The MCG Team

Through Midwest Consulting Group, you have access to highly experienced consultants with a wide variety of skills and diverse areas of expertise. Our core team members currently include:

  • Paul Knudstrup

    Paul is the president and founder of Midwest Consulting Group. He focuses his consulting work on strategic planning, individual and management team development, succession planning, performance management, and personal productivity. Prior to forming MCG he was executive director of the Fetzer Business Development Center at Western Michigan University. He is Certified in the interpretation of both the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and several 360° feedback assessments, making extensive use of these and other instruments in management and leadership development. He works extensively with nonprofit and government organizations as well as corporate groups. Paul has both a bachelor's and a master's degree from Western Michigan University. To E-mail Paul click this Link.

  • Jan Andersen

    Jan is our resident writer and editor. With nearly 35 years of experience in organizational communications, her work focuses on general and technical writing and editing, grant and proposal development, interviewing and story development, and book editing. She also is a consultant and coach to authors and others interested in writing and publishing, with a niche expertise in helping faculty members and other professionals prepare articles for submission to peer-reviewed journals. The owner and president of Beyond Words, Inc., Jan has a special gift for the development of “reader-friendly” materials about technical or complex topics. She works primarily with health care, education, the life sciences, nonprofits, and small private-sector companies. Prior to founding her own company in 1996, Jan worked for Western Michigan University, the Fetzer Institute, Towers Perrin, and Mayo Clinic. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University and a master’s from Western Michigan University. E-mail Jan by clicking on this Link.


  • Mary Jo Asmus

    Mary Jo is a leadership expert, Executive/Business Coach and Consultant who partners with CEO's, executives, professionals, teams, and small business owners to support them in achieving their goals in business excellence. She is the owner of Aspire Collaborative Services and has a global Fortune 500 background in human resources; research and development; organizational development; and business strategy. Her clients are motivated leaders and teams in all sectors - public, private, non-profit and government ; leaders who appreciate customized attention to successful change. Mary Jo is a graduate and advisory board member of Corporate Coach University; is active in her profession as the President of the West Michigan Coaching Chapter, and is a member of the International Coach Federation. She coaches individual leaders and their teams in the areas of engaging and mobilizing individuals and teams; priority-setting; improved productivity; transition management; self awareness, increased emotional intelligence; career change; culture assimilation; and vision/mission/strategy development. E-mail Mary Jo by clicking on this Link.

  • Michael Busch, Ph.D.

    Mike has been the president of Busch + Company, for more than 20 years and has been a valued MCG senior associate since 1990. He assists clients with leadership development, managing work conversations, high-performance team development and strategic business communication systems using a unique coaching process. In addition to his work with clients, Mike is an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University. He has published several articles, has been featured in Training magazine, and was interviewed by the Tom Peters Group for his innovations in management and leadership development. Mike holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Denver. E-mail Mike by clicking on this Link.



    Chris is the owner of Christensen Consulting Group and teaches in Marquette University’s Executive M.B.A. Program.  Chris is an expert in manufacturing management with more than 25 years experience in a variety of positions.  He also is an experienced educator and consultant to universities and manufacturing firms.  His focus is in lean manufacturing, operations management, supply chain management, logistics, and materials management.  Over the years, Chris has had more than seventy articles published in professional and trade magazines.  He is also a co-author/contributing author of two books.  Chris holds B.B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin. Email Chris by clicking on this Link.


    John is a fundraising expert who has more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience, working in higher education and grassroots organizational settings. Placing a strong emphasis on relationship-building strategies, John is a seasoned trainer of beginning, mid-level and advanced development teams and has served as an adjunct faculty member in fundraising for Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University. John's areas of expertise include annual giving, major gifts and foundation and corporate fundraising. He has a master's degree in philanthropy and development from Saint Mary's (Minn.) University and holds a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential. John can be reached via email by clicking on this Link.


    Owner of WordPlay Marketing Communications, Gretchen is a marketing communications expert with more than 20 years of client-side experience in a broad range of marketing, sales support, corporate communications and community development roles in healthcare, industrial manufacturing, bioscience and economic development. She specializes in helping organizations and communities manage for change. Gretchen’s channel expertise has streamlined client distribution programs while reducing costs, increasing sales effectiveness and delivering more selling opportunities to the channel. She has spearheaded global corporate branding campaigns, consistently helping clients achieve corporate goals while meeting strict budget and scheduling constraints. Familiar with all aspects of media and public relations, she has successfully managed numerous campaigns designed to change perception and behavior. E-mail Gretchen by clicking on this Link.


    Jean is a leadership coach and owner of Johnson Leadership Coaching. She has a commitment to supporting leaders – to leverage and enhance their leadership capabilities and create the most rewarding future for themselves and their organizations. Her typical clients include small business owners and nonprofit executives facing leadership challenges and transitions. Jean has consulted with more than 400 small-business owners through the full range of start-up and operational challenges. She also has leadership experience in state and local government and nonprofit organizations. Jean is a graduate of the Leadership Coaching program at Georgetown University and has attained the Professional Credentialed Coach designation from the International Coach Federation. She has an MBA from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky. Jean is a certified practitioner of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. She is a lifelong learner and a member of several organizations that support professional development. E-mail Jean by clicking on this Link.


    Cari is our office dog. She handles any client need involving dog treats, squirrels, birds, or people walking within her sight. She particularly enjoys napping, eating, and keeping an eye out for good barking opportunities.