A National Resource to Support Excellence in Community Action

2018 ACAAA Annual Conference

Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association

April 25-27 in North Little Rock, AR

Conference Web Page

Conference AgendaACAAA T-Shirts

Special Guest Speakers

  • Dr. Margaret Pinder, Motivational Speaker
  • Community Action Partnership Update – Denise Harlow, CEO, Community Action Partnership

Conference Events

ACAAA Professional Affiliate & Networking Meetings

ACAAA Award Presentations (see below) – Retiree RecognitionMemorial Service

  • Diamond Mission Award – Innovative programs and initiatives or best practices with wide impact, broad-based support, and high levels of customer achievement and satisfaction or community improvement
  • Diamond Leader Award – Program managers/coordinators; center directors; supervisors; senior administrative staff
  • Diamond Champion Award – Program & frontline staff
  • Diamond Empowerment Award – This award recognizes those we serve. Nominations may be for individuals or for families who exemplify the journey towards self-sufficiency that is at the heart of the Community Action mission.


Workshops are being offered in four groupings – see conference agenda for more info

Board, Executive Directors, and Administrative Staff

  • Using Theories of Change to Communicate with Stakeholders, Denise Harlow
  • The Board’s Role in Resource Development, Denise Harlow
  • Board Roles and Responsibilities, Denise Harlow
  • The Governing Board and Head Start Policy Council, Allison Ma'luf
  • Board Development and Engagement: Building an Effective, Diverse Board of Directors Who Get Things Done!, Allison Ma'luf
  • Agency-Wide Communications Planning
  • Update on DHS Reorganization and Medicaid Programs, Craig Cloud
  • Organizational Sustainability

Family Development, Head Start, Case Management, and Other Direct Service Staff

  • Recognizing Child Traumatic Stress, Dr. Joy Pemberton
  • FDC Recognition Ceremonies, Terry Bearden
  • Taking Care of Yourself: Mindfulness and Self-Care, Laurie Swain
  • Connecting Families with Children to Specialized Services
  • Helping Parents and Other Adults Access Specialized Services
  • Professional Development Opportunities, Shelby Fiegel, Dr. Michael Moore and Marie Lindquist
  • Reality Enrichment And Life Lessons (REALL), Jamie Phariss
  • Cultural Competence: Working with Diverse Populations, Sandra Brown and Dr. Joe Banken
  • Communicating with Skill and Heart, Sandra Brown and Dr. Joe Banken

ROMA Next Generation

  • Creating a Local Theory of Change, Fred Richmond
  • Introduction to Analysis and Use of Data, Fred Richmond
  • Understanding Community Level Work, Tim Ensley and Kathy Ruminer
  • Implementing the Full ROMA Cycle, Melissa Allen and Lisa Lockwood,

Breaking the Silos – Program Managers, Program Planners, Direct Service Staff

  • Using Your Mission to Build Agency Cohesion
  • Can We Talk? – Staff Meetings That Foster Communication and Cooperation Across Agency Programs, Dr. Joe Waldrum
  • An Agency-Wide Approach to Customer Engagement: The Nevada Model, Fred Richmond
  • Measuring the Impact of Referrals, Terry Bearden

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