Meet The MNToP Community

Top Champions are persons and organizations that have produced tangible results and made a noticeable impact by implementing or integrating ToP in their work.  They are acknowledged by the local and national ToP Network as making a difference.


Since 2005, the ToP Network has recognized individuals and organizations annually for results achieved in the use of skillful participatory facilitation and bringing ‘facilitative leadership’ into the culture of their organization.  We celebrate the impact of these organizations each year as they reflect the values inherent in the ToP methods:  profound respect and inclusive participation, the desire for inclusion, to hear differing voices, to be willing to step into the void of no predetermined outcome, and to engage the creative process of people exploring and creating their own preferred future while reflecting a stance of effective facilitative leadership and building the structures of true participation.

We are proud to remember those that have received this honor from Minnesota – sponsored by MNToP, since 2005!


1. Karen Zeleznak,  City of Bloomington Public Health 

2. Sue Hedlund, Washington County Department of Public Health

3. Jennifer Obinna,V.P., Minneapolis Council on Crime & Justice  

4. Alison Smith, Carlson Companies HospitalityWorldwide

5. Clare McDonald Sexton – Hennepin Co. So. Family Services Collaborative


6. Kraig Kidd, Carlson Company – Dept of Learning & Development 

7. Sally Ruvelson, Julie Jordan, Ramsey County Community Corrections

8. Sharon Haas, MACC  Alliance of Connected Communities

9. Janet Breidigam, Greater Minneapolis Girl Scouts Council

10. Sr. Kerry O’Reilly, Arch. of St. Paul and Minneapolis: Office of Social Justice 

11. Ginny Belden Charles, Marcia Hyatt,  Waterline Consulting 


12. Rebecca Gilgen , Hennepin County SICED 

13. Carol Roberts, Director, Ramsey County Community Corrections,

14. Connie Bernardy, Education Minnesota

15. Sheila LeGeros, LeGeros International

16. Jennifer Welch, Aeritae Consulting

17. Nancy Lee, SEER Consulting


18. Kim Behrens, Best Buy Corporation

19. Bev Scow, Alice Skenandore, Wise Women Gathering Place, Green Bay, WI

20. Rachel Hefte, Hennepin County – U of Minnesota Extension


21. Sean Gosiewski, Alliance for Sustainability

22. Matt Rezac, Becky LaPlant – Blandin Foundation

23. Cristine Leavitt – Dept of Employment and Econ Development, State of MN


24. Waid Johnson, Paint the Elephant, Posthumously

25. Douglas Nonemaker, Convenor - Hennepin County Facilitation Network

26. Kathy Gilmore, Jonna Shelomith, Brian Theine,  Ramsey County Anti-Racism Leadership Team Facilitators 

27. America’s Byways Resource Center, Duluth, MN


28. Pam McBride, Youth Engagement Consultant, Minneapolis, MN

29. Anne Marie Pernice, Director OD & Learning, Cardiac & Vascular Group, Medtronic Inc., Mounds View, Minnesota

30. Mike Sable, Assistant City Manager, City of Brooklyn Park


31. LaToya Balogun, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, Minneapolis, MN

32. Evan Barnett, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, Minneapolis, MN


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