About Us

Coltrain Group, LLC provides expert facilitation, consulting, training, and assessment services in the areas of Company Culture, Strategic Planning, and Collaboration. We design and lead professional business improvement trainings, workshops, and forums that give CEO’s, business owners, and their teams the skills and tools needed to overcome critical business challenges and become innovative leaders in their industries.

Our experienced staff has worked with a wide range of businesses and organizations including Manufacturing Companies, Professional Associations, Not for Profit Organizations, City and State Departments, Professional Sports Organizations, Chambers of Commerce, Technology Companies, Publishing Companies, Museums and Art Groups, Policy Development Groups, Small Businesses and Start-ups, Cessation Programs and Organizations, Community Partnerships, Health Organizations, Retail Businesses, and Universities and Learning Organizations.


Michele Mattoon
Chief Executive Officer

Michele Mattoon is chief executive officer of Coltrain Group LLC, and director of the non-profit National School Reform Faculty. As an expert facilitator and consultant she works with businesses, organizations, and educators around the world in professional collaboration groups, strategic planning sessions, conflict resolution, mediation and other work related to collaboration and communication. Michele is also trained in the teaching of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and regularly teaches groups techniques for managing stress. Before Michele began training and consulting, she was an educator for 26 years. She received the Hoosier Educator Award in 2000 and the Dorothy Johnson Award for Excellence in Education of Young Children in 2001. She earned her B.A from Indiana University and is a long time resident of Bloomington, Indiana.

Michele Mattoon has worked with clients from a variety of businesses and organizations, including the American Museum of Natural History, Indiana University, the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, The Deborah Meier Institute, the National School Reform Faculty, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, the VOICE youth smoking cessation program, Bishop Strachan School, Greensboro Day School, The Hamlin School, West Palm Beach State College, and the New York City Zoo and Botanical Gardens.


Jim McKean
Senior Consultant

Jim McKean is a coach, writer and independent consultant, based in Bloomington, Indiana. He is known for his group facilitation skills and his deep insights into business models and leadership. He is a trusted adviser to company leaders and skilled at helping leaders map new directions, at designing measurement systems to track progress against goals, identifying key leading indicators to increase the probability of success, and conducting risk analysis to lower the probability of failures in human and technical systems. Jim earned his M.B.A. from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in Management and Decision Information Sciences. He completed the Six Sigma Belt training at Motorola University in Chicago and is a certified practitioner of the Franklin Covey 4 Disciplines of Execution and Vital Smarts Crucial Conversations. As Manager of Research for the IU Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Jim led dozens of management consulting projects for privately held companies in the Midwest, including manufacturers, professional service companies, distributors and transport companies.

Jim McKean has worked with the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, Pratt Visual Solutions, Bloomington Tech Partnership, Indiana Health Information Exchange, Indiana University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Voice Program, Kieffer Paper Mills, NorCote, Inc, Personnel Management Company, Kocolene Development Corporation, Indiana Youth Institute, Lilly Endowment, IU Health, WFYI, Hanapin Marketing, and JGA Associates.

Coltrain Group, LLC is located in Bloomington, Indiana and is a proud member of The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.