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Eastern Kentucky University’s Facilitation Center is pleased to announce that Stefanie Ashley was recently awarded the accreditation of Certified Professional Facilitator through the International Association of Facilitators (IAF). Stefanie has been employed with EKU's Facilitation Center for more than ten years and provides process facilitation services for groups and organizations in areas such as decision making, strategic planning and goal setting.  Clients served by EKU’s Facilitation Center include government agencies, non-profit organizations, higher education institutions, communities and corporations.

“It was a rigorous process, but well worth it,” Ashley said. “At the conclusion of the certification process, the assessment process manager commented there are less than 1,000 facilitators worldwide who have achieved the designation. To me, that continues to set the facilitation center apart as a national leader in facilitation.”

Current and former Facilitation Center clients include the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, Madison County Fiscal Court, College of William & Mary, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, International Coach Federation and Kentucky Head Start Association.

The assessment process is based on rigorous peer review of knowledge, experience and demonstration of skills. The IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator designation indicates the attainment of these core competencies. The professional facilitator designation offers clients an assurance that those who are certified are qualified to design and provide essential group facilitation services.

"The IAF Certified Professional Facilitator designation demonstrates the Facilitation Center's commitment to excellence and innovation. It is both an endorsement of the current high-quality services our Center provides, as well as an assurance to our clients that we are continually striving to improve our abilities to meet future needs,” said EKU's Facilitation Center director Karen Russell.

The Facilitation Center at EKU promotes the use of a facilitative process for information collection, group decision making, and planning by providing meeting facilitation services, training and job analysis to clients throughout the country.

To learn more about EKU’s Facilitation Center and its services, please visit For more information about the International Association of Facilitators, please visit