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2016 Region VI Conference

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Welcome to the  Community Action Association of Region VI Annual Conference, October 12-14, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Member $250; Non-Member $300


Single/Double occupancy $122.  Book rooms on our dedicated page on the Hyatt Regency website> or call 1-800-633-7313.

Session Tracks:

  2. Organizational Leadership
  3. Employment Law And Risk
  4. Program Updates / Communication

Vendor and Exhibitor Opportunities:
Exhibit dates are October 12th & 13th.

For more information contact Laura at the New Mexico Association of Community Partners: or 505-231-4638.

Distinguished Speakers & Presenters

Rudolfo Acosta-Perez

RudolfoRodolfo Acosta-Pérez currently serves as the Director of Family Empowerment at Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico (CAASNM) and has worked for New Mexico State University, the Arrowhead Center, the Secretariat of Economic Development in Juarez, Mexico, Coca-Cola, and General Electric. Dr. Acosta-Pérez holds a Doctorate in Economic Development, an MBA from New Mexico State University (NMSU), and a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Chihuahua.   Dr. Acosta-Pérez has presented at worldwide, national, state, and local conferences. He has lectured on economic development, leadership, business, and financial literacy topics in St. Petersburg, Russia; Joensuu, Finland; Victoria, Canada; Chicago, Illinois, San Antonio, Texas; Las Cruces and Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Mexico.

Crista Benavidez

crista-benavidezCrista Benavidez is an internationally recognized speaker, trainer and Organizational Learning Specialist with over 18 years of experience, presenting over 1000 programs in both English and Spanish languages. She has worked with groups from a variety of industries with clients such as United States Forest Service, Plains Regional medical Center, IBM, Texas Instruments – Mexico, University of New Mexico, CISA, and many others. Her subject offerings include behavior/communication styles, conflict management, customer service, communicating with difficult people, effective teaming, and more. Ms. Benavidez holds a Master of Arts  degree in Organizational Learning & Instructional Technology, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish, all from the University of New Mexico.

Jean Block

Jean BlockJean Block is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant on nonprofit management, board development, fundraising and social enterprise. She is the author of several books and manuals including The  ABCs of Building Better Boards, The Invisible Yellow Line: Clarifying Board and Staff Roles, and The Nonprofit Guide to Social Enterprise. Ms. Block has presented workshops at CAPLAW for several years and is a frequent presenter at other national and regional nonprofit conferences in addition to advising community action agencies throughout the US.

David Bradley

bradleyFor more than 30 years, David Bradley has been one of Washington’s leading advocates on behalf of low-income programs. In 1981, David helped found the National Community Action Foundation (NCAF). As a private non-profit organization funded solely by non-governmental contributions, NCAF represents funding and policy interests of the nation’s 1000 community action agencies before Congress and the Executive Branch. In this role at NCAF, David was the primary architect of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). Besides the CSBG, David’s legislative activities include Weatherization Assistance, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Head Start, and job training programs. Read more>

Dr. Jarle Crocker

crockerDr. Jarle Crocker serves as Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Community Action Partnership. Dr. Crocker has over 12 years of experience managing training and technical assistance to public agencies and nonprofits engaged in community building initiatives from the local to the national level. His expertise includes extensive direct practice work in the areas of strategic planning, performance measurement, community involvement, systems reform, financing strategies, and the design of public policy consensus-building processes. His areas of content experience focus on early childhood systems and services, juvenile justice, children’s exposure to violence, community-based development, work supports, and education reform. He has a doctorate from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution where he also serves as adjunct faculty teaching graduate classes on organizational change and the design and facilitation of public policy consensus-building processes.

Eric Griego

ericFor the past three decades Eric Griego has worked as a researcher, analyst and policy maker on applied public policy issues ranging from economic development to early childhood education at the local, state, national and international level.  For the first ten years of his career, he worked on international economic and labor issues at several agencies and on Capital Hill. Eric returned home to New Mexico in 1999 and as an Albuquerque City Councilman he co-sponsored and helped pass and implement an increase in the minimum wage; one of the nation’s first local public financing for elections systems; and the city’s most progressive planning document in its history. As Assistant Cabinet Secretary for Economic Development under Governor Richardson, he led state efforts on community and local economic development. Read more>

Denise Harlow, CCAP, NCRT

Denise HarlowMs. Harlow is the Chief Executive Officer for the Community Action Partnership.  Prior to this position, she served as interim Chief Operating Officer and the Senior Director of Training and Technical Assistance.  Ms. Harlow has more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit and governmental sectors.  Prior to her tenure at the Partnership, she served as the CEO for the New York State Community Action Association and was the Senior Vice President for Capacity Building at the New York Council of Nonprofits.  Ms. Harlow has served on several nonprofit boards of directors and was an appointee to the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council (NY).  She has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University at Albany with a focus on nonprofit management, where she was also a Fellow on Women and Public Policy at the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society.  Ms. Harlow holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Valparaiso University.

Seth Hassett

HassettSeth Hassett is a government management leader who combines strategic management skills with subject-matter expertise in community services, community mental health, disaster services, and traumatic stress services. He has over 20 years of Federal management experience in human services and mental health programs, and has a strong track record in planning and implementing inter and intra governmental projects that result in improved performance management and identification and implementation of evidence-based practices. He has a unique blend of expertise in the integration of services across multiple systems with a focus on improving the lives of individuals and families with complex needs. Read more>

Michael Jones

jonesMichael Jones has served as the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Community Action Agencies (OKACAA) for the past 16 years. He provides training and other services to Oklahoma’s member community action agencies and advocates on their behalf.  During his tenure at OKACAA he has developed new programs to support local VITA efforts, provide homebuyer education, and build a large training program for the weatherization program.  He is accredited by the International Renewable Energy Council (IREC) to provide Tier 1 training for Retrofit Installer, Energy Auditor, Crew Chief and Quality Control Inspector. Mr. Jones previously worked for 12 years at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, where he managed the Weatherization, Community Services Block Grant, and other federal programs.

Christopher Logue

chris-logueChristopher Logue is a Staff Attorney at CAPLAW. Mr. Logue trains and advises community action agencies on a range of legal issues, including governance, employment law, Head Start, board responsibilities, and tax-exempt organization law requirements. Before joining CAPLAW, Mr. Logue managed the Legal Advocacy Program at Casa Myrna, a Boston-based nonprofit organization that provides services to low-income victims of domestic violence. Mr. Logue serves on the board of a local nonprofit that provides therapeutic and vocational horticulture training to incarcerated and recently released individuals. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and Northeastern University School of Law.

Barbara Mooney

barbaraBarbara Mooney is Project Director of the Association of Nationally Certified ROMA Trainers (ANCRT) and co-author of Introduction to ROMA.  Dr. Mooney is a Research Fellow with NASCSP’s ROMA Next Generation Center of Excellence, Consultant for Community Action Partnership and the Region Three Performance and Innovation Consortium, and Liaison for Temple University’s National Family Development Board (which leads Strengths-based training for Family Workers across the country). She is Professor Emeritus, Waynesburg University, and as an independent consultant conducted numerous research and evaluation projects for both private and public funded programs and services. Dr. Mooney was the Training Director at the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania for 10 years, after working 18 years in a local CAA in Pennsylvania as the Director of Family Development.

POMS & Associates: Please click here> for professional biographies of presenters

Andrew Trujillo, Steve Meilleur & James Vautier


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