Join Us For Our First “Lifeworks Connects” Presentation

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The first steps in difficult conversations? Listen and support.

On March 16 at 9:00 a.m., we’ll be on Zoom for a lively discussion. Our panelists will share resources around guardianship and supported decision making, talk about individual and family choice, and discuss approaches to difficult conversations between generations and among loved ones.

It’s easy – just click here to register! Registration is required, but that’s all you need to do. We’ll send you a Zoom link 3-5 days ahead of the event (and again the day before).

The details:

WHEN – Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
WHERE – Online! Participants will need an internet connection to access the webinar. To receive a link to this webinar, sign up here. Registration is required to attend.
WHO – Panelists include:

Jonda Dansare, Ecolab
Jonda lives in Apple Valley and has lived in her own apartment since May, 2005 (almost 17 years). Jonda has been with Lifeworks since 1996 (26 years) and is currently employed at Ecolab. During the worst of the pandemic, Jonda worked several different jobs and is happy to be back at Ecolab. She also enjoys participating in Project Explore activities and Special Olympics. Jonda enjoys doing arts and crafts in her free time.

Joseph Kukla, Thiel, Anderson, Kukla and Gunderson, PLLP
Joe is a partner at Thiel, Anderson, Kukla & Gunderson in Edina, and has been with that law firm since 2013. Joe has a legal practice that is based in estate planning, real estate and business law, with a particular emphasis on serving clients with special needs. Joe has extensive professional experience with guardianships and trust planning, and he is an expert on the rules of Medical Assistance and Social Security. His youngest brother, Jake, has developmental disabilities, and his life experiences inspired Joe to use his background to help individuals and families dealing with similar circumstances. In addition to his legal practice, Joe is a former licensed PCA, is a certified coach and volunteer for Special Olympics Minnesota, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Opportunity Partners, Inc., a Twin Cities-based non-profit organization that provides services to the disability community.

Alli Strong-Martin, Lifeworks (moderator)
Alli has worked with Lifeworks since 2019, after she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a M.A. in Human Rights. She also holds a B.A. in Nonprofit Leadership from Murray State University and has a background ranging direct support roles and global disability rights work. At Lifeworks, Alli develops training offerings that educate employer partners, disability organizations, and community members on disability rights and inclusion in the workplace and in the community at-large. Alli is dedicated to educating herself and others about the intersectionality of disability rights issues, while working towards a future in which every person is able to enjoy their right to participate fully and authentically in their communities.

QUESTIONS – Let us help! Read through our list of Frequently Asked Questions. Or contact our Lifeworks Advancement Team: | 651-365-3719.

Lifeworks Connects is a series of events designed to bring people together around topics of interest to the disability community. Future Lifeworks Connects events may be held online or in person. Do you have an idea for a future Lifeworks Connects topic? Let us know!