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Testimonials for Rita Yerkes, Principal, Yerkes Consulting LLC

"Rita, Thank you for leading our Board of Directors into our next phase of our growth and development. I thought that the session was great! I am very grateful for your professional skills and guidance.

Joyce Mathey

Executive Director

Pay-It-Forward House

"I had the pleasure of working with Yerkes Consulting, when Rita led our nonprofit board annual retreat.  The focus of the half-day was on developing a culture of philanthropy surrounding our strategic planning goal of funding sustainability.

Rita's approach to the planning and implementation of the retreat was stellar.  She asked questions, listened, and delivered.  She was respectful of our opinions on how to approach topics and flexible to meet our needs.  She was in frequent contact in the few weeks prior to the retreat, making recommendations and lending her expertise to plan a successful event.  Her style of presenting was interactive and effective, using small group discussion and experiential activities to keep us fresh and engaged.

When surveyed after the event, every board member agreed that it was worth their time and the organization investment."

Lynette Spencer, LCSW

Executive Director

Adventure Works

"Rita and I work together as volunteers for the American Camp Association on the Board Development Committee. Her work with ACA has been outstanding and I have appreciated her attention to detail and the dedication she brings to the job. She is always very thorough in any assignment she tackles and brings a very clear and concise analysis to the group. It is a pleasure to serve with her."

Ann Sheets

Sr. Vice President at Camp Fire USA First Texas Council

Past President, American Camp Association

"Rita served on the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association's Professional Development Committee, which planned and organized our initial Great Lakes Academy for Leadership Advancement for park and recreation professionals. Her organizational skills and leadership to make this now annually acclaimed professional development program a highly sought after training school for professionals desiring to enhance their leadership skills.

During the process Rita also extended her expertise in providing needed development strategies and training for our Board of Directors to ensure that they were properly focused on appropriate and meaningful action items while developing our state association's strategic and business plan.  Her unique ability to grasp what was pertinent and relevant for our board was always embraced and accepted as she made the process meaningful and measurable so that a clear course of needed action was understood and accepted by those in leadership positions.

I highly recommend Rita to any organization who wants a top notch executive, who possesses a progressive and open leadership style and who has the unique ability to get things done expeditiously and in a cost-effective manner.

Steven J. Thompson, CPRP

Executive Director

Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association (WPRA)

“Yerkes Consulting helped us to meet and exceed our goals for our board development workshop.  I highly recommend them.”

Walter Lenckos


Porter County Indiana Parks and Recreation

“Rita Yerkes is uniquely suited and able to assist a variety of businesses and organizations with strategic planning, board development, operational restructure, human resource professional development, program design, and on-target problem solving.    I have directly observed demonstration of her skills as she developed Aurora University’s Recreation Department and the George Williams College, Lake Geneva Campus graduate and undergraduate curriculum.  She has earned many well deserved accolades for her work within the fields of outdoor recreation and adventure education.  Rita and I have recently co-led an American Camp Association, Basic Camp Director Course.  It was a pleasure to work with Rita.  She is a team player and consistently focuses on meeting the needs of students and clients.  She has abundant knowledge and access to extensive resources, and she gladly shares both!  Rita serves on the board of directors of my employer, the American Camp Association, Illinois and her counsel has been one of the keys to a major upgrading of our governance.   I wholeheartedly endorse her consulting services.”

Gordie Kaplan, Executive Director Emeritus

American Camp Association, Illinois

“Dr. Yerkes is an exceptional professional/educator who has that rare talent to connect the real world to academia in a manner that is relevant to both. Rita brings to the table the knowledge base and ability to determine what issues/problems exist in an organization and to solve those issues in a creative and professional manner.”

Jack Sebesta

Superintendent of Recreation , Crystal Lake Park District, Crystal Lake, IL

I’m happy to recommend Rita.  She worked with us in preparation for our 100th anniversary celebration and helped us identify what we needed to do. Her excellent recommendations on how we should proceed provided us with the necessary framework to organize and preserve our historical materials.  Rita is a pleasure to work with and her expertise is an asset to any organization."


Harriet Lowe - Director of Communications

American Camp Association


"Rita is a true team player and leader that everyone respects. We work together to achieve the goals of AEE and I always appreciate her wisdom and business skills in ensuring that all parties involved wins."

Paul Limoge

Past CEO Association of Experiential Education

“The Basic Camp Director’s Course taught by Rita Yerkes was excellent, fast paced, full of need to know information and above all fun! I highly recommend this course, she went above and beyond to insure that all the course material was covered and any questions were answered as well."

Juan Morales

Director of Operations

Camp Soaring Eagle

“I have worked with Rita in several capacities - both as a customer of hers and as co-presenter in media consultation. Working closely under her guidance my company created an impactful recruiting video for George Williams College of Aurora University. We also gave two presentations together teaching effective use of media in camp and outdoor programs. Rita is extremely knowledgeable in all topics in which she consults and is a confident, highly effective presenter. She is an asset in any project which she is involved.” 

Gary Cline

Cline Creative Media

"Rita served a remarkable nine years on the AEE Accreditation Council, and has held various leadership positions within AEE.  Rita is a consummate professional who possesses a tremendous wealth of experience, insight and leadership qualities applicable to a wide range of business, education, and recreation interests. Her perspective, industry knowledge and expertise was highly valued within AEE. I wholeheartedly recommend Rita if you are looking to improve any component of your program's quality."

Shawn Tierney

Past AEE Accreditation Director

“Rita is a forward thinking professional whose extensive background in experiential education gives her the experience and judgment to work effectively with organizations. I have worked with her on several projects and highly recommend her!” 

Deb Sugerman

Senor Pro Trainer, Play Works

“I have been fortunate to work with Rita in various committees and projects with the Association for Experiential Education. We served together on the Board of Directors, professional groups, and the Journal Advisory committee. For over thirty years Rita has served the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) with the highest ethical standards. She is a visionary with a capacity for consensus building and collaboration that produces remarkable results. She has been an important mentor to many younger members who have gone on to leadership roles in AEE.  AEE is where it is today because of the tireless work of Rita Yerkes.” 

Karen Warren

member , Association for Experiential Education