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2016 ACAAA Annual Conference

Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association

May 25-27, 2016 in Little Rock, AR


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The words of Dr. Seuss—“To the world, you may be just one person; but to one person, you may be the world”—seem like a rather fitting sentiment to apply to the world of Community Action, in which small, individual acts of assistance accumulate to make big change.  That’s why the Good Doctor provides us our ACAAA Annual Conference for 2016 – that, and the irresistible high spirits that his work inevitably brings!

Pre-Conference Sessions (May 24)

  • Nuts and Bolts of Board Governance, Training for Community Action Boards of Directors – Veronica Zhang, CAPLAW
  • Introducing an Effective Approach to Help-Giving, Training for Direct Service Staff: Family Development, Case Management, Head Start Family Engagement, etc. – Dr. Barbara Mooney
  • The 2Gen Framework – Paige Teegarden, VP of Strategic Initiatives; Garrett County Community Action

Special Guest Speakers

  • Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin
  • Uniting to Fight Poverty – Greg Kaufmann, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress and Editor, TalkPoverty.org
  • Community Action Partnership Update – Denise Harlow, CEO, Community Action Partnership
  • ROMA Next Gen Update – Dr. Barbara Mooney, Research Fellow, National Association of State Community Services Programs & Director, Association of Nationally Certified ROMA Trainers
  • Roaring Fires, Flickering Flames, Dying Embers or Cold Ashes? – Charles Petty, CSP, CPAE, Ph.D.
  • Legislative Update – David Bradley, Executive Director, National Community Action Foundation

Conference Events

  • ACAAA Professional Affiliate & Networking Meetings
  • ACAAA Award Presentations


Workshops are being offered in four groupings – see conference agenda for info on each session

Vision & Direction

  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go!: Maximizing Your Strategic Plan – Denise Harlow, CAP
  • The Cat in the Hat Comes Back: ROMA Next Gen – Terry Bearden, NCRMT, ACAAA
  • Horton Hears a Who, What and How of Advocacy – Tamika Edwards, Senior Policy Analyst and Kerri Sernel, Outreach Director, Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families
  • One Dollar, Two Dollar, Old Dollar, New Dollar: Introduction to Nonprofit Fundraising – Rebecca Reynolds, ACAAA


  • Thing One Plus Thing One Equals Thing Two: Preparing for Your Audit – Kyle Elmore, CPA, BKD, LLP
  • On Beyond Zebra!: What's New in Community Action? – Margaret Pinder, Ed.D., Nostos Seminars; Rebecca Hanlin, OOI SUCCESS Program; Melissa McWilliams & Tiffany Caldwell, CAPCA Project Homeless Connect

Direct Service

  • You’re Only Old Once!: Senior Services - Forming Programs That Work – Susan Moore & Tim Ensley, OHC & Mary Vickers, CADC Bryant Senior Wellness and Activity  Center
  • The Science of Triumphs with Clients: Integrating Financial Empowerment in Community Action – Mae Frances Rowlett; Region VI ACF
  • Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!: McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Program – Dana Davis, Arkansas Department of Education

Connecting the Dots

  • And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street: Building Assets from the Ground Up - Karen Phillips, CSCDC Housing and Asset Development Center
  • Nothing to Joke About: Domestic Violence Dynamics - Beth Goodrich, Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Re-Tweeting the Sneetches: Utilizing Technology and Social Media - John Moran, ACAAA, Terry Bearden, ACAAA, and Robin Freeman, CADC

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