SupportCon Sessions

Friday, December 3, 2021

8:00am - 8:15am | Welcome

8:15am - 9:15am | Keynote Session

Speak Up! How to find your voice and feel empowered to speak up for yourself in order to effectively advocate for the needs of your organization and students.
Keynote Speaker:
Colonel Yvonne Spencer, Leader | Teambuilder | Motivator | Coach

DISCLAIMER: These are the speaker’s/author’s personal views and not necessarily those of the DoD or the United States Air Force.

9:25am - 10:25am | Breakout Sessions

Maximize Your Leadership Skills 

With the ever-increasing demands of the workplace, making the effort to develop yourself as a leader will empower you to successfully move your organization forward.  This includes learning to lead others and use better relationship management practices to alleviate stress in the office. Hear from organizational leaders to gain insights and tools to help you and your team reach their full potential! 

Kevin Dale Business Manager, CSBO, Rochelle Twp. HSD 212
Carrie Matlock President, DLA Architects, Ltd.

Ask the Business Office Administrators

Do you have questions that you need to ask a CSBO or other business office staff member? Bring them this panel discussion! Discuss topics such as what you wish you knew when you started in the business office and what challenges you face and gain solutions. 
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Stacey Corder Business Manager, Shirland CCSD 134
Robyn Cornelissen Comptroller, Comm. Unit Sch. Dist. 300
Melissa Morgese Dir./Business Services, Wheeling CCSD 21
James Palmer Comptroller, Twp. High Sch. Dist. 214

Managing Your p-Card Program

Is your district part of the Illinois ASBO p-Card Program? Join this interactive session to review best practices and the online management tool, Spend Dynamics. Please bring your questions and get ready for answers!

Holly Wallace Sr. Member Programs Coordinator, Illinois ASBO

Rising CSBO Information Session 

Looking to continue your education to achieve your career goals? NIU College of Education will provide an overview of the CSBO program including curriculum and tuition information. Then hear personal stories from a panel of Illinois ASBO members who have completed the CSBO program where you will have the opportunity to ask them questions about their experiences.
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Brad Hawk CSBO Program Coor., Northern Illinois University
Carolyn Pluim Dept. Chair/Leadership, Educational Psychology & Foundations, Northern Illinois University
Reiley Straub Dir./Finance, Keeneyville Elem. SD 20
Brittany Tjardes Dir./Accounting & Fiscal Services, Adlai E. Stevenson HSD 125

10:40am - 11:40am | Breakout Sessions

Understanding Your Audience

Discuss different personality types while gaining tips to communicate effectively and help improve teamwork and productivity in the workplace.
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Lindsey Helton Business Development Manager K12, Midwest Mechanical
Lauren Rossi Marketing Coordinator, ARCON Associates, Inc.
Cassidy Tarpey Business Development Rep., F.H. Paschen

A Support Professional's Guide to Navigate Food Service

Review and discuss filing claims, waivers and applications. Join this panel discussion on hot topics in food service and child nutrition programs. 
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Samantha Benak Asst./Business & Operations, Comm. Unit Sch. Dist. 95
Michelle Kovar Business Office Coordinator, Comm. Unit Sch. Dist. 300
Wendy Sedwick Coor./Business Services, Comm. Unit Sch. Dist. 303
Patricia Townsend Food Service Specialist, Comm. Unit Sch. Dist. 303

FMLA & ADA 101

Gain an overview of the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act including what they are, who qualifies and how to manage them successfully within your district.
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Jackie Schroer Benefits Coordinator, Comm. Cons. Sch. Dist. 46
Chris Wolk Dir./Human Resources, Comm. Cons. Sch. Dist. 46

Procurement 101

Come and gain a better understanding of the basics of your role in the procurement process. Learn about the statutory bidding requirements as well as procedures to help you address avoidable problems during the process.
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Ronald Johnson Dir./Support Operations, Indian Prairie SD 204
Howard Metz Partner, Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor, Ltd.

11:40am - 1:15pm | Lunch & Roundtable Networking

1:20pm - 2:20pm | Breakout Sessions

FOIA 101  

Review current FOIA issues and gain insight into how to respond, including an overview of confidentiality laws to be considered before releasing documents under FOIA.
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Steven Richart Partner, Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP

AP, Requisitions, Coding Practices & AR

Learn how the business office should effectively code and maintain Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable including monthly reconciliations, reports and audit recordkeeping.
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Stacey Corder Business Manager, Shirland CCSD 134
Lynn Hofmeister Business Office Manager Des Plaines CCSD 62 

Pandemic Woes & How You Can Improve Your Influence in Your Role

Use leadership concepts to explore the effects of the pandemic and embrace behaviors to help influence, lead and work alongside others. Life Orientations (LIFO) focuses on strengths and the behaviors around those strengths. MBTI focuses on innate personality concepts. Emotional Intelligence is about knowing yourself and what triggers you. Explore key leadership concepts and reflect on your leadership and communication style. Leadership development is self-development, we all lead.
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Susan Bertrand, MBA, CAE Deputy Executive Director, COO, Illinois ASBO

2:30pm - 3:30pm | Breakout Sessions

Managing the Financial Grant Process

Keeping track of the various grants can be a daunting task. Learn best practices for coordinating expenditure tracking and reporting to maximize benefits for your district.
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Steve Wilt District Treasurer, CSBO, Wood Dale SD 7

What is an Audit?

Why do we need an audit? Why is our auditor asking so many questions? Is all of this really necessary? Ask our distinguished panel of auditors and former auditors turned school business officials for answers to many different types of questions.
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Whitney Draegert Dir./Business Services, CSBO, Twp. High Sch. Dist. 113
Matt Geerdes Senior Manager, Crowe LLP
Dan Oberg Dir./Business Services, Comm. High Sch. Dist. 94

Keeping Up with Policies & Procedures

Have you been charged with keeping the board’s policies and the district’s procedures in order? Do you find that staying on top of the volume of changes is a daunting task? Come and review efficient processes and clarify your role in maintaining these manuals.
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Ken Carter Dir./Policy Services, Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB)