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Testimonials, Clients and Samples

Community Involvement Programs, Random Sample Survey Projects, Focus Group Discussions, Marketing Plans and Strategies, and Public Education Programs:

  • South Whidbey Schools, Survey of Parents - download pdf
  • Clinton Chamber of Commerce, Board Retreat - download pdf
  • City of Renton, Survey of Residents of Glencoe and Tiffany Park: Attitudes toward Current Curbside Collection Services - download pdf
  • Kirkland Parks & Recreation: Focus Group Discussion with Park Users - download pdf
  • Kirkland Parks & Recreation: Survey of Residents - Attitudes and Usage - download pdf
  • Goosefoot: Focus Group Discussion concerning Development of Bayview Center - download pdf
  • City of Maple Valley, Garbage Collection Survey - download pdf
  • Penmet Parks, Four Corners Survey - download pdf
  • Cities of Issaquah & Kirkland, Survey of Food Waste Recycling Participation - download pdf

Listen to what satisfied customers have to say about working with Carolyn:

On behalf of all on our Board of Directors, plus our Council of Advisors, please let me thank you for facilitating our planning meeting today. You were right in commenting that a "strength" you brought to our session was, in reality, your lack of familiarity with what we do.  You asked good questions, generated solid discussion, and helped us to begin the process of "looking at ourselves" to really see where we want (need) to go…and how we'd like to try and get there.

Greg Stone, President, Whidbey Veteran's Resource Center Board of Directors

We couldn't have been happier with Carolyn's recent presentation to the Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce.  Her vast experience coupled with her unique knowledge of the Whidbey Island community resulted in tangible advice/techniques that resonated with our membership. We had a strong turnout and an equally strong response from the group that they would like to hear more from Carolyn.  We look forward to her return visit.

Lynda Eccles, Executive Director, Coupeville Chamber of Commerce

Carolyn, you are incredible with keeping people on track and in such a positive way. It's a gift.

Susannah Rose Woods, Artistic Director, Whidbey Children's Theater

I want to especially thank Carolyn for facilitating and for keeping us all engaged and focused.

Debby Elwell, Board President, Whidbey Children's Theater

I want to thank you so much for your outstanding leadership and your brilliant facilitation of our retreat! Your energy and humor are contagious, positive and supportive. I applaud you for all your hard work. You're an incredible conductor, kept us on the same page and moving forward. The meeting flowed so well and the energy was incredible!

Nikki Coyote, Board Vice President, Whidbey Children's Theater

Your services were of significant value to our school board and administration in that they provided valid and reliable data for our use in assessing parent attitudes and belifs about current and future directions for our school board... The work you completed was done in a timely and professional manner.

Fred McCarthy, Superintendent, South Whidbey Schools

Carolyn was a delight.  She spoke to a group of my patients and instructed them on how to most effectively use a visioning process to help them individually clarify their goals and intentions so they may better achieve their dreams.  Carolyn is vibrant, vital, energetic and entertaining presenter.

Craig Weinston, D.C., The Chiropractic Zone, Freeland, WA

Carolyn Browne Tamler has worked with me as a subconsultant on many public transit projects over the past 20 years.  We have incorporated her envisioning process as an initial Strategic Planning Workshop in many of our successful projects, and it has become our first step in scoping out our public involvement and/or marketing research strategy.  We have found this process to be extremely valuable in gaining consensus about what is wanted, and it assures us that the outcomes match the needs and desires of our client and of their constituents.  We have always received praise for the manner in which these workshops were conducted and for how the results were presented.  Carolyn has proved to be an excellent facilitator and is always very creative in her approach.  I recommend her very highly.

David Browne, Senior Project Manager, Perteet, Inc., Everett, WA

A few years ago, our organization established a strategic planning committee, with the ultimate goal of launching a capital campaign to enlarge our facility. One of the first tasks of the committee was to gather information from the community on their thoughts and desires of our organization. Carolyn Tamler stepped up to the plate to lead a focus group in this effort. The focus group was a success, in a large part due to Carolyn’s organizational skills and leadership. We received many compliments from attendees on how well they thought their time was spent. I would not hesitate to recommend Carolyn for any of your facilitation needs.

Stacie Burgua, Executive Director, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts

Carolyn’s professionalism and knowledge enabled everyone in our group to come away from her session with a clear understanding of what steps to take to make their business goals a reality. Her enthusiasm for empowering others is apparent in her approach and style.

Alina Frank, EFT Trainer and Workshop Facilitator

Carolyn Tamler facilitated a half-day retreat of the new Board of Directors for the Clinton Chamber of Commerce in April, 2008. Carolyn was focused and attentive to the pre-meeting planning process, ensuring she understood the purpose for our meeting and dynamics and history of our group. She helped us stay focused on the most important issues during the planning, as well as during the meeting itself, not allowing us to bog ourselves down in conversations or actions items that were not directly related to our most important issues. She also demonstrated a good balance between reigning us in and letting us go. The consistent response we receive from others who were not at the retreat but have seen the notes is how much we accomplished during that relatively short period of time.  The most outstanding characteristic that Carolyn brings to her work with us is her boundless energy and enthusiasm. Please feel free to contact me if I may answer any questions.

Sherryl Christie-Bierschenk, Owner, Best Practice, Inc.
Chairperson, Clinton Chamber of Commerce


GMA Research has utilized Carolyn's skills on a variety of marketing research and focus group studies.  Her depth of experience and professionalism are great assets.  We highly recommend Carolyn Tamler for design and facilitation of focus group discussions, marketing research studies and public facilitation processes.

Don Morgan, Senior Partner, GMA Research, Bellevue, WA

Carolyn brought years of experience as well as deep insight to our consultation. I found that her method was simple but thorough, and she made it seem easy to find a likely path for success! Thank you, Carolyn!

Kim Tinuviel, Owner/Artist, Tinuviel Creative