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Presidents Corner

Greetings MRA:

Well, I am back.  I bet you thought you had gotten rid of me.

It has been since 2006 that I was President.  Now, I have been asked to return again and give it a second try.  Maybe this time I will get it right.

All kidding aside, I am very honored to be back as your President for 2015.  I am looking forward to working with all of you and also representing MRA whenever the time is needed.

I personally feel we are in a pretty good place right now, but we need to keep looking for ways to continue growing and moving forward; to become more of what you, our members, would like to see from MRA.

As previously during my past tenure, I encourage all of you to please get in touch with me if you have any suggestions or concerns about where you see MRA is or where MRA is going.

I do see that we need to work on bringing ourselves forward into the current world of technology.  We need to keep looking for ways to keep our conferences growing and look for new ways to bring more opportunities for us to learn and grow.

For those of you who don’t know, I have been working at Lifetrack for 18 years.  I am an Employment Specialist working mostly on extended employment cases.

I enjoyed my year as President in 2006 and am looking forward to whatever this year will bring for MRA, as well as my growth this time around.

I look forward to your support and communication over the next year.

Let’s all continue to make MRA something we, as members, can be proud.


Walter Waranka

MRA President

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 MRA News

MRCEA sponsored training:Aging in the Contemporary Workforce:

Mar 26 2015

Who: Training tailored towards professionals and students working in rehabilitation field.

Speakers: Steve Hine, Research Director for Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Spring Conference 2015

Mar 25 2015

Spring Conference Program has been finalized! Click the Conference tab for more information!

Finding Employment that Works for Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome takes place on January 9 at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA

Nov 13 2014

The early registration discount is in effect through December 5.

In this seminar, Barbara Bissonnette will share her knowledge gained from coaching hundreds of people with Asperger’s Syndrome. They range in age from 17 to 63.

MRA's Fall 2014 Conference

Sep 04 2014

September 17th & 18th & 19th, 2014 at Holiday Inn & Suites, St.

2014 Rehabilitation Update Conference

May 20 2014

The 2014 Rehabilitation Update Conference will be help on September 25, 2014 from 8:30-3:45.

All participants must per-register; cost is $75.

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