Founded by Melissa S. Kelly-McCabe, Clear Intent Strategy, Inc. is a network of national resources with strengths and personalities that work with you to get from where you are to where you want to go.
Melissa S. Kelly-McCabe has worked in industry and with executives for over 25 years. With hands-on experience in non-profit leadership, economic development management, manufacturing, engineering, and statistics, in both private and public settings, Melissa coaches leaders and their organizations in applying concrete methodologies aimed at creating and implementing real strategy. See Meet Melissa to read more.
Ann Attayek Carr, MS, MCC, GPCC™
Ann Attayek Carr is owner/principal of an organizational effectiveness and executive coaching firm located in the Washington, D.C. area. After over 15 years experience consulting within two Fortune 50 corporations, Freddie Mac and GE Capital Mortgage Corporation, Ann offers a broad range of clients the Intruequest® suite of services which range from facilitating large scale strategic change, to building leadership team excellence, to individual leadership effectiveness coaching, and much in between. Ann is also faculty at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland,The International Gestalt Study Center, and at Georgetown University’s Center for Continuing & Professional Education. Ann holds a Master of Science degree in Social and Organizational Learning from George Mason University. Website: Intruequest | integral solutions for optimal results.
Deb Marie Denome is President/Director of See(k)ing Common Ground (SCG), a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to exploring, modeling and inspiring more conscious and restorative ways of life. After leaving corporate life, Deb was inspired to create Seeking Common Ground, co-founded with five women who want to make a difference. Under Deb’s direction, SCG has initiated a diverse array of projects including, Seeking Common Ground CSA, Roots and Wings Waldorf Initiative, Herb Haven: gardening and crafting program for under-served women and children, Celebration of Abundance: annual organic harvest festival, Shimmering Light Farm Cooperative Garden, Workshops on consensus and community building, maintaining vitality at work, biodynamic agriculture, and healing with herbs.
Christiane Frischmuth works as a coach, a facilitator, a process consultant, trainer, learning and leadership development specialist with more than 25 years of experience. She co-creates and facilitates learning experiences and change processes for individuals, groups and organizations in the United States , Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America and North America . Christiane brings to her work many disciplines such as nature-based design, poetry, dance, music, pottery, story-telling, embodied processes and draws on the richness that diverse cultures contribute. She is particularly strong in bringing a results and strategic focus to her work as well as creativity and the ability to create a trusting, optimistic and safe space for people to grow and develop.
Christiane received her MA in Political Science from the George Washington University , a Certificate equivalent in Organization Development from NTL, and a BA in International Relations from Hamilton College. She also undertook coursework in sociology, anthropology and political science in Germany , Mainz University. She is serving as adjunct faculty member for the Gestalt International Study Center , Cape Cod and studied organization and systems development and Physical Process at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Certifications include the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Emotional Intelligence EQ-i and EQ 360 degree. She has been trained in and conducted Future Search, Gestalt Theory and Practice, Nature-based personal growth, Open Space, World Café, results-based leadership and other large systems intervention technologies. She has successfully led various Rapid Results Initiatives (Work-out).
W. Cliff Kayser
W. Cliff Kayser is Founder/President Xperience® LLC, offering Organization Consulting, Executive Coaching, and Leadership Training to public, private, non-profit, and international clients. Xperience® LLC helps leaders, teams, and organizations experience “IT” — the power of generative and sustainable high-performance (XperienceIT.com). Part of Xperience® LLC is Kayser Ridge Retreat and Learning Center located in Berkeley Springs, WV. Cliff is also a partner at Polarity Partnerships.
Kayser Ridge is a unique and intimate space for small groups to experience and accomplish big things (KayserRidge.com). Previously, Cliff was VP of Organizational Development and Training for The National Cooperative Bank; Sr. Organization Development Consultant for The Washington Post, and Corporate Manager of Human Resources, Training & Web Development for The Washington Post Company.
Cliff holds a Master’s in Organizational Development (The American University/National Training Laboratory), a Master’s in Human Resource Management, (The American University,) a Bachelor’s in History & Business (Lenoir-Rhyne University,) is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Executive Leadership Coaching program, and holds a coaching certificate focused on effective interventions from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.
Mary Ann Kraus, PsyD, GPCC™, BCC
Mary Ann Kraus is a Community/Clinical Psychologist, Consultant and Coach who has worked in the area of human development for over twenty five years. Her work has spanned individual coaching and psychotherapy, working with couples and two person teams, working with groups, small systems and teams, to designing and facilitating larger community and organizational interventions. She pairs this intervention work with her time supporting others in their professional development. Mary Ann has co-created and delivered multiple training programs and several ‘pass it forward’ projects supporting leadership and service in the not-for-profit community. She has worked in public and private sectors, agencies and corporations, nationally and internationally. She is currently on the faculty at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.
Kristopher Nunn, MBA, M.A., PCC, BCC, GPCC™
Kristopher is a talent and organizational development leader who specializes in coaching, talent management, leadership development, change management and organizational effectiveness. He focuses on opportunities to partner with leaders to enhance individual capability, build team effectiveness and create and execute enterprise strategies.
Kris has partnered and worked with a diverse group of organizations and individuals over the last 15 years. He holds a Bachelor’s and MBA from Hampton University and a Master’s in Positive Organizational Development from Case Western Reserve University. Kris is a Gestalt professional coach (GPCC™), an ICF professional certified coach (PCC), Board certified executive coach (BCC). A continual learner, Kris has also pursued and applied specialized training in strategic planning, diversity, process improvement, project management, change management, facilitation and a variety of development assessments, methods and tools.
In addition to independent coaching and consulting work at Kan-Help Coaching and Consulting, Kris proudly serves as a Senior Manager of Learning and Development at Asurion and Visiting Faculty at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. His collective efforts continue to support his calling to connect and cultivate individuals and organizations.
Andrew Powell (Andy) is an experienced change leader with a strong background in change management, culture change, post- merger/acquisition leadership integration and team effectiveness. His focus is customized team and organizational change consulting as well as executive coaching for growth-minded commercial organizations, government entities, and non-profits.
Andy’s experience includes managing cultural change, developing competency based career management programs, and leading organizational change efforts for companies including Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, BFGoodrich – Specialty Chemicals, and Exxon (now ExxonMobil). His work encompassed virtually every organizational aspect including sales and marketing, manufacturing, operations, research and development, and staffing. He has successfully globalized the performance management and development planning processes, customizing and implementing in Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, France, Italy, UK and Hong Kong.
Andy earned his BA and MA from Bowling Green State University in Organizational Psychology. While there, he was a member and coach of the nationally recognized Speech and Debate team.
With 15 years in the non-profit sector preceded by 20 years experience in the aerospace industry, Linda Ray is a successful trainer, coach and strategist. She brings a rare for-profit sensibility to the work of the non-profit sector while appreciating the unique challenges and joys associated with community-impact work. Prior to founding LRAY, her own consulting practice, Linda was Executive Director of the Family Justice Center of Erie County (FJC). Before joining the FJC, she coached and trained North American non-profits to build sustainable funding for their missions, diversify their revenue streams and maximize their assets in service of their clients. Her experience spans domestic violence, homelessness and hunger, affordable housing, arts and culture, education, the environment, childhood wellness, and affordable health care. Other previous positions include senior director at the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, and a 20-year aerospace career, as a manager of business systems and of corporate contracts.
A native Texan, Linda has called Western New York home for 35 years. She earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership from St. Bonaventure University and a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in English and journalism.
Linda provides resource development expertise to mission-driven organizations in Western New York and around the country. She is committed to bringing organizations and supporters together around their passion for a common mission.
Shareefah Sabur is a Gestalt Professional Certified Coach and a Certified Diversity Professional who provides services through her small consulting practice, which also includes strategic planning, board development, team functioning, diversity and inclusion cognizance, and quality improvement.
Shareefah has demonstrated leadership at the state, national, and international levels. Over a period of eight years, she worked as a loaned executive in the startup of a multinational organization in Uganda. She also worked in Zambia, Rwanda, and South Africa providing training, board development, and strategic planning to support the delivery of palliative care during the AIDS pandemic.
She currently serves as secretary and associate archivist for the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, and is a board member for the Association of Coach Training Organization . Executive Director of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland since 2016, and co-chair of the Coach Certification Program since 2018, she has 25 years of previous experience in various roles in health care and education which include quality improvement, research, leadership development, and strategic planning. She has held adjunct teaching roles at Cleveland State University and Kent State University.
Lisë Stewart is a leader who focuses her work in organizational development, strategic planning, training, and human performance management. Working with companies ranging from ten to 3,000 employees, Lisë specializes in organizational issues including organizational and work force development, service system design, performance management, human resource systems, training design, delivery and evaluation of services. Lisë is a dynamic public speaker who engages leaders around topics such as transition planning, ‘smart’ business and creating learning organizations. In 2005, Lisë founded the Galliard Group, a consultancy practice with a mission to strengthen communities by building better family businesses. Prior, Lisë held several leadership positions in state-wide organizations such as TechHelp Idaho, and ran the company she started, The Training Company Limited, a nationally award winning company that now operates throughout the South Pacific.
Lisë holds a BA in Organizational Psychology from Massey University in New Zealand and is currently completing a Masters Degree in Management Systems. When she is not working with clients, Lisë enjoys exploring the wilds of Idaho by rafting down the beautiful white water rivers, hiking in the wilderness areas and camping under the stars.
“Business intelligence isn’t just about understanding your market. It’s about building smart companies by teaching competent people how to use ‘smart skills’ such as communication techniques for enhancing clarity, cooperation and credibility, the cornerstones of a trusting, dynamic and high performing organization that can attract and retain talented employees.”
Mike founded Stone & Associates 18 years ago, after nearly 10 years as a managing consultant at Telesis, the strategic consulting arm of Towers Perrin. His client experience in research and strategy development projects spans Fortune 500 companies, small industrial firms, and government/non-profit organizations that serve manufacturing companies. Mike has developed extensive insight into small to mid-sized manufacturers (SMMs) over the course of his career in dozens of major projects for the US Department of Commerce, as well as assessment of the economics of suppliers to major companies.
He helped the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership program to develop ExporTech™ – an innovative export assistance program that has been highly successful in assisting hundreds of SMMs to enter or expand in global markets. He also helped The Clinton Foundation forge a landmark agreement with leading generic pharmaceutical companies to reduce the price of HIV/AIDs drugs for developing nations.
Elizabeth (Beth) Welch is a Gestalt certified coach, organizational development consultant, and diversity management professional in Cleveland, Ohio, specializing in Polarity Thinking, individual and team learning, and cultural influences on relationships. As faculty at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, she co-chairs the Gestalt Training Program in adult personal and professional development. Throughout her work, Elizabeth employs a Gestalt approach with its value of dialogue and multiple perspectives to support client capacity expansion. Elizabeth pays special attention to language and metaphor in her work in inclusive culture building. Her coaching practice includes adults and groups in personal, academic, and professional transition. Her consulting practice specializes in cultural work with independent colleges and universities, in addition to guiding Diversity Councils of municipal, corporate and health care organizations. She has been a visiting lecturer on diversity and inclusion at the University of Akron, Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, and The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine.