Hassan Ali, Ramsey County Human Services
MSSA Member since 2013
"My MSSA membership keeps me informed and helps me grow my professional network. I appreciate MSSA’s weekly newsletter and legislative updates. MSSA’s legislative updates are very useful in my job; I’m able to stay current on relevant news from the capitol without having to do extra work to seek out this information. Through MSSA, I’ve been able to meet many other professionals who work in the same field, both locally and state-wide. I like the opportunities to develop new contacts and learn from other professionals."
Terryl Gordon, Social Work Unit Supervisor, Hennepin County
MSSA Member since 1995
"Through MSSA, I’m able to connect with like-minded people and share common concerns and struggles. I like MSSA’s training conferences; the Spring conference offers an opportunity to network, interact with vendors that we routinely work with (they also provide materials/giveaways), and participate in training and education with those in the Human Services field. There are also great plenary speakers that are encouraging and supportive which is much needed to stay charged and motivated. There are many benefits offered for members and like I was encouraged to join when I first began working in the field, I, too, offer this same wise advice to others working in health and human services."
Rachel Olson, LISW, Case Manager, Thomas Allen
MSSA Member since 2001
"My membership with MSSA helps me sustain my energy and passion for working with my clients. I still remember my first MSSA conference and the engaging conversations that I had with the social service agency directors and leaders as a new social worker.
I appreciate that I can impact legislation in Minnesota through my MSSA membership. Participating in delegate assembly and as a legislative chair for Region 11 has allowed me to have input on the legislation and issues that affect the individuals that I serve.
I also have enjoyed judging college scholarship and provider recognition award applications. It has been rewarding to see the upcoming ideas and leadership in social services, and recognize excellence in the field. Serving on the Membership and Diversity Committee has also allowed me to continue to enjoy the diverse ideas and unique workers and individuals that make up the social services profession."
Ken Ebel, LICSW, Human Services Director (ret.)
Member since - 1975
"My membership in MSSA has been a primary source of professionalism, education and support system during my many years in the human services field. As a lifelong professional learning experience, MSSA has been a primary source of keeping my professional skills at a "state of the art" level as well as keeping my social work license up to date. At the regional and state level, MSSA has provided me with unlimited opportunities to share ideas and develop supportive relationships with fellow human service professionals. I will always be grateful for the profound impact MSSA has had on my long career. I have always considered MSSA to be my 'professional home.'"