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Upcoming Seminars
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Effective Communication

Nancy Ohle, HR Partner Solutions

Program Description:

If you are looking to enhance your communication skills with employees, co-workers and the general public, look no further! This seminar will help you develop a truly engaging and responsive communication style, leading to positive results for you and your organization.

Whether it’s a face-to-face conversation or a professionally written e-mail exchange, a meaningful message entails establishing a connection that leaves a powerful impression.

In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Identify strategies which will allow you to recognize and overcome communication barriers and interact effectively with others.
  • Identify your own communication strengths and weaknesses and how they impact your credibility.
  • Understand the impact of formal and informal communications.
  • Describe the workplace dynamics of differing personality types in groups and teams in organizations.
  • Understand generational differences in the need for feedback and how that impacts your choice of listening techniques.
  • Identify which communication approach and "medium" such as face-to-face, phone, email, social media, etc. is the most appropriate to meet people's needs.
  • Understand that active listening is a key component of communications.
  • Explain the strategies for writing truly effective email people will read, retain, and reference.
  • Deliver negative information in a manner that will be understood.


Nancy Ohle has been a leader and mentor in Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, Team Leadership, Performance Management, and Training Design and Delivery for over 25 years. Her consulting partnerships have spanned Fortune 100 industries, local governments, educational institutions, service industries, and non-profits. While a Chamber of Commerce "Athena" award winner for mentoring women, Nancy does not limit her coaching to women alone. A speaker at the Michigan Mayors' Conference, Michigan Municipal League and Michigan Townships Association Annual Conferences, Northern Michigan Public Service Academy, MEDC Redevelopment Ready Communities, and National League of Cities Annual Meetings, Nancy is a sought-after facilitator, coach, and consultant. An engaging consultant and facilitator, she will help you define issues before moving toward solutions.

Nancy earned her MBA with a concentration in Organizational Development and Labor Relations from Central Michigan University and her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Illinois State University.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015
9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

FOIA / OMA: Updates on Significant Changes

Erica N. Payne Roell, Attorney

Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Greenlee, & Keefe, P.C.

Program Description:

Significant changes were made to Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) at the end of 2014. These amendments changed how information requests are charged. In order for a local government to be able to charge for FOIA requests, public bodies must adopt new FOIA policies and guidelines.

The Open Meetings Act (OMA) sets forth regulations for public meetings that include notification, public participation, rules for holding closed meetings, and the legal requirements for meeting minutes. All members of public bodies should carefully consider the requirements of the OMA.


Erica Payne Roell is a native of Crystal Falls. She graduated summa cum laude from Finlandia University and earned her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She has a general practice with a diverse background in the law that includes real estate, estate planning, and probate work as well as civil matters. She is also trained to serve as a general civil mediator and domestic relations mediator.

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Monday, November 2, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cyber Security & Identifying Counterfeit Currency

Agent John Fortunado, Marquette FBI field office

Secret Service, Grand Rapids field office

More information will be posted as it becomes available


Wednesday, November 11, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Records Management

Sara Kiszka, Records Analyst - Northern Michigan University Archives

More information will be posted as it becomes available


December 3, 2015 (TENTATIVE)

Wastewater Administrative Workshop

More information will be posted as it becomes available