Iowa Association of Activity Professionals

October 18-19, 2018

Fall Conference Schedule

Thursday, October 18, 2018
7:00-8:00 Registration, rolls, coffee, etc.
8:00-8:15 Welcome
8:15-9:45 Mark Brown, PhD – “We Are Part of the Family, I Got All My Assistance and Me”
9:45-10:00 Break
10:00-11:30 Mark Brown, PhD – “Guiding the Ship”
11:30-12:30 Lunch and Networking
12:30-12:45 Vendor Presentations
12:45-2:15 Mark Brown, PhD – “Laugh Out Loud Until You Gasp For Air”
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-4:00 Mark Brown, PhD – “Motivation, Dedication, Inspiration”
4:00-5:00 Networking Session
7 Contact Hours
Friday, October 19, 2018
7:00-8:00 Registration, rolls, coffee, etc.
8:00-8:15 Welcome
8:15-9:45 Lance Horback & Marna Mitchell-Butler
“Five Year Outlook: Future For Activites is Bright!”
“How Healthcare Initiatives are Recognizing the Importance of Life Enrichment”
9:45-10:00 Break
10:00-12:00 Nikki Carrion, MA – “Fitting Fitness in Using Cues to Action”
12:00-1:00 Lunch and Networking
1:00-1:30 Business Meeting/Door Prizes
1:30-3:00 Molly Nagel – “A Mind for Art: Developing a Meaningful Art Program For Seniors”
5 Contact Hours


Mark Brown PhD

Dr. Mark Brown was born and raised an Air Force Brat and traveled most of his life. He graduated from Kubasaki High School in Okinawa Japan, then on to Camron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. He served in the Army, and then moved with his family to the Colorado Springs community. He joined the A-1/AMR Paramedic’s Family in 1993 and has enjoyed working there ever since. Dr. Brown holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Religious Education, a Master’s in Biblical Counseling and a PhD in Theology with a focus in Christian Counseling.

Along with his Wife, Gail, they have 4 children, 5 Grandchildren and one on the way. They are the owners of Pikes Peak Motivation; Leaders in Motivational Speaking and Education. In addition to Motivational Speaking, Dr. Is a Registered Psychotherapist in Private Practice at In His Service Counseling. He is an Educator, Author, Motivator and true friend you can always depend on.

Lance Horbach & Marna Mitchell-Butler

Lance Horbach designed and manages the IIS Senior Living Program statewide, specializing in independent post-acute medical providers. Lance held the position of State Representative in the Iowa Legislature. Lance was the Chairman on the Labor & Industrial Relations Committee, where he floor managed controversial business legislation on behalf of Iowa employers, including Med Mal reform, Workers Comp, unemployment, Right to Work, and other legislation related to employer’s business environment. After 14 years on the front line defending Iowa’s employers at the highest level, Lance retired from the legislature in January of 2013. He continues to protect Iowa’s medical providers as a recognized insurance consultant for the post-acute continuum of care. Lance currently serves as Chairman of the Board at UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown, Board Member at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital, and Board Member at UnityPoint Health-Waterloo (a regional UnityPoint Health Partners Board).

Marna Mitchell-Butler has a background in both Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing as a Department Head and Certified Eden Alternative Associate through the Eden Alternative. Her long-term career experience ultimately led to a key position as Community Relations Liaison, handling marketing, admissions and the non-medical aspect of discharge planning for a rurally located SNF. Through this experience, she had the opportunity to cultivate long-standing relationships with fellow providers throughout the post-acute continuum of care. Marna brings the provider perspective to Lance’s Senior Living Team, keeping her finger on the pulse of Iowa’s LTC providers through continued active involvement in multiple county Provider Committees. Marna currently serves as President of the Des Moines Elderly Consortium, Policy Board Member for NEI3A, and LifeLong Links/Veteran’s Directed HCBS Program Advisory Board Member for NEI3A & County Social Services.

Nikki Carrion

Nikki is the founder-and-facilitator of FitXpress, and have been working in the field of health promotion (HP) for more than 25 years. Her passion stems from what the field of health promotion offers in terms of practicing preventive health, and from how this concept promotes positive lifestyle change. Her service is to individuals of all ages, shapes, sizes and varying levels of capabilities. However, her specialty is that of the specific needs of older adults.

Nikki says our older population is the spirit of America. They have an abundance of experience, not only in their areas of work…but in life. The type experience that can only be achieved through the aging process. The type of experience we can all learn from if we simply stop…and listen.

Nikki received her graduate degree is in Community Health Education and includes a certificate in Gerontology from the University of Northern Iowa. Over the years she has been a trainer for Washington State and Senior Services’ Enhance Fitness™ program, Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management program, Cal State Fullerton’s Fallproof™ program and Oregon Research Institute’s Easy Tai Chi method. She is also certified by the National Exercise Trainer’s Association in the areas of Personal Training, Group Fitness Instruction and yoga.

Her mission is to provide her clients/participants with the educational tools and information needed to empower them to higher levels of health and wellness. To assist them in their quest to maintain an independent lifestyle, and to possess the “quality” of life we all deserve in a society where “quantity” of life is abundant and in high demand.

Molly Nagel, Activities Coordinator
Bethany Life, Story City, IA

Undergraduate degree in graphic design from ISU
Graduate degree in Integrated Visual Arts from ISU

Topics Covered:
-Specifically how creativity and the act of creating art happens in the brain and how this can improve the lives of residents
-How to engage difficult to engage residents, and the road blocks to participation in creative arts with residents (how to get a resident who “isn’t an artist” to become one who eagerly engages in arts and crafts.)
– Specific arts and crafts that have been huge hits at my facility with my residents, including painting classes, yarn bunnies, and more.
– An overview of art and craft supplies- specifically what is worth the money and where to buy them for the best quality to price ratio