Pre-Conference Sessions

Wednesday, March 23
2:00pm – 5:00pm

The Board Chair & CEO Partnership: Developing and Nurturing the Important Relationship to Achieve Mission & Vision

Karen Lehman, President/CEO, MHS and
Valerie Rempel, Board Chair, MHS

The Board Chair & CEO relationship sets the stage for an effective Board of Directors leading to positive organizational culture and achievements.  The importance of a partnership between these top two positions is key and calls for commitment and hard work by both parties.  During this pre-conference session, participants will work with various topics, concepts, tools and resources to build and strengthen this critical relationship.  MHS Toolkits, best practices for communication, consideration of each other’s role and responsibility, setting strategy and expectations, succession planning and other resources will be used throughout this session.  The Board Chair and CEO will have time to work together and will benefit from the wisdom that will emerge from sharing in the larger participant group. 

About Karen Lehman and Valerie Rempel:

Karen has more than 30 years of leadership experience in both senior living and in the acute care arenas. She has a track record for successfully leading organizations through transitions and campus re-positioning to achieve financial viability. Her capacity to be both visionary and “hands on” operationally when needed, along with effective communications skills, has resulted in her ability to recruit and develop strong senior leaders and provide both stability and new strategy to organizations. Karen joined MHS Consulting in 2016 and was named President/CEO in 2018. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, Karen has presented on CEO/Executive transitions and succession planning, developing a culture of philanthropy, successful marketing & sales strategies, and topics related to women in leadership. Karen has been involved in Board service for many years, most recently on the Board of Directors for Everence. Karen is a licensed nursing home administrator.  She holds an MBA from Bluffton University and a Bachelor of Science in Health Information from Indiana University, Indiana University Medical Center. Valerie Rempel is a Director of Accreditation at The Association of Theological Schools, a member organization of schools offering graduate theological education in the U.S. and Canada. She has served in a variety of church-related positions and is currently chairing the MHS Board of Directors where she serves as the Mennonite Brethren Church representative. She lives in Fresno, California.

Building a Diverse, Equitable, Inclusive and Just Workforce

Marsha Wesley Coleman, Director of Learning and Development,
Friends Services Alliance

This dynamic three-hour seminar will focus on practical tools and considerations to generate energy and positive outcomes born from building and working within a diverse, equitable, inclusive and justice-oriented team.  In order to create an environment of inclusion, we must start with the basics. First, we will define diversity, equity, inclusion and justice and talk about what they look like from the viewpoint of management within your organizations. This will support the development of a diversity strategy to affect change, and to ensure your team moves forward toward a common goal. You’ll walk away with beginning thoughts toward actions–to build your own framework for inclusivity.

About Marsha Wesley Coleman:

Marsha Wesley Coleman is an organizational development practitioner and executive coach, Marsha designs educational programs for FSA members and works with their leadership teams to develop strategies to improve organizational performance.

Her background includes more than 20 years of experience with KPMG and Black Entertainment Television. She also has a passion for mentoring and was the administrator for the L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program for the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications, a nonprofit trade organization focusing on diversity. She is an adjunct professor in the Organizational Development and Leadership Program at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). Additionally, she completed the National Coalition Building Institute Leadership Institute for Diversity and is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and other individual and group assessment instruments. She serves as a certified Trainer for the Power + Systems Organization and When Cultures Meet Workshop. As a Master Trainer for the When Cultures Meet Workshop, she facilitated workshops in Nigeria, Hawaii and England and is the co-author of the soon-to-be-released “When Cultures Meet” chapter of The Change Handbook.