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MCA 2015 Summer Conference

Michigan Community Action

2015 Summer Conference

July 28 – 30 in Bellaire, MI


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Featured Speakers

See information about each speaker in the conference program.

  • The Fine Art of People Power – Jonathan Michael Bowman, Clear Picture Leadership
  • Transition to Success – Marcella Wilson, Matrix Human Services
  • Wednesday lunch speaker – Matthew J. Wesaw, Director of Michigan Department of Civil Rights
  • Thursday breakfast speaker – Brian Mills, Chief Operating Officer of MSHDA
  • Thursday lunch speaker – Valerie Brader, Director of the Michigan Agency for Energy

Breakout Sessions

This year's conference sessions will feature the following topics: Social Ventures/Social Enterprise, ROMA/Organizational Standards, FACSPro: Making it work for you and your agency, Early Education, Leadership Development, Customer Service, and More!

*Leadership Development Institute on July 28-29 requires separate registration.

**Regional Planning sessions are informal meetings of neighboring agencies who want to discuss possible collaborations. A schedule will be developed following a survey of agencies’ interests.

See full description of each session in the conference program.

Tuesday, July 28

Morning Sessions

  • From Big Screens to Big Dreams: Adaptive Re-Use in Lincoln Park – Louis Piszker and Mia Cupp, Wayne Metropolitan CAA
  • From Good to Great: The Expanded Role of CAA Boards – Regina Funkhouser, Nonprofit Network
  • Leadership Development Institute*
  • FACSPro Questions, Answers, and Solutions! – Keith Schafer, MCA and Amy Dillon, BCAEO
  • Head Start Directors Meeting (All Day Session)
  • From Grant Seeker to Grant Maker – Katy Kibbey, Jonathan Shearrod, and Laura Mann, Wayne Metropolitan CAA
  • From Good to Great: The Expanded Role of CAA Boards – Regina Funkhouser, Nonprofit Network (continued)
  • Michigan Agency for Energy—Customer Assistance Programs – Susan Corbin and Wanda Jones, Michigan Agency for Energy
  • Leadership Development Institute*
  • Setting Up FACSPro to Empower Agency Efficiencies – Panel Discussion
  • Head Start Directors Meeting (All Day Session)
  • Regional Planning—Single County Agencies Meeting**

Afternoon Sessions

  • Silver Key Coalition Update – Jim McGuire, AAA-1B
  • The ABCs of Organizational Standards – Jarle Crocker, Community Action Partnership
  • When to Borrow: Evaluating Capital Projects – Bryan Kieler, IFF
  • Leadership Development Institute*
  • FACSPro and ROMA – Amy Dillon, BCAEO
  • Head Start Directors Meeting (All Day Session)
  • Regional Planning: Region 5—Mid Michigan, EightCAP, Saginaw**
  • MCA Aging Committee
  • Building Collaborations that Work – Jarle Crocker, Community Action Partnership
  • All Onboard! New Employee Orientation – Yvonne Herman and Kimika Moore, Wayne Metro CAA
  • Leadership Development Institute*
  • Using FACSPro for Non-CSBG programs – Panel Discussion
  • Head Start Directors Meeting
  • MCA Finance Committee Meeting

Wednesday, July 29

Morning Sessions

  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Community Action – Panel Discussion
  • OMB Grant Reform—A Dive into the Uniform Grant Guidance – Amanda Ward, Plante Moran
  • Strategic Planning for CAAs – Jarle Crocker, Community Action Partnership
  • Leadership Development Institute*
  • FACSPro "Bridges" and other Workarounds – Tara Reynolds and Sarah Toney , Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency
  • Overview of the Early Childhood “System” in Michigan – Holly Wingard, Early Childhood Invest Corp.
  • Regional Planning**
  • Focus on the Frontline: Keeping Frontline Staff Informed – Panel Discussion
  • Generating Unrestricted Revenue through Mixed Use Development – Panel Discussion
  • Leadership Development Institute*
  • Know Your CSBG Act: Win Friends, Influence Policy, and Amaze your Monitors! – Kate Martin, KMartin Works
  • Transition to Success – Marcella Wilson, Matrix Human Services
  • MCA Legislative Committee Meeting

Afternoon Sessions

  • Strengthening Families – Holly Wingard, Early Childhood Development Corp.
  • Fiscal Grab Bag: Agency Wide Budgets, Procurement, Indirect Costs, Activity Sheets, and More – Plante Moran
  • Leadership Development Institute*
  • Healthy Agencies, Healthy Communities: Effecting Change through Empowerment Training and a Focus on Stabilization – Gwen Robels and Rachel Ahee, Community Action House
  • Regional Planning: Region 6—HDC, CACS, GCCARD, BWCA
  • Grow Up Great/Family Financial Literacy – Lynn Henley, Jennifer Morris, and Anne Harpe, PNC
  • ROMA Implementation in Kalamazoo County – Amber Leverette and Scott Jansen, Kalamazoo County CAA
  • A Real Person, A Caring Voice: Operationalizing an Integrated Call Center System – Mia Cupp and Jeremy Biddle, Wayne Metropolitan CAA
  • Leadership Development Institute*
  • Community Action Partnership Update – Jarle Crocker, Community Action Partnership
  • Regional Planning—Ottawa County CAA, CA of Allegan Count, ACSET (Kent County), Community Action (Barry County)

Thursday morning, July 30

  • Monitoring of the New Organizational Standards: What to Expect – Kate Martin, KMartin Works
  • Media Relations and Agency PR – Barbara Lezotte, Lezotte Miller
  • Building and Organizing Community Assets to Maximize Impact – Dave Woodward, Center for Progressive Leadership
  • MCA Directors Council Meeting
  • Community Needs Assessments – Kate Martin, KMartin Works
  • Best Practices: Effectively Understanding and Reviewing Your Organization’s Retirement Plan – Jay Ferguson, Mutual of America
  • Community Development and Environmental Justice – Panel Discussion
  • MCA Directors Council Meeting


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