Jennifer Mersman is a forthright, multifaceted practitioner who has experience working with multiple stakeholder groups within the public, non-profit, and private sectors.
She takes a systems level approach to her work, examining the interplay of factors at the organizational, group, and individual levels. Jennifer is skilled at taking big picture concepts and tackling them with a strong methodological background to inform practical solutions based on solid evidence.
Jennifer is a dedicated problem solver, and believes that every obstacle to performance originates from a problem with thinking, that can lead to perceptions and systems that hinder people and organizations from reaching their full potential. To affect the person or organization, one must first affect the pattern of thinking. Jennifer’s main area of experience is in applying the logic of evaluation to programs, personnel, and performance appraisal. Her dissertation work involved the measurement of the beliefs, values and behaviors of organizational culture and tying those cultural components to organizational performance.
Jennifer has published and presented on a variety of topics at professional conferences. The context of her professional work has spanned from school districts to the finance industry. Jennifer has taught at the university level, as well as in primary education (K-12), including alternative class/school structures for at risk students. Her professional background has also informed her volunteer work within her local community. Her value for impact and long lasting positive change can most clearly be seen in her commitment over the last several years to be completely present as a mom to her three children. Jennifer brings a solid under girding of training and experience to the table–filtered through her lens as a front- line educator, coach and mentor of little world changers.