TN-NADD Conference 2019

From Our President

John Weston, President of TN-NADD

Dear Friends,

It is time for The Annual 2019 TN-NADD Conference!  The organization is looking forward to hosting another conference with our friends, sponsors, and industry leaders. This year’s theme is “making my house a home: empowering independence.”  The objective is to educate and empower attendees to increase knowledge that can directly impact the IDD community in their daily independent environments.

THIS year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Thane Dykstra, President and C.E.O. of Trinity Services. who will speak on “HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE WITH CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS”.  Dr. Dykstra holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Valparaiso University and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno.  In addition to Dr. Dykstra this year’s conference will feature presentations to support making a house a home:


  • Managing Aggression In A Secure Inpatient Facility: An Integrative Approach
  • Control of One’s Environment – Makes A Home – Makes A Life
  • Plenary Address – The Keys to Self Determination
  • Supporting the Infinite Pathways to Success
  • Deafplus Cultural and Linguistic Considerations
  • Increasing Access to Early Asd Identification and Interventions: Focus On Telepractice And Capacity Building
  • Ensuring A House Is My Home: Living the Spirit of The HCBS Settings Federal Rule
  • The Power of Partnerships: Creating Community Supports

Please make plans to be with us on August 22, 2019

Keynote Speaker

Thane Dykstra has served as President and CEO of Trinity Services since 2018. Trinity provides residential supports to over 600 individuals and is the best provider outside of the state of Tennessee.

His career with Trinity began in 1995 when he became a clinical director of Trinity’s Behavioral Health Network. From 1995-2016, he oversaw a significant enhancement of the network through its group homes and apartments, psychosocial rehabilitation programs, the Trinity Autism and Family Resource Center, the Trinity Counseling Center and the Illinois Crisis Prevention Network. From 2016-2017, he served as Trinity’s Chief Operating Officer, supervising Trinity’s specialized residential services and its assistive technology program.

Thane is a past president of the Illinois Association for Behavior Analysis. He has written for numerous professional publications related to his field of study, and he has presented extensively at national conferences and invited trainings. His current professional interests include contextual-behavioral therapies such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He is especially focused on applying these models in work with persons who exhibit challenging behavior. Thane’s interests also include person directed planning and the assessment of risk for persons with intellectual disabilities.

Thane holds a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. In addition, he completed a pre-doctoral internship at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. While at Brown, he served as an assistant project coordinator at the university’s Center for Alcohol and Addictions Studies.

Within Illinois state agencies, Thane has served on steering committees and work groups for the Department of Human Services (DHS)–both the Division of Mental Health and the Division of Developmental Disabilities–and the Department of Children and Family Services. He was appointed by the Governor to the state’s Quality Care Board, an advisory committee for the DHS Office of the Inspector General.

Thane lives in Chicago’s south suburbs. He enjoys spending time with his family, camping, hiking, geocaching, fishing and disc golf. Thane was formerly an avid runner and completed several marathons.


We are using CEU Helper this year for digital CEU collection. Please read instructions below.

Before the Conference

If would like to be able to easily track CEUs on your mobile/tablet device, please visit to sign up for an account and download the app. CEUHelper  is a web/mobile application for obtaining and tracking CEUs.

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During the Conference

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What if I don’t have a mobile device or don’t want to use CEUHelper?

If you did not pay for CEUs yet, you do not have a mobile device, or you do not want to collect CEUs with CEUHelper, then stop by the CEU registration desk at the conference to pick up your badge. Proctors at the doors of each event will scan you in and out.

Optional (for non-CEUHelper attendees):
To check your CEUs throughout the conference or after you return home, visit and under “Temporary User”, choose your conference and enter your email address and badge number to login. You can rate events or report errors on that page. Please note that there may be a delay between attending an event and seeing your event appear on this screen. Please wait at least 24 hours before reporting an error.


Conference Agenda

Thursday August 22

7:00am – 8:00am


8:00am – 8:10am

John Weston, President TN-NADD

8:10am – 8:20am

Opening Statement
Brad Turner, DIDD Commisioner

9:30am – 9:45am


10:55am – 12:00pm

203: DeafPlus: Cultural and Linguistic Considerations
Jana Dreyzehner, MD and Celine Turco, BA

12:00am – 1:15pm

LunchIncluded in registration

12:45pm – 1:15 pm

TN-NADD Annual Membership Meeting

2:20pm – 2:35pm


3:45pm – 4:50pm

106: The Power of Partnerships: Creating Community Supports
Melissa Sparks, MSN, RN; Melinda Menser, LBA-BCBA, LCSW; Sean McPherson, Rebecca Rahman, LPN; Lucy Hale; and Tyrell Douglas

Registration Fees

Early Before Aug 1st

Members – $65

Non-Members – $75

Regular On/After Aug 1st

Members – $75

Non-Members – $85


Please Contact Kris Roberts at 423.329.1563 or for more information

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