Orion Associates Hosts a Leadership Symposium “Building Community Through Leadership”

In February 2002, Orion Associates hosted a leadership symposium entitled, Building Community Through Leadership.

One of our goals in hosting this symposium was to promote alliances with other organizations within our field. Orion Associates believes that during times of growth there are tremendous opportunities to strengthen relationships and offer support to each other. We recognize the contributions other organizations have made to our community, and hope that we can work together now and into the future to achieve excellence in our commitment to those we serve.

Leadership comes in everyday actions and event s we all have the opportunity to be leaders. It was our intent with the symposium to provide a forum in which we can learn from each other, recognize the leadership qualities among us and, through this process, empower and benefit the community at large.


Thursday, February 21

7:45am – 8:30am Registration & Coffee
8:30am – 8:35am Welcome / Introduction to Keynote
8:35am – 9:30am Keynote Address: We Are All Leaders
Kimora, Ph.D.,
Director of the Master of Arts in Organizational Management, Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota
9:30am – 10:30am The Development of Emotional Intelligence in Children
Jeanne Schur, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
10:30am – 10:45am Break
10:45am – 11:45am How to Make Cookies Taste Right:
Strategies to Enhance Client Function

Kristine Haertl, M.S., OTR/L, Assistant Professor
11:45am – 1:00pm Boxed Luncheon
Leadership in the Real World: Competence Leads!
Douglas O. Hendricks, Retired Colonel,
United States Marine Corps
1:00pm – 2:00pm An Individual – Not a Disability
Judy Guerrero, Psy.D., R.N., Licensed Psychologist
2:00pm – 3:00pm Break
3:15pm – 3:45pm Diversity Through the Eyes of an African Refugee
MiAMen Z.Z. Wopea
3:45pm – 4:15pm Crossing the Road Between Two Cultures
Nadifa Osman, Msc.
4:15pm – 5:15pm Concurrent Sessions
5:15pm – 7:00pm Evening Reception


Friday, February 22

8:30am – 9:00am Networking & Coffee
9:00am – 9:05am Welcome & Introduction
9:05am – 10:00am Violence in the Workplace
Christopher Hage, United States Marine Corps,
Drug Enforcement Administration Agent
10:00am – 11:00am Concurrent Sessions
11:00am – 11:15am Break
11:15am – 12:15pm Compassion Fatigue & Vicarious Traumatization
Care for the Caregiver
Gordon R. Dodge, Ph.D., L.P., Disaster Psychologist
12:15pm – 1:30pm Boxed Luncheon
1:30pm – 2:30pm Building Empowerment Through Leadership
Wendy Annis & Marijo McBride, M.Ed., LSW
2:30pm – 4:30pm Special Reception


How to Make Cookies Taste Right: Strategies to Enhance Client Function
Kristine Haertl, M.S., OTR/L, Assistant Professor

Kristi will provide insight on sensory techniques and other strategies that may be used to maximize client function in the community.

Kristi Haertl is a full time faculty member at The College of St. Catherine in the graduate and undergraduate programs in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science. She teaches courses in Group Dynamics, Psychosocial Assessment and Treatment, and Sensory-Perceptual and Cognitive Processing. Kristi was recently honored as one of The College of St. Catherine faculty/staff identified as “significantly contributing to students’ collegiate and educational experience”. In addition to classroom teaching, she supervises clinical occupational therapy students at various fieldwork sites and works on a grant-funded project with persons with FAS/FAE. Kristi continues to maintain a private practice in occupational therapy and consults with a wide variety of group homes and health services agencies. She is currently a quality assurance consultant to the Federal Head Start program and conducts local and regional training sessions regarding means to enhance environment in order to maximize client function. Kristi is President and member of a Board of Directors for a major mental health organization in the Midwest. In addition to her vocational activities, Kristi is working toward a Ph.D. in Health Psychology and has taught group fitness and aerobics classes for the past eighteen years. In 1999 Kristi was selected as one of seven top fitness instructors in Minnesota and was featured in Minnesota’s Sports Magazine.“Leadership impacts individuals and society on micro and macro levels.

Everyone has the potential to be a leader in one’s own home, work and community. Leadership traits include the ability to motivate, communicate, delegate and congratulate. Effective leaders are motivating visionaries that embrace the skills of others and enable them to reach their full potential.”


Building Empowerment Through Leadership
Wendy Annis & Marijo McBride, M.Ed., LSW

Through interactive activities and discussion, Ms. Annis and Ms. McBride will demonstrate key concepts of empowerment through leadership.

Wendy Annis and her partner, Jim Annis, own and operate Trillium Services, Incorporated. Trillium Services is an agency that provides support for individuals with disabilities and their families. Wendy has a degree in education and has worked in the human services field for twenty years. In 1985, Wendy had the privilege of becoming a part of a fellowship group that studied person-centered planning. She learned about system change through leadership, state of the art practices and leadership through empowerment.

Marijo McBride is a coordinator at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration. Her role at the Institute includes coordinating the community component of the pediatric residents’ rotation, the Certificate in Disability Policy and Services, and person-centered planning projects in health care and with students that are deaf and blind. Over the past 15 years, she has conducted training in various methods of person-centered planning in the US and Canada. She has extensive experience in the areas of person-centered planning, systems change, family empowerment and self-determination. Ms. McBride has facilitated person-centered planning for persons with disabilities, developed and delivered workshops for parents and consumers, and has served as a consultant to state and local ARC’s, schools and community service agencies.

Treat everyone with respect and dignity
Set the examples for others to follow
Be an active coach
Maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity
Insist on excellence and hold other people accountable
Build group cohesiveness and pride
Show confidence and trust in other people
Maintain a strong sense of urgency
Be available and visible
Develop yourself to the highest potential

Adapted from Ron Edmonds (1935-1983), 1989 Leadership Education and Development, Inc. Germantown, TN 39138.


Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Traumatization Care for the Caregiver
Gordon R. Dodge, Ph.D., L.P., Disaster Psychologist

Through the use of basic concepts and real life examples, Dr. Dodge will assist caregivers in improving their own psychological self care when faced with critical incidents and cumulative stress of trauma and disasters.

Dr. Gordon Dodge is the Clinical Director for Lakes Area Human Services, Incorporated, Forest Lake, Minnesota. He has over thirty-five years experience as a psychologist in clinical, consultative and educational services. Dr. Dodge leads the Trauma Division of his agency and, as a disaster psychologist, has extensive experience working with private industry and public agencies on a national and international basis including assignments in the former Yugoslavia during their war, Kosovo, Albania, the Gujarat earthquake in India, the KAL crash in Guam, two trips to Nairobi following the embassy bomb blast, an Oklahoma City hotline, several natural disaster responses in the U.S. for the American Red Cross, service on the AIR team and an assignment to New York following the World Trade Center attack. He has written and lectured extensively on many aspects of trauma and disaster psychology.

“A key for me has been the ostensible contradiction that the best leadership in many circumstances requires developing the skills and confidence of others so that you are no longer needed.”


An Individual-Not a Disability
Judy Guerrero, Psy.D., R.N., Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Guerrero will address the issue of therapeutic interventions and the use of psychologists with dual diagnosis clients.

Dr. Guerrero is a clinical psychologist in private practice. She provides psychological services for adolescents, adults, families and couples. Her areas of expertise include affective disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, terminal illness, psychological testing and working with the developmentally disabled population. She worked as a psychiatric nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital on a MI/CD dual diagnosis unit for ten years. Additionally, she has led support groups for families coping with terminal illness, has taught continuing education courses for nurses on the inpatient/outpatient management of eating disorders, and has been involved in several quality assurance committees for inpatient nursing care. Dr. Guerrero is currently the Public Education Campaign Coordinator for the Minnesota Psychological Association. Her work as PEC is primarily focused on conducting forums in the community regarding “Youth Anti-Violence” and educating teachers and parents on the warning signs of youth violence.

“Community leadership in mental health is at its best when we are able to come together and see the people we are trying to help as unique individuals rather than focusing only on a diagnosis or a disability.”


Violence in the Workplace
Christopher Hage, U.S. Marine Corps

Mr. Hage will present on the subject of workplace violence, a topic that as garnered significant media attention in recent years. Senseless attacks on schools, offices and public facilities have instilled a sense of fear and insecurity in individuals across the nation. Mr. Hage will discuss specific techniques and tools hat organizations can use to defend against incidents of workplace violence. He will also address the criticality of motivated leadership in reducing workplace violence.

Christopher Hage graduated as valedictorian from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in history. After college, he served as a United States Marine Officer in the fleet Marine Forces. He received a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from St. Cloud State University. He is a platoon commander in a United States Marine Corps reserve tank company.

“Leadership is the single most important factor in the success of any organization.Point to a failing organization and inevitably there was first a failure in leadership. Leadership consists of many qualities, but the foremost are: vision, competence, fairness, perseverance, self-sacrifice and, above all, integrity. Individuals must lead by example if they wish to be in charge. There is no separation between private and public character, especially in matters of integrity. Advanced technology, information systems, size and wealth are irrelevant factors compared to the significance of leadership in every organization.”


Leadership in the Real World: Competence Leads!
Douglas O. Hendricks, Retired Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps

Reflecting on his lifetime and experiences as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, Doug will share his perspective on leadership and the qualities that make a great leader.

Doug Hendricks grew up in rural Brainerd, Minnesota. He attended Bemidji State University and Manchester College, Oxford, England, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1992. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Speech Communications from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Military Art & Science degree from the U.S. Army’s Command & General Staff College. Mr. Hendricks was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1972 to 1998. During the 1970s he held assignments as an infantry officer, platoon commander and rifle company commander in Okinawa, Japan. In 1986, Major Hendricks returned to Japan as the Ground Exchange Officer. This tour was followed in 1987 by an assignment as Battalion Executive Officer in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Doug was second in command of this combat organization that deployed for training all over the U.S. and the Far East. Much of Doug’s military career was spent in the education and training fields. He was assigned instructional tours at the Officer Candidate School, The Basic School for newly commissioned second lieutenants. He was a Marine Officer Instructor at the University of Minnesota from 1980 to 1983 where he was named the nation’s 1983 NROTC Instructor of the Year. In 1993, while assigned as a NATO plans officer at Marine Headquarters in Washington, DC, he was selected to command the Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry, Camp Lejeune, NC. In 1995 he was selected for Colonel and assigned to lead Marine Forces in Joint Task Force 160 Operation Sea Signal in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In June 1995, Colonel Hendricks was assigned as Commanding Officer, Recruit Training Regiment, Paris Island, South Carolina, where he enjoyed leadership responsibility for over 6,000 personnel.

“Great leaders possess, in varying degrees, the following admirable qualities: vision, intelligence, knowledge, courage, integrity and more… but the most critical, and indispensable leadership quality is competence!”


We Are All Leaders
Kimora, Ph.D., Director of the Master of Arts in Organizational Management, Concordia University, Saint Paul, Minnesota

In her keynote address, Dr. Kimora will focus on the role of leadership in building community. She will describe the larger community and how what each of us does in our families, careers and social circles influences the building of a cohesive, comprehensive, loving, intellectual community.

Dr. Kimora is the current Director of the Master of Arts in Organizational Management atConcordia University, St. Paul. She has coordinated the program since July 2000.

Dr. Kimora has worked in the program since its inception. Before she assumed this position, Dr. Kimora was the Director of Organizational Management. Dr. Kimora received her Ph.D.
in Marketing and Business Education (BME) from the University of Minnesota in 1995.

While she pursued her doctorate, Dr. Kimora taught five core courses in the BME curriculum in the College of Education at the University of Minnesota. At the time, she was also Dean of Students for a private fashion merchandising college in Minneapolis. Dr. Kimora’s doctoral dissertation entitled “The need for cognitive skills training in correctional vocational educational programming at Minnesota Correctional Facility, Lino Lakes at Lino Lakes, Minnesota” was published in the 1998-1999 issue of Yearbook of Correctional Education, by the University of Minnesota and the Center for Correctional Education Research. In addition to prison education research, Dr. Kimora also initiates research in self-directed learning at Concordia. She is a strong proponent of the cohort learning model utilized in CSAL.

Dr. Kimora has been a human resources management consultant for the last decade. Some of her training sessions are featured in the Continuing Education catalog at Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

“We are all leaders. Do we know that we are leaders? How can we enhance our leadership skills? We owe it to ourselves, our families and our communities to be leaders.”


The Development of Emotional Intelligence in Children
Jeanne Schur, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

Emotional intelligence is a critical factor in making recommendations for delinquent youth. Dr. Schur will discuss ways to identify emotional intelligence in children who have cognitive and academic limitations.

Dr. Schur is a licensed child psychologist in private practice. Her areas of expertise include assessment and counseling with children, adolescents and adults; crisis intervention with children and families; and sports psychology consultation with children and athletes.

Dr. Schur currently conducts forensic evaluations for Hennepin County District Court. Additionally, she leads educational and inspirational seminars on mental health topics across the nation, and hosts a weekly radio show, “Lessons in Self-Awareness”, for NABC in Phoenix, Arizona. The program is streamed live worldwide via the Internet.

“Leadership and character develop by doing the hard thing when it is required of you, even if it is not necessarily desired by you.”


Diversity Through the Eyes of an African Refugee
Miamen Z.Z. Wopea

Mr. Wopea will discuss cultural diversity, with particular emphasis on the perspectives of refugees and new immigrant communities. He will also address means of tapping into the expertise of African refugees and new immigrants.

Miamen Wopea holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, and has diplomas in Curriculum Development and American Studies. He is currently employed by the Department of Children, Families and Learning as a Refugee Specialist. His responsibilities include helping “communities improve the well-being of children through programs that focus on education, community services, prevention, and preparation of young people for the world of work.”

Additionally, Miamen works with districts/schools and service providers to improve the quality of service provided for the children and families of refugee and new immigrant communities. Activities include workshops, training, school and home visits, and round table discussions. He has worked in the field of human services for 10 years, providing services for people with developmental disabilities.

“Ignorance is the most powerful obstacle to everything, including diversity.”


Crossing the Road Between Two Cultures
Nadifa Osman, Msc.

In 1978 -1982, Nadifa attended Somali National University, School of Engineering. To further her education she went to Rome, Italy to attend the Higher Institute of Post and Telecommunication where she obtained a degree in Telecommunications. Subsequently, she returned to Somalia to pursue her MBA at Sidam Institute of Management. Simultaneously, she worked in the Somali Ministry of National Planning. With only one quarter left until graduation, Nadifa left Somalia on a United Nations Scholarship to attend the University of Pennsylvania, where she obtained a Masters Degree in Energy Management and policy in 1989. Among various other jobs, Nadifa worked at the Ontario Ministry of Energy and Environment, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, as an energy analyst and auditor. She also assisted an independent researcher studying African Women Labor in the Mainstream at the University of Toronto. During this time, she became the President of the Coalition of African Woman, under the umbrella of Councils of African Organizations in Ontario, and the President of the Somali Women’s Development Association. In 1998, Nadifa migrated to Minnesota, where she began work at the University of Minnesota as a community coordinator. She was also trained as a focus group moderator for, among others, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Center for Cross-Cultural Health and the Hennepin County Community Health Department. She has held posts as the vice-president of The Confederation of Somali Communities of Minnesota, the President of the Horn of Africa Women’s Association (HAWA), and the CEO of the African Women Development Association (WARDA), an organization she co-founded. Ms. Osman will discuss culture in the workplace. She will review policies and Human Resources practices, with particular emphasis on cultural diversity.

“Leadership is about inspiring and empowering others to assume full responsibility and make decisions.”



Preventing & Handling Crisis Situations on the Job

Facilitator: LeAnn Thompson, Program Administrator

Learn how to prevent crisis situations, and what actions to take once they occur.
Includes demonstrations of basic holds and techniques.

Relaxation Techniques for Managing Stress

Facilitator: Kari Reinhart, Case Manager

Enhance your skills in a soothing environment and experience relaxation techniques first-hand: music, breathing and more.

Fun Team Building Tips to Maximize Effectiveness

Facilitators: Kathy Lucas, Program Administrator, Jill Cihlar, Program Director,
Dayna Weber, Program Manager

Understand why team building is essential for keeping your team strong.
Also includes a comprehensive review of fun, innovative team building ideas.
Several demonstrations are provided.

Drawing the Line: Understanding & Setting Professional Boundaries

Facilitators: Susan Danielson, Program Director, LeAnn Thompson, Program Administrator

Gain knowledge on what professional boundaries are as well as the various types you may encounter in the workplace. Learn how to set your own professional boundaries. The format includes both presentation and informal discussion.

How to Write a Risk Management Plan Your Organization Can Follow

Facilitators: Alyssa Dotson, Program Director, Shantel Hoftiezer, Program Administrator,
Kari Crupi, Program Administrator

Mitigate risk factors for your organization by learning how to write a concise, simple risk management plan. Instructions and examples are provided. Ample time will be available to address your specific questions and concerns.

Supervisory Skills to Enhance Your Effectiveness as a Manager & Leader

Facilitators: Cheryl Vennerstrom, Chief Operating Officer, Jenny Schraut, Program Administrator

Learn basic supervisory skills and how to be a good communicator. Leaders share their tips for success in an informal discussion and Q & A period.

Guidelines & Usage of Rule 40

Facilitators: Shantel Hoftiezer, Program Administrator, Kari Crupi, Program Administrator

What is Rule 40? Find out in this informal, hands-on training session. Topics include: basic guidelines, procedures that you can/cannot use and emergency use of controlled procedures.

Using Personality Types to Improve Communications & Teamwork

Facilitators: Sue Daly, Program Administrator, Case Management, Cheryl Vennerstrom, Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Thomley, Chief Executive Officer

After taking a personality assessment along with your peers, you will learn about your personality type and the types of those you work with. Gain understanding of the personality types you work well with and those you may not. Learn behaviors you can implement to improve communications and interactions with others.