The GroupWyse Team

At GroupWyse, we believe that organizations have answers to their most complex issues. Based on data from clients and careful observation, we provide a fresh perspective in setting clear priorities and redesigning systems to generate results rapidly.

We work with leaders and teams in healthcare clinics, top leadership teams and work groups in nonprofit and government agencies and executives in institutions of higher learning.

Bonnie Hovel

Owner and Principal Consultant

Bonnie Hovel, MSW, ACSW*, LICSW**

Bonnie Hovel is the owner and Principal Consultant of GroupWyse with over 15 years of experience providing contracted services for healthcare, nonprofit and public organizations. She guides leaders and work groups using practices and tools that will continue to benefit them in achieving their goals. She helps leaders coach employees to bring out their best by aligning values and positioning individuals and their projects for success, emphasizing implementation and supporting projects from start to finish for long-lasting results.

Bonnie specializes in real-time, collaborative action planning to increase engagement and help clients jump to the next level of achievement. She provides counseling and business coaching using proven assessment and development tools such as the Conflict Dynamics Profile (CDP), the Emotional Intelligence (EQ) In Action Profile and Myers Briggs Personality Inventory (MBTI).

*ACSW = Academy of Certified Social Workers
**LICSW= Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Areas of Expertise Include

  • Collaborative action planning
  • Executive coaching
  • Action learning for professional and personal development (through workshops and coaching)
  • Leadership team development
  • Organizational development and design
  • Change management
  • Customized design and facilitation of retreats and seminars
  • Teamwork and communication for work groups
  • Strategic thinking and planning
  • Rapid-cycle quality and process improvement
  • Conflict management


  • Executive coaching for leaders as a member of the University Consulting Alliance, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Leadership team coaching and training using the EQ In Action Profile since 2009
  • Customized retreats for healthcare leadership teams to clarify goals and develop action plans. 1999 - present
  • Strategic thinking and organizational redesign for federal HR department, 2009
  • Training and keynote speaking on the topics of Emotional Intelligence and Self-Care for healthcare leadership teams and professionals, 2009 - present
  • Action Learning training with CEU approval for social workers through NASW and for nurses through Washington State Nursing Association, 2009 – 2013
  • Over 20 years of internal and external consulting experience in complex VA healthcare system – since 1992
  • Prior to establishing GroupWyse, Bonnie worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs for 25 years in increasingly responsible positions from Veterans Benefits Counselor, Supervisor and Management Analyst at the Regional Office to leading the Total Quality Improvement (TQI) program at VA Puget Sound Healthcare System, Seattle, Washington where she was instrumental in the successful merger of two VA hospitals
  • Trained and mentored a cadre of facilitators for an organization-wide effort to improve customer service, teamwork and continuous improvement and received consistently superior performance recognition during her VA career

Education, Training and Certifications

  • Master of Social Work, Minor in Organizational Development, University of Washington, Seattle Washington, 1992
  • Bachelor of Education in Human Services Counseling, Western Washington University, 1990, graduated cum laude, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Academy of Certified Social Workers since 1999
  • Gerontology Certificate, University of Washington, 2014
  • Principles and Practices of Benchmarking, 1992
  • Institute of Healthcare Improvement and Harvard School of Public Health, National Form on Quality Improvement, 1991
  • National Training Labs Human Interaction Laboratory, 1992, Bethel, Maine
  • Leadership Development Intensive, 1998, Spokane, Washington
  • Certified in Myers Briggs Temperament Indicator (MBTI)
  • Certified Consultant, Learning In Action Technologies, Inc. (LIAT) since 1999. Certified to administer the EQ (Emotional Intelligence) In Action Profile since 2006
  • Certified to administer and coach individuals using the Conflict Dynamics Profile (CDP), 2014
  • Inside Out Development Coaching Training, 2012

Professional Activities

John Park

Professional Associate

John Park, MBA

Senior Consultant John Park has a proven track record as a Change Agent, Mentor and Coach, Facilitator and Trainer. He provides valuable, practical guidance to managers and employees in Organizational Development principles, implementing System Redesign, mentoring and coaching leaders, and providing facilitation and training to help the organization meet its performance goals and standards resulting in improved employee morale.


John was the lead consultant for VA Puget Sound Health Care System Social Work retreats held in 2011 and provides ongoing assistance for several projects with VA Service Line Leadership, including:

  • leading a reorganization and management improvement project for the Community Housing and Outreach Program
  • facilitating the first Strategic Planning process for the Surgery Service Line
  • facilitating the General Medicine Leadership Retreat
  • assisting Rehabilitation Medicine in developing a workable plan to more effectively provide Physical Therapy Services to veterans
  • coaching and mentoring selected supervisory staff in the Community Housing and Outreach Program and Rehabilitation Medicine
  • facilitated a planning retreat for the leadership team of the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence (West) resulting in improved focus on goals and objectives and better communication among staff members at two locations

Prior to working as an independent consultant, he had 29 years of managerial experience in increasingly responsible positions with the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, an active tertiary teaching system, affiliated with the University of Washington that has one of the largest research programs in the VA system. He directed the Health Plan Management Service Line of 176 employees, which was highly respected for efficient and effective management, good customer service, high Employee Satisfaction Survey results, developing managers and supervisors, succession planning, and making change rapidly and well. His practical application of Organization Development principles and practices focused on engaging the employees and resulted in improving the quantity and quality of work accomplished with the same resources and improved employee morale.


  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Puget Sound, Seattle, WA, 1982
  • Bachelor of Arts in History, Knox College, Galesburg, IL, 1970

Training and Certifications

  • Inside Out Development Coaching Training, 2012
  • Certified to administer and coach individuals using the Conflict Dynamics Profile (CDP), 2014
  • Effective Communication for Remote Teams training, 2014
  • Action Leaning facilitation, 2013
  • Veterans Integrated Service Network Lead Certification for Mentoring and Coaching
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement Workforce Development Consortium Team Leader
  • Office of Personnel Management 360 Evaluation Certification
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Region 6 Transition Facilitator

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