DSC_0033-3 Emily Swanson, Owner and President                                  

(888) 546-4132, ext. 702
emily@holycowconsulting.com

Emily is committed to Holy Cow! Consulting’s mission of  using an evidence-based discernment process to help organizations determine their next steps towards becoming healthier, more vital parts of the communities they serve.  The Holy Cow! mission is carried through by providing clients with excellent customer service and statistically reliable data for the entire organizational system.

Before her work with Holy Cow! Consulting, Emily was the Director of Human Resources and Finance for a successful multi-location, regional company.   Emily has consulted in the areas of marketing, hiring, staffing and management.    Emily also spent several years as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society representing low income members of the community.  In this work, she focused on both legal and community issues that create social barriers for homeless individuals and families, as well as creating trainings for Judges, magistrates and other attorneys in the area of housing law and how to work effectively with legal issues faced by the low income community.

Emily received her bachelor degree from The Ohio State University and her Juris Doctorate from Capital University Law School. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, Mark, and her two children, Lyla and Henry.   In her free time, Emily spends time raising awareness for children with neurofibromatosis, reading as much as she can, listening to podcasts and running after her children.

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Robyn Strain, Senior Consultant                                                                      

(888) 546-4132, ext. 701
rstrain@holycowconsulting.com

As the Senior Consultant for Holy Cow! Consulting, Robyn ensures that the process of running any instrument is fully supported to produce a seamless and productive experience.  She is skilled in report analysis, interpretation of results, and helping churches and strategic partners begin their journey to greater vitality and purpose through her warm and concrete approach.

Robyn earned a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, in Math and Science Education at Cleveland State University.   Her masters work, also at Cleveland State University, focused on developing educational programs and techniques for teaching academically gifted students as well as advocating for their special needs in primary/secondary schools.  In addition, she has taught math and science in private and public schools in Ohio.  She has lived in several areas of the United States, and now calls Nashville, TN home.  Her well-rounded experience includes program and project management in churches and universities, as well as in the private sector.

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Michelle Snyder, Senior Consultant

 (888) 546-4132, ext. 703                        michelle@holycowconsulting.com

Michelle Snyder is the senior consultant for Crow’s Feet Consulting, a consulting company specializing in building capacity in middle judicatories to strategically and systematically use organizational intelligence to create vital congregations.  With training in both theology and mental health, Michelle brings a unique perspective to congregational systems and their functioning.  Her team has experience doing strategic planning, transition planning, and assisting congregations with discernment, all from an evidence base.  When not consulting, Michelle does suicide prevention work with congregations as the owner and director of Soul Shop, a national movement to equip faith community leaders to minister to those impacted by suicidal desperation.  Michelle also teaches in the masters of social work program at the University of Pittsburgh and supports her husband, a PCUSA pastor, in his ministry.

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J. Russell Crabtree, Founder

J. Russell Crabtree is a well-known analyst and strategist to non-profit and religious organizations. He has worked with hundreds of clients to develop unique approaches to specific challenges found in these organizations including churches, judicatories, schools, hospitals, public libraries, and state agencies.  He has worked as a researcher, pastor, and served in leadership positions of non-profit organizations.   Using professionally developed assessment tools, he has introduced the concepts of organizational intelligence and evidence-based discernment into organizations with a spiritual mission.  Additionally, Russ has authored or co-authored a number of articles and books including Penguins in the Pews, The Elephant in the BoardroomThe Fly in the Ointment, Owl Sight, Mountain of Light, and A Second Day.  He is retired and lives with his wife Shawn in Asheville, North Carolina.