The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance’s board of directors engaged Catalyst Consulting Services for our search for an executive director to replace our founder. Michelle Turman was extremely professional and always positive throughout the entire process; telling our story, finding/evaluating candidates, and helping us build consensus to a decision. In fact, she went beyond our expectations, educating our directors who had never done a search before. She worked very hard to understand our culture, and her counsel supported our organizational growth during and after the search.

– John Collins, Founder and Retired Executive Director
  St. Petersburg Arts Alliance

Throughout my career, as an educator, Wall Street executive, and nonprofit entrepreneur, I have experienced many pathways while seeking my next level of career advancement. The interview process in many instances was plagued by extended periods of the unknown, mixed signals from the hiring entity, and a sense of initial promise and passion…that slowly devolved into uncertainty about whether I even desired the position any longer. With a profound sense of professionalism, intellect, and empathy, I was delighted to work with Catalyst Consulting Services and Michelle Turman. Michelle understood my history and expertise from a deep level beyond dates of employment or job responsibilities. She understood what I could bring to the table from my varied background and achievements. The interview process was flawless, respectful, and timely. Michelle informed me every step of the way how the hiring was progressing. Any employer would be fortunate to have Catalyst Consulting Services represent them while searching for key talent. My good fortune made possible in great measure by Michelle is where I landed!

– Terry Marks, CEO
  St. Petersburg Arts Alliance

I had the opportunity to work with Catalyst on two strategic plans for two different organizations. Michelle did her homework to better understand the culture of both organizations and came into the strategic planning process with a clear sense of the challenges and opportunities faced by both groups. As a facilitator, Michelle provided useful pre-meeting materials and the follow-up report was as timely as it was thorough. Most importantly, Michelle was an active listener who kept the sessions on point and encouraged participation from all committee members. In both cases, committee members felt their valuable time was respected and their feedback accurately reflected in the final strategic plans.

– Frank S. Wilton, IOM, CAE, Ret. Executive Director
  American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) and Immediate past chair, Donate Life America (DLA)

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.

I am grateful to Michelle A. Turman, MA, CFRE, CEO of Catalyst Consulting Services for her assistance in helping get the Working Women Foundation up and running in 2016. Michelle’s in-depth knowledge coming from her many years of leadership experience in the nonprofit world was instrumental in putting us on a path of success. Since it’s creation, our organization has raised more than $30,000 for seed money and resources for women startups. Michelle’s guidance over the past three years has been essential to the growth and long-term trajectory of the Working Women Foundation. We couldn’t have done it without her.

– Jessica Rivelli, Founder
  Working Women of Tampa Bay Foundation

Catalyst Consulting Services lead by Michelle Turman completely transformed the Pinellas Sheriffs Police Athletic League. The Board and staff went through a board roles and responsibility training and built strategic plan. Our board is fully engaged, our direction is set and PAL is having our best years as an organization. Michelle Turman was the catalyst for our transition!

– Neil Brickfield, Executive Director
  Pinellas Sheriff’s Police Athletic League

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

Michelle was contracted to guide the Board through the process of developing tools and practices for future success. With her robust knowledge of governance, we were able to set and attain high goals. Michelle was instrumental in assisting LEITR through the process of recruiting top level CEO’s and community leaders to our Board of Directors. She has facilitates two annual Board retreats which resulted in the formation of a revitalized Foundation Board and elevated fundraising efforts and new financial donor relationships. With Michelle’s extensive experience in nonprofit practices, we are confident that we will be the leader in Eye Banking and Research through this decade and in years to come.

– Jason Woody, President and CEO
Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research/em>

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

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


When I think of individuals with “big picture” thinking, Michelle comes to mind. Since 2008, my team and I have been blessed to work with her on a variety of non-profit projects, as well as being given the opportunity to help Michelle build her brand Catalyst Consulting and the launch of her first book, “Jumping the Queue”. She has entrusted us to assist her with branding, creative design projects, website development projects and more. If you are an organization looking for a company to help you get on track, explore efficiencies to implement your mission, or looking to further develop programs aimed to better engage your team or board, there is no one more qualified and proven than Michelle Turman and Catalyst Consulting Services.

Chris Koch, Owner
  C3 Media