National Network of ToP Trainers

Our national network of skilled and experienced ToP® Trainers train over 4,000 people each year on ToP Facilitation Methods.

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Aaron Wolowiec

Certified ToP Facilitator (CTF) and Qualified Trainer - Kalamazoo, MI

Aaron Wolowiec is a learning strategist and meetings coach for leading trade associations and individual membership societies across the United States. Committed to the latest research and trends on learning, intentional networking environments and meaningful transfer exercises, he launched Event Garde, a professional development consultancy, in 2011. Aaron earned a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University. He’s also a certified association executive (CAE), a certified meeting professional (CMP) and a certified tourism ambassador (CTA), as well as an Association for Talent Development (ATD) master instructional designer.

 

 

Aja Howell

Qualified Trainer - San Diego, CA

Aja Howell specializes in facilitation design, community development, organizational assessments, strategic planning, and training and development. She excels at framing and simplifying complex issues, which leads to client breakthroughs and actionable thinking. Ms. Howell brings extensive experience in the design and implementation of strategic interventions to help increase organizational effectiveness and produce measurable results. Ms. Howell holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Development (MSOD) from Pepperdine University and a BS in Psychology from San Diego State University. Aja was certified by the International Association for Facilitators in 2003.

 

 

 

Alisa Oyler

Certified ToP Facilitator (CTF) and Mentor Trainer - Phoenix, AZ

Alisa Oyler is a skilled facilitator, trainer, and curriculum designer with experience working in over 20 countries including Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Haiti, Guatemala and Zimbabwe.

As an Associate with Partners in Participation she has focused her work on the international humanitarian field with a special emphasis on efforts involving multi-stakeholder process management.  As a facilitator, she is highly skilled in event design including organizational and strategic planning efforts, program planning and debriefs, and conferences promoting cross learning and practical outcomes.  Working with existing leadership from diverse groups including local villages, community based organizations, national boards and executive committees, bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies and policy-making bodies she creates agendas that reflect the unique context and character of the convening groups and achieve productive and innovative aims. She was an early leader in the design and launch of the Youth as Facilitative Leaders training series and network, and has experience with a number of participatory leadership methods and group facilitation techniques as well as extensive experience with the facilitation of multicultural and multilingual groups.

Angie Asa-Lovstad

Certified ToP Facilitator (CTF) and Qualified Trainer - Algona, IA

Angie Asa-Lovstad has worked in substance abuse prevention for over 20 years. She is a Certified Prevention Specialist. Her coalition work is based on SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework where she uses her facilitation skills to engage stakeholders.

 

 

 

 

Ann Epps

Mentor Trainer - Denver, CO

Ann Epps is one of the originators and trainers of the ToP facilitation and strategic planning methods. Ann is a past board member of the ToP USA network and has served as consultant, trainer, and facilitator to numerous organizations in Europe, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and North America. She specializes in the areas of facilitator training, strategic thinking, group creativity and innovation, organizational change and leadership development. She is a founding member of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF), past board member, and one of the initial organizers of the Malaysia Facilitator Forum and IAF Asia Facilitator Conferences. She is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator and Assessor, and was named to the IAF Hall of Fame in 2014.

Barbara MacKay

Certified ToP Facilitator (CTF) and Mentor Trainer - Tigard, OR

Barbara MacKay, MS has been facilitating since 1981. She discovered ICA and the Technology of Participation (ToP®) approach in Canada in 1994, completing a 3 year ICA Canada Associate Program in 1999. She went on to certify as a ToP Facilitator and Assessor. Barbara founded her facilitation business, North Star Facilitators in 1995. She has designed and led thousands of facilitated meetings, conferences and workshops all over the world. She has spent the last 24 years researching and practicing a variety of tools and approaches. Her core work is based on ToP® methods and this is supplemented with a rich infusion of neuroscience, cross cultural and Non-Violent Communication methodologies. Barbara offers multiple courses, including virtual training, in facilitation skills. She blogs extensively about facilitation on her website and has published over 45 lengthy articles on facilitation skills. Barbara is also a certified IAF Facilitator and Assessor. She was inducted into the IAF Hall of Fame in 2018.

Barbara has a playful sense of humour and has been described as having a calm, wise, authentic presence. Barbara has a strong meditation and yoga practice and in her spare time gardens, makes mosaics, and has global colleagues over to her house.

Becky Foreman

Certified ToP Facilitator (CTF) and Mentor Trainer - Riverside, CA

Becky Foreman is a professional facilitator, trainer and consultant with a successful track record of helping organizations of all sizes develop practical, sustainable long and short-term strategies that build consensus and shared ownership among all stakeholders. Becky is a certified strategic planner, facilitator and mentor trainer licensed by The Institute of Cultural Affairs. She also has expertise in board and staff development and training through her prior role as a nonprofit executive director as well as through her service on many local nonprofit boards.

Becky's community recognitions include: Outstanding Executive Director (Agency Executives Association), Community Champion (Molina Healthcare), Woman of Distinction (California 63rd Assembly District), Woman of Distinction (City of Riverside), and Everyday Hero (YWCA of Riverside County). Becky holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Management from the University of Redlands.

Beverly Scow

Certified ToP Facilitator (CTF) and Mentor Trainer - Green Bay, WI

Beverly Scow is Assistant Director of Wise Women Gathering Place located in Green Bay Wisconsin. Beverly has over 25 years of experience supporting community wellness. Beverly brings the values of safe space and trust the process from her midwifery beginnings into her work as a ToP facilitator. She has facilitated for local, tribal, state and national organizations, embracing the ToP foundational values of inclusive participation and profound respect. Beverly has provided ToP Facilitation Methods and ToP Strategic Planning Public and In-House Courses, since 2007, and the Designing for Change course since 2015. Beverly lives on the Oneida Indian Tribe of Wisconsin reservation since 1991, with her children and grandchildren. She is a member of the Kwakwakawak First Nations from the mid coastal region of British Columbia Canada.

Brigid Riley

Certified ToP Facilitator (CTF) and Qualified Trainer - Minneapolis, MN

Brigid Riley has worked in—and alongside—the public health arena for more than 20 years, leading community-focused public health programs, directing a statewide nonprofit organization, and guiding others’ positive change through facilitation and capacity-building. Her work in the nonprofit sector included a special focus on reframing how we think and talk about youth, young parents, adolescent sexual health and the concerns of LGBTQ populations. Since 2011, she has built her consulting practice around group facilitation, organization and Board development, and special-focus project management. Ms. Riley uses internationally-recognized facilitation tools that emphasize authentic participation by all. She has honed her facilitation skills in projects with local, state and national groups of all sizes. Brigid holds an undergraduate degree from the University of St. Catherine, Saint Paul, MN, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota. She is an alumna of the Policy Fellows program at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs, and the Emerging Leaders Network, a leadership development program of Minnesota public health associations.

Caitlin Sarro

Certified ToP Facilitator (CTF) and Apprentice Trainer - Chicago, IL

Caitlin Sarro is a Program Manager at the Institute of Cultural Affairs, working to expand the capacity of, and foster collaboration between, community residents and organizations across (primarily) the Chicagoland area. Caitlin's current work as a facilitator of the Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network focuses on using a holistic sustainability and equity lens in order to showcase grassroots resources, build a stronger collective voice, and nurture equitable and impactful relationships with policy makers.

 

 

 

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