Region 9 Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2020 Region 9 award winners! Thank you for your contributions to the health and human services in the region.

Outstanding Child Foster Care: Mandy and Cullen Kennedy
Community Collaboration: The Yellow Line Project - Blue Earth County Law Enforcement, Human Services, and County Attorney's Office, and local mental health providers
Outstanding Retiree: Sue Uhde, Watonwan County Human Services
Outstanding Staff Achievement: Dylan Sobota, Horizon Homes
Outstanding Treatment Foster Care: Kent and Cherie Langford

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 met virtually, and a Supervision and a Direct Practice track were offered. More information can be found on the event page.

Fall Conference. This year's conference was held virtually on Friday, September 25. More information about the training can be found on the event page.

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

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
Debra GohaganCommittee MemberMSU Mankato
Rosalie GramsCommittee Member 
Teri HopkinsCommittee MemberLe Sueur County Human Services
Tricia M. JohnsonCommittee MemberLeo A. Hoffmann Center, Inc.
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
David SellnowCommittee MemberNicollet County Health and Human Services
Sue SerbusCommittee MemberHorizon Homes
Alexis StuveCommittee MemberCounseling Services of Southern Minnesota
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