NACPA 2018

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


$580 Members, January 1 – April 1 / $700 Members, April 1 onward
Cancelations made prior to 4/2/18 will be refunded, less $150. Beginning 4/2/18, no refunds will be given.

NACPA on the Falls 2018 – Illuminating and Inspiring HR in the Church will be held at:
The Sheraton at the Falls (#1 on Map)
300 Third Street Niagara Falls
NY USA, 14303

  • All Events, Sessions, Exhibits and Meals will be held at the Convention and Events Center of Niagara Falls, NY (#4 on Map)
  • Sunday Liturgy will be held at St. Mary of the Cataract (#2 on Map)
  • Should the Sheraton be full (Saturday night now sold out) rooms are available at NACPA rate at the Days Inn (#3 on Map)

The Sheraton at the Falls is offering a special rate of $99 for NACPA convocation attendees. *Group rate of $99/night available until March 21, 2018.  Subject to availability.
Please click here to reserve your rooms.

Sheraton At The Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls, NY is ideally situated in the heart of downtown—connected to the exciting Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino and adjacent to the state-of-the-art Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls. A short walk will take you to the thrill of the falls themselves, as well as the Canadian border. Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) is only 25 minutes away, and Toronto is a 70-minute drive (don’t forget your passport!).


Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) offers direct flights from several cities including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Atlanta, Denver, Charlotte, Tampa, New York, Boston and Minneapolis/ St. Paul.  We recommend utilizing Uber or Lyft from the airport as they are a less expensive (and sharable) option than Super Shuttle and/or Taxi Cabs.

Program Times

The Conference will begin at 3 PM on Sunday, April 22 and end at 9 PM on Tuesday, April 24.  All sessions will take place at the Conference and Events Center of Niagara Falls, directly across the street from our hotel, The Sheraton at the Falls.  The Social Hour and Closing Awards Banquet will be held Tuesday from 6 – 9 PM. Come early and join us on Sunday for a 3-hour Gray Line Tour (9 AM -12 PM) where you will enjoy the beautiful and breathtaking sights of Niagara Falls, NY.**

What’s NEW

  • Enjoy Sr. Carol Cimino, SSJ, Ed.D., Superintendent for the Diocese of Buffalo, at the NACPA Monday Business Luncheon and her talk on Millennials: How to Recruit and Retain Them in the Workforce.
  • Updates to the NACPA APP will help you better create your own personal schedule, rate speakers and connect with fellow colleagues, friends and exhibitors.
  • Daily, 20-Minute, Speaker Chats will help you further network with workshop speakers.
  • Now, choose between our popular Tuesday Hot Topic Roundtables, or our intimate Forums.
    • For those seeking to continue connecting with their peers, specifically: Religious Communities, Chancellors, Business Managers and Priests.​
  • Our Opening Sunday Liturgy will be held at St. Mary of the Cataract
  • Sunday Morning 3-Hour Niagara Falls, NY TOUR.
    • Come early and on Sunday at 9am depart on a 3-Hour, Gray Line Tour of Niagara Falls, NY where you will enjoy: Niagara Falls State Park; the New York State Observation Tower which offers a panoramic view of the American, Bridal and Horseshoe Falls; walk beautiful Goat Island to Terrapin Point giving you a close-up overlook at the precipice of the Horseshoe Falls; see the mighty Whirlpool, and visit the state-of-the-art, interactive Niagara Power Vista.
    • $30 per person. Purchase on-site with cash, or pay ahead via credit card in the NACPA Shop. (If you plan to pay on-site, please RSVP with the number in your party to, we are unable to refund any monies for the tour, if you are unable to attend, you can have someone go in your place, if so, please email Jessica to update the RSVP.)

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 Always 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.

2018 Workshops and Speakers & Tentative Schedule

Conference Schedule

Sunday, April 22

  • Gray Line Tour 9 AM – 12 PM (purchase tickets in the NACPA Shop)
  • Registration, 2 – 5 PM
  • New Member Orientation 3 PM
  • Convocation and Opening Liturgy, 5 PM (St. Mary of the Cataract)
  • Social 6:30 PM

Monday, April 23

  • Breakfast 7:30 – 8:15 AM
  • Exhibits open 7:30 – 3:30 PM
  • Registration, 7:30 – 9 AM
  • First Plenary Session 8:45 – 10:15 AM “Human Resources Mission and Ministry” Presented by Carol Fowler
  • Break / Exhibits / Networking 10:15 – 11 AM
  • Concurrent Workshop Sessions I, 11 AM – 12:15 PM
  • NACPA Member Business Lunch: Sr. Carol Cimino, SSJ, Ed.D., Superintendent for the Diocese of Buffalo, presenting “Millennials: How to Recruit and Retain Them in the Workforce.” 12:30 -1:45 PM
  • Concurrent Workshop Sessions II, 2 – 3:15 PM
  • Break / Exhibits / Networking, 3:15 – 3:30 PM
  • Second Plenary Session 3:30 PM – 5 PM. “Silence Is Not Golden: What Is Your Parish Staff Not Discussing?” Presented by Tom Green
  • Adjournment and Free Evening 5 PM

Tuesday, April 24

  • Breakfast 7:30 – 8:15 AM
  • Exhibits open 7:30 AM – 1:45 PM
  • Registration, 7:30 AM – 9 AM
  • Third Plenary Session 8:45 AM -10:15 AM “On Being the Church We Want to See: A Spiritual Call of Service” Presented by Kerry Robinson
  • Break / Exhibits / Networking 10:15 – 10:45 AM
  • Concurrent Workshop Sessions III, 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM.
  • Light-Lunch to be served in the Exhibit Hall 12:00 – 1:45 PM
  • Concurrent Workshop Sessions IV, 1:45 – 3:00 PM
  • Break / Exhibits / Networking, 3 – 3:30 PM
  • Roundtable and Breakout Forums 3:30 – 5 PM
  • Evening Social 6:30 PM
  • NACPA 2018 Awards Banquet Dinner 7 PM – 9 PM

*Times subject to change

Workshop Schedule

Monday, April 23


  • Carol Fowler: Human Resources Mission and Ministry
  • Tom Green: Silence Is Not Golden : What Is Your Parish Staff Not Discussing? 


  • Preparing Your Community for Changes to Immigration Law and Policy – Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
  • Preparing for a Change of Bishop – a Panel from: Diocese of Tucson, Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Diocese of Lafayette
  • Management Best Practices – Joseph Smith, Archdiocese of Baltimore
  • HR 101 for those new to Church HR – Christine Hagen, Diocese of Manchester
  • Considerations in Implementing a Paid Parental Leave Benefit – Chris Cannova, Archdiocese of Chicago
  • Give your Health Care Plan a Check-Up – Carol Gustavson, Archdiocese of Boston
  • The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Leadership – Mary Ann Blakely, Diocese of Cleveland

Individual 20-Minute Speaker Chats with Monday Workshop Speakers

Tuesday, April 24


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


  • Federal Laws for your Workplace Watch List – Petula Workman, J.D., CEBS, Division Vice President, Compliance Counsel, Gallagher
  • Winners and Losers in Heath Care Under the Current Administration – Sr. Geraldine Hoyer, CSC, C.P.A.
  • The Results are In: How to Measure the Impact of Your Wellness Program – Liz Allen, Diocese of Portland, Maine; Josh Costa
  • Behavioral Interviewing in a Church Work Environment – Mary Kessler, NACPA Consultant
  • HR and Pastors Collaborate – A Panel
  • Coming Well and Leaving Well, Pastor to a Parish – Tom Green

Individual 20-Minute Speaker Chats with Tuesday Workshop Speakers

4 Roundtable Topics Suggested by Attendees on Monday

4 Forum Breakout Groups: Parish, Religious Congregations, Business Managers, Chancellors

*Topics, speakers, dates and times subject to change without notice.



NACPA Convocation 2018 Certification

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

NACPA 2018 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 Recertification Provider CP-SCP Seal 2018

HR Certification Institute (HRCI)

NACPA 2018 is seeking approval for 11 (General) Re-certification Credit Hours, with the opportunity to earn Business (Strategic) hours as well (the final total to be posted shortly)


NACPA 2018 will connect Church HR professionals with cutting edge tactics, policies and skills. Be one of just 25 exhibitors to interact in this intimate setting with arch/dioceses, parishes and religious communities from around the country to offer them the latest in resources and services. This year the program offers three outstanding plenary presenters, 16 workshop sessions, hot topic roundtables, intimate forums and all-new speaker chats, held in the Exhibit Hall. This convocation promises to be “illuminating and inspiring” and located at what is truly the eighth wonder of the world.


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