Regenerate Team

Headshot of BethMarie WardBethMarie Ward

BethMarie Ward is owner and principal of Regenerate Group. She has over 15 years of experience working in non-profits and higher education leading planning and change initiatives. She received an award for Outstanding Service during her tenure at the University of Minnesota. Her practice specializes in developing custom designs to implement whole systems change primarily with higher education and other academic resource agencies nationally. She and Connie are currently co-authoring a de-constructive, no nonsense book and resource guide on best practices and approaches to planning and systemic change with plenty of comical relief and whimsical illustrations.

Ms. Ward is an Institute of Cultural Affairs Certified ToP® Facilitator working with organizations on strategic and action planning, systems change management, leadership development, team building and succession planning. She holds an M.A. in Human Development with an emphasis on organization development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She has served on the board of Net Impact Professional Chapter, and the Minnesota Facilitators Network. Deeply committed to social justice innovation, she contributes to many community and business development projects locally and internationally. She also serves her community in San Luis Obispo, CA by facilitating creative writing through Restorative Partners for persons in-custody.

Connie Foster, PhD, CTFConnie Foster

Connie Foster is a certified facilitator specializing in working with colleges and universities on strategic and academic planning, action planning and implementation, organizational change, capacity building, and leadership development.

She worked at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF), where she served in a number of administrative positions during her 25-year career. She has served as Interim Chancellor, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies, Chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance, Athletic Director, faculty member and coach.

Connie is a member of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), and a graduate of the SCUP Planning Institute (07). She has a B.S. in psychology from California State University-Long Beach, an M.A. in physical education from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D in physical education/sport psychology from the University of Minnesota. She is an Institute of Cultural Affairs Certified ToP® Facilitator.