Abby Straus, Principal, Maverick & Boutique

Abby is passionate about helping people identify and create the future they want to live. As a facilitator, teacher, and coach, she partners with leaders and teams across sectors to develop their potential and achieve their goals.

Merging deep knowledge of theory and practice, Abby has assembled a cadre of practical tools and methods designed to leverage people’s strengths, help them capitalize on opportunity, and create meaningful awareness and change.

Many types of organizations have benefited from collaboration with Abby, including libraries and library systems, non-profits, educational and health care institutions, communities and their economic development organizations, and organizations in the private and public sectors, including defense. As a master networker, Abby supports the cross-pollination of ideas between diverse groups, so everyone achieves more.

Abby holds a BA in cultural anthropology from Hampshire College and a Master of Divinity from Gauden University.  She is the proud mother of a twenty-nine-year-old daughter, and an avid yoga practitioner and musician. She lives in the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts.

Hannah Rosenbaum, Associate, Maverick & Boutique

Hannah supports the M&B team as a co-facilitator and maven of organization. When she’s not keeping us running smoothly, Hannah spends her time making art and music.

STRATEGIC PARTNERS

We collaborate with a variety of talented individuals and teams to deliver solutions that meet your needs. Here are some of our key partners.

Libraries

Greg Pronevitz, Principal, Greg Pronevitz Consulting

Greg has been working in and with libraries and library consortia for more than 40 years.  Prior to launching his consultancy in 2018, he served as founding executive director of the Massachusetts Library System (MLS), a state-funded consortium.  Under his leadership, MLS emerged from the economically forced 2010 merger of regional library systems to fulfill its current vital role providing essential services to all Massachusetts libraries.

He also served as founding director of the Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System where strategic planning for member libraries was an essential service.  Greg’s team developed an efficient system for facilitating meetings and developing plans to meet state requirements which later evolved into the suggested planning methodology at MLS.  He played a key role in strategic planning at numerous libraries, e.g., multiple plans at the public libraries in Ipswich, Westford, and Wilmington, MA.

Greg’s enthusiasm for enhancing library services led him to become deeply involved in library advocacy, logistics, digital content, as well as ALA and local library associations.

He earned an MLS and a BA (Russian Language and Literature) from SUNY Albany and an AA from Nassau Community College.

Jane E. Darling, Principal, LibraryWise

Jane brings over 20 years of experience in libraries, having most recently been co-director at the Copell, TX library. Her experience includes developing comprehensive strategic plans which enable libraries to reach their full potential.

As a facilitator, mentor, and coach, she helps libraries and librarians discover expanded possibilities, allowing them to set challenging, yet achievable, goals in uncertain and rapidly changing environments. In addition to guiding her library through multiple strategic planning processes and a major building renovation, Jane served as an active member of the 2015-2016 Strategic Planning Task Force of the Texas Library Association.

Jane is a member of the American Library Association, the Public Library Association, the Texas Library Association, and the Florida Library Association. She holds a BS in Business Administration from Montclair State University and a MLS the University of South Florida.

An enthusiastic supporter of the performing arts, Jane enjoys singing, playing the flute, and ringing handbells. She and her husband live in Ocala, Florida.

Leadership, Strategy & Program Management

John Driessnack, Principal, Olde Stone Consulting

John’s experience spans 30 years supporting federal civilian, defense, and intelligence agencies, including 20 years on active duty in the United States Air Force. He specializes in solving wicked problems by combining his industrial engineering and institutional economics education with evolving practices in systems leadership and management within a portfolio/program/project framework.

Since retiring from the Air Force in 2004, John has worked with both federal agencies and contractors to streamline processes and solve programmatic issues. He has also served as a full time Defense Acquisition University professor and collaborated with American University to set up the first Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) approved cohort Senior Program Management Certificate Program for federal employees.

As a member of the National Defense Industrial Association, he enjoys working with industry and government colleagues to advance the state of the art in systems engineering and program management.

John also works as an intermittent professor at Defense Acquisition University’s (DAU) Defense Systems Management College (DSMC).   His role there is focused on senior level complex PEO/Program simulations,  a video series called the DAG Dialogs, and updating the Integrated Program and Process Development (IPPD) Handbook. He also teaches at American University and the University of Maryland.

Happily married for over 35 years, he and his wife live and work on their 40-acre farm in Loudoun County Virginia.  They enjoy time with their 7 children and their new families as well as developing their fruit orchard and renovating John’s two Willys jeeps.

Economic & Community Development

Michael S. Shuman

Michael Shuman is an economist, attorney, and globally recognized expert on community economics. He is one of the architects of the crowdfunding reforms that became the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), signed into law in April 2012. He is the author of nine books, including Local Dollars: Local Sense, The Small-Mart Revolution, and Going Local. In 2015, Shuman’s newest book, The Local Economy Solution, was published by Chelsea Green.  It presents the stories of 28 “pollinator” enterprises that are nurturing local businesses in self-financing ways. Additionally, Shuman is a fellow at Cutting Edge Capital and the Post-Carbon Institute and is a founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE).  Shuman has also advised countless communities on strategies to increase local economic multipliers, and just completed (with Gwen Hallsmith) a handbook on local investment opportunities in Vermont.

Camoin 310 is a full-service economic development consulting firm headquartered in Saratoga Springs, NY with regional offices in Richmond, VA; Scarborough, ME; Cambridge, MA; and Brattleboro, VT. Our staff have decades of experience, some of which includes leadership of the top performing economic development organizations in the country. We bring this depth of experience to every project, and push the envelope to develop measurable strategies that capitalize on entrepreneurial initiatives and emerging industries. The result? A region more competitive for private investment, and thus prosperity.