January 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

Another great conference is in the books and it was great to see so many of you in attendance.  What about that keynote speaker, Morris Morrison – he was definitely a highlight for me!  I hope those of you who attended had a great time and will bring some coworkers along with you next year.  We will be moving to the metro for the 2017 conference which will be held October 25 – 27 at the Crowne Plaza in Plymouth.  The board is already hard at work planning for next year’s conference.  Thank you to all who completed the survey; we take your suggestions and comments very seriously and continually try to improve your conference experience.  The board is very dedicated in trying to make sure we offer something for everybody in regards to sessions, presenters and entertainment.

The board welcomed new members this year:  Jessica McArthur, Region 11 and Kathy Jordan, Region 10.  The board said good-bye to Past President Sherry Tschida.  We appreciate all of her hard work and dedication to the board for the past seven years.  Susanne Desmond has resigned from the board as the Region 11A representative and we wish her well in her future endeavors.  We look forward to welcoming Kristen Kasim as the new Region 11A and Haley Rohloff as the new Region 4 representatives at our January meeting.

Please consider renewing your membership for 2017 to support MFWCAA so we can continue to provide you with its many advantages.  Please visit our website to keep up to date on our organization.  All of the current region representatives are listed with their contact information.  Also visit our Facebook page for any updated information we announce. I look forward to serving as your President in 2017.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding  MFWCAA, I am available by email or phone, so please contact me.  Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2017.

Tami Elich, President

2016 Financial Worker/Case Aide of the Year

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

2016 FW/CA of the year Valerie Natwick

Valerie (Val) Natwick from Norman County is the winner of the 2016 Financial Worker/Case Aide of the Year Award. The nomination letter (in part): ‘This woman deserves this award because she has worked in Social Services for over 45 years. She treats all clients as she would have wanted her own parents treated – with dignity and respect. She goes above and beyond for clients – working with many of them for over 20 years. She checks in on them at the nursing home not because she has to, but wanting to see if they need anything, to say hello or just to make their day. She is a dedicated employee. Come rain, shine, snow, or sickness, this woman shows up. She always has a positive attitude and a cheerful greeting for anyone she meets. Her smile brightens a room and warms a heart. Being around her brings out the best in people.’ Congratulations Val!

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.

Other prize winners at the conference

The Scholarship Committee awarded prizes for the most ticket sales (1st and 2nd), creativity (3rd), and a random drawing:

  • First Place Prize went to Region 4 for their Yeti Cooler Basket (raised $697)
  • Second Place Prize went to Carver County for their Prince Basket (raised $513)
  • Most Creative went to Region 5 for their Marvel Super Hero Basket
  • Random Drawing went to Itasca County for their Up North Assortment Basket

Vendor Match Game Winners of $10 cash

  • Stacy Twardy – McLeod County
  • Jen Johnson – Hubbard County
  • Shelley Phillippe – Lake of the Woods County
  • Mary Berard – Itasca County
  • Cassie Collins – Douglas County
  • Tammy Johnson – Marshall County-
  • Karen Frandle – Steele County
  • Becky Hudrlik – Hubbard County
  • Jenny Zakoski – Ramsey County
  • Shelly Lange – McLeod County

Door Prizes

  • Lisa Peterson, Washington County – Arrowwood stay
  • Kristi Bergeron, Lyon County – $25
  • Jennifer Mocol, Blue Earth County – $25
  • Kimberli Malecha, Waseca County – $25
  • Stacy Twardy, McLeod County – $25
  • Angella Blanshan, Cottonwood County – $25
  • Kaylene Greninger, Wright County – $25
  • Darcina Klecan, Otter Tail County – $25-

Aimee Eggen from Norman County is the winner of our photo contest! Thanks for submitting your photos!

Aimee Eggen from Norman County is the winner of our photo contest! Thanks for submitting your photos!

2016 Conference Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our survey.  We had a 60% response rate this year with the majority being satisfied.  We appreciate all your comments and will try to implement some changes in the future. Here’s what some of you had to say:

“I came away with so much from this conference!  New friends, new ideas and a wealth of knowledge.  I can hardly wait until next year!”

“The MFWCAA Conference is a GREAT way to meet other workers and to discuss the programs and policies we deal with everyday.”

“There was a wide selection of sessions to choose from, fun entertainment and a key note speaker who just plain rocked.  I left Arrowwood with a much bigger heart.”

Additional thanks!

The Scholarship Committee would like to thank all who donated a basket for the 2016 raffle.  We had 38 baskets this past year (we had 34 in 2015) and with your help, we were able to raise $5593 (up from $4993 last year) for the Scholarship fund!!!

Thank you to everyone who put together and donated baskets as well as those of you who purchased raffle tickets.  The amount of work and creativity we see every year never ceases to amaze us!  It’s time to start thinking of basket ideas for 2017!

Hello and Welcome!

Hello!  My name is Haley Rohloff and I am your new Region 4 Rep.  I have been an Eligibility Worker in Stevens County since May 2016.  I am super excited for this opportunity to become more involved and meet new people.

Hi everyone!  My name is Kristen Kasim and I am a Senior HSR (AKA Financial Worker) with Hennepin County.  I am really excited to be the new MFWCAA representative for Region 11A/Hennepin County.  I have been an HSR for 14 years working with long-term care and waivered services in our Aging and Disability Services area, which is my passion.  I am really excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the MFWCAA as Hennepin County’s representative and I am looking forward to working with all of you now and in the future.  Thank you for this opportunity.

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)

  birdieEarly Bird Information

Your name will be entered in a drawing to win a $25 gift card if your membership dues are postmarked by 02/28/17!!! Please contact your Region Representative for more information.

scholarship news

Applications are due no later than 02/28/17.

  • Complete the Scholarship application online .  You can also request one from your Region Rep.
  • The Scholarship Applications must be postmarked by 02/28/17 or the application will be disqualified.
  • The related member’s 2017 MFWCAA membership dues must also be paid by 02/28/17 or the application will be disqualified.
  • If completing a paper application, make sure to fill out the application completely and legibly.
  • Remember 2 letters of recommendation (one from a non-related adult and the second from a non-related teacher, instructor or employer).  Your letters of recommendation must be on letterhead.

Being a member of MFWCAA has many advantages 

members around table

  • 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

What do Region Reps/Board Members do? 

board meeting

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.

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.

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.

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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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