2021 Fall Conference Speakers

October 13-15, 2021
Treasure Island Resort and Casino
5734 Sturgeon Lake Road, Welch, MN 55089

Shift Happens. Do It Well

Lindsey Bracket, CHC, CHFM - President and Co-Founder, Legacy FM

Lindsey Brackett is the President of Legacy FM, LLC, a Certified Healthcare Constructor, Certified Healthcare Facility Manager, SASHE, and influencer in the Healthcare Facilities Management industry. She has more than 10 years of experience providing solutions, including staff assessments and training, to facilities management teams. Lindsey has led the development and management of over 120 educational resources and currently serves as Faculty for ASHE’s Sustainability Educational Programs, chairs the ASHE Sustainability Task Force, and authored numerous articles and white papers for the health care facilities management industry.


Change is inevitable and nothing in life is guaranteed. People lose their jobs. Others make a mid-life career change. Some go back to school. And others claw their way up the ladder only to never realize their career goals. We attend conferences, luncheons, golf outings, and jump on a plane just to shake hands and stay relevant. We’re active on social media and compete for 10 seconds of someone else’s attention. It’s exhausting, and despite the glamourous appeal, it’s hard work Really hard work. But it’s worth it. Isn’t it?

No one is immune to unexpected change. Shift happens whether we want it to or not. When plans fall through and the unpredictable happens, you have the choice to be passive or active. You can give in to the circumstance, or you can pivot.

In April 2018, I became the first female executive and the first Millennial in my Louisiana-based, 100-year-old engineering and construction firm. I was a 32-year-old COO with a private plane and 3,000 staff in my care. It felt unreal. Incredible. Unbelievably satisfying. The long hours, grit, and sacrifice paid off. And then I was fired. Overnight, I went from marvel to scandal. I was jobless, degreeless, and completely unhireable. Weeks passed, and my status remained. Then months passed, and I didn’t know how I would ever recover. My family, friends, and close colleagues assured me that “everything happens for a reason.” I wasn’t convinced, but I would be soon enough.

All I could think was, don’t waste what’s been given to you. In fact, the last words I told my CEO were, “The opportunities you’ve given me won’t be wasted. Thank you.”. I meant every word, and they weren’t a threat; they were a promise. I took my collected knowledge, experiences, lessons learned, and started sharing them with my network. I wrote articles, I volunteered at ASHE and my local chapter, I became a Board member for a not-for-profit in my industry, and I took my show on the road by speaking with any group that handed me a microphone. I spent every waking hour giving back to my industry, and I wasn’t exhausted at all. I had more energy by giving back than I had in years. I chose how I was spending my time every day, and I felt good about the work I was doing. Really good. Then, they came. One after another, clients came to me and asked for my help. They noticed the work that I was doing and recognized me as an expert in my field. By offering advice, time, and assistance without asking for anything in return, I was offered more opportunities than I ever imagined. My network rewarded me 10 times over because I made genuine connections and added value at every opportunity I found.

That’s the lesson. That’s how you shift well. Whether you’re currently in a position where you’re feeling unfulfilled or unsatisfied, or if you find yourself in an unexpected pivot, then decide how you can add value to your network (or industry) with exactly what you have and exactly where you’re at. You always have more to offer than you realize.

Fire Marshals Findings

Roy Kingsley - Deputy State Fire Marshal, Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Roy has been with the State Fire Marshal office since Dec 2015. Previous was a local Fire Marshal/Inspector for 13 years. Member of Mendota Hts. Fire Department for 21 years. Fire Sprinkler journeyman/ inspector from 1983-2002. US Navy Seabees from April 1981- 1983. Diploma In Fire Protection Technician.

  • State Certificated Fire Instructor I
  • State Certificated Plan Reviewer
  • State Certificated Fire Inspector III
  • Hazardous Material Operations 472
  • Life & Safety Educator I
  • State Certificated Fire Investigator
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  2. Fire Marshal’s Association of Minnesota (FMAM) was a Board Member/li>

Bill Abderhalden - Deputy State Fire Marshal-Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Bill Abderhalden has been with the State Fire Marshal Division since Dec 2015. He spent 12 years as a Marine Corps firefighter, with 8 of those years as a chief officer.


  • Arizona State University, B.S.
  • Louis F. Garland Fire Academy, Dept. of Defense
  • IACP Leadership in Police Organizations
  • Common deficiencies.
  • Generators what you need to know and do.
  • Testing requirements with Covid.

DNV Update

Kelly Proctor, CHFM, CHSP, CHOP - Physical Environment Line Manager, DNV

Kelly resides just south of Atlanta Georgia in in Macon.

Kelly has served in several roles with DNV-GL Healthcare since 2010. He Currently serves as the Director of Operations, where he is responsible for oversight of all surveyors as they perform hospital accreditation surveys and he oversees the general operations of DNV Healthcare. He also performs audits for hospitals in Europe, Asia and South America and conducts numerous education classes for DNV.

Kelly has expertise in the implementation of ISO 9001 and NIAHO requirements as well as DNV international requirements and NFPA.

Kelly has been in Healthcare engineering for over 30 years and before joining DNV served as Director of Support Services for 2 hospitals in Georgia.

Kelly holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and has earned his CHFM, CHSP and CHOP certifications. Kelly also holds the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Lead Auditor Certification, NIAHO Lead Auditor certification and numerous other certifications.


Attendees of this presentation will get a business update from DNV that will inform them of how DNV is different than the other accreditation organizations. Additionally, participants will get a basic introduction into what a DNV survey looks like and how a survey is conducted.

Participants will get a basic understanding of how the Physical Environment/Life Safety surveyor looks at infection prevention and control.

Finally, Participants will get a look into the most common Physical Environment (PE) findings in each of the PE Chapters and will learn how to avoid these findings.

Planning Party Upcoming Construction (ICRA)

Christa Mardaus - ICRA Instructional Coordinator, Carpenters Training Institute

Christa Mardaus has worked in the construction industry for 20 years, gaining experience in large commercial projects, multi-family wood frame, healthcare construction. As a seasoned Instructor she is passionate about improving Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) awareness and communication. In addition to training, she is also involved in committees such as curriculum development and W.I.T.. Outside of the office, Christa enjoys hockey games, horse shows and family time.


Healthcare construction projects within the industry continues to be on the rise with the continuous demand. Having a well-constructed multidisciplinary team is instrumental to the success of the job. Team focus regarding the patient care environment including occupancy, noise levels, disruption or vibration, dust control is critical. Process improvement followed with good communication is essential. Understanding the Infection Control Risk Assessment among all staff and construction professionals promotes safe work practices. With this process it helps to promote consistency and ensure understanding of these procedures. Working to best protect your patients, staff, and the construction worker.

  • Explain the functions and responsibilities of the Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) team.
  • Identify the important information relating to the ICRA permit, Safety Risk Assessment (SRA) and Risk Mitigation strategies.
  • Describe the Interim Life Safety Measures (ILSM) plan, including mobilization.

Assisted Living/ Long Term Care Topic

Bob Dehler - Engineering Program Manager, Minnesota Department of Health

Mr. Bob Dehler is a professional engineer with over 23 years of engineering experience including over eleven years at the Minnesota Department of Health. He has managed the engineering program for about the last 5 years.

Bob graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a degree in civil engineering and is a licensed engineer in the state of Minnesota.

As the manager of the engineering services section, he is responsible for the plan review and inspections of construction in health care facilities throughout the state of Minnesota. The section enforces licensure requirements of the State of Minnesota and federal certification requirements of the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS).

Bob is a member of ASHE (American Society of Healthcare Engineers), NFPA (National Fire Protection Association and the Healthcare Guidelines Revision Committee (HGRC) of The Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI).


Become familiar with expectations that apply to assisted living licensure for the physical environment.

  • Become familiar with the expectations that apply to assisted living with dementia care license for the physical environment
  • Discuss differences between ‘conversions’ and ‘provisional’ (new license) and the physical environment requirements for each

Protecting your Assets: Benefits of proactively planning your roof expenses

Julie Leiferman - Business Development Manager, Schwickert’s Tecta America

As the head of Business Development for Schwickert's Tecta America four offices, Julie has been a strong asset in building new and long term business relationships with customers. A Schwickert’s employee since 2005, Julie's driven personality has allowed her to gain a vast amount of knowledge of all aspects of Schwickert's services from roofing to mechanical. Her background as a member of the United States Army has reflected within the company on the terms of her strong leadership and work ethic. Julie specializes in contract negotiation, building relationships, and finding solutions for her clients. Prior to working at Schwickert’s Tecta America, Julie was previously employed at Calpine Corporation, Construction Division as an On-Site Safety Coordinator.  In that role, Julie was responsible for on-site safety audits and safety orientation of all contractors working on site.  Outside of Schwickert's, she dedicates her time to volunteer for the Mankato Elks Lodge, culinary cooking and gardening.


Are you proactive or reactive when it comes to your assets? If you are reacting to issues as they arise, you are not able to budget, you are constantly putting out fires, general maintenance turns into emergencies and you are not able to plan activities and expenses. In this session, we will primarily be discussing how this applies to your roof assets, but this approach can be tailored to any of your major assets, such as HVAC and Mechanical units and Parking Lots. What is the true cost of being reactive vs proactive? You will learn simple methods to go from reactive to proactive and how that will allow you to budget your roofing expenses and apply this process to other areas.

ASHE Update

Gordy Howie - Regional Director, ASHE Region 6

Gordon (Gordy) Howie serves as Regional Chair - Facilities & Support Services for Mayo Clinic Health System in Northwest Wisconsin and is based out of Eau Claire.

His primary responsibility is leadership of Facilities, Safety, Compliance, and Construction for five hospitals totaling 2.3 million square feet. Gordy earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial Technology/Plant Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Stout and a Master’s of Science degree in Project Management from the University of Alaska – Anchorage. He is also a Certified Healthcare Facilities Manager (CHFM), Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) and is a Board Member of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering.

His volunteer work includes fundraising for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and their Child Advocacy programs and serving on the Chippewa Valley Technical College Foundation Board.


Update on ASHE Activities

Joint Commission Update

James Kendig - Field Director, Surveyor Management and Development Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission

James Kendig is the Field Director for the Life Safety Code Surveyors/Engineers at The Joint Commission. In this role, he oversees half (approximately 40) of the surveyor cadre who specialize in surveying The Joint Commission’s life safety, environment of care, and emergency management standards.

Previously, Mr. Kendig also served as a Joint Commission Life Safety Code Surveyor. Prior to joining The Joint Commission, he was a Vice President and Safety Officer for a four-hospital system in Florida on the “Space Coast”.

Mr. Kendig maintains certifications as a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional, Certified Hazard Control Manager, Certified Healthcare Environmental Manager, and is a licensed Healthcare Risk Manager. He serves on the faculty of the University of Central Florida’s Licensed Risk Management Program.

Mr. Kendig holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania. He is currently a resident of Florida.


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