Our Consultants

Michael Healy



Burlington, Vermont


(802) 864-9724


Cooperative Governance, Team Building, Communication

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  • Profile Overview
  • Articles from CDS Consulting publications
  • Articles in Cooperative Grocer or other publications
  • Other works by Michael Healy

Michael Healy has many years of experience facilitating retreats, meetings and trainings for staff, managers and boards of a wide variety of groups and businesses.

Before joining CDS Consulting Co-op as a board trainer, Michael led many groups on successful wilderness challenges focused on enhancing group interaction and process.

His outdoor practice convinced him that experiential learning activities can help people understand and discuss the issues before them in new ways. He said, “The activities I do are woven into training sessions. They are useful for helping a group of people work together and build order out of diverse perspectives.”

Michael’s services include:

• Policy Governance
• Board training
• Facilitating retreats, meetings and trainings
• Team building

“ Michael can instantly direct us to materials that are pertinent to our co-op and the issues we face. He’s been a skillful facilitator for our retreats. He helps us keep the perspective of what it means to be a cooperative.” ”

Jay Leshinsky, Board President, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Middlebury, Vt

“ Michael’s training sessions and retreats for our Board have consistently produced new insights and processes that have improved the Common Market, and his familiarity with what is happening elsewhere in the co-op world has helped us make much better decisions. ”

David Cloutier, Board President, Common Market (Frederick County Consumers Cooperative), Frederick, Md.

“ Michael works diligently to bring all voices to the table [and] his knowledge of policy governance serves our board well. Our meetings are highly effective, and a good portion of the credit should go to Michael. ”

Susan Munkres, Board President, City Market/Onion River Co-op, Burlington, VT

“ Michael helps us envision our co-op at its best and invites us to be thoughtful, imaginative leaders. There is a push-pull rhythm that serves as a creative spark for our Board to make that leap of growth as leaders for the benefit of our co-op and its owners. ”

Melissa Marquez, Board President, Abundance Cooperative Market, Rochester, NY