Regional Trainings

Summer Conference. This annual event is co-sponsored by MSSA Region 9 and the MSU, Mankato Social Work Department. In 2020, this conference will meet virtually. A Supervision and a Direct Practice track will be offered. More information, including how to register, can be found on the event page.

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. More information on the this year's fall conference will come this summer.

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

July 14: Summer Conference - Direct Practice Track, session 3
August 3: Regional board meeting
September 14:
Regional board meeting
September 25: Region 9 Fall Conference
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.

2020-2021 Scholarship Recipients
Gelila Wondimu (BSSW Recipient)
Katelin Farmer (MSW Recipient)

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
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
David SellnowCommittee MemberNicollet County Health and Human Services
Sue SerbusCommittee MemberHorizon Homes
Gene TaylorCommittee MemberLeo A. Hoffmann Center, Inc.
Jodi ThomasCommittee MemberNicollet County Health and Human Services
Scott VaskeCommittee MemberWellcome Manor Family Services
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