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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 Mentor Trainer - Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

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.

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.

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.

BethMarie Ward

BethMarie Ward, San Luis Obispo, CA

Certified ToP Facilitator and Qualified Trainer

BethMarie Ward is Regenerate Group, a consulting firm, since 2011. She has over 20 years of experience working in non-profits and higher education designing planning and whole systems change initiatives for colleges, universities, and public institutions throughout the United States. Her practice specializes in collaborating with leaders to help them create strong teams moving into bold, dynamic action driven by data collection and analysis. She holds an M.A. in Human Development with an emphasis on organizational development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She teaches community development courses at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, and during her tenure at the University of Minnesota, she received an Outstanding Community Service award. Deeply committed to social change innovation, she facilitates art and creative writing for youths in-custody as a form of healing and restorative justice for the greater community. She is a producer, maker, and social entrepreneur with a constant drive to work towards empowering the lives of those whose voices are often not heard.

Beverly Scow

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

Beverly Scow is Executive 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 Nation 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.

Deb Burnight

Certified ToP Facilitator (CTF) and Mentor Trainer - Sioux City, IA

Deb is a certified professional facilitator with more than twenty-five years of experience in facilitation, board and corporate training, and community collaboration. A graduate of the University of Iowa and a former elementary and middle school teacher, Deb blends a rich background from her work with educational, private, government and not-for-profit sectors with solid facilitation skills to help groups communicate and work together effectively. Deb’s expertise in facilitation, training and consulting covers a wide range of arenas, including strategic planning, project design and evaluation, team building, process design, executive coaching and leadership development. She is also an experienced facilitation skills trainer, coach and mentor. Deb is professionally affiliated with the International Association of Facilitators and the ToP® (Technology of Participation) Trainers Network, has served on its national Board of Directors, is principal of Prairie River Partners training consortium, and is a founding partner of Great Plains ToP Facilitators. Deb and her husband Randy live on a small acreage in the Loess Hills outside Sioux City, Iowa, where they enjoy their native prairie restoration project and a rather noisy family of productive chickens.

Dennis Jennings

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

Dennis Jennings is a professional facilitator who assists individuals and organizations seeking to successfully navigate the challenges and the opportunities of a continually changing environment. He is particularly skilled at designing processes to meet the situation and needs of the organizations’ he serves. As a facilitator Dennis creates a safe environment for individuals to share differences and to find common ground. As a trainer he seeks to demonstrate that facilitation skills are accessible and can be applied by those open to learning them. Dennis designs and delivers programs in Strategic Planning and Implementation, Mission Development, Public Participation and Team Development.

Erima Fobbs

Certified ToP Facilitator (CTF) and Mentor Trainer - Richmond, VA

Erima Fobbs, MPH, CPH, is President of Collective Health Impact, LLC, a strategy consulting company, and a Strategic Doing (TM) Practitioner. She brings over 20 years of extensive cross-sector experience to her ToP consensus workshop, action planning, and strategic planning facilitation and training practice, and routinely infuses ToP methods and processes into strategy development, project management, and evaluation. She enthusiastically promotes ToP Methods and has encouraged numerous individuals to become trained and utilize the Methods for honest and respectful community engagement and inclusive planning and problem solving. Erima served as a member-at-large on the ToP Network Board in 2020.



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