2019 Conference Speakers



Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Speaker, Wednesday, June 5th 

"Brain Changes in Dementia" at 9:15 am

" Using a Positive approach to Dementia Care" at 12:30

Teepa Snow is one of the world’s leading advocates and educators for anyone living with dementia.  Her philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, medical research, and first-hand caregiving experiences.  Teepa’s advocacy efforts led her to the development of the GEMS® dementia classification model and the Positive Approach® to Care training strategies.  She is an occupational therapist with 40 years of rich and varied clinical and academic experience and presents with extraordinary expertise and humor to audiences throughout the world. 


Louise Stanger, Ed.D, LCSW, CDWF, CIP

 Speaker,  Wednesday, June 5th 

"Ethics in a Digital Age" at 8:00 am

Dr. Louise has been a licensed clinician since 1973 and uses a variety of evidenced based modalities of which she has been trained in, including but not limited to, MI, SFT, Mindfulness, DBT, 12 step, Daring Way-Rising Strong as she helps families whose loved ones experience substance abuse, process disorders, mental health and physical maladies such as chronic pain.



Connie Schroeder, BS, MA

Speaker, Wednesday June 5th

"Burnout, Resilience, Recharging Yourself" at 3:30 pm 


Connie is the Executive Director of the South Dakota Leadership Academy and is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Leadership.  Connie’s life experience provides a wide base of leadership experience.  After working her way into Corporate management for a national company, she left in 2000 to start her own company, which she has owned since.  In addition, she has extensive community leadership experience and has served on many local, state, and regional boards.


Daniel Burow, Ed.D

Speaker, Thursday June 6th

"Trauma and the Body" at 8:00 am


Daniel is a licensed psychologist and CEO of Daniel Burow Consulting in Sioux Falls, SD.  From 2006-2014 he worked at Deer Oaks Behavioral Health as Chief Clinical Officer and supervised 400 clinicians in 18 states.  From 2014-2018 Daniel was the Vice President of Operations at MedOptions, the nation’s largest for-profit behavioral health company, and supervised behavioral health operations in 21 states with more than 700 clinical staff.  Daniel currently works as a geriatric psychologist, consultant to multiple long-term care/rehabilitation companies, and as a training/consultant to managers and executives in behavioral health industry across the United States




Angela Kennecke, MA

Speaker, Thursday, June 6th

"Broadcasts her own Daughter's Heartbreaking Overdose Death" at 9:30 am

Angela is a veteran broadcast journalist and award-winning investigative reporter.  Over the last decade, many of Angela’s stories focused on the growing opioid crisis.  On the day her 21-year-old daughter, Emily, died of an overdose, Angela was working on Good Samaritan Laws and overdose deaths.  Emily died of fentanyl poisoning.  Angela speaks tirelessly about the issues surrounding opioid addiction, a parent’s frustration, and sense of helplessness and tells it all from the perspective of a mother who has lost her child.  Angela started a charity called “Emily’s Hope,” because she never gave up hope on her daughter and now wants to offer hope to other families struggling with addiction.




Mark "Coach Rozy" Roozen, M/Ed, CDCS, *D, TSAC-F, FNSCA

Speaker, Thursday, June 6th

"Doing the Right Moves to Work-Play-Live Pain Free" at 3:15 pm

Mark “Coach Rozy” holds a master’s degree in HPERD with emphasis in Exercise Physiology.  He has been in the Strength, Conditioning, and Performance field for over 30 years.  Mark presents and consults internationally with various sport teams, fitness groups, and organizations.  He  is also an author with numerous articles, training manuals, and books.


Yankton Area Mental Wellness, Inc.

1028 Walnut Street

Yankton, SD 57078

605.665.4606 ext 1018




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