2019 Mississippi Association of Community Action Agencies Annual Conference

Join Us!

MACAA’s annual conference is the state’s only gathering for community action and human resource agency professionals. Last year, nearly 250 attendees joined to present, learn, and become rejuvenated around community action.

We hope you will join us this year as we continue providing the resources, tools, and inspiration needed through Community Action: Sharing the Vision!

Continue to check back for key note and session details!


Registration is now closed for the 2019 MACAA Annual Conference.  Onsite registration will be available. 

Who Should Attend

The intended audience for the MACAA conference includes Board members, executive directors, finance, management and program staff.

Lodging and Conference Location

The conference will be held at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS where a block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees. Discounted rates are available for reservations made by November 12th using this link below.

Access the discounted rates and make your hotel reservations here.



Continuing Education

Up to 2 CEUS will be provided for the conference. Attendees that request CEUS are required to attend the session in entirety and will be required to complete an evaluation of the session. Additional information will be available at the registration booth.


Digital Resources

This year’s conference will feature a mobile app. The app will allow you to plan which sessions you would like to attend and receive notifications of session start times. We will also use the app to evaluate each conference session. Each attendee will need to download the app to participate in evaluation of conference activities. 

Refund Policy

No refunds will be provided.


Early registration on Tuesday, December 10 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Opening Session  

Candace McDermott   

Sheletta Buckley

Christopher Freeze, MDHS Executive Director

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Weatherization – Ronza Anderson

Virtual ROMA – Lorraine Portis, Verkista White, Deborah Travis

Earned Income Tax Credit – Nanette Battle

Board Training – Richard Russell, JD

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Luncheon – Keynote – “Made For Greatness: The 7 Habits that Unlock Greatness Within” – Adam White

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Weatherization – Ronza Anderson

Virtual ROMA – Lorraine Portis, Verkista White, Deborah Travis

Earned Income Tax Credit – Nanette Battle

Board Training – Richard Russell, JD

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.


3:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Weatherization – Ronza Anderson

LIHEAP Assurance – Melissa Torgerson

Risk Management  – Bob Ganz

Earned Income Tax Credit – Nanette Battle


5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Board Meeting 

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Weatherization – Ronza Anderson

Policy Changes – Tina Ruffin

Contract/Fiscal – Nicole McBeath, Carla Conyers, Marie McLaurin

NASCSP – Maribeth Schneber-Rhemrev, Muska Kamran

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Weatherization – Ronza Anderson

Policy Changes – Tina Ruffin

Contract/Fiscal- Nicole McBeath, Carla Conyers, Marie McLaurin

NASCSP – Maribeth Schneber-Rhemrev, Muska Kamran

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Awards Luncheon –

Keynote: David Bradley

2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Weatherization – Ronza Anderson

NASCSP – Maribeth Schneber-Rhemrev, Muska Kamran

Case Management Training – Jordana Shakoor

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Coach a Winning Team – Dr. Mary Sims-Johnson

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Weatherization – Ronza Anderson

2020 Census – Jim Masters

Leveraging Technology to Streamline the Intake and Referral Process – Glenn Harris

Statewide Community Needs Assessment – Julie Jakopic

6:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.

Reception – Magnolia A, B, C, D and North

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Closing Session/Door Prizes