Trever Cartwright, Partner
“Trever seems to think he should be the teacher.” — Mrs. Cooper, Trever’s 3rd grade teacher
Trever’s work focuses primarily on helping client organizations get clear, get focused and get moving on their most important strategic, organizational and operational challenges. He also facilitates high-stakes, issue-based discussions with diverse stakeholder groups where reaching a common ground is imperative in order to move forward.
Trever works across multiple industry categories, including Healthcare, Energy, Legal and Government. His clients have included Oregon Health & Science University, Port of Portland, Perkins Coie, Sacramento County and San Francisco Travel Association.
The founding partner of Coraggio Group, Trever’s diverse background includes nearly 10 years as co-owner of an advertising agency, and the leader of the national sales force for a Fortune 50 company. He is a published author and has been a guest lecturer at Harvard and Stanford Law schools, University of Oregon, Portland State University and for numerous professional associations, including the Association of Legal Administrators, Society for Human Resource Management, and the International Quality and Productivity Center.
Michelle Janke, Partner
“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations” — Charles R. Swindoll
Michelle advises leaders on strategy, marketing and organizational development. Her areas of expertise include strategic alignment, business planning, leadership development and marketing strategy. Michelle’s work centers around helping organizations to establish a strategy, communicate it well and align organizational systems and processes to make it happen.
Michelle joined Coraggio after six years as a management consultant in Europe. Prior to this she was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey and Company in San Francisco. She has worked internationally with top executives at retail, consumer goods, logistics and technology companies on a broad range of strategic, marketing, organizational and operational topics. She also spent more than 10 years in finance and marketing management roles at The Walt Disney Company, Bertelsmann and Deutsche Bank.
Michelle has an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College. She is fluent in German.
Craig Trames, Principal
“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” — Buddha
Craig is a leader in facilitating effective change, strategic planning, brand clarity and business innovation. Over the past 20 years, Craig has taken on a wide range of roles with an emphasis on marketing, sales and product development, 11 years of which were spent at Nike. Afterward, Craig served as CEO of Pacific Crest Outward Bound School where he oversaw the complete brand overhaul for Outward Bound USA.
Holly Valkama, Principal
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” — Francis of Assisi
Holly works with organizations to establish and redesign business processes and organizational structures to align with their strategic direction. Holly has worked at an executive level for over 10 years, across a broad range of industries in both the manufacturing and services sectors. Throughout her career, she has led numerous successful implementations of Lean and Six Sigma in global organizations. She is passionate about integrating continuous improvement into organizational cultures and strengthening the competitiveness of organizations by linking process and strategy. Holly has an M.B.A. from The Wharton School in Operations Management and Strategy and a B.B.A. in Finance and Economics from Loyola University.
Matthew Landkamer, Principal
"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." — Henry David Thoreau
Matthew helps clients think through, better understand and then take action on their most important strategy, organizational change, and brand challenges. His art and design background, combined with hands-on business experience, allows him to bring a unique balance of creative design thinking and strategic rigor to each of his client engagements. He is a skilled facilitator and problem solver with an impressive ability to start the conversations that need to be had inside organizations, and among organizational leaders—
the kind of conversations that lead to valuable insights, bold thinking and needed results.
Matthew has spent 15 years leading marketing and strategy initiatives for organizations of all sizes from large companies to small, entrepreneurial ventures. Before joining Coraggio, he was a leader of the marketing group at a Seattle-based global design firm.
Matthew is a dedicated painter and exhibits regularly in the Pacific Northwest.
Lisette Lejnieks, Principal
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more and become more, you are a leader." — John Quincy Adams
Lisette specializes in helping organizations and teams to achieve ambitious goals. By clearly articulating an organization’s vision and building the bridge between strategy and execution, she brings clarity and effectiveness to our clients’ most important challenges and opportunities. Her experience in developing and guiding teams spans a variety of industries, business functions and transformations. Her broad background as a consultant to business and industry clients provides a well-rounded perspective on how change impacts culture, productivity and perception.
Over the course of more than 20 years in business leadership roles, Lisette has defined strategies and led major changes from all sides of the table—as a corporate executive, program manager, service provider, management consultant, and as an independent and government contractor. She has worked in multiple industries including health care, financial services, manufacturing, hospitality, professional services and non-profits. This diversity of perspective and experience enables her to ask the right questions, connect important themes, prioritize strategic choices and develop high-functioning teams.
Lisette earned an M.B.A. from the University of Denver and a bachelors degree in Political Science/History from Pacific Union College in Angwin, California.
Lisa Ard, Senior Consultant
"The gap between what we are, and what we want to be, can be filled by the belief in what we can do." — Tasmeen Hahmeed
A Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Lisa’s primary area of focus is designing and implementing comprehensive process improvement solutions to help organizations realize their full potential. Lisa guides organizations in identifying the right steps to improve quality, decrease cycle time, eliminate costs and ultimately, to exceed customer expectations. Lisa’s work emphasizes the important role of leadership in creating and reinforcing a culture of continuous improvement inside their organizations by linking strategy and behaviors to needed change.
In addition to working several years as an independent consultant, Lisa brings 15 years of corporate experience, in the areas of finance and quality, working with companies such as Kodak and Ceridian. Her process improvement work has targeted back-end and customer-facing processes, particularly in the finance, legal, sales and marketing areas.
Lisa has a Masters in International Business Studies (MIBS) from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. in German Area Studies from the University of Washington.
Slater Swan, Business Analyst
“If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.” -- Jim Rohn
As a Business Analyst with our firm, Slater dives in to fully understand each project through methodical and thorough research and analytics. Using a myriad of techniques, he collects data in order to conduct in-depth market, competitive, strategic and organizational analyses. After interpreting his findings, Slater communicates his insights to our consultant teams and our clients in a clear, straight forward way that helps with strategic decision making, prioritization and implementation work.
Prior to joining Coraggio, Slater worked closely on consulting projects that focused on developing marketing and operational strategies for several nonprofit and social enterprises. He also brings nearly 10 years of leadership experience in the outdoor education industry, the last three of which were spent as the director of a summer camp program in Oregon.
Slater has an M.B.A. from Portland State University and a B.S. from Oregon State University.
John Childers, Senior Consultant
“Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes
John earned his JD at UCLA and began his career practicing law at a national firm. He has been a strategic advisor to law firms and organizations for nearly 15 years and is listed in Lawdragon’s 100 Legal Consultants You Need to Know.
John completed the top advanced degree program in the US that combines strategy and leadership development—Pepperdine University’s Master of Science in Organization Development. While there, John wrote his master’s thesis on culture clash in mergers. After helping to build McMorrowSavarese, the top law firm consulting practice in California, John opened the Los Angeles office for Hildebrandt International. At the time, Hildebrandt was the largest global consulting firm focused on law firms.
John understands the decision-making challenges within organizations of all sizes and offers his clients a highly developed expertise in group facilitation. In any consulting engagement, John helps firms put the most critical and challenging issues on the table and deal with them constructively.
John is adjunct faculty at the Justice Leadership Institute at the U.S. Department of Justice and is often a featured speaker and facilitator at retreats and industry events.
Angela Swensen, Associate
“The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” — Bertrand Russell
Angela helps to keep all of us and our many client engagements coordinated and running smoothly, plus our internal processes and systems on course. An excellent communicator, Angela brings a solid background in client relations and project management to the firm. With a BA in Journalism, and double minors in Business Administration and Communication Studies from the University of Oregon, how people think and why they do the things they do have always interested her. She successfully completed the Hertz Management Training Program and then went on to apply her natural talent for people development at a Portland-based communications training firm.