Testimonials

Coaching Testimonials:

“It is hard to overestimate the impact that you have had on our organization.” – Nancy
Hemesath, non-profit executive director

PatrickHatMedThank you for giving me tools to appreciate the road I have been on these past few months. What we came to during one of our sessions was truly an eye-opener. I still hear those words as I remain grounded and lean into leadership opportunities.” – Jill Nyquist VP of Immanuel Home and Community Resources, Immanuel Pathways

“Through various positions in the non-profit world you have provided a safe space for me to polish both my personal and professional goals.” – Anne Hindery, Chief Executive Officer, Nonprofit Association of the Midlands

“As a board chair you offered me a confidential space to get clear on my next steps with leading engaging dialogue at each board meeting.”– J.B, a board Chair for a non-profit in Detroit

“Thank you for coaching me many times in my role as executive director. I have often turned to you when I faced particularly difficult situations. In addition to being 100% supportive, you asked questions that allowed me to see the truth. You assisted me in clarifying my thoughts so I could be more effective. – Nancy Hemesath, Past Executive Director of a local Habitat for Humanity and a children’s grief center

“As a new board chair you supported me in transferring my strengths from my ‘day job’ to best serve our board during a time of change. Thank you for contributing to our culture.” — Carm Aderman, Board Chair for a Midwest regional provider of senior health services

“You have been key in developing my leaders into bold executives.” – Ann Schumacher, President, CHI Immanuel Hospital

“Your style and experience in taking rising stars from leader to LEADER was immediately apparent to me. My life is living proof of the positive impact you have. I want to share your gift with others.” – Claudia Freed, President & CEO of Educational Assistance Limited at

“A mentor referred me to this service as a first-time interim executive director of a non-profit. I needed a third-party observer to help me step back, observe situations with care and be a better overall leader. Patrick helped me bring my gut and heart to work. In the past year I faced a challenging interview process and the daily trials of leading a small but complex organization. Today, I am both a more caring and more strategic decision maker.”— John Mulrow

“I’ve gone far in life achieving degrees and doing the work of four people in leadership positions where I have demonstrated bottom line results and profits. Your coaching in the short run helped me prepare for a rigorous interview and in the long run it helping me move into another season of life where I am keeping balanced in all the ways that are important.”— C.G.

“A year with you is a big deal. You have mentored me for several years and my practice is more fun, more profitable, and a bigger contribution that ever before. I’m happy to report I had my first month where I earned $11,000. You’ve been by my side as a stay at home mom re-entering the work force. I look forward to another year of support.”— Flame Schoeder, Professionally Certified Coach

“I was a frontline worker in my industry when this service prepared me for interviews over the past several years where I gradually achieved positions at higher and higher levels of responsibility. Today, I earn twice the income and I’m happy to be both a successful consultant to executives and a loving father who contributes to my family.”— J.H.

“After 18 yrs. on the job, I was struggling with compensation and lack of appreciation for my contributions to the organization. Patrick gave me the tools to have the type of bold, effective conversation I desperately needed. As a result, my Board doubled my pay raise and named me CEO. On a personal level I look forward to our regular sessions since they are like a spa for my soul.”— C.F.

“Through various positions in the non-profit world you have provided a safe space for me to polish both my personal and professional goals.” – Anne Hindery, Chief Executive Officer, Nonprofit Association of the Midlands

“As a physician looking to make a change in my work and practice I am grateful for your confidential support. As a leader in my local community it can be challenging for me to find a safe place to explore what’s best for me.”— A Physician’s Perspective


Teaching Testimonials:

“Patrick’s tools are very relevant, practical and immediately usable.” — Molly O’Dell, MD, MFA, Virginia Department of Public Health, District Officer

PatrickMtnBkpkMed“Patrick uses dynamic and thoughtful strategies to engage his students actively in the learning process.” — Jane Franklin, Dean of Social Sciences Metropolitan Community College

“This workshop on bold conversations was the best workshop of the entire conference, even though all the other workshops wee excellent. Bring him back again if you can!”–comment on workshop evaluation

“Totally different than any other BoardSource presentation. This was so compelling and useful in my consulting work. Very well done.”–comment on conference evaluation

“Patrick is a masterful presenter. Our team stands in awe of his ability capture the class and relate personally to them. I find his techniques to be clear and relevant.” – Gary George, Director of Hospice House

“I highly recommend these courses to every physician or practitioner. Patrick’s tools are very relevant, practical and immediately usable.” — Molly O’Dell, MD, MFA, Virginia Department of Public Health, District Officer

“Your workshop on growing my practice engaged my heart and head to align with what’s mine to do. Thank you!”– Evaluation from workshop participant

“Your workshop integrated both personal development and leadership development. It will stay with me the rest of my life.”–Evaluation from workshop participant

“Patrick brings a practical, inspiring approach to his audience that inspires change through simple tactics.” — Kortney Hamm, Patient Services Manager The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

“Two of my colleagues heard your SAW presentation and they LOVED IT. They are going on about how to implement the SAW Method with our clients.” — Teri Echtenkamp, LMHP

“With each team I lead, I bring Patrick in to offer us supportive tools. For many years he has provided my leaders with an inspiring kick in the pants to look at our practice in new ways. He is my insurance that we stay on the cutting edge.” — Jane Carmody, Chief Nursing Officer, CHI Health, DNP, MBA, RN, CENP, CHI Health


Consulting Testimonials: 

“As the executive director of a cancer support center I invited Patrick to help me create a program that offered skills for caregivers. I was able to find a grant to cover our initial costs and the program has added such value to community that the board has approved adding the series I created into our regular budget.” – Caroyn Ettinger, MA Program Administrator, Wings of Hope Cancer Support Center

“During a time of acute change for our organization, you brought adult education principles to our programs, challenged our board to see things in new ways and supported me as an Executive Director to hold dialogue with all parts of our organization. I am an even more effective leader due to these consultations and coaching.” — Bernie Beach, Executive Director for non-profit in Detroit, Michigan

PatrickWritingMtnsSquare“Thank you for coaching me many times in my role as executive director. I have often turned to you when I faced particularly difficult situations. In addition to being 100% supportive, you asked questions that allowed me to see the truth. You assisted me in clarifying my thoughts so I could be more effective.” — Anonymous

“You consistently stretched my thinking about what is possible. Your creativity is extraordinary and I always listen to your perspective because it inevitably leads to another better idea and plan.” – Nancy Hemesath, Founding Executive Director Ted E Bear Hollow

“You consistently stretched my thinking about what is possible. Your creativity is extraordinary and I always listen to your perspective because it inevitably leads to another better idea and plan.” – Nancy Hemesath, Past Executive Director of a local Habitat for Humanity and a children’s grief center

“Your consultations have been instrumental in moving me forward both personally and professionally on my journey to integrate my values with my work as a health care executive.”
– Jennifer Kinney, RN, MBA

“How does a leader bring together different perspectives across an organization to better coordinate services for out clients? This complex work was made easier and even fun due to my consultations with you.” – Melanie Peltz, Developing a Wellness Service Line for Catholic Health Initiatives

“Your consultations equipped me to begin speaking with a clear voice as a leader. I am not more strategic and effective in engaging both front-line staff and seniors leaders in finding common sense solutions to daily operational challenges.” – Chris Johnson, RN directing health services for regional senior care organization

“You helped me recover from a painful situation with a previous non-profit board and encouraged me to find a leadership role with a new non-profit where I became successful working with my board. You have contributed creative ideas and skills that moved the organization forward with extraordinary success. As a catalyst you have brought about positive changes in our organization. You have impacted the organization by coaching key individuals in their leadership roles.” – Anonymous, Executive Director for two non-profits

“Our partnership with the VNA was greatly enhanced due to the collaborative approaches you introduced during the meeting we held with them. Thank you!”– Deb Welk, RN and Vice President of Health Services

“Your consultations helped me find work that allows me to follow my passion. I am now finding greater opportunities to serve and my income has doubled.” – Joel High, Business Consultant

“Patrick was by my side during the crucial first fours years of articulating the vision and drafting language that communicated the heart of how I wanted to teach the next generation of healers. Many years later, I continue to use the tools he enabled me to polish and I’ve been able to pioneer cutting-edge approaches such as engaging the community with distance learning. The common sense he helped me employ has added value to my curriculum for years to come. If you get a chance to consult with him about your ideas, I highly recommend it!”— Paulette Genthon, Founder of the Universal College of Healing Arts

“I needed to create a system for tracking outcomes that engaged our front-line staff and that could also be communicated clearly to our board. You helped me keep the process a focused and relevant measurement of our progress toward achieving national awards .”— A Director of Health Services

“Your consultations helped me assess the developmental needs of leaders working in complex clinical and business arenas. Thank you for giving me tools to navigate a politically sensitive topic.” – K.T. Vice President of Health Services for a Rural Hospital


Some Organizations Served by Coaching, Teaching or Consulting:

Plant Chicago
Unilever
Boardsource
Educational Assistance Ltd.
Elsevier CPM
PlaneTree
Immanuel Medical Center
Immanuel Communities
Jesuit Volunteers
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Henry Ford
Veterans Administration
Non-Profit Association of the Midlands
Detroit Medical Center
Grief Resource Center
Wings of Hope Cancer Support Center
Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Iowa
Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Mid-America
Hospice House Omaha
Knolls Mercy Spirituality Center
Earth and Spirit Center
St. Paul Retreat Center
Ted E Bear Hollow


From Mom and Dad, 1932-2011

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“You’re the son of a paratrooper, remember to serve others.”—Dad

“Pray often.”-Mom