History

The Northern Plains Conference on Aging (NPCA) began in the year 2000 when four of North Dakota’s RASPAs (Regional Aging Services Program Administrators) formed a committee & pooled their funding for education in an effort to offer the best opportunity for learning about the aging population.

 

Later on, additional committee members were added from the community, who also worked in the field of aging & helped solicit additional funds through grants & various community entities.

 

After a few years, Valley Senior Services, a department of the Fargo Park District, began coordinating the annual conference. The long-standing tradition of offering such a professional, organized, well-run event is truly due to their commitment throughout the years. In 2021, Concordia College began to oversee the conference planning & looks forward to continuing to offer a high-quality conference each year.

 

​Now in its 21st year, the NPCA has come to be known as an informative, engaging event that brings together both working professionals & senior citizens for a time of learning & networking.

While focusing on current topics & how they are related to aging, this two-day event is a time for gathering resources, securing CEUs for the fields of nursing & social work, & networking with others in the Fargo-Moorhead & surrounding communities.

Committee Members

The great success of the conference is due in part to the dedication of its committee members. While some have been involved for many years & others have joined more recently, this group of professionals brings a great variety of hands-on experience & a wealth of knowledge to the planning process.

KENDRA

Binger

Program Manager,

Alzheimer's Association

AMY

Dallmann

GRETCHEN

Dobervich

CARMEN

Escobar

Executive Director,

River Pointe

JULIE

Marxen

Program Director,

Senior Connections

STACI

Metzger

Lead Social Worker,

Hospice of the Red River Valley

+NPCA Committee Chair, 2021

JAMIE

Odegaard

Director of Marketing & Client Success, Griswold Home Care

ABBY

Papenfuss

Director of Admissions & Social Services, Eventide

WENDY

Tabor-Buth

Bereavement Coordinator,

Ethos Home Care & Hospice

PETRA

Vanderford

Event Coordinator,

Concordia College

Contact Us

Concordia College | Office of Conferences & Events

901 8th St. S | Moorhead, MN

conferences@cord.edu | 218.299.3566