2022-2023 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.
It takes a team effort to lead NSA Minnesota. Here are the roles that each Director is currently serving:
Jon Lokhorst, CPA, PCC, is a leadership coach, keynote speaker, corporate trainer, and author of Mission-Critical Leadership: How Smart Managers Lead Well in All Directions. Before launching Lokhorst Consulting LLC, Jon enjoyed a 30-plus year career as a CPA, CFO, and organizational leader. He has a masters degree in organizational leadership and is recognized by the International Coach Federation as a Professional Certified Coach. He also serves as adjunct faculty in the School of Business and Nonprofit Management at North Park University. On a personal note, Jon loves grandparenting and being “Papa” to his four adorable littles, as he calls them.
Jason Hunt makes it easier for people to like and follow their leaders. He is the founder and CEO of Eye Squared Leadership and has had the pleasure of working with over 15,000 people in organizations large and small. 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 in a number of leadership positions, including the principal of a school. Jason has a master’s degree in leadership, is certified by the John Maxwell Leadership Institute, and is the author of five books. Jason lives in Owatonna, MN with his wife, four kids, and Boston terrier named Archie.
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.
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.
An experienced mediator, Sherry Ann Bruckner helps people engage in constructive conversations. As a professional speaker and trainer, she gives leaders the strategies to resolve conflict and create peace both internally and externally. A licensed attorney, Sherry brings understanding from practicing civil and family law for 20 years, and from her own path to personal peace. She also studied conflict resolution at Rothberg International School in Jerusalem, and graduate studies in moral theology. Sherry believes strongly in the transformational power of clarity, compassion, curiosity, and cribbage. A Rotarian and active community volunteer, she enjoys biking, hiking, kayaking, and sizzling scallops.
Director of Membership
Tim was a police officer since 1992 and had many roles during his career with the Detroit Lakes, MN Police Department -- DARE Instructor, Patrol Sergeant, Investigative Sergeant, K-9 Handler, and Chief of Police. He retired in 2016 after over 24 years in law enforcement and 3 years as a correctional officer. In 2016, Tim began sharing powerful stories and music to describe the personal and emotional aspects of his leadership and life voyage, and found that others can benefit from knowing that they are not alone in their own journey. After attending the NSA-MN Speakers’ Academy in 2017-2018, he joined as a Professional Member and served as the NSA-MN Membership Director from 2019-2021. He is honored to serve another term in that capacity.
Speaker Academy Dean
As a young child, Jean Abbott was misdiagnosed with spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy. After 33 years of countless doctor’s visits, medical procedures, unnecessary medications and surgeries, she was correctly diagnosed with dopa responsive dystonia (DRD) and given a new life! Jean is the author of Misdiagnosed: My Thirty-Year Struggle with a Debilitating Disorder I Never Had and has appeared on the Today show and in Good Housekeeping and the U.K.'s Daily Mail. People from around the world have contacted Jean to tell her how inspired they were by her journey from “wheels to heels." These days, Jean enjoys all the adventures of her new life, but wouldn't change the journey that brought her to where she is today. Her positive attitude is highly contagious as she encourages others to appreciate the little things.
James Robilotta, CSP
James Robilotta, CSP, is an author, speaker, and emcee. His book, Leading Imperfectly, is available wherever people buy books. He speaks internationally to willing and unwilling attendees about curiosity, authentic leadership, and vulnerability. His clients include American Express, GE, Accenture, MIT, Yale University, and many others. James’ thought-provoking talks are infused with self-awareness and comedy stemming from his background as a trained stand-up and improv comedian. On his podcast “Diner Talks with James” he recreates the deep and hysterical late night conversations with people you never want to leave over food you probably shouldn’t be eating.
Dr. Lyman K. (Manny) Steil, CSP, CLP, and CPAE, is internationally known as "The Ambassador of Listening" and a "Speaker Worth Listening To." Dr. Steil is CEO and Chairman of the International Listening Leadership Institute. For more than 57 years, Dr. Manny Steil has helped millions of individuals and numerous organizations throughout 25 countries positively impact their performance, productivity, profitability, and pleasure through enhanced listening and leadership. He has been inducted into both the National Speakers Association’s Speakers Hall of Fame and the Minnesota Speaker Hall of Fame.
Randall Munson works with organizations that want to do business more creatively and with event planners who want more exciting meetings and conferences. Randall has a proven track record: a Certified Speaking Professional who has presented in 49 states and 44 countries across 6 continents and has been inducted into three speaker halls of fame and earned a Lifetime Achievement Award for speaking excellence. Imagine an exciting speaker who’s also an experienced business executive, an insightful teacher, a best-selling author, and an award-winning comedy magician and ventriloquist. Randall Munson is all of these, delivering a refreshing blend of information, inspiration and insight, sparkling with warmth, humor and magic.
Friday, August 19, 2022 10:00 AM
North Oaks Golf Club, 54 East Oaks Rd, North Oaks, MN 55127
Monday, August 29, 2022 7:00 PM
Plymouth Comfort Inn, 3000 Harbor Lane North, Plymouth, MN 55447
Thursday, September 08, 2022 5:30 PM
Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Boulevard, Golden Valley, MN
Check the events page for a complete listing of upcoming programs.