WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING

The training conducted by Michelle Turman provided very useful information that will greatly benefit the Warrick Dunn Charities team. She helped to re-energize our board members and facilitate a healthy dialogue about how we can re-build an outstanding board and implement a fundraising plan that will better serve our organization.

– Warrick Dunn, Founder
  Warrick Dunn Charities

Michelle Turman demonstrated a deep commitment to our mission and helped to shape the future of our organization. She devoted time, not only to get to know the organization but to individual board member. This relationally driven approach established the trust which in turn enabled Michelle to navigate onbikes through an operational assessment, improve our board governance program, develop a new board member onboarding process and conduct a successful executive director search. Michelle Turman’s organizational skills and attention to detail is second to none; she is simply a top-notch professional in every sense of the word.

– Drew Weatherford, Founder
  onbikes, Inc.

After a fire rendered our church sanctuary unusable, we began a Capital Campaign effort to reach out to over 600 church members, fund the rebuilding of the damaged sanctuary and our entire campus.  With a project of this magnitude, the hurdles could have been daunting, but Michelle Turman and her team at Catalyst were instrumental in organizing and managing our efforts. They helped train our volunteers and staff on a multitude of items, such as the implementation of processes and procedures, donor database software, and fundraising best practices.  She helped us execute our plan and kept us on task with frequent updates, conference calls, and meetings.  Having Michelle hold us accountable has made the difference in our success thus far.  We have raised over $7 million dollars and remain eternally grateful to Michelle for everything that she gave of herself through her efforts.  Her professionalism added credibility to our team and gave us the roadmap we needed to succeed in this project.  After seeing her in action, I have no doubt that she that she will continue to be an influential and welcome addition to anyone’s team.

– Anthony Saravanos, CCIM, CDP
  Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Capital Campaign Chairman -Clearwater, FL

I have worked with Michelle Turman on a number of projects over the years. So, I was confident she would be the right fit to facilitate our strategic planning efforts. And, she was. Michelle’s vast and varied non-profit experience allowed her to ask the right questions to ensure the outcomes we needed. As a consummate professional, she employed a comprehensive approach to re-engage our stakeholders, refocus our fundraising efforts and re-energize our Board of Directors. Without hesitation, I would highly recommend Michelle to any non-profit organization seeking expertise in building capacity to achieve their mission.

– Angela Pottinger, Executive Director
  Florida Medical Clinic Foundation of Caring

We hired Michelle to conduct a fundraising assessment of our department so that we could determine how to best invest our efforts moving forward. Michelle was organized and methodical in gathering data, working with staff to keep everyone on track, and offering important insights throughout the process. Her recommendations allowed our organization to move forward quickly as she was able to clearly delineate and communicate our challenges, opportunities and immediate needs.

Elizabeth Gelman, Executive Director                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Florida Holocaust Museum

Michelle Turman demonstrated a deep commitment to our mission and to governance in our community. She was able to analyze our organization’s issues, balance the talents and personalities of our leaders and build consensus among the board and staff. The result was an inclusive strategic planning process that culminated in a plan that will keep the agency a leader among Early Learning Coalitions in the State of Florida.

– Aakash M. Patel, President
 Elevate, Inc.
Board Chair of Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County

We worked with Catalyst to conduct a fundraising assessment of our organization and to spearhead a search for a new Resource Development Director. Michelle took the time to really understand our organization and was constantly providing great perspective and guidance through her expertise and experience in non-profit. By the completion of the assessment, we were able to restructure the entire department and have begun to operate at capacity, enabling us to meet our goals and move our mission forward.  As we moved forward with our search, Michelle helped us to identify several great candidates and eventually found the perfect fit for the position we created!

Catalyst is nimble in their approach and does a great job at understanding the organization as a whole and can determine the ideal structures that will take you to the next level.  During a time of tremendous growth, we have been able to stretch ourselves and our resources to improve upon providing services to more families.

– Angie Croft, Vice President of Development
 Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County

Michelle Turman has been a true gift to our organization. Her experience, passion, commitment to excellence and professionalism truly set her apart. She conducted an organizational assessment, Board of Director’s training, developed our fund development plan and is guiding us in creating a strategic plan. Michelle took the time to connect with many individuals in our organization to gain a complete understanding of where we are and the steps we need to take to grow to the next level. Michelle is a blessing and delight to work with and continues to exceed our expectations. Her insights and recommendations are helping to frame a very bright and promising future for the Dream Center of Tampa.​

Chris Davis, Executive Director
  Dream Center of Tampa

I’ve worked with a number of consultants over the years but never one who delivered like Catalyst Consulting Services does. Michelle Turman’s level of professionalism raises the bar for all future engagements I might have with any consultant. She handled two executive searches, overhauled our board governance program and a provided a training session for new board members. In each case, Michelle was thoroughly prepared, kept me informed all along the way, delivered more than asked for and provided stellar results.

John Harper, President & CEO
  Habitat for Humanity of East and Central Pasco County and Board Chair of Florida Medical Clinic – Foundation of Caring

 

We worked with Michelle Turman with the recruitment and selection of our Director of Development. Michelle took the time to understand our organization and our needs. She analyzed our current Development Department structure and made recommendations which helped identify the skill sets that would be needed to lead our department. Michelle was extremely professional, detailed and enthusiastic throughout the entire process. I would highly recommend her services to other non-profit organizations.

Stacey HannoucheExecutive Director
  The Humane Society of Pinellas County

I initially called upon Michelle Turman for assistance with a Director of Development search. However, after talking through our organization’s needs and our previous fundraising initiatives, Michelle suggested that an assessment of our development efforts might be the better place to start. Michelle culled through a myriad financial reports and data and had discussions with staff and board members in order to develop her recommendations and help us with an enhanced strategy moving forward. Our board was very impressed with Michelle’s presentation and recommendations. I’m grateful to Michelle for the time she put into the assessment and her recommendations were right on target. Michelle also conducted a search for us for a Director of Advancement and I’m very happy with the outcome of that as well!

Patricia J. LangfordExecutive Director
  Alpha House of Tampa Bay

In today’s marketplace it is not enough to have the vision of how best to effectively manage change. A strong leader knows how to communicate, delegate and implement this vision into reality. Michelle worked extensively as a change agent for the Gulf Coast Museum of Art to hire and develop talented team members, curate many successful exhibits, enhance educational programming and increase museum attendance and fund raising. She sought out creative solutions that enabled the museum to deal with a shrinking pool of governmental support and her professionalism and competence exceeded the board’s expectations.

David Sietsma, Partner
  Carr, Riggs and Ingram, LLC
  Past President of the Board of Directors of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo

 

Michelle successfully partners with organizations at their current stage in order to help them get to the next level. Her intuition and insights assist organizations with clear assessments of their strengths, areas of challenge and direction necessary to bring about transformational change. She doesn’t direct but gently guides strategic planning so that the process grows organically. She is a top notch consultant.

Stephen C. Martaus, Executive Director
  Early Childhood Council of Hillsborough County

Michelle’s attention to detail and creative forethought make her an exceptional leader.  Not only did she assist the agency in working towards best practices in the area of governance, development and operations, but also spearheaded and successfully achieved our five year accreditation. Her guidance and creativity helped us through a period of change and left us in a stronger, more responsive position for the clients we serve in Pinellas County.

– Gayla Larson
  Lighthouse of Pinellas, Inc.

 

Collaborating with Michelle has brought stability and effectiveness thru strategic planning and creating procedural improvements that provided operational maturity and structure to the Lighthouse of Pinellas IT environment.   Michelle’s unique industry ability helps to transform an organization’s outlook on technology which in turn provides those organizations with the right solutions and vendors in the best interest of the organization. ConnectWise IT will keep working together with Michelle now and in the future.

Gene Pavliscsak, President
  ConnectWise IT

 

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