July 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

Hello all.  In case you have not heard, this year’s conference has moved to the metro: the Crowne Plaza in Plymouth.  We are very excited about this venue and our conference will be here before we know it.  Along with this newsletter, you will find the 2017 conference registration form, information on how to make your hotel reservations, menu and tentative session list.

We offer an all-inclusive conference and we feel it is a great value; the sessions and entertainment promise to be great and the food will not disappoint!

Our board is going through some changes; our Treasurer Wendy Schiffler has taken a new posting and has resigned from the board.  We appreciate her hard work and dedication to the board the past five years.  I will be finishing my term as President and taking on the Treasurer role.  Haley Rohloff was with us for a short time as the Region 4 Rep but has also taken a new posting.  We welcomed Deb Mickelson at our July board meeting as the new Region 4 Representative.

You will need to mail your completed registration form and payment to our new mailing address in Grand Rapids.  You will make your own hotel reservations directly with the Crowne Plaza.

If you have any questions regarding conference, please contact me.  Enjoy your summer and hope to see you in October!  Tami Elich, President


gradscholarship news

Who could forget the amazing baskets we had this past conference: super heroes, Prince, Yeti cooler, and more!  We had 38 baskets and raised $5593.  Our goal each year is to increase the number of baskets to raffle and to increase our raffle sales in order to issue more scholarships.  Please continue to show your support for the scholarship program by bringing a basket to conference.  Prize money will be given out to the top two baskets for sales, the most creative basket to fit our conference theme, and a random drawing.  Raffle tickets will be available at the MFWCAA vendor table in the vendor area and will be $1.00 per ticket.  Drawings for the basket winners will be held immediately following the business meeting on Friday, October 27.  Please note you must be present to win.   By popular demand we will also be selling beads for the “Heads or Tails” game.  Beads will be available at the MFWCAA vendor table on Wednesday for $5.00.  Stop by the MFWCAA vendor table to get more information.

We would like to thank all of you for participating in the scholarship fundraiser.  Without your continued support we would not be able to have this wonderful program.  We look forward to seeing you and your creative baskets this fall!


The MFWCAA board awarded these 9 students with $500 scholarships this year:

  • BriAnna Hoffman (Parent: Kari Hoffman)
  • Logan Preuss (Parent: Krystal Preuss)
  • Gabrielle Palm (Parent: Hannah Palm)
  • Jocelyn Adolphson (Parent: Judy Adolphson)
  • Adam Lucek (Parent: Susan Lucek)
  • Annika Sannes (Parent: Leanne Sannes)
  • Hannah Loxtercamp (Parent:  Doris Loxtercamp)
  • Kaitlyn Harlan (Parent:  Melissa Harlan)
  • Jade Bollman (Parent:  Caroline Bollman)

Hello and Welcome!

My name is Deb Mickelson and I am the new Region 4 representative. I have been at Grant County for about 15 years, and have been an Eligibility Worker for almost 12 years. I am looking forward to representing Region 4 on the MFWCAA board.

2017 Conference: ‘Mission Possible’

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

If you or anyone you know is interested in being a vendor at the conference this year, please contact Vice President/Region 7 Rep Stephanie Wiley at stephanie.wiley@co.sherburne.mn.us

For menu information, please the conference information on our website.

Comedian and Magician David Harris

Comedian and Magician David Harris

Comedian, Magician and Minnesota native David Harris will be providing the entertainment on Wednesday evening after the banquet.  Visit his website here

Below is a TENTATIVE list of breakout sessions for the fall conference.  Time slots have not been assigned yet.  Course descriptions will follow:

  • GA/MSA
  • Long-Term Care
  • CCAP
  • METS
  • GRH Claims
  • Long-Term Homelessness
  • MFIP/GA/GRH Audits
  • ABAWDs
  • The Buy-In
  • Self-Defense Class
  • Yoga Class
  • SNAP/Cash Claims
  • Interim Assistance Agreements & PBEN
  • Sex Trafficking
  • SNAP Refresher
  • Family Cash Refresher
  • Lois Jensen (Sexual Harassment in the Workplace)
  • Cost Effective Health Insurance
  • SNAP E & T
  • Taking on Bullying Behavior (Jacob Wetterling Resource Center)
  • Teaching Safety Skills (Jacob Wetterling Resource Center)



What does membership in MFWCAA mean?

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

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? 

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.

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.

Please note our NEW Mailing Address
PO Box 361
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

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