Joan Wangler, MCC, MS, MEd

Deborah has a huge talent for delivering bottom line results that are refreshingly creative, invigorating and meaningful. I have found her to be a great collaborator on many projects. I highly recommend her work in appreciative inquiry, organizational strategy and executive coaching.

Richard Birkel, Ph.D. Executive Director Catholic Charities of Oregon

Deb Maher is a remarkable facilitator with the ability to rapidly move a group vision forward for any group. Her innate talents as a facilitator are bolstered by great attention to preparation (understanding pre-history, goals and obstacles), expert use of appreciative inquiry, and her wonderful wit and humility. I have had the opportunity to work with Deb at two different companies – National Council on Aging in Washington, DC and Catholic Charities of Oregon. In both cases, she facilitated all-day visioning sessions with diverse stakeholders and high expectations which she easily met and exceeded. She is methodical, expert, prepared and fun. I highly recommend Deb to any organization – big or small – seeking greater engagement and collaboration and looking for a path forward.

John Morgan, CEO Chinook Institute

Deborah has been a valued instructor and participant in the Chinook Institute programs. Recently we produced a class which Deborah led entitled, “Think Differently, Lead Differently; Create Concrete Outcomes for Your Organization. I enjoyed being both the host and a participant in the class, which received high evaluation scores from the participants. I am impressed with the strategic planning work she does for clients and look forward to working with her in both the teaching and planning realms in the future.


David Gerhart Consultant, Realtor.

Over the years, Deb and I have intersected on a wide range of topics and issues of mutual concern. It’s hard to miss that her perspective is deeply anchored in her care for people. I know that the methods she practices work because I’ve witnessed the same or similar processes work in organizations of all scales.

Take her to coffee. You’ll be blessed and surprised to experience how she’s able to intuitively cut to the chase with a mentor’s gentle touch for pointing out the truth.