Event Schedule

Wednesday, April 3
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm 1:00 pm
Evergreen Room
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm 1:30 pm
Evergreen Room
  • Jeanne Dau (Speaker) President/Founder, Dau Consulting
In this interactive session, we will create a plan of action to advocate for more state funds.  

 

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm 3:30 pm
Evergreen Room
  • Sally Erny (Speaker) Deputy Chief Executive Officer, National CASA
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 6:00 pm
Thursday, April 4
8:00 am - 9:30 am 8:00 am
Evergreen Room
9:00 am - 10:00 am 9:00 am
Pre-Function Room
10:00 am - 11:00 am 10:00 am
White Oak Room
  • Chris Setti (Speakers) President, Board of Directors, Illinois CASA
  • Sally Erny (Speakers) Deputy Chief Executive Officer, National CASA

Overview of National CASA Network; what’s happening at National CASA; our strong support for staff and volunteers and the great work they are doing on the ground.

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am
White Oak Room
  • Tawny Spinelli (Speaker) JD/PhD student in Clinical Psychology, Former Foster Youth, Northwestern University
As a former foster youth and current researcher, Tawny will use her personal story to bring life to data about how to help youth involved in child welfare. Audience members will be taken on a journey filled with evidence of all kinds: anecdotes, s... See More
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm 12:15 pm
Afternoon Session 1
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm 12:15 pm
White Oak Room
  • Ellen Lucke (Speaker) Certified Coach, Roadmap Your Life
Speaking from the positions of Coach and CASA, I am going to make Coaching skills relevant for CASA volunteers specifically..-What is Coaching exactly? 
-How to apply this mindset to all the CASA relationships...ranging from the child to the
&n...
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12:15 pm - 1:30 pm 12:15 pm
Hickory Grove Room
  • Charles Reynard (Speaker) Retired Judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court

This law and literature based presentation/workshop is premised on the notion that persons serving children in the court system are able, through reading and writing of stories and poems, to increase their capacity for empathy for and understandin...

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12:15 pm - 1:30 pm 12:15 pm
Evergreen Room
  • Mike Shea (Speaker) Attorney, Equip for Equality

A basic introduction to special education law with a special emphasis on eligibility and procedural safeguards protecting students with disabilities from exclusion from school.

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12:15 pm - 1:30 pm 12:15 pm
Cottonwood Room
  • Amanda L. Vasquez (Speakers) Research Analyst, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
  • Paola Baldo (Speakers) Research Analyst, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

Illinois Helping Everyone Access Linked Systems (Illinois HEALS) is a statewide effort that seeks to improve how organizations and agencies in Illinois respond to children, youth, and families impacted by violence. Young adults and caregivers impa...

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12:15 pm - 1:30 pm 12:15 pm
Concierge Lounge

Education is the key to success for our entire CASA team and family. From our CASA volunteers and Board leadership to our staff who executes for sound best practice results. It’s always about consistency and it needs to start from the incept...

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1:45 pm - 2:45 pm 1:45 pm
Panel
White Oak Room
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm 3:00 pm
Afternoon Session 2
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm 3:00 pm
White Oak Room
  • Michelle Grove (Speaker) Foster Parent Services Administrator., Illinois DCFS
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm 3:00 pm
Evergreen Room
  • Jennifer Geiger (Speakers) Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois Chicago
  • Kate Danielson (Speakers) Executive Director, Foster Progress

In Illinois, hundreds of youth “age out” of care each year. These youth have potential to succeed in college, and in addition to youth’s perseverance and hard work, there are other factors that can help support their success. For...

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3:00 pm - 4:15 pm 3:00 pm
Hickory Grove Room
  • Jan Waters (Speaker) Senior Director of Clinical Services, Chicago Children's Advocacy Center

This presentation will discuss strategies for conflict resolution.  We will present an actionable definition of conflct.  We will learn about the structure of conflict and how the different elements of conflict interrelate and ...

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3:00 pm - 4:15 pm 3:00 pm
Cottonwood Room

The Family First Prevention Services Act (signed into law on February 9, 2018 as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act) reforms the federal child welfare financing streams, Title IV-E and Title IV-B of the Social Security Act, to provide services to f...

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4:30 pm - 5:45 pm 4:30 pm
Afternoon Session 3
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm 4:30 pm
White Oak Room
  • Dora Tandoh (Speakers) Graduate Assistant, Eastern Illinois University, Department of Human Services and Community Leadership
  • Mikki Sherwood (Speakers) Department of Human Services and Community Leadership, EIU
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm 4:30 pm
Hickory Grove Room
  • Kathy McNamara (Speakers) Senior Probation Officer, Community Placement Manager, DuPage County Probation and Court Services
  • Tammy Cetina (Speakers) Advocate Supervisor, CASA of DuPage County
Program description to follow
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm 4:30 pm
Evergreen Room
  • Jamie L. Friye (Speakers) Assistant State's Attorney, Adams County State's Attorney Office
  • Shari Robesky (Speakers) Public Service Administrator with the IL Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), IL DCFS
An introduction to the court system for CASA volunteers, including information on the players, their roles and responsibilities, and the juvenile court process. Includes examples of court orders and explains the language used in them.
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm 4:30 pm
Cottonwood Room
Friday, April 5
7:45 am - 8:30 am 7:45 am
8:30 am - 9:00 am 8:30 am
White Oak Room
  • Mari Christopherson (Speakers) Executive Director, Illinois CASA
  • Victor Feraru (Speakers) Member / Graduate, Illinois Children's Justice Task Force / Southern Illinois University School of Law
How story telling about at risk youth in need allowed one youth from 40 foster homes, group homes, homeless and incarceration into a law school graduate on track to become an attorney, and adoption as an adult.  

The importance of story telli...
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9:00 am - 9:45 am 9:00 am
  • Paul Hamann (Speaker) President & CEO, The Night Ministry
Leadership is hard.  It is not management, but leading others toward a common cause.  How do you lead?  Are you a formal leader or an informal one?

Drawing on the presenter’s more than 19 years in nonprofit executive leadershi...

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9:45 am - 10:45 am 9:45 am
Panel
White Oak Room
11:00 am - 12:15 pm 11:00 am
Morning Sessions
11:00 am - 12:15 pm 11:00 am
White Oak Room
  • Bruce Erickson (Speakers) Executive Director and Founder, 17th Judicial Circuit Court Therapy Dog Program
  • Judge Mary Linn Green (Speakers) Associate Circuit Judge, 17th Judicial Circuit Court
  • Lori Pecaock (Speakers) GAL, Peacock Law Office
This presentation will familiarize the participants with the importance and development of a therapy dog program to work with children in the courtroom.  This will include how they can initiate a progrm in conjunction with their local Judicia... See More
11:00 am - 12:15 pm 11:00 am
Hickory Grove Room
11:00 am - 12:15 pm 11:00 am
Evergreen Room
  • Mechiko White (Speaker) Executive Director, CASA of Southwestern Illinois

Introduction

Nonprofit and Volunteerism

     The Nonprofit strategy regarding human resources volunteering is an essential practice of many service delivery models.  In order for nonprofits to operate effectively, nonprofi...

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11:00 am - 12:15 pm 11:00 am
Cottonwood Room

One of your responsibilities as the Executive Director of your organization is the supervision of your organization's support staff.  This session is designed for the Executive Director who has minimal experience in working with staff AND for...

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12:30 pm - 2:00 pm 12:30 pm
Lunch
White Oak Room
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm 12:30 pm
White Oak Room
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