2021-2022 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:
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.
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.
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 story of survival (from
earthquake, hurricane, to a civil war) and 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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a participant on the Discovery Channel show “The Wheel” in 2017, Luke survived over 60 days alone in six different locations throughout South America without any prior training aside from basic backpacking experience. He independently learned to excel in the wild: building complex shelters with the materials available, foraging for food, and escaping the extreme situations that he encountered. Luke attributes his success to an even greater challenge he faced in 2013, when he was diagnosed with and subsequently beat stage 3 thyroid cancer. When not working as a master plumber or delivering inspiration to audiences around the world, Luke can be found enjoying the outdoors with his wife and five sons.
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.
Check the events page for a complete listing of upcoming programs.