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Annual Conference Agenda

COAD's 47th  Annual Conference: Charting the Course in Changing Times

The Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD) was formed in 1971 by seventeen rural community action agencies, building a coalition with the goal of ameliorating the burden of poverty for the residents of Appalachian Ohio. In 2018, we continue that mission despite economic challenges and an ever-changing landscape.


Please join us for our 47th Annual Conference to celebrate our history and collective accomplishments of decades past while seeking new opportunities and innovations so that we can continue to be successful in improving lives within our communities. We hope that the sessions and speakers will provide both knowledge and inspiration.


Featured Plenary Speakers:   47th


David Bradley
Executive Director, National Community Action Foundation

Robert Gipe
Author and Director of the Appalachian Program at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College


Lynanne Guitierrez Wolf, Esq.

Policy Director and Legal Counsel, GroundWork Ohio


Agenda Overview:


These sessions focus on several of the current issues we’re facing as a part of today’s community action challenges, including succession planning and mentorship, leadership and sustainability, and embracing new opportunities to address emerging concerns we face in our community-based nonprofit endeavors.


In addition to the sessions, there will be social events to encourage us to renew and foster old friendships as well as to cultivate new ones.

Wednesday, August 15th

6:00 pm

Casual picnic-style dinner provided for COAD staff, member agency staff, and any conference attendees who would like to arrive early and join us!


Thursday, August 16th

8:00 am


Plenary Speaker: David Bradley, Executive Director, National Community Action Foundation


Morning Sessions  10:15 am - 11:45 am

HWAP Regional Meeting

Energy Coordinators and Executive Directors will have the opportunity to discuss current issues that impact energy conservation services with a panel of network experts - Jamie Marshall, Nicole Peoples, and Tom Calhoun from COAD; Jeremy Boggs of HAP Community Action; and Clinton Throckmorton from the Community Action Committee of Pike County.  The discussion will include topics related to the BPI Energy Auditor Pilot project, the HWAP-Enhancement program, and pertienant considerations for the new HWAP program year. Additionally, there will be a short presentation and demonstration on CAP60, a web-based management system that may be a viable replacement for Weather-Tite.


Planning for Sustainability: How to Expand our Programs and Add a For-profit Element
Is your organization considering adding new programs or maybe even contemplating the addition of a for-profit component to the work you wish to accomplish? Don’t miss this session with Chris Bailey, CPA and Principal at Tidwell Group.

Leadership Track 1: Leading a Cross-generational Workforce
Today’s workplace is more diverse than ever before. Not only are more people from different backgrounds and cultures working together, but for the first time in history, there could be up to five generations of employees working together. As the Silent and Baby Boom generations are exiting the workplace, the next generation - Gen Z - is already beginning to enter. So how do you get the different generations to pull together as a team, especially in our unique community action agencies? And, how can retiring leaders empower and mentor their successors? This session will help you understand a little bit more about generational styles and how they can complement one another, improving communications, avoiding conflict, and working together in a supportive environment in which people learn from each other and value differing perspectives.

(This is the first in a three-part leadership track; although each can stand on its own if you're unable to attend all three. To learn more, click here)

12:00 pm

Plenary Speaker: Robert Gipe
, Author and Director of the Appalachian Program at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College


Mid-day Sessions 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Electric Partnership Program and Utility Programs Updates
This session will highlight the Electrical Partnership Programs as well as discussing other Utility Program Updates and integration

The Opioid Epidemic: How it Affects Our Clients and What we can do to Address it
Industry favorite Reggie Robinson, Health Recovery Services, will speak to attendees about the opioid crisis and how we, as community leaders, can help to ameliorate the ripple effects with political advocacy and personal attention.

Leadership Track 2: Best Practices for Succession Planning

As founding generation begins to retire, they take with them significant pieces of their institutional knowledge that are irreplaceable if not transferred to the up-and-coming generation. So how do they ensure a sustainable organization? Leaders who care about the future and wish to preserve the culture and legacy they have built, should view succession planning as essential. In this session, you will learn how reverse mentoring works as a critical path for succession. It is a symbiotic relationship between the mentor and protégé where both sides are learning from each other. It allows the history and tradition to be understood and preserved, while opening the door to new thought and perspectives from those who will lead the organization into the future.

Afternoon Sessions 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Fiscal Officers’ Roundtable

Join Patty Azallion, CPA and Principal of Tidwell Group, as she discusses fundamental issues such as revenue recognition, financial statements, reporting procedures and cost allocations, liquidity, and Uniform Guidance. Bring your questions to this peer-to-peer roundtable!

Diversity in the Workplace

Diversity is a critical componant and crucial to the success our organizations; and it is imperative for our leaders to foster a culture of inclusion in order for us to recruit and retain talent. It is also vital for leaders, who may not identify themselves as part of the majority, to communicate in a way that builds professional relationships and an environment of mutual respect. Join Jeanne Wilson and Alea Brown, representatives for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, who will discuss embracing all manners of diversity in the workplace and finding success in challenging situations.

Leadership Track 3: Critical Discussions – the key communication skill for every leader

Although good communication is always an important element in any organization, there are some critical discussions that can have a great impact, unintended consequences, and lasting effects. Most people are not well prepared for these conversations, leaving them at a distinct disadvantage. This session will provide you with a solid framework to prepare for difficult exchanges.

After the conclusion of the day's sessions, please join us at 6:00 p.m. for a reception, followed by the annual Awards Banquet at 7:00 pm when we will recognize our good friends and special guest as well as presenting the 2018 General's Award.

9:00 pm - Midnight

Entertainment: Music and Karaoke provided by local DJ, Aaron Werner


Friday, August 17th

8:45 am
Plenary Speaker: Lynanne Guitierrez Wolf, Esq, Policy Director and Legal Counsel
, GroundWork Ohio


10:45 am
COAD Meeting, Board of Directors
Election of Officers 2018-2019


Hotel Information

The conference will be held at the Christopher Conference Center in Chillicothe. 

For reservations in the attached Quality Inn, call 740-775-3500.  The Christopher Inn next door can be reached at 740-774-6835 to make a reservation. Phone the Fairfield Inn, which is also within walking distance, directly at 740-771-9090 for reservations.


Ask for the COAD conference rate any of these locations. Please call by July 31st to ensure availability.

The conference rates are as follows:

Quality Inn - $89.95 - $101.95/night
Christopher Inn - $99.95/night
Fairfield Inn - $127.00/night