Our Core Values

Building synchronous connections between education and industry is critical.

At the end of the day, it’s all about people.  Treat them well.

We are passionate about community and believe in giving back (check it out).

We are bold, socially minded and live to make the world a better place.

We believe in being joyful, courageous and fun.

Our Team

Michelle Carlson


Derek Jones

Principal / Business Advisor

Syerra Eickmeyer


I’m a social entrepreneur and lover of all things making.  Launching this company was a dream come true for me, because it not only provides me with the ability to support my family doing work that I love, it also provides me with a way to give back to the community, to volunteer and to make the world a better place!

As CEO of FDG I have the opportunity to carry out the mission to provide places of learning with the support and resources they need to give students the education they deserve.  In doing so, communities thrive, innovation happens everywhere and the world is a better place.

I live to inspire others and am passionately devoted to being a positive force in everything I do.

As principal and business advisor with FDG, I provide support and leadership related to company culture, growth and development.  I have a strong desire to influence our Nation’s educational systems and offer my expertise to FDG in the following areas: Organization Building, Strategic Planning, Staff Management & Development, Multi-site Management, Budget Management, Project Management, Productivity Improvement, Sales Planning, Systems & Procedures.

In my full time position, I serve as an Executive Officer with a publicly traded (NASDAQ, SPTN) grocery retailer/wholesaler.

Growing up in a small town with little to do, I quickly realized the importance of creativity and using my imagination in order to make life fun. I have always had a love for making and creating, especially creating art. I explored almost every avenue of studio art while in school, and in college found a new love. Graphic design. Since graduating college, I have been pursuing my graphic design dreams, and have also had the wonderful opportunity of working in a makerspace. Students at the makerspace are able to be creative, go beyond their limits, and explore new things. Seeing students find their passions and go after their dreams through making and tinkering is nothing short of amazing. I have been inspired by these students to encourage others to pursue what they love, to be curious and explore the unknown, and not be afraid to try new things.

Join the team

It’s time to ask ourselves what work is really all about and if we’re willing to accept anything less than extraordinary from the places we spend most of our waking lives.  FDG was founded on, and lives by, a set of core values focused on people and community.

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We’re interested in:

We're always on the lookout for talented people to contract with for the following services:
  • Web developers and designers

  • Database experts

  • Content writers

  • Education consultants

  • People passionate about making