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Education/ Training

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Nathan Winkelman


Current Location: West Michigan

Degree: CMU

BS Psychology, Religion


Scaled Agile Framework:

SAFe Program Consultant (SPC)

SAFe Release Train Engineer (RTE)

SAFe Advanced Scrum Master (SASM)

SAFe Practitioner (SP)

Scrum Alliance

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)

International Scrum Assembly™

Certified International Scrum Master (ISM)

Certified International Scrum Product Owner (ISPO)

Apple Inc training:

Software, Hardware, ios, and leadership.


Advanced Google Analytics certified through Google.


SAFe Program Consultant - Advanced Scrum Master @ Meijer Corporate 

  • As an SPC I help drive the SAFe transformation at Meijer

  • Teach all the SAFe certifications course as well as interactive onboarding agile courses. 

  • Facilitate the Lean-Agile Center of Excellence (LACE)

  • Work with Solution and Product Management to build and organize their backlog.

  • Coached Solution train and Agile release trains toward self-organization and continuous improvement.

  • Helped to start and facilitate a Release Train Engineer and Solution Train Engineer Community of Practice.

      Scrum Master 

  • Servant leader to the development team and product owner, removing impediments.

  • Build a trusting and safe environment for the team

  •  Responsible for guiding Multiple Trains with the SAFe Excellence software development team using Agile and Scrum principles.

  • Facilitate Scrum ceremonies

  • Work with product owner to ensure a healthy product backlog, using different facilitation techniques

  • Coach team on self-organization and continuous improvement

  • Involved in Scrum Master Community of Practice with a focus on building a strong community for Scrum Master growth

2010 - present

Technology Support & Consultant @ Grand Valley State University Department of Art and Design December 2016 - 2020

Leadership, Taught Agile Scrum framework

  • Using agile principles I coached four student teams.  Lead Faculty, staff and students in training. Did training for Staff and Faculty but also worked with student in classes to use Agile practices.

Technology Advisor

  • work directly with faculty, staff, IT and students to help realize the technology vision, dreams, and needs of the GVSU Visual and Media Arts department.

Level 2 Technology Specialist 
Hudsonville Public School District  2012 - 2016
2010 - present


  • Hired, trained and coached all tech specialist for the district. Scrum Master and Product Owner.

       Agile Product Management

  • Helped mover the technology department to begin using Agile and Scrum framework.

  • Our team implemented wireless and interactive media in the classroom with computers, iPads and projection. 

  • We designed and implemented a video security response    system across district for an active security response team that engaged lockdown procedures and directly connected with the local law enforcement. 

      Computers repair and deployment

Software Trainer, Technician, and Specialist

Apple  2010 - 2012

  *Teaching & Training
  - Taught Customers and employees how to use everything apple.
  - Apple Devices repair - Trained by apple to service and repair apple iOS devices and Apple computers.
  - Building relationships with people to help find the best solutions for their technology needs.


Art, music, and, technology Director

The Branch Church                         2010 - 2021
Greenville Community Church        2008 - 2010
First Wes of Battle Creek                2006 - 2008
I coached the leaders for the creative design teams, music teams and Technology teams for these churches.

Business Owner

Urbn Studios Business Partner      2009 - 2015



 - Mount Pleasant Public Schools     1997 - 2001
Music teacher and Special Education Teacher
 - Shepherd Public Schools               2003 - 2004
Fifth Grade Teacher
 - Montague UMC                                2004 - 2006
Worked with and trained volunteer staff to run the College, High School, and Junior High student ministries.

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