October 27, 2023 8am to 3pm

Focusing on self-directed services in Minnesota, the Self-direction Connection Conference is asking people with lived experience to share your knowledge with one another. In a first of its kind conference in Minnesota people will gather to discuss trends and their experience using Consumer Directed Community Supports (CDCS) and Consumer Support Grant (CSG).

Meet other people using CDCS and CSG and connect with one other. Visit with old friends and make new ones.

Cost is $40. Scholarships are available. Also, people using CDCS and CSG can use their budget for trainings, speak with your Support Planner or Case Manager for assistance.

For accommodations related to disabilities please contact Harry Meyering Center at 507-387-8281 or email at info@harrymeyeringcenter.org.

Parking on the day of the event is free in the Civic Center Parking Ramp. The other parking options are available but may have fees or time limits.

Short Agenda Flyer outlining the schedule and sessions for the Self-direction Connection Conference.

This conference is a project of the National Center on Advancing Person-centered Practices and Systems (NCAPPS) through their Self-direction Learning Collaborative. Collaborating organizations: Best Care, Family Voices of Minnesota, Harry Meyering Center, Nicollet County.


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Registration and Exhibits

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Sheletta Brundidge, Keynote Speaker

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Session 1 

Dare To Dream: The Past, Present and Future of Self Direction in Minnesota

Presenter: Department of Human Services

Staff Retention and Creative Solutions

Presenters: Christine Loose (Support Planner, Flex-Pac, Inc.) and Wally Boyer (father and owner of Jake’s Pizza)

Estate and Futures Planning

Presenters: Jeremy Meger and Roger Grumdahl (New York Life)  

Financial Management Service (FMS) Panel

Presenters: Julie Lux (Director of CDS, MRCI), Tony Engesser (FMS Service Coordinator, Best Care), Shantel Jaszek (President/CFO, Consumer Directions Inc), Kyle Rueter (FMS Program Manager, MRCI), Fatmata Bah (Minnesota Executive Director, Acumen), Lynae Greenebaum (Senior Fiscal and In-Home Manager, Lifeworks), Stacey Abdouch (Director of Services, PICS/LSS-MN), Teresa Maas (Director of PDS, Alliance), Stacy Roe (Vice President of Vision Fulfillment, Mains’l) 

Your MN Choice Assessment and Community Support Plan  

Presenters: Frankie Bennett (LSW, Hennepin County CDCS Specialist), Jona Williams (Hennepin County CDCS Specialist), Gina Larson (Hennepin County, CDCS Specialist)

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch Networking and Exhibits 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Session 2  

Dare To Dream: The Past, Present and Future of Self Direction in Minnesota (repeat from AM)

Presenter: Department of Human Services

Multiple Perspectives of CDCS – Panel

Presenters: Pat Wright (caregiver and participant), Teri Bierman (Support Planner) Jerry Mellum (Hennepin County Senior Policy Analyst), Shantel Jaszak (President, CDI)

Self-Advocacy and CDCS Support Planning

Presenters: Sarah Biddlecome (Executive Director, MNDSA), Kayla Bertrand (Director of Finance, MNDSA), Jillian Nelson (Community Resource and Policy Advocate, AUSM), Misha Liang (Caregiver), Julia Biddlecome (Participant), Carrie Theisen (Caregiver and Participant) 

Legislative Updates

Presenters: Vicki Gerrits (Advocacy and Policy Leader), and Angela Garin (parent)

EVV Learning Session

Presenters: Samantha Frederick (Product Manager, Cashe Software), Bill Thomalla (COO, Cashe Software)

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM Snack Break

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM The Murphys | Wrap Up and Door Prizes


Photo: caregiver speaking with woman with gray hair in wheelchair. Thank you sponsors


Connect Sponsor

Best Care

Cashe’ Software

Consumer Directions, Inc. (CDI)



Grow Sponsor


Harry Meyering Center


Learn Sponsor

Accra Home Care


Alfa Care Services, LLC.

Alliance Health Care

Aspen FMS

Clinic@Home by HealtheMed

Flex-Pac, Inc.

GT Independence


Minnesota Disability Support Alternatives (MNDSA)

Support Sponsor

MN Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities  


The Arc of Minnesota


Sponsor Self-Direction Connection Conference

Sponsorships for the 2023 conference are SOLD OUT

Connect Level: $2500

Exhibit booth, recognition on table place cards, swag item or flyer in bag (500 needed by October 1), logo on agenda, large logo on rotating power point, 4 free registrations.


Grow Level: $1000

Exhibit booth, recognition on table place cards, logo on agenda, small logo on rotating power point, 2 free registration.


Learn Level: $500

Exhibit booth, recognition on table place card, name on agenda, name on rotating power point with other sponsors, 1 free registration.


Support Level: $250

Exhibit booth, name on agenda.


Entrepreneur: $30

Self-advocate, business owners are encouraged to participate in the Self-direction Connection Conference to sell their products. If you own a business and have a disability we would love to give you space to sell your products. Comes with an exhibit booth and 1 free registration.

For any questions, please contact Jen Drganc, 507-387-8281 or jdrganc@harrymeyeringcenter.org