Regional Trainings

Summer Conference. Each May, a full-day conference is held at Minnesota State University, Mankato. This event is co-sponsored by MSSA Region 9 and the MSU, Mankato Social Work Department . This conference provides a total of four breakout sessions, with two sessions focused on clinical work, and provides up to 6 CEUs. 

Fall Conference. Each September, a full-day conference is held at South Central College in North Mankato. This conference features a keynote, offers a variety of breakout sessions, and ends with a membership meeting.

Dignitaries Breakfasts

As part of MSSA Region 9's commitment to public policy and advocacy, Dignitaries Breakfasts are held two to three times per year. State legislators, county commissioners, and health and human service agency directors (both public and private) are invited to have an open forum to discuss regional health and human service-related issues. This is a great opportunity for members to bring their thoughts and concerns directly to their lawmakers.

2020 Region 9 Event Calendar

January 6: Regional board meeting
February 3: Regional board meeting
March 2: Regional board meeting
April 6: Regional board meeting
May 4:
Regional board meeting
May 20: Region 9 Summer Conference, Minnesota State University, Mankato
June 1: Regional board meeting
July 13:
Regional board meeting
September 14: Regional board meeting
September TBD: Region 9 Fall Conference, South Central College, North Mankato
November 2: Regional board meeting
December 7: Regional board meeting

Minnesota State University, Mankato Partnership & Scholarships

The Department of Social Work at Minnesota State University, Mankato is an MSSA agency member and is represented on the Region 9 board. Department faculty regularly present at the Region 9 and Annual Conference.

Each year, MSSA Region 9 provides two $1,000 scholarships for students in the BSW and MSW programs at MSU, Mankato. For more information, click here.

Contact Information

For more information about getting involved with Region 9 contact Bill Anderson.
Full NamePositionOrganization
Bill AndersonPresidentMSU Mankato
Jade Blekestad-KralSecretarySibley County Public Health & Human Services
Rhonda Hiller-FjeldbergTreasurerMinnesota River Area Agency on Aging Inc
Tyler BergLegislative ChairEON, Inc.
Laura BeneschAwards ChairMSU Mankato
Brian BenshoofCommittee MemberMRCI
Angela BrunsCommittee MemberBrown County Family Services
Sue BurgerCommittee MemberCreative Employment Opportunities
Debra GohaganCommittee MemberMSU Mankato
Rosalie GramsCommittee Member 
Teri HopkinsCommittee MemberLe Sueur County Human Services
Catherine JobCommittee MemberSioux Trails Mental Health Center
Veronica JulianCommittee MemberBlue Earth County Human Services
Tara KlevenCommittee MemberWatonwan County Human Services
Andrea R. Loken-SchmidtCommittee MemberMN Department of Human Services
Kari PetersCommittee MemberLe Sueur County Human Services
Gretchen RialsonCommittee MemberSouth Central Minnesota Multi-County HRA
Monique SebringCommittee MemberCounseling Services of Southern Minnesota
Sue SerbusCommittee Member 
Tami SimonsonCommittee MemberNicollet County Health and Human Services
Gene TaylorCommittee MemberLeo A. Hoffmann Center, Inc.
Jodi ThomasCommittee MemberNicollet County Health and Human Services
Scott VaskeCommittee MemberWellcome Manor Family Services
Lacey WegnerCommittee MemberSMILES CIL
Dawn ZollarsCommittee MemberSurdy Psychological Services
CompanyState ProvinceCity
Aging Services for CommunitiesMNMontgomery
Brown County Family ServicesMNNew Ulm
Counseling Services of Southern MinnesotaMNSaint Peter
EON, Inc.MNNew Ulm
Harry Meyering CenterMNMankato
Horizon HomesMNMankato
Le Sueur County Human ServicesMNLe Center
Leo A. Hoffmann Center, Inc.MNSaint Peter
Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging IncMNMankato
MN Valley Action Council IncMNMankato
MRCIMNMankato
MSU MankatoMNMankato
Nicollet County Health and Human ServicesMNSaint Peter
Sibley County Public Health & Human ServicesMNGaylord
Surdy Psychological ServicesMNMankato
Watonwan County Human ServicesMNSaint James
Wellcome Manor Family ServicesMNGarden City