Specialist Consultants

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Whether you are looking for assistance with interim leadership, strategic planning, fundraising, or anything else, we have a specialist that’s perfect for you.

  • Susan K. Gerke

    Service Expertise
    Management and Leadership Development, Board and Staff Development, Team Building

    BS in Statistics
    California State Polytechnic University,
    San Luis Obispo

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    With over twenty years of experience in designing, customizing and implementing leadership and teamwork programs, Susan works with executive, managers and employees in a wide number of companies and industries. Application of her skill and knowledge is in facilitation, consulting, curriculum development and coaching.

    Susan is well known in the Orange County non-profit sector where she has been visible since she started her own business in 1998. Susan facilitates board and staff retreats, provides leadership, staff and volunteer training and works with executive directors as a coach and guide in team building. She has worked with many agencies and organizations including Canyon Acres, Girl Scouts – Spanish Trails, Hospital Association of Southern California, Human Options, Irvine Public Schools Foundation, Mariposa Women and Family Center, National MS Society, Orangewood Foundation, Project Independence, Saddleback Valley Education Foundation, United Way, Volunteer Center of Orange County and Working Wardrobes.

    Susan served 6 ½ years on the board of directors for FISH Harbor. She currently volunteers her time on the Orange County Friends of Guide Dogs for the Blind committee.

    Her corporate experience includes 21 years working for IBM prior to starting her own business. Corporate clients include, Bank of the West, City of Anaheim, Orange Coast College, UC Irvine, The Irvine Company, and Sole Technology, and Warner Bros. Susan is a founding member of the Drucker Society of Orange County. Susan is committed to helping people work together successfully.

  • Sue Carter Kahl

    Sue-Carter-KahlService Expertise
    Volunteer Engagement, Service Enterprises, Leadership Development Retreat Facilitation, Executive Coaching, Evaluation and Research

    Pursuing Ph.D. in Leadership – University of San Diego
    M.S.W. – San Diego State University, Administration Concentration
    B.S. Psychology – Truman State University
    Certificate of Nonprofit Management from Chapman University/ Nonprofit Management Solutions
    Courage & Renewal® Facilitator – Center for Courage & Renewal

    Organizational Work

    Sue Carter Kahl is the President of SMCK Consulting and has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Her consulting, writing, and facilitation are infused with lessons learned as a nonprofit executive, board member, staff member, volunteer, and researcher. Her current roles include serving as a Consultant with OneOC and Points of Light and as a Courage & Renewal® Facilitator.

    Carter Kahl is pursuing a doctorate in Leadership at the University of San Diego where she is an adjunct faculty member and former Research Associate in the Caster Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research.  She volunteers as a state commissioner for California Volunteers and as a coach for nonprofit executives through the Fieldstone Leadership Network.

  • Linda Krall

    Creativity Catalyst, Strategic Facilitator, Illustrator, Speaker, Author


    Service Expertise

    • Strategic Planning
    • Ideation Innovation
    • Market Research

    BS – Education, Communication & Psychology, Pennsylvania State University

    Graphic Facilitation Training – Grove Consultants, San Francisco


    • The Wild Idea Club, CareerPress – Best in Business finalist, SDBA
    • Artist’s Block Cured! 201 Tips to Unleash your Creativity, Walter Foster Publishing


    • Qualitative Research Consultants Association National Conference, California
    • U.S. Treasury Executive Institute, Washington, D.C.
    • Ceridian Client Conference, Keynote Speaker, Creativity Wild Idea Club
    • American Psychological Association, Graphic Facilitation for Meeting
    • American Society for Training & Development, Wild Idea Club
    • International Society for Performance Improvement, Creative Problem Solving, Wild Idea Club
    • Association for Professional Consultants, Wild Ideas for New Business
    • Leadership Tomorrow, Cities of Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine
    • OC Superior Courts, Mind Mapping for process involvement

    Krall is an energizing facilitator who brings team’s ideas to life during ideation/brainstorming sessions, strategic planning meetings and focus group sessions in the US and abroad. She partners with award-winning design and innovation firms, strategic research companies, qualitative research consultants/moderators, brand managers and consultants creating stronger consumer connections to grow brands and increase profits.

    Krall’s company can conduct ideation or innovation sessions in which she sketches concepts and ideas in real-time, creating a gallery of images that guide the team in brand strategy and direction in areas of:

    • product offerings
    • marketing and promotion
    • new packaging and co-branded products

    The company can also facilitate qualitative market research by working in tandem with moderator during focus-group sessions, assisting client team with de-brief of consumer insights, and sketching integral parts of moderator’s report.

  • Glenn Parrish

    Glenn ParrishSocial Venture Philanthropy
    Glenn Parrish brings more than 20 years of leadership experience working with businesses and philanthropy to make a lasting social impact through innovative and economically sustainable approaches.Specializing in start-ups he has pioneered entrepreneurial social enterprises such as the Rising Tide. Through the purchase and management of tax-exempt bond financed affordable housing the Rising Tide has created a thriving business which provides both housing and the net operating income to support a cutting-edge program for former foster youth which empowers them to become self-sufficient, responsible, caring adults.He provides leadership to major corporations such as Golden State Foods and United Stationers to create employee mobilizing corporate foundations that unleash the power of businesses, through their employees, to make a difference in the lives of those in need. He helps these businesses thrive by becoming recognized community partners that attract and keep great employees and are able to compete in a marketplace that demands corporate social responsibility.He currently serves on the board of directors of the Sacred Harvest Foundation. Sacred Harvest is a grant making foundation engaged in sustainable community transformation locally and internationally with substantial investments in the Philippines.Sample List of clients and partners include: The Fieldstone Company, Golden State Foods, United Stationers, Steadfast Companies, Orangewood Children’s Foundation, The Gochnauer Family Foundation, Sacred Harvest Foundation, The Foundation for Christian Stewardship, Guest House Ministries and the Rising Tide.

  • Dan Pittman

    Dan Pittman has more than 35 years of public relations and marketing experience, and is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America. His strengths include strategic planning, copy writing, media relations, crisis communications, and special event planning and execution.

    Prior to establishing his own practice in 1999, he held senior positions at BSMG Worldwide Public Relations, now Weber Shandwick, and at a several full-service advertising agencies, including Cochrane Chase, Salvati Montgomery Sakoda, Bozell Worldwide and Cunningham & Walsh. He began his career with the Associated Press.

    Dan holds a B.A. in English from Arizona State University and a M.A. in Journalism from USC. He has won numerous awards for his successful marketing communications programs.

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