Robert Hofmann, senior development officer for the University of Minnesota Duluth, will be presenting his research with his UM Duluth colleague Dr. Jolene Hyppa Martin, speech and language pathologist, on effectively and ethically stewarding donors with dementia. He will present an understanding of dementia, its growth in the aging population, how to anticipate and analyze dilemmas, and 10 key communication strategies to use with donors suffering with dementia.
Kelly Stapelman teaches Gerontology and has 20 years of experience working in long-term care with older adults who have dementia in long-term care. Kelly is passionate about enabling older adults to find meaningful ways to stay active and engaged. Jane Olson teaches Psychosocial Practice and has 30 years of working in the community with older adults and their caregivers. Jane is committed to supporting older adults as they age-in-place. Both Kelly and Jane are occupational therapists who teach at Mount Mary University in the occupational therapy program.
Robert Hofmann is a native of the Twin Cities. For the past ten years, Mr. Hofmann has worked at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) as Senior Development Officer with the UMD School of Fine Arts. At UMD he has helped to raise more than $16M for student scholarships and programs. He is one of only 5,000 worldwide Certified Fund Raising Executives (CFRE), an internationally recognized credential within the fundraising profession.
Before coming to UMD, Mr. Hofmann was involved in tall ships maritime education from 1997 through 2006 as executive director of the Providence Maritime Heritage Foundation that operated the tall ship Continental Sloop Providence. Hofmann was pivotal in spearheading the Foundations development and delivery of exceptional shipboard education programs that were recognized as a model partnership with Providence, RI Public Schools by Cambridge, MA based Abt Associates in 2002. While executive director he successfully negotiated with the Walt Disney Co. to have his vessel and crew appear in two of the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hofmann worked in Boston, Minneapolis and elsewhere as a professional actor appearing on stage and screen. He remains a proud member of Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. He appeared as a guest Equity artist in Duluth Playhouse production of Good People in January of 2014.
In the mid-90s, Mr. Hofmann worked with the City of Providence Rhode Island to promote film production and screenwriting throughout the state. He received two Mayoral Citations for his work. In 2006 he was appointed by Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri to serve on the Rhode Island Economic Monitoring Collaborative. He also served as a member of the RI Workforce Development/Education Council of the Greater Providence RI Chamber of Commerce.
He is a member of Rotary Club of Duluth Club #25 and the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Hofmann is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a Masters of Arts degree, and Saint John's University of Collegeville, MN. He lives with his wife Kathleen and dog Teddy in Hermantown, MN.
11:30 - 12:00 PM Registration and Networking
11:45 - 12:00 PM Lunch Buffet
12:00 PM Announcements
12:15 PM Presentation
1:15 PM Q&A, Closing remarks
1:30 PM Adjourn