2020-2021 Board of Directors
NSA-Minnesota is honored to have a talented, service-oriented, engaged Board of Directors! They are professional speakers dedicated to supporting NSA Minnesota as the premier association for professional speakers in Minnesota and surrounding states.
International bilingual inspirational speaker and author of four books, Marci speaks at banking conferences and associations, women's leadership conferences, and faith-based events. She shares her amazing story of survival (from earthquake, hurricane, to a civil war) and her subsequent business success as a first-generation immigrant from Nicaragua. She moved to Minneapolis in 1986 where she began her career in banking as a teller and rose to the level of Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and later as Chief Risk Officer of a bank she co-founded in 2005. She consults with community financial institutions on strategic planning, enterprise risk management, treasury management and talent management to help strengthen their infrastructure. Marci's mission as a speaker is to inspire and educate her audience.
Liz Uram is a nationally recognized leadership expert who works with companies to equip their leaders with the skills they need to be successful. Known as the Queen of Ops, Liz sees through confusion and clutter to find ways to get results better, faster and more cost-effectively. Whether she’s training at a client location or speaking at a leadership conference, Liz’s audiences get practical solutions to everyday leadership challenges. After 20 years of practicing, studying, and teaching leadership skills, she has developed a set of tools that work – including four books. Liz empowers her audiences and readers to anticipate and solve problems, develop and involve others to find innovative improvements, and attract and retain top talent.
With a doctorate in performance psychology, Dr. Cindra Kamphoff is a keynote speaker, trainer, and high-performance coach for leaders, businesses and elite athletes to help them master mental strategies to gain the high performance edge. Through Cindra’s book, Beyond Grit: Ten Powerful Practices to Gain the High-Performance Edge, her keynotes and training, leaders learn how to overcome the odds, live with purpose, and play bigger to reach their best more often.
Jon Lokhorst, CPA, ACC, is an executive leadership coach, speaker, and author. Organizations hire him to develop leaders everyone wants to follow and build teams no one wants to leave. Before launching Lokhorst Consulting LLC, Jon enjoyed a 30-plus year career as a CPA, CFO, and organizational leader. He has a masters in Organizational Leadership and is recognized by the International Coach Federation as an Associate Certified Coach. Jon serves as adjunct faculty for North Park University’s School of Business and Nonprofit Management.
Dr. Janel Anderson is the founder of Working Conversations and is a keynote speaker, author, and trainer. Part professor, part coach, part comedian, she offers practical strategies that can be implemented immediately, while making the audience laugh while they learn. Janel holds a PhD in organizational communication from Purdue University and wrote her dissertation on virtual team communication 20 years ago. She speaks on virtual teamwork, managing virtual teams, communication, and leadership.
Kathi Osmonson began firefighting in 1987 and soon realized that the best way to fight a fire is to prevent one. In the 1990s, youth firesetting was a leading cause of fire and she focused on preventing youth-set fires. She is currently a subject matter expert on the topic with a masters degree in Forensic Behavioral Health. Before Covid she was speaking internationally on the topic; now she is working with FEMA and the national fire academy to bring this training online. She also works with the State Fire Marshal Division to coordinate the MN Youth Fire Intervention Team.
Having worked in law enforcement for 25 years, the emotional roller coaster of police work started to catch up with Tim during his tenure as Chief of Police of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, reaching a critical point when one of his best friends and partners took his own life. As part of his own healing process, Tim found that speaking publicly about personal and emotional topics was also helpful to others who benefited from knowing that they are not alone in their own journey. Tim (aka “The Off Duty Chief”) now enlightens his audiences with heartfelt stories and entertaining music aimed at helping them to achieve balance, harmony and wellness. He uses the power of music during his presentation to inspire and move his audience.
HR thought leader Stacy Johnston provides innovative HR training and solutions with a passion to support mission driven organizations in understanding and engaging their biggest competitive advantage… their employees. She is an experienced speaker and trainer, licensed attorney and holds the SHRM-CP (Society for Human Resource Management – Certified Professional) and PHR (Professional in Human Resources) credentials. Stacy is actively involved in the community and serves as a Board member at the Ordean Foundation, the Duluth Playhouse, and the Lake Superior Chapter Association for Talent Development.
Jason Hunt teaches leaders how to bring out the best in those they serve. Jason's first major leadership role was to run a branch of 100 church members in outer Siberia when he was 19. Since then, he has served as a principal of a junior high, received a master’s degree in leadership, was certified by the John Maxwell Leadership Institute, wrote a book called The Other Side: 5 Rules for Leading with Influence, and he founded Eye Squared Leadership, a speaking and training company. Jason is highly interactive, full of practical tools, and cares deeply about helping others grow.
Speaker Academy Dean,
An experienced speaker, facilitator and instructional designer, Robin has a passion for personal and professional development. With 20+ years of corporate experience in the training industry, she is an Everything DiSC Certified Facilitator, a Five Behaviors Accredited Facilitator, and MBTI Certified Practitioner and a member of the National Speakers Association. Using proven methodologies and personalized experiences, Robin helps individuals and teams achieve transformational and sustainable changes.