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Oregon Prepping to Host National Adult Abuse Prevention Conference

Workshops and keynote speakers have been selected and the planning for the National Adult Protective Services Association annual conference is well under way. Oregon is hosting this major national conference for the very first time.

Titled “Stronger Together: Celebrating 25 Years Protecting America’s Vulnerable Adults and slated for October 29 and 30th in Portland, this event brings together the very best training and knowledge on protecting vulnerable adults from abuse. It is a real honor and recognition for Oregon to be the host state.

For more information see the registration brochure.

Keynote speakers for the conference will be US Health and Human Services Administrator Kathy Greenlee. She serves in the dual role of Administrator of the Administration for Community Living and as Assistant Secretary for Aging. Ms. Greenlee was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in June 2009.

In addition, Columbia Sportswear Chairman of the Board and Oregon icon Gert Boyle will be a keynoter at the conference. At 90 years old, Mrs. Boyle still works full-time and has a full calendar as a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother in addition to an active social life.

In her book "One Tough Mother" Boyle presents an honest, open and often irreverent account of her truly remarkable journey from a childhood in Nazi Germany to fame and fortune in America as one of the first women to run a sportswear company. Her story is one that inspires anyone facing difficult circumstances beyond their control.

Mrs. Boyle will also shed her insight on being a crime victim four years ago, as well as her tips for professionals on interacting with those who have been victimized.

Kerry Tymchuk, who co-authored “One Tough Mother” will present with Ms. Boyle. Kerry is executive director of the Oregon Historical Society and has assisted several national and local personalities in capturing their memoirs.

Registration for the conference is now open. Organizers are expecting over 400 participants from all over the United States to participate.