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Our Team

Mike Monar, President

Mike began his career as a high-school world and US history teacher working with honor students and returning high school drop outs. He then entered the corporate world to leverage his experience in leadership development, facilitation, instructional design, and training delivery.

Mike was the Director of HR for professional staff at Arthur Andersen’s (now Accenture’s Q-Center) Center for Professional Development. While there, he had responsibility for all recruitment, performance management, compensation, and career counseling activities for over 300 professionals. Mike was also instrumental in developing and implementing the firm’s change management methodology (Method-E).

Mike was Director of Professional Development and Organization Planning for A.M. & G. (now part of McGladrey) for five years. He had responsibility for partner, manager and staff performance management/development, staffing, promotion, and compensation for the Audit and Tax Divisions. He personally provided coaching and counseling to over 200 professionals per year.

Mike has B.S., M.S. and Ed.S. degrees, all from Indiana University, with major emphasis in Organizational Development, Instructional Design, Adult Education, Library Science, Business, Psychology, and World History.

Michelle Downey Psy.D., Partner

Michelle Downey is a seasoned executive and consultant who utilizes a strong blend of business expertise and psychological research that enables her to deliver value for clients at any stage of change and transformation – from organizational development to executive learning & development to change management.

Michelle aligns the organization’s talent and business practices to their strategic purpose. She builds capacity for leadership and team effectiveness, and adapts the organization for success and sustainability, particularly during times of crisis and change. For 22 years, she has serviced clients across manufacturing, construction, IT products, financial services, entertainment, and higher education industries.

Formerly a Senior Consultant at Porter Novelli Consulting, a crisis management consulting division of Omnicom, Michelle authored communication strategies for Fortune 50-100 companies during merger/acquisition and corporate crises. To mitigate future risk for the client’s multiple stakeholders, she effected internal and external corporate communication strategies with internal European project teams. After the acquisition of the UK firm Smythe Dorward Lambert, Michelle integrated organizational psychologists and technical consultants to supplement the firm’s change management services and increase its profitability.

Recognizing the value that psychological expertise brought to executive engagements, Michelle leveraged 15 years of business experience in manufacturing and consulting with additional graduate study and practice in individual and team assessments, behavioral interviewing, diversity
and inclusion group facilitation, and group dynamics. She earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2011, and has served as a Subject Matter Expert for Adler University Industrial/Organizational Psychology graduate program (MIO) since 2014.

Michelle serves on a professional board for the Society of Consulting Psychology, and maintains memberships with the International Coach Federation (ICF), SHRM, and Women in Manufacturing.  Representative clients include: Merck/Medco, Micron Technologies, Discover Financial, Acme Aerospace-Transdigm, Association of Realtors, Power Construction, FE Moran, Boys and Girls Club, and Vividseats.