SupportCon Sessions

Friday, December 2, 2022

7:30am - 8:00am | Registration and Refreshments

8:00am - 8:15am | Welcome

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

If You Only Knew 
Lori will share stories of hope, challenging life experiences, and how she learned to survive and thrive through it all.  Not only will she include research from her dissertation, Transforming District Office Culture One Strategy at a Time, that gets to the heart of creating a positive work climate, she will also share excerpts from her children’s books, I Want to Be Just Me and The Power of Positive Music, adding a song or two to bring joy and create lots of enthusiasm and energy!
Keynote Speaker:
Lori Franke-Hopkins, EdD | Be Just Me Consulting 

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

Managing Your p-Card Program [via Zoom]

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 to receive answers!

Holly Wallace Senior Manager of Member Programs, Illinois ASBO

How the Pieces Fit

Why do the details matter? How accounting practices, you do today affect end of year reporting including the audit, grant reporting and year-end closing.

Cynthia Hooten Payroll Specialist, Franklin Park School Dist. 84
Tera Wagner Director/Finance, CSBO, Cons. High School Dist. 230

Incorporating Feedback into the Change Process

Looking to make a procedural change or reflect on one that wasn't as successful as anticipated? The business office team from Hawthorn 73 will share anecdotes of successes and challenges when implementing change: examples include - bus routing, food service, student fees and HR/Payroll topics.

Jennifer Akin Business Office and Payroll Supervisor, Hawthorn CCSD 73
Jennifer Ezop Administrative Assistant, Hawthorn CCSD 73
LeeAnn Tayor Asst. Supt,/Finance & Business Operations, Hawthorn CCSD 73

FOIA 101

Overview of current FOIA issues and the "how to" respond, including an overview of confidentiality laws to be considered before releasing documents under FOIA.

Steven M. Richart Partner, Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP.

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

Risk Management A Shared Responsibility

This breakout will review best practices for claim reporting and maintaining and retaining records, and why this is important.

Ryan Doyle Area Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Ask the Business Office

Ask the panel of Business Office administrators any question you have about the business office.

Stacey Corder Business Manager, Shirland CCSD 134
Robyn Cornelissen Comptroller, Comm. Unit School Dist. 300
Eric DePorter Asst. Supt./Finance, Facilities & Operations, CSBO, Glen Ellyn SD 41
Melissa Morgese Director/Business Services, Wheeling CCSD 21

The Nuts & Bolts of the Illinois Pension System

Want to learn more about TRS & IMRF and the different tiers? Come join Us!

Jennifer Akin Business Office and Payroll Supervisor, Hawthorn CCSD 73
Albert Lerman Regional Representative, Horace Mann Insurance Company

iStar Operations and Claims

This session will be an overview of iStar operations as well as special education claims. Get a better understanding of special education reporting and the impact it can have on the district.

Mark Altmayer CFO & Treasurer, Huntley CSD 158
Sarah Noelle Lead Trainer/ Systems Analyst, iStar
Reiley Straub Director of Finance, Keeneyville Elem. SD 20

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

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

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.

Julie Ann Fuchs Associate Superintendent, Kaneland CUSD 302
Brad Hawk CSBO Program Coordinator, Northern Illinois University
Sarah Lager Dir./Fiscal Services, Barrington CUSD 220
Brittany Tjardes Dir./Accounting & Fiscal Services, Adlai E. Stevenson HSD 125
Carolyn Pluim LEPF Department Chair, Northern Illinois University

Unlock the Mysteries of Medicaid

Unlock the mysteries of Medicaid reimbursement with this engaging session. Learn about best practices in managing fee for service & administrative outreach portions of this program. 

Mark Altmayer CFO & Treasurer, Huntley CSD 158
Reiley Straub Director of Finance, Keeneyville Elem. SD 20

HR 101: What You Should Know!

Join us for what you need to know to survive and thrive in school HR.

Laurie Campbell Professional Development Coordinator, IASPA

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

When 'Because the Auditors Said So' Isn't Enough: Difficult Conversations in Purchasing

Purchasing is constantly having difficult conversations, from handling sales tax on p-Card purchases to setting realistic expectations for purchases. Learn how to approach these conversations with staff in a variety of roles.

Nicole Hansen Assistant Director of Business Services, Twp. High Sch. Dist. 214
Thomas Parillo Chief School Business Official, Ridgewood CHSD 234

Making Sense of Your District's Utility Invoices

Deciphering natural gas and electric invoices for payment can be time-consuming and overwhelming. We'll break down the basics of your energy bills, so you know what each moving piece means and some common things to look out for when you are processing them for payment.

Becky Thompson Sr. Energy Advisor, Nania Energy Inc.

Leading In All Directions

From managing your boss to directing within your department, join us to learn ways to effectively lead in any direction of your organization.

Tony Arbogast Asst. Supt./Business & Operations, CSBO, Plainfield CSD 202
John Benedetti Asst. Supt/Business Services, CSBO, Comm. Cons. Sch. Dist. 93