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"Jeannie has given so much to Miriam's House since joining the organization as Interim Executive Director - her creativity, her commitment and her detailed approach have generated measurable improvements to our internal processes and our approach to problem-solving. Her ability to 'hit the ground running' as a leader and innovator has been invaluable."  
-Amy Nelson, Board Chair, Miriam's House
"Under Jean’s leadership, our foundations simultaneously operated effectively and advanced strategically.  She facilitated the in-depth and continuing evaluation of the long term vision for the organizations without imposing her own agenda. She has the ability to add immense value by translating our vision into action plans with measurable interim steps.  She also applied this same strategic discipline to many of our grantees.  In addition to her leadership skills, Jean has a very honest and open style which further enhanced her effectiveness with our Boards, staff, and the constituents we serve.”
- Christine A. Shreve
President, Realty Investment Inc.
Director, The Carl M. Freeman Foundation (founded 1960)
Trustee, The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation (founded 2007)
“Jean has the ability to take huge thoughts – those of hers and others – and put them into clear working order in an organized and structured fashion. Her ability to start and complete complex projects is something that has become very rare in business – and she has the ability to communicate in a way where others are able to see and feel what I am thinking.  Plus, personal responsibility is simply part of her core.
She’s the best…”
- Michelle D. Freeman
Owner, Carl M. Freeman Companies
“I have had the pleasure of working closely with Jeannie during her time at Miriam's House. Her energy, creativity, and focus were major assets for us, as we made the challenging transition from our founding director to the next permanent executive director. I deeply respected her skills and was moved by her heart and passion for the work.”
- Tim Fretz
Director of Operations, Miriam's House, Inc.
"Jeannie was absolutely indispensable during our organization’s transition, playing a pivotal role in setting us on the right path for the future.  It is exceedingly rare to find a leader who possesses both exceptional business acumen and the compassion and sensitivity required to help a mission organization effectively manage such a critical change.  With a perfect blend of professionalism and heart, she communicated adeptly with a diverse audience and quickly built a rapport with members of the board, the staff, and the community we serve.  Equally at home navigating both financial spreadsheets and complex interpersonal issues, Jean assessed and addressed the organization’s immediate operational needs while simultaneously laying the groundwork for our long-term strategic goals.  I found her knowledge, insight, and refreshingly direct approach to be invaluable, and could not recommend her more highly."
- Carolyn Arpin
Board Member, Miriam’s House,Inc.
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