October 2021 Newsletter

Larissa Rasmussen


Happy Fall, y’all!
I hope this newsletter finds everyone staying afloat in their caseloads while continuing to manage our changing policies and procedures during the wind down, bringing some of our programs back to normal! It definitely has been interesting in my case load to relearn programs, start adding sanctions, look at the various worker guides to find correct instructions, and keep up with a surge in applications! 

The MFWCAA Board has been looking at options of what to offer our members for the fall and decided to keep it simple, valuable and fun! We all have so much to learn, relearn and process that we wanted something to offer where everyone could turn their brains off from our normal work for a moment and be inspired, have fun, laugh…maybe even cry! 

On Friday, October 22 at 9am we are happy to present Judson Laipply, keynote speaker who is known for his “Evolution of Dance” YouTube video that went viral. I spoke with Judson last week and he is not only hilarious, but very down to earth and truly interested in hearing about the challenges that eligibility workers and case aides have, especially heightened during this last year and a half of constant change. 

After our keynote speaker (tentative time of 10:30am), we will present our Financial Worker/Case Aide of the Year award, have a special guest, and follow the morning with our Annual MFWCAA business meeting. We anticipate the morning of events will conclude by 11am. We will be presenting this through Zoom as we have previously done, with a Livestreaming option available on YouTube as well. Look for your official Zoom invite to be sent to our members in October.

For November, we are very excited to bring you “Little Things Mean a Lot”, presented by the Hennepin County Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Mark your calendars now for Thursday, November 4th from 9am-10:30am to learn about the impact of micro messages on individuals and teams in the workplace and work to eliminate micro inequities. MFWCAA members will receive a webinar link that will be published closer to the presentation to join this virtual workshop.

In other board news, unfortunately we had to say goodbye to a couple of our board members this year. Mandora Young from Region 11A resigned this summer and Katie Nelson, Region 5 and board secretary just announced her new adventure at our September meeting. This was Mandora’s second time with us on the board and Katie has served in various positions since 2014. We appreciate all of the hard work they did on the board and wish them the best! We welcome Lisa Castile as our new 11A Region Representative and board secretary!

As always if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your Region Representative! And hang in there…we can do this!

Larissa Rasmusen

My name is Lisa Castile. I am the new Representative for Region 11A, Hennepin County.  I was hired in January 2018 as a Financial Worker in Economic Supports.  I work out of the North Region in the Families division, navigating in both MAXIS and METS platforms. I am an Ohio native who moved to the Twin Cities in 1991 before the ink dried on my degree to pursue a career in production working for the Artist Formerly Known As Prince. It was my career in commercials, feature films
and music videos that led me to my first corporate career as a Business Theater Producer, first with BI Worldwide for 5+ years, followed by 13+ years operating my own event management company both domestically and internationally.

In 2019, I married by best friend. We purchased our home and settled in Andover, MN (Anoka County) where we live with my 88 year old father. Other than our fur babies, 17 year old cat and 7 month old YoChon, we consider ourselves empty nesters and spend most of our time cooking, hanging out with friends and camping! Our 21 year old daughter works for the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN and is in the second semester of her Junior year at Winona State.

This is my first Board appointment and I’m super excited to be here and honored to be representing Hennepin County.

2021 Fall Virtual Training

Friday, October 22, 2021

9:00am: Judson Laipply, M.ED, CSP
Keynote Speaker

Judson Laipply M.Ed, CSP is an enigma wrapped in an anomaly contained inside a quandary. Combining comedy and content, laughter and learning, energy and engagement, Judson gives his audiences both immediate joy and lasting impact. He’s been featured on the Today Show, Ellen, Oprah, GMA, and more. He is the world’s first YouTube Celebrity and his finale “The Evolution of Dance” has over a billion impressions and was the first video ever to hit 100 million views. He’s been speaking and performing for over 20 years and has been all around the globe. He is also an Ironman Triathlete, terrible singer, and reformed Kool-Aid eater. 

Learn more at www.judsonlaipply.com.


10:30am: Special Guests

Presentation of the

MFWCAA Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 4, 2021

9:00am – 10:30am: Virtual Workshop 

From Micro-inequities to Micro-affirmations
Presented by MFWCAA & Hennepin County Office of
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

What do you do when someone you work  with is slighted or excluded by others? What if it happens to you? Learn how to eliminate micro-inequities through exercises and scenarios and counter them with valuing behaviors called micro-affirmations.

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the impact of micro-messages on individuals and teams in the workplace
  • Define the business case for eliminating micro-inequities and furthering inclusion
  • Take actions, as a leader and as a team member, to eliminate micro-inequities
  • Use micro-affirmations to value others


Contact your region representative. Webinar link will be available soon.

Wondering how can you sign up to attend our 2021 remote trainings?

If you are already a MFWCAA member, these trainings are included in that fee! If you haven’t paid your dues yet, there is still time! Fill out the membership form and mail your $20 payment today!

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