Welcome to MAFN!

MAFN is a community of professionals dedicated to advancing excellence in facilitation. Supporting facilitators in Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and around the globe, MAFN...


  • Provides resources, knowledge, and encouragement for individuals to grow their facilitation skills and confidence;
  • Promotes the value of facilitation to business, government, and non-profit leaders; and
  • Develops facilitation opportunities by identifying and sharing projects for and among our members.  

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Be part of our dynamic community and connect with others who share the same passion and interest in facilitation. Learn with us, find new business opportunities, and advance yourself and the field of facilitation.


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Next Event

Growing the Pie: Working Together to Increase the Number of Meetings that Engage Professional Facilitators – presented by Robin Camarote
  Presented by Robin Camarote

June 9th, 12 pm

Online Workshop using Adobe Connect

Join us to discuss how we can work together as a community to increase the number of meetings that engage professional facilitators. More details coming so


Presented by Robin Camarote of Federal MicroConsulting

Additional Information:

  • Approximately 2-3 days prior to this workshop, you will receive additional, more detailed instructions for joining the live session. 
  • The workshop will begin promptly at noon Eastern Time, but we strongly recommend you log-in to the website at 11:45 am to address any connection issues.
  • If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact Megan Primeau (email: mpeducatefacilitate@gmail.com; text/call: 416-885-2513)

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"Process-based Faciltiation:" An Overview of the 12 Principles 

June 23rd, 8:30am - 12 pm

DC Workshop

GAO Office, Washington, DC

In the book Process-Based Facilitation authored by Mr. Wayne Vick (inaugural leader of MAFN) he outlines the 12 principles of facilitation.  Mr. Vick describes these principles as guides, those things abided by that enable one to live and honor personal values.  He indicates that just a few principles guide the majority of our behavior and actions…so the principles of facilitation are at the heart of what we do to make the values of facilitation real.  In the MAFN session the participants will explore the importance of each principle the tools and practices that are aligned with the 12 principles.

Thus, participants will discover:

  • The importance of the 12 principles.

  • The meaning of the principles.

  • How the principles impact their facilitation practice and the practice within the facilitation community.

About the Presenters

Wayne J. Vick, MBA, CPF, has been the heart of facilitation in the Washington, DC region for nearly 25 years. During this period, he served as the President of the Association for Quality and Participation (AQP), National Capital Chapter; founded and served as the Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network (MAFN) for 17 years; and created and directed the AQP and MAFN Facilitator’s Workshop Series for 18 years. He also served as an adjunct professor for the Organizational Sciences program of George Washington University teaching “Team Coaching and Facilitation.”

Mr. Vick is an independent facilitator providing Process-Based Facilitation services to a wide variety of clients centered on strategy, measurement system development, problem-solving, process mapping and improvement. He has been researching and writing on a variety of topics related to facilitation for more than 25 years, much of which he has included, in some form, in his book, Process-Based Facilitation or has been updated for the Process-Based Facilitation Toolkit he will publish in 2017.

Charles D. Markert, MPA, PE, CPF is a consultant and facilitator in applying business process enhancement methodologies. He has 30 years of public sector civil engineering and management experience in facility and infrastructure design, planning and improvement. He started facilitating in 1990 and turned to full-time facilitating of meetings, workshops and off-sites for clients in 1996. His specialty is Project Partnering. He is the co-author of “Partnering in Construction: A Practical Guide to Project Success.” He also facilitates strategic planning, reengineering, process mapping and innovation workshops. His clients include Federal and State government agencies, military, for profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Mr. Markert is a Past Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network. His education includes BSCE,Michigan State University, MSOE, University of Rhode Island, and MPA, American University. He is a registered PE, Virginia, CPF, IAF (2002 to 2014). He resides in Purcellville, VA.

Dawn Rhine, CPF, is the Principal of SYNERGY FORCES. She is an enthusiastic, IAF-Certified Professional Facilitator™ (IAF-CPF™), with demonstrated proficiency in group dynamics and the development of principles, practices and methodologies for focused team collaboration.

With about 20 years prior experience as a management executive and as an independent, professional facilitator, Ms. Rhine offers expertise to effectively draw out the collective wisdom of your team, leading to greater productivity, consensus, and results.

Cynthia Pace, Ph.D, CPF, is the principal of PACEMAKER, LLC. They help individuals and organizations “Experience Their Greatness” by identifying needed leadership behaviors that produce successful results. Her specialty is assisting organizations in creating a culture of trust and personal responsibility. She primarily serves the government and nonprofit sectors as a trainer, facilitator, speaker and organizational development consultant. Dr. Pace was formerly a Community College President and served the higher education arena.  She holds a Master’s and Doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration from The Ohio State University (1979).

Dr. Pace provides Group Facilitation services as a cornerstone of her work since 2000. She is well known for facilitating and creating events (large and small) that are engaging, interactive and exciting using various tools, including graphic facilitation, to achieve the desired outcomes for the client. She was designated a Certified Professional Facilitator by the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) in 2003. She is also a member and former co-chair of the Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network (MAFN) as well as the former Dean of the Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network University. Dr. Pace is presently the United States Director of the International Association of Facilitators. She resides in Baltimore, MD.

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Upcoming Events

06/23/2017 8:30 AM • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9


Are you looking for a facilitator for an upcoming meeting or retreat? Do you need a neutral person to conduct your meeting, guiding the group to productive outcomes?

MAFN runs the Find-A-Facilitator Service, the only service of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Browse through the facilitators in our database, many of whom are based in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. All are members of MAFN and are committed to the highest professional standards in professional facilitation.

Facilitators who have the Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) designation have met and maintained the high standards in professional group facilitation set by the International Association of Facilitators and meet or exceed the Competencies required of professional facilitators.

Coming Soon: search the Find-A-Facilitator database to identify facilitators with specific skills and experience.

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