Southwest Oregon Leadership Conference
August 7 & 8, 2017

Featured Speakers

Michael Rondeau
is the Chief Executive Officer/Tribal Administrator for the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. He is a Cow Creek tribal member and has worked for the tribe for 28 years, in positions including Education Director, Housing Director, Tribal Planner of Economic Development, Contract Specialist, and Government Operations Officer. He has been Chairman of the Tribal Gaming Commission, Vice-Chairman of the UIDC Board, and is a current member of the Tribal Election Committee. Michael is currently on the Umpqua Economic Development Partnership and Phoenix School Boards, and a member of the tribal/state Compact Negotiating Team. He has been a guest speaker at local schools, Community Colleges and conferences on Tribal affairs and has been dedicated throughout the years to preserving Tribal sovereignty, history and culture of the Tribe.


For over two decades, Kristin Souers has dedicated herself to the improvement of people's lives. As a licensed mental health counselor, she has provided counseling services to individuals, couples, and families. With a history of working in the fields of early learning, law enforcement, education, and mental health, she has been able to develop an extensive knowledge base. This, partnered with her expertise in complex trauma, the impact of violence, crisis management, counseling, and trauma-informed care, has allowed her to partner with professionals around the development of trauma-informed practices in a multitude of settings.

As an independent consultant, adjunct faculty member at the Gonzaga University School of Education in the Counselor Education Department, and the Assistant Director of the Washington State University Child and Family Research Unit, Kristin now provides critical professional development, consultation, education, and training services to schools, school districts, and organizations throughout the country. She has presented to hundreds of audiences, facilitated group learning, supervised internships, directed programs, and supported the learning and growth of countless educators, caregiving professionals, and other individuals.

Guest Speakers

Richard Donovan joined OSBA as a legislative specialist in September 2016. In that role he is responsible for lobbying on behalf of OSBA members on a variety of topics, including governance, funding, and mandate implementation. Before joining OSBA, Richard served for four years as the committee administrator for the House and Senate Committees on Education at the Oregon Legislature. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of legislative policy committee work. Previously, Richard worked at the New York City Department of Education in the Office of Student Enrollment, where he was part of a team responsible for placing more than 100,000 students in high school annually. In his spare time, Richard enjoys spending time with his family, as well as annually having his hopes and dreams crushed by the team of his youth, the New York Mets.”

Rebekah R. Jacobson
provides counseling and litigation services to school districts, ESDs, and community colleges on a wide range of matters including employment and labor issues, and constitutional and personal injury claims. Ms. Jacobson provides training on topics such as staff-student inappropriate relationships, Title IX, bullying, sexual harassment, public meetings, and public employee ethics. She is experienced in addressing requirements related to educational employee sexual misconduct, as well as being versed in investigations surrounding workplace discrimination claims and parent complaints.


Joel Hungerford is the newest partner of The Hungerford Law Firm. Since joining the firm Joel has specialized in special education law. Joel routinely assists districts with internal and external investigations related to special education issues, including handling complaints before the Oregon Department of Education and Federal Office of Civil Rights. In addition to his special education work, Joel spends a large portion of his time addressing public record requests and state and Federal constitutional issues. Joel routinely draws upon his background in alternative dispute resolution to assist school districts to navigate potentially high friction interactions, such as contentious IEP meetings, mediations, and legal negotiations.




FEE: $50 Per Day
*Employees of Douglas County School Districts: FREE

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Danny Lang Event Center
Umpqua Community College
1140 Umpqua College Rd.
Roseburg, OR. 97470

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Due to limited parking on the hill, please plan to park in the lower lot.

Two Day Schedule

8th Annual Southwest Oregon Leadership Conference

August 7, 2017
9:00 - Sign in
9:30 - Welcome

9:40 – Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians|Michael Rondeau
10:15 – Leading Trauma Informed Schools|Kristin Van Marter Souers
11:25 - Lunch

12:25 - Leading Trauma Informed Schools (continued)
|Kristin Van Marter Souers
3:30 - Adjourn Day One

August 8, 2017

8:30 - Sign in
9:00 - Welcome
9:15 - Legislative Update for 2017-2018| Richard Donovan
9:45 - Hungerford Law Firm| Joel E. Hungerford
What's New? Important School Law Issues

10:30 - Break
10:45 - Hungerford Law Firm (Continued)| Joel E. Hungerford
11:45 - Lunch
12:45 - SPED Focus Session|Joel Hungerford
General Education Focus|Rebekah Jacobson
2:15 – Drawing
2:30 - Adjourn Day Two

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