Success Stories 2018-01-02T14:49:25+00:00

Success Stories

The case studies and testimonials below represent a few of our most interesting and challenging engagements. The results of our work might speak for itself, but we’re always happy to dive deeper into what we did to help make it possible. All you have to do is ask.

In Their Words

“I sit on the board of an organization which was struggling. Marissa came in as our interim executive director and over the course of ten months assessed the need for change, recommended those changes to our board, and then worked with staff and leadership to implement them.  She did an outstanding job turning around this vital community asset. Marissa is a highly intelligent, action-oriented, candid leader who I cannot recommend highly enough.”

Rick Majzun: Board Member, Vice President, St. Louis Children’s Hospital

“Marissa is an insightful and fearless leader. She is very good at analyzing complex problems and implementing simple, effective solutions. She communicates clearly and directly, which makes her an exceptional executive coach for professionals seeking to improve their team management skills. Marissa does not shy away from challenges and is exactly the person you want in your corner to navigate organizational change.”

Serena Muhammed: Senior Project Director, Mental Health Board

“Marissa helped to reignite our mission administratively. She recruited and trained volunteers and secured the funding we needed to impact our community. I highly recommend her services.”

Bishop Calvin Scott: Pastor, Believers Temple Word Fellowship Church

“It was so helpful to have a skilled professional to manage one of our major grant-funded programs. This freed me up to focus on other organizational priorities with the confidence that our program was in capable hands.”

Orvin Kimbrough: CEO, United Way of Greater St. Louis (former ED of Interfaith Partnership of St. Louis)

“Reviews from our All Staff Enrichment Day consistently rated Marissa’s presentation as the best part of the agenda. We can count on her to bring energy, enthusiasm, and quality content. It was a no-brainer to invite her back.”

Lara Pendleton: Executive Director, Queen of Peace Center

“Marissa has a special ability to connect with her audience in a way that builds trust and endears people to her. Her peer groups are a powerful development opportunity for leaders at every level of the organization. After bring stretched outside their comfort zone, my directors unanimously voted to bring her back and threatened to pay out of pocket if we didn’t!”

Melissa Chambers: Vice President, Youth In Need

“What started as a simple two-day leadership retreat has developed into a valuable, long-standing partnership with Painefree. Marissa is an important extension of our leadership team. She was instrumental in helping us develop our strategic plan and continues to be a critical thinking partner throughout its execution.”

Angela Clabon: CEO, Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers

“Improving workplace culture is no easy task, but having Marissa’s skill at the helm has certainly taken some of the ‘pain’ out of the process.”

Derek Bartlem: PhD, Head of Research, KWS Gateway Research Center

Want to learn more about our clients? Click here to see a sample list of clients with whom we’ve partnered and some of the most common problems we have solved for them.