Who We Are
Culture, Courage, and Results
Perme & Peterson Associates provide on-target culture assessments and change support, strategic planning, executive team-building, and organization and leadership development to help you focus clearly, organize effectively, and act with courage in driving high performance and results.
Cathy is a change agent with deep experience in whole system change. She has been leading organizations and leadership teams in the process of change for 30 years, from the executive level to the line level. She is a versatile consultant and facilitator and is adept at large group facilitation. She is consistently recognized for leadership, critical thinking, communication, and results.
Cathy’s unique background has served her well in helping clients meet and exceed their objectives. Twelve years at IBM as a Systems Engineer/Systems Engineering Manager honed her consulting and project management skills. Her experience in Minnesota State Government for three years taught her how to successfully work with diverse stakeholders. Her 30 years of experience as a business owner and organizational consultant has proven her ability to hold to budgets and build teams that get results.
Cathy has an MA in Human Development (with an emphasis on whole systems change,) a BA in Management and Leadership Development, and an AAB in Data Processing. She is certified and has taught for Human Synergistics Inc. on their Organizational Culture and Effectiveness Inventories (OCI/OEI‚); she is a Professional in Human Systems Dynamics (HSDP) and is also certified in the use of various instruments such as MBTI and Judgment Index‚.
Cathy is also the author of two books published in 2017 and 2019; contributing chapters in 4 books; and numerous published articles. She has been writing on leadership topics since 1991. You can find her current publications and a searchable database of previous newsletters at https://www.cmperme.com/media/
Amber Peterson approaches her work in organizational development with a robust and lively spirit, giving special attention to how organizational culture, professional development, and employee wellness intersect. Amber’s practical experience as a former police officer in Duluth, MN informs her knowledge and expertise in building strong teams, meaningful connections with stakeholders and community members, and a calm, deliberate approach to strategy. She has a reputation as an attentive, considerate, and dedicated professional.
Amber has an MA in Human Development (with a focus on Employee Wellness) from St. Mary’s University of MN, an MA in Criminology from the University of MN – Duluth, and an AA in Law
Enforcement from Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College. She is certified in Human Synergistics’ Organizational Culture and Effectiveness Inventories (OCI/OEI‚); Leadership and Management Impact 360 feedback tools (LI/MI‚) and its Life- Styles Inventory tools (LSI‚). She is also certified in the Judgment Index‚ (which helps people develop and improve their judgment capacity) and is a certified personal trainer and health coach.
Amber takes pride in her ability to help people make healthy and meaningful change in their organizations and in their lives by facilitating shared experiences and building capacity within individuals and groups. Her research on the connections between officer wellness and organizational culture was published in the International Society for Organizational Development and Change (ISODC) in the fall of 2019. https://www.isodc.org/resources/Documents/Newsletters/Fall19_Newletter_ISODC.pdf
Our Associates are successful business people selected for skills that complement ours and values that we share. As the project managers, we work with you to understand the business issues and to determine the consulting skills needed for success. We then form a team and subcontract with associate consultants to provide a full-service solution. As a client, you get the benefit of a broad range of expertise without the overhead typically associated with a large consulting firm.
Bob is a progressive law enforcement and local government executive who has years of experience leading dynamic organizations. Now retired after 33 years of active law enforcement/public safety service, Bob spent more than 17 years as the Chief executive of police, fire, and emergency management functions for two Minneapolis/St. Paul suburban communities. Bob’s time as a public safety leader, and his work since then, has proven he is adept at creating lasting partnerships with diverse public, private, and non-profit organizations, providing critical leadership and creative solutions to challenging opportunities for growth and change.
Bob is a licensed peace officer in the State of MN and is a certified Emergency Manager by the State of MN. Bob has a BA from Bethel University in Organizational Studies, a Mini MBA for Government Managers from the University of St. Thomas, and completed the Senior Management Institute for Police. He has been recognized for leadership success by a variety of organizations, including the highest law enforcement leadership award from the MN Chiefs of Police Association, the Richard W. Schaller Leadership Award, and twice by the International Association of Chiefs of Police for helping to create synergistic community policing and problem-solving approaches to public safety challenges.
Sue earned her BA in Physical Education from Hope College and was working on a Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in area of Physical Education: Motor Development when she got hired by the Madison Police Department. In 2003, Sue earned the Medal of Valor Award for her involvement in the response to a botched bank armed robbery.
Rev. Dr. Shawn Moore
His work has included being the first Youth Liaison at Mall of America; the first Community Liaison in the Mounds View School District; a Community and Cultural Coordinator for North St. Paul School District; coordinating the Scholars Program at Century College; Director of Community Engagement and Service Learning at Bethel University; and now Adjunct Professor at Bethel University and Metro State University. Shawn is also the lead trainer on Implicit Bias for Initial Defense, which has trained more than a thousand police officers within the State of Minnesota since 2010.
Throughout Shawn’s work experience, he has been tasked with the responsibility to teach and facilitate cross-cultural, conflict resolution, and community engagement workshops and trainings. Shawn has also gained valuable experience from his time living abroad – having lived in Guam for 4 years, and spending significant time in Japan, Korea, China, the Philippines, Australia, and South Africa.
Shawn has a Doctor of Ministry with a focus in Public Theology, where his particular field of study is racial reconciliation. Shawn’s hands-on experience, creativity, and insight gained through his various experiences make Shawn a great trainer, coach, and facilitator. Shawn comes with high energy and creativity as it relates to his public speaking, and he is able to tap into the intimacy of sensitive issues without overwhelming his audience.
Additional work experiences include teaching policing courses at Edgewood College, Madison, WI as an Adjunct Instructor, and she currently works as a Professional Consultant for the State of Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry.
Mary is a Wisconsin Certified Public Manager. Her capstone work was related to a blended learning model for new police sergeants, for which she was awarded an Askew Award. She is a current certified Wisconsin Law Enforcement Instructor, and is a certified Ethics Instructor. Prior to her work in law enforcement she earned an M.S.Ed. from Northern Illinois University, while working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.
Jerry has a mindset for continuous development through the use of data and employee feedback in his work with a large variety of companies, from the Fortune 100 to small, privately-held businesses. As the president of Ammann Associates, LLC, he has worked on and led a wide range of process and quality improvement teams, garnering success on a number of levels from eliminating wasteful work to improving employee productivity and increasing customer satisfaction. His ability to break down processes into relatable parts and empower self-directed work teams through practical roadmaps has been cited as the major source for success.
Jerry has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He has worked with unions and managers in the public sector for the last 10 years in improving their work processes for the common good.
Bill is a long-time observer of all aspects of law enforcement. For several years as a journalist before starting his consulting practice, he wrote extensively about both crime and police department leadership and management. He’s been out on the street at crime scenes with patrol officers and in the offices of department leaders in conversations ranging from crime stats to community policing. As part of his consulting practice, he has worked with city managers and city councils to forge strategic plans, plans which include direction for police.
Bill is the Managing Principal at Conbrio Consulting, a 20-old Dallas-based firm. In addition to journalism, his experience varies from Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia to business development for a Big Four accounting firm to working with a sewing co-op in Honduras. The common thread: his understanding that he bridges the divides by being the guide for others to build bridges.