Client Recommendations

1.  Jennifer Tomko, Compensation Manager, University of Michigan (colleague)  Worked with Deb as part of the UM Business and Finance Succession Management Study Team, now Director, Compensation & Benefits at Amerisure Insurance

“Deb is an extremely talented Organizational Development professional. She is keenly aware of the current trends and appropriate methodology for various initiatives. I have worked with Deb under two different projects where she provided OD advice and/or acted in a project leadership role. She is a solid focus group facilitator who earns the respect her peers. Deb is flexible and creative in her approach.”

2.  Geraldine Markel, Ph.D., Senior Certified AD/HD Coach at Institute for the Advancement of AD/HD Coaching

“Deb gets a group going and stays on track. As good as she is with helping others at the beginning of a project, she’s just as terrific with the follow up and completion. She’s a leader and coach that can be counted on to help produce an excellent result.”

3.  Gary Uptigrove, Mgr HR Business Intelligence, The University of Michigan (colleague) worked with Deb

“Deb is excellent at Org. Development work including analyzing results from surveys and recommending action items, conducting focus groups, leading meetings with difficult/delicate agenda items, implementing action plans, and assisting in project management. Excellent communication and organization skills.”

4. Ruth Slavin, Deputy Director, Education and Curatorial, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Museum of Art Open Space group, one of 8+ groups that formed to discuss important next steps for the Museum.

Museum of Art Open Space group, one of 8+ groups that formed to discuss important next steps for the Museum.

“At a time of change, we asked Deb Nystrom to help with an Open Space meeting in order to understand where our volunteers were with the change process, and what was important to them as we looked towards the future. The Open Space meeting Deb planned [with us] and facilitated allowed our volunteers to define the agenda for change, and served as a key turning point in creating a positive and effective planning process.”   

(left to right) * Sondra Jenkins, head of OD & HR at the Detroit Institute of Arts,  * Jason Nichols, graduate of the Shifting Gears program (a client of Deb's) who is also studying Organization Development (OD.) * Deb Nystrom is an experienced OD practitioner now with Reveln Consulting and is a coach/mentor to the Shifting Gears program.  She was formerly an internal consultant at the University of Michigan. * Molly Leonard co-founded the ODeXchange of SE Michigan and is on staff at Shifting Gears.

(left to right) * Sondra Jenkins, head of OD & HR at the Detroit Institute of Arts,
* Jason Nichols, graduate of the Shifting Gears program (a client of Deb’s) who is also studying Organization Development (OD.)
* Deb Nystrom is an experienced OD practitioner now with Reveln Consulting and is a coach/mentor to the Shifting Gears program. She was formerly an internal consultant at the University of Michigan.
* Molly Leonard co-founded the ODeXchange of SE Michigan and is on staff at Shifting Gears.

5. Jason Nichols, Experienced Manager and Masters Student in Organizational Psychology at Argosy University

“I was privileged to have Deb coach me through the Michigan Shifting Gears program. Deb helped me examine my knowledge, skills and abilities to find my own best solutions. She was supportive, while still giving me the space to build my confidence and understanding. Deb adapted to my challenging schedule and was superb at keeping our coaching on task and moving forward. I was blessed to have her help and clear insight in my time of career transition.”

5.  Heidi McFadden – (client & friend, Executive Director of Gretchen’s House.  Heidi hired Deb as a Business Consultant in 2003, retreats in 2008 & 2009)

Deb & Heidi McFadden at an updating strategy retreat in 2009

Deb & Heidi McFadden at an updating strategy retreat in 2009

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Creative
“Deb has a broad range of experience and knowledge that make her an excellent asset to any business. She is able to assess needs and suggest appropriate plans, but she pulls ideas from the group as well. Our organization continues to use information we received from her 5 years ago. We hired Deb again this year to facilitate our annual strategic planning session, and she once again delivered excellent service and the exact approach we needed. We will definitely seek Deb’s expertise again in the future!”

6.  Jolene Knapp  (client) Society of College and University Planning (SCUP)  Jolene hired Deb as an OD consultant in 2007 – hired Deb multiple times, 2009, 2012)

Top qualities: Expert, Good Value, Creative
“Deb was flexible and creative in designing a staff retreat for our group that emphasized some new approaches to working together. The processes included a pre-planning session with the team of staff directors. Energetic, knowledgeable, attentive to group process and very responsive to our objectives and goals.”

Mike Kestley and Deb Nystrom at a local Chamber of Commerce event in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Mike Kestley and Deb Nystrom at a local Chamber of Commerce event in Ann Arbor, Michigan

7.   Mike Kestly, President, Kestly Development  (Mike was a vendor at the Univ. of Michigan when Deb was there. Deb & Mike collaborated on business client work after Deb left UM.)

“Deb and I have known each other for years – when she was a lead at the U of M ~ HRD, and we met through Tom McFadden. Deb is an excellent coach, a communicator and very knowledgeable in Social Media. My experience is that she is an extremely insightful individual who is very passionate about her work. I believe she would be an asset to any company in a coaching role.”

8.    Deborah Orlowski, Ph.D., Training and Organizational Consultant, University of Michigan  (worked directly with Deb at Univ. of Michigan, colleague)

“I’ve worked with Deborah for many years and have found her to be caring, insightful, dedicated and extremely good at what she does. As a consultant she is able to analyze issues and make difficult recommendations that others may be unwilling to make, all while remaining supportive of the person she is coaching. She is trustworthy, ethical and a continuous seeker of the best possible way of doing things.”

9.    Linda Newman, Director of Housing, the University of Michigan (video reference)

10.    Richard Wickboldt, Manager, Central Power Plant, the University of Michigan (video reference)

11.    Cynthia Leet, Small Business Owner and participant in Michigan’s Shifting Gears program, knew Deb as a mentor/coach

“As a coach I have found Deb Nystrom to be an excellent listener. Her questions are pertinent, often causing me to reflect on my assumptions and direction. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with her and would recommend her to my friends.”

12.    Paul Parzuchowski, Managing Partner, ISS (colleague) worked directly with Deb

“Deb is a pleasure to work with. Her keen strategic thinking, knowledge of organizational behavior and appreciation of today’s workplace challenges make her a tremendous asset to any team set on improving performance.”

13.  Dr. Roland Loup - (consulting associate and colleague, Adjunct Faculty, Bowling Green State University, jointly worked with Deb in 2011)

“Deb brings high energy to and works very hard for her clients. She is an exceptional networker and brings a variety of experiences to her work.”

14.    Rob Thomas, IT Planning Manager, University of Michigan (colleague) Worked directly with Deb

“Deb is a very effective facilitator and project manager. She helped keep the team on point and on task throughout the project.”