2005 Fourth Annual Direct Support Staff Conference - Full Lives: The Path to Belonging

April 21-22, 2005 - Sheraton Anchorage Hotel

Full Lives recognizes and celebrates your efforts to be a full participating member of the Alaskan community!

Keynote Presenters

Lynne Seagle has worked in the field of human services for over 20 years.  She is one of the country’s leading consultants in Organizational Development and Supported Living Services.  She consults widely not only throughout the U.S. but also within the United Kingdom and Asia.

Ms. Seagle was awarded the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation’s International Future Leader Award and was honored as Virginia Administrator of the Year.  She served as a member of the President’s Commission on Mental Retardation and is on the Advisory Board of the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation.  She has served as the Executive Director of Hope House Foundation for over two decades.

Mary Ellen Copeland is a mental health recovery educator and author.  Her focus is on self-help.  She has learned the concepts, skills and strategies she teaches from her own personal experience with extreme mood swings and from her ongoing studies with people who experience psychiatric symptoms.  Her teachings and writings include topics like Getting a Sense of Hope, Wellness Tools, Wellness Recovery Action Planning, Relapse Prevention, Crisis Planning, Developing a Strong Support System, Education, Personal Responsibility, Self-Advocacy, Building Self-Esteem, Healing from the Effects of Trauma, and Relieving Loneliness and Worry. 

Ms. Copeland is a researcher and author who has written extensive articles and books as well as developed many audio and video programs.

Presenter Materials*

Ann Jache

Beverly Tallman, Megan Wilts, Phil Tafts, & David Frain

Deb Spaulding

Jim Demers

Karen Lawfer

Kathy Hunsicker

Kelly Donnelly

Kelly Donnelly & Michelle Holloway

Loretta Spalding & Margie Thomson

Lynne Seagle

Marty Richards

Mary Bolin

Pam Shackelford

Pauline Richards

Rozz Leight

Shauna McBride

Wendy Poss

*Note: Not all materials from this conference are present. Submission of materials to be posted on this website was strictly voluntary.

Event Data

  • 351 people registered
  • 12% of those registered were DSPs
  • 18% of those registered were family members

Sponsors and Supporters

AADSC • Alaska Commission on Aging • Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority • Alaska Geriatric Education Center • The ARC of Anchorage • Assets, Inc • Center for Human Development: UAA • Center for Continuing Education in Rehabilitation, Western Washington University • Geneva Wood's Health Care Services • Governor's Council on Disabilties and Special Education • Hope Community Resources • People First of Anchorage • Stone Soup Group 

Contact Full Lives

Raelynn Smith
(907) 264-6244

UAA Center for Human Development
2702 Gambell St. Suite 103
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Ph: (907) 272-8270
1 (800) 243-2199
TTY: (907) 264-6206
Fax: (907) 274-4802