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Speakers 2017 Annual Conference 

 Walt Stasinski, MEd, MPH

I was born the son of hard-working Polish immigrants who came to the U.S. with not much more than the clothes on their back. My father worked hard in a foundry to bring the American dream to his family. I didn't start talking until I was three years old. By that time, my parents were ready to take me to a specialist. Ironically, here I am now, a professional speaker. I guess I’m trying to make up for lost time.

After earning a Masters Degree in Education from Wayne State University and a Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH does not stand for miles per hour) from The  University of Michigan, I began my real education, in the school of hard knocks. My early "speaking" career began as a teacher and football coach at Wayne State University. This is where I learned how to motivate and inspire. I also found out that people learn more when they're having fun, so I use humor to get the message across to my audience. I have my personal reasons too. Let's face it, life is just a lot easier with a smile on your face and a hearty belly laugh.

I enjoyed my success at Wayne State. I even won a football championship, but after a number of years I was eager to find another growth opportunity. I found it in the healthcare industry. I directed programs at hospitals including the Wellness Initiative for 10,000 employees at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.

I graduated from the school of hard knocks. The solutions I offer are for the real-world. They are straightforward, common-sense ideas that will work in your life.

The Power of Fun at Work

Do you really enjoy your job? Do you finish the day worn out? It doesn’t have to be this way. Yes, you can achieve success and have fun doing it. You will be given practical tools to reduce stress, re-energize yourself, defuse conflict and make your job more fun. As a bonus, humor will help you with your productivity and creativity.

Take your job seriously but yourself lightly. Find out how to enjoy the lighter side of your success and even get a standing ovation for all your accomplishments? According to the business journal, Human Resources Focus, 96% of the Executives surveyed said that employees with a sense of humor do a better job than employees with little or no sense of humor.

Benefits:

  • Discover the crucial difference between employees who have fun at work and those who don't.
  • Reduce the amount of stress hormones in the bloodstream with laughter.
  • Find out the value of humor in resolving conflicts at the workplace.
  • Learn the way to end the work week with a laugh and drive home with a smile on your face.

Chuck Lehman  

A graduate of Purdue University, Chuck formed his landscape architecture firm, Lehman & Lehman, Inc., in 1988 and has since established himself as a leader in master planning and strategic planning and is recognized for his vision in planning, design and Placemaking.

Lehman & Lehman is committed to practicing with an emphasis on social, economic and purposeful design strategies. The company is dedicated to crafting sustainable landscapes, sites, and places that create positive change through cross-disciplinary collaborations, and embrace the process of landscape architecture as the synthesis of art, technology and social sciences to create community-centered solutions. 

 Fun with Technology  

Technology is a part of our daily lives. How can applications of software apps and hardware can make each of us more effective and have fun in doing so? This session will share some of the latest and greatest examples of what you can do now with a glimpse of what is on the near horizon.

Workshop Learning Objectives:

  •   Learn how to maximize many of the apps you already own
  •  Understand how technology can provide a positive transformation in your work environment
  •  How various social media apps can become a key resource of keeping connected with your friends, customers and community

Building Stronger Teams with StrengthsFinder

How often are we told (or have told individuals) that we need to work on your (their) weaknesses? Would it make more sense to strengthen the areas you are already good at? Many of us do not know what are strengths are. Gallup says that, on average, people only apply 17% of their top strengths on a daily basis!

This session will demonstrate how the Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment tool can greatly enable individuals in the strengths they already have and as applied to teams how together we can work more efficiencies and greater success. Knowing your strengths is the first step. Prior to the conference pick up the book “StrengthsFinder 2.0” by Tom Rath and using the code in the book take the assessment online before the conference. Bring your top five strengths to the conference and learn what the next steps are to improve yourself and those you work with.

Workshop Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how your strengths are enhanced with the strengths of others
  • Understand the process of building stronger teams based on individual strengths and the strength domains
  • Measure the impact of evaluations and procedures in your operations and your work dynamics

Jody Oates

Jody Oates is the President and Principal Consultant with KALEIDOSCOPE, inc., a nationally known planning and consulting firm that works with camps, retreat and conference centers to help them thrive.  He provided visionary and strategic leadership as the Executive Director of camp and retreat centers and also with KALEIDOSCOPE working with many shapes, sizes and styles of outdoor centers across the country.

Counting Beans for a Purpose

Mission and business are always intertwined and we must be excellent at both.  This session will look at critical metrics to track, what they tell you about your operation and how they shape the story of mission effectiveness you share with your board and community.  Examples of guest day reports, board reports and dashboards, annual reports and case statements will be shared.

Main Learning Objectives:

  • Quantifying use, finance, and other metrics
  • Developing reporting systems for boards, staff and the public
  • Shaping messages and stories to support the numbers 

Carla Odell

Carla has held the Executive Director position at DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center for over 7 years. Yet, her 14 year tenure at DaySpring includes her work as a bookkeeper and as administrator. She is a member of the ECCC (Episcopal Camps and Conference Center Association). Carla's previous work experience includes teaching elementary grade levels and owning a software company for educational software for schools for Hewlett Packard where she installed software and trained School District Employees. Carla is the current IACCA Vice President and has previously taught several IACCA classes and workshops.

Serving Transgender Campers, Guests, and Staff

Has the issue of serving transgender campers and guests come up at your camp or center?  If not, it is probably just a matter of time when you’re confronted with this very realistic, emotional and legal issue.  Is the call to radical hospitality more compelling than any theological interpretation that being transgender is in conflict with Christian principles?  What does your parent organization believe?  What about the rights of others that aren’t transgender?  Being inclusive yet protecting all children and youth is difficult to navigate.  It is a process that is constantly changing and evolving.  There are no easy answers and it’s something that you have to decide with what is best for your center.  Come learn, explore and work out a discernment process for this emerging topic in our country today.

Establish a Health & Wellness Program for Employees at your Center

You offer many benefits to the employees at your center such as insurance, holidays, meals, uniforms, etc. so how about adding a health and wellness program as a benefit.  You might say that I don’t want employees taking a walk on the center’s time or I’m not as a Director willing to spend money on something to get an employee to stop smoking.  If that’s your thinking, though, you are missing a valuable opportunity to insure better health for your employees.  If you have healthy employees, they are less likely to take as many sick days and the morale goes up because the employees are feeling better physically and are feeling better about themselves.  Anyone can get the “runners high” without running.  They just need to get some type of exercise to experience that feeling.  Come to this workshop to find out how to establish a program at your center and to learn what are the pros and cons of setting this up for your employees.

Jennifer Morrison, M.Ed.

Consultant and Grant Writer – Ms. Morrison capitalizes on her 20 plus years of nonprofit leadership to help guide and fund nonprofit missions and projects. She has expertise in private and government grant writing and management, as well as leadership, program and outcome development. She holds a M.Ed. from the University of North Texas in Education and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. 

Grant Writing

A step by step process of locating potential funders and how to develop a proposal requesting funding.

Fred C. Wasiak

Fred C. Wasiak, Owner/Principal, Humanics Consulting, LLC, background includes over 30 years of leadership and executive management experiences in all aspects of nonprofit operations, program development, education, consulting, and coaching.  This includes his vocation as the Conference Director for the Frost Valley YMCA from 1993-1999.  From 1995-1997 Fred served as the 1st V.P. for IACCA; 1997-1999 served as President for NYACCA (New York Association of Conference Center Administrators; and as the Ambassador for NEACCA (Northeast Association of Conference Center Administrators).  Whew! 

Fred has a B.S. in Physical Education from Niagara University and a M.S. in Human Services with a concentration in Organizational Management/Leadership from Springfield College. Coaching certifications and course work includes: Fowler International Academy of Professional Coaching; CTI's Fundamentals of Co-Active Coaching; 360 Certified Coach, The Booth Company; Conversations that Inspire- Coaching Learning, Leadership and Change, Case Western Reserve University; Total Leadership - Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life, Wharton Leadership Program; and Mindfulness Fundamentals, Mindful Schools.

Fred is a husband of 31 years (and growing); father of three (all three children were born in three different states at three different camp/conference centers); maybe someday be a grandfather; a passionate cause driven leader; committed Rotarian; and an outdoor enthusiast.

Sharon Tillman 

Sharon Tillman is the director of diocesan initiatives for Claggett Center and the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland; prior to 11 years on the bishop’s staff in the communications office. She serves the diocese as diocesan disaster coordinator, working with churches, ministries and other entities to educate, prepare and look toward responding to disasters. Sharon holds the staff seat on the Baltimore International Seafarers’ Center board, and serves as secretary on the Episcopal Life newspaper board. Professional memberships include Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers and Episcopal Communicators. Sharon's background is in marketing and communications, event management, public relations, and graphic design.

Disaster Planning Step by Step

What are the steps to preparing for a disaster? How can a conference center participate in disaster response? Learn the steps to writing a disaster plan for your property, and envision how your organization would respond to the needs of your community in the event of a disaster. 

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