Metro Region Fall Conference

Thursday, October 3, 2019
Brooklyn Park Activity Center
5600 85th Avenue N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

Thank you to everyone who attended and presented at MSSA’s Metro Region Fall Conference on October 3!

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Special thanks to Meals on Wheels for sponsoring and providing lunch.


8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration/Visit Exhibits/Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.   Keynote Speaker
Beth Jacobs, Truckers Against Trafficking
Beth Jacobs is a sex trafficking survivor and a trainer for Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), a nonprofit that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and busing industries to combat human trafficking. At age 16, Jacobs was drugged, kidnapped, and forced into sex slavery for six years. She now travels the country training drivers on how to spot traffickers and their victims. Since its inception, TAT has trained over 680,153 members of the trucking industry.

10:45 a.m. - Noon  2020 Census and Why it Matters to You
Andrew Virden, Director of Census Operations and Engagement, MN Dept. of Administration

10:45 a.m. - Noon We Are All Criminals: a catalyst for conversations about crime, privilege, punishment, and mercy
Emily Baxter, Executive Director, We Are All Criminals

Buffet Lunch - Compliments of Meals on Wheels

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.    Awards Ceremony and Membership Meeting

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.           Understanding FASD Makes a Difference: Strategies for Social Service Professionals Working with School Age Children
Shauna Feine, Senior Training Coordinator, Proof Alliance, formerly MOFAS

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.   Elder Justice - Prevention Opportunities and the State of the Field
Marit Peterson, JD, Program Director, Minnesota Elder Justice Center

3:00 - 4:15 p.m.  Words and Pictures: Breaking down the Syndrome of Secrecy
Michelle Selinger, Child and Family Manager, Carver County Health and Human Services

3:00 - 4:15 p.m.  Understanding Barriers to Freedom: A Personal Perspective 
Becca Dahlberg, Lifelong Teacher, Passionate Entrepreneur, and Self Starter