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2019 MCCA Annual Conference Speakers
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Hope Doerner

Hope has been a faculty in Early Childhood Education since 2003. Her educational background is a BS in Sociology minor in Psychology from the U of MN, a Masters in Business Management from St. Mary’s and a Masters in Education focusing on Early Childhood from Concordia University. She has been in the Early Childhood field for over 25 years. Her main experiences were in the Child Care Center arena, but also did work with Robbinsdale Area Schools prior to coming to Minneapolis College. She is passionate about creative positive culturally responsive environments for children to thrive and develop at their own pace and tries to model that in her college courses. To do that, she continues to stay connected with colleagues in the field and participates in many statewide activities to make sure she is bringing the most current information to Minneapolis College.

Chad Dunkley, Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, Chad oversees operations, marketing, strategy, and finance, and drives the culture of “continuous improvement” at all New Horizon and Kinderberry Hill locations. Chad received his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law and his B.A. in management from Hamline University. Chad is an executive committee board member of the Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC) and president of the Minnesota Child Care Association (MCCA). He recently completed a four-year term on the governing board of The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In 2017, Chad was named as one of the top ten Most Admired CEOs by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. In 2015 he was named an “Exceptional Emerging Leader” by the Child Care Information Exchange. The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal also recognized Chad Dunkley as one of the region’s most outstanding business leaders as one of the 2004 “Forty Under 40” award recipients.

Phil Griffin

Phil is a government relations professionals from Ewald Consulting representing MCCA at the Capitol in St. Paul. Phil began his career as a Staff Assistant during the first term of Minnesota Governor, Rudy Perpich. He spent the next four years as staff for the House of Representatives before taking a position lobbying for the Minnesota Medical Association. Phil moved to Physicians Health Plan (PHP) where he worked for the health plan, it’s management company, UnitedHealthcare and PHP’s successor, Medica. From 1993 to 2001, Phil was Vice President of Public Policy for PreferredOne. For 18 years, Phil was the principal of Griffin Government Consulting. In January, Phil joined Ewald Consulting. He is a graduate of Hamline University and William Mitchell College of Law.

Scott Lesnick

Scott Lesnick is a high content international keynote speaker who is motivational, instructional and educational in style and tone. He presents powerful keynotes and interactive breakout sessions and is a consultant and author. Also, Scott earned his CSP- Certified Speaking Professional from the National Speakers Association. Only 12% of speakers worldwide have this designation! Scott served as the Dean of the Academy for Professional Speakers in 2016-17. He is a graduate of The University of Miami, Florida.

His memoir, “Kidjacked – A Father’s Story” and his book Lifejacked: Life Lessons on Leadership were published to critical acclaim. In addition, Scott has 28 award-winning sales and management years at Shaw Industries a Berkshire Hathaway Fortune 500 company.

Scott’s motivational, educational and inspirational presentations center around topics including: Children, increasing productivity, HR, generational and cultural inclusion excellence in leadership, project management excellence, healthcare professional development. Plus, maximizing performance, maximizing operational performance and excellence and managing change through great leadership.

Chrissy Mignogna, BA; E-RYT; 1000 Petals Director of Programs and Development

Chrissy is a Certified Yoga Calm Trainer and Teacher. She has trained hundreds of staff, parents and counselors to use the Yoga Calm curriculum in daycares, schools, hospitals and therapeutic settings. Chrissy currently teaches in Dakota County Juvenile Detention Center, preschools/daycares, elementary, middle and high schools. She also provides trauma-responsive yoga for the child/adolescent mental health unit and dual diagnosis units at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s hospital and United Hospital. In addition to teaching children and teens, Chrissy teaches community-based yoga classes to adults and seniors. Chrissy is a frequent presenter locally including Minnesota Education Association (MEA), Autism Minnesota, Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs (MACMHP), Minnesota Association for Family and Early Education (MNAFEE) Evangelical Lutheran Educational Association (ELEA) and was keynote for Division for Early Childhood (DECC).

Clare Sanford

Clare is Director of Government and Community Relations for New Horizon Academy and Government Relations Chair for the Minnesota Child Care Association. In these roles, she works to increase early childhood access, quality, and resources for young children, families, and educators. She began her career teaching in a high-need elementary school in Houston, TX, an experience that spurred her to learn more about the macro issues affecting low-income children and families in our society. In graduate school, the confluence of both early childhood neuroscience and economic research was a (good) smack in the head: THIS is where she should spend her career. Since then she has held varied positions in the government, philanthropic, and non-profit sectors, all focused on young children and vulnerable families. Professional/policy interests include early childhood mental health, risk & resilience, teacher education & support, equity, and anti-bias efforts. Personal interests include astronauts, history, and chocolate cake. Lots of chocolate cake. Clare received her B.A. from St. Olaf College and her Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2018, Clare was a Women in Business honoree with the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Cory Woosley

Cory is the Director of Workforce Development at Child Care Aware of MN, where she oversees statewide Early Childhood Professional Development. In addition, she has been a faculty member at MCTC and DCTC, in early education, since 1996. Her undergraduate work is in Early Childhood and in 2009, Cory received an Online Instructional Graduate Degree from Concordia University in St Paul MN. In 2015, she was selected as Child Care Exchange Master Leader.

Allie Wroble

Allie is a government relations professionals from Ewald Consulting representing MCCA at the Capitol in St. Paul. She joined Ewald Consulting in January after beginning her career at the Minnesota House of Representatives where she served as a Committee Legislative Assistant and a Research Consultant. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois.

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