NACPA on the Falls:
Illuminating and Inspiring HR in the Church

Niagara Falls, NY
April 22 – 24, 2018

NACPA 2018

NACPA 2018 Illuminating and Inspiring HR in the Church, Niagara Falls NY, Sheraton at the Falls

NACPA on the Falls 2018 – Illuminating and Inspiring HR in the Church will be held at:
The Sheraton at the Falls
300 Third Street Niagara Falls
NY USA, 14303

  • Rooms are available through the NACPA block at $99/night.
  • Early Registration is now OPEN in the NACPA Shop
    • $520 Members – Early Bird, through December 31
    • $580 Members – Regular, January 1 – April 1
    • $700 Members – Late, April 1 onward
    • Cancelations maid prior to 4/2/18 will be refunded, less $150. Beginning 4/2/18, no refunds will be given.

What to Look Forward to in 2018:

  • We’re pleased to announce our 2018 Plenary Speakers: Carol Fowler, Tom Green and Kerry Alys Robinson. (see below)
  • We’re making updates to the NACPA APP so you can better create your own personal schedule, rate speakers and connect with fellow colleagues, friends and exhibitors.
  • NEW – Network with Workshop Speakers in our Daily, 20-Minute, Speaker Chats. 
  • NEW – Now, you can choose between our popular Tuesday Hot Topic Roundtables, or our intimate Forums. For those seeking to continue connecting with their peers, specifically: Religious CommunitiesBusiness Managers and Priests.​

Workshop Topics to Include*:

  • The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Leadership
  • Behavioral Interviewing in a Church Work Environment
  • Coming Well and Leaving Well – Pastors and Parishes
  • Winners and Losers in Healthcare under the Current Administration
  • Preparing for a Change in Bishop – A Panel

*Topics and speakers subject to change

2018 Plenary Speakers

NACPA Consultant

Carol Fowler, D.Min, Consultant, NACPA

Tom Green, HR Coach and Mediator

Tom Green, HR Coach and Mediator

Kerry Robinson, Founding Executive Director and Global Ambassador, Leadership Roundtable

Kerry Robinson, Founding Executive Director and Global Ambassador, Leadership Roundtable

To All NACPA Members and Supporters:

The NACPA Convocation Committee is pleased to announce the 2018 Plenary Session speakers. In selecting the topics and the presenters, we continued to incorporate feedback obtained through surveys and member interactions, as well as input from 2017 convocation attendees.

The presentation topics integrate our convocation theme — “Illuminating and Inspiring HR in the Church.” We are grateful for the willingness of these stellar individuals to lend us their precious time and expert talents, and for the depth and insights they will bring to our upcoming meeting.

Please stay tuned to our website for ongoing updates regarding our 47th annual meeting in Niagara Falls, NY. We are eager for you to come to know our Plenary Session speakers and we look forward to introducing our many talented workshop leaders as well.

Regina Haney, Ed.D.
Executive Director

Human Resources: Mission and Ministry

As members of NACPA,  we know “what” we are doing but do we always remember “why” we work so hard as professionals to implement best practices in Church human resources?

About the speaker: Carol Fowler is a consultant for NACPA in the areas of Church management, best practices in Church HR, leadership development and new pastor workshops. Carol is the former Director of the Department of Personnel Services for the Archdiocese of Chicago and oversaw the work of 17 archdiocesan agencies, employing 16,000 people. She is a former president of the Board of Directors of NACPA and also served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of Church Management at Villanova University.

Silence Is Not Golden : What Is Your Parish Staff Not Discussing? 

Every organization has them — conversations not held about poor job performance, struggling staff members, unsolicited brilliant ideas, slow-burning conflicts, individuals and teams not working together and talented employees planning to leave. The reality is that very bright, educated, committed and reliable people can miss the mark in important conversations that need to be held. This session provides simple, high-impact, easy-to-implement practices to create an open, collaborative environment and strengthen your organization and its mission.

About the speaker: Tom Green is a trained coach and mediator. During his more than 25 years of training, coaching and studying leaders, Tom has watched very effective leaders struggle when starting new jobs, often resulting in poor job performance and personal dissatisfaction.  After creating successful management orientation programs, Tom now teaches the same core leadership and transitioning practices and tools to Catholic pastors, parish staffs and Church leaders in transition. Tom is a practicing spiritual director and a Stephen Minister.

On Being the Church We Want to See: A Spiritual Call of Service

Generosity is humankind’s birthright. Baptism confers the responsibility to strengthen the Church. Exemplary management of human and financial resources promotes the mission and efficacy of the Church. Women’s leadership, decision-making and collaboration is a matter of managerial urgency for the Church.

About the speaker: Kerry Alys Robinson is the founding executive director and global ambassador of Leadership Roundtable, dedicated to promoting excellence and best practices in the Catholic Church by harnessing the expertise of senior level executives. Kerry is a trustee of the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities and a member of FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities). She is a passionate advocate of laity, women and young adults in service to the global Church.



A Look at Convocation 2016!


NACPA Convocation 2017 Certification

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

NACPA 2017 is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 11 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

SHRM 2017






HR Certification Institute (HRCI)

NACPA 2017 has been approved for 11 (General) Recertification Credit Hours, with the opportunity to earn 2.5 Business (Strategic) hours.





The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the activity. It means that this activity has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

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