JULY 26-27
PRE-CONFERENCE 24-25

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Joseph Jones

Executive Director, The Harkin Institute

A former legislative assistant to Senator Harkin in Washington D.C., Joseph joined The Harkin Institute in 2016. Previously, Joseph served as senior vice president of government relations and public policy at the Greater Des Moines Partnership. Joseph Jones serves as the executive director for The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement.

David Steele

Fiscal Unit Chief, RSA

Specializing in financial management of grant awards, David Steele currently serves as the fiscal unit chief for the Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). Prior to his work with the RSA, David was the Part C Coordinator for the State of South Carolina under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Scott B. Sanders

Executive Director, NASWA

Scott B. Sanders has been the Executive Director fo the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) since 2014. In this role, Scott manages NASWA as it represents the 50 state and three territory workforce agencies and assists in corrdination of program activities that help individuals become re-employed.

Janet LaBreck

Former RSA Commissioner

As a nationally recognized senior executive and presenter, Janet LaBreck has over 20 years of leadership supporting people with disabilities. Between 2013 and early-2017 she served as Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) within the Department of Education.

Joelle Brouner

Director of Community Access, CO DVR

Joelle Brouner has held leadership roles at vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies fro more than 10 years. She’s currently the Director of Community Access for Colorado’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (CO DVR), providing legislative and policy analysis, as well as leading outreach and communication efforts to external stakeholders. She also directed Colorado’s combined VR program.

Sally Hogshead

Chief Executive Officer, Fascinate

Sally Hogshead is the CEO of her brand marketing firm, Fascinate, a New York Time best-selling author, and a world-renown public speaker. She invented a unique personality test that doesn’t measure how you see the world – but how the world perceives you. It’s based on Sally’s decade of research with dozens of Fortune 500 teams, hundreds of small businesses, and over a thousand C-level executives.

HOSTS

BUTCH MCMILLAN

Conference Chair

CHRIS M. PIEPER

CEO, Alliance Enterprises

LISA GIFFORD

Director of Corporate Strategy,
Alliance Enterprises

TRAINERS AND EXPERTS

DON ALVESHERE

Aware Product Manager

KAREN DUNN

Aware Customer Services Manager

PAM CLEVENGER

Customer Support Manager

ALAN RHOTEN

Senior Business Analyst

RALPH VIGIL

Strategic Account Manager

DAN BARTELS

Analytics and Cloud Product Manager

BREAKOUT SPEAKERS

ALAN HOOD

Rehabilitation Services Reporting Manager, Libera

BOBBY LAKEY

Regional Sales Director, VFO

JEREMY MAYO

Sales Consultant, Tableau

JOHN HARPER

Assistant Field Operations Manager, MO DVR

KURT MATTES

Director of Accessibility, VFO

LISA HINSON-HATZ

Director, New Hampshire VR Agency

MATT STANTON

Senior Vice President of Client Relations, Libera

MIKE BROOKS

Aware System Administrator, USOR

NATE CORDLE

Systems Administrator, Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation

RAAMEL MITCHELL

Public Affairs and Citizenship Director, Microsoft

ROBERT P. TREVIÑO

Director of Program, Planning, Development and Evaluation, AR ARS

ROD VANSTAVERN

Aware Manager, OK DRS

SEAN CAMPBELL

Director of Emerging Solutions, Alliance Enterprises

SUSAN FOLEY

Senior Research Fellow, University of Massachusetts

SVEN AKERMAN JR.

Chief Technology Officer, Alliance Enterprises

WARREN GRANFOR

System and Information Specialist, ND DVR

KUNAL TANWAR

Principal Solutions Specialist, Microsoft Azure