Workshop Presenters

The EAP Education Committee is delighted to present our speakers for our 2023 annual meeting.

While attendees are encouraged to attend all workshops, due to the time zones and personal obligations, attendees can select workshops at their leisure.

All times presented are in U.S. Central Time.

Friday, March 24, 2023, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM Central Time

“Changes in Latitudes …”

Effective use of RONR in meetings can be something of a “dance” between following rules strictly when necessary for the sake of order, while also taking advantage of RONR”s many opportunities for flexibility and adaptation to fit the needs of associations and the particular moment.

We will explore some of these opportunities to exercise latitude in the course of presiding, and discuss situations in which such opportunities might be (or might not be) advisable.

Greg GoodwillerGreg Goodwiller, PRP, is ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He served pastorates in Durham, NC, and Laurel Mississippi, before moving into a vocation in the middle councils of the denomination. Since 2000, he has served as the Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of St. Andrew (north Mississippi), and since the summer of 2019, he has additionally served as the Executive of the Synod of Living Waters (the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky).  

Much of his work and focus in ministry has been on church administration and governance. At the national level, he has served on the General Assembly’s Permanent Judicial Commission, including as its Clerk, on a task force that developed a revision of the denomination’s Rules of Discipline, and on the denomination’s Advisory Committee on the Constitution. He authored a pamphlet published by the PC(USA) entitled A Guide to Parliamentary Procedure in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that is now in its second edition. He holds several degrees, including a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary. He earned his P.R.P. credential in 2011.

Saturday, March 25, 2023, 11:35 AM – 12:35 PM Central Time

“Let’s Continue This Meeting”

This is an interactive discussion of the motion, Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn.  Its characteristics and limitations will be thoroughly described.  It will be revealed that this motion has applications for a myriad of situations which are encountered by organizations, but the opportunity to apply the motion is frequently not grasped. After the session, attendees will have a better understanding of the motion and be equipped to move it when it is appropriate to do so.

Lucy Anderson

Lucy Anderson is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian, (PRP) and a Certified Parliamentarian-Teacher, (CP-T).  She has conducted numerous workshops and presentations and has mentored students in the study of parliamentary procedure for completion of parliamentary certification exams.  Lucy is District 6 Director of NAP and a member of the NAP Board of Directors. She is the Chair of the Bylaws Committee of AIP.  She is a past president (2010-2011) of the Texas State Association of Parliamentarians.   She is an attorney and a member of the State Bar of Texas.  She resides in Houston, Texas.

Saturday, March 25, 2023, 11:35 AM – 12:35 PM Central Time

Not So Fast

Mark Twain said “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” Much of our early parliamentary learning focuses on “facts,” such as a Point of Order always interrupts the speaker. But does it? The word “except” appears 235 times in RONR. Advanced parliamentary knowledge comes with understanding not just the rule, but the exception, which gives greater insight into the purpose and the meaning of the rule. This session will explore some well-known and some hidden exceptions. Bring your thinking cap and prepare to challenge some assumptions.

Colette TrohanColette Trohan, PRP, CPP-T has over 25 years of experience helping clients in just about every organizational situation. She is known for her ability to apply customized strategies to client issues and her energetic training style. An expert in association governance and all related rules and documents, she wrote the Great Leader Series to provide the presiding officer, delegates, other leaders, and members with the tools to have great meetings.


Saturday, March 25, 2023, 1:20 PM – 2:20 PM Central Time

Enough Already

Have you ever been in a meeting when you have had enough of the debate while others feel there is still more to say?  This workshop will focus on the motion to Limit or Extend limits of Debate and the motion for the Previous Question to provide participants with ways to limit some activity and provide latitude in other ways. 

Marsha Thornton

Marsha Thornton, PRP, has been a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) since 2008 and a PRP since 2018. Marsha is a recent retiree of AT&T after 27 years of service and in her last role was Director of Financial Analysis primarily responsible for forecasting/budgeting AT&T’s Business Voice portfolio.   Currently, Marsha is President of Manifest Resolutions Consulting Company, LLC dedicated to assisting individuals and organizations to move things forward by offering parliamentary consulting, mediation services, and negotiation support.  Ms. Thornton holds a bachelor’s degree in finance, a master’s degree in business administration both from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and a master’s degree in conflict resolution from Southern Methodist University.

Saturday, March 25, 2023, 1:20 PM – 2:20 PM Central Time

Bendable Amendable

How do I amend thee, let me count the ways. This workshop will focus on the six types of amendments, what secondary amendments are in order, what the options are after an amendment has passed, and strategies if it has failed.

Andrea HazzardAndrea Hazzard is a Register Parliamentarian. She has a B.S. in Microbiology, an MBA from Rider University, and a law degree from NYU. She practiced law for a large New York City law firm prior to moving into compliance work for government programs for private companies. She is currently the Vice President of a government program at National Vision Administrators.

She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. where she is the parliamentarian for both her chapter and the State of New Jersey. She is a member of the Green Gavel Electronic Unit and the New Jersey State Association of Parliamentarians.

When she is not cooking, you can find her on LinkedIn Learning or other educational sites to try to fulfill her passion for learning new things, which was the draw for parliamentary procedure. She enjoys creative writing, movies, music, and laughing with her daughter.