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2019 Fall Conference Sessions
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Please note: Sessions may be subject to change.


  September 17, 2019 - Educational Pre-Event

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: First Responders, Assisted Living, and Mental Health - A Practical, Proactive Community Approach

Amanda Bates, Conference and Education Director, Wisconsin EMS Association, Wind Lake, WI

Nick Boyle, Officer, Butler Police Department, Butler, WI

Marc Cohen, Executive Director, Wisconsin EMS Association, Wind Lake, WI

Jake Dunn, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Stoughton Hospital Geriatric Psychiatry Unit, Stoughton, WI

Engage with this panel of experts comprised of first responders (police, fire, emergency medical) and hospital management. These experts will discuss the legal, logistical, and institutional challenges each faces when helping assisted living facilities support residents with mental health conditions. Community collaboration leads the way to improved understanding and support. Learn how you can incorporate these innovative approaches in your assisted living setting while enhancing quality of life for those you serve.


September 18, 2019 - Full Conference Day

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

General Session

Alfred Johnson, Director, Bureau of Assisted Living (BAL), Madison, WI

Curtis Cunningham, Assistant Administrator of Long Term Care Benefits and Programs, Dept. of Health Services (DHS), Madison, WI

Cheryl Bott, Senior Quality Assurance Program Specialist, Bureau of Assisted Living (BAL), Madison, WI

Bob Lightfoot (moderator), Attorney, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., Madison, WI

Start your 2019 WALA Fall Conference experience with this welcome gathering after breakfast. We are excited to bring focus to the day with a great array of panelists – all sharing a common partnership in the ongoing success of assisted living in Wisconsin. This moderated session will offer engaging dialogue and address the challenges facing providers.


11:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Tracks

(Each track listed below offers 3 individual sessions throughout the day.)


Discover Your Superpower - Solve Your Workforce Crisis 5 Minutes at a Time

Session Focus: Leadership

Crystal Miller, Principal, HarmonyWorks, Kenosha, WI

Steve Miller, Principal, HarmonyWorks, Kenosha, WI

Do you like a good secret? Everyone who’s ever built a successful team has one (or two!). In this engaging, interactive workshop, we reveal our secrets and unveil your superpower, because we want you to be able to achieve amazing things with your team, too! You'll walk away with:

  • A newfound passion for getting and keeping a great team
  • Ways to strip away all complexity, leaving you with only the most vital and actionable aspects of success
  • Our favorite strategy and how you can use it to exponentially increase the strength of your team
  • Access to the D.I.S.C. assessment to create a cohesive team
  • Confidence that 5 minutes really IS enough

Eat, Sleep and Breathe Culture: How to Recruit, Onboard and Coach to Your Organization’s Culture

Session Focus: HR

Hannah Renfro, J.D. Lake Effect Human Resources & Law, Madison, WI

Tricia Perkins, Senior Strategic HR Advisor, Lake Effect Human Resources & Law, Madison, WI

When your HR function is aligned with your organization’s mission, vision and values, and strategic direction, the organization attracts, rewards and retains the right talent, creates a culture of engagement, and generates an understanding of how individual goals are aligned with the organization’s strategic initiatives.  In this 3-part track you will learn how to hire, welcome, and coach employees to your organization’s culture by:

  • Identifying the right recruiting resources and creating behavioral interview questions aligned with your culture
  • Welcoming new hires to your organization’s culture starting with the first day of employment.
  • Coaching and developing your team to achieve individual goals that align with your organization’s mission and growth

All aBout Caring in Dementia

Session Focus: Care Delivery - Behaviors

Pam Gaurkee, RN BSN, Capri Communities, Waukesha, WI

Joy Schmidt, Dementia Care Specialist, Dane County Human Services, Madison, WI

  • Disease Basics - Alzheimer's & dementia, neurocognitive disorders and mental health
  • Intervention tools for challenging behaviors
  • I've tried what?
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