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Spring Meeting '09 Summaries



new media:
connecting with your constituents, part ii

Saturday, November 14 | 11 a.m.–Noon

Sponsored by the Henry Toll Fellowship Program
Designed as the hands-on complement to the morning’s new media panel discussion, this session will take you out of the classroom and into the lab. Come by the Expo Hall’s Internet café and learn first-hand how to set-up a Facebook page or how to Tweet from the rest of the Annual Meeting sessions.  CSG staff and Toll Fellows alumni will be on hand to provide technical assistance and walk you through the process of joining the media age.  The session will be run in 15 minute tutorials.  Sign up for your slot at the Registration Desk; spaces are first-come, first-served until filled.





Minnesota Rep. Laura Brod

Henry Toll Fellows Class of 2006
Laura Brod was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2002. She had previously served on the New Prague City Council and the New Prague Economic Development Authority in Minnesota. Brod holds earned a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional studies/management from Minnesota State University.
As the youngest of eight children, Brod knows the value of strong families and strong communities. When she was 5 years old, her family moved to a farm near Lonsdale and then moved to Cedar Lake near New Prague years later. Brod still talks about the stories of her childhood on the farm and how that experience has helped shape her views and actions today.


Nevada Assemblyman Marcus Conklin

Henry Toll Fellows Class of 2008
Marcus Conklin was first elected to the Nevada Assembly in 2002, and is now serving his fourth term. In 2007, he was selected to be the assistant majority floor leader of the Assembly. He is chair of the Assembly Commerce and Labor Committee, and is a member of the Ways and Means Committee, and the Elections, Procedures, Ethics and Constitutional Amendments Committee.
During his tenure in the legislature, Conklin has championed consumer protection and ethics reform legislation. He was the author of Nevada’s Do Not Call legislation in 2003, and in 2007 he successfully sponsored legislation to penalize mortgage lending fraud, to better monitor gifts from the pharmaceutical companies to physicians, and new requirements for limited liability companies that give political contributions.
He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from the University of Redlands.


Oregon Rep.Sara Gelser

Henry Toll Fellow Class of 2008

Assistant Majority Leader Sara Gelser has served in the Oregon legislature since 2005, representing Philomath and Corvallis. She has served on the Revenue Committee, the Health Care Committee, and as vice chair of the Human Services and Women's Wellness Committee. During the 2007-2008 interim, Gelser continued on these committees and was appointed to the Seniors and People with Disabilities Committee and the Oregon Tort Reform Task Force.  She also serves as co-chair of the House Majority Policy Committee.
During the 2007 session, Gelser passed Karly's Law, which will improve child abuse investigations statewide, and a Medicaid waiver bill that will allow children with severe disabilities to grow up in their family homes rather than foster care or nursing facilities. She also saw successful passage of a bill to allow statewide electronic permitting for contractors. This was the largest regulatory streamlining initiative for the construction industry in the United States.  Gelser was a founding member of the new Oregon Senior and Disability Caucus, and the only female member of the 5 under 35 caucus.
Gelser earned her bachelor’s degree in history and education from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., and a master of arts in interdisciplinary dtudies from Oregon State University.