2019 Spring Leadership Conference, Sapphire Anniversary
June 5-7

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This year, MARO will celebrate its 45th Anniversary!  Incorporated in 1974, MARO has grown and evolved over time to represent a diverse group of mission driven organizations, both public and private sector.  Our members serve individuals and families with a broad range of barriers, and provide a wide array of supports to achieve optimal independence and inclusion.  As we acknowledge our past, we also look forward with a strategic vision for our future as a statewide network – and we hope you can join us for the Sapphire Celebration in Traverse City, June 5-7 at the Park Place hotel.

The program this year includes topics on Non-profit Landscape, Employment Law, Rate Restructuring, Current Political and Policy Updates, Regional Workforce Initiatives, state VR Update, Direct Care Staffing Dilemma, and Provider Transformation. All at the Park Place Hotel right in Downtown Traverse City.

Speakers Include:

Joan Cornelison-Esther’s Hope

Kelly Kuhn-Michigan Nonprofit Association

Lindsay Raymond, Attorney – Danbrook Adams Raymond

Julie Strenn, SME – LinkEd

Tina Fullerton, Director- Michigan Rehabilitation Services

Bill Robinson, Director – Bureau of Services for Blind Persons

Joseph MacBeth, Executive Director – NADSP

Chioke Mose-Telesford, Deputy Director, Office of Workforce Development,
City of Detroit

Genni Sasnett, Independent Consultant and ODEP SME

Jon Smalley, MHSA

2019 Agenda



Thank You to Our Sponsors:



  • Autism Alliance of Michigan
  • Hope Network
  • MARO Workers’ Compensation Fund
  • Midwest Employers Casualty
  • New Horizons Rehabilitation Services
  • Peckham
  • Services To Enhance Potential

For sponsorship opportunities contact Laurie Morse-Dell at ldell@maro.org