Experience a unique conference for congregation members, nurses, healthcare personnel and other individuals in the healthcare field or who have an interest in senior and disability ministry.
Network with industry representatives at the educational sessions, panel discussions, exhibits and an evening celebration with entertainment.
Earn 4.5 continuing education units (CEUs) targeted for nurses and social workers. Health care administrators earn 3.5 CEUs.
Session 2: Come Closer, Give me Hope, Malawi (NO PPT AVAIL)
Lori La Bey
Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer's Speaks, is a passionate advocate who searches for ways to shift our dementia care culture from crisis to comfort. She was recognized by Sharecare and Dr. Oz. as the #1 Influencer Online for Alzheimer's. As a professional speaker and daughter of a mother with dementia for over thirty years, Lori gets it! Change is needed on multiple levels. As host of Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio and the webinar series Dementia Chats™ Lori connects people to best practices and facilitates conversations regarding needs for dementia care worldwide. She addresses large and small groups as a recognized calming force with insights. She does this in a fun, enlightening way. Audience members say, “Lori has changed my perspective and empowered me to care better.”
Rev. Curt Seefeldt
Pastor Seefeldt serves are a resource development counselor at The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA). He began serving the residents and tenants of The Lutheran Home Campus in River Falls, Wisconsin, in 2010. He came to The Lutheran Home Association in 2006. He has more than 30 years of pastoral experience, serving congregations in Kansas, South Dakota and Minnesota after receiving his Master of Divinity from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon. He has chaired the Dakota-Montana District Board for Parish Services, the Huron (South Dakota) Advocacy Program and Minnesota District Lutheran Institutional Ministries Association. He believes Christian ministry is about serving people and sharing the message of Jesus' love. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, working in his yard and garden, traveling with his wife and cheering for the Packers and Twins.
Michael Klatt has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA) for the past 14 years. He began his career with the organization in direct care in 1988 and also has been the chief operating officer, assistant to the CEO and community services director for TLHA. As President and CEO, he advances TLHA's Christian mission, vision, services and programs. He also works extensively with the families of children with special needs to plan for their spiritual, financial and long-term care needs.He earned his Master's degree in organizational leadership and a bachelor's degree in organizational studies from Bethel University in St. Paul, and holds a certificate in long-term care administration from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He was appointed to Minnesota's Board of Aging by Governor Tim Pawlenty in 2006; he was re-appointed by the governor in 2010.
Rev. Robert Fleischmann
Reverend Robert Fleischmann currently serves as the National Director of Christian Life Resources. Pastor Fleischman became involved with life issues in 1976 while a student at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota. During his seminary years, he began working in the area of life issues within the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Pastor Fleischmann marked his entrance into the pastoral ministry in 1983 upon his graduation from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin. He was called to serve as the pastor of Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church in Plymouth, Wisconsin. In 1988 Pastor Fleischmann was elected to the National Board of WELS Lutherans for Life and later that year was called to serve as the organization’s first National Director.
Amy Hewitt, PhD
Dr. Amy Hewitt has an extensive background and work history in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities and has worked to improve community inclusion and quality of life for children and adults with disabilities and their families. At the University of Minnesota she is the Director of the Research and Training Center on Community Living, Training Director of Institute on Community Integration and the Associate Director for the MN LEND. She directs several federal and state research, evaluation and demonstration projects in the area of community services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism. She currently has research projects that focus on community living, autism, direct support workforce development, person centered planning/thinking and positive behavior support. Dr. Hewitt is on the editorial board of Inclusion and a guest editor of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities both journals of the AAIDD. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Arc Greater Twin Cities, Arc Minnesota, and is the Vice President of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD).
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Partial funding provided by Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities.