North Star Facilitators would be delighted to help you find just the right type of activity, workshop or intervention. You can find out more about our company and Barbara by clicking on About North Star above. We often work with other skilled facilitators, including the following people below:
Rangineh Azimzadeh’s passion for conflict resolution, facilitation and mediation have positioned her to do work internationally (including Cyprus and the West Bank) as well as domestically in these key areas. She has focused the majority of her studies and practical experience crafting her specialization in working with groups in conflict. She has created the company Solh Resolutions International, a consulting company aimed at creating systemic change that translates into peaceful processes, global resolutions to conflict, and meaningful international impact.
Leslie Brunker is the founder and president of UNLIMITED POTENTIALS Consulting Services located in Portland, Oregon. She has been a facilitator organizational consultant for over twenty years. Ms. Brunker studied the areas of Interpersonal Communication and Organizational Development, receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in these fields.
Maria Remedios “Marem” Flores is a Program Analyst/Regional Business Specialist-Healthcare for WorkSource Oregon, a statewide network of public and private partners dedicated to stimulating job growth and community development by connecting businesses and workers with the resources they need to succeed. She comes to Oregon by way of the Philippines and Australia. Before she moved to the USA and started with WorkSource, she connected people and businesses in Australia with development projects in the Philippines. She thrives in roles that get people and projects successfully collaborating and creating synergy together. Marem’s most recent project with WorkSource was being the Regional On-The-Job Training (OJT) Coordinator where she worked in partnership with the local employment offices and training providers in getting new and existing employers and jobseekers from Washington and Multnomah counties to benefit from the OJT program. She enjoys visually capturing ideas through sketchnoting (her handwritten notes are legendary) and can be counted on to conduct interviews, create presentations, and craft articles with enthusiasm and a facilitative spirit.
Sandra is a member of North Star Facilitators Diversity Facilitation Mentoring Cohort. She has completed the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) Technology of Participation (ToP®) Group Facilitation Methods & Strategic Planning training, as well as various other facilitation workshops and training. Sandra has co-facilitated a variety of strategic planning workshops and co-presented at the 2011 IAF Conference. She is a trained mediator and a member of Oregon Mediation Association (OMA). She has attended numerous mediation and conflict resolution conferences, seminars, and workshops. She is a volunteer mediator for the Multnomah County Small Claims Court Mediation program. She also does volunteer neighborhood mediation for East Metro Mediation.
Nanci Luna Jiménez, founder and president of Luna Jiménez Seminars (LJS), is recognized regionally, nationally, and internationally for her highly effective and insightful training, inclusive facilitation, and dynamic speaking with groups of diverse ages, industries, and cultural backgrounds. Following her passion, she designs and delivers unique programs that encourage individuals in their process of personal transformation, releasing individual initiative to create a more just and equitable workplace and world.
Mari has an M.A. in Conflict Resolution and a Certificate in Basic Mediation from the University of Oregon School of Law, and was a Ph.D. student in multicultural education at Simon Fraser University. Her unique approach to facilitation integrates research and practice from a variety of perspectives including intergroup dialogue, critical pedagogy, restorative justice and non-violent communication. She listens with empathy, and create spaces where diverse voices are included and power is balanced. She also uses methodologies developed by the Institute for Cultural Affairs (ICA), a leading international organization that provides training and facilitation in effective participatory group processes for sustained organizational and social change. Mari is an active member of the International Association of Facilitators.
Shane Sasnow, founder of Forward Motion Facilitation, has practiced strategy and innovation facilitation since 2008 and currently trains innovation and strategic thinking methods. He has a Masters of Science in Creativity, Creative Problem Solving, and Change Leadership from the International Center for Studies in Creativity from Buffalo State College in Buffalo NY. His Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in Seattle was in Creative Processes, it focused on understanding creative compositional techniques (digital media, writing, music, graphic design) through the lenses of psychology and philosophy. His company, Forward Motion, engages public, private, and nonprofit organizations to purposefully envision and create positive future states at the global, national, regional, city, organizational, community, and individual levels. They create enterprises that focus on the strategic development and deployment of social and government innovations and industry inventions that serve to better the lot of mankind and mitigate the negative impacts of global change.
Eunice Shankland, owner of Shankland and Associates LLC, an independent consulting firm with thirty years of international and US experience based in Centennial, CO. Eunice is a professional trainer and facilitator and a founding member of the International Association of Facilitators. She is a Technology of Participation (ToP®) Mentor Trainer for the Institute of Cultural Affairs and has served as one of its Directors. Eunice currently works with organizations, associations, agencies, businesses, and United Nations agencies in the U.S. and internationally. Eunice uses group facilitation methods to develop business models that make the organization responsive to the changing demands of their clients. She believes in the power of eliciting the group’s collective genius that enables them to adapt to the changing demands of their clients.
Judy Weddle and I have been co-training the ToP Facilitation Methods and Strategic Planning courses for more than 10 years. Judy is a professional facilitator and trainer with the Technology of Participation (ToP) Network in Chicago, Illinois, which provides facilitation and training services with organizations and communities across the United States and around the world. She has extensive experience facilitating and training with government, not-for-profit, educational and business organizations. She is particularly experienced in designing and delivering strategic planning events for government and training and facilitation events for educators, corporate groups, community planning events, and leadership programs.
Linda Ximenes has been using her knowledge and experience to facilitate and train in countless settings across this hemisphere for more than 25 years. Her specialty is working with organizations and groups that are struggling with internal issues, who need a facilitator to help them find their ground, release harmful behaviors and attitudes, establish sound working principles and approaches, and engage them in innovative problem-solving and action planning.