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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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Kathleen Osta

Mentor Trainer - Asheville, NC

As President of Vital Clarity, Kathleen Osta designs and facilitates highly participatory meetings to help organizations fulfill their potential and purpose. She has mastery of consensus facilitation methods that articulate the alignment within groups, and trains leaders in their use. She specializes in corporate, nonprofit and personal strategic planning, public sector facilitative leadership training, and nonprofits through mergers. Her professional career began in the human services arena. Since 1989 her work has focused on leading groups to set and achieve measurable outcomes by eliciting commitment to jointly-developed team plans. Equipped to work within many professional arenas, Kathleen has depth of experience in the social services, health care, public sector, education, private sector industries, and early childhood programs. She is also certified to conduct the “Managing Change” program developed by ChangeWorks Global. Kathleen has a B.A. in Sociology from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY and more than 30 years of management and consulting experience. She designs meetings that entice individuals and groups to move beyond their previous limits.

Kim Howe

Certified ToP Facilitator (CTF) and Mentor Trainer - Omaha, NE

Kim Howe is the founding principal at CoCreative Labs.  She brings over 15 years’ experience supporting strategic planning, innovation, community engagement, and multi-stakeholder collaboration in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.  Her clients range from multi-million dollar global firms, state and municipal governments, universities, and national non-profits to neighborhood associations, youth groups, faith communities, and small business startups.  She is skilled in a range of tools, models, and methods for merging inclusive participation with holistic organizational and community change.


Laura Johansson

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

Laura Johansson is an independent consultant based in the Twin Cities, specializing in organization development, training, coaching, and participatory facilitation. She began her training in Technology of Participation methods in 1996.  Laura integrates ToP facilitation methods into her work in community development and organization development. Since 2011, she has been working as an independent organization development consultant with clients from the private, nonprofit, and public sector. She has over twenty-five years experience in organization change work both domestically and internationally and continues to work internationally with US AID projects. Previously, she served as an executive director with two nonprofit organizations in Minneapolis and has served on the statewide Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. Laura has been a US Peace Corps trainer, is fluent in Spanish, and has trained ToP courses in Spanish both in Chile and in the US. She has enjoyed training the ToP Facilitation Methods, ToP Strategic Planning, Approaches to Environmental Scanning, Facilitation Graphics, and ToP year-long Mastery course. She has a master of science in organization development (MSOD) from American University. Ms. Johansson enjoys building clients’ capacity to generate strategic and creative, asset-based solutions.

Laurie Dougherty

Certified ToP Facilitator (CTF) and Qualified Trainer - Homestead, FL

Laurie Dougherty is a mentor and trainer who enables people to lead effective meetings, actionable plans and strategies in government and nonprofit associations. Through online and in person training and intensive support, she shares proven tools such as Technology of Participation (ToP) Facilitation Methods as well as best practices in conducting meetings. Building on her 26 years of experience as a nonprofit executive, she helps organizations craft strategies and design online learning and tools using current technologies such as AdobeConnect, Articulate 360 and Blackboard.




Lindsay Doyle

Certified ToP Facilitator (CTF) and Mentor Trainer - East Lansing, MI

Lindsay is an experienced meeting facilitator with over a decade of experienced working with multidisciplinary groups, assisting them with goal setting/action planning, and creating an engaging environment that allows for consensus building. She has worked with professionals from both the public and private sector to help them work towards gaining common vision and achieve their goals. Lindsay is known for working with challenging groups to conduct needs assessments, system’s analysis and work together to co-create actionable recommendations for improvement. Lindsay is also an experienced public speaker and trainer, presenting at national conferences on a variety of topics relating overall system change and how to engage with communities. Lindsay is a graduate of Michigan State University with both her bachelors and masters in Social Work. She is licensed by the State of Michigan in both clinical and macro level social work.

Liz Allen Fey

Mentor Trainer - Nashville, TN

Liz Allen Fey is CEO of Strategy and Leadership, LLC. Her formal training is in social work and she received her BA in Sociology from Miami University in Oxford, OH and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. Her work ranges from helping organizations create sound strategy through good assessment and planning to coaching both established and emerging leaders, along with providing skill development in leadership areas. Liz has helped hundreds of companies and organizations create and implement strategic plans. She understands process, the human side of companies and the need to have actionable plans. She has coached hundreds of leaders to become stronger leaders and managers. She brings her sense of humor and sound facilitation and coaching skills to every engagement.

Maria Teresa Gaston

Certified ToP Facilitator and Trainer – Durham, NC

Maria Teresa Gaston is an organizational psychologist and ToP facilitator and trainer specializing in creative leadership development and facilitation of collaborative discernment and decision-making. Her formal education includes a master’s degree in Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida and an MA  and PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Maria Teresa has over 20 years experience supporting leadership development in corporate, educational, faith, and community non-profit settings. She is the director of the Foundations of Christian Leadership program at Duke Divinity School’s Leadership Education in Durham, North Carolina.

Mike Beebe

Certified ToP Facilitator (CTF) and Apprentice Trainer - Seattle, WA

Mike Beebe launched Leadership for Change consulting in 2004 to pursue his passion to build "leadership skills today for a more just tomorrow." With over 25 years experience directing several youth and young adult programs, serving on non-profit Boards, and volunteering in the community, Mike brings his real life experience into his training, facilitation and consulting with non-profits, government agencies and corporations that share Mike's wish for a more equitable world. Mike embraced ToP Facilitation Methods as an effective and fun approach to engaging participants across differences such as race, class, gender, and more. Mike's services include but are not limited to facilitation skills training, supervisory skills training, diversity, equity, and inclusion training (See his work with F.A.C.E. Consulting Collaborative), and meeting facilitation. More info is available about Mike and Leadership for Change at

Monica Murphy

Certified ToP Facilitator (CTF) and Qualified Trainer - Norcross, GA

Ms. Murphy has six years of experience as a skilled Facilitator and Facilitation Trainer. She has a passion for helping non-profit and government leaders and their team/groups communicate effectively, think strategically, and work collaboratively using methods that lead to change and action. Ms. Murphy designs and delivers interactive workshops and meetings to achieve desired outcome and change management by helping organizations align with their values, clarify goal, and identify and overcome obstacles to change. Additionally, as a Public Health Practitioner, she has 11 years of experience in coalition building and community engagement, designing and implementing programs, health education, and program evaluation.



Nancy Jackson

Certified ToP Facilitator (CTF) and Mentor Trainer - Dublin, NH

Nancy Jackson, MSW, CTF is principal consultant and owner of Gammy Bird Consulting. She is a certified ToP facilitator and focuses her work on helping organizations in transition – those experiencing a change in key leadership, contemplating a merger, or developing new strategy for growth or focus. Nancy has conducted 40 executive transitions, over a dozen mergers, and strategic plans of varying scopes for 25-30 organizations. She also trains approximately 200 people annually in ToP methods. For 18 years she was a nonprofit executive co-director of a New England based intermediary organization.



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