. The board of directors is comprised of senior executives from successful Maine companies, the president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and the commissioner of Maine’s Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD). They hired us to facilitate a board session focused on establishing strategic direction and short term projects.

Maine Assembly on School-Based Health Care (2006)

On beautiful Mount Desert Island we spent a day with the board of directors of the Maine Assembly on School-Based Health Care. We helped the group decide their strategic priorities for the next five years and create a vision for school-based health centers, literally, on a huge 4’x8’ piece of paper!

Maine Assembly on School-based Health Care (2007)

The goal of the Maine Assembly on School-based Health Care (MeASBHC) is to improve children’s success by keeping them healthy, in school and ready to learn. MeASBHC supports the development and operations of school based health care services to accomplish this goal. We have worked with them before and they recently hired us again to help them survey stakeholders and finalize their strategic plan.

Maine Association of Nonprofits (2010)

The Maine Association of Nonprofits, representing over 700 nonprofit organizations in Maine, hired us to facilitate a full day conference at Maple Hill Farm in Hallowell, to kick off an exploration of how to improve delivery of human services in Maine via nonprofits. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

Maine Association of Planners (2013)

The Maine Association of Planners (MAP) is a membership organization that promotes, supports, and encourages the practice of planning in Maine. We were hired to help MAP update its strategic plan by designing and facilitating a process to gather input from members and key stakeholders.

Maine Audubon (2010 – Fall)

Maine Audubon works to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation and action. We were hired to facilitate a two-day strategic planning retreat for the board and staff. This was follow-up on work we did to help Maine Audubon refine brand identity.

Maine Audubon (2010 – Spring)

Maine Audubon works to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation and action. We were hired to facilitate a series of seven meetings with the board of directors and senior staff to work on refining a brand identity for the organization.

Maine Bar Foundation (2015)

The Maine Bar Foundation is committed to equal justice for all and supports Maine’s low-income legal aid providers and pro bono initiatives throughout the state. We were hired by the Foundation to plan, facilitate, and document a gathering of Maine philanthropists and legal aid providers called “Investing in and Advocating for Access to Justice for Poor and Vulnerable Mainers”.

Maine Children’s Alliance (2016)

The Maine Children’s Alliance (MCA) is a nonpartisan, data-focused advocate for public policies and practices that improve the lives of Maine’s children, youth and families. We were hired to plan and facilitate a team building staff retreat for MCA. Leigh Tillman served as lead facilitator on this project.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust (2008)

Each year, Maine Coast Heritage Trust hosts the Maine Land Conservation Conference. The theme of 2008’S conference was Connecting Conservation and Communities. We facilitated the conference Idea Forum, a session designed to give colleagues in the field the opportunity to share and brainstorm new partnerships, financing mechanisms and other tools for land conservation in Maine.

Maine Coast Protection Initiative (2004)

The Land Trust Alliance, State Planning Office, NOAA, Maine Coast Heritage Trust and other organizations embarked on a three-year project to increase conservation lands along Maine’s coast. They hired us to facilitate their meetings and help them establish a coalition of over thirty organizations and begin to develop their plan.

Maine College of Art (2015)

Located in downtown Portland, the Maine College of Art educates artists for life. We were hired to plan and facilitate a two-day retreat of members of the College’s Board of Trustees and Senior Staff. We also prepared a complete report.

Maine College of Art – Zero-Based Planning (2015)

Located in downtown Portland, the Maine College of Art educates artists for life. We were hired to facilitate a “zero-based planning” session among members of the College’s Board of Trustees and Senior Staff, to help creatively design the ideal art college to meet the needs of future artists.

Maine Community Action Association (2016)

The Maine Community Action Association represents 10 Community Action Agencies that provide services to low income people across Maine. We were hired to facilitate the Association’s
annual strategic planning session.

Maine Community Foundation (2009)

For more than 25 years, the Maine Community Foundation has been a leader in philanthropy in Maine. Its grants cover the full range of nonprofit undertakings, with a special focus in the areas of education, the environment, arts and humanities, and social and community services. In light of the changing economy and changing leadership at the Foundation, the Board hired us to help revise the organization’s strategic plan.

Maine Community Foundation (2014)

The Maine Community Foundation is a statewide nonprofit that helps people invest charitable resources in the future of Maine’s citizens, environment, and communities. We were hired to facilitate a series of management team and staff retreats to help the Foundation establish an operational plan for the future. Craig also conducted individual interviews with members of the management team in advance of the meetings.

Maine Dental Association (2010)

In March, the Maine Dental Association hosted the New England Dental Leadership Conference, a gathering of dentists from the six New England states that will focus on the question, “What will the practice of dentistry look like in 2020?” We were hired to facilitate this 3-day conference.

Maine Development Foundation (2005-Fall)

Given their new leadership and substantial challenges in a changing marketplace, this statewide “champion of sustainable, long-term economic growth for Maine” hired us to plan and facilitate a full-day board meeting and prepare the meeting report.

Maine Development Foundation (2005-Winter)

As in previous years, we were hired by the Maine Development Foundation to research and author Measures of Growth 2005, the annual report of indicators of Maine’s economic, community, and environmental well-being. The report is used by the governor, legislators, agency leaders, business leaders, and non-profits to assess the state’s economic, demographic, and environmental trends.

Maine Downtown Center (2008-2009)

Van Buren is a small community on the St. John River in Northern Maine with a downtown that has been in decline over the past 40 years. Now designated a Main Street Maine downtown, community leaders are taking steps to reverse the trend. We have been hired by the Maine Downtown Center to help with strategic planning, downtown revitalization training, and related activities.

Maine Downtown Center (2008-Fall)

We created an online resource library for the Maine Downtown Center to assist the organization in its mission of fostering downtown development that is dynamic and community-based, and that results in economic development, business growth, job creation, housing revitalization, historic preservation, and cultural enhancement. Maine downtowns of all sizes can access the downtown revitalization information from this online resource library.

Maine Downtown Center (2008-late Winter)

We facilitated a full-day retreat of the Maine Downtown Center Advisory Council, a diverse group of leaders who lend advice on how to foster the vitality of Maine’s precious downtowns. We helped them examine the past year’s activities and establish priorities for the next year and years to come.

Maine Downtown Center (2008-Spring)

The Maine Downtown Center administers the National Main Street Program here in Maine. They hired us to work with Main Street organizations in both Skowhegan and Livermore Falls. In Skowhegan, we interviewed all members of the board, and facilitated a full-day board retreat to work on organizational development issues. In Livermore Falls, we facilitated a full-day retreat that will result in a strategic plan.

Maine Downtown Center (2009-Fall)

We participated in resource teams assembled by the Maine Downtown Center to visit and advise two Maine Street Communities, Sanford and Rockland. Other team members included experts in historic preservation, economic development, and promotions. Our role on the team was to focus on organizational development issues. Each visit consisted of three days on-site and the preparation of a written report. In addition, Craig provided training to the Organizational Committee of Rockland Main Street.

Maine Downtown Center (2009-Spring)

The Maine Downtown Center’s mission is to foster downtown development that is dynamic and community-based, and results in economic development, business growth, job creation, housing revitalization, historic preservation, and cultural enhancement. For the second year in a row the Maine Downtown Center hired us to facilitate a strategic planning retreat of its Advisory Council. We are also preparing a summary report of the meeting.

Maine Downtown Center (2010)

The Maine Downtown Center’s mission is to foster downtown development that is dynamic and community-based, and results in economic development, business growth, job creation, housing revitalization, historic preservation, and cultural enhancement. Like in the past, the Maine Downtown Center hired us to facilitate a strategic planning retreat of its Advisory Council. We also prepared a summary report of the meeting. Also, the Maine Downtown Center hired us to provide training on visioning and strategic planning as part of its Downtown Institute series of educational sessions for downtown revitalization practioners.

Maine Downtown Center (2011 – Fall)

We were hired to participate in a resource team assembled by the Maine Downtown Center to visit and advise the coastal City of Belfast. Other team members will include experts on topics such as historic preservation, economic development, and promotions. Our role on the team was to focus on organizational development issues. The multi-day visit resulted in a community presentation and preparation of a written report.

Maine Downtown Center (2013)

We were hired to participate in a resource team assembled by the Maine Downtown Center to visit and advise our “hometown” of Brunswick, Maine (population 20,200). Other team members included experts on topics such as historic preservation, economic development, and promotions. Craig’s role on the team was to focus on organizational development issues. The multi-day visit resulted in a community presentation and preparation of a written report.

Maine Downtown Center (Winter 2011)

For the fourth year in a row the Maine Downtown Center hired us to facilitate a strategic planning retreat of its Advisory Council and prepare a summary report of the meeting. The Maine Downtown Center fosters dynamic, community-based, downtown development.

Maine Environmental Education Association (2006)

This volunteer collaborative of organizations and individuals who promote and facilitate environmental education hired us to facilitate their full-day board retreat intended to result in a strategic plan.

Maine Environmental Education Association (2010)

Like they did four years ago, the Maine  Environmental Education Association (MEEA) has hired us to facilitate a strategic planning retreat of the Board of Directors. As part of this work, we also conducted an online survey of MEEA board members, members, and advocacy groups. As a result of the meeting, we prepared a draft strategic plan.

Maine Environmental Funders Network (2007)

A joint project of the Maine Community Foundation and Maine Philanthropy Center, the Environmental Funders Network helps to identify and create ways to improve and sustain Maine’s natural environment. We were hired to facilitate a full-day strategic planning meeting of the board of directors.

Maine Environmental Funders Network (2008)

The Environmental Funders Network (EFN), an alliance of Maine-based foundations with environmental interests, helps to identify and create ways to improve and sustain Maine’s natural environment. We were hired to facilitate two meetings which explored potential collaborations around the theme of “Quality of Place.” Members discussed how the environmental philanthropic community can work together to improve the quality of Maine’s environment.

Maine Environmental Funders Network (2009)

The Environmental Funders Network, an alliance of Maine-based foundations with environmental interests, helps to identify and create ways to improve and sustain Maine’s natural environment. We were hired to facilitate another meeting in the group’s continuing exploration of how to collaborate around the theme of “Quality of Place.”

Maine Environmental Funders Network (2010)

We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat for this coalition of environmental philanthropists. As a joint project of the Maine Community Foundation and Maine Philanthropy Center, the Environmental Funders Network helps to identify and create ways to improve and sustain Maine’s natural environment.

Maine Family Planning (2014)

Maine Family Planning raises awareness of family planning issues and provides health care services to Mainers, especially people with limited or no income and those who are uninsured. We were hired to observe and provide feedback on an interactive training conducted by the education team.

Maine Farmers’ Market Convention (2011)

The Maine Farmers’ Market Convention hired us to provide a training session on conflict prevention, management, and resolution. The Maine Farmers’ Market Convention is an annual event organized and presented by the Downeast Business Alliance. The 2011 convention was held in January in Belfast, Maine.

Maine Farmers’ Market Convention (2012)

For the second year in a row we were hired to provide training in conflict management for the Maine Farmers’ Market Convention. The convention was in Freeport on January 27 & 28,2012.

Maine Farmers’ Market Convention (2013)

The Maine Farmers’ Market Convention hired Craig to present a keynote talk on The Wisdom of Group Decisions. For the third year in a row Craig also provided a training session; this year’s topic was strategic planning. The Maine Farmers’ Market Convention is an annual event organized and presented by the Downeast Business Alliance. The 2013 convention was held at Point Lookout in beautiful Northport, Maine.

Maine Farmland Trust (2015)

The Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) is a statewide organization working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Craig was hired to facilitate a participatory visioning session at a MFT farmland access conference, in which participants shared ideas for positive solutions to help farmers access land.

Maine Global Warming Action Coalition (2008)

The Maine Global Warming Action Coalition is administered by the Natural Resources Council of Maine and consists of twenty nonprofit organizations concerned with global warming. They came together to discuss a common agenda and how best to work with each other. In addition to facilitating a meeting, we also helped with an advance survey of all coalition members and we prepared a summary report.

Maine Grain Alliance (2010)

The Maine Grain Alliance is a nonprofit organization working to preserve and promote grain traditions. The Maine Grain Alliance oversees The KNEADING Conference, held annually in Skowhegan, which brings together farmers, bakers, and wood-fired oven enthusiasts. Building on our previous work with the steering committee of The KNEADING Conference, we were hired to help the Maine Grain Alliance with a series of strategic planning meetings. As a result of this work, we prepared a draft strategic plan.

Maine Health Access Foundation (2006)

The Maine Health Access Foundation convened 200 people at the Augusta Civic Center to discuss integration of Maine’s mental, behavioral, and physical health systems. We provided several facilitators to manage the break-out sessions.

Maine Housing and Building Materials Exchange (2007)

The Maine Housing and Building Materials Exchange benefits low income families and the environment by providing new and reusable building materials at an affordable price. They hired us to facilitate two half-day meetings of the board of directors which resulted in a written strategic plan.

Maine Interfaith Power and Light (2007)

Inspired by diverse faith perspectives, Maine Interfaith Power and Light works to protect the natural world from climate change by engaging the faith communities and people of Maine in energy conservation and the use of clean, renewable energy. They hired us to work with the Executive Committee and Board to improve board operations and establish strategic direction.

Maine Interfaith Power and Light (2008)

Inspired by diverse faith perspectives, Maine Interfaith Power and Light works to protect the natural world from climate change by engaging the faith communities and people of Maine in energy conservation and the use of clean, renewable energy. They hired us to help the board establish strategic direction and work on specific issues.

Maine Interfaith Power and Light (2009)

Inspired by diverse faith perspectives, Maine Interfaith Power and Light works to protect the natural world from climate change by engaging the faith communities and people of Maine in energy conservation and the use of clean, renewable energy. They hired us to facilitate the board’s annual strategic planning retreat. We also prepared a report outlining the new strategic direction and the board’s work on specific issues.

Maine Interfaith Power and Light (2011)

Maine Interfaith Power and Light engages the faith communities of Maine to counter climate change through education, advocacy, conservation, and clean renewable power. We were hired to plan and facilitate a day long summit inviting people of faith who care about protecting the planet to come together to share and discuss ideas and solutions.

Maine Jewish Film Festival (2007)

The Maine Jewish Film Festival is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a forum for the presentation of films to enrich, educate and entertain a diverse community about the Jewish experience. The Board of Directors of hired us to plan and facilitate a board retreat focused on strategic direction and definition of rolses and responsibilities. We also prepared the meeting report.

Maine Lakes Resource Center (2015)

Located in Belgrade, the Maine Lakes Resource Center provides capacity-building resources to local and regional conservation groups. We were hired to facilitate a series of meetings between the Resources Center and lake conservation groups in the Belgrade Lakes region, to discuss opportunities for collaboration.

Maine Medical Center (2010)

The Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at Maine Medical Center hired us to facilitate a series of focus group discussions on how prostate cancer patients receive and react to information about their prognosis. The research will be used to improve how such information is conveyed.

Maine Migrant Health Program (2014-2015)

The Maine Migrant Health Program brings health services to farmworkers across the state, such as primary care mobile medical units, outreach, case management, interpretation, health education, and referral vouchers. We were hired to plan and facilitate a strategic planning retreat and prepare a draft strategic plan with measurable objectives,  a timeline, and specific responsibilities for specific steps.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (2008)

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) hired us to facilitate a discussion among the MOFGA board of directors and the board of directors of MOFGA Certification Services, LLC, the wholly-owned subsidiary of MOFGA that certifies organic farmers on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (2010)

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. Each year, volunteers and professionals moderate panel discussions at the Farmer to Farmer Conference put on by MOFGA. We were hired to provide training for volunteer moderators. Several Good Group Decisions Associates then joined other volunteers in facilitating panel discussions at the 2010 conference. Leigh Tillman assisted with this project.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) (2015-2016)

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. We were hired to help facilitate a multiphase strategic planning process. We began with a series of meetings, conversations, and surveys among stakeholder groups, board members, and staff members to help refine the organization’s values, vision and mission. In the next phase we facilitated a series of meetings to help define organizational goals and objectives.

Maine Philanthropy Center (2011)

The Maine Philanthropy Center, a regional association of grantmakers working together to promote philanthropy and to increase its impact in Maine, is convening a conference entitled “Improving Food Access with Local Food”. We have been hired to help plan the day and help facilitate audience participation.

Maine Philanthropy Center (2014)

The Maine Philanthropy Center provides leadership to promote philanthropy and increase its impact in Maine. Craig was hired to deliver “Endnotes” (a fast-paced summary of takeaways and highlights) at the 2014 Philanthropy Partners Conference at lovely Point Lookout in Northport, Maine.

Maine Primary Care Association (2008)

The Maine Primary Care Association works to strengthen and sustain Maine’s Primary Care Safety Net, providing high quality health care to underserved populations in Maine. We facilitated a board retreat, and prepared a complete meeting report that will serve as the basis of a strategic plan.

Maine Primary Care Association (2009)

For over 25 years, the Maine Primary Care Association has worked to strengthen and sustain Maine’s Primary Care Safety Net. We were hired to facilitate two meetings among representatives of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to discuss how to more effectively communicate medical information. We also prepared reports of each of the meetings.

Maine Public (2017)

Maine Public (formerly known as the Maine Public Broadcasting Network) serves Maine, New Brunswick, and parts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts with radio, television, educational and web services. We were hired to plan and facilitate a professional development training for the Maine Public manager group.

Maine Public Health Association (2016)

The Maine Public Health Association (MPHA) is a member-based nonprofit organization advocating for polices and environments that promote public health and health equity in Maine. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat.

Maine Quality Counts (2011)

Maine Quality Counts builds capabilities for patient-centered, equitable and high-quality health care in Maine. We were hired to help plan and facilitate two regional roundtable discussions among health care providers and administrators in Washington and Piscataquis Counties, on emerging models of health care. As part of this project we facilitated a simultaneous meeting in Calais and Machias, connected by an Interactive TV system. We are also preparing Complete Reports of the meetings. Leigh Tillman served as lead facilitator.

Maine Quality Counts (2012)

Maine Quality Counts builds capabilities for patient-centered, equitable and high-quality health care in Maine. We were hired to facilitate a board meeting to review current strategic priorities and plan for the future.

Maine Rail Group (2016)

The Maine Rail Group advocates for railroad utilization and encourages preservation and productive use of Maine’s rail system and its regional connections. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a visioning session to discuss the economic benefits of restoring rail service from Brunswick to Waterville, Maine.

Maine Recreation & Park Association (2014)

The Maine Recreation & Park Association is a multi-stakeholder nonprofit organization dedicated to quality park systems, recreation programs, and healthy communities. Craig delivered two interactive sessions on facilitative leadership and conflict resolution at the Association’s annual Fall Workshop.

 

Maine School Garden Network (2012)

The Maine School Garden Network (MSGN) is a group of committed individuals who promote and support educational gardens for youth and encourage school programs that teach healthy eating and environmental stewardship. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a full-day meeting, comprised of a broad stakeholder input discussion in the morning followed by a MSGN Advisory Board meeting in the afternoon where board members reflected on input received and made decisions about MSGN’s future. We also prepared complete reports of both meetings. Leigh Tillman assisted with this project.

Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society (2008)

The Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society explores, develops and promotes agricultural systems and practices that allow Maine farmers to retain a greater share of consumer expenditures for farm products. We facilitated a half-day board retreat focused on strategic planning. In advance of the retreat, we interviewed each board member and prepared a report of the findings which informed the discussion around the future direction of the organization. Six months after the planning retreat, we facilitated a follow-up board retreat.

Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society (2012-2013)

The Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society (MESAS) explores, develops and promotes agricultural systems and practices that allow Maine farmers to retain a greater share of consumer expenditures for farm products. As part of the MESAS “More Maine Meat” project, we were hired to facilitate a series of meetings among farmers, processors, distributors, government agencies, researchers, agricultural organizations, and consumers to identify key constraints and opportunities in Maine’s sustainable meat industry.

Maine Transit Association (2009-2010)

The Maine Transit Association is a coalition of public transit providers in Maine such as buses and ferries. They hired us to help them follow up on previous strategic planning that we did with the group.

Maine Transit Association (2009-Spring)

The Maine Transit Association, a coalition of public transit providers in Maine, engaged us to help them develop a strategic plan for the organization. We facilitated the meeting held to launch the effort and prepared a complete report.

MCH (2010)

MCH is a non-profit that enhances self-sufficiency and quality of life for individuals, primarily the elderly and disabled, in mid-coast Maine. They have hired us to facilitate a full-day, all-staff retreat designed to be a mix of fun, team building, and learning.

MCH (2011)

MCH is a non-profit that enhances self-sufficiency and quality of life for individuals, primarily the elderly and disabled, in mid-coast Maine. Like last year, they hired us to facilitate a full-day, all-staff retreat designed to be a mix of fun, team building, and learning.

MEA Benefits Trust (2010)

The MEA Benefits Trust administers health insurance and other benefits for MaineEducationAssociation. We have been hired to facilitate a full day retreat of the Board of Trustees to work on strategic planning and related issues. We are also conducting advance interviews with each of the trustees.

Meals on Wheels (2011)

Rockingham Nutrition and Meals on Wheels Program, Inc. provides nutritious meals and beneficial support services to older and disabled residents of Rockingham County, New Hampshire. We were hired to conduct a staff training on cooperative conflict resolution. Leigh Tillman served as lead facilitator.

Medical Care Development (2009)

Initially administered by Medical Care Development, the Casco Bay Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention launched a program called 21 Reasons. They hired us to facilitate an important organizational meeting that, among other things, resulted in renaming the program Casco Bay Can.

Mercy Hospital (2007)

The managers and directors of the Patient Care Services division of Mercy Hospital hired us to facilitate a two-day off-site staff retreat at which we did team building exercises, expertiential learning, and strategic planning.

Merriconeag Waldorf School (2005-2009)

In various capacities, including volunteer Board Chair, Craig has served as a consultant to the Merriconeag Waldorf School parents, faculty, and board members on issues including the school’s overall growth and development and specific projects.

Merriconeag Waldorf School (2010)

Located in Freeport, Merriconeag is Maine’s largest Waldorf school, offering pre-K through high school education to almost 300 students. We were hired to work with teachers and parents on organizational development issues.

Merrymeeting Arts Center (2013-2014)

“Art for everyone!” is the motto at Merrymeeting Arts Center in Bowdoinham, Maine, where children and adults can participate in and enjoy the arts and celebrate the cultural heritage and natural environment of beautiful Merrymeeting Bay. We were hired to facilitate two gatherings of board members and stakeholders to plan for a sustainable future of the arts center.

Merrymeeting Permaculture and Transition (2011)

Merrymeeting Permaculture and Transition is a group of individuals and organizations working to build environmental and economic resilience at the backyard and community levels. We were hired to facilitate a public meeting where participants could learn about each other’s work and share ideas about how to inspire and support positive changes.

Methodist Conference Home (2009)

The senior management team of the Methodist Conference Home, a non-profit organization based in Rockland that provides housing, transportation and other services, hired us to help them establish shared goals and clear roles and responsibilities.

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (2009)

The Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, a not-for-profit United Way agency committed to reducing hunger in the greater Brunswick area, hired us to facilitate a full-day strategic planning retreat and prepare a complete report.

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (2011)

The Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program is a not-for-profit United Way agency committed to reducing hunger in the greater Brunswick area. For the second year, they have hired us to facilitate a full-day strategic planning retreat among the board of directors.

Mid-Coast Magnet (2009)

Despite the growing number of green building practitioners, the actual transformation of Maine’s built environment towards improved energy efficiency is not happening fast enough. This is the challenge that Mid-Coast Magnet, a non-profit based in Rockland/Camden, confronted at the statewide Built Energy Forum in Augusta. We were hired to facilitate the break-out sessions of the conference. We also prepared the conference report.

Mid-Coast Resource Development Center (2008)

Craig delivered a keynote address entitled What’s Next? Same Old or New and Different? This fits with this year’s annual conference theme: Come to Camp for Change. It was an interactive discussion of how we welcome change, or not.

Midcoast Magnet (2012)

Midcoast Magnet attracts, connects and retains professionals in the midcoast region, which they loosely define as Knox and Waldo Counties. They hired us to facilitate a meeting of diverse stakeholders to begin defining a brand for the midcoast region; that is, a way to promote the region as a great place to live, work, or visit. In addition to facilitating this half-day meeting at the Camden Opera House, we also prepared a Complete Report of the meeting.

National Audubon Society (2010-2011)

Three organizations, National Audubon Society, Maine Audubon and Kieve-WavusEducation, Inc., collectively hired us to facilitate discussions about the future of Hog Island, off the coast of Maine near Bremen.

National Religious Partnership for the Environment (2014)

The National Religious Partnership for the Environment is an association of independent faith groups from the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Evangelical traditions. The partnership undertakes scholarship, leadership training, congregational and agency initiatives, and public policy education in service to environmental sustainability and justice. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a two-day meeting in Maryland among faith-based environmental professionals to identify current work among religious groups and explore opportunities for collaboration.

NatureBridge (2014-2015)

NatureBridge provides experiential field science programs in our national parks and works to make environmental education a national priority. NatureBridge also convenes the National Park Education Partners, a group working to ensure that students can experience national parks as places of learning. We facilitated and documented a series of conference calls among the interim steering committee for the Partners.

NatureBridge (Spring 2014)

NatureBridge provides thousands of young people with experiential field science programs in our national parks and works to make environmental education a national priority. NatureBridge convened a meeting of the National Park Education Partners in Washington, DC, to discuss efforts to ensure that students can experience national parks as places of learning. Craig helped to plan and facilitate the meeting.

New England Forestry Foundation (2006)

On the heels of two globally significant forest conservation projects, and related fundraising, the board of this sophisticated organization wanted to improve board engagement and be sure of where they were headed next. We facilitated two board meetings and helped them with strategic planning and organizational development.

New England Forestry Foundation (2008)

The New England Forestry Foundation is dedicated to providing for the conservation and ecologically sound management of privately owned forestlands in New England and beyond. We were hired to conduct a strategic planning board retreat.

New Hampshire Lakes Association (2016)

The New Hampshire Lakes Association protects New Hampshire lakes and watersheds through education and advocacy. We were hired to facilitate a strategic thinking process including stakeholder input gathering and a series of board and committee meetings. The process resulted in a written statement of strategic direction.

North American Association for Environmental Education (2012-2014)

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) supports environmental educators with professional development, guidelines for excellence, networking, and advocacy. Craig helped facilitate a NAAEE strategic planning process that involved multiple meetings in Washington D.C. and San Francisco and phone interviews with thought leaders throughout the country.

North American Association for Environmental Education (Fall 2012)

We were hired to help plan and facilitate the three-day annual conference of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in Oakland, California. We also helped plan and facilitate a special Funders Forum of about 100 organizations that invest in environmental education. NAAEE supports environmental educators in the US, Canada, and Mexico with professional development, guidelines for excellence, networking, and advocacy.

North American Association for Environmental Education (Spring 2012)

We were hired to offer a training session on Advanced Facilitation at the five-day National Training Workshop of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in Washington, DC. NAAEE supports environmental educators in the US, Canada, and Mexico with professional development, guidelines for excellence, networking, and advocacy.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail (2010)

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 700-mile wilderness waterway in New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire and Maine. We were hired to work with businesses along the Maine section of the trail to design and develop packages for tourists, including specific itineraries. This project is supported by a federal Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) to promote economic development in the Northern Forest.

Northern Forest Center (2008)

The Northern Forest Center convened a two-day conference to advance recommendations of the sustainable economy initiative. One hundred people from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York convened to develop consensus on top-priority activities to advance the Northern Forest economy in a sustainable manner. We were hired to facilitate the Regional Coordination and Advocacy Work Group.

Northern New England Community Action Conference (2014)

The Northern New England Community Action Conference brings together 300-400 staff of regional community action agencies every year to learn together for a better tomorrow. Craig Freshley was hired to deliver his interactive keynote “Better Together – Unlock the Potential of Teamwork” about the benefits of good teamwork and collaboration.

Oak Grove School Foundation (2017)

The Oak Grove School Foundation was established after the sale of the Oak Grove-Coburn high school in Vassalboro, Maine and now provides grants to support the educational and cultural needs of students and nonprofit organizations in the greater Central Maine area. The Foundation also owns the historic Oak Grove Chapel – also known as the River Meeting House – and we have been hired to plan and facilitate a series of meetings to help the Foundation’s board discuss and decide the foundation’s role with regard to the historic building.

Opportunity Center of North Franklin County (2005)

When Lauri toy manufacturing company closed its doors in Avon, Maine, it left behind a terrific facility which local community leaders are now rallying around. A non-profit corporation was formed to use the facility in innovative ways to prepare workers for new jobs in growing industries and to bring education, services, and culture to an area that has been previously underserved. CEI, in partnership with the Western Maine Sustainable Development Collaborative, hired us to help with strategic planning and organizational development.

Opportunity Farm (2009)

Opportunity Farm is a non-profit, social service organization in New Gloucester, Maine that provides safe, supportive, family-style homes for at-risk young people. On the eve of its 100th anniversary the leadership of Opportunity Farm convened a group of experts and stakeholders to give input on future strategic direction. We were hired to facilitate the discussion and prepare a report.

Park Danforth (2007)

Park Danforth provides high quality housing and services to seniors in Portland, Maine. The nonprofit corporation manages 160 apartments and a full complement of services and programs. They hired us to facilitate a two-day retreat of the board of directors and prepare a complete report of the meeting.

PATCH (Planned Approach to Community Health) (2007-Fall)

The Waterville area PATCH (Planned Approach to Community Health) received a significant Healthy Maine Partnership grant from the Maine Center for Disease Control to provide public health and related services. We were hired to facilitate a board retreat to discuss how PATCH will transition into its new role. We also prepared a summary report of the meeting.

PATCH (Planned Approach to Community Health) (2007-Spring)

The Waterville area PATCH (Planned Approach to Community Health) has hired us to help them establish an optimal institutional arrangement for responding to a public health delivery RFP recently issued by Maine Center for Disease Conrol. We facilitated a meeting of the Board of Directors and other key players and prepared a meeting report.

Peace Action Maine (2016)

Peace Action Maine is a volunteer-led nonprofit working to support disarmament and non-violent conflict resolution. We were hired to facilitate a meeting to share and develop ideas about the future of Peace Action Maine as an organization, and other peace activities originating in Maine, over the next few years.

Penobscot Community Health Care (2008)

Penobscot Community Health Care is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving the 38 towns of greater Bangor. Its mission is to provide access, regardless of ability to pay, for people of the region to quality community health care services, and to promote access for all in Maine. We were hired to facilitate a retreat of board members to launch the development of PCHC’s strategic plan.

People Plus (2011)

People Plus, located in Brunswick, supports an engaged, healthy, and independent life for older adults, while joining others to build community for all ages. At a turning point in the organization’s evolution, we were hired to design a survey, conduct a focus group meeting with community leaders, and facilitate a board retreat to establish the organization’s strategic direction.

Pine Tree Society (2009)

The Pine Tree Society provides Maine children and adults with disabilities the opportunities and the means to create better lives for themselves and their families. We were engaged to provide training for their staff in communications and in conflict prevention and resolution.

Portland Symphony Orchestra (2008)

The Portland Symphony Orchestra recognizes and takes seriously its role as a leading community educator about orchestral music. To be most effective, the orchestra wanted to nurture collaborative relationships with music educators and organizational partners from throughout the community. We were hired to facilitate a Music Educators and Organizational Partners Forum to brainstorm and prioritize ideas.

Quality Counts Consumer Advisory Council (2014-2015)

Maine Quality Counts is an independent health care collaborative committed to improving health and health care for the people of Maine by leading, collaborating, and aligning improvement efforts. Members of the Quality Counts Consumer Advisory Council provide  input and guidance to ensure that Quality Counts programs and initiatives appropriately reflect the consumer/patient perspective. We were hired to plan, facilitate, and document a series of regular meetings of the Consumer Advisory Council.

REALIZE!Maine (2007-Fall)

A program of the Maine Development Foundation, REALIZE!Maine connects young people (ages 20-40) with exceptional opportunities to live, work and play in Maine. We were hired to facilitate a half-day meeting of the Steering Committee focused on long term goals and establishing next year’s work plan.

REALIZE!Maine (2007-Spring)

REALIZE!Maine, a program of the Maine Development Foundation, connects young people (ages 20-40) with exceptional opportunities to live, work and play in Maine. We were hired to facilitate a half-day meeting in the Governor’s Cabinet Room that focused on roles and responsibilitiues of board members, leaders, and staff.

Redington-Fairview General Hospital (2008)

We were engaged to facilitate a mission retreat by Redington-Fairview General Hospital, an independent community hospital located in Skowhegan, Maine, that has provided quality, comprehensive health services to the residents of Somerset County since 1952. At the retreat we helped the organization develop a mission statement that is simple, understandable and compels enthusiasm.

Regional Transportation Program (2010)

Portland’s Regional Transpotation Program (RTP) provides publicly funded, low-cost transportation to persons in Cumberland County, Maine, who need rides. We were hired to faciliate a strategic planning retreat of the Board of Directors. As a result of this work, we prepared a complete report of the meeting and a draft strategic plan.

Restorative Justice Institute of Maine (2013)

Restorative Justice is a method that addresses harm caused by crime and wrongdoing by focusing not only on punishing the offender, but also on the victim that was harmed, the community that was impacted, and the ways in which the offender can make things right. The Restorative Justice Institute of Maine hired Craig to plan and facilitate a two-day conference called “Restorative Justice Think Tank: Realizing our Vision of a Restorative State”.

Restorative Practitioner Training Institute (2013-2014)

The Restorative Practitioner Training Institute is a new program of the Restorative Justice Institute of Maine and Youth MOVE Maine. Over 9 months, selected participants will attend a series of gatherings to build skills and support the development of restorative practices in Maine’s communities. Restorative practices are methods that address harm caused by crime and wrongdoing by focusing not only on punishing the offender, but also on the victim that was harmed, the community that was impacted, and the ways in which the offender can make things right. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a two-day intensive to kick off the Training Institute.

Rippleffect (2015)

Rippleffect promotes youth development and leadership and connects students to the natural world with a variety of unique programming, including adventure and learning facilities on a 26-acre island in Casco Bay, Maine. We were hired to assist with strategic planning efforts including stakeholder input gathering and a series of facilitated Board and Committee meetings.

Royal River Conservation Trust (2014)

The Royal River Conservation Trust is a community-based non-profit land trust that has conserved 3300 strategic acres in the Royal River watershed in southern Maine. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a Board retreat.

Royal River Conservation Trust (2017)

The Royal River Conservation Trust is a community-based non-profit land trust that has conserved 3300 strategic acres in the Royal River watershed in southern Maine. As in the past, we were hired to help plan and facilitate a Board retreat.

Sacopee Valley Health Center (2009)

We were hired to facilitate a board retreat to develop a new strategic plan for the Sacopee Valley Health Center, located in Porter, Maine, which has been delivering comprehensive health care services to the Sacopee Valley since 1976. In preparation for the retreat, we tabulated and analyzed the results of a community-wide survey conducted by the Health Center. We also prepared a report of the board retreat.

Sacopee Valley Health Center (2012-2013)

Sacopee Valley Health Center, located in Porter, Maine, has been delivering comprehensive health care services to the Sacopee Valley since 1976. We were hired to help facilitate a staff retreat and a board retreat to assess progress on past strategic plan goals and plan for the future. We also surveyed the staff, board, and community to gather input ahead of the retreats.

SeniorsPlus – Board (2011)

SeniorsPlus offers a network of support, information, services and resources for seniors and adults with special needs and their families throughout Maine. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat with the SeniorPlus board of directors.

SeniorsPlus – Staff (2011)

SeniorsPlus offers a network of support, information, services and resources for seniors and adults with special needs and their families throughout Maine. We were hired to conduct a training among all fifty or so SeniorsPlus staff, focused on “Good to Great and the Social Sectors”, a monograph by Jim Collins. Leigh Tillman assisted with this project.

Shalom House (2006)

Shalom House helps hundreds of people with serious mental illness each year by providing affordable housing where people can escape the stress of homelessness, hunger, and isolation. We were hired to deliver training on communications and conflict management styles.

Shalom House (2007)

Shalom House helps hundreds of people with serious mental illness each year by providing affordable housing where people can escape the stress of homelessness, hunger, and isolation. We were hired to deliver training to staff on stress reduction. Via a number of interactive games and activities, we discussed the causes of stress, reactions to stress (healthy and unhealthy) and developed a list of strategies to reduce stress.

Shalom House (2010)

Shalom House provides an array of community based services and quality housing for adults living with severe mental illness in Maine. We have been hired to facilitate a full-day retreat, among staff from all over the state, focused on team building and improving productivity and efficiency.

Shalom House (2013)

Shalom House provides an array of community based services and quality housing for adults living with severe mental illness in Maine. We were hired to facilitate two interactive workshops for the staff on roles, responsibilities, and leadership.

Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association (2013)

The Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association is a non-profit land trust and advocacy group of 550 member families that has been working since 1969 on conservation and restoration of the natural and historic heritage of the Sheepscot Watershed in  midcoast Maine. We were hired to facilitate a process to help the board make an important decision.

Spannocchia Foundation (2011)

The Spannocchia Foundation seeks to encourage global dialogue about sustaining cultural landscapes for future generations through the example of the Tenuta di Spannocchia, a centuries-old agricultural estate located about 12 miles southwest of Siena in central Tuscany, Italy. We were hired to facilitate a three-day strategic planning board retreat at the Castello di Spannocchia, located on the Tenuta.

Speak Out (2012)

“Speak Out!” was a panel discussion and forum held in Brunswick, Maine, to address critical issues facing women in the 2012 election and to encourage women to consider political and economic leadership roles. In a volunteer capacity, we worked with the student-led planning committee and helped moderate the forum.

Spurwink Services (2012)

Spurwink Services provides behavioral health, educational, and residential services for children, adolescents, adults, and families in Maine and beyond. We were hired to facilitate a strategic direction retreat for the board of directors. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

St. Joseph’s Manor (2007)

St. Joseph’s Manor offers a range of nursing home services including assisted living, skilled nursing care, and adult day care. This private, non-profit provides a true continuum of care at its beautiful Portland facility. We were hired to help the board analyze their current situation and establish strategic goals.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Komen – Maine Affiliate (2012)

The Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is a nonprofit dedicated to combating breast cancer at every front. We were hired to plan and facilitate a two-day retreat among members of the board. The retreat included a situation analysis, goal development, and team building activities.

Teens to Trails (2015)

Teens to Trails is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing opportunities for Maine teens to experience the outdoors, and working to support high school Outing Clubs across the State. We were hired to plan and facilitate a special Board Retreat to help develop a work plan for the future. The retreat was held at the Flagstaff Hut in Carrabassett Valley – we skied in with our projector, screen, and meeting supplies!

Teens to Trails (2016)

Teens to Trails works to increase opportunities for Maine teens to experience the outdoors, and supports high school Outing Clubs across the State. Like last year, we were hired to plan and facilitate a special Board and Staff Retreat to help plan for the future. Also like last year, the retreat was held at a remote ski-in hut in western Maine! Our colleague Leigh Tillman acted as lead facilitator this year.

The Chewonki Foundation (2010)

Headquartered on the shores of Montsweag Bay in Wiscasset, Chewonki is an environmental education organization offering boys’ and girls’ camps, travelling natural history programs, wilderness trips and workshops, and a residential academic semester program. We were hired to faciliate a two-day strategic planning retreat among the Board of Trustees, Advisors to the Board and selected staff. As part of this work, we also gathered advance input through an online survey and staff listening sessions.

The Dempsey Center (Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing) (2012 – 2013)

Located in Lewiston, Maine, the Dempsey Center provides free support, education and wellness services to cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. We were hired to conduct thirteen focus group meetings among current and potential users of the Dempsey Center and also among health care providers that make referrals to the Dempsey Center. We helped the Center use this information to develop a strategic plan.

The KNEADING Conference (2010)

The annual KNEADING Conference brings farmers, bakers, and wood-fired oven enthusiasts to Skowhegan to explore the art and science of growing, milling and baking local artisan breads. We worked behind the scenes with the steering committee on developing long term plans for the conference.

The Nature Conservancy (2011)

Founded in 1951, The Nature Conservancy works around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people, including over 1 million acres in Maine. The Maine chapter of The Nature Conservancy hired us to facilitate a full-day team building and strategic planning retreat for the philanthropy department staff.

The Nature Conservancy – New Hampshire Chapter (2015)

The Nature Conservancy has helped protect more than 270,000 acres of ecologically significant land in New Hampshire and currently owns and manages 28 preserves across the state. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning process for The Nature Conservancy’s New Hampshire Chapter that included a series of staff and trustee meetings to assess the organization’s situation and establish a strategic direction.

The Progress Center (2013)

Based in Norway, Maine, The Progress Center promotes independence and freedom of choice for hundreds of children, families and adults who experience disabilities. We were hired to facilitate a full-day retreat among all staff to explore the value of different personality types, clear roles and responsibilities, and other aspects of leadership development.

The Progress Center (2015)

Based in Norway, Maine, The Progress Center promotes independence and freedom of choice for hundreds of children, families and adults who experience disabilities. We were hired to facilitate an interactive session on workplace culture at the Progress Center’s annual staff retreat.

Theater Project (2007)

This community-oriented non-profit based in Brunswick, Maine hired us to facilitate a board meeting to discuss and make decisions about important organizational changes. The organization is striving to achieve a new level. In addition to facilitating the meeting, we also prepared a summary report.

Tri-County Mental Health Services (2012)

Tri-County Mental Health Services delivers state of the art mental health, substance abuse, habilitation, and life skills services to the people of Maine. We were hired to facilitate a staff training session.

Trinity Jubilee Center (2016)

The Trinity Jubilee Center provides hot meals, healthy groceries, day shelter, refugee integration programs, and other services to people in Lewiston, Maine. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat among the members of the board. We also prepared a complete report of the retreat.

United Way of Androscoggin County (2015)

United Way of Androscoggin County advances the common good in the greater Lewiston-Auburn, Maine region by helping provide access to education, financial stability, and health services. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a retreat for members of the Board and Senior Staff.

United Way of Greater Portland (2008)

Given how much United Way staff are involved in facilitating meetings both internally and externally, they invested in a full day of meeting facilitation training. We discussed principles, techniques, and even did some fun role-playing.

United Way of Greater Portland (2009)

The United Way hired us to facilitate two meetings of the leadership of Preble Street and Wayside Soup Kitchen, two social service agencies in Portland, to define roles and responsibilities.

United Way of Mid Coast Maine (2009)

This United Way, based in Bath, hired us to facilitate discussion among providers of mental health service in the Mid Coast region in order to identify gaps in service and to plan for improved service delivery in the future.

United Way of Mid-Maine (2007)

This United Way affilliate based in Waterville, Maine hired us to facilitate their annual board retreat focused on establishing strategic direction and defing short-term projects. We also prepatred the meeting report.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension (2012)

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension hired us to plan and facilitate two meetings to help Cooperative Extension organize their SNAP-Ed program: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance ProgramEducation, which helps low-income individuals make healthy food choices. Leigh Tillman served as lead facilitator.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension (2013)

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension puts university research to work in homes, businesses, farms, and communities throughout Maine, providing education and practical solutions for agriculture, natural resources, economic opportunity, and lifelong wellness. Craig has been hired to facilitate three sessions at the two-day Annual Organizational meeting for Cooperative Extension staff. Topics will cover strategic planning and practical ideas for handling challenges in group situations.

University of Maine Pulp & Paper Foundation (2012-2013)

The University of Maine Pulp & Paper Foundation financially supports and prepares well-educated engineering students for careers in the pulp and paper and allied industries with full tuition merit based scholarships. We were hired to plan and facilitate a series of meetings among Foundation board and staff and stakeholders from the University and the industry to help develop a strategic plan for the Foundation. We prepared complete reports of the meetings and a draft strategic plan.

University of New England (2008)

The Colleges of Arts and Sciences at the University of New England hired us to work on organizational issues within a particular department. Our work involved individual interviews followed by a full-day retreat.

VNA Home Health Care (2007)

VNA Home Health Care is a major provider of home health and hospice care affiliated with Mercy Hospital and serving families throughout Cumberland and northern York Counties since 1921. We facilitated a multi-day leadership retreat at Camp Kieve on the shores of Damariscotta Lake where we worked on strategic planning and team building.

Volunteer Administrators of Midcoast Maine (2009)

We were hired to lead a workshop on conflict prevention, management and resolution for 65 administrators of volunteers.

Volunteers of America Northern New England (2007)

For more than 100 years, Volunteers of America has partnered with individuals and organizations to serve those in need. Their goal is to transform lives and involve people in serving their community. Volunteers of America of Norhern New England hired us to facilitate a full-day staff retreat to set up a new program and make decisions about how it would be administered.

Volunteers of America Northern New England (2008-Fall)

Working in partnership with government agencies, businesses, individuals, and other nonprofit organizations, this VOA chapter seeks to meet the most pressing social needs in the communities it serves in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. We facilitated a day-long board retreat to establish the future vision of the organization, which will inform the staff in shaping an upcoming strategic planning effort.

Volunteers of America Northern New England (2008-Fall)

Volunteers of America Northern New England hired us to facilitate a two-day conference called Fertile Ground, the purpose of which was to help communities look beyond traditional types of support to find solutions that will sustain social impact into the future. Good Group Decisions managed several facilitators for breakout sessions and also prepared a summary report of the conference. Click here for the Fertile Ground website.

Volunteers of America Northern New England (2008-late Winter)

For more than 100 years, Volunteers of America has partnered with individuals and organizations to serve those in need. Their goal is to transform lives and involve people in serving their community. Volunteers of America Northern New England hired us for two projects: to facilitate a meeting of Information Technology experts to advise them on future IT investments, and to facilitate meetings of the Senior Team.

Volunteers of America Northern New England (2008-Spring & Summer)

Leaders of community justice projects in Androscoggin, Lincoln and Sagadahoc Counties are collaborating to form a tri-county effort to promote safe communities by reducing crime and violence. We were hired by Volunteers of America to facilitate initial organizational meetings of the Tri-County Justice Project and prepare summary reports.

Volunteers of America Northern New England (2009)

Volunteers of America Northern New England hosted a statewide conference to confront the problem of misuses of prescription drugs. Participants from the medical, pharmacology, law enforcement, substance abuse treatment & prevention, and mental health fields discussed how medicine moves from health to hazard, what can be done to intervene in the diversion process and what some communities across Maine are doing to tackle this growing concern. We were hired to facilitate the conference as well as follow-up meetings with the leaders to define next steps.

Wells Reserve at Laudholm (2016)

The Wells Reserve at Laudholm includes a National Estuarine Research Reserve (including 2,250 acres of coastal habitat) and a large historic saltwater farm (listed in the National Register of Historic Places). The Laudholm Trust is one of the organizations stewarding this unique property. Building on the Future Planning process we helped facilitate a few years ago, we were hired to facilitate a strategic plan “check-in” meeting to take stock of progress so far and adjust the plan for the future. Learn more in this quick video that Craig made on site!

Western Maine Community Action (2010)

Western Maine Community Action is a social service agency that has been providing energy, housing, health, and employment services for over 40 years to people living in the western mountain region of Maine. We were hired to facilitate and provide a complete report for a senior management staff retreat that will focus on strategic planning.

Western Maine Sustainable Development Collaborative (2004)

The Western Maine Sustainable Development Collaborative convened a regional conference on April 29,2004 in Farmington to explore opportunities for sustainable development and promote an asset-based approach. The Collaborative hired us to moderate the conference and prepare a summary report.

Western Maine Sustainable Development Collaborative (2005)

Four organizations, Coastal Enterprises, Inc., Maine Center for Economic Policy, Mountain Counties Heritage Network, and the Western Mountains Alliance, joined together “to harness and encourage multiple efforts to achieve regional sustainable development that balances economic, environmental, and community values.” For over two years, Craig facilitated their regular, half-day meetings.

Western Mountains Alliance (2005)

For the fourth year in a row, we were hired by the Western Mountains Alliance to deliver the opening session of Lead Western Maine. This is a 9-month leader training program organized around actual collaborative projects in Western Maine. Each year, the one-day training covers learning styles, what motivates leaders and followers, leadership characteristics, model meeting behaviors, and more.

Western Mountains Alliance (2007)

For the fifth year in a row, we were hired by the Western Mountains Alliance to deliver the opening session of Lead Western Maine. This is a 9-month leader training program organized around actual collaborative projects in Western Maine. Each year, the kick-off training covers learning styles, what motivates leaders and followers, leadership characteristics, model meeting behaviors, and more.

Wild Seed Project (2016)

The Wild Seed Project works to increase the use of native plants in all landscape settings to promote biodiversity, plant resilience, wildlife habitat, and pollination and migration corridors. We were hired to facilitate a board retreat to discuss board and staff roles and plan for future work.

Trade Associations and Coalitions

Adams School Condo Association (2016)

The Adams School Condominiums were developed on a former school site in a diverse, vibrant neighborhood in Portland, Maine. We were hired by the Adams School Condo Association for a meeting to help the condo owners establish shared values and interaction guidelines.

Alliance for Community Transportation (2010)

This coalition of public transportation providers in southern New Hampshire hired us to facilitate a retreat focused on priorities for service delivery and how to work most effectively as a coalition.

American Institute of Steel Construction (2016)

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) is a technical institute and trade association serving the structural steel design community and construction industry in the United States. We were hired to deliver an interactive leadership talk and an Endnote speech for AISC’s 2016 Future Leaders Ideas Lab in Philadelphia. The Future Leaders Ideas Lab is a leadership development and networking opportunity for fabricators who have either recently moved into or anticipate moving into a senior management position during the next few years.

 

American Psychiatric Association (2013)

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is the world’s largest psychiatric organization representing more than 33,000 psychiatric physicians from the United States and around the world. Craig was hired by the APA District Branch Executives to deliver a 3-hour Facilitative Leadership training in Washington, DC for Executive Directors of regional chapters.

American Psychiatric Association Area One Council (2009)

The American Psychiatric Association Area One Council, representing psychiatrists in the six New England states as well as Canada’s Eastern provinces and Quebec, engaged us to facilitate two meetings at its spring conference in Boston. We also prepared reports of the meetings.

American Society for Training and Development – Maine Chapter (2014)

The Maine Chapter of ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) is a non-profit organization for professionals actively engaged in or interested in the fields of training and development. Craig delivered an interactive “Group Decisions Done Right” session for a professional development meeting of the chapter.

Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce (2008)

The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Town of Bar Harbor and other key institutions, convened a series of meetings among business and community leaders to discuss innovative approaches to developing more business activity in the shoulder seasons. We were hired to facilitate these multi-stakeholder meetings and prepare the resulting summary reports.

Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce (2007)

The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Town of Bar Harbor and other key institutions, convened a meeting among business and community leaders to discuss innovative approaches to developing more business activity in the shoulder seasons (spring and fall). We were hired to facilitate the meeting and prepare the resulting report of findings.

Beginning Farmer Resource Network (2014)

The Beginning Farmer Resource Network is a coalition of Maine agriculture agencies and organizations working together to connect aspiring, beginning, and transitioning farmers to resources for farm business success. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a future visioning session at a Network retreat.

Bethel Area Nonprofit Collaborative (BANC) (2017)

The Bethel Area Nonprofit Collaborative (BANC) is a group of nonprofits with a wide variety of missions in the Bethel, Maine region committed to working together to improve the community. We were hired to plan and facilitate a strategic planning process for BANC, to answer key questions about activities, outreach, and organizational structure. The process included stakeholder interviews and focus groups, and meetings among BANC members to build consensus on answers to strategic questions.

Blue Sky Funders Forum (2013-2014)

Convened and administered by NAAEE (North American Association for Environmental Education), the Blue Sky Funders Forum is a national group of charitable foundations, corporate foundations, and government grantmakers who have formed an alliance to advance environmental education. Craig facilitated a series of meetings to help the group get organized and establish initial priorities.

Casco Bay CAN (2016)

The Casco Bay Create Awareness Now (CAN) Coalition is a group of local individuals, schools, law enforcement agencies, organizations, and businesses who work together to prevent and reduce youth substance abuse in Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, North Yarmouth, Pownal and Yarmouth. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a meeting to discuss Casco Bay CAN’s sustainability plans for the short-term and the long-term.

Casco Bay CAN (Create Awareness Now) Coalition (2012)

Casco Bay Create Awareness Now (CAN) Coalition is a group of local individuals, schools, law enforcement agencies, organizations, and businesses who work together to prevent and reduce youth substance abuse in Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, North Yarmouth, Pownal and Yarmouth. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a semi-annual meeting of Casco Bay CAN. One purpose of the semi-annual meeting was to develop a sustainability strategy among key stakeholders.

Casco Bay CAN Coalition (2014)

Casco Bay Create Awareness Now (CAN) Coalition is a group of local individuals, schools, law enforcement agencies, organizations, and businesses who work together to prevent and reduce youth substance abuse in Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, North Yarmouth, Pownal and Yarmouth. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a meeting to review Casco Bay CAN’s strategic prevention framework model and plan for the next five years.

Casco Bay Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention (2009)

The Casco Bay Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention is a group of local individuals, schools, law enforcement agencies, organizations, and businesses who work together to prevent and reduce youth substance abuse in Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, North Yarmouth, Pownal and Yarmouth. We were hired to facilitate a meeting of the Steering Committee to develop a work plan for implementing new grant funds and to decide on the coalition’s new name: Casco Bay CAN (Create Awareness Now) Coalition.

Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (2011)

The Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (CBEP) is a collaborative effort of people and organizations interested in protecting and restoring Casco Bay, on the southern coast of Maine. CBEP hired us to help plan and facilitate a two-day Board retreat to establish short-term priorities, prepare for long-term strategic planning, and build enthusiasm and renewed commitment among the Board. We teamed up with Ann Gosline of Gosline & Reitman for this project.

Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (2014-2015)

The Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (CBEP) is a collaborative effort of people and organizations interested in protecting and restoring Casco Bay, off the southern coast of Maine. In 2014-2015, we helped plan and facilitate a series of CBEP committee and working group meetings to discuss and finalize a scope of work and timetable for strategic planning and then to work through the strategic planning process itself in preparation for the State of the Bay Conference in late 2015. During the conference we also facilitated a stakeholder input session to gather reactions and suggestions about the 2015-16 Casco Bay Plan. As a result of this work CBEP prepared a comprehensive five-year Casco Bay Plan with goals, strategies, and actions.

Casco Bay Nutrient Council (2017)

Convened by the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, the purpose of the Casco Bay Nutrient Council is to develop recommendations to policy makers, regulators, and funders on how best to manage the impacts of nutrients on Casco Bay in southern Maine. We have been hired to plan and facilitate a series of Nutrient Council meetings to help the Council achieve its purpose.

City of Portland Refugee Services Program (2013)

The City of Portland, Maine (population about 66,000) Refugee Services Program works to improve stability, independence, and overall quality of life for refugees in Maine. The Program has formed the Community Leadership Engagement Coalition to help community stakeholders who have been historically marginalized in the public education system based on race, ethnicity, immigration, and income status. We were hired to plan and facilitate a half-day workshop on group empowerment for the Coalition.

Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME) (2016)

Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME) serves those affected by co-occurring conditions by advocating for best practices, encouraging professional development, maximizing collaboration, and facilitating integrated health and behavioral health services. We were hired to plan and facilitate a strategic planning board retreat to affirm strategic direction and identify specific strategies for board and member development.

Cohousing Association of the United States (2011)

Craig was asked to facilitate a plenary session of “Creating Better Neighborhoods for the Future”, this year’s national conference of the Cohousing Association of the United States. Craig planned and facilitated a World Cafe-style discussion of about 100 people on the topic: “How can cohousing help?” The group came to some conclusions about the relevancy of cohousing in light of today’s environmental, economic, and social concerns.

Consumer Council System of Maine and NAMI (2010-2011)

The Consumer Council System of Maine has teamed up with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to convene a series of meetings of peer and family support groups for people with mental and behavioral health challenges. The purpose of the meetings is to explore collaboration opportunities. We have been hired to help plan and facilitate the meetings and prepare a complete report.

Cumberland County Clean Water Collaboration (2016-2017)

Building on our earlier work with the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District, we are facilitating several meetings of the Design Team of the new Cumberland County Clean Water Collaboration, a coalition of municipal managers and stormwater management professionals working together on municipal and regional stormwater projects. In these meetings we are discussing objectives and tasks for the new Collaboration.

Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District (2016)

In collaboration with Cumberland County and the Greater Portland Council of Governments, the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District hosted a meeting among municipal managers and stormwater management professionals to kick off the Cumberland County Clean Water Collaboration and identify regional priorities for clean water projects. We were hired to help plan and facilitate the meeting.

Elder Issues Partnership (2004-2012)

A large coalition of organizations that serve elderly in various ways banded together in a coalition and retained us to facilitate their monthly meetings which always consisted of exchanging information about state and federal policy initiatives and often included outside speakers on topics of interest. In addition, we provided complete secretariat services which included meeting write up and distribution, handling all correspondence, managing a website and list serve on behalf of the group, and arranging meeting facilities. The group tried to influence state policy to better serve elderly people. More recently, we were hired to facilitate a strategic planning meeting for the coalition.

Elder Justice Partners (2011)

The Elder Justice Partners is a partnership of 17 state government and non-profit agencies working to protect Maine seniors. Elder Justice Partners convened a day-long summit of leaders working in the area of elder abuse to highlight the current state of elder abuse outreach and prosecution and plan for the future of elder abuse work in Maine. We were hired to facilitate and prepare a complete report of the summit.

Environmental Education Funders Collaborative (2013)

The Environmental Education Funders Collaborative (EEFC) is an informal collaborative of funders in the San Francisco Bay Area that develops avenues for sharing and partnering with the many stakeholders in the field of environmental and science education. We were hired to plan and facilitate a full-day conference of environmental educators and funders in San Francisco, CA.

Greater Portland Convention + Visitors Bureau (2014)

The Greater Portland Convention + Visitors Bureau works with visitors and travel professionals to create a positive travel experience in Coastal and Southern Maine. Craig delivered his session “Good Meetings Make Great Leaders” for the bureau’s Meeting Planner Continuing Education Series.

Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) (2014-2016)

The Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) is a nonprofit organization that assists with cooperative services such as bulk purchasing, transportation planning, data, mapping, and economic and community development. GPCOG’s members include 26 municipalities from Casco Bay to western Cumberland County, along with the County itself and other affiliate organizations. We were hired to help gather stakeholder input and facilitate a series of meetings to develop a five-year strategic plan for GPCOG.

Green Building Council (2007)

This young non-profit is Maine’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. They hired us to help them establish their strategic direction. We facilitated a full-day retreat of the board and prepared a report which is serving as the basis for their strategic plan.

Green Building Council (2008)

This energetic and rapidly growing non-profit is Maine’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Like the year before, they hired us again to facilitate a full-day board retreat and prepare a complete report.

Green Building Council (2010)

The Maine Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is Maine’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. For the third time, they hired us to facilitate a full-day board retreat and prepare a complete report.

High Value Healthcare Collaborative (2016)

The High Value Healthcare Collaborative (HVHC) is a provider learning network committed to improving health care value through data and collaboration. We were hired to help improve effectiveness and efficiency of the stakeholder meetings led by the HVHC Program Management Office Coordinators and Senior Leaders, including a full-day facilitation training and Craig’s observations of actual stakeholder meetings. As a result of this work, the group will establish and implement Standard Operating Procedures for high value meetings.

Home Care Alliance of Maine (2006-Fall)

The Home Care Alliance of Maine, a statewide trade association, hired us to plan and facilitate their annual meeting of members. During a full-day meeting, we discussed the organization’s membership and dues structure, committee structures, and related issues. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

Home Care Alliance of Maine (2006-late Winter)

This statewide non-profit, consisting of home health care providers, hospice providers and other health care organizations, hired us to facilitate two meetings in order to develop recommendations to the state on how to ease administrative burdens on health care providers.

Home Care and Hospice Alliance of Maine (2014)

The Home Care and Hospice Alliance of Maine is a nonprofit trade association supporting affordable, accessible, quality home care and hospice services throughout the state. We were hired to plan and facilitate a board meeting to discuss governance and member engagement.

International Policy Governance Association (2015)

The International Policy Governance Association (IPGA) is a worldwide nonprofit organization promoting owner-accountable effective governance practices. Craig delivered a keynote and an interactive workshop at “Leading Together,” IPGA’s 12th annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

International Policy Governance Association (2016)

The International Policy Governance Association (IPGA) is a worldwide nonprofit organization promoting owner-accountable effective governance practices. Craig partnered with IPGA to deliver a webinar on Getting to One Voice.

Justice Action Group (2014)

The Justice Action Group (JAG) is a coalition of various groups working toward equal access to justice in Maine, led by representatives from the state and federal judiciary. We were hired to plan and facilitate a summit of JAG representatives and stakeholders to discuss and plan for JAG’s future. We also prepared a complete report.

Maine Academy of Family Physicians (2015)

The Maine Academy of Family Physicians represents over 700 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students in Maine. The Academy advocates for the specialty of Family Medicine, and enhances communication among and provides information to Maine family physicians. We were hired to facilitate a multi-day strategic planning retreat to help the Academy plan for the future.

Maine Assembly on School-Based Health Care (2006)

On beautiful Mount Desert Island we spent a day with the board of directors of the Maine Assembly on School-Based Health Care. We helped the group decide their strategic priorities for the next five years and create a vision for school-based health centers, literally, on a huge 4’x8’ piece of paper!

Maine Assembly on School-based Health Care (2007)

The goal of the Maine Assembly on School-based Health Care (MeASBHC) is to improve children’s success by keeping them healthy, in school and ready to learn. MeASBHC supports the development and operations of school based health care services to accomplish this goal. We have worked with them before and they recently hired us again to help them survey stakeholders and finalize their strategic plan.

Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors (2013)

The Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors is a professional association of naturopathic doctors (NDs) who live and work in Maine, dedicated to advancing the principles of naturopathic medicine and expanding Maine’s consumers’ access to natural, prevention-based health care. We were hired to facilitate the annual strategic planning meeting of the Association. 

Maine Association of Planners (2013)

The Maine Association of Planners (MAP) is a membership organization that promotes, supports, and encourages the practice of planning in Maine. We were hired to help MAP update its strategic plan by designing and facilitating a process to gather input from members and key stakeholders.

Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) (2013)

The Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) conducts research, analysis, citizen education, and coalition building to advance public policies that help Maine people prosper in a strong, fair and sustainable economy. We were hired to plan and facilitate a meeting for members of the Maine Can Do Better coalition, which is currently hosted by MECEP, to clarify the purpose and structure of the coalition.

Maine Children’s Alliance (2016)

The Maine Children’s Alliance (MCA) is a nonpartisan, data-focused advocate for public policies and practices that improve the lives of Maine’s children, youth and families. We were hired to plan and facilitate a team building staff retreat for MCA. Leigh Tillman served as lead facilitator on this project.

Maine Community Action Association (2016)

The Maine Community Action Association represents 10 Community Action Agencies that provide services to low income people across Maine. We were hired to facilitate the Association’s
annual strategic planning session.

Maine Council for Elder Abuse Protection (2015)

The Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention (MCEAP) is comprised of over 40 organizations and individuals from across Maine working collaboratively to combat elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. We were hired to facilitate and provide a report of a strategic planning session for the Council.

Maine Council of Churches (2012)

The Maine Council of Churches is an ecumenical community of nine denominations dedicated to the vision of a sustainable, just, and compassionate world. We were hired to facilitate a meeting of the Board of Directors to discuss strategic planning and organizational development issues. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

Maine County Commissioner’s Association (2007)

We planned and facilitated a full-day retreat of the Maine County Commissioner’s Association which consists of County Commissioners and Administrators from thoughout Maine. The retreat resulted in several key decisions about the organization’s strategic direction and specific tasks to be done.

Maine Crafts Association (2016)

The Maine Crafts Association works to strengthen individual craft artists – including artists of stone, wood, paper, clay, fiber, fabric, metal, and much more – while also supporting Maine communities, local economies, and the visitor experience by making Maine a national crafts destination. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat among members of the board, staff, and advisory board.

Maine Dental Association (2010)

In March, the Maine Dental Association hosted the New England Dental Leadership Conference, a gathering of dentists from the six New England states that will focus on the question, “What will the practice of dentistry look like in 2020?” We were hired to facilitate this 3-day conference.

Maine Energy Marketers Association (2016-2017)

The Maine Energy Marketers Association represents over 300 Maine providers of heating oil, propane, biofuels, pellets, electricity, and motor fuels. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning meeting to build shared understanding of the Association’s current situation, general strategic direction, near term tasks and long term goals, and roles of the board, committees, and staff. Building on the work done in the meeting, we are also facilitating a series of meetings among committee chairs to make a work plan for the future.

Maine Environmental Education Association (2006)

This volunteer collaborative of organizations and individuals who promote and facilitate environmental education hired us to facilitate their full-day board retreat intended to result in a strategic plan.

Maine Environmental Education Association (2010)

Like they did four years ago, the Maine  Environmental Education Association (MEEA) has hired us to facilitate a strategic planning retreat of the Board of Directors. As part of this work, we also conducted an online survey of MEEA board members, members, and advocacy groups. As a result of the meeting, we prepared a draft strategic plan.

Maine Environmental Funders Network (2007)

A joint project of the Maine Community Foundation and Maine Philanthropy Center, the Environmental Funders Network helps to identify and create ways to improve and sustain Maine’s natural environment. We were hired to facilitate a full-day strategic planning meeting of the board of directors.

Maine Environmental Funders Network (2008)

The Environmental Funders Network (EFN), an alliance of Maine-based foundations with environmental interests, helps to identify and create ways to improve and sustain Maine’s natural environment. We were hired to facilitate two meetings which explored potential collaborations around the theme of “Quality of Place.” Members discussed how the environmental philanthropic community can work together to improve the quality of Maine’s environment.

Maine Environmental Funders Network (2009)

The Environmental Funders Network, an alliance of Maine-based foundations with environmental interests, helps to identify and create ways to improve and sustain Maine’s natural environment. We were hired to facilitate another meeting in the group’s continuing exploration of how to collaborate around the theme of “Quality of Place.”

Maine Environmental Funders Network (2010)

We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat for this coalition of environmental philanthropists. As a joint project of the Maine Community Foundation and Maine Philanthropy Center, the Environmental Funders Network helps to identify and create ways to improve and sustain Maine’s natural environment.

Maine Food Strategy Network Gathering (2015)

The Maine Food Strategy is an initiative to create a broader and more strongly connected network of organizations and individuals contributing to the food system in Maine. We have been hired to help plan and facilitate a large network gathering to work on the initiative’s goal areas: economic development, environment, food access, and community support. We helped plan and facilitate the overall gathering and the breakout sessions. We also provided a complete report of the entire gathering.

Maine Global Warming Action Coalition (2008)

The Maine Global Warming Action Coalition is administered by the Natural Resources Council of Maine and consists of twenty nonprofit organizations concerned with global warming. They came together to discuss a common agenda and how best to work with each other. In addition to facilitating a meeting, we also helped with an advance survey of all coalition members and we prepared a summary report.

Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition (2013)

The Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition brings together allies to identify issues affecting Maine’s immigrant communities and to advocate collectively for solutions. We were hired to facilitate a full-day retreat for the Coalition to make decisions about future priorities and organizational structure.

Maine Local Government Human Resource Association (MLGHRA) (2017)

The Maine Local Government Human Resource Association (MLGHRA) advances knowledge, cooperation, and professional development among public sector human resources professionals throughout Maine. We were hired to plan and facilitate a goal-setting retreat among members of the MLGHRA Executive Board.

Maine Nursing Action Coalition (2017)

The Maine Nursing Action Coalition works to create innovative solutions where nurses are leading the way to address Maine’s health challenges. We were hired to plan and facilitate a stakeholder meeting to build shared understanding of Maine’s projected nursing shortage and to develop approaches to address related challenges.

Maine Nutrition Network (2006)

At beautiful Maple Hill Farm in Hallowell, we facilitated a full day conference for the members of the Maine Nutrition Network. About a hundred people attended. We helped the group decide their mission and specific areas of work for the next few years, along with how they should best be structured to achieve their goals. As follow up, we helped them write their strategic plan to be finalized at their annual meeting.

Maine Nutrition Network (2011)

The Maine Nutrition Network is a collaborative of public and private partners that coordinates nutrition and physical activity initiatives and contributes to policies and environments that improve the health of Maine people. We were hired to facilitate the Network’s annual meeting of about 100 people – in order to engage strategic stakeholders and partners in a discussion about the future of the Network. Leigh Tillman assisted with this project.

Maine Optometric Association (2013)

As the representative voice of optometry in Maine, the Maine Optometric Association advances the quality and availability of eye, vision, and related health care in Maine. We have been hired to facilitate a meeting among members to develop organizational priority focus areas and an action plan for the next few years. 

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (2008)

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) hired us to facilitate a discussion among the MOFGA board of directors and the board of directors of MOFGA Certification Services, LLC, the wholly-owned subsidiary of MOFGA that certifies organic farmers on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (2010)

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. Each year, volunteers and professionals moderate panel discussions at the Farmer to Farmer Conference put on by MOFGA. We were hired to provide training for volunteer moderators. Several Good Group Decisions Associates then joined other volunteers in facilitating panel discussions at the 2010 conference. Leigh Tillman assisted with this project.

Maine Osteopathic Association (2009)

The organization, which is dedicated to providing professional education and services for the osteopathic profession to ensure the quality of osteopathic care to the people of Maine, hired us to facilitate a full-day retreat of the Board of Directors focusing on strategic planning. Following the retreat, we prepared a report.

Maine Philanthropy Center (2011)

The Maine Philanthropy Center, a regional association of grantmakers working together to promote philanthropy and to increase its impact in Maine, is convening a conference entitled “Improving Food Access with Local Food”. We have been hired to help plan the day and help facilitate audience participation.

Maine Primary Care Association (2008)

The Maine Primary Care Association works to strengthen and sustain Maine’s Primary Care Safety Net, providing high quality health care to underserved populations in Maine. We facilitated a board retreat, and prepared a complete meeting report that will serve as the basis of a strategic plan.

Maine Primary Care Association (2009)

For over 25 years, the Maine Primary Care Association has worked to strengthen and sustain Maine’s Primary Care Safety Net. We were hired to facilitate two meetings among representatives of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to discuss how to more effectively communicate medical information. We also prepared reports of each of the meetings.

Maine Public Health Association (2016)

The Maine Public Health Association (MPHA) is a member-based nonprofit organization advocating for polices and environments that promote public health and health equity in Maine. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat.

Maine Pulp & Paper Association (2014)

The Maine Pulp & Paper Association represents the pulp and paper industry and associated businesses in Maine, working toward long-term viability and competitiveness in a global economy. We were hired to help the Association with a future planning process, including conducting stakeholder interviews and facilitating a series of meetings among Association leaders.

Maine Recreation & Park Association (2014)

The Maine Recreation & Park Association is a multi-stakeholder nonprofit organization dedicated to quality park systems, recreation programs, and healthy communities. Craig delivered two interactive sessions on facilitative leadership and conflict resolution at the Association’s annual Fall Workshop.

 

Maine Society of Land Surveyors (2011)

The Maine Society of Land Surveyors is a professional association working to enhance and protect the profession of land surveying. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning in conjunction with their annual meeting. Leigh Tillman assisted with this project.

Maine State Legislature and Maine State Employees Union (2015)

We were hired to facilitate a series of interest-based bargaining meetings among the nonpartisan staff members for the Maine State Legislature and the leadership of the Maine State Employees Union. Interest-based bargaining focuses on developing mutually beneficial agreements based on the interests of the participants.

Maine State Legislature and Maine State Employees Union (2017)

As in the past, we have been hired to facilitate a series of interest-based bargaining meetings among the nonpartisan staff members for the Maine State Legislature and the leadership of the Maine State Employees Union. The interest-based bargaining method focuses on developing mutually beneficial agreements based on the interests of the participants.

Maine Woods Consortium (2011)

The Maine Woods Consortium is an open association of non-profit organizations, businesses and government agencies dedicated to advancing a “triple bottom line” approach (economy, environment, community) to development and conservation in the Maine Woods region. We were hired to offer advice on a project designed to develop a quality labeling program for Maine Woods tourism.

Massachusetts Psychiatric Society (2014)

The Massachusetts Psychiatric Society represents the majority of psychiatrists in Massachusetts, promotes education, legislation, and resource allocation to address the needs and rights of the mentally and emotionally ill, and provides a supportive and informative professional community. Craig was hired to plan and facilitate leadership development training for psychiatry residents actively involved with the Society’s council and committees. Training was delivered in both a full group setting and via individual coaching.

MSEA-SEIU (2011)

The Maine State Employees Association — SEIU Local 1989 — is a member-run labor union representing more than 15,000 public and private sector workers throughout Maine. We were hired to plan and facilitate a 2-day board retreat focused on establishing strategic direction.

MSEA-SEIU (2013)

The Maine State Employees Association — SEIU Local 1989 — is a member-run labor union representing more than 15,000 public and private sector workers throughout Maine. For the third year in a row, we have been hired to plan and facilitate a two-day board retreat focused on establishing strategic direction.

MSEA-SEIU (2014)

The Maine State Employees Association — SEIU Local 1989 — is a member-run labor union representing more than 15,000 public and private sector workers throughout Maine. For the fourth year in a row, we were hired to plan and facilitate a two-day board retreat focused on establishing strategic direction.

MSEA-SEIU (Spring 2012)

The Maine State Employees Association — SEIU Local 1989 — is a member-run labor union representing more than 15,000 public and private sector workers throughout Maine. We were hired to facilitate a team building retreat of the senior management team, including advance interviews with members of the team.

MSEA-SEIU (Winter 2012)

The Maine State Employees Association — SEIU Local 1989 — is a member-run labor union representing more than 15,000 public and private sector workers throughout Maine. For the second year in a row, we were hired to plan and facilitate a 2-day board retreat focused on establishing strategic direction.

NAMI Maine (2016-2017)

NAMI Maine, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, provides support, education, and advocacy to better the lives of those affected by mental illness. We were hired by the NAMI Maine System Reform Advisory Committee to help gather stakeholder input on indicators to measure the success of Maine’s mental health system, and to help plan action steps based on the input.

National Religious Partnership for the Environment (2014)

The National Religious Partnership for the Environment is an association of independent faith groups from the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Evangelical traditions. The partnership undertakes scholarship, leadership training, congregational and agency initiatives, and public policy education in service to environmental sustainability and justice. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a two-day meeting in Maryland among faith-based environmental professionals to identify current work among religious groups and explore opportunities for collaboration.

National Speakers Association (2015)

Each year the National Speakers Association hosts a large convention for professional speakers. The 2015 conference took place in Washington, DC, and Craig offered a workshop on practical tips for audience interaction, participation, and collaboration: how to gather and summarize audience input, how to manage the microphone, and much more. A written summary of the audience’s own conclusions from the workshop was posted shortly afterwards. Check out the summary and related materials here.

New Hampshire Lakes Association (2016)

The New Hampshire Lakes Association protects New Hampshire lakes and watersheds through education and advocacy. We were hired to facilitate a strategic thinking process including stakeholder input gathering and a series of board and committee meetings. The process resulted in a written statement of strategic direction.

North American Association for Environmental Education (2012-2014)

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) supports environmental educators with professional development, guidelines for excellence, networking, and advocacy. Craig helped facilitate a NAAEE strategic planning process that involved multiple meetings in Washington D.C. and San Francisco and phone interviews with thought leaders throughout the country.

North American Association for Environmental Education (Fall 2012)

We were hired to help plan and facilitate the three-day annual conference of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in Oakland, California. We also helped plan and facilitate a special Funders Forum of about 100 organizations that invest in environmental education. NAAEE supports environmental educators in the US, Canada, and Mexico with professional development, guidelines for excellence, networking, and advocacy.

North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) (2017)

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) supports environmental educators with professional development, guidelines for excellence, networking, and advocacy. Craig helped plan and facilitate a meeting in Washington, DC, among leaders of NAAEE and the Children & Nature Network to discuss specific ideas for collaboration.

North American Association for Environmental Education (Spring 2012)

We were hired to offer a training session on Advanced Facilitation at the five-day National Training Workshop of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in Washington, DC. NAAEE supports environmental educators in the US, Canada, and Mexico with professional development, guidelines for excellence, networking, and advocacy.

Northern New England Rally for Rail (2011)

Maine and New Hampshire business leaders, town and city officials, state legislators, and staffers from the U.S. Congressional delegation came together at this gathering to discuss advocacy for rail service through western Maine, New Hampshire, and into Canada. We were hired to plan and facilitate an Open Space-based meeting in which the group determined the most pressing issues, explored them in breakout sessions, and then collaborated as an entire group on next steps. We also prepared summary notes. Leigh Tillman served as lead facilitator.

Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire (2017)

The Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire serves as a resource and advocate for its members and provides information to the general public about heating with oil and energy conservation, environmental protection, and safety. We have been hired to plan and facilitate a full-day strategic planning meeting to discuss and make decisions about the future work of the Council. We will also prepare a complete report of the meeting and provide assistance with advance surveys of members and the board.

Waterfront Alliance (2017)

The Waterfront Alliance is a nonprofit civic organization committed to protecting and promoting the working waterfront of South Portland and Portland, Maine. In its role as a neutral convener of inclusive conversations, the Alliance hosted a public forum on a proposed cold storage warehouse on the Portland waterfront. The forum provided an opportunity for a panel of experts to address public questions about the cold storage business model and storage capacity, zoning, view and traffic impact, and more. Questions from attendees were written on paper and submitted in advance of the panel discussion. We were hired to plan, facilitate, and provide a complete report of the panel discussion.

Western Maine Sustainable Development Collaborative (2004)

The Western Maine Sustainable Development Collaborative convened a regional conference on April 29,2004 in Farmington to explore opportunities for sustainable development and promote an asset-based approach. The Collaborative hired us to moderate the conference and prepare a summary report.

Western Maine Sustainable Development Collaborative (2005)

Four organizations, Coastal Enterprises, Inc., Maine Center for Economic Policy, Mountain Counties Heritage Network, and the Western Mountains Alliance, joined together “to harness and encourage multiple efforts to achieve regional sustainable development that balances economic, environmental, and community values.” For over two years, Craig facilitated their regular, half-day meetings.

Environment

350 Maine (2014)

350 Maine is a grassroots network across the state working to address global warming and climate change, under the organizing model of the 350.org global movement.  We were hired to plan and facilitate a meeting to achieve consensus on organizational structure and related issues. We also did additional advance work to gather specific ideas from the group on one of the meeting topics.

Acadia Center (2015)

The Acadia Center develops innovative policies to combat global warming and promote clean energy and clean air solutions. As in the past, we were hired to plan and facilitate a multi-day staff and board retreat in Jamestown, Rhode Island.

Acadia Center (formerly Environment Northeast) (2014)

The Acadia Center (formerly known as Environment Northeast, or “ENE”) develops innovative policies to combat global warming and promote clean energy and clean air solutions in New England and Eastern Canada. As in the past, Craig was hired to plan and facilitate a multi-day staff and board retreat to review organizational successes and challenges and to build team effectiveness. Craig returned to beautiful Jamestown, Rhode Island for this year’s retreat.

Androscoggin Land Trust (2008)

The Androscoggin Land Trust is dedicated to protecting, through land conservation and stewardship, the important natural areas, traditional landscapes, and outdoor experience along the central Androscoggin River corridor. We were hired to facilitate a full day retreat of the board of directors to assess the current organizational capacity and environmental trends, develop strategic goals, and refine the organization’s mission. In addition to facilitating the meeting, we also prepared a complete report that will serve as the basis for a strategic plan.

Bates College – Gulf of Maine Field Research Stations (2015)

Bates College, in collaboration with the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, has received a National Science Foundation grant to coordinate the efforts of Field Research Stations around the Gulf of Maine. At an overnight meeting on Hurricane Island in Penobscot Bay, we helped the group prioritize research needs and coordinate their efforts.

Blue Sky Funders Forum (2013-2014)

Convened and administered by NAAEE (North American Association for Environmental Education), the Blue Sky Funders Forum is a national group of charitable foundations, corporate foundations, and government grantmakers who have formed an alliance to advance environmental education. Craig facilitated a series of meetings to help the group get organized and establish initial priorities.

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (2011 – Fall)

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) preserves acreage of ecological, agricultural and aesthetic importance in the neighboring towns of Brunswick and Topsham. BTLT hired us to facilitate a full day board retreat focused on the future of Crystal Spring Farm, a working farm owned by BTLT that raises vegetables and livestock, maintains recreational trails, and hosts a farmers’ market on 320 acres. We also prepared a full report of the meeting.

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (2011 – Spring)

Since 1985, the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust has preserved more than 1,100 acres in the neighboring towns of Brunswick and Topsham in an effort to protect properties with true ecological, agricultural and aesthetic importance. With support from the Maine Department of Agriculture, we were hired to facilitate an outreach meeting among farmers and neighbors.

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (2012)

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust teamed up with the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust on a long term project to help improve sustainability of local agriculture in the Merrymeeting Bay Region. We were hired to facilitate a roundtable meeting that brought together regional stakeholders to gather information, begin to identify solutions, and develop a network. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (2015)

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust protects 1,100 acres of properties with ecological, agricultural and aesthetic importance in Brunswick and Topsham. The Trust also is a convener of the Merrymeeting Food Council, a collaborative network of farmers, non-profits, businesses, government, and individuals working to advance a thriving, resilient food system. We were hired to facilitate a meeting to help refine goals and action plans for the newly-formed food council. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

 

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (2016)

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust protects 1,100 acres of properties with ecological, agricultural and aesthetic importance in Brunswick and Topsham. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat to affirm mission and vision and establish strategic direction going forward. We also provided a Complete Report of the meeting.

Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (2011)

The Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (CBEP) is a collaborative effort of people and organizations interested in protecting and restoring Casco Bay, on the southern coast of Maine. CBEP hired us to help plan and facilitate a two-day Board retreat to establish short-term priorities, prepare for long-term strategic planning, and build enthusiasm and renewed commitment among the Board. We teamed up with Ann Gosline of Gosline & Reitman for this project.

Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (2014-2015)

The Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (CBEP) is a collaborative effort of people and organizations interested in protecting and restoring Casco Bay, off the southern coast of Maine. In 2014-2015, we helped plan and facilitate a series of CBEP committee and working group meetings to discuss and finalize a scope of work and timetable for strategic planning and then to work through the strategic planning process itself in preparation for the State of the Bay Conference in late 2015. During the conference we also facilitated a stakeholder input session to gather reactions and suggestions about the 2015-16 Casco Bay Plan. As a result of this work CBEP prepared a comprehensive five-year Casco Bay Plan with goals, strategies, and actions.

Casco Bay Nutrient Council (2017)

Convened by the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, the purpose of the Casco Bay Nutrient Council is to develop recommendations to policy makers, regulators, and funders on how best to manage the impacts of nutrients on Casco Bay in southern Maine. We have been hired to plan and facilitate a series of Nutrient Council meetings to help the Council achieve its purpose.

Climate Change Collaboration (2013)

Craig was hired to facilitate a meeting among a group of engaged organizations and businesses with an interest in addressing climate change issues, to help establish objectives for their work together. We prepared a summary report which included next steps.  

Conservation Law Foundation (2017)

The Conservation Law Foundation protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people, using the law, science, and the market to create solutions that preserve natural resources, build healthy communities, and sustain a vibrant economy. We were hired to plan, facilitate, and prepare a Complete Report of a staff retreat in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Cumberland County Clean Water Collaboration (2016-2017)

Building on our earlier work with the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District, we are facilitating several meetings of the Design Team of the new Cumberland County Clean Water Collaboration, a coalition of municipal managers and stormwater management professionals working together on municipal and regional stormwater projects. In these meetings we are discussing objectives and tasks for the new Collaboration.

Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District (2015)

Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District is a non-regulatory public resource helping solve the challenges of soil and water pollution, land development, wildlife habitat and flood mitigation. The District’s biennial Maine Stormwater Conference brings together municipal, state, and federal employees; engineers; planners; academics; and other professionals to learn about and discuss stormwater management. At the 2015 conference, we facilitated a roundtable discussion among municipal managers and others about innovative stormwater management approaches. We also prepared a report of the session.

Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District (2016)

In collaboration with Cumberland County and the Greater Portland Council of Governments, the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District hosted a meeting among municipal managers and stormwater management professionals to kick off the Cumberland County Clean Water Collaboration and identify regional priorities for clean water projects. We were hired to help plan and facilitate the meeting.

Downeast Lakes Land Trust (2016)

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust protects lakeshores, improves fish and wildlife habitats, provides public recreation opportunities, offers educational programs, and supports jobs in the forest and on the water in eastern Maine. We facilitated a retreat of board members to develop a plan for the next five years.

ENE – Environment Northeast (2008)

Environment Northeast (ENE) is a non-profit organization that researches and advocates innovative policies that tackle environmental challenges while promoting sustainable economies. We were hired to facilitate a board retreat and a staff retreat in order to help establish a strategic direction and improve effectiveness. We prepared summary reports for both retreats.

ENE – Environment Northeast (Fall 2011)

Environment Northeast (ENE) is a non-profit organization at the forefront of efforts to combat global warming and promote clean energy and clean air solutions in New England and Eastern Canada. ENE researches, develops and advocates innovative policies that tackle the region’s environmental challenges while promoting sustainable economies. ENE hired us to help plan and facilitate its 3-day annual staff/board retreat, where we engaged in team building activities, program-issue brainstorming sessions, and strategic planning sessions with the board.

ENE – Environment Northeast (Fall 2012)

Environment Northeast (ENE) develops innovative policies to combat global warming and promote clean energy and clean air solutions in New England and Eastern Canada. We were hired to plan and facilitate a three-day staff and board retreat at lovely Point Lookout in Northport, Maine, to review organizational successes and challenges and build team effectiveness.

ENE – Environment Northeast (Spring 2012)

Environment Northeast (ENE) develops innovative policies to combat global warming and promote clean energy and clean air solutions in New England and Eastern Canada. We have been hired in an ongoing capacity as a management consultant to help facilitate implementation of ENE’s strategic goals developed at a retreat in Fall 2011.

Environment Northeast (ENE) (2013)

Environment Northeast (ENE) develops innovative policies to combat global warming and promote clean energy and clean air solutions in New England and Eastern Canada. As in the past, we were hired to plan and facilitate a multi-day staff and board retreat to review organizational successes and challenges and to build team effectiveness. This year’s retreat took place in Jamestown, Rhode Island.

Environmental Education Funders Collaborative (2013)

The Environmental Education Funders Collaborative (EEFC) is an informal collaborative of funders in the San Francisco Bay Area that develops avenues for sharing and partnering with the many stakeholders in the field of environmental and science education. We were hired to plan and facilitate a full-day conference of environmental educators and funders in San Francisco, CA.

Friends of the York River (2015)

The York River flows through rolling hills and tidal marshes in York, Kittery, South Berwick and Eliot, Maine. The nonprofit group Friends of the York River is exploring the possibility of a “wild and scenic” National Park Service designation for the river. We were hired to help design and facilitate a group process to move this exploration forward.

GoMOOS (Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System) (2007)

The Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System is a national pilot program designed to bring hourly oceanographic data from the Gulf of Maine to all those who need it. GoMOOS is a regional consortium of interests and disciplines based in Portland, Maine. They hired us to help the board decide how to evolve most effectively. We facilitated a full-day retreat of government agency officials and scientists and prepared the meeting report.

Green Building Council (2007)

This young non-profit is Maine’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. They hired us to help them establish their strategic direction. We facilitated a full-day retreat of the board and prepared a report which is serving as the basis for their strategic plan.

Green Building Council (2008)

This energetic and rapidly growing non-profit is Maine’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Like the year before, they hired us again to facilitate a full-day board retreat and prepare a complete report.

Green Building Council (2010)

The Maine Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is Maine’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. For the third time, they hired us to facilitate a full-day board retreat and prepare a complete report.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute (2007)

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute convened ground fishermen from Cape Cod to the coastal Maine to discuss new, innovative ways to manage the fishery. With the hope of achieving consensus on recommendations to the New England Fisheries Management Council, we were hired to facilitate the discussions and prepare a report of conclusions.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute (2008-Fall)

Regulations for groundfishing in the Gulf of Maine and on Geroges Bank are changing to allow fishermen to gather in cooperative “sectors.” How will the catch be monitored and reported under the new system? We were hired to facilitate discussions among fishing trade associations, regulators, scientists, and environmental groups to explore consensus on monitoring and reporting methods.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute (2008-Summer)

Regulations for groundfishing in the Gulf of Maine and on Geroges Bank are changing to allow fishermen to gather in cooperative “sectors.” How will the catch be monitored and reported under the new system? We were hired to facilitate discussions among fishing trade associations, regulators, scientists, and environmental groups to explore consensus on monitoring and reporting methods. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting, which was submitted directly to the New England Fisheries Management Council.

Hurricane Island Foundation (2010)

We were hired to facilitate a discussion forum among a variety of stakeholders to consider the future of Hurricane Island, formerly the home of Hurricane Island Outward Bound. This meeting convened on Hurricane Island in beautiful Penobscot Bay.

Hydrogen Energy Center (2008)

The Hydrogen Energy Center, an organization dedicated to advancing the transition to a renewable hydrogen economy through education, demonstration, and advocacy, engaged us to facilitate a strategic planning retreat of its board members.

Island Institute (2011)

The Island Institute is a community development organization focused on the Gulf of Maine and the fifteen year-round island communities off the Maine coast. Craig Freshley was asked to facilitate a training workshop for staff and interns on how to effectively handle difficult behaviors and situations.

L/A Trails (2007)

L/A Trails is a non-profit organization in Lewiston & Auburn that advocates for and helps create recreational trails. They hired us to plan and facilitate a board retreat focused on strategic planning. We also prepared a report of the meeting.

Land Use Planning Commission (2012)

The Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC, formerly the Land Use Regulation Commission, or LURC) has jurisdiction over Maine’s unorganized territories, an area of 10.4 million acres – roughly half the size of the state. LUPC has hired us to conduct three meetings of recreational lodging stakeholders to provide input on new ways that recreational lodging might be regulated in the unorganized territories. In addition to planning and facilitating the meetings, we will also prepare complete reports.

Laudholm Trust and Wells Reserve (2013-2014)

Located in Wells, Maine, The Wells Reserve and the Laudholm Trust are two organizations working in partnership to support a National Estuarine Research Reserve (including 2,250 acres of coastal habitat) and a large historic saltwater farm (listed in the National Register of Historic Places). Together they conduct research, education, stewardship, and community building. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a Future Planning process to address general strategic direction around visibility, sustainability, roles, and deliberate partnerships. As part of the process we gathered stakeholder input, facilitated a series of meetings, and prepared a draft plan.

Long Creek Watershed Management Plan Review Panel (2014)

The Long Creek Watershed is located in a commercial area that includes parts of South Portland, Portland, Westbrook, and Scarborough. We were hired by the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District to plan, facilitate, and document two meetings of a panel of experts who gave feedback on the the implementation of the Long Creek Watershed Management Plan. We also helped develop a series of questions by which to gauge the effectiveness of the plan.

Mahoosuc Land Trust (2010)

The Mahoosuc Land Trust protects and conserves land and traditional land uses surrounding the Mahoosuc Mountains of central Oxford County, Maine, and eastern Coos County, New Hampshire. We have been hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat among members of the board.

Maine Audubon (2010 – Fall)

Maine Audubon works to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation and action. We were hired to facilitate a two-day strategic planning retreat for the board and staff. This was follow-up on work we did to help Maine Audubon refine brand identity.

Maine Audubon (2010 – Spring)

Maine Audubon works to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation and action. We were hired to facilitate a series of seven meetings with the board of directors and senior staff to work on refining a brand identity for the organization.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust (2008)

Each year, Maine Coast Heritage Trust hosts the Maine Land Conservation Conference. The theme of 2008’S conference was Connecting Conservation and Communities. We facilitated the conference Idea Forum, a session designed to give colleagues in the field the opportunity to share and brainstorm new partnerships, financing mechanisms and other tools for land conservation in Maine.

Maine Coast Protection Initiative (2004)

The Land Trust Alliance, State Planning Office, NOAA, Maine Coast Heritage Trust and other organizations embarked on a three-year project to increase conservation lands along Maine’s coast. They hired us to facilitate their meetings and help them establish a coalition of over thirty organizations and begin to develop their plan.

Maine Environmental Education Association (2006)

This volunteer collaborative of organizations and individuals who promote and facilitate environmental education hired us to facilitate their full-day board retreat intended to result in a strategic plan.

Maine Environmental Education Association (2010)

Like they did four years ago, the Maine  Environmental Education Association (MEEA) has hired us to facilitate a strategic planning retreat of the Board of Directors. As part of this work, we also conducted an online survey of MEEA board members, members, and advocacy groups. As a result of the meeting, we prepared a draft strategic plan.

Maine Environmental Funders Network (2007)

A joint project of the Maine Community Foundation and Maine Philanthropy Center, the Environmental Funders Network helps to identify and create ways to improve and sustain Maine’s natural environment. We were hired to facilitate a full-day strategic planning meeting of the board of directors.

Maine Environmental Funders Network (2008)

The Environmental Funders Network (EFN), an alliance of Maine-based foundations with environmental interests, helps to identify and create ways to improve and sustain Maine’s natural environment. We were hired to facilitate two meetings which explored potential collaborations around the theme of “Quality of Place.” Members discussed how the environmental philanthropic community can work together to improve the quality of Maine’s environment.

Maine Environmental Funders Network (2009)

The Environmental Funders Network, an alliance of Maine-based foundations with environmental interests, helps to identify and create ways to improve and sustain Maine’s natural environment. We were hired to facilitate another meeting in the group’s continuing exploration of how to collaborate around the theme of “Quality of Place.”

Maine Environmental Funders Network (2010)

We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat for this coalition of environmental philanthropists. As a joint project of the Maine Community Foundation and Maine Philanthropy Center, the Environmental Funders Network helps to identify and create ways to improve and sustain Maine’s natural environment.

Maine Farmland Trust (2015)

The Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) is a statewide organization working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Craig was hired to facilitate a participatory visioning session at a MFT farmland access conference, in which participants shared ideas for positive solutions to help farmers access land.

Maine Global Warming Action Coalition (2008)

The Maine Global Warming Action Coalition is administered by the Natural Resources Council of Maine and consists of twenty nonprofit organizations concerned with global warming. They came together to discuss a common agenda and how best to work with each other. In addition to facilitating a meeting, we also helped with an advance survey of all coalition members and we prepared a summary report.

Maine Grain Alliance (2010)

The Maine Grain Alliance is a nonprofit organization working to preserve and promote grain traditions. The Maine Grain Alliance oversees The KNEADING Conference, held annually in Skowhegan, which brings together farmers, bakers, and wood-fired oven enthusiasts. Building on our previous work with the steering committee of The KNEADING Conference, we were hired to help the Maine Grain Alliance with a series of strategic planning meetings. As a result of this work, we prepared a draft strategic plan.

Maine Housing and Building Materials Exchange (2007)

The Maine Housing and Building Materials Exchange benefits low income families and the environment by providing new and reusable building materials at an affordable price. They hired us to facilitate two half-day meetings of the board of directors which resulted in a written strategic plan.

Maine Interfaith Power and Light (2007)

Inspired by diverse faith perspectives, Maine Interfaith Power and Light works to protect the natural world from climate change by engaging the faith communities and people of Maine in energy conservation and the use of clean, renewable energy. They hired us to work with the Executive Committee and Board to improve board operations and establish strategic direction.

Maine Interfaith Power and Light (2008)

Inspired by diverse faith perspectives, Maine Interfaith Power and Light works to protect the natural world from climate change by engaging the faith communities and people of Maine in energy conservation and the use of clean, renewable energy. They hired us to help the board establish strategic direction and work on specific issues.

Maine Interfaith Power and Light (2009)

Inspired by diverse faith perspectives, Maine Interfaith Power and Light works to protect the natural world from climate change by engaging the faith communities and people of Maine in energy conservation and the use of clean, renewable energy. They hired us to facilitate the board’s annual strategic planning retreat. We also prepared a report outlining the new strategic direction and the board’s work on specific issues.

Maine Interfaith Power and Light (2011)

Maine Interfaith Power and Light engages the faith communities of Maine to counter climate change through education, advocacy, conservation, and clean renewable power. We were hired to plan and facilitate a day long summit inviting people of faith who care about protecting the planet to come together to share and discuss ideas and solutions.

Maine Lakes Resource Center (2015)

Located in Belgrade, the Maine Lakes Resource Center provides capacity-building resources to local and regional conservation groups. We were hired to facilitate a series of meetings between the Resources Center and lake conservation groups in the Belgrade Lakes region, to discuss opportunities for collaboration.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (2008)

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) hired us to facilitate a discussion among the MOFGA board of directors and the board of directors of MOFGA Certification Services, LLC, the wholly-owned subsidiary of MOFGA that certifies organic farmers on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (2010)

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. Each year, volunteers and professionals moderate panel discussions at the Farmer to Farmer Conference put on by MOFGA. We were hired to provide training for volunteer moderators. Several Good Group Decisions Associates then joined other volunteers in facilitating panel discussions at the 2010 conference. Leigh Tillman assisted with this project.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) (2015-2016)

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. We were hired to help facilitate a multiphase strategic planning process. We began with a series of meetings, conversations, and surveys among stakeholder groups, board members, and staff members to help refine the organization’s values, vision and mission. In the next phase we facilitated a series of meetings to help define organizational goals and objectives.

Maine Public Utilities Commission – Energy Division (2006)

The Energy Division of the Maine Public Utilities Commission promotes the more efficient use of electricity statewide through Efficiency Maine and the Maine State Energy Program. They hired us to facilitate a full day staff retreat and help them develop a resulting strategic plan.

Maine Sea Grant (2011)

Based at the University of Maine, Maine Sea Grant is part of a network of Sea Grant programs throughout the coastal and Great Lakes states, sponsoring scientific research and marine workforce development focused on Maine’s coastal communities. We were hired to facilitate a team building and strategic planning staff retreat.

Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society (2008)

The Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society explores, develops and promotes agricultural systems and practices that allow Maine farmers to retain a greater share of consumer expenditures for farm products. We facilitated a half-day board retreat focused on strategic planning. In advance of the retreat, we interviewed each board member and prepared a report of the findings which informed the discussion around the future direction of the organization. Six months after the planning retreat, we facilitated a follow-up board retreat.

Maine Woods Consortium (2011)

The Maine Woods Consortium is an open association of non-profit organizations, businesses and government agencies dedicated to advancing a “triple bottom line” approach (economy, environment, community) to development and conservation in the Maine Woods region. We were hired to offer advice on a project designed to develop a quality labeling program for Maine Woods tourism.

Merrymeeting Permaculture and Transition (2011)

Merrymeeting Permaculture and Transition is a group of individuals and organizations working to build environmental and economic resilience at the backyard and community levels. We were hired to facilitate a public meeting where participants could learn about each other’s work and share ideas about how to inspire and support positive changes.

Mid-Coast Magnet (2009)

Despite the growing number of green building practitioners, the actual transformation of Maine’s built environment towards improved energy efficiency is not happening fast enough. This is the challenge that Mid-Coast Magnet, a non-profit based in Rockland/Camden, confronted at the statewide Built Energy Forum in Augusta. We were hired to facilitate the break-out sessions of the conference. We also prepared the conference report.

National Audubon Society (2010-2011)

Three organizations, National Audubon Society, Maine Audubon and Kieve-WavusEducation, Inc., collectively hired us to facilitate discussions about the future of Hog Island, off the coast of Maine near Bremen.

National Religious Partnership for the Environment (2014)

The National Religious Partnership for the Environment is an association of independent faith groups from the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Evangelical traditions. The partnership undertakes scholarship, leadership training, congregational and agency initiatives, and public policy education in service to environmental sustainability and justice. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a two-day meeting in Maryland among faith-based environmental professionals to identify current work among religious groups and explore opportunities for collaboration.

NatureBridge (2014-2015)

NatureBridge provides experiential field science programs in our national parks and works to make environmental education a national priority. NatureBridge also convenes the National Park Education Partners, a group working to ensure that students can experience national parks as places of learning. We facilitated and documented a series of conference calls among the interim steering committee for the Partners.

NatureBridge (Spring 2014)

NatureBridge provides thousands of young people with experiential field science programs in our national parks and works to make environmental education a national priority. NatureBridge convened a meeting of the National Park Education Partners in Washington, DC, to discuss efforts to ensure that students can experience national parks as places of learning. Craig helped to plan and facilitate the meeting.

New England Forestry Foundation (2006)

On the heels of two globally significant forest conservation projects, and related fundraising, the board of this sophisticated organization wanted to improve board engagement and be sure of where they were headed next. We facilitated two board meetings and helped them with strategic planning and organizational development.

New England Forestry Foundation (2008)

The New England Forestry Foundation is dedicated to providing for the conservation and ecologically sound management of privately owned forestlands in New England and beyond. We were hired to conduct a strategic planning board retreat.

New Hampshire Lakes Association (2016)

The New Hampshire Lakes Association protects New Hampshire lakes and watersheds through education and advocacy. We were hired to facilitate a strategic thinking process including stakeholder input gathering and a series of board and committee meetings. The process resulted in a written statement of strategic direction.

North American Association for Environmental Education (2012-2014)

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) supports environmental educators with professional development, guidelines for excellence, networking, and advocacy. Craig helped facilitate a NAAEE strategic planning process that involved multiple meetings in Washington D.C. and San Francisco and phone interviews with thought leaders throughout the country.

North American Association for Environmental Education (Fall 2012)

We were hired to help plan and facilitate the three-day annual conference of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in Oakland, California. We also helped plan and facilitate a special Funders Forum of about 100 organizations that invest in environmental education. NAAEE supports environmental educators in the US, Canada, and Mexico with professional development, guidelines for excellence, networking, and advocacy.

North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) (2017)

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) supports environmental educators with professional development, guidelines for excellence, networking, and advocacy. Craig helped plan and facilitate a meeting in Washington, DC, among leaders of NAAEE and the Children & Nature Network to discuss specific ideas for collaboration.

North American Association for Environmental Education (Spring 2012)

We were hired to offer a training session on Advanced Facilitation at the five-day National Training Workshop of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in Washington, DC. NAAEE supports environmental educators in the US, Canada, and Mexico with professional development, guidelines for excellence, networking, and advocacy.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail (2010)

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 700-mile wilderness waterway in New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire and Maine. We were hired to work with businesses along the Maine section of the trail to design and develop packages for tourists, including specific itineraries. This project is supported by a federal Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) to promote economic development in the Northern Forest.

Northern Forest Center (2008)

The Northern Forest Center convened a two-day conference to advance recommendations of the sustainable economy initiative. One hundred people from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York convened to develop consensus on top-priority activities to advance the Northern Forest economy in a sustainable manner. We were hired to facilitate the Regional Coordination and Advocacy Work Group.

Rippleffect (2015)

Rippleffect promotes youth development and leadership and connects students to the natural world with a variety of unique programming, including adventure and learning facilities on a 26-acre island in Casco Bay, Maine. We were hired to assist with strategic planning efforts including stakeholder input gathering and a series of facilitated Board and Committee meetings.

Royal River Conservation Trust (2014)

The Royal River Conservation Trust is a community-based non-profit land trust that has conserved 3300 strategic acres in the Royal River watershed in southern Maine. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a Board retreat.

Royal River Conservation Trust (2017)

The Royal River Conservation Trust is a community-based non-profit land trust that has conserved 3300 strategic acres in the Royal River watershed in southern Maine. As in the past, we were hired to help plan and facilitate a Board retreat.

SEANET (2014-2015)

The University of Maine received a National Science Foundation grant to establish the SEANET (Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network) program in Maine. Over five years SEANET is conducting multi-institutional, transdisciplinary research on how aquaculture can fit into the landscape, ecosystem, and economies of Maine’s working waterfront communities. We were hired to plan, facilitate, and provide a complete report of a two-day strategic planning session among the management team and other project stakeholders.

Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association (2013)

The Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association is a non-profit land trust and advocacy group of 550 member families that has been working since 1969 on conservation and restoration of the natural and historic heritage of the Sheepscot Watershed in  midcoast Maine. We were hired to facilitate a process to help the board make an important decision.

Teens to Trails (2015)

Teens to Trails is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing opportunities for Maine teens to experience the outdoors, and working to support high school Outing Clubs across the State. We were hired to plan and facilitate a special Board Retreat to help develop a work plan for the future. The retreat was held at the Flagstaff Hut in Carrabassett Valley – we skied in with our projector, screen, and meeting supplies!

Teens to Trails (2016)

Teens to Trails works to increase opportunities for Maine teens to experience the outdoors, and supports high school Outing Clubs across the State. Like last year, we were hired to plan and facilitate a special Board and Staff Retreat to help plan for the future. Also like last year, the retreat was held at a remote ski-in hut in western Maine! Our colleague Leigh Tillman acted as lead facilitator this year.

The Chewonki Foundation (2010)

Headquartered on the shores of Montsweag Bay in Wiscasset, Chewonki is an environmental education organization offering boys’ and girls’ camps, travelling natural history programs, wilderness trips and workshops, and a residential academic semester program. We were hired to faciliate a two-day strategic planning retreat among the Board of Trustees, Advisors to the Board and selected staff. As part of this work, we also gathered advance input through an online survey and staff listening sessions.

The KNEADING Conference (2010)

The annual KNEADING Conference brings farmers, bakers, and wood-fired oven enthusiasts to Skowhegan to explore the art and science of growing, milling and baking local artisan breads. We worked behind the scenes with the steering committee on developing long term plans for the conference.

The Nature Conservancy (2011)

Founded in 1951, The Nature Conservancy works around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people, including over 1 million acres in Maine. The Maine chapter of The Nature Conservancy hired us to facilitate a full-day team building and strategic planning retreat for the philanthropy department staff.

The Nature Conservancy – New Hampshire Chapter (2015)

The Nature Conservancy has helped protect more than 270,000 acres of ecologically significant land in New Hampshire and currently owns and manages 28 preserves across the state. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning process for The Nature Conservancy’s New Hampshire Chapter that included a series of staff and trustee meetings to assess the organization’s situation and establish a strategic direction.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Maine Field Office (2011)

The Maine Field Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hired us to facilitate a series of three open house sessions on lynx trapping in Presque Isle, Orono, and Gorham, Maine, for members of the public to learn about the permit process, exchange information on techniques to avoid incidental trapping of lynx, and provide feedback on assessments and plans. Leigh Tillman served as lead facilitator.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Northeast Regional Office (2010)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) works with a variety of entities, agencies, and private landowners to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats. USFWS has hired us to provide organizational development consulting and meeting facilitation services for the Ecological Services Program staff of the Northeast Regional Office, located in Hadley, Massachusetts.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension (2013)

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension puts university research to work in homes, businesses, farms, and communities throughout Maine, providing education and practical solutions for agriculture, natural resources, economic opportunity, and lifelong wellness. Craig has been hired to facilitate three sessions at the two-day Annual Organizational meeting for Cooperative Extension staff. Topics will cover strategic planning and practical ideas for handling challenges in group situations.

Wells Reserve at Laudholm (2016)

The Wells Reserve at Laudholm includes a National Estuarine Research Reserve (including 2,250 acres of coastal habitat) and a large historic saltwater farm (listed in the National Register of Historic Places). The Laudholm Trust is one of the organizations stewarding this unique property. Building on the Future Planning process we helped facilitate a few years ago, we were hired to facilitate a strategic plan “check-in” meeting to take stock of progress so far and adjust the plan for the future. Learn more in this quick video that Craig made on site!

Westbrook – City Forest Visioning (2016)

The City of Westbrook, Maine, had recently acquired a new parcel for its City Forest, and the Westbrook Recreation and Conservation Commission was seeking public input on how the land should be used. We were hired to facilitate two visioning meetings for participants to share ideas about what types of activities might be a good fit for the City Forest. We also prepared complete reports of the meetings.

Wild Seed Project (2016)

The Wild Seed Project works to increase the use of native plants in all landscape settings to promote biodiversity, plant resilience, wildlife habitat, and pollination and migration corridors. We were hired to facilitate a board retreat to discuss board and staff roles and plan for future work.

Education

Arts Are Elementary (2011)

Since 1980, Arts Are Elementary (AAE) has brought visual artists, writers and performers into the Brunswick elementary schools, reaching all children in grades one through five with fun, inspiring models and opportunities for creative expression. We were hired to facilitate a half-day meeting to help the organization make decisions about its future. Leigh Tillman served as lead facilitator.

Bates College (2011)

Bates College is a nationally renowned college of liberal arts in Lewiston, Maine. Craig Freshley was asked to facilitate a 3-hour Facilitative Leadership training session at a retreat for college Department and Program Chairs.

Bates College – Gulf of Maine Field Research Stations (2015)

Bates College, in collaboration with the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, has received a National Science Foundation grant to coordinate the efforts of Field Research Stations around the Gulf of Maine. At an overnight meeting on Hurricane Island in Penobscot Bay, we helped the group prioritize research needs and coordinate their efforts.

Bates College Athletic Department (2015)

Bates is a liberal arts college in Lewiston, Maine. The college’s Department of Athletics and Physical Education provides gender-equitable athletic opportunities that enhance the overall liberal arts undergraduate experience. We were hired to facilitate a retreat among Department staff to identify core program strengths and develop a vision for athletic programming’s contribution to the college over the next 5 – 10 years.

Blue Sky Funders Forum (2013-2014)

Convened and administered by NAAEE (North American Association for Environmental Education), the Blue Sky Funders Forum is a national group of charitable foundations, corporate foundations, and government grantmakers who have formed an alliance to advance environmental education. Craig facilitated a series of meetings to help the group get organized and establish initial priorities.

Bowdoin College (2008-Fall)

Bowdoin College is a nationally renowned college of liberal arts and science in Brunswick, Maine. We were hired by Bowdoin to work with staff of an administrative office to improve communications and team effectiveness. We conducted advance interviews with all staff within that office, facilitated a half-day retreat and prepared a summary report.

Bowdoin College (2008-Spring)

Bowdoin College is a nationally renowned college of liberal arts and science in Brunswick, Maine. We were hired to conduct a professional development luncheon among all the Student Affairs staff of Bowdoin. We reviewed basic mediation principles and discussed specific case studies.

Bowdoin College (2010)

Bowdoin is a nationally renowned college of liberal arts and science in Brunswick, Maine. We were hired by the Student Activities Office to facilitate a full-day staff retreat.

Breakwater School (2007)

The Breakwater School is an independent pre-school and elementary school located in Portland, Maine. Founded in 1956, Breakwater is private, non-denominational, and co-educational. They hired us to facilitate a short series of meetings among the board, parents, and faculty.

Brunswick School Building Committee (2007)

The Elementary School Building Committee was charged by the Town Council to develop recommendations on the location and design of a new elementary school. We were hired by the Brunswick Office of Superintendent of Schools to facilitate meetings of the Committee and prepare summary reports of each meeting.

Brunswick School Department (2015)

The Brunswick, Maine School Department hired us to facilitate a series of community input meetings and prepare a draft strategic plan to help chart the future of the Brunswick schools.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (2007)

Having recently moved from Boston to Portland, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. CIEE creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad. CIEE management hired us to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country at a camp-on-a-lake setting. We worked through many issues, made several decisions and did some fun, team-building exercises.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (2008)

Headquartered in Portland, Maine, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. CIEE creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad. As in 2007, CIEE management hired us to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country at which they worked through many issues, made decisions, and engaged in fun team-building exercises. Following the retreat, we prepared a summary report.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (2009)

Headquartered in Portland, Maine, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. CIEE creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad. For the third year in a row, CIEE management hired us to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country to work through many issues, make decisions, and engage in fun team-building exercises. Following the retreat, we prepared a report.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (2010)

Headquartered in Portland, Maine, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. CIEE creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad. For the fourth year in a row, CIEE management hired us to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country to work through many issues, make decisions, and engage in fun team-building exercises. We prepared a report following the retreat.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (2011)

Headquartered in Portland, Maine, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. CIEE creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad. For the fifth year in a row, CIEE management hired us to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country to work through many issues, make decisions, and engage in fun team-building exercises.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (2014)

For the eighth year in a row, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) hired us to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country. In these retreats we work through issues, make important decisions, and have fun doing creative team-building exercises. This year we returned to Sebago Lake in southwestern Maine.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (2015)

For the ninth year in a row, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) hired us to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country. In these retreats we find a beautiful Maine location and work through issues that have come up, make important decisions about the future, and have fun doing creative team-building exercises.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (2016)

For the ninth year in a row, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) has hired us to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country. In these retreats we work through issues that have emerged over the past year, make important decisions about the future, and have fun doing creative team-building exercises.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (2017)

For the tenth year in a row, CIEE has hired Craig to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country. In these retreats we review the past year, plan for the future, and build our teamwork skills with fun activities.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (Early Fall 2012)

For the sixth year in a row, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) management hired us to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country to work through issues, make decisions, and have fun doing creative team-building exercises.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (Fall 2013)

For the seventh year in a row, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) hired us to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country. In these retreats we work through issues, make important decisions, and have fun doing creative team-building exercises. This year we were on lovely Sebago Lake in southwestern Maine.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (Late Fall 2012)

Headquartered in Portland, Maine, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. CIEE creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad. We were hired to plan and facilitate a workshop on challenging conversations and follow up with a one-page write-up of practical tools and techniques.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (Spring 2012)

For the second year in a row, we were hired to deliver a training workshop on management conflict for staff members who provide support to foreign high school students visiting the United States and their host families.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (Spring 2013)

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. Craig was hired to deliver his interactive keynote address “Group Decisions Done Right” at a national training conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (Winter 2011)

Headquartered in Portland, Maine, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. We were hired to deliver a workshop on conflict prevention, management, and resolution to staff members who provide support to foreign high school students visiting the United States and their host families.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (Winter 2016)

The Council on International Educational Exchange offers a Global High School program to facilitate international exchange among young people. Craig was hired to plan and facilitate a workshop on innovation for the High School staff at a CIEE retreat in Kona, Hawaii.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) Work & Travel USA Program (2012)

The CIEE Work & Travel USA Program supports more than 10,000 students to find jobs across the U.S. every year. We were hired to facilitate a training session and discussion among staff from various departments to help clarify roles and protocols.

CIEE Support Team (2017)

Based in Portland, Maine, the CIEE Support Team helps CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange)’s students, host families, and local coordinators have a safe and smooth experience during CIEE’s programs. We have been hired to facilitate a meeting for members of the Support Team to discuss and develop a mission statement for their department.

Colby College Office of Communications (2016)

Colby College is a liberal arts college serving 2000 undergraduates in Waterville, Maine. We were hired to plan and facilitate a staff retreat for the Office of Communications to strengthen teamwork and develop guiding principles and specific strategies to be more efficient and effective.

Educate Maine (2012)

Educate Maine, created by the merger of the Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education and the Maine Compact for Higher Education, champions increased education attainment and college and career readiness. We were hired to facilitate a board retreat to discuss key education challenges and opportunities and make plans for the organization’s top strategic objectives. We also conducted interviews with individual board members and prepared a brief report in advance of the meeting.

Educate Maine CS-IT Initiative (2012)

The Educate Maine Computer Science and Information Technology Initiative (CS-IT) is a statewide effort to double the number of computer science Bachelors degree graduates between now and 2016. Business leaders have gathered into seven teams to work on various projects in support of this goal. We were hired to facilitate a meeting among all seven teams in order to coordinate their efforts.

Environmental Education Funders Collaborative (2013)

The Environmental Education Funders Collaborative (EEFC) is an informal collaborative of funders in the San Francisco Bay Area that develops avenues for sharing and partnering with the many stakeholders in the field of environmental and science education. We were hired to plan and facilitate a full-day conference of environmental educators and funders in San Francisco, CA.

Fryeburg Academy (2014-2015)

Founded in 1792, Fryeburg Academy is a private college preparatory school in western Maine serving local and international students. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a strategic planning process. As part of the process we gathered stakeholder input and facilitated a series of committee meetings.

Herring Gut Learning Center (2011)

Herring Gut Learning Center is dedicated to educating students, teachers and the public about Maine’s marine resources through aquaculture, environmental studies and research opportunities. We were hired to interview each member of the board, prepare a report of findings, and lead a board discussion about the Center’s future. We also prepared a complete report of the board discussion.

Ipswich Public Schools (2013)

We were hired to work with the the superintendent, principals, assistant principals, and business managers of the Ipswich (MA) Public Schools to help identify issues and establish roles and responsibilities for this site-based management school district of about 2000 students.

Kieve Veterans Camp (2011)

Kieve-WavusEducation, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the aspirations of young people through summer camp programs in Maine. For the past few years, Kieve-Wavus has offered veterans a stress-free weeklong program called Veterans’ Family Camp. The Board and Staff hired us to facilitate a retreat to discuss and decide the future strategic direction of this valuable program. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc. (2005)

This newly formed organization, a merger of Camp Kieve and Wavus Camps, held its first board meeting over two days on the shores of Damariscotta Lake. We were hired to plan the agenda, facilitate the meetings, and prepare meeting reports.

Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc. (2006-Fall)

As they did six months ago, the board of directors of Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc. asked us to facilitate their full day board meeting. We also prepared a detailed meeting report.

Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc. (2006-Spring)

Again, we facilitated the annual meeting of the Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc. Trustees on the shores of Damariscotta Lake.

Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc. (2011-2012)

Kieve-Wavus offers summer camps on the shores of beautiful Damariscotta Lake in Nobleboro and year-round experiential programs for youth and adults in Maine and beyond. We were hired to facilitate a process to develop a long-range plan for the camps and programs, including a survey of board and staff and a facilitated 2-day retreat. We also prepared a report of findings from the survey, a report of the retreat, and a draft long-range plan.

Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc. (2013-2014)

Kieve-Wavus offers leadership development programs for youth and adults and summer camps for girls and boys on Damariscotta Lake in Nobleboro, Maine. We worked with board members and leaders of the Wavus Camp for Girls to help them plan new programming.

Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc. (2015)

Kieve-Wavus offers summer camps on the shores of beautiful Damariscotta Lake in Nobleboro and year-round experiential programs for youth and adults in Maine and beyond. We were hired to facilitate a meeting to discuss the future of Kieve-Wavus educational programs such as The Leadership School. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

L/A Arts (2010)

L/A Arts increases awareness, appreciation and support of the arts in the Lewiston-Auburn area by offering programs in education, performance and community service. We were hired to facilitate a full day retreat of the staff and board focused on strategic planning.

Laudholm Trust and Wells Reserve (2013-2014)

Located in Wells, Maine, The Wells Reserve and the Laudholm Trust are two organizations working in partnership to support a National Estuarine Research Reserve (including 2,250 acres of coastal habitat) and a large historic saltwater farm (listed in the National Register of Historic Places). Together they conduct research, education, stewardship, and community building. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a Future Planning process to address general strategic direction around visibility, sustainability, roles, and deliberate partnerships. As part of the process we gathered stakeholder input, facilitated a series of meetings, and prepared a draft plan.

Leominster High School (2005)

Senior administrative staff of this 1800-student High School in Massachusetts came for a weekend retreat to Camp Kieve on the shores of Damariscotta Lake. They are organizing into five distinct “small schools” and thus needed to work out many details about how the five headmasters will work collaboratively and independently. We facilitated the meeting and wrote the meeting report; a documentation of their new agreements. The Kieve team-building staff also helped them build trust and improve communication skills, making full use of Kieve’s “outdoor classrooms.”

Lewiston Public Library (2014)

The Lewiston Public Library is over 100 years old and provides books, periodicals, archives, research services, public computers, events, programs, and many other community services all in a lovely downtown building in Lewiston, Maine. We were hired to facilitate a staff retreat to build teamwork and plan how to best serve the community in the future.

Lewiston Public Schools (2014)

The Lewiston Public Schools serve nearly 5,000 students in nine community schools in the city of Lewiston, Maine (population about 35,000). We were hired to facilitate a workshop among school committee members and school department directors and managers to build shared understanding and general consensus on how to handle student discipline issues. We also provided a complete report of the workshop.

Lewiston Public Schools (2016)

The Lewiston Public Schools serve nearly 5,000 students in nine community schools in Maine’s second-largest city. We were hired to facilitate a dynamic, interactive public forum for parents and community members to understand the schools’ near-term plans and give input on proposed vision and goal statements. We also provided a Complete Report.

Lewiston Public Schools (2017)

The Lewiston Public Schools serve over 5,000 students in Lewiston, Maine. We were hired to plan and facilitate a public forum focused on understanding how students and community members are using social media and what individuals, the schools, and the community can do to prevent bullying and misuse. We also provided notes of the forum to serve as the basis for new school guidance on social media.

Lincoln Academy and Kieve-Wavus Collaboration (2010)

Lincoln Academy, an independent secondary school in Newcastle, Maine, and Kieve-Wavus, an 85-year old experiential education and leadership organization in Nobleboro, Maine, have established a Task Force to explore possibilities for an educational collaboration. To help ensure a fair and efficient process, we were hired to facilitate the work of the Task Force.

Machias School District and SAD #37 (2007 & 2008)

We were hired by two Maine school districts, the Machias School District and School Administrative District #37, to facilitate a series of meetings and try to broker an agreement to jointly govern a regional High School.

Maine Assembly on School-Based Health Care (2006)

On beautiful Mount Desert Island we spent a day with the board of directors of the Maine Assembly on School-Based Health Care. We helped the group decide their strategic priorities for the next five years and create a vision for school-based health centers, literally, on a huge 4’x8’ piece of paper!

Maine Assembly on School-based Health Care (2007)

The goal of the Maine Assembly on School-based Health Care (MeASBHC) is to improve children’s success by keeping them healthy, in school and ready to learn. MeASBHC supports the development and operations of school based health care services to accomplish this goal. We have worked with them before and they recently hired us again to help them survey stakeholders and finalize their strategic plan.

Maine Coast Waldorf School (2015)

Located in Freeport and New Gloucester, the Maine Coast Waldorf School (formerly known as Merriconeag) is Maine’s largest Waldorf school, offering pre-K through high school education to almost 300 students. We were hired to facilitate an evening of discussion among parents and teachers of fifth grade students.

Maine College of Art (2015)

Located in downtown Portland, the Maine College of Art educates artists for life. We were hired to plan and facilitate a two-day retreat of members of the College’s Board of Trustees and Senior Staff. We also prepared a complete report.

Maine College of Art – Zero-Based Planning (2015)

Located in downtown Portland, the Maine College of Art educates artists for life. We were hired to facilitate a “zero-based planning” session among members of the College’s Board of Trustees and Senior Staff, to help creatively design the ideal art college to meet the needs of future artists.

Maine Cybersecurity Cluster (2017)

The Maine Cybersecurity Cluster (MCSC) is an academic and research center bringing together government, industry, and academia dedicated to workforce and economic development in the field of cyber security. We have been hired to plan and facilitate a “Visioneering Workshop” to bring together academic, government, business leaders, and cybersecurity practitioners to generate ideas and potential solutions for addressing the cybersecurity vision and applied research growth opportunities for NASA, Maine, and the greater New England Region. The Visioneering Workshop will be held  2017, to be held in conjunction with the statewide Partners in Cybersecurity Summit in Portland Maine.

Maine Maritime Academy (2012)

Maine Maritime Academy is a small public college of engineering, management, science, and transportation located in Castine on the coast of Maine. We were hired by the Corning School for Ocean Studies at Maine Maritime Academy to help the faculty identify future changes to the curriculum.

Maine Maritime Academy (2012)

For the second time we were hired by Maine Maritime Academy to facilitate a meeting of the faculty of the Corning School of Ocean Studies in order to identify and advance programmatic goals.

Maine School Garden Network (2012)

The Maine School Garden Network (MSGN) is a group of committed individuals who promote and support educational gardens for youth and encourage school programs that teach healthy eating and environmental stewardship. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a full-day meeting, comprised of a broad stakeholder input discussion in the morning followed by a MSGN Advisory Board meeting in the afternoon where board members reflected on input received and made decisions about MSGN’s future. We also prepared complete reports of both meetings. Leigh Tillman assisted with this project.

Maine Sea Grant (2011)

Based at the University of Maine, Maine Sea Grant is part of a network of Sea Grant programs throughout the coastal and Great Lakes states, sponsoring scientific research and marine workforce development focused on Maine’s coastal communities. We were hired to facilitate a team building and strategic planning staff retreat.

MEA Benefits Trust (2010)

The MEA Benefits Trust administers health insurance and other benefits for MaineEducationAssociation. We have been hired to facilitate a full day retreat of the Board of Trustees to work on strategic planning and related issues. We are also conducting advance interviews with each of the trustees.

Merriconeag Waldorf School (2005-2009)

In various capacities, including volunteer Board Chair, Craig has served as a consultant to the Merriconeag Waldorf School parents, faculty, and board members on issues including the school’s overall growth and development and specific projects.

Merriconeag Waldorf School (2010)

Located in Freeport, Merriconeag is Maine’s largest Waldorf school, offering pre-K through high school education to almost 300 students. We were hired to work with teachers and parents on organizational development issues.

Muskie School of Public Service (2014)

Part of the University of Southern Maine, the nationally-recognized Muskie School of Public Service offers programs in geography-anthropology, community planning and development, public health, and public policy and management, and is home to the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a meeting series among faculty leaders, student leaders, and Cutler Institute program leaders, to establish a strategic direction for the school’s academic and research programs.

NatureBridge (2014-2015)

NatureBridge provides experiential field science programs in our national parks and works to make environmental education a national priority. NatureBridge also convenes the National Park Education Partners, a group working to ensure that students can experience national parks as places of learning. We facilitated and documented a series of conference calls among the interim steering committee for the Partners.

NatureBridge (Spring 2014)

NatureBridge provides thousands of young people with experiential field science programs in our national parks and works to make environmental education a national priority. NatureBridge convened a meeting of the National Park Education Partners in Washington, DC, to discuss efforts to ensure that students can experience national parks as places of learning. Craig helped to plan and facilitate the meeting.

North American Association for Environmental Education (2012-2014)

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) supports environmental educators with professional development, guidelines for excellence, networking, and advocacy. Craig helped facilitate a NAAEE strategic planning process that involved multiple meetings in Washington D.C. and San Francisco and phone interviews with thought leaders throughout the country.

North American Association for Environmental Education (Fall 2012)

We were hired to help plan and facilitate the three-day annual conference of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in Oakland, California. We also helped plan and facilitate a special Funders Forum of about 100 organizations that invest in environmental education. NAAEE supports environmental educators in the US, Canada, and Mexico with professional development, guidelines for excellence, networking, and advocacy.

North American Association for Environmental Education (Spring 2012)

We were hired to offer a training session on Advanced Facilitation at the five-day National Training Workshop of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in Washington, DC. NAAEE supports environmental educators in the US, Canada, and Mexico with professional development, guidelines for excellence, networking, and advocacy.

Pentucket Regional School District (2008)

The Pentucket Regional School District, serving the towns of Groveland, Merrimac and West Newbury, Massachusetts, hired us to facilitate a four-hour meeting of the school committee where we developed annual priorities and operating guidelines. In addition, they hired us to work with the administrative team consisting of the superintendent and six principals, to refine roles and responsibilities.

Portland Public Schools (2004)

The Portland Partnership hired us to work with teachers and administrators of Adams Elementary School to improve meeting efficiency.

Portland Symphony Orchestra (2008)

The Portland Symphony Orchestra recognizes and takes seriously its role as a leading community educator about orchestral music. To be most effective, the orchestra wanted to nurture collaborative relationships with music educators and organizational partners from throughout the community. We were hired to facilitate a Music Educators and Organizational Partners Forum to brainstorm and prioritize ideas.

Providence Service Corporation of Maine (2010)

Providence Service Corporation of Maine, also known as Providence of Maine, is an organization specializing in nonresidential community-based services. We were hired to facilitate a focus group discussion among high school educators to explore potential opportunities for collaboration in light of new federal funding.

Regional School Unit (RSU) 13 (2015)

RSU 13 serves approximately 2100 students from the municipalities of Cushing, Owls Head, Rockland, Saint George, South Thomaston, and Thomaston, Maine. We were hired to facilitate a meeting of the School Board to discuss plans for the future.

Regional School Unit (RSU) 16 (2012-2013)

RSU 16 encompasses the towns of Mechanic Falls, Minot, and Poland, Maine. We were hired to plan and facilitate a public input and strategic planning process to help guide RSU 16 education planning and build community among citizens, parents, students, teachers, town leaders, and the school board. We conducted two surveys, facilitated a series of input gathering meetings, and prepared a Report of Findings. We also facilitated a series of school board workshops and prepared a Draft Strategic Plan based on the results of the process.

Regional School Unit (RSU) 16 (2014)

RSU 16 encompasses the towns of Mechanic Falls, Minot, and Poland, Maine. Building on our prior work with RSU 16, we were hired to facilitate a school board committee meeting to review progress on the district’s strategic plan and update strategies and objectives for the the future.

Regional School Unit 18 – Messalonskee School District (2010)

Faced with projected multi-year budget constraints, this central Maine school district hired us to facilitate a large public input meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to explain the situation, and gather public comment on potential closures and/or reorganization of buildings and schools.

Regional School Unit 24 (2009)

The brand-new school board for RSU 24 hired us to facilitate a kick-off retreat. Given the recent consolidation of three school districts (Ellsworth; School Union 92, which includes Lamoine, Hancock, Mariaville, Eastbrook, and Waltham; and School Union 96, which includes Franklin, Gouldsboro, Sorrento, Steuben, Sullivan and Winter Harbor) into one, the board wanted to get off on the right foot. We discussed everything from how board members interact with each other to initial goals for the new district. After the meeting, we prepared a report.

Rippleffect (2015)

Rippleffect promotes youth development and leadership and connects students to the natural world with a variety of unique programming, including adventure and learning facilities on a 26-acre island in Casco Bay, Maine. We were hired to assist with strategic planning efforts including stakeholder input gathering and a series of facilitated Board and Committee meetings.

Saratoga Springs Public Library (2016)

The Saratoga Springs Public Library in historic Saratoga Springs, New York, has a staff of over 100 serving the local school district and 500,000 visitors per year. We were hired to plan and facilitate a full-day staff retreat to develop a shared vision for the future of the library and do some fun team building activities. We also prepared a Complete Report of the retreat.

School Administrative District #37 (2007 & 2008)

We were hired by two Maine school districts, the Machias School District and School Administrative District #37, to facilitate a series of meetings and try to broker an agreement to jointly govern a regional High School.

School Union 52 (2005)

The town of Winslow, Maine has aging public schools and needed to make some hard decisions about which to close and how to consolidate. The School Committee convened a large public forum to present four potential options and provide townspeople a chance to ask questions and make comments. Hired by School Union 52 (Winslow, China, Vassalboro), we facilitated the discussion, administered a straw poll during the meeting, and wrote a report which included a summmary of all the questions and comments.

SEANET (2014-2015)

The University of Maine received a National Science Foundation grant to establish the SEANET (Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network) program in Maine. Over five years SEANET is conducting multi-institutional, transdisciplinary research on how aquaculture can fit into the landscape, ecosystem, and economies of Maine’s working waterfront communities. We were hired to plan, facilitate, and provide a complete report of a two-day strategic planning session among the management team and other project stakeholders.

The Chewonki Foundation (2010)

Headquartered on the shores of Montsweag Bay in Wiscasset, Chewonki is an environmental education organization offering boys’ and girls’ camps, travelling natural history programs, wilderness trips and workshops, and a residential academic semester program. We were hired to faciliate a two-day strategic planning retreat among the Board of Trustees, Advisors to the Board and selected staff. As part of this work, we also gathered advance input through an online survey and staff listening sessions.

The Community School (2010)

Having hired us in the past to help draft a concept paper for future programming, The Community School retained us to help further plan program development via a series of meetings with the Board’s Executive Committee and senior staff.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension (2012)

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension hired us to plan and facilitate two meetings to help Cooperative Extension organize their SNAP-Ed program: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance ProgramEducation, which helps low-income individuals make healthy food choices. Leigh Tillman served as lead facilitator.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension (2013)

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension puts university research to work in homes, businesses, farms, and communities throughout Maine, providing education and practical solutions for agriculture, natural resources, economic opportunity, and lifelong wellness. Craig has been hired to facilitate three sessions at the two-day Annual Organizational meeting for Cooperative Extension staff. Topics will cover strategic planning and practical ideas for handling challenges in group situations.

University of Maine Paper Surface Science Program (2013)

The Paper Surface Science Program at the University of Maine seeks to develop knowledge about paper surface treatment processes and structure-performance relationships. The Program trains graduate students in performing scientific research on projects of value to sponsoring industries. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a meeting among key stakeholders to develop goals and plans for the future of the program. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

University of New England (2008)

The Colleges of Arts and Sciences at the University of New England hired us to work on organizational issues within a particular department. Our work involved individual interviews followed by a full-day retreat.

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (2011)

Founded in 1978, with campuses in Portland and Biddeford, the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine trains students to become osteopathic physicians. The Dean of the College convened a conclave among all the faculty to discuss the future of the College. We were hired to facilitate and provide a complete report of the conclave. In addition to discussing strategic issues we also did some team building.

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (2017)

In Portland and Biddeford, Maine, the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine trains students to become osteopathic physicians. To prepare for a University-wide strategic planning effort, the College of Osteopathic Medicine has hired us to facilitate a series of department workshops and a leadership team retreat to discuss communications, workflow, and other topics.

Westbrook School Department (2009-2010)

The Westbrook School Department hired us to help develop a strategic plan. Working with the school board and the newly-appointed superintendent over a six-month period, we managed a process that included substantial community input, such as focus group meetings and a community-wide survey.

Yarmouth School Committee (2017)

The Yarmouth School Department serves about 1,500 students in the coastal town of Yarmouth, Maine. We were hired to facilitate a Yarmouth School Committee workshop on board development.

Corporate

Acadia Insurance (2013)

Acadia Insurance specializes in commercial property casualty insurance programs for small and midsize businesses throughout New England and New York State. We were hired to facilitate a Senior Management Team retreat to explore company culture.

Acadia Insurance (2014)

Acadia Insurance specializes in commercial property casualty insurance programs for small and midsize businesses throughout New England and New York State. We were hired to facilitate a Senior Management Team session called “Collaboration Basics – When and How to Work as a Team.”

Acadia Insurance (2015)

Acadia Insurance specializes in commercial property casualty insurance programs for small and midsize businesses throughout New England and New York State. Acadia hired us to facilitate a professional development training session focused on key elements of a learning organization.

APS Healthcare (2014)

APS Healthcare works with a variety of healthcare system parties (Medicaid Agencies, state and local governments, health plans, employers, and others) to design and deliver disease management services, care coordination, clinical quality and utilization review, and behavioral health services. We were hired to plan and facilitate a staff retreat for the leadership team of APS Healthcare in Maine, with a special focus on what makes a great team.

Bangor Hydro Electric Company (2006)

At Camp Kieve on the shores of Damariscotta Lake, we worked in “outdoor classrooms” with the senior management team of Bangor Hydro to develop team skills and appreciation of different personality styles.

Bangor Hydro Electric Company (Spring 2013)

Bangor Hydro Electric Company and Maine Public Service are regulated electric transmission and distribution utilities serving eastern and northern Maine and wholly owned by Emera, a full-service energy company based in Nova Scotia. We were hired to facilitate a multi-day team building retreat among company leaders. We also prepared a complete report of the retreat. 

Bangor Hydro Electric Company (Winter 2013)

Bangor Hydro Electric Company transmits and distribute utilities to eastern and northern Maine. We were hired to plan and facilitate a meeting among leadership to debrief a recent event, celebrate successes, and learn lessons for the future.

Bank of America (2009)

Bank of America convened a community roundtable of Portland area leaders in the philanthropic and nonprofit communities to share information and identify potential collaborations between organizations. We facilitated the roundtable and prepared a report.

Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce (2008)

The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Town of Bar Harbor and other key institutions, convened a series of meetings among business and community leaders to discuss innovative approaches to developing more business activity in the shoulder seasons. We were hired to facilitate these multi-stakeholder meetings and prepare the resulting summary reports.

Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce (2007)

The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Town of Bar Harbor and other key institutions, convened a meeting among business and community leaders to discuss innovative approaches to developing more business activity in the shoulder seasons (spring and fall). We were hired to facilitate the meeting and prepare the resulting report of findings.

Bay State Gas / Northern Utilities (2007)

Bay State Gas / Northern Utilities serves 280,000 customers in Massachusetts and 55,000 customers in Maine and New Hampshire and they are always seeking to improve customer service. We were hired to conduct a telephone survey of sales staff, facilitate a staff retreat, and prepare a complete report.

Camden National Bank (2010)

Serving Maine since 1875, Camden National Bank has grown to nearly 40 locations statewide. We were hired to provide leadership and team building sessions for company officers at their annual Leadership Development Forum, held at Point Lookout in Northport.

Chalmers Group (2009)

This well-established, family-owned group of insurance companies based in Bridgton, Maine has hired us to help them develop a strategic plan. The process included one-on-one interviews with management staff and a strategic planning retreat.

Chalmers Group (2010)

For the second year in a row, this well-established, family-owned group of insurance companies based in Bridgton, Maine, hired us to help facilitate their strategic planning retreat. We provided a complete report of the meeting as well as an updated draft of their strategic plan.

Chalmers Insurance Group (2013)

The Chalmers Group is a family-owned group of insurance companies in western Maine and New Hampshire, now managed by the fourth generation of the Chalmers family. Building on our past work with them, we were hired to facilitate a one-day retreat for managers to review and update their insurance services strategies and plans. We also prepared a complete report.

Chalmers Insurance Group (2014)

The Chalmers Group is a family-owned group of insurance companies in western and southern Maine and in New Hampshire, now managed by the fourth generation of the Chalmers family. As in the past, we were hired to facilitate a one-day retreat for the leadership team to review and update their insurance services strategies and plans. We also prepared a draft Strategic Plan and a Complete Report of the retreat.

 

Chalmers Insurance Group (2015)

The Chalmers Group is a family-owned group of insurance companies in western and southern Maine and in New Hampshire; leadership now includes the fourth generation of the Chalmers family. As in the past, we were hired to facilitate a one-day retreat for the leadership team to review and update their insurance services strategies and plans. We also prepared a Complete Report of the retreat.

Dragon Cement (2010-2017)

This Thomaston, Maine producer of cement products retains us to facilitate a community advisory panel. The group meets quarterly and serves as a forum for learning and dialogue between plant managers and community leaders.

Eaton Peabody (2014)

Formed in 1939, Eaton Peabody is a Maine-based law firm with more than 40 attorneys and offices in Augusta, Bangor, Brunswick, Ellsworth and Portland. We were hired to facilitate a planning discussion at a retreat of firm attorneys.

Emera Maine (2014)

Emera Maine is a regulated electric transmission and distribution utility (formerly known as Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service) serving northern and eastern Maine. We were hired to plan and facilitate a full-day meeting among company leaders to review and discuss current strategic initiatives. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

Emera Maine (2015)

Emera Maine is a regulated electric transmission and distribution utility (formerly known as Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service) serving northern and eastern Maine. As in the past, we were hired to facilitate a multi-day retreat among company leaders to discuss strategic initiatives. We also prepared a complete report of the retreat.

FMC (2005-2017)

As part of its Responsible Care initiative, this Rockland, Maine chemical manufacturing company retains us to facilitate a community advisory panel. The group meets every two months and serves as a forum for learning and dialogue between plant managers and community leaders.

Genetics Squared (2005)

This Ann Arbor, Michigan startup company asked our help with developing communications and decision making norms among its executive leadership team. They wanted a culture of collaboration, yet the fast pace of their work environment demanded efficiency. We helped them find the balance.

KPFF / Casco Bay Lines (2017)

Casco Bay Lines operates year-round passenger, vehicle, and freight service to six Casco Bay islands in southern Maine. Casco Bay Lines has hired engineering firm KPFF to review and make improvements to ferry schedules and services. We are partnering with KPFF to provide stakeholder input facilitation and related services for the project.

Maine Coast Sea Vegetables (2013-2017)

Located on the beautiful Downeast coast, Maine Coast Sea Vegetables harvests, dries, and sells about 100,000 pounds of certified organic sea vegetables annually. We were hired by this socially and environmentally conscious company to facilitate a series of long-range planning meetings among senior staff. We have also facilitated all-staff meetings to discuss company changes and provided coaching services to leadership staff.

Medical Rehabilitation Associates (2009-2010)

This highly successful partnership of physicians with offices in Brunswick, Lewiston and Augusta hired us to help them better define roles and governance procedures.

MRG (Management Research Group) (2013-2014)

MRG (Management Research Group) is a 30-year old consulting company in Portland, Maine. We were hired to facilitate a full-day retreat of senior managers to help prioritize and engineer future projects. We also facilitated several half-day follow-up retreats to review progress and to continue planning for the future.

NAHGA Claim Services (2016)

Part of the Chalmers Insurance Group, NAHGA Claim Services provides third party claims administration, specializing in sports associations and student athletic programs. We were hired to plan and facilitate a strategic planning retreat among company leaders to build shared understanding of the company’s core competencies, future opportunities, strategic direction, and productivity and accountability protocols. We also provided a complete report of the retreat.

North Country Associates (2005)

North Country Associates is a leading provider of post acute Medicare skilled nursing, rehabilitation and long term care in New England. This private corporation operates 20 facilities and has about 1600 employees. They hired us to work with their senior management team over a six month period to improve communications and overall productivity, and help establish their strategic direction.

North Country Associates (2006)

North Country Associates is a leading provider of post acute Medicare skilled nursing, rehabilitation and long term care in New England. This private corporation operates 20 facilities and has about 1600 employees. They hired us to work at specific facilities to improve communications and effectiveness among department heads.

Providence Service Corporation of Maine (2009)

Providence Service Corporation of Maine, also known as Providence of Maine, is an organization specializing in nonresidential community-based services. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat with the management staff.

Providence Service Corporation of Maine (2010)

Providence Service Corporation of Maine, also known as Providence of Maine, is an organization specializing in nonresidential community-based services. We were hired to facilitate a focus group discussion among high school educators to explore potential opportunities for collaboration in light of new federal funding.

R.H. Foster (2016)

R.H. Foster Energy provides heating fuels and operates convenience stores throughout northeastern Maine. We were hired to plan and facilitate a full-day strategic planning retreat among members of the leadership team. We also prepared a complete report of the retreat.

R.H. Foster Energy, LLC (2007)

R.H. Foster Energy, LLC of Hamden, Maine, with about 370 employees, operates convenience stores, transports oil and propane, and provides energy services and sales. They hired us to facilitate a full-day retreat of 25 managers to review 2006 initiatives and establish a strategic plan for 2007. The day was a productive mix of critical decision-making and fun team building. We also prepared a report to serve as a preliminary strategic plan.

R.H. Foster Energy, LLC (2008)

R.H. Foster Energy, LLC of Hamden, Maine, with about 370 employees, operates convenience stores, transports oil and propane, and provides energy services and sales. Like last year, they hired us again to facilitate a full-day retreat of 25 managers to review 2007 initiatives and establish a strategic plan for 2008. The day was a productive mix of critical decision-making and fun team building. We prepared a complete report to serve as a preliminary strategic plan.

Sebago Technics (2015)

Sebago Technics is a Maine-based employee-owned company providing civil engineering, landscape architecture, land surveying, site planning, and environmental services for public and private clients. We facilitated a meeting to help design a strategic planning process for the company.

Sevee & Maher Engineers, Inc. (2011)

Based in Cumberland, Sevee & Maher Engineers, Inc. has provided landfill, groundwater, hazardous waste and environmental engineering services to public and private sector clients throughout the United States since 1985. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat of owners and senior managers. We also prepared a complete report of the retreat.

Stantec (2013-2014)

Stantec is a global company that provides professional consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects. Their Topsham, Maine office hired us to help develop a strategic vision for the next 3-5 years.

Subway Development of Maine (2014)

Subway Development of Maine hired Craig Freshley as a keynote speaker and trainer for their Annual Fall Meeting, attended by hundreds of Subway restaurant franchisees and managers. Craig delivered an interactive talk on “Collaboration Done Right” and a training session on how to design and run great meetings. As with all Craig’s keynotes and trainings, he provided a written summary of the group’s conclusions and lessons learned from the sessions.

Taggart Construction (2009)

Based in Freeport, Maine, Taggart Construction supports, promotes, and design buildings for high performance and sustainability. They hired us to work with the company president and senior management to develop a new strategic plan.

Thornton Oaks (2012)

Thornton Oaks, a retirement community in Brunswick, Maine, is a community with a mix of private homes and apartments. We were hired to design and conduct focus group sessions with current and potential residents to help Thornton Oaks plan for the future.

Transformit (2008)

Transformit is a Maine-based company that produces and installs interior tension fabric structures for companies and events around the globe, and is known as the artistic and technical leader in tension-fabric structures. They hired us to facilitate a full-day retreat of managers designed to improve team effectiveness and build leadership capacity.

Vreeland Marketing & Design (2011)

Founded in 1978, Vreeland Marketing & Design in Yarmouth offers a full range of marketing, creative, and public relations services to clients worldwide. Vreeland hired us to help them refine their strategic direction. The process included confidential staff interviews and a full day staff retreat with follow-up.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff / PACTS Multimodal Priority Corridor and Centers Planning (2017)

Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) coordinates transportation planning and investment decisions among state, municipal, and public transportation organizations for the greater Portland, Maine region. PACTS has hired the engineering firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff to develop a multimodal transportation corridor plan in Portland and South Portland. We are partnering with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff to provide stakeholder input facilitation and related services for the project.

Government

Auburn City Council (2017)

When the City of Auburn, Maine hired a new City Manager it presented a perfect opportunity for the City Council & Mayor to discuss and define the ideal relationship between the Council and the Manager. We were hired to plan and facilitate a workshop to discuss this relationship as well as identify near-term City Council goals.

Auburn, City of (2017)

The City of Auburn, Maine, has hired us to plan and facilitate a series of work sessions among City Department Directors and City Councilors to discuss work plans, long term goals, and other specific topics.

Bar Harbor, Town of (2007)

The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Town of Bar Harbor and other key institutions, convened a meeting among business and community leaders to discuss innovative approaches to developing more business activity in the shoulder seasons (spring and fall). We were hired to facilitate the meeting and prepare the resulting report of findings.

Bar Harbor, Town of (2008)

The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Town of Bar Harbor and other key institutions, convened a series of meetings among business and community leaders to discuss innovative approaches to developing more business activity in the shoulder seasons. We were hired to facilitate these multi-stakeholder meetings and prepare the resulting summary reports.

Bath Planning Department (2007)

The City of Bath Planning Department hired us to facilitate a public forum at which residents discussed desired characteristics of potential new downtown buildings. As part of the forum, images of downtown buildings were displayed around the room and participants “voted” for their favorites. We also prepared a report of the meeting to assist property owners and policy makers as they make future decisions about downtown development.

Bath, City of (2014)

Bath is a city of about 8,500 located in midcoast Maine. We were hired to help plan, facilitate, and document a public meeting about the future of South End Park, a city property on the banks of the Kennebec River. During the meeting participants wrote their ideas on paper and we organized them on the wall for all to see. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

Bowdoinham – A Vision for the Town (2011)

Before revising its comprehensive plan, the Town of Bowdoinham wanted first to establish a unified vision for the town. We were hired to facilitate public input meetings and analyze survey data, and then work with the Comprehensive Planning Committee to establish a written vision statement.

Bowdoinham, Town of (Spring 2014)

The Town of Bowdoinham is dedicated to community involvement in the development and implementation of its Comprehensive Plan. As in the past, we were hired to facilitate a series of community workshops to gather opinions on implementation strategies for the plan.

Bowdoinham, Town of (2012)

We were hired by the Town of Bowdoinham to plan, facilitate, and provide Complete Reports of two public meetings to gather input on the town’s comprehensive plan.

Bowdoinham, Town of (Fall 2013)

The Town of Bowdoinham is dedicated to community involvement in the development and implementation of its Comprehensive Plan. As in the past, we were hired to facilitate a series of community workshops to gather opinions on implementation strategies for the plan.

Bowdoinham, Town of (Spring 2013)

We were hired to facilitate a series of three community input and visual mapping workshops to gather residents’ opinions on resource management for the Town of Bowdoinham.

Brunswick Economic Development Corporation (2008)

The directors of both the Brunswick Economic Development Corporation and Topsham Development, Inc. convened a workshop on design and impact issues, opportunities, and challenges presented by the potential development of a midcoast regional business park. Through the workshop, the two organizations solicited public comments and ideas regarding how design standards might be used to manage appearance, community and environmental impacts, and even what sorts of business tenants should be targeted to align with such standards. We were hired to facilitate the workshop and prepare a report.

Brunswick School Building Committee (2007)

The Elementary School Building Committee was charged by the Town Council to develop recommendations on the location and design of a new elementary school. We were hired by the Brunswick Office of Superintendent of Schools to facilitate meetings of the Committee and prepare summary reports of each meeting.

Brunswick School Department (2015)

The Brunswick, Maine School Department hired us to facilitate a series of community input meetings and prepare a draft strategic plan to help chart the future of the Brunswick schools.

Casco Bay Lines (2015)

Casco Bay Island Transit District (CBITD, also known as Casco Bay Lines) operates year-round passenger, vehicle, and freight service to six Casco Bay islands. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning meeting among the members of the CBITD Board. In advance of the meeting we conducted interviews with stakeholders and prepared a report of findings. We also facilitated an additional follow-up meeting to further discuss the emerging conclusions from the retreat.

Casco Bay Lines (2016)

Casco Bay Island Transit District (CBITD, also known as Casco Bay Lines) operates year-round passenger, vehicle, and freight service to six Casco Bay islands. Like last year, we were hired to facilitate a strategic planning meeting among the members of the CBITD Board. We also facilitated a follow-up meeting to discuss a new vessel selection process. We prepared Complete Reports of both meetings.

Central Western Maine Workforce Investment Board (2016)

The Central Western Maine Workforce Investment Board coordinates workforce development services for job seekers and employers. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a Financial Freedom Forum – an opportunity for Maine service providers to share ideas about improving financial capabilities and self sufficiency among their clients, many of whom are low income and/or have disabilities.

City of Portland Refugee Services Program (2013)

The City of Portland, Maine (population about 66,000) Refugee Services Program works to improve stability, independence, and overall quality of life for refugees in Maine. The Program has formed the Community Leadership Engagement Coalition to help community stakeholders who have been historically marginalized in the public education system based on race, ethnicity, immigration, and income status. We were hired to plan and facilitate a half-day workshop on group empowerment for the Coalition.

Consumer Council System of Maine (2010)

This statewide council, mandated by the State Legislature to represent consumers of mental and behavioral health services, hired us to facilitate a full day conference focused on ethics and team building. In addition to planning and facilitating an ambitious agenda, we also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

Consumer Council System of Maine (2015)

The Consumer Council System of Maine is mandated by the State Legislature to represent consumers of mental and behavioral health services. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat and prepare a complete report.

Consumer Council System of Maine and NAMI (2010-2011)

The Consumer Council System of Maine has teamed up with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to convene a series of meetings of peer and family support groups for people with mental and behavioral health challenges. The purpose of the meetings is to explore collaboration opportunities. We have been hired to help plan and facilitate the meetings and prepare a complete report.

Cumberland County (2016)

Cumberland County, Maine is home to 28 cities and towns and roughly 280,000 people. The county government manages a court and justice system, emergency management services, and partners with others to support economic development and regional health and water quality. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat for County Commissioners and Senior Staff to take stock of recent successes and challenges and make plans for the near-term future. We also prepared a complete report of the retreat.

 

Cumberland County (2017)

Cumberland County, Maine is home to 28 cities and towns and roughly 280,000 people. The county government manages a court and justice system, emergency management services, and partners with others to support economic development and regional health and water quality. Like last year, we were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat for County Commissioners and Senior Staff to take stock of recent successes and challenges and make plans for the future.

Cumberland County Clean Water Collaboration (2016-2017)

Building on our earlier work with the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District, we are facilitating several meetings of the Design Team of the new Cumberland County Clean Water Collaboration, a coalition of municipal managers and stormwater management professionals working together on municipal and regional stormwater projects. In these meetings we are discussing objectives and tasks for the new Collaboration.

Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District (2015)

Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District is a non-regulatory public resource helping solve the challenges of soil and water pollution, land development, wildlife habitat and flood mitigation. The District’s biennial Maine Stormwater Conference brings together municipal, state, and federal employees; engineers; planners; academics; and other professionals to learn about and discuss stormwater management. At the 2015 conference, we facilitated a roundtable discussion among municipal managers and others about innovative stormwater management approaches. We also prepared a report of the session.

Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District (2016)

In collaboration with Cumberland County and the Greater Portland Council of Governments, the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District hosted a meeting among municipal managers and stormwater management professionals to kick off the Cumberland County Clean Water Collaboration and identify regional priorities for clean water projects. We were hired to help plan and facilitate the meeting.

Direct Health Care Worker Registry (2006)

In response to a recent legislative mandate, a coalition of organizations, including the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, the Maine Center for Economic Policy, the Muskie School of USM, and the DHHS Office of Elder Services, hired us to facilitate dialogue among health care providers, workers, and consumers. Our objective was to find common ground among these interests and develop consensus recommendations on the nature of a statewide registry of direct care workers.

Downeast District Coordinating Council for Public Health (2012 – 2013)

The Downeast District Coordinating Council for Public Health is overseeing implementation of a federal Community Transformation Grant which will help Washington and Hancock Counties expand efforts in tobacco-free, active living, healthy eating, quality clinical preventive services, and healthy and safe physical environments. We have been hired to help plan and facilitate a series of meetings of the Community Transformation Grant Oversight Committee, to develop a shared understanding and collaborative approach for implementing the grant. Leigh Tillman is serving as lead facilitator.

Durham, Town of (2017)

The town of Durham (pop. ~ 4,000) borders the Androscoggin River in southern Maine. We were hired to plan and facilitate a public input meeting for Durham’s Comprehensive Plan Committee.

Elder Justice Partners (2011)

The Elder Justice Partners is a partnership of 17 state government and non-profit agencies working to protect Maine seniors. Elder Justice Partners convened a day-long summit of leaders working in the area of elder abuse to highlight the current state of elder abuse outreach and prosecution and plan for the future of elder abuse work in Maine. We were hired to facilitate and prepare a complete report of the summit.

Falmouth Town Council (2012)

We were hired to plan and facilitate the annual retreat of the Falmouth Town Council, which included developing elements of a long-term strategic work plan.

Falmouth Town Council (2013)

Falmouth is a coastal Maine community of about 11,000 people. For the second year in a row we were hired to plan and facilitate the annual retreat of the Falmouth Town Council.

Falmouth Town Council (2014)

Falmouth is a coastal Maine community of about 11,000 people. For the third year in a row Craig was hired to plan and facilitate the annual retreat of the Falmouth Town Council.

Falmouth Town Council (2015)

For the fourth year in a row Craig was hired to plan and facilitate the annual retreat of the Falmouth Town Council. Falmouth is a coastal Maine community of about 11,000 people.

Falmouth Town Council (2016)

Falmouth is a southern coastal Maine community of about 11,000 people. We were hired to plan and facilitate the annual retreat of the Falmouth Town Council for the fifth year in a row. During these annual retreats Council members discuss priorities for the year, and build relationships and enthusiasm for the work ahead.

Falmouth Town Council (2017)

Falmouth is a southern coastal Maine community of about 11,000 people. We were hired to plan and facilitate the annual summer retreat of the Falmouth Town Council for the sixth year in a row. During these annual retreats Council members discuss priorities for the year, and build relationships and enthusiasm for the work ahead.

Fryeburg Board of Selectmen (2009)

The Fryeburg Selectmen hired us to facilitate two public workshops to introduce and clarify proposals to increase citizen participation in Town Meetings and in voting on town issues. During the workshops, held on two consecutive evenings, the community was encouraged to ask the Selectmen questions and offer their comments on the proposals.

Gardiner City Council (2009)

We were hired to facilitate two workshops of the Gardiner City Council that were convened to review and affirm roles and responsibilities of Council members and to establish goals for the Council over the next few years. We also prepared summary reports of the workshops.

Gardiner City Council (2010)

We were hired to facilitate a workshop of the Gardiner City Council focused on best practices for governance. This was follow-up on the work that we did with the city council last year.

Gardiner City Council (2013)

As they have in the past, the Gardiner City Council hired us to facilitate a workshop to review interaction guidelines and establish Council goals for the coming year.

Gardiner City Council (2016)

As they have in the past, the Gardiner City Council hired us to facilitate a workshop to take stock of recent accomplishments, update Council interaction guidelines, and establish Council goals for the coming year.

Gardiner City Council (2017)

As they have in the past, the Gardiner City Council hired us to facilitate a workshop to take stock of recent accomplishments, update Council interaction guidelines, and establish Council goals for the coming year. Gardiner is a city of about 6,000 on the banks of the Kennebec River in Maine.

Gardiner, City of (2015)

The historic river city of Gardiner, Maine, hosted an event to train, celebrate, and thank its volunteer members of Boards, Committees, and Commissions. Craig delivered a keynote on the benefits of effective meetings and collaborative leadership.

GoMOOS (Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System) (2007)

The Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System is a national pilot program designed to bring hourly oceanographic data from the Gulf of Maine to all those who need it. GoMOOS is a regional consortium of interests and disciplines based in Portland, Maine. They hired us to help the board decide how to evolve most effectively. We facilitated a full-day retreat of government agency officials and scientists and prepared the meeting report.

Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports, Health, and Wellness (2005)

This Governor-appointed Council hired us to plan and facilitate a highly interactive one-day retreat. The group affirmed their mission and determined specific goals and actions to make them more effective. We also prepared a written report of the meeting.

Grassroots Elder Advocacy (2010)

We were hired by the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program to facilitate a series of community listening sessions designed to provide input for establishing a grassroots agenda for elder advocacy.

Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) (2014-2016)

The Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) is a nonprofit organization that assists with cooperative services such as bulk purchasing, transportation planning, data, mapping, and economic and community development. GPCOG’s members include 26 municipalities from Casco Bay to western Cumberland County, along with the County itself and other affiliate organizations. We were hired to help gather stakeholder input and facilitate a series of meetings to develop a five-year strategic plan for GPCOG.

Greater Portland Transit District METRO (2011)

The Greater Portland Transit District METRO provides bus service to over a million riders every year in Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth, and South Portland. We were hired to plan and facilitate a strategic planning meeting of the METRO Board, comprised of City and Town Council members of Portland, Westbrook, and Falmouth, to update the mission, set goals, and build teamwork.

Greater Portland Transit District METRO (2013)

The Greater Portland Transit District METRO provides bus service to over a million riders every year in Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth, and South Portland. Like in the past, we were hired to plan and facilitate a strategic planning meeting of the METRO Board. In this meeting we confirmed core values, reviewed progress on past goals, and set new goals for the future.

Greater Portland Transit District METRO (2016)

The Greater Portland Transit District METRO provides bus service to over a million riders every year in Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth, and South Portland. As in the past, we were hired to plan and facilitate a strategic planning meeting of the METRO Board.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) (2009-Fall)

We were hired to provide four facilitators for the HRSA Community Strategic Partnership Conference in Portland, Maine in October. This was a gathering of practitioners from across New England to collaborate on ways to improve delivery of rural healthcare.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) (2009-Summer)

The federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) partnered with the Maine Primary Care Association and the Maine Center for Disease Control to hold a strategic partnership meeting focused on connecting specialists with rural health providers to address Hepatitis C. They hired us to facilitate a full day meeting of these providers to discuss how to improve connections with specialist consultants regarding the disease. In addition to facilitating the meeting, we prepared a complete report.

Healthy Maine Partnership, City of Portland (2007)

The City of Portland received a significant Healthy Maine Partnership grant from the Maine Center for Disease Control to provide public health and related services. We were hired to facilitate a board retreat to discuss how Healthy Portland will transition into a larger initiative. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

Ipswich Public Schools (2013)

We were hired to work with the the superintendent, principals, assistant principals, and business managers of the Ipswich (MA) Public Schools to help identify issues and establish roles and responsibilities for this site-based management school district of about 2000 students.

KPFF / Casco Bay Lines (2017)

Casco Bay Lines operates year-round passenger, vehicle, and freight service to six Casco Bay islands in southern Maine. Casco Bay Lines has hired engineering firm KPFF to review and make improvements to ferry schedules and services. We are partnering with KPFF to provide stakeholder input facilitation and related services for the project.

Land Use Planning Commission (2012)

The Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC, formerly the Land Use Regulation Commission, or LURC) has jurisdiction over Maine’s unorganized territories, an area of 10.4 million acres – roughly half the size of the state. LUPC has hired us to conduct three meetings of recreational lodging stakeholders to provide input on new ways that recreational lodging might be regulated in the unorganized territories. In addition to planning and facilitating the meetings, we will also prepare complete reports.

Leominster High School (2005)

Senior administrative staff of this 1800-student High School in Massachusetts came for a weekend retreat to Camp Kieve on the shores of Damariscotta Lake. They are organizing into five distinct “small schools” and thus needed to work out many details about how the five headmasters will work collaboratively and independently. We facilitated the meeting and wrote the meeting report; a documentation of their new agreements. The Kieve team-building staff also helped them build trust and improve communication skills, making full use of Kieve’s “outdoor classrooms.”

Lewiston Public Schools (2014)

The Lewiston Public Schools serve nearly 5,000 students in nine community schools in the city of Lewiston, Maine (population about 35,000). We were hired to facilitate a workshop among school committee members and school department directors and managers to build shared understanding and general consensus on how to handle student discipline issues. We also provided a complete report of the workshop.

Lewiston Public Schools (2016)

The Lewiston Public Schools serve nearly 5,000 students in nine community schools in Maine’s second-largest city. We were hired to facilitate a dynamic, interactive public forum for parents and community members to understand the schools’ near-term plans and give input on proposed vision and goal statements. We also provided a Complete Report.

Lewiston Public Schools (2017)

The Lewiston Public Schools serve over 5,000 students in Lewiston, Maine. We were hired to plan and facilitate a public forum focused on understanding how students and community members are using social media and what individuals, the schools, and the community can do to prevent bullying and misuse. We also provided notes of the forum to serve as the basis for new school guidance on social media.

Long Creek Watershed Management Plan Review Panel (2014)

The Long Creek Watershed is located in a commercial area that includes parts of South Portland, Portland, Westbrook, and Scarborough. We were hired by the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District to plan, facilitate, and document two meetings of a panel of experts who gave feedback on the the implementation of the Long Creek Watershed Management Plan. We also helped develop a series of questions by which to gauge the effectiveness of the plan.

Machias, Town of (2007)

In collaboration with Coplon Associates of Bar Harbor, we worked for the Town of Machias, Maine to develop a plan for downtown revitalization.

Maine Administrators of Services for Children with Disabilities (2007)

The Maine Administrators of Services for Children with Disabilities (MADSEC) believes in, and advocates for, the right of all students to receive a free and appropriate public education. As a service to members, they provide several professional growth opportunities and they hired us to deliver a workshop for members on the topic of communications with a focus on e-mail.

Maine Board of Dental Practice (2016)

The Maine Board of Dental Practice licenses and monitors compliance among Maine’s dentists, hygienists, and related professions. We were hired to plan and facilitate a board workshop to identify next steps and action plans in moving the goals of the Board forward. We also prepared a complete report.

Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services (2016-2017)

The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services advocates for Maine’s veterans and helps them access their earned benefits and programs in the areas of education, housing, employment, healthcare, and more. The Bureau received a mandate from Maine’s Legislature to develop a Strategic Plan to End Veteran Homelessness in Maine. To ensure that the strategic planning process was as inclusive as possible, the Bureau convened a forum to gather input from stakeholders. We were hired to help plan and facilitate the forum and prepare a report of conclusions that will contribute to the development of the Strategic Plan. We also provided follow-up support to help the Bureau develop the plan.

Maine Center for Disease Control (2005)

We were hired by the Maine Center for Disease Control (formerly the Bureau of Public Health) and the Muskie School for Public Service to facilitate four break-out sessions for a full-day, statewide conference on Pandemic Flu Planning for Communities.

Maine Center for Disease Control (2007)

The Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued an RFP for statewide delivery of public health services. They convened a bidders conference in Augusta and asked Good Group Decisions to provide four facilitators for regional break-out sessions.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2009)

We were hired to provide several facilitators for a statewide conference designed to develop a plan to vaccinate Maine residents against the H1N1 virus, also known as Swine Flu.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2010)

We were hired by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to facilitate a meeting of the Childhood Obesity Stakeholder Group, a cooperative of Maine State agencies and nonprofit organizations united to fight the obesity epidemic in children. The purpose of the meeting was to help the group make decisions about developing grant-funded programs.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Medical Reserve Corps (2013)

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) administers the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps, a group of volunteer medical professionals that are trained and equipped to deal with public health emergencies. We were hired to facilitate a meeting of Maine’s Medical Reserve Corps Statewide Collaborative to help analyze needs gaps in their work with partners such as hospitals, emergency management agencies, and others. 

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Medical Reserve Corps (2011)

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) administers the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps, a group of volunteer medical professionals that are trained and equipped to deal with public health emergencies. There are four Medical Reserve Corps in Maine and we were hired to help organize a Statewide Advisory Group made up of representatives from each Corps. We facilitated two meetings of the advisory group and prepared complete reports of each. Leigh Tillman assisted with this project.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Outbreak Response (2011)

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) develops and delivers services to preserve, protect and promote the health and well-being of the citizens of Maine. We were hired to facilitate a full-day meeting to explore and refine foodborne illness outbreak response protocols. We also provided a full report of the meeting. Leigh Tillman served as lead facilitator.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Public Health Vulnerability Assessment (2012)

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Emergency Preparedness Unit reviews vulnerabilities in areas such as epidemiology, emergency medical services, weather services, and much more. We facilitated a meeting of over 50 statewide stakeholders to discuss and score the relative risks of potential hazardous events and situations in Maine. We also prepared a Complete Report of the meeting which included discussion comments as well as the scoring data for all 35 different situations.

Maine County Commissioner’s Association (2007)

We planned and facilitated a full-day retreat of the Maine County Commissioner’s Association which consists of County Commissioners and Administrators from thoughout Maine. The retreat resulted in several key decisions about the organization’s strategic direction and specific tasks to be done.

Maine Cybersecurity Cluster (2017)

The Maine Cybersecurity Cluster (MCSC) is an academic and research center bringing together government, industry, and academia dedicated to workforce and economic development in the field of cyber security. We have been hired to plan and facilitate a “Visioneering Workshop” to bring together academic, government, business leaders, and cybersecurity practitioners to generate ideas and potential solutions for addressing the cybersecurity vision and applied research growth opportunities for NASA, Maine, and the greater New England Region. The Visioneering Workshop will be held  2017, to be held in conjunction with the statewide Partners in Cybersecurity Summit in Portland Maine.

Maine Department of Agriculture (2008)

The Maine Department of Agriculture engages in several activities that overlap with the Maine Farmland Trust. We were hired to facilitate a full-day retreat of leaders from these two organizations to discuss how to coordinate activities most effectively.

Maine Department of Agriculture (2009)

As part of the state rule making process, the Maine Department of Agriculture hired us to facilitate a meeting among stakeholders to discuss the Voluntary Municipal Farm Support Program. In addition to facilitating the meeting, we prepared a complete report.

Maine Department of Agriculture (2011)

The Maine Department of Agriculture hired us to facilitate two meetings, one in Topsham and one in Farmington, to gather input from farmers, land owners, land trusts, and municipal officials, on the pros and cons of mapping farms on regional maps. This information is helpful to the Department as they design some new programs. We also prepared complete reports of the two meetings. Leigh Tillman assisted with this project.

Maine Department of Health and Human Services (2005)

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services was awarded a grant to develop a statewide Oral Health Improvement Plan in collaboration with stakeholders ranging from regulators to providers. We were sub-contracted by Medical Care Development to facilitate meetings of Maine’s Oral Health Advisory Committee, to facilitate a statewide conference, and to write the resulting plan.

Maine Department of Health and Human Services (2006)

In moving to a system of Managed Care for mental health and substance abuse treatment services, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services wanted to be sure and hear from stakeholders about what was working well and what should be improved. In collaboration with the Muskie School for Public Service, we were asked to facilitate and report on a series of 14 public meetings designed to gather input. We also established a website for the benefit of the stakeholders.

Maine Department of Labor (2004)

Craig facilitated a series of meetings for the Bureau of Employment Services designed to develop common understanding of how employment services are currently funded, develop recommendations for bridging short term gaps, and develop enduring principles useful for future budgeting decisions.

Maine Department of Transportation (2010-2011)

We were hired to facilitate meetings of the transit subcommittee of the Gateway 1 Corridor planning project. We helped the committee develop an RFP for the study of transit options throughout the Route 1 corridor from Brunswick to Prospect, Maine.

Maine Department of Transportation and City of Hallowell (2014)

We were hired to plan, facilitate, and provide a complete report of a public information meeting to develop shared understanding about potential changes in downtown Hallowell, Maine, a small city along the banks of the Kennebec River.

Maine Emergency Management Agency (2011)

The Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) coordinates the State of Maine’s programs of emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. MEMA hired us to facilitate two meetings of service providers and stakeholders to discuss and achieve consensus on how people with special needs would be best accommodated in shelters during emergency situations.

Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) Ad Hoc Consumer Group (2016-2017)

The Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) is a state agency that collects health care data for the purpose of research, policy development, and health care improvements. We have been hired to facilitate a series of meetings of an ad hoc group of consumer advisors who will provide advice to MHDO on the new CompareMaine website, a tool to compare health care cost and quality options in Maine. We are also providing complete reports of the meetings.

 

Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) Board (2015)

The Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) is a state agency that collects health care data for the purpose of research, policy development, and health care improvements. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a retreat of MHDO Board members to reflect on the past year and plan for the future.

Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) Board (2016)

The Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) is a state agency that collects health care data for the purpose of research, policy development, and health care improvements. For the third year in a row we were hired to help plan and facilitate a retreat of MHDO Board members to reflect on the past year and plan for the future.

Maine Health Data Organization Board (2014)

The Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) is a state agency that collects health care data for the purpose of research, policy development, and health care improvements. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a meeting of MHDO Board members to discuss the scope of data collection.

Maine Health Data Organization Board (2017)

The Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) is a state agency that collects health care data for the purpose of research, policy development, and health care improvements. For the fourth year in a row we were hired to help plan and facilitate a retreat of MHDO Board members to reflect on the past year and plan for the future.

Maine Health Data Organization Consumer Advisory Group (2014-2015)

Working with the Human Services Research Institute, we facilitated, administered and documented bi-monthly meetings of the MHDO Consumer Advisory Group, whose purpose is to provide input and guidance to the Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO). The MHDO is a state agency that collects health care data for the purpose of research, policy development, and health care improvements. The Human Services Research Institute is building and operating a data warehouse and public website to help the MHDO provide clear information on health care costs and quality in Maine.

Maine Infection Prevention Collaborative (2010-2011)

Made up of representatives from each of Maine’s 39 hospitals, the Maine Infection Prevention Collaborative (MIPC) seeks to prevent and control health care associated infections. We were hired to facilitate regular 5-hour meetings of the Collaborative. The MIPC makes decisions by consensus.

Maine Local Government Human Resource Association (MLGHRA) (2017)

The Maine Local Government Human Resource Association (MLGHRA) advances knowledge, cooperation, and professional development among public sector human resources professionals throughout Maine. We were hired to plan and facilitate a goal-setting retreat among members of the MLGHRA Executive Board.

Maine Nutrition Network (2006)

At beautiful Maple Hill Farm in Hallowell, we facilitated a full day conference for the members of the Maine Nutrition Network. About a hundred people attended. We helped the group decide their mission and specific areas of work for the next few years, along with how they should best be structured to achieve their goals. As follow up, we helped them write their strategic plan to be finalized at their annual meeting.

Maine Nutrition Network (2011)

The Maine Nutrition Network is a collaborative of public and private partners that coordinates nutrition and physical activity initiatives and contributes to policies and environments that improve the health of Maine people. We were hired to facilitate the Network’s annual meeting of about 100 people – in order to engage strategic stakeholders and partners in a discussion about the future of the Network. Leigh Tillman assisted with this project.

Maine Office of Tourism (2016)

The Maine Office of Tourism, an office within the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development, supports and expands the tourism industry and promotes the state as a tourism and filmmaking destination. We were hired to facilitate a Maine Office of Tourism staff retreat to review the Office’s strategic plan and optimize staff functioning.

Maine Public Utilities Commission – Energy Division (2006)

The Energy Division of the Maine Public Utilities Commission promotes the more efficient use of electricity statewide through Efficiency Maine and the Maine State Energy Program. They hired us to facilitate a full day staff retreat and help them develop a resulting strategic plan.

Maine State Innovation Model (SIM) (2016)

The Maine State Innovation Model (SIM) is a partnership of health care providers, insurers, data analysts, and others with the goals of improving the health of Maine’s population, improving the experiences of Maine patients, and reducing the total costs of care. We were hired to facilitate a series of six meetings of the SIM Medicare Proposal Oversight Committee and support the Committee’s development of a proposal to explore innovative payment models for the Maine Medicare system.

Maine State Legislature and Maine State Employees Union (2015)

We were hired to facilitate a series of interest-based bargaining meetings among the nonpartisan staff members for the Maine State Legislature and the leadership of the Maine State Employees Union. Interest-based bargaining focuses on developing mutually beneficial agreements based on the interests of the participants.

Maine State Legislature and Maine State Employees Union (2017)

As in the past, we have been hired to facilitate a series of interest-based bargaining meetings among the nonpartisan staff members for the Maine State Legislature and the leadership of the Maine State Employees Union. The interest-based bargaining method focuses on developing mutually beneficial agreements based on the interests of the participants.

Maine State Legislature Staff (2016)

The staff of the Maine State Legislature provide nonpartisan research, analysis, administrative and management services to the Legislative Council and its committees. At their annual retreat, Craig facilitated a workshop with Maine State Legislature employees to discuss and develop consensus on shared workplace values.

Maine State Legislature Staff (2017)

The staff of the Maine State Legislature provide nonpartisan research, analysis, administrative and management services to the Legislative Council and its committees. For the second year in a row, Craig will facilitate a workshop at the Maine State Legislature employees’ annual retreat. This year’s topic will be on conflict management.

Maine State Planning Office (2007-late Winter)

To make sure that all views were heard in a respectful, focused manner, the State Planning Office hired us to moderate a formal public hearing on a proposed rule under Maine’s Informed Growth Act.

Maine State Planning Office (2007-Summer & Fall)

The State Planning Office (SPO) reviews the comprehensive land use plans of Maine municipalities and was on the verge of proposing a new way for it to be done. Before changes were actually made, SPO wanted to hear from stakeholders around the state. They hired us to facilitate a series of meetings and prepare a report of findings. They also hired us to facilitate a public hearing on proposed rule changes. We established a website specifically designed to inform stakeholders about the rule-changing process and solicit their comments.

Maine State Planning Office (2007-Summer)

The Land Use Team of the State Planning Office hired us for a three-hour session focused on personality type assessment and how the team can work together most effectively.

Maine State Planning Office (2010)

The Governor hosted a Jobs Summit in February and we agreed to provide volunteer facilitation services for this important full-day conference in Augusta.

Maine Statewide Independent Living Council (2010)

The federally-mandated Maine Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) is responsible for developing, monitoring, and evaluating the State Plan for Independent Living and communicating with the State Rehabilitation Council. As part of our apprenticeship program, we facilitated a meeting among members of the SILC to develop a three-year communications plan. Leigh Tillman served as lead facilitator.

MaineHousing (2017)

MaineHousing is an independent state agency that assists Maine people in obtaining and maintaining quality affordable housing and services suitable to their housing needs. In partnership with the Maine Office of Child and Family Services, MaineHousing hosted a meeting of statewide stakeholders to discuss plans to reduce youth homelessness in Maine. We helped plan and facilitate the meeting.

Manchester Health Department (2011)

The Manchester Health Department (MHD) provides public health services to the large, culturally diverse city of Manchester, New Hampshire (pop. 110,000). We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning process to help the MHD develop strategic goals and a framework for implementation. In addition to facilitating strategic planning meetings, we conducted stakeholder interviews and employee focus groups, and prepared a written final draft of the strategic plan.

Muskie School of the University of Southern Maine (2007)

We were hired by the Integrated Core Injury Prevention and Control Program of the Muskie School of the University of Southern Maine to facilitate a full-day, statewide conference on how to reduce the misuse of perscription drugs. We provided multiple facilitators for the day and also prepared a report of the conference.

Natural Resource-based Industries Steering Committee (2004)

The Natural Resource-based Industries Steering Committee, appointed by Governor Baldacci, hired us to staff a Working Group of state agency managers and develop a methodology for continued assessment of Maine’s natural resource-based industries. We prepared an indicators report designed to inform policy makers about the state of these industries and where they might be headed. The report was published December 9th,2004.

Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (2014)

The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) is a public transportation authority that manages the budget, contracts, promotion, and customer services associated with the Downeaster passenger rail service between Maine and Boston. We were hired to facilitate public meetings in Portland, Maine and Dover, New Hampshire to discuss the proposed Downeaster Service Development Plan and give the public an opportunity to provide suggestions for revisions. We also prepared complete reports of the meetings.

Norway, Town of (2004)

The Town of Norway hired us to study the downtown economy, survey merchants and visitors, analyze urban design issues, and prepare a downtown enhancement strategy. The plan incorporated the Main Street Approach and was built on Norway’s exceptional historic character. We did this project in collaboration with Brian Kent of Kent Associates.

Office of Elder Services (2011)

The Office of Elder Services (OES) of the state of Maine Department of Health and Human Services promotes programs and services for older adults, their families and for people with disabilities. OES hired us to facilitate a full day meeting between OES staff and the leadership of Maine’s five Area Agencies on Aging. The group discussed ways to work most effectively together and identified shared goals for the future. In addition to facilitating the meeting we prepared a complete report.

PACTS Transit Operations Committee (2017)

PACTS (Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System) coordinates transportation planning and investment decisions among state, municipalities and public transportation organizations for the Portland, Maine region. We were hired to facilitate a meeting of the PACTS Transit Operations Committee to discuss regional transit (bus, train, ferry, etc.) issues. We also provided a complete report of the meeting.

Pentucket Regional School District (2008)

The Pentucket Regional School District, serving the towns of Groveland, Merrimac and West Newbury, Massachusetts, hired us to facilitate a four-hour meeting of the school committee where we developed annual priorities and operating guidelines. In addition, they hired us to work with the administrative team consisting of the superintendent and six principals, to refine roles and responsibilities.

Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) (2012)

PACTS works to improve the coordination of transportation planning and investment decisions by state, municipal and public transportation organizations in the Portland, Maine region (including 18 towns from Biddeford to Brunswick). We were hired to facilitate a meeting of the PACTS Policy Committee to help establish consensus on future size and responsibilities of committees and on future sub-regional and elected official representation.

Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) (Summer 2013)

PACTS works to improve the coordination of transportation planning and investment decisions by state, municipal and public transportation organizations in the Portland, Maine region. We were hired to facilitate a meeting among four PACTS Committees (Policy, Executive, Planning and Transit), to start the process of preparing the 2014 update to the “Destination Tomorrow” regional transportation plan. We also provided a complete report of the meeting.

Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) (Winter 2013)

PACTS works to improve the coordination of transportation planning and investment decisions by state, municipal and public transportation organizations in the Portland, Maine region. We were hired to facilitate an input-gathering meeting among elected officials representing Cape Elizabeth, Portland, and South Portland on the Regional Transportation Plan (called “Destination Tomorrow”). We also provided a complete report of the meeting.

Portland Area Transit Providers Meeting (2016)

We were hired to facilitate a retreat among the leaders of the greater Portland, Maine area transit providers, to build shared understand among the agencies and discuss regional transit priorities. This meeting was initiated in part by the Transit Committee of PACTS, the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System. In addition to facilitating the retreat, we also provided a complete report.

Portland City Council (2013-2014)

The City Council of Portland, Maine hired us to facilitate a process to discuss and identify the city’s goals and priorities for the coming year. We conducted advance interviews with the Mayor, the City Councilors, and the City Manager and then facilitated a Council workshop to develop a statement of goals and priorities.

Portland Public Health (2008)

The Public Health Division of the City of Portland hired us to help them develop a strategic plan. We interviewed key stakeholders and facilitated a series of management meetings that resulted in a prioritized list of activities to be done over the next three years. The plan contains specific performance measures with data presented graphically.

Portland Public Works and Water District (2016)

The City of Portland, Maine, Public Works Department and the Portland Water District hired us to facilitate a meeting among the two organizations and local utilities, to discuss and prioritize projects in Portland and to build a more strategic alliance. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

Quality Review Committee (2005)

The Quality Review Committee is a state-chartered group with responsibilities to review the quality of work that Elder Independence of Maine delivers to about 3,000 consumers of home-based care services throughout Maine. They hired us to facilitate a strategic planning session to re-consider their overall mission and scope of work.

Quality Review Council (2005-2012)

The Quality Review Council is established by state law to review homecare services provided by Elder Independence of Maine. The Council reviews quality reports and also works on short-term, high priority projects to improve home care. We were retained to facilitate all regular meetings of the Council.

Regional School Unit 18 – Messalonskee School District (2010)

Faced with projected multi-year budget constraints, this central Maine school district hired us to facilitate a large public input meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to explain the situation, and gather public comment on potential closures and/or reorganization of buildings and schools.

Regional School Unit 24 (2009)

The brand-new school board for RSU 24 hired us to facilitate a kick-off retreat. Given the recent consolidation of three school districts (Ellsworth; School Union 92, which includes Lamoine, Hancock, Mariaville, Eastbrook, and Waltham; and School Union 96, which includes Franklin, Gouldsboro, Sorrento, Steuben, Sullivan and Winter Harbor) into one, the board wanted to get off on the right foot. We discussed everything from how board members interact with each other to initial goals for the new district. After the meeting, we prepared a report.

Richmond – Future Land Use Visioning (2015)

Town leaders in the historic town of Richmond, Maine, on the banks of the Kennebec River, wanted to gather public input before updating the town’s comprehensive plan. We were hired to facilitate and document two input meetings to hear public opinion on future land use in Richmond.

Rockland – MacDougal School Visioning (2011)

The City of Rockland, Maine has recently taken ownership of the MacDougal School and they hired us to facilitate a public meeting to solicit input on how best to use the school. Leigh Tillman assisted with this project.

Saco, City of (2014-2015)

The southern Maine city of Saco (pop. 18,500) engaged the entire community in an effort to create a collective vision for what Saco will be in 2025. We worked with Pamela Plumb & Associates to facilitate and document a series of community input and City staff meetings to help Saco plan for the future.

Saco, City of (2017)

The southern Maine city of Saco has hired us to work with a committee of City and School Department staff to collaborate on some organizational decision-making.

Saratoga Springs Public Library (2016)

The Saratoga Springs Public Library in historic Saratoga Springs, New York, has a staff of over 100 serving the local school district and 500,000 visitors per year. We were hired to plan and facilitate a full-day staff retreat to develop a shared vision for the future of the library and do some fun team building activities. We also prepared a Complete Report of the retreat.

Scarborough, Town of (2017)

As part of its annual staff development day, the Town of Scarborough in southern coastal Maine hired us to facilitate two staff workshops on Intergenerational Communication. The workshops were designed to be interactive and focused on the experiences of the participants.

School Union 52 (2005)

The town of Winslow, Maine has aging public schools and needed to make some hard decisions about which to close and how to consolidate. The School Committee convened a large public forum to present four potential options and provide townspeople a chance to ask questions and make comments. Hired by School Union 52 (Winslow, China, Vassalboro), we facilitated the discussion, administered a straw poll during the meeting, and wrote a report which included a summmary of all the questions and comments.

SEANET (2014-2015)

The University of Maine received a National Science Foundation grant to establish the SEANET (Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network) program in Maine. Over five years SEANET is conducting multi-institutional, transdisciplinary research on how aquaculture can fit into the landscape, ecosystem, and economies of Maine’s working waterfront communities. We were hired to plan, facilitate, and provide a complete report of a two-day strategic planning session among the management team and other project stakeholders.

South Portland City Council (2012)

The City Council of South Portland, Maine, hired us to facilitate a three-hour workshop during which Council members shared perspectives on long-term objectives for the City and developed consensus on one-year goals for the City Council.

South Portland City Council (2015)

The City Council of South Portland, Maine, hired us to facilitate a Council goal-setting workshop. South Portland is an oceanfront city with population of 25,000, a community college, and diverse commercial and residential neighborhoods.

South Portland Fire Department (2016)

The South Portland Fire Department (SPFD) provides fire and emergency medical services to a community with a resident population of over 25,000 – one of Maine’s largest cities. We were hired to facilitate a series of meetings with the SPFD to help develop a purpose statement and and a broadly supported roadmap for the next five years.

South Portland, City of (2015)

Knightville is a residential and business neighborhood in the City of South Portland, Maine. We were hired to help plan, facilitate, and document a meeting to discuss parking and traffic patterns in the neighborhood.

Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission (SMPDC) (2017)

The Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission (SMPDC) is a council of governments addressing economic development, housing, water quality, and other regional issues in 39 member municipalities in southwest Maine. We were hired to plan and facilitate a strategic planning retreat for SMPDC to build consensus on a regional vision, the SMPDC mission, and the organization’s general strategic direction. We also prepared a complete report of the retreat.

State Board of Corrections (2010)

Established by the Maine State Legislature to develop and implement a unified correctional system, the State Board of Corrections hired us to facilitate a full day retreat focused on strategic objectives and roles of board, staff, working groups, and focus groups.

State of Maine Board of Dental Examiners (2016)

The Maine Board of Dental Examiners licenses and monitors compliance among Maine’s dentists, hygienists, and related professions. We were hired to plan and facilitate a board workshop to determine top priorities for the next year and to clarify roles and responsibilities of the board.

Statewide Quality Improvement Council (2017)

The Statewide Quality Improvement Council (QIC) represents people served by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services by advising the Commissioner on issues of statewide system implementation, advising the Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Block Grant process, and working to ensure that Maine provides quality mental health and substance abuse services in an environment of respect and empowerment. We were hired to plan and facilitate two strategic planning meetings to build shared agreement on vision, mission, values, an action plan, and committee responsibilities. As a result we prepared a Complete Meeting Report and a Draft Strategic Plan.

 

Topsham Development, Inc. (2008)

The directors of both the Brunswick Economic Development Corporation and Topsham Development, Inc. convened a workshop on design and impact issues, opportunities, and challenges presented by the potential development of a midcoast regional business park. Through the workshop, the two organizations solicited public comments and ideas regarding how design standards might be used to manage appearance, community and environmental impacts, and even what sorts of business tenants should be targeted to align with such standards. We were hired to facilitate the workshop and prepare a report.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Maine Field Office (2011)

The Maine Field Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hired us to facilitate a series of three open house sessions on lynx trapping in Presque Isle, Orono, and Gorham, Maine, for members of the public to learn about the permit process, exchange information on techniques to avoid incidental trapping of lynx, and provide feedback on assessments and plans. Leigh Tillman served as lead facilitator.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Northeast Regional Office (2010)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) works with a variety of entities, agencies, and private landowners to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats. USFWS has hired us to provide organizational development consulting and meeting facilitation services for the Ecological Services Program staff of the Northeast Regional Office, located in Hadley, Massachusetts.

Waterboro, Town of (2014)

Waterboro is a town of about 7,700 in southwestern Maine. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a meeting of business and community leaders to provide input for the economic development portion of the town’s comprehensive plan. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

Waterville, City of (2014)

The City of Waterville, Maine, on the banks of the Kennebec River, is home to about 16,000 people. We were hired to facilitate a goal-setting and strategic direction retreat among members of the City Council to help establish 3-5 year goals.

Westbrook – City Forest Visioning (2016)

The City of Westbrook, Maine, had recently acquired a new parcel for its City Forest, and the Westbrook Recreation and Conservation Commission was seeking public input on how the land should be used. We were hired to facilitate two visioning meetings for participants to share ideas about what types of activities might be a good fit for the City Forest. We also prepared complete reports of the meetings.

Westbrook – Visioning and Comprehensive Plan Facilitation (2010 – 2013)

The City of Westbrook, ME, hired us to facilitate a community-wide visioning process. As a result of a series of fourteen meetings and a full day community visioning meeting, we drafted a vision statement to serve as the basis of Westbrook’s updated comprehensive plan. We are also facilitating meetings of the comprehensive plan task force and community input meetings for specific interests. Leigh Tillman assisted with this project.

Westbrook School Department (2009-2010)

The Westbrook School Department hired us to help develop a strategic plan. Working with the school board and the newly-appointed superintendent over a six-month period, we managed a process that included substantial community input, such as focus group meetings and a community-wide survey.

Windham, Town of (2009)

The Town of Windham, in partnership with Hudson Realty Capital LLC, a developer, hired us to facilitate a series of meetings to gather public input on the future of Little Falls, a village within the Town of Windham. In this unique approach, the developer and the town sought public input before crafting detailed plans for development of a key piece of property in the heart of the village. We were hired to facilitate the public meetings and prepare resulting reports.

Windham, Town of (2012)

We were hired to plan and facilitate two public meetings designed to gather input on an emerging neighborhood plan for North Windham, Maine. We prepared complete reports for each meeting.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff / PACTS Multimodal Priority Corridor and Centers Planning (2017)

Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) coordinates transportation planning and investment decisions among state, municipal, and public transportation organizations for the greater Portland, Maine region. PACTS has hired the engineering firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff to develop a multimodal transportation corridor plan in Portland and South Portland. We are partnering with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff to provide stakeholder input facilitation and related services for the project.

Yarmouth School Committee (2017)

The Yarmouth School Department serves about 1,500 students in the coastal town of Yarmouth, Maine. We were hired to facilitate a Yarmouth School Committee workshop on board development.

Yarmouth, Town of (2017)

Yarmouth is a coastal town of about 9,000 in southern Maine. The town’s Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee hired us to plan and facilitate three public input meetings to build understanding about Yarmouth’s proposed Character-Based Development Code, including its application and impacts.

York County Community Action Corporation (2008)

The Transportation Program of the York County Community Action Corporation promotes self-sufficiency by providing York County residents with a means to get to work and/or services and resources which otherwise would not be accessible. We facilitated the Annual Transportation Gathering, a half-day retreat where employees focused on improving how they work together as a team and serve their customers.

York County Community Action Corporation (2011)

York County Community Action Corporation (YCCAC) delivers a range of social service, health, and educational programs to York County individuals and families living in poverty. We were hired to facilitate the beginnings of a strategic plan process, including a series of task force meetings with complete reports. Leigh Tillman assisted with this project.

York County Community Action Corporation (2013)

York County Community Action Corporation (YCCAC) works on the “front lines” to deliver social service, health, and educational programs to York County individuals and families living in poverty. Craig was hired to provide a training workshop for members of the YCCAC Board.

Food and Agriculture

Beginning Farmer Resource Network (2014)

The Beginning Farmer Resource Network is a coalition of Maine agriculture agencies and organizations working together to connect aspiring, beginning, and transitioning farmers to resources for farm business success. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a future visioning session at a Network retreat.

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (2011 – Fall)

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) preserves acreage of ecological, agricultural and aesthetic importance in the neighboring towns of Brunswick and Topsham. BTLT hired us to facilitate a full day board retreat focused on the future of Crystal Spring Farm, a working farm owned by BTLT that raises vegetables and livestock, maintains recreational trails, and hosts a farmers’ market on 320 acres. We also prepared a full report of the meeting.

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (2011 – Spring)

Since 1985, the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust has preserved more than 1,100 acres in the neighboring towns of Brunswick and Topsham in an effort to protect properties with true ecological, agricultural and aesthetic importance. With support from the Maine Department of Agriculture, we were hired to facilitate an outreach meeting among farmers and neighbors.

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (2012)

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust teamed up with the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust on a long term project to help improve sustainability of local agriculture in the Merrymeeting Bay Region. We were hired to facilitate a roundtable meeting that brought together regional stakeholders to gather information, begin to identify solutions, and develop a network. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (2015)

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust protects 1,100 acres of properties with ecological, agricultural and aesthetic importance in Brunswick and Topsham. The Trust also is a convener of the Merrymeeting Food Council, a collaborative network of farmers, non-profits, businesses, government, and individuals working to advance a thriving, resilient food system. We were hired to facilitate a meeting to help refine goals and action plans for the newly-formed food council. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

 

Good Food for Lewiston (2011- 2012)

Good Food for Lewiston is a collaborative working to develop a healthy community food system in Lewiston. We were hired to help plan for, and train volunteer facilitators for, a series of “Good Food Gatherings” which brought together community members to create and share a vision for a healthy food system.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute (2007)

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute convened ground fishermen from Cape Cod to the coastal Maine to discuss new, innovative ways to manage the fishery. With the hope of achieving consensus on recommendations to the New England Fisheries Management Council, we were hired to facilitate the discussions and prepare a report of conclusions.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute (2008-Fall)

Regulations for groundfishing in the Gulf of Maine and on Geroges Bank are changing to allow fishermen to gather in cooperative “sectors.” How will the catch be monitored and reported under the new system? We were hired to facilitate discussions among fishing trade associations, regulators, scientists, and environmental groups to explore consensus on monitoring and reporting methods.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute (2008-Summer)

Regulations for groundfishing in the Gulf of Maine and on Geroges Bank are changing to allow fishermen to gather in cooperative “sectors.” How will the catch be monitored and reported under the new system? We were hired to facilitate discussions among fishing trade associations, regulators, scientists, and environmental groups to explore consensus on monitoring and reporting methods. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting, which was submitted directly to the New England Fisheries Management Council.

Maine Coast Sea Vegetables (2013-2017)

Located on the beautiful Downeast coast, Maine Coast Sea Vegetables harvests, dries, and sells about 100,000 pounds of certified organic sea vegetables annually. We were hired by this socially and environmentally conscious company to facilitate a series of long-range planning meetings among senior staff. We have also facilitated all-staff meetings to discuss company changes and provided coaching services to leadership staff.

Maine Department of Agriculture (2008)

The Maine Department of Agriculture engages in several activities that overlap with the Maine Farmland Trust. We were hired to facilitate a full-day retreat of leaders from these two organizations to discuss how to coordinate activities most effectively.

Maine Department of Agriculture (2009)

As part of the state rule making process, the Maine Department of Agriculture hired us to facilitate a meeting among stakeholders to discuss the Voluntary Municipal Farm Support Program. In addition to facilitating the meeting, we prepared a complete report.

Maine Department of Agriculture (2011)

The Maine Department of Agriculture hired us to facilitate two meetings, one in Topsham and one in Farmington, to gather input from farmers, land owners, land trusts, and municipal officials, on the pros and cons of mapping farms on regional maps. This information is helpful to the Department as they design some new programs. We also prepared complete reports of the two meetings. Leigh Tillman assisted with this project.

Maine Farmers’ Market Convention (2011)

The Maine Farmers’ Market Convention hired us to provide a training session on conflict prevention, management, and resolution. The Maine Farmers’ Market Convention is an annual event organized and presented by the Downeast Business Alliance. The 2011 convention was held in January in Belfast, Maine.

Maine Farmers’ Market Convention (2012)

For the second year in a row we were hired to provide training in conflict management for the Maine Farmers’ Market Convention. The convention was in Freeport on January 27 & 28,2012.

Maine Farmers’ Market Convention (2013)

The Maine Farmers’ Market Convention hired Craig to present a keynote talk on The Wisdom of Group Decisions. For the third year in a row Craig also provided a training session; this year’s topic was strategic planning. The Maine Farmers’ Market Convention is an annual event organized and presented by the Downeast Business Alliance. The 2013 convention was held at Point Lookout in beautiful Northport, Maine.

Maine Farmland Trust (2015)

The Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) is a statewide organization working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Craig was hired to facilitate a participatory visioning session at a MFT farmland access conference, in which participants shared ideas for positive solutions to help farmers access land.

Maine Food Strategy Network Gathering (2015)

The Maine Food Strategy is an initiative to create a broader and more strongly connected network of organizations and individuals contributing to the food system in Maine. We have been hired to help plan and facilitate a large network gathering to work on the initiative’s goal areas: economic development, environment, food access, and community support. We helped plan and facilitate the overall gathering and the breakout sessions. We also provided a complete report of the entire gathering.

Maine Grain Alliance (2010)

The Maine Grain Alliance is a nonprofit organization working to preserve and promote grain traditions. The Maine Grain Alliance oversees The KNEADING Conference, held annually in Skowhegan, which brings together farmers, bakers, and wood-fired oven enthusiasts. Building on our previous work with the steering committee of The KNEADING Conference, we were hired to help the Maine Grain Alliance with a series of strategic planning meetings. As a result of this work, we prepared a draft strategic plan.

Maine Nutrition Network (2006)

At beautiful Maple Hill Farm in Hallowell, we facilitated a full day conference for the members of the Maine Nutrition Network. About a hundred people attended. We helped the group decide their mission and specific areas of work for the next few years, along with how they should best be structured to achieve their goals. As follow up, we helped them write their strategic plan to be finalized at their annual meeting.

Maine Nutrition Network (2011)

The Maine Nutrition Network is a collaborative of public and private partners that coordinates nutrition and physical activity initiatives and contributes to policies and environments that improve the health of Maine people. We were hired to facilitate the Network’s annual meeting of about 100 people – in order to engage strategic stakeholders and partners in a discussion about the future of the Network. Leigh Tillman assisted with this project.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (2008)

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) hired us to facilitate a discussion among the MOFGA board of directors and the board of directors of MOFGA Certification Services, LLC, the wholly-owned subsidiary of MOFGA that certifies organic farmers on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (2010)

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. Each year, volunteers and professionals moderate panel discussions at the Farmer to Farmer Conference put on by MOFGA. We were hired to provide training for volunteer moderators. Several Good Group Decisions Associates then joined other volunteers in facilitating panel discussions at the 2010 conference. Leigh Tillman assisted with this project.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) (2015-2016)

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. We were hired to help facilitate a multiphase strategic planning process. We began with a series of meetings, conversations, and surveys among stakeholder groups, board members, and staff members to help refine the organization’s values, vision and mission. In the next phase we facilitated a series of meetings to help define organizational goals and objectives.

Maine Philanthropy Center (2011)

The Maine Philanthropy Center, a regional association of grantmakers working together to promote philanthropy and to increase its impact in Maine, is convening a conference entitled “Improving Food Access with Local Food”. We have been hired to help plan the day and help facilitate audience participation.

Maine School Garden Network (2012)

The Maine School Garden Network (MSGN) is a group of committed individuals who promote and support educational gardens for youth and encourage school programs that teach healthy eating and environmental stewardship. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a full-day meeting, comprised of a broad stakeholder input discussion in the morning followed by a MSGN Advisory Board meeting in the afternoon where board members reflected on input received and made decisions about MSGN’s future. We also prepared complete reports of both meetings. Leigh Tillman assisted with this project.

Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society (2008)

The Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society explores, develops and promotes agricultural systems and practices that allow Maine farmers to retain a greater share of consumer expenditures for farm products. We facilitated a half-day board retreat focused on strategic planning. In advance of the retreat, we interviewed each board member and prepared a report of the findings which informed the discussion around the future direction of the organization. Six months after the planning retreat, we facilitated a follow-up board retreat.

Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society (2012-2013)

The Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society (MESAS) explores, develops and promotes agricultural systems and practices that allow Maine farmers to retain a greater share of consumer expenditures for farm products. As part of the MESAS “More Maine Meat” project, we were hired to facilitate a series of meetings among farmers, processors, distributors, government agencies, researchers, agricultural organizations, and consumers to identify key constraints and opportunities in Maine’s sustainable meat industry.

Merrymeeting Permaculture and Transition (2011)

Merrymeeting Permaculture and Transition is a group of individuals and organizations working to build environmental and economic resilience at the backyard and community levels. We were hired to facilitate a public meeting where participants could learn about each other’s work and share ideas about how to inspire and support positive changes.

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (2009)

The Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, a not-for-profit United Way agency committed to reducing hunger in the greater Brunswick area, hired us to facilitate a full-day strategic planning retreat and prepare a complete report.

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (2011)

The Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program is a not-for-profit United Way agency committed to reducing hunger in the greater Brunswick area. For the second year, they have hired us to facilitate a full-day strategic planning retreat among the board of directors.

Spannocchia Foundation (2011)

The Spannocchia Foundation seeks to encourage global dialogue about sustaining cultural landscapes for future generations through the example of the Tenuta di Spannocchia, a centuries-old agricultural estate located about 12 miles southwest of Siena in central Tuscany, Italy. We were hired to facilitate a three-day strategic planning board retreat at the Castello di Spannocchia, located on the Tenuta.

The KNEADING Conference (2010)

The annual KNEADING Conference brings farmers, bakers, and wood-fired oven enthusiasts to Skowhegan to explore the art and science of growing, milling and baking local artisan breads. We worked behind the scenes with the steering committee on developing long term plans for the conference.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension (2012)

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension hired us to plan and facilitate two meetings to help Cooperative Extension organize their SNAP-Ed program: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance ProgramEducation, which helps low-income individuals make healthy food choices. Leigh Tillman served as lead facilitator.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension (2013)

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension puts university research to work in homes, businesses, farms, and communities throughout Maine, providing education and practical solutions for agriculture, natural resources, economic opportunity, and lifelong wellness. Craig has been hired to facilitate three sessions at the two-day Annual Organizational meeting for Cooperative Extension staff. Topics will cover strategic planning and practical ideas for handling challenges in group situations.