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About Us

We are a team of highly skilled consultants, course instructors and professionally certified facilitators from throughout the United States. All Kolbe Company consultants assist organizations in dealing with challenging situations, facilitating cultural change and leading effective meetings. Our staff has years of experience working with public agencies and most have Master’s Degrees in the sectors they specialize in. All are professionally certified facilitators and are licensed to instruct the Technology of Participation (ToP®) curriculum and other programs. Our facilitators and consultants uphold the highest levels of quality. Their expertise is recognized and validated by the professional organizations that nationally certify facilitators using a rigorous process: International Association of Facilitators, Institute of Cultural Affairs, International Coach Federation and International Association of Public Participation.

Heidi Kolbe

Heidi Kolbe

MA, CTF, CPF, MTT

Heidi specializes in large meeting and conference facilitation to achieve immediate results. She has 28 years government consulting experience.

Stephanie Ahles

Stephanie Ahles

MPA, CTF, MTT

Stephanie brings expertise in an array of initiatives, from strategic planning and skill-building to change and innovation.  She has 21 years of government experience.

Angie Asa-Lovstad

Angie Asa-Lovstad

MS, CTF, CPS

facilitates multiple sectors engaged in making community-level change happen; 18 years of community coalition experience.

Lynda Baker

Lynda Baker

MA,CTF,CPF,MTT

Lynda’s expertise includes strategic planning and workshop delivery. She has 25+ years’ consulting experience with 8 years in state government.

Karen Bane

Karen Bane

MA, PM

Karen facilitates partnerships of government agencies, scientists, non-profits and land owners to protect and restore natural resources of watersheds and bio-regions.

Holly Burkett

Holly Burkett

PhD, SPHR, CPT, ROI Cert.

Holly is an expert in evaluation and performance measurement with proven track record in training and development. Published author.

Deb Burnight

Deb Burnight

BA, CTF, MTT

Deb artfully blends over 25 years of training experience with solid facilitation skills to help groups communicate and work together effectively. She is an expert in facilitating public health accreditation.

Ester Mae Cox

Ester Mae Cox

MA, CTF, MTT

Ester Mae is a high-energy mentor facilitator who innovates – co-creating online course in virtual facilitation offered in US and globally – trainer for both online and F2F facilitation courses

Melinda Czaia

Melinda Czaia

MA

Melinda specializes in strategic planning facilitation, and training and capacity building.  She has 28 years in international development and non-profit management.

Kori Czasnojc

Kori Czasnojc

MSW, Prosci Cert.

Kori has a diversified background of more than 20 years of training, human resources, and program management.

Bill Davis

Bill Davis

MPL, CPF, CTF, MTT

Bill has extensive community and economic development experience working with rural and urban communities throughout California.

Derry Deringer

Derry Deringer

CPCC, CFRE

Derry Deringer, CPCC specializes in leadership coaching, fundraising consulting and strategic planning facilitation for government and nonprofit clients.

Laurie Dougherty

Laurie Dougherty

Laurie has a gift to engage people and encourage full participation. She has over 26 years of experience working with non-profit associations and government agencies in facilitation and training. Non-profit executive director.

Ann Epps

Ann Epps

MA CPF, MTT

Ann has extensive experience in multi-stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, and leadership development with government, business, and non-profit clients.

Becky Foreman

Becky Foreman

BA, CTF, MTT

Becky has over a decade of experience in enabling diverse organizations to create and implement plans that succeed through the power of participation. She specializes in longterm, sustainable strategy development.

Becky Groff

Becky Groff

IA

Becky specializes in strategic planning, community building, and getting to group consensus. She has 30 years in nonprofit, health care, and government facilitation experience. 

Karla Hill-Donisch

Karla Hill-Donisch

BA, MA, QTF, CTT, CTF

Karla has over 25 years of experience as a change agent putting learning into action using participatory methods. She works with youth, guiding them in the development of their leadership skills.

Stephanie Hochman

Stephanie Hochman

LCSW, CTF, ToP Trainer

Stephanie’s skillful government and non-profit facilitation is enhanced by 28 years of social service program design, community development, management and direct practice.

Kathleen Paulo

Kathleen Paulo

MSW, CTF, QT

Kathleen has deep experience in health, leadership. She holds a graduate certificate from in organization development from John F. Kennedy University.

Robert Quintana Hopkins

Robert Quintana Hopkins

MA, CTF, QTT, HRCI

Robert has served as an internal and external consultant and has over 20 years of leadership experience. He is a Real Colors certified facilitator.

Kim Roth Howe

Kim Roth Howe

CTF, MTT

Kim specializes in community development, stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, and large-scale system change, with an emphasis on equity and inclusion.

Nancy Jackson

Nancy Jackson

MSW, CTF, MTT

Nancy draws on 21 years as a certified facilitator and has extensive experience as a non-profit executive director. Specializes in sustainability and is also a DiSC work styles facilitator.

Maureen Jenkins

Maureen Jenkins

MA, CTF, CPF, MTT

Maureen has extensive experience and is an internationally recognized expert in adult education, curriculum development, and training for change management.

Dennis Jennings

Dennis Jennings

M.Div, CTF, MTT

Dennis designs and delivers in-depth training in ToP® facilitation methods and skills, serving government, corporate and non profit organizations. He has 25 years of experience.

Sherry Johnson

Sherry Johnson

M.Ed., CTF, QTT

Sherry has a strong foundation in asset-based community development.  She specializes in creative and accessible approaches to analyze data and group creation of strategy.

Nadine Lund

Nadine Lund

CPCC

Nadine specializes in leadership development and experienced in multi stakeholder strategic and action planning for government, communities and non-profits organizations.
Jay Madigan

Jay Madigan

MPA

Finding efficiencies in large water and sanitary sewer utility organizational structures, Jay’s approach to facilitation helps people make better decisions and solve complex problems.

Christine Mattos

Christine Mattos

Christine provides coaching leadership development. She has served both internally and externally in government and has worked on large-scale implementation projects involving up to 28,000 employees.

Katie Mothersell

Katie Mothersell

BA

Brings extensive marketing strategy experience for public outreach, media, public relations campaigns, and for social marketing.

Monica D. Murphy

Monica D. Murphy

MPH, CTF

With 10 years of Public Health experience, Monica specializes in teaching facilitation methods and meeting design for local, state, and federal organizations and health systems.

Robin Rifkin

Robin Rifkin

MS, CTF

Robin has over 35 years experience working in nutrition, food systems, and public health facilitating policy development and partnerships. Author of numerous journal articles and books.

Brigid Riley

Brigid Riley

BA, MPH, CTF, QT

Brigid creates and facilitates interactive experiences that amplify insights and lead to actionable next steps in government and nonprofits. More than 20 years experience in public health.

Shahrzad Saderi

Shahrzad Saderi

MBA, OCM, HBDI, FC

Shahrzad brings organizational change, training, diversity and inclusion expertise to clients in US and internationally. She facilitates programs that drive business strategy for large organizations.

Raven Tahara

Raven Tahara

BS , Graphic Recorder

Raven creates vibrant notes with visual illustrations that capture the big picture and key points of any meeting. She has 20 years experience as a designer, graphic facilitator and recorder, and brings great energy to any group she works with.

Nileen Verbeten

Nileen Verbeten

MSW, MBA, CTF, MTT

Nileen masterfully facilitates virtual meetings that engage participants across geographies. She augments her facilitation and ToP training by contributing extensive background in health and social services consulting.

Scott Winter

Scott Winter

BA, Master Facilitator

By integrating the latest research in social cognitive neuroscience and human performance, Scott works with leaders and teams struggling to improve their organizational culture. Certified coach with 30 years of experience.

Missy Wong

Missy Wong

BS

Experienced in financial and data engineering projects involving multiple and varied stakeholders to support major change initiatives.  She is involved with Blockchain technology and is active in the Stanford bitcoin reading club.