2021 CMSNE Annual Building Strategies Conference

CMSNE 22nd Annual Building Strategies Conference

Life’s Stepping Stones -
Resilience, Culture, Honoring Life Choices, Happiness

4 Part Webinar series
Thursday March 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2021 - 6 PM

Sponsorship Opportunities

Links to session handouts will be sent to registered attendees 5 days prior to the presentation.

The path through life can at times feel like a raging river that we personally and professionally are unequipped to cross without the appropriate skills and tools.  Life’s Stepping Stones provide us with a bridge of knowledge that helps us to navigate the rough waters, not only for the individuals we serve, but for ourselves, personally.   This conference series will explore stepping stones that will help guide attendees through some potentially turbulent times and lead them to a time of self-care and happiness.   The last year has taught us that resilience, the ability to bounce back, is a necessary skill that will propel you to take action and step forward as a leader in your field.  The misinterpretation of differences in culture, beliefs and race can lead to missteps in interpretation of treatment option and planning for end-of-life choices.  Examination of these issues will make working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, not only easier, but a richer and more compassionate experience.   The conference series will wrap up with the last stone of how we can bring the medicine of laughter and happiness into our lives to enhance our own personal and professional well-being.   Join us for this enriching and empowering series to provide you skills for sure footedness in your path on Life’s Stepping Stones.

Overall Conference Objectives:

Upon completion of this series attendees will be able to:

  1. Apply the skill of resilience to establish a role as a leader in work and life tasks.
  2. Recognize cultural diversity by identifying difference and altering approaches in relationship to culture, beliefs and race when dealing with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  3. Identify and overcome obstacles encountered when broaching the discussion of honoring life choices and end of life decisions.
  4. Discuss and share how laughter is the best medicine for health and happiness.

Please join CMSNE for this exciting webinar series to be held Thursdays March 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th at 6 pm. Cost for CMSNE members $50, non-CMSNE members $70 for registration to the full 4 part series.   A la Carte session option registration available.   Attend only those sessions you want, price per session is $20 CMSNE member, $30 non-CMSNE member.

22nd Annual Building Strategies for Success Conference
Life’s Stepping Stones -
Resilience, Culture, Honoring Life Choices, Happiness
A 4 part webinar series 

Sessions for this series include:

  • Thursday, March 4 – 1.25 credits - Leadership & Resilience: Supporting Ourselves and Each Other Through Challenging Times - Lois Skilling, RN, MS, FACHE - This session sponsored by Good Shepherd Community Care
  • Thursday, March 11 – 1.25 credits - Your Cultural Competency Compass: Follow the Yellow Brick Road - Melanie Prince, MSN, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CCM, FAAN, CMSA President - application for 1.25 CCM Ethics credits has been applied for
  • Thursday March 18 – 1.25 credits – Helping Adults Start Seamless Planning Conversations from Simple to Serious Illness - Ellen M. DiPaola, Esquire, President & CEO, Honoring Choices Massachusetts - application for 1.25 CCM Ethics credits has been applied for   This session sponsored in part by Hebrew Senior Life
  • Thursday, March 25 – 1.25 credits - Joy, Passion & Purpose, The Secret to Health, Resilience and Longevity - Lisa Vasile, NP, 4 Better Health

Supporter of conference technology and administration.

Sponsor of Continuing Education.

Conference Sponsors
Special thanks and appreciation to conference sponsors, their support has allowed CMSNE the opportunity to bring a quality educational program to our membership.  Acceptance of support from these sponsors in no way implies endorsement of their products and/or services by CMSNE or the program’s accreditation agencies.


Session Speakers

Ellen M. DiPaola, Esq. - Ms. DiPaola is an attorney, with a former practice concentrated in Guardianship and Conservatorship and health care planning. Ellen has worked extensively in helping adults and families create personal health care plans as a Respecting Choices Certified Instructor.  She is an appointed member of the Department of Public Health Palliative Care & Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council, chairs the Health Care Planning and MOLST Sub-Committee. Ellen is a certified Mediator, and is an experienced advocate for the rights of adults with cognitive challenges.

Lois Skillings, RN, MS, FACHE is the President of Mid Coast–Parkview Health, a non-profit integrated community healthcare system located in Brunswick, Maine. Mid Coast–Parkview Health is part of the Maine Health system, which comprises 13 community hospitals and healthcare systems across Maine and northern New Hampshire.  At Mid Coast–Parkview Health, Lois leads the organization’s senior executive team and is responsible for the strategic and operational performance of the health system, has over 2,000 employees and more than 200 members on its active medical staff.  Lois has been with Mid Coast–Parkview Health for 40 years. Prior to being named President, she was Vice President of Nursing and Patient Services, responsible for patient safety and quality across the organization. She is personally and professionally dedicated to transforming healthcare and making her community the healthiest in Maine.  Lois’s dedication to the local community is also evident through service. She currently serves as a volunteer for the United Way of Mid Coast Maine and as a board member for several local organizations. Trained as an Emergency and Medical Surgical nurse, Lois earned her nursing degree at Northeastern University College of Nursing and her master’s degree in Nursing Administration from the University of Southern Maine. She was selected for the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship, which she completed in 2011, and is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Lois is appreciated as a leader in Maine community healthcare, and has been recognized as such by several local organizations over the years.

Lois lives in Brunswick with her husband, Jim, and is proud to be a lifelong resident of this beautiful region of Maine.

Melanie Prince, MSN, BSN, RN, NE-BC, CCM, FAAN, is the President of Case Management Society of America (CMSA). She recently retired as Active Duty Military Colonel assigned to Headquarters Air Force where she was responsible for developing strategies to eliminate interpersonal violence in the military. Melanie is now the Chief Executive Officer, Care Associates Consulting. Melanie is a certified case manager and medical surgical nurse with over 25 years of progressive leadership responsibilities and diverse clinical experiences in emergency medicine, inpatient care, disaster management, ambulatory health, population health and medical management. Her excitement and confidence in the principles of case management inaugurated the Air Force’s first independent Nurse Managed Clinic staffed exclusively by case managers, where patient outcomes were game-changers for medical management and population health.  Melanie is a graduate of Air University in Montgomery, AL, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Military Strategic Studies. She also has a Master’s Degree in Nursing with a concentration in Case Management from University of AZ, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from University of LA, Lafayette. Active in professional organizations, Melanie has been elected to local and national leadership positions, as well as appointed to national advisory roles for the CMSA.  As one of the founders of the DOD/Veterans Affairs Military Day, Melanie launched a forum that brought clinical case managers from diverse backgrounds who served wounded warriors and other clients, into a full day of workshops, collaborations, and professional development.  Melanie has been a requested speaker and has penned case management content, editorials, policy, and training in various publications both military and nonmilitary. A distinguished leader and mentor in her profession, she has won numerous awards including the distinguished CMSA Chapter, 2003 and National Case Manager of the Year, 2004.

Lisa Vasile, NP - "My life changed at 37 when I was diagnosed as Celiac. Along with Celiac, a cascade of nutrient deficiencies were uncovered".

Lisa has vast experience in Ob/Gyn, Primary care and Auto-Immunity disorders. She has taught on the faculty at Umass Graduate School of Nursing, Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and MassBay Community College and is a Veteran having served as Army Nurse during Dessert Storm. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Fitchburg State University and Master’s degree in Nursing with a sub-specialty in Education from UMass Graduate School of Nursing. She received her Post Master’s Certification in Holistic Health from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.  She continued studies through School of Applied Functional Medicine and Institute for Functional Medicine offering her the training to create 4 Better Health and utilizing Functional Medicine with her patients. She is considered an expert on Gluten by completing the Certified Gluten Practitioner certification and as a Celiac herself. Lisa also mentors other practitioners who are motivated to learn and utilize Functional Medicine in their practice through the 4 Better Health’s Practioner Programs and at the School of Applied Functional Medicine.

Conference Planning Committee

  • Ann Marie Angus, RN, CCM
  • Anita Depatie, MS, RN, CCM
  • Jessica Farman, OTR, CDP, CCM
  • Susan Madden, RN, BSN, CCM, Board Liaison