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2023 Schedule at a Glance

Schedule Subject to Change

Monday, May 8, 2023

8:00 am – 12:00 pm       
National VOAD Board Meeting * Invite Only

11:00 am – 5:00 pm       

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm         
National Member & State/Territory Meeting (Closed)

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm         
Annual Meeting *Committee Chair Reports (Open)

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm         
Committee Appreciation Reception * Invitation Only

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

7:00 am – 7:00 pm         
Reflection Room Open

7:30 am – 5:00 pm          

8:00 am – 5:00 pm          
Exhibit Hall & Silent Auction Open

8:00 am – 11:45 am        
Exhibitor Meet & Greet – Win Door Prizes!

8:30 am – 11:30 am       
Onsite Service Project

8:30 am – 9:30 am          
Committee Leadership Meeting (Closed)

10:00 am – 11:00 am     
First Time Orientation *First-Time Attendees Only

10:30 am – 12:00 pm    
Meet the VALs

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm       
Welcome Luncheon

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm         
Committee Meeting Group 1

Community Preparedness


Long Term Recovery Groups


3:00 pm – 4:15 pm         
Committee Meeting Group 2



Mass Care

Disaster Health

4:30 pm – 5:45 pm         
Committee Meeting Group 3

Emotional Spiritual Care

Disaster Case Management

Volunteer Management


5:45 pm – 6:45 pm         
Member/Partner Reception (Invite Only)

7:00 pm                           
Awards Dinner *Business Formal Attire

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

7:00 am – 7:00 pm         
Reflection Room Open

7:30 am – 5:00 pm          

8:00 am – 5:00 pm          
Exhibit Hall & Silent Auction Open

8:00 am – 9:30 am         
Plenary Breakfast

9:45 am – 11:00 am        
Workshop Session 1 – Click Here to View Session Descriptions

A Perfect Storm: How to Integrate Solar into Your Disaster Response Operations (and Why Now is the Time)
Presenter(s): Angela Overstreet, William Heegaard, Jenny Phillips, Al Miller

Strength After: The Power of Peer Support for Survivors & Responders on the Path of Recovery
Presenter(s): Christian Burgess, Lidija Hurni

Chico State: The Role of a University After a Disaster
Presenter(s): Megan Kurtz, Kate Scowsmith, Laura Cootsona, Bruce Yerman

Working with Diverse Communities for an Equitable Recovery
Presenter(s): Cari Cullen, Thomasina Burns, Brian Candelaria, Nana Gyamfi

From Initial Intake Assessment Through Long-Term Recovery: Needs Assessment Data Supporting Continuum of Care
Presenter(s): Saroja Schwager, Ben Perrin, Rita Pratte

From Nothing Into Everything: How To Lead When No One Has to Listen
Presenter(s): Marc Brooks, Dr. Bethany Grace Howe, Melanie Stanley-Brite

Light, Camera, Action: Amplify, Inspire and Connect
Presenter(s): Lameen Witter, Chris Hillis, Jesse Huxman, Tiffany Del Rio

Hurricane Ida Recovery Call Center
Presenter(s): Julia Menzo, Julia Borek, Lois McLaughlin

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm         
Workshop Session 2 – Click Here to View Session Descriptions

Creating Useable Resource Guides for VOADs and Local Emergency Managers
Presenter(s): Lanita Lloyd, Joseph Barnum

Technology Advancements for Disaster Relief: Survivor Wallet Smartphone App Providing Aid Distribution in a Digital Age
Presenter(s): Kevin Peach, Joseph Thompson, Peter McManus

Hey, Move It! Ensuring Equitable Distribution Of Humanitarian Aid During Disasters Via Sustainable Logistics Solutions
Presenter(s): Kathy Fulton

How Legal Services/VOAD Coordination Benefits Survivors
Presenter(s): Kristine Hansen, John Eidleman, Christa Figgins

Private-Public Partnership Insights, Best Practices and Opportunities in Puerto Rico
Presenter(s): Abe Diaz, Victor Merced, Bryan Krane, Ivan Baez

From Crisis to Collaboration: Catalyzing Impact Through the 4C’s in Diverse Settings
Presenter(s): Debra Boudreaux, Steven Smith, Marcus Coleman, Alyssa Hofman

Leaders Raising Leaders, the Next Generation of Us
Presenter(s): Lauri Wong, Jeff Hanna

Advancing Equitable Outcomes:  Prioritizing Response to Marginalized Communities after Disasters
Presenter(s): Annelle Primm, Gregory Gay, Tennissia Gaines, Joe Gilliom

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm         
Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm         
Workshop Session 3 – Click Here to View Session Descriptions

The Disaster Resource Village: Using Innovative Technology and Creative Partnerships to Meet the Immediate and Long-Term Needs of Survivors
Presenter(s): Kevin Cox, Amy Mefford, Valeri Mihanovich

LTRG Development – New and Best Practices Discussion
Presenter(s): Jean Peercy, David Rauer, Angela Overstreet, Greg Strader

Building Stronger Homes and Communities Together
Presenter(s): Michael Newman, Connie Breedlove

Disaster Partner Hub 101
Presenter(s): Stephanie Pape, Nigel Holderby

One Team, One Fight
Presenter(s): Dana Reed, Peter Newman

From Help Comes Hope: Harnessing Tech to Provide Mission-Driven Emergency Services
Presenter(s): Doug Zimmerman, Jim Ayre

Sharing Space – Good360 Disaster Warehouse Network
Presenter(s): Jim Alvey, Abe Diaz, Michael Rettig, Sally Ray

Jackson Water Crisis Impact on Water Equity
Presenter(s): Leigh Liao, Angie Grajeda, Portia Espy, Hubert Yates

Thursday, May 11, 2023

7:00 am – 12:00 pm       
Reflection Room Open

8:00 am – 12:00 pm       

8:00 am – 12:00 pm       
Exhibit Hall & Silent Auction Open

8:00 am – 9:30 am          
Expo Breakfast

9:45 am – 11:00 am        
Workshop Session 4 – Click Here to View Session Descriptions

Chronic Cyclical Disasters: A Community Context-Sensitive Approach to Promoting Adaptive Disaster Response
Presenter(s): Grant Brenner, Sander Koyfman, Kathleen Clegg, April Naturale

Getting Ship Done – Why Is Logistics Coordination So Difficult?
Presenter(s): Kathy Fulton, Damian Morales

Mapping Long-Term Recovery
Presenter(s): Caroline Hamilton-Arnold, Michelle Meyer, Larry Marks, Lesli Remaly

Collaboration in Training & Credentialing Competent Disaster Spiritual Care Providers
Presenter(s): Naomi Paget, BCC, Martin Feldbush, DMin, BCC

I Know A Guy….
Presenter(s): Christopher Blomgren

Better Together – Deepening and Broadening Disaster Collaborations
Presenter(s): Steven Moran, Nicole Hawkins, Mike Manning

The Creative Sector Takes the Lead in “Blue Sky” Community Resilience Training
Presenter(s): Janet Newcomb, Beth Flowers, Tom Clareson

Vulnerable Populations Reunification Exercise
Presenter(s): Beckie Gierer, Deb Hendricks, Tina Brown

11:00 am – 12:00 pm     
Last Look at Exhibits & Silent Auction

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm       
Plenary Luncheon

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm         
Workshop Session 5 – Click Here to View Session Descriptions

How to Build and Coordinate Emergency Response Networks in Austere Environments
Presenter(s): Jason Friesen

Helping Disaster Survivors Save Their Family Treasures
Presenter(s): Elaina Gregg, Lori Foley

Affordable Permenant Housing Solutions for Renters
Presenter(s): Ryan Drane, Chris Dockins, Al Chandler

What’s the Big IDEA? Learn How to Incorporate Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility into Exercises to Improve Your Community’s Preparedness
Presenter(s): Jennifer Lynch

Planning Resources for Faith-Based and Community Organizations: Opportunities for Improving Collaboration
Presenter(s): Marcus T. Coleman, Kathryn Replogle

I’m From VOAD and I’m Here to Help
Presenter(s): Kate Amaral, Adam Garner, Elizabeth Saunders

The Power of Place, Historical Trauma, and the Lifting up of Cultural Humility in Disaster Response
Presenter(s): Beverly Wallace, Matthew Zemanick

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm         
Closing Reception

Schedule is Subject to Change