Having had the pleasure of Tracy Kunkler leading my last two annual performance reviews, I not only feel empowered, supported, and inspired in my professional growth, but I feel deep sympathy for those who are reviewed any other way. At Odyssey, we have been blessed with Tracy’s facilitation, which has helped deepen our institutional values and strengthen relationships between management and faculty. She is incredibly effective in maintaining focus, keeping each meeting to our specified time-frame, and creating the appropriate space for the celebration of accomplishments, as well as creating specific, measurable professional development goals. I am super grateful for all she has shared with us: her work and skills, as well as her integrity.

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Megan McCarter

I really appreciate your time and participation with today’s convening and throughout the planning process over the past several years. You’ve added so much to our experience in Virginia and across the entire Appalachian Foodshed Project region. You’ve enhanced my (our) learning and I value that process.

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Kelli Scott, VA Cooperative Extension

Michelle, your work, your talents were invaluable to the Fare Thee Well board retreat and will continue to resonate in our work.  I am grateful to know you and share in the work of making the world a better place.


Fare Thee Well Foundation

Thanks for working with us! It was great to see confusion and overwhelmed feelings dissipate and be replaced by a feeling of teamwork and shared vision.

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Karen BabcockGrovewood GalleryAsheville NC

Consensus often feels impossibly lengthy, and Roberts Rules leaves people feeling consistently marginalized. [Circle Forward] has allowed for an action orientation and sense of egalitarianism among the participants of the Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council. [Circle Forward] has helped us remain very organized while inviting people from a breadth of perspectives and styles to participate effectively.


Gordon SmithAsheville City CouncilAsheville Buncombe Food Policy Council

So thankful for your training and consultation that helped to move the YW to this place. We continue to use [Circle Forward] in our Leadership Team meetings and look forward to introducing it within our program teams. We are on our third rotation of facilitators and that continues to serve our needs and develop leadership within our group.


Beth Mazka

Michelle & Tracy,  Thank you both for the terrific job with the Circle Forward training. It IS very good and you both were (are) excellent instructors.  I’ll tell you that nowhere do you get this kind of high-quality, high-touch teaching these days!

I kept thinking how different the world would be if we used Circle Forward in everyday real-world negotiations.  I’m a believer more so now- and I’m learning to trust the Circle Forward process because I’ve experienced that it does work.


Wilson Sims

Thanks to excellent facilitation by Tracy and a great process, we made some major steps towards building a broader coalition that will enhance our food security work.  I am inspired by the amazing effort that everyone put into our meeting.  Everyone’s contributions were so sincere and thoughtful.  I really felt like each of us were putting our best into creating this coalition, and the variety of our perspectives created something much better than we could create alone.


Kim KirkbrideWIC Garden CoordinatorFloyd County Health Department

Our Board meeting yesterday went very well, and we approved the Strategic Plan. There was a round of applause for Tracy’s terrific work in helping us uncover, sift, and put language to what we really want to accomplish.


Barbara LawrenceBoard ChairCarolina Farm Stewardship Association

Thanks again – we are excited to get rolling on [our strategic plan], and truly benefited from your expertise in this process!


Krista JacobsenChairSteering Council Sustainable Agriculture Education Association

Thank you again for your help in guiding the Asheville Area Arts Council through our strategic planning process.  Our board and staff are so proud of and empowered by the plan.  You helped us focus on what truly is the core of our work in the Asheville community.