Presenter Bios

  • Monday, August 5 8–9:30 a.m.  How to Live a Successful...

Presenter Bios

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Heidi Anderson-Isaacson, director of residence life at St. Catherine University, is responsible for managing the programs and facilities that serve 900 students housed in seven residence halls and two apartment complexes on the St. Paul campus. She supervises five professional staff and indirectly supervises 80 student staff. Heidi, who lives in St. Paul with her husband and twin daughters, is passionate about encouraging young women to pursue their personal and professional goals. She will present Leadership and Balance: Can Women Really Have It All? on Tuesday, August 6, 8–9:30 a.m.

Alvina Brueggemann is coordinator of the Women’s Health Integrative Research Center (WHIR) at St. Catherine University. She earned her Ph.D. in cognitive and biological psychology from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities in 2011. Dr. Brueggemann has taught and led courses in cognitive psychology, research methods, mind-body research, introduction to psychology, and sensation/perception at universities and colleges throughout Minnesota. Dr. Brueggemann also has a post-baccalaureate certificate in complementary therapies and integrative healing practices from the University of Minnesota, and is a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. She currently teaches “The Reflective Woman” course and is adjunct faculty at St. Catherine University in the holistic health studies program.  She will present We're More Than Just Our Brains!: Research on the Integration of Mind, Body and Feelings on Monday, August 5, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Katy Burke is a mentor, teacher and consultant, offering more than 12 years of experience in business development. She provides clients with easy-to-follow advice on how to create a business plan and effectively address all areas of owning and operating a business: financing, start-up capital, pricing, cash-flow projections, marketing and human resources management. Katy’s experience as the owner and co-founder of a successful manufacturing company has given her in-depth knowledge about best practices in nurturing an idea into a producible, marketable product. Her areas of expertise include overseas production, importing, and both business-to-business and business-to-consumer sales. She will present How to Launch a Successful Business on Wednesday, August 7, 8 – 9:30 a.m.

Andrew Calkins MAOL’12 has spent most of his career working on social and economic justice issues for member-based nonprofit organizations in Minnesota. As part of his senior these for the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership at St. Catherine, he conducted research about LinkedIn as a tool for nonprofit advocacy, engagement and networking, and earned the Julie Belle White-Newman Award for Outstanding Research. Interest in Calkins’ LinkedIn research prompted the formation of his consulting firm, SyncedIn Strategies. He will present LinkedIn for Beginners on Monday, August 5, 3:30–5 p.m.

Anita Cline-Cole is a senior graduate admission counselor at St. Catherine University, specializing in student affairs, marketing and recruitment. Anita manages four of St. Kate’s 11 graduate programs, including master’s degrees in organizational leadership, business administration, social work and holistic health studies. She is also an advisor and frequent presenter for the Leadership Institute. Born and raised in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and now a 14-year Minnesotan resident, Anita has a deep appreciation for biculturalism, equity and inclusion, and a passion for inspiring and impacting the lives of newly immigrated Africans to the United States. Cline-Cole earned a master’s degree in higher education administration from St. Cloud State University and a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Northwestern College. She will facilitate a discussion on the documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America on Monday, August 5, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Sarah Park Dahlen is an assistant professor of Library and Information Science at St. Catherine University. She has been studying transnational Korean adoption for almost a decade, and has been engaged with Korean adoptee cultures and communities (both local and international) as part of her research. Sarah has presented workshops on information resources and programming for transracial adoptees to numerous audiences including adoptees and their parents, librarians, and other educators at adoptee culture camps, academic conferences, the Joint Conference for Librarians of Color, the Association of Library and Information Science Education, and national and international children’s literature conferences. Her two main research interests are representations of transnationally adopted Koreans in children’s and young adult literature, and the information-seeking behaviors of adopted Koreans. She will present Storying Adoption: Representations of Korean Adoption in Children's Literature on Monday, August 5, 8–9:30 a.m.

Speaker and author Anne Elizabeth Denny brings both professional and life experiences to her mission to change how individuals and families prepare for the end of life. Anne has served as a consultant in information technology in the healthcare industry for 16 years. And she has been deeply touched by her mother's 20-year journey of living with Alzheimer's disease. The convergence of her professional expertise and personal experiences led to the development of her book, My Voice, My Choice: A Practical Guide to Writing a Meaningful Healthcare Directive. Through her writing and speaking, Anne educates, inspires and equips families to share and honor end-of-life health and personal care preferences.

Margaret Dexheimer Pharris is the associate dean for nursing and respiratory care at St. Catherine University. Her nursing career has focused on public health and care of adolescents and adults facing challenges. Her work over the past two decades has been rooted in Dr. Margaret Newman’s theory of health as expanding consciousness, which sees health not as the opposite of illness but rather of increasing connectedness with that which is meaningful.  She will co-present Being Present to Aging Loved Ones (part one of two): Essential Conversations around Living Well on Wednesday, August 7, 8–9:30 a.m., and Being Present to Aging Loved Ones (part two of two): Essential Conversation around Dying Well on Wednesday, August 7, 10–11:30 a.m.

Julianne Druzbacky, a practitioner of massage therapy and Active Isolated Stretching, provides a loving, compassionate space for clients to heal. “I’m grateful that I can incorporate all of the experience and knowledge I have gained to help my patients heal from life-threatening illnesses or short-term pain,” says Julianne, who counsels patients on finding their way back to their own peace-filled heart. Julianne will co-present Peace, It’s an Inside Job on Thursday, August 8, 10–11:30 a.m.

Christy Eichers ’91 is a gregarious gal with a zest for life, a passion for people and an open-minded spirit. In 2012 she launched the Pink Tambourine Club, which promotes the importance of female friendships through a website and presentations. As an expert connector, she also speaks on topics ranging from “Employee Engagement” to “Living without Judgment.” Christy left her Fortune 500 career in 2009 to launch regreet®, a chic and fun company that helps customers stay connected through the digital re-use of greeting cards and messages, and she wrote the children’s book Catch & Release: A Fezzy Wog Adventure. Christy also works as a consultant focusing on leveraging corporate sponsorships. She will present Gal Pals: Investing in the MVP's of Your Life on Monday, August 5, 3:30–5 p.m.

Alec Fischer is a first-year college student who has a passion for giving a voice to those who have been silenced. His work includes the documentary "Minnesota Nice?" which has been shown in schools from California to Israel.  Alec has won numerous awards for his bullying prevention advocacy, including the PFLAG Student Award, the Tom Oye Human Rights Award and being named one of the 2013 Kare 11 Eleven Who Care. He hopes his work will inspire others to take a stand about social issues that matter to them. He will present Minnesota Nice: Documentary and Discussion with the Director on Wednesday, August 7, 10–11:30 a.m.

Jack Galloway teaches writing and American literature classes for adults. Twelve years ago he founded the Red Cloud Cooperative, a non-profit writing and literature center for older adults which is dedicated to the proposition that every simile deserves an even break. He also designed, developed and taught the popular writing and American novel classes for the Center for Continuing Education at St. Catherine University. Galloway continues to edit books for national and local authors and publishers, including the just-released Blame It on Bovary, written by St. Catherine alumna Elaine Wagner ’61. Jack was educated in his home state of Tennessee and at the University of Nebraska, with an emphasis on Southern American novels. Most significantly, he is involved in an ongoing process of creating a common language with his 11-year-old border collie, Jasper. He will present Expanding the Way We Approach Fiction, Why We Read and How to be a Better Reader on Tuesday, August 6, 8–9:30 a.m. and Writing to Figure Out What You’re Writing About: Discovering the Book Inside of You on Thursday, August 8, 8–9:30 a.m.

Laura Goodman MAOL’11 has devoted her more than 30-year career to protecting public safety by building bridges between the police and the communities she has served. Laura has “boots on the ground” police experience in the City of Minneapolis, the City of Brooklyn Center and Ramsey County. She has led three agencies (city, state, and nonprofit) and was a powerful advocate for the fair and proper treatment of crime victims as State Crime Victim Ombudsman for the State of Minnesota. Upon retiring from sworn law enforcement seven years ago, Laura accepted a position as the director of public safety at St. Catherine University, where she earned a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL). Laura will present Empowering Police Officers Around the World: Building Relationships and Learning About One Another’s Cultures on Wednesday, August 7, 3:30–5 p.m.

Dr. Dawn Graham is a career coach and licensed psychologist. She has delivered seminars in a variety of arenas — including the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and St. Catherine University’s Leadership Institute — and has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Denver. Dawn earned an M.S. from The Johns Hopkins University with a focus in organizational development and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Denver. In addition to a deep background in outplacement and career management, Dawn recently started an entrepreneurial adventure called Deal Mixxer, LLC, a new concept in online dating for single professionals in the Twin Cities. Dawn will present The New Dating Scene: A Conversation on How Online Dating is Influencing Friendships and Romance on Tuesday, August 6, 3:30–5 p.m.

Ruth Halvorson is founder and former director of the ARC Retreat Center, a place of hospitality and renewal located near Cambridge, Minn. Now in retirement, Ruth values the importance of silence and solitude for spiritual, emotional and physical well-being.  In addition to leading retreats she has provided spiritual mentoring and companioning to many and has particular interest in Christian feminism, inclusivity and connecting the holy and the ordinary. She lives at Becketwood, a senior cooperative in Minneapolis.  Her husband, Loren, who also participated actively in the ARC ministry, died in 2010. Ruth recently published a book on the experience, A Journey of Grief, Gratitude and Grace. She remains active with church and community work.

Kristi Hemmer has always known and felt the SUPERgirl Effect in her life. As a teacher, school counselor, principal and coach for more than 20 years, however, she experienced firsthand how girls and women shrink in a classroom, among their peers and in society. Knowing something needed to be done, Kristi quit her six-figure job and started SUPERgirls academy for girls and women of all ages to bring out their SUPER and be their own HERo. She will present in the Girls Leadership Track, What Will You Do With Your SUPERGirl Powers on Wednesday, August 7, 1:30–3 p.m. and Believe in Yourself, Believe in Your Dreams on Wednesday, August 7, 3:30–5 p.m.

Shirleen Hoffman has been researching her family tree for more than 40 years. After retiring from a 35-year career in law enforcement — which included more than 20 years of forensic investigation experience — she launched a professional genealogy business. She is an avid researcher and skilled problem solver, and enjoys helping others discover their family stories and history. She will present Finding Your Family: Genealogy Basics on Thursday, August 8, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Jill Johnson, president and founder of Johnson Consulting Services, is an award-winning management consultant who has personally impacted nearly $3 billion worth of business decisions. She has been in the boardrooms, the back rooms and the executive suites where complex decisions are being made impacting the future of clients located throughout the United States, as well as in Europe and Asia. Jill has served on the boards of directors and executive committees of a variety of business, professional and governmental boards. She currently sits on her second federal board where she has served three U.S. presidents representing both major political parties. Jill has been quoted on a range of management issues in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Money Magazine and Entrepreneur. She is also a fourth-generation entrepreneur who grew up in a family-owned business. She will present Confidence Compounds: The Power of Seizing Bold Opportunities on Thursday, August 8, 3:30-5 p.m.

Tim Johnson is curator of Special Collections & Rare Books and the E. W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections for the University of Minnesota Libraries. He oversees the main rare books collection and over 150 special collections, including the world’s largest gathering of material related to that most famous consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes.  Tim has an undergraduate degree in history and graduate degrees in library science and theological studies. Tim teaches a course at St. Catherine University on preservation and conservation for the graduate Master of Library and Information Science program. He will present Sherlock Holmes and the Life of the Mind on Tuesday, August 5, 1:30–3 p.m.

Mike Maas is a Master Certified ASE Automotive Technician with ASE, with certifications as an under-car specialist and automobile service consultant. Mike is assistant manager at Ridgedale Midas Car Care in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and has been working in the automotive industry for more than a decade. He believes in honest sales and knowledgeable decisions based on what's best for your vehicle.  He will present Ask Your Mechanic: What You Need to Know About Your Car on Wednesday, August 7, 3:30–5 p.m.

Marcia (Marci) Malzahn left her homeland of Nicaragua in 1979 due to the revolution. She came to Minnesota in 1986 where she started her career in banking. She is the EVP/COO/CFO of Tradition Capital Bank, a $250 million asset bank she helped start in 2005. Marcia’s professional awards include “25 on the Rise” by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, “40 Under Forty” by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, “Top Women in Finance” by Finance and Commerce and “Outstanding Women in Banking” by Northwestern Financial Review magazine. An author and public speaker, she published a book, Devotions for Working Women, in 2006. She holds a B.A. in business management from Bethel University. Marci is married and has two children. She will present How to Live a Successful and Balanced Life: An Inspirational Talk on Monday, August 5, 8–9:30 a.m.

William McDonough has a Ph.D. in Catholic moral theology and has taught theological ethics (including courses in bioethics) for many years. An associate professor of theology and coordinator of the Master of Arts in Theology at St. Catherine University, he recently began teaching a new course called “Theology and Health Care” for nursing students. He will co-present Being Present to Aging Loved Ones (part one of two): Essential Conversations around Living Well on Wednesday, August 7, 8–9:30 a.m., and Being Present to Aging Loved Ones (part two of two): Essential Conversation around Dying Well on Wednesday, August 7, 10–11:30 a.m.

Amata Miller, IHM, is a professor of economics and director of the Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity at St. Catherine University. In addition, she teaches in the Master of Arts in Social Justice program at Marygrove College in Detroit. Honored with the Association for Catholic Colleges and Universities' Monika Hellwig Award for national leadership, she is a frequent guest lecturer and author on issues related to the implications of globalization for human and environmental well-being from the perspective of the principles of Catholic social teaching. Sister Amata is a member of the Partnership for Global Justice's board and also serves on the organization's Global Economic Justice workshop team. She has also served as education coordinator and economic analyst at NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby in Washington, DC. She will co-present What it Means to Be Catholic on Monday, August 5, 1:30–3 p.m.

Philomena Morrissey Satre MAOL’08 is vice president for Diversity and Inclusion for Wells Fargo’s 15-state Mountain Midwest region. She works with 72 Diversity and Inclusion networks and five diversity councils within the region, focusing on initiatives for recruitment, retention, return on investment and reputation. More than 12,000 Mountain Midwest region team members participate in Diversity and Inclusion activities. Satre also leads work-life and wellness initiatives for team members within the region. She holds a degree in public administration and political science from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) from St. Catherine University. Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal has recognized her as a Woman Change Maker and Minority Advocate. And Minnesota Business named Satre one of the magazine’s Real Power 50 this spring. She will facilitate a discussion on the documentary Miss Representation on Wednesday, August 7, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Hilary Novacek Bundt ’08, LSW, is a social worker and mental health professional.  She has worked as a contracted case manager and county case manager for individuals with an array of disabilities.  She is currently a project manager for STAR Services in St. Paul, in charge of instructional design for online learning and teaching in the disability services field. She will present Mental Health Awareness: Mental Health and the Movies on Monday, August 5, 10–11:30 a.m.

Adepero Okulaja, MD, moved from her native Nigeria to the United States in 1994 after graduating from medical school. She completed her residency in internal medicine/pediatrics (Med-Peds) in 2001 and moved to the Midwest to pioneer a Med-Peds clinic in Menomonie, Wisconsin. In 2006, she moved to the Twin Cities where she transitioned into an internal medicine group practice in Bloomington, where she continues to practice. She will present The Heart of the Leader: Total Wellness of Body, Soul and Spirit on Wednesday, August 7, 1:30–3 p.m.

Michelle Olson is the home care services coordinator at an assisted living community in Plymouth, Minn., for Presbyterian Homes and Services. Here she has transferred the concepts of person-centered care into practical approaches that increase the quality of care provided to the residents. She received her Master of Science in management from the Minnesota School of Business and is currently working on her MBA. Michelle graduated from St. Catherine University in 2007 with a B.A. in business administration. She lives in Buffalo, Minn., with her husband and young daughter, Savannah.

Michael Paymar is executive director of Education for Critical Thinking. He is a co-founder of the nationally recognized Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project. Michael earned a Master in Public Administration from Hamline University in St. Paul and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. Michael is a past adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Thomas. He has lectured and trained nationally and internationally on ending gender-based violence and public safety policy development. He will facilitate a discussion on the documentary Impunity: Men and Gender Violence on Tuesday, August 6, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Deb Pierce is a 27-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who has traveled extensively overseas and throughout the United States throughout her career. Deb retired as a deputy assistant director of the Criminal Division of the FBI after serving three years as the special agent in charge of the Minneapolis FBI office. She has knowledge of both terrorism and criminal activities that can affect travel, and her advice helps ensure that travel in the United States and overseas is safe and worry free. Deb will co-present Safe International and Domestic Travel on Tuesday, August 6, 1:30–3 p.m.

Stacey Poirier is a founding member and artistic director of Theatre Unbound, a local theater company that focuses on bringing women's stories to the stage. She has worked in arts administration at Penumbra Theatre, Ballet Arts Minnesota and Minnesota Dance Theatre & the Dance Institute. She has also taught children's theater classes and coached competitive high school speech. Currently, she works as the grants coordinator for St. Catherine University and as a role-play actor for CornerHouse and the National Association to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Children. She will present Women in Theater: Playwrights on Wednesday, August 7, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Gail Rosenblum is social issues columnist for the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune newspaper and author of the recently released collection of personal essays titled A Hundred Lives Since Then: Essays on Motherhood, Marriage, Mortality and More. Gail’s first-person writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines and literary anthologies across the country. She has taught two classes at the Loft: “Finding Stories in Pretty Much Anything” and “The Art and Joy of Writing Short.” Gail’s writing has been honored by the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors, the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists in Minnesota and Texas. She will present Writing the Right Personal Essay on on Monday, August 5, 10–11:30 a.m.

Robin L. Silverman is an explorer and liberator of human potential. She is the author of several personal development books, more than 1,200 newspaper columns and numerous magazine articles that shift the definition of what’s possible for individuals and groups. In her capacity as a professional coach and consultant, Robin has helped develop talent for several Fortune 500 clients. She will present Something Wonderful Is Going to Happen: Energizing Happiness in Unexpected Ways on Thursday, August 8, 1:30–3 p.m.

Florence Steichen ’50, CSJ, lived in Bethlehem, Palestine, from 1987 to 1992 where she served as registrar of Bethlehem University during the first Intifada, the Palestinian uprising against the Israeli occupation. She co-hosted trips to the area in 1995, 2000 and 2004, and returned again in 1998 and 2008. She has spoken and written about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict for more than a decade. Florence has volunteered in Campus Ministry for St. Catherine University since 1997. She served on the Board of Trustees from 1975 to 1984 and has been adjunct summer faculty. She earned a Master of Arts in theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1966. Florence is presenting Israel and Palestine: Parallel Experiences and Narratives on Thursday, August 8, 1:30–3 p.m.

Joan Steffend has spent almost 30 years in the media, first as an Emmy-winning news reporter/anchor at the NBC affiliate in the Twin Cities and then as a top-rated host on HGTV (Decorating Cents, White House Christmas, Dream Home Specials). Her first book, And She Sparkled, was published in 2010, and Peace In, Peace Out was published in 2012. She is passionate about “peace begins with me (a small BIG peace project).” “It’s been a fun few decades,” she explains, “but looking at my life, I am sure that this project is why I am here.” Joan will co-present Peace, It’s an Inside Job on Thursday, August 8, 10–11:30 a.m.

Kelli Steinfeldt '12 is a St. Catherine University alumna who graduated with a degree in exercise and sport science. Since her graduation in 2012, she has trained for private personal training companies, ran metabolic testing and run a personal training department; she currently runs an Anytime Fitness in the south metro. A coach and an athlete, Kelli has understood the importance of activity from a young age. She truly enjoys what she does and cannot wait to share her knowledge with you. She will present Change your Body, Change your Life:
How to Select a Fitness Facility and Personal Trainer
on Thursday, August 8, 8–9:30 a.m.

Nancy Stephan believes that when girls know they count and have created their circle of influence, they feel happier, attract more friends, do better in school and have more fun. Nancy has created three successful businesses, including the clothing store Nancy’s Sample Shop and Synergy Resources, which inspires leaders and teams to be the best they can be. When she noticed that too few women speak up at work, she founded Honoring Women Worldwide. Her purpose: to inspire and engage women and girls to choose language that honors and celebrates themselves and one another. By using a circle of influence and other tools, women and girls will make a profound and positive impact on themselves, one another, their families and workplace, their communities and the world. Nancy has been honored with the “Changing the Universe Through Women’s Stories” award from Minnesota Women’s Press and Century College’s Women of Distinction award. She will present in the Girls Leadership Track, YOU Count! Creating Your Own Circle of Influence on Thursday, August 8, 3:30–5 p.m.

Kaia Svien, MS is a mindfulness meditation instructor (MBSR), spiritual mentor, author, cultural change agent and European American Elder. She facilitates workshops on the Great Turning as developed by Joanna Macy. A former adjunct professor in the Master of Holistic Health Studies program at St. Catherine University, she has been an educator for 38 years, working at the University of Minnesota, five hospitals and two women’s prisons. Kaia will present The Gifts of Living in Uncertain Times on Tuesday, August 6, 1:30–3 p.m.

Yvette Trotman has taught classes at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), Metro State University and Century, North Hennepin and Inver Grove community colleges for 20 years. She currently teaches courses in nutrition, health and stress management at MCTC. As a corporate trainer and organizational development consultant she delivered training for 20 years in sexual harassment, diversity, managing change, Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Leadership Development, and work-life integration for Ceridian Corp. and its customers. Trotman also served as director of dietetics at Mount Sinai Hospital. Trotman, who hails from the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean, was educated in Canada, Puerto Rico and the United States. She has a master’s degree in human ecology from Howard University and has pursued post-graduate studies in nutrition, a dietetic internship from the University of Michigan and many professional certifications. She is a member of the Association of Psychological Type (APT), the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), the American Dietetic Association (ADA), Creatrix, Jack & Jill of America and Heartland Inc. She will present in the Girls Leadership Track, Grace and Movement: Enhancing Body Image and Self-Esteem on Thursday, August 8, 1:30–3 p.m.

Miriam Vaughn-Lee has rejoined Vaughn-Lee and Associates, a human resources consulting firmed she started in 1986.  She is a compelling, well-versed human resources and organizational development professional who has worked in the field for more than 30 years.  From 2005 to 2012, she served as director of diversity and workforce strategies for the City of Minneapolis. As a member of the management team, she helped shape the strategic direction of the HR department and managed a staff that was responsible for implementing the diversity initiative, employment services, and training and development. She will co-present Dynamic Decision-Making: The Rewards of Integrating Mind, Body and Spirit on Monday, August 5, 8–9:30 a.m.

Tina Wagner is the director of career development at St. Catherine University. She has been working with students in colleges and universities for 30 years, guiding them to make career and vocational choices. Helping students remain true to themselves while contributing to the greater good is an important focus of her work. Wagner is a lay Catholic who both loves and questions the Church. She has chaired the Student Affairs Catholic Identity Committee on campus for a number of years and has participated in the Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity summer workshop. She will co-present What it Means to Be a Catholic on Monday, August 5, 3:30–5 p.m.

Patti Weber is a 30-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who lived and traveled overseas for 25 years. She retired as chief of policy for the National Clandestine Operations Branch of the CIA. She has many tips and stories about how to travel safely and what to watch for while traveling. Patti brings humor and vast knowledge to the information she shares. She will co-present Safe International and Domestic Travel on Tuesday, August 6, 1:30–3 p.m.

Mary Wotzka Lagaard has been a geriatric nurse practitioner for 17 years in rural Minnesota. She has taught and coached the advanced care planning process with nursing staff, nurse practitioners and families. Her special interest is in the healing effects of the arts. Through her study of artistic expression and rural cancer patients, Mary has gained a deep respect for the power of art to transform and to heal at any stage of life. She will co-present Being Present to Aging Loved Ones (part one of two): Essential Conversations around Living Well on Wednesday, August 7, 8–9:30 a.m., and Being Present to Aging Loved Ones (part two of two): Essential Conversation around Dying Well on Wednesday, August 7, 10–11:30 a.m.