Stay, Learn, Connect: 2019 Skills Symposium

Mary Hamel - Stoughton, WI

Mary Hamel

Mary has over 20 years as a full-time public participation manager, primarily in a state environmental and natural resources agency, designing and running P2 projects as well as providing training and mentoring for staff and management.

A respected and sought-after trainer, Mary has been a certified trainer and course developer for the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) since 2000, delivering training in 8 countries on 5 continents. As an adjunct associate professor, she teaches a university graduate seminar in public participation and as a member of IAP2’s faculty she has trained and mentored new IAP2 trainers.

Mary will be teaching the following courses:

Planning for Effective Public Participation

Techniques for Effective Public Participation

John Godec - Scottsdale, AZ

John Godec

John Godec is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), coach and consultant. He’s a developer of both the IAP2 Foundations and newly revamped Outrage Strategies courses, Master Certified Public Participation Professional (MCP3) and adjunct professor at Indiana University. Godec’s a roster member of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, trained thousands, facilitated and managed thousands of meetings, workshops and projects throughout the America’s, the Caribbean, Europe, Australasia, South Africa and Middle East. He’s the past Communications Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and former Director of Issues and Crisis Management for Motorola Corporation.

John will be teaching the following courses:

Strategies for Dealing with
Opposition & Outrage in P2

(Re)Building Public Trust

Anne Carroll - Saint Paul, MN

Anne Carroll

Anne Carroll has been a consultant and trainer in public involvement and strategic planning for many years serving both public and nonprofit sectors. She focuses on designing and implementing inclusive and substantive stakeholder engagement on important public issues, reaching out to and engaging diverse groups of people and perspectives, and tackling complex and multi-stakeholder environments. She served for 16 years as an elected member of the citywide St. Paul Board of Education, and serves as a board member or committee chair with the International Association for Public Participation USA and the Midwest Chapter, Minnesota Education Equity Partnership, and See more information at

Anne will be teaching the following courses:

Designing for Diversity:
Engaging Underrepresented Stakeholders

Investing in your P2 Infrastructure

Marijoan (MJ) Bull - Rehoboth, MA

Anne Carroll

Marijoan Bull, PhD, AICP, has over 30 years of professional planning experience, conducting planning, management, community engagement, implementation, and evaluative activities. This includes municipal, regional, and non-profit work. In addition, she is Professor Emerita of Westfield State University, having co-authored a textbook, Housing in America: An Introduction, taught regional planning courses for 11 years, and conducted academic and civic engagement research in the areas of sustainability, housing, and neighborhood revitalization. She is active in IAP2 USA, the American Planning Association, and is a certified planner.

MJ will be teaching the following course:

Investing in your P2 Infrastructure

Kim Hyshka - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Kim Hyshka

Kim Hyshka, based in Edmonton AB, is a Principal with Dialogue Partners Inc. With over 10 years working in the field of engagement, she has developed a passion for designing and facilitating conversations that matter and creating engagement experiences where participants feel valued, relationships are built and initiatives and projects move forward. Experienced in both large and small-scale projects, she has facilitated community forums in large urban centers as well as walked pipelines with Elders in the remote wilderness. Kim is an active member of IAP2 Canada and is a licensed IAP2 Foundations trainer and co-develops and trains Dialogue Partners’ courses.

Kim will be teaching the following courses:

Group Facilitation Skills for Public Involvement

When Things Go Sideways

Meaningful Tools, Powerful Techniques

Erin Pote - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Erin Pote

Erin brings her background as a teacher, along with skills and experience as a facilitator on complex, emotional issues. She is a trainer and developer of Dialogue Partners’ courses and advanced training programs in Public Engagement. She has assisted in the design and delivery of countless client custom courses and regularly supports the creation of new material and exercises for these courses. She specializes in design and implementation techniques for public participation that support a shift from conflict to constructive participation. She regularly teaches courses and workshops on techniques for high emotion public participation, including photo voice and Socratic circle.

Erin will be teaching the following courses:

Group Facilitation Skills for Public Involvement

When Things Go Sideways

Meaningful Conversations, Powerful Techniques

Susanna Haas Lyons - Fort Langley, BC, Canada

Susanna Haas Lyons

Susanna Haas Lyons, M.A., is a civic engagement specialist. Bridging online and face-to-face methods, she has worked for over 15-years on large and complex engagement projects across North America. Susanna designs participation strategies, facilitates complex meetings, and provides training for better conversations between decision-makers and those most impacted by the issue. Susanna is a judge for IAP2 Canada’s annual Core Values Awards, which recognize excellence and innovation in public participation.

Susanna will be teaching the following courses:

Social Media & Public Participation:
how to design and host effective online engagement

Large Scale Engagement Techniques

Evaluating & Measuring Public Participation

Amanda Nagl - Denver, CO

Amanda Nagl

Amanda Nagl has led community conversations and engagement efforts in three of Colorado’s front-range cities as a professional problem solver, in local government, for almost 20 years. Her work now is to assist governments in the creation of consistent, comprehensive community engagement strategies, utilizing online tools as a mechanism for inclusion. Amanda has degrees in Psychology and Organizational Leadership and Human Resources; graduated from Colorado Chiefs of Police Command School and IACP Leadership in Police Organizations. Her work in Restorative Justice has been recognized by Harvard as a “Bright Idea in Government.”

Amanda will be teaching the following course:

A Strategic Approach to Online Engagement

Alan Beattie - Perth, Western Australia

Alan Beattie

Alan Beattie, is the Social Enterprise Manager at Holyoake, Perth, Western Australia. Alan has been an IAP2 accredited trainer since 2005 delivering training both within Australia and internationally.
Alan has worked in a range of sectors in both a public participation and community/ economic development context: Indigenous people, refugees, sport & recreation, health (physical and social/emotional wellbeing), arts and infrastructure to name but a few.
Alan commenced his role at Holyoake in January 2017 and has linked his P2 knowledge and skills with Holyoake’s award winning DRUMBEAT program to develop a new and highly innovative public participation / community development technique.”

Alan will be teaching the following course:

DRUMBEAT® as a Tool For P2

Dee Brooks - Mawson, ACT, Australia

Dee Brooks

Dee Brooks is the Director of the Jeder Institute and a Holyoake, DRUMBEAT Master Trainer. She is a passionate and highly energetic international community engagement and development trainer who also provides professional facilitation and keynote addresses for conferences, forums and events across the globe.
Dee is a founding member and Facilitator of the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Asia Pacific Network, an ABCD trainer and consultant, an Art of Hosting trained facilitator, a Flow Game Host and a DRUMBEAT Facilitator.
Dee is an International Faculty Member & Board Member of the ABCD Institute based at Northwestern University, Chicago, U.S.A. and a Steward of the international ABCD in Action Network.

Dee will be teaching the following course:

DRUMBEAT® as a Tool For P2

Doug Sarno - Ijamsville, MD

Doug Sarno

Doug Sarno has over 30 years of public participation experience, facilitating thousands of public meetings, dozens of stakeholder advisory boards and many national and international stakeholder forums. He has trained professionals in a wide range of topics in over a dozen countries. He was an original designer of the IAP2 Foundations Training, which he has taught to thousands of students. He has developed many innovative approaches and tools in participation, including the IAP2 Spectrum and the USEPA public participation guide and video training. He served as IAP2 Executive Director of IAP2 and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.B.A.

Doug will be teaching the following course:

Making Public Meetings Work for You & Your Stakeholders

Carolyn Shadle - La Jolla, CA

Carolyn Shadle

Carolyn Shadle has devoted her career to helping individuals and organizations reach success, with a focus on enhancing interpersonal skills. For many years she administered professional development programs in university-based centers, working with public agencies and businesses. She now directs the non-profit Interpersonal Communication Services, Inc. through which she offers training and writing in developing effective communication skills leading to improved civic dialogue, enhanced client engagement and more positive collaboration. She has a Ph.D. in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from SUNY/Buffalo.

Carolyn will be teaching the following course:

Building Trust Through Civil Communication

John L. Meyer - La Jolla, CA

John L. Meyer

John L. Meyer has taught and trained at the university level and with public agencies, organizations and business. His teachings have been in the field of communication, including public speaking, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and theater arts. Participants in his sessions find his dramatic style to be engaging – while being informative. He has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota.

John will be teaching the following course:

Building Trust Through Civil Communication

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