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23rd Annual NCGA Conference


Hand-outs are available as speakers provide them.  Please take a moment and down the documents available for reference at the conference.  Check back often.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Registration

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pre-Conference  Guardianship 101: The Basics
Sarah Maness-Smith, Adult Services Program Administrator, NC Department of Health & Human Services
Benita Purcell, Human Resources Director and Family Guardian, Person County Group Homes, Inc.


General Sessions

1:15 PM–3:15 PM National Guardianship Association: What’s Happening Across the Nation in Guardianship?
Sally Balch Hurme, J.D.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM What A Guardian Needs to Know About Pre-Need Funeral Planning
Danny Beeson, Regional Vice President, Matthew 25 Planning, Inc.
Heather Carty-Ward, Esq., Carty-Ward Law

Thursday, May 3, 2018

8:45 AM – 10:15 AM Concurrent Sessions
A. Ethical and Guiding Principles          Sally Balch Hurme, J.D.


B. Military Culture and Service Coordination for Military Connected Families  Brandon Wilson


C. The Innovations Wavier and ID/D Services offered to Consumers  Jen Branham & Jesse Smathers,


10:30 AM – 11:45 AM Concurrent Sessions
D. Overview and Role of the Disinterested Public Agent Guardian in NC Rajeev K. Premakumar


E. Embracing “Least Restrictive” through Purpose-Driven Guardianship


Sobeida Adolphus, Wanda Burney &Tienna Luong


F. Meds – Clearing up the Medication Mystery: Which, When, Where, Why and How Much Melanie Bunn



1:45 PM – 3:15 PM Concurrent Sessions

G. Don’t Show Me Your Money! How to Serve as Agent or Guardian Without Developing Personal Liability
Bryant D. Webster, Attorney, Stone & Christy, Attorneys and Counselors at Law

H. Compassion Fatigue  Jennifer Szakaly, MA, CMC

I. People Living with Dementia and Their Families  Melanie Bunn


3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Concurrent Sessions
J. Legal Process  Mark Botts



K. Advance Care Planning, Palliative Care, Hospice and Your Role as Guardian  Rikki Hooper



L. Getting the Needs of an Individual Met in a Managed Care World


Cassandra Massenburg & Stacey Skradski


Friday, May 4, 2018


General Sessions


9:00 AM – 10:30 AM The Future of LME/MCO’s in NC – Panel Discussion  - NO HAND-OUT

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM Clerks Panel – Discussion -- NO HAND-OUT