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AspireMN 2022 November Member Meeting

The AspireMN November Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday/Friday November 10/11 at the Delta Hotel in NE Minneapolis.

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Delta Hotels by Marriott 1330 Industrial Blvd NE Minneapolis, MN 55413

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November Annual Member Meeting

November 10 and 11, 2022

Delta Hotel, 1330 Industrial Blvd NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

To reserve your room, please click here.

Please join us for the November Member Meeting and Annual Awards Ceremony!

We will learn from:

Participate in ADVOCACY BOOTCAMP and demystify the policymaking and lobbying process in advance of the 2023 Legislative Session 

Celebrate the Winners of AspireMN Annual Awards--enjoy community, snacks and drinks!

  • Foster Caregiver of the Year
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Sister Helen Louise Roth Award


Thursday November 10

Minneapolis Ballroom, Salon A

9:00-9:30 Welcome! & Introducing Ampersand Families with Christina Zeise

9:30-10:00 Serving children with dual-diagnosis, experts from Grafton Integrated Healthcare on their approach, Abdus Samad and colleagues

10:00-10:30 Advocacy Demystified – building the AspireMN Agenda

10:30-10:45 Ron Linneman, WA Group

10:45-11:00 BREAK

11:00-11:30 DHS Assistant Commissioner Eric Grumdahl

11:30-12:30 A MN Kinship Navigation Model - learning with Lutheran Social Service of MN

12:30-1:30 Lunch & Annual Member Meeting over your sweet treat


1:30-2:00 Institute to Transform Child Protection with Joanna Woolman, Brooke and Alexa

2:00-2:45 Advocacy Demystified – process, skills and plotting future successes

3:00-3:30 Partnership & Priorities with NAMI-MN and Mental Health Legislative Network Leader Priorities 2023, Sue Abderholden

3:30-4:30 QPI-MN Statewide Impacts & Review from 2022, Plans for 2023 – Kate Rickord, Director

4:30-6:30 Awards Ceremony & Social Hour—Minneapolis Ballroom, Salon B

Friday November 12

Minneapolis Ballroom, Salon A

9:00-10:00 Election Results 2022 – Dr. David Schultz shares analysis and projected impacts

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:15 Circle of Support: A model for building lifelong connections

Presenter bios

Sue Abderholden, MPH, is Executive Director at NAMI MN. She is responsible for providing direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization’s mission and leads NAMI’s public policy efforts. She brings over 30 years of experience in nonprofit and advocacy work having held top management positions at Arc Minnesota, the Minnesota office of Senator Paul D. Wellstone and PACER Center. She received her B.A. from Macalester College and a Master’s degree in Public Health Administration from the University of Minnesota. Her passion for NAMI’s mission stems from having family members who live with depression and anxiety. Sue became NAMI Minnesota’s executive director in October 2001.

Eric Grumdahl is assistant commissioner of the Behavioral Health, Housing, and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Administration. In his role as assistant commissioner, Grumdahl oversees programs and policies that serve people who lack stable housing, have mental health or substance use disorder diagnoses, and those who are deaf, deaf/blind or hard of hearing. Grumdahl joined the Minnesota Department of Human Services in August 2022, previously serving as deputy director of the Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness. He has 25 years of policy and operations experience supporting people facing homelessness, including roles in the Obama Administration as policy director at the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, as Dakota County Community Service’s first housing manager, and helping to create Hearth Connection and its integrated approach to fostering housing stability for people with long histories of homelessness. In his previous state roles, Grumdahl established the Homeless Veteran Registry to drive Minnesota’s progress toward ending veteran homelessness and established Homework Starts with Home, an interagency initiative focused on ending homelessness for students and their families. He has served on several federal leadership teams on veteran and youth homelessness. Grumdahl has a degree in philosophy and women’s studies from the University of Minnesota and studied math and physics at Augsburg College.

Vincent Henry is the Circle of Support Coordinator for Connections to Independence (C2i). Over the past year he has led the development of the Circle of Support pilot program, and is now in the beginning of the implementation phase. Prior to C2i Vincent has worked for 7 years in various roles at youth serving organizations. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Augsburg in 2015 and an MBA from Augsburg in 2020. When he’s not working, Vincent enjoys traveling and spending time with his nieces and goldendoodle.

Abdus Samad, Operations Administrator at Grafton Integrated Health Network, is a Shenandoah University Alum where he earned his MBA in 2018. His background is in Psychology; he earned his Bachelor of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University. His experience includes working with different PRTF providers in the for-profit and non-profit sector, as well as community-based providers providing in-home support and services to the families. Throughout his career, he has held several positions including direct care to clients, case management, business development and healthcare operations. Currently, he serves as the Director of Operations for Grafton’s Minnesota program located in Cold Spring, MN.

David Schultz is a Hamline University Professor of Political Science who teaches across a wide range of American politics classes including public policy and administration, campaigns and elections, and government ethics. David is also a professor in the Hamline and University of Minnesota Schools of Law where he teaches election law. David is the author of 30 books and 100+ articles on various aspects of American politics, election law, and the media and politics, and he is regularly interviewed and quoted in the local, national, and international media on these subjects by agencies including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Economist, and National Public Radio. His most recent books are Presidential Swing States: Why Only Ten Matter (2015), Election Law and Democratic Theory (2014), and American Politics in the Age of Ignorance: Why Lawmakers Choose Belief Over Research (2013). A three-time Fulbright scholar who has taught extensively in Europe, Professor Schultz is the 2013 Leslie A. Whittington national award winner for excellence in public affairs teaching.

Christina Zeise joined Ampersand Families as the Executive Director in January of 2022. Prior to that she was the Executive Director of the Minnesota Social Service Association (MSSA) for over eight years. Christina has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Concordia College, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota, and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She has over 20 years of experience working in the health and human service arena with specific experience in nonprofit management, county government, associations, and public policy.


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