2015 Annual Conference: Change. Challenge. Opportunity.

DAY ONE: October 29, 2015

10:30am – 1:00pm           Registration                                                                                           

11:30am-12:30pm            New Board Member Orientation                                                                

12:30pm-1:30pm              Welcome & Lunch                                                                                         
1:30pm-2:15pm                Issue Discussion: “Understanding the Impact of Human Trafficking at the Local Level”

2:30pm-4:00m                   Best Practices Showcase                                                                             

                                          Paul Hastings Award Nominee Presentations

4:00pm-4:10pm                 Break

4:10pm-4:45pm                 “Department of Human Resources (DHR) Legislative Impact”  Netsanet Kibret, Department of Human Resources                     
4:45pm-5:45pm                  “DHR Vision”   Tracy Paliath, Deputy Secretary for Programs, Department of Human Resources

6:30pm                                Cocktail Hour/Dinner                                                                                   

                                            Guest Speaker: Dr. Memo Diriker, Salisbury University School of Business &  Business, Economic,                                                    and Community Outreach Network (BEACON)

DAY TWO: October 30, 2015

7:30am-9:00am                    Continental Breakfast  (Sponsored by MASSB Foundation)                   

                                             Paul Hastings Award Presentation: Mark Poerio, Partner, Paul Hastings, LLP

 9:00am-10:00am                Organizational Visioning: “MASSB…The Road Ahead”

10:00am-10:15am               Break

 10:15am-12:15pm              MASSB Business Meeting                                                                                  

                                                      Agenda Items:
                                                   MASSB Foundation
                                                     Financial Report
                                                   2016 Board Elections
                                                2016 Legislative Meeting
                                          2016 MASSB Annual Conference

MASSB membership spent the 2015 Annual Conference in scenic Ocean City, Maryland.  Over a day and a half, MASSB and MASSD members spent time sharing best practices, strategizing about organizational direction, and learning about important policy and programmatic issues facing departments of social services. The conference lived up to its theme Change. Challenge. Opportunity.  Many thanks to the Worcester County Department of Social Services, led by Director Peter Buesgens, for hosting this year’s Conference.

Special Acknowledgements

Conference Agenda


Maryland Association of Social Services Board

Board of the Year - Prince George's County

Board Member of the Year - Judith Dobbins, Vice Chair, Prince George's County

Paul Hastings Awardees:

  • Chris Cummings,  Calvert Family Advocates

  • Holly Santoro,  Hartford County Department of Social Services 

  • Walter Jackson, Prince George's County Department of Social Services