" Mary Ellen is one of the most positive and engaging people I have met. She worked hand in hand with me to plan our first-ever staff/board retreat and it exceeded all of my expectations. Mary Ellen actively engaged all of our group members and presented creative activities to help build comradery amongst the group. She created an environment for our team to share ideas and dream about the future of our organization. She then walked us through the process of setting up action steps to ensure follow through. Mary Ellen exudes genuine positivity and I would highly recommend her. It has been a priveledge to work with her."
Executive Director, Breast Cancer Awareness- Cumberland Valley, Inc.
"I wanted to offer a unique event to obtain client feedback concerning my professional practice but only had a general idea of what I wanted to accomplish. Throughout the entire process Mary Ellen proved to be an invaluable partner. When preparing for our event, her creativity was a tremendous asset as we crafted the specific questions we wanted to address. During the actual event her warm personality and exceptional professionalism stood out not only to just myself, but to my clients as well. Even prior to me leaving the room so she could facilitate the discussion, she exceeded expectation by her genuine interactions with attendees. Months later, I continue to hear " how wonderful" Mary Ellen was. Finally, and perhaps critically, the summary comments we received following our event were well organized, concise and actionable. Leaving a room full of your clients for the sake of obtaining feedback may be an uneasy proposition for any professional, however, with Mary Ellen at the helm, I'd do it again and again. I highly recommend her facilitation services."
" Mary Ellen is one of the best in the business, regionally and nationally. She has conducted countless strategic planning sessions, and knows without a doubt, how to lead a group of disparate individuals towards common goals. Her strategic planning, her concise anaylsis and her objective and goal setting procedures are without peer. I have attended several of her sessions, for various non-profit organizations and charities. As alwasy she is on task, on target and fun to work with!"
Thomas B. Riford
President, Discovery Station Museum
President, Maryland International Film Festival- Hagerstown
“Mary Ellen is an accomplished facilitator who has experience leading both individuals and groups in personal/professional development, strategic planning and visioning. She actively engages all group members with creative activities and effectively considers the intended outcomes of the session. Mary Ellen is immensely personable, truly cares about people, and is an expert at developing both individuals and organizations to be their best.”
Dr. Tara Sargent
Executive Director, Leadership Washington County
“We appreciate your commitment to once again help us navigate the strategic planning process. The Senior Leadership, Board of Directors and myself consider you a trusted asset for the Arc and the people we serve.
Troy Van Scoyoc
Executive Director, The Arc of Washington County, Inc.
"It is obvious that Mary Ellen lives by her motto " do what you love, love what you do". During the past three years, she has facilitated all of United Way's Board strategic sessions. She continues to be our go to person becasue of her effective use of her own leadership skills and high energy. Each of these sessions has resulted in a stronger, more cohesive Board of Directors. She constantly inspires me to work to improve my own communication techniques and leadership skills. Mary Ellen is capable of making any situaion a stress free opportunity to learn, collaborate and cooperate for a mutual goal."
Executive Director United Way of Washington County, MD
“Mary Ellen is one of the most positive, high energy professionals I have known. A huge talent, her decisions are always rooted in integrity. A great confident, her insight and guidance hold tremendous value! What a privilege to have her as a colleague and as a friend.”