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

DNV Update

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

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.

Assisted Living/ Long Term Care Topic

Bob Dehler - Engineering Program Manager, Minnesota Department of Health

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.

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.