ASED October 28, 2010 Annual Conference

A "Very Cool" Conference

Pictured here in the wee hours are<br>
   Dave Goodman, on-site logistics; Len Sawisch, conference coordinator;<br>
   President Scott Norris; Myrtle Gregg-LaFay, staff photographer; and<br>
   Katie Garner, keynote logistics and culinary consultant.
7:00 AM breakfast meetings at Decker’s were a regular part of conference
planning, from May through October. Pictured here in the wee hours are
Dave Goodman, on-site logistics; Len Sawisch, conference coordinator;
President Scott Norris; Myrtle Gregg-LaFay, staff photographer; and
Katie Garner, keynote logistics and culinary consultant. Not pictured are
a bunch of other folks who worked hard but missed breakfast that day,
like Audra Parsons, registration coordinator; Greta Wu, Peckham liaison;
Lou Adams, morning session coordinator; Candice Lee, afternoon session
coordinator; Twyla Niedfeldt, hearings access consultant; Mary Estes,
conference time-keeper; Teri Cline, economic adviser; Grant Hilts, finance
consultant; Marlene King, out-state representative, and did we mention
other planning committee members like Roberta McCall, Duncan Wyeth,
Kelly Grumelot, Joanne Bridgford, Toni McFarland, Sonya Norris, etc etc
etc?




ASED President Scott Norris welcomes the 70 plus attendees to the 2010
   ASED Conference.
ASED President Scott Norris welcomes the 70 plus attendees to the 2010 ASED Conference.




Jeremy Stephens
State Personnel Director Jeremy Stephens encourages ASED members
to be proactive in working together to address issues and bring solutions
to the table, noting “I don’t want to be a firefighter, and I don’t see myself
as a policeman.”




Lou Adams
Michigan Rehabilitation Services Deputy Director Lou Adams does double
duty, first chairing the Current State of Employment of Workers with
Disabilities in State Service panel and then teaming with Jeremy Stephens
to offer insights on the morning's lessons learned, and suggestions for
areas worth future attention.




Robert Smith
Veterans Services Director Gen. Robert Smith, calling on each of us to promote employment opportunities, says, “It’s my way of giving back for
the lifetime of blessings that I have received.”




Pat Cannon
Commission for the Blind Director Pat Cannon stresses, “We do not ask
for jobs that we do not have the ability to do, but for jobs that we can show
our abilities through.”




Audra Parsons
Audra Parsons, Michigan Rehabilitation Services Intern Program
Coordinator notes, “It’s a great opportunity to let our customers in.”





Scott Blakeney
Scott Blakeney, Department of Community Health Workforce Planning
describes their efforts, “We were working on things that State Government
had not done before.”






Mike Hosey and Pat Cannon
Mike Hosey accepts the ASED Advocacy Award on behalf of Governor
Granholm.





Alice Dreger
Dr. Alice Dreger stresses the importance of “Thinking about disability
rights as human rights.” (After her presentation, ASED presented Alice
with the coveted “Fiesty and Non-Compliant” T-Shirt award developed by
the Not Dead Yet coalition out of Chicago.





Candice Lee
Department of Community Health Disability and Health Coordinator
Candice Lee does double duty, speaking first to the importance of
individual points of control in balancing health and disability, and then
chairing the panel of experts on networking in the disability community.





panel
Networking panel members Lisa Gigliotti, Mary Pollock, and Pat Cannon
respond to questions from the audience.






Dave Ware
Dave Ware, Employee Services Program, poses the question “how do you
create a ‘culture’ of diversity?”






cake
Katie Garner presents her tribute Cake to celebrate ASED members
moving on to the retirement phase of their state careers.






retirees
Myrtle Gregg-LaFay, Len Sawisch, and Mary Pollock are forced to pose
for a retirement shot before Katie Garner allows the Cake to be cut!


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