April 2017 Newsletter



Our mission is to promote professionalism and to facilitate the opportunity to provide training, networking and better communication for all Financial Workers and Case Aides in order to deliver human service programs effectively within Minnesota.

From our President

Hopefully spring is just around the corner and we will soon enjoy warmer days.  In April the board will be visiting the Crowne Plaza in Plymouth to tour this exciting venue to get a firsthand glimpse of how this year’s conference will look.  We are already hard at work with decisions on sessions, entertainment and speakers.  If you have any requests for sessions please contact your region representative.

A reminder that the deadline to nominate a well-deserved coworker for the Financial Worker/Case Aide of the Year Award is June 30, 2017.  We all work with many who go above and beyond in their daily work.  We still have a Case Aide representative vacancy on our board.  If you or someone you know is interested, contact your region representative.

Please consider renewing your MFWCAA membership for 2017 so we can continue to offer you its many advantages.  Be sure to visit our website , or follow us on Facebook for any updated information we announce.

Please contact me or your region representative with any questions or concerns regarding the MFWCAA.

Tami Elich, President

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During our March meeting, we drew 10 names for the Early Bird prize.  These were members whose 2017 membership dues were received by 02/28/17.  Each winner will receive a $25 Target gift card.  Thanks for supporting the MFWCAA!


  • Catlyn Kluver, Swift County
  • Jodi Benda, Dodge County
  • Mary Berard, Itasca County
  • Jane Arnold, Aitkin County
  • Janet Wallert, Renville County
  • Jodi Schutz, MN Prairie
  • Nikki Laird, Aitkin County
  • Jessica Jurina, Red Lake County
  • Alicia Perkins, Steele County
  • Nikki Aronson, Itasca County

Even if you’re not an ‘Early bird,’ you can still become a member!  Complete a membership form to join. Members, encourage your non-member coworkers to join!


Financial Worker/Case Aide of the Year Award

2016 Financial worker/Case Aide of the year, Valerie Natwick

2016 FW/CA of the year Valerie Natwick

We are looking for that special Financial Worker or Case Aide that goes above and beyond, the one you can always count on.  The cream of the crop!  The best of the best!  It’s time to nominate your favorite Financial Worker/Case Aide for the 2017 FW/CA of the Year Award!  Nominating someone is easy.  Just complete the nomination form (attached to this newsletter) or go to mfwcaa.org and complete the nomination online.  Include the person’s name, background, and the reason that you feel this person is deserving of this title.  Remember this person must be a MFWCAA member.  Nominations need to be postmarked or submitted online by 06/30/17.  See our mailing address below.  Thanks for participating!

If you know someone that you think is deserving of this award, nominate them! Nominations must be postmarked or submitted online by 06/30/17.

 Scholarship Info

It’s time to start thinking about baskets!  We love seeing the variety of baskets brought to conference every year.  If you want to create a basket but no one from your agency is going to conference, contact your region representative and they will make arrangements to get your basket to the Crowne Plaza in Plymouth.

The deadline to submit your 2017 Scholarship Applications was on 02/28/17.  We are currently in the process of reviewing them.  We will announce the 2017 MFWCAA Scholarship recipients in our July 2017 newsletter.

2017 Conference: ‘Mission Possible’

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October 25 – 27, 2017 at Crowne Plaza in Plymouth, MN

TENTATIVE LIST OF SESSIONS include (subject to change)

  • GA/MSA
  • Long-Term Care
  • Child Care Assistance Program
  • METS
  • GRH
  • Long-Term Homelessness
  • Cost Effective Health Insurance
  • ‘Teaching Safety Skills’ – Presented by the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center
  • ‘Taking on Bullying Behavior’ – Presented by the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center

What does membership in MFWCAA mean?

Being a member of MFWCAA has many advantages: 

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  • We are recognized by the Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Provide a Quarterly Newsletter
  • Provide staff development and training for Financial Workers and Case Aides
  • Arrange regional meetings focusing on specific programs and problems
  • Assist in caseload studies
  • Help in rewriting program manuals
  • Express our opinions and views at public hearings
  • Are involved in developing curriculum for the Financial Worker programs at the Technical Colleges
  • Are eligible for scholarships
  • Attend Fall conference (great place to network)
  • Have working relationships with MSSA, the MN Fraud Investigators Association, the Health Care Department at DHS, the Technical Colleges and Children, Families and Learning.
  • Help with defining our job descriptions with the Merit System

MFWCAA has become a highly respected organization across the State of Minnesota.  We are Financial Workers and Case Aides who are committed to professional and personal development.  The organization lends a hand to regional trainings and networking.  We also help develop curriculum for the Financial Worker programs at several Tech Colleges in the state.  Our collaborative work with other professional organizations keeps us up-to-date with legislative and policy changes and gives us a voice in future changes.

By becoming a member, board member, or serving on the Executive Committee, you will have so many opportunities to network, share ideas and learn new skills from other staff throughout Minnesota.  

Developing working relationships with other Financial Workers and Case Aides across the state is truly the biggest benefit of participation.  

What do Region Reps/Board Members do? 

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Region Representatives are primarily responsible for promoting membership in MFWCAA within their region, conducting membership drives, hosting regional meetings throughout the year and providing members with updates on legislation, policy and other critical issues that affect our job.

Board meetings, comprised of Region Reps, Board Members and DHS staff, meet once a month in St Cloud.  This provides the opportunity for each Region Rep to update others on training and technical assistance, be notified of policy and procedure changes and to coordinate the conference planning.  Voting occurs, minutes are taken and bi-laws are followed.

Region Representatives participate in committees that are devoted to preparing and planning for a statewide conference, which is held every fall.  Committees focus on keynote speakers, workshop presenters, vendors, logistics and other planning.  The annual conference is a great chance to network and attend sessions and workshops that provide exceptional learning opportunities.  Representatives are required to attend and assist with the conference every year.

2015-2016 MFWCAA Board Members

2015 - 2016 MFWCAA Board Members

2015 – 2016 MFWCAA Board Members

Front Row: Katie Potter (Case Aide Rep), Andrea Nachreiner (Region 9), Aimee Eggen (Region 1), Wendy Schiffler (Treasurer & Region 4) and Demi Young (Region 6)

Second Row: Jessica McArthur (Region 11), Teryl Waughtal (Secretary & Region 2), Sherry Tschida (Past President) and Bridget Fusco (DHS HC Liaison)

Back Row: Tracy Scott (DHS Liaison), Angela Carlson (DHS CCAP Liaison), Stacie Schubring (Region 11B), Tami Elich (President Elect & Region 3), Tara Vander Steen (President & Region 8), Katie Nelson (Region 5) and Stephanie Wiley (Vice President & Region 7)

Not Pictured:  Kathy Jordan (Region 10 Rep) and Susanne Desmond (Region 11A Rep)

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For more information about our organization, please visit our website.

On serving your fellow members of the Minnesota Financial Worker and Case Aide Association as a member of our outstanding board, please contact Tami Elich at: tami.elich@co.itasca.mn.us

If you have any articles that you would like to have included in a future newsletter, please contact Katie Nelson at: katie.nelson@co.todd.mn.us.

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