Registration is open for the 2024 Annual Conference, the theme will be

“The Ecliptic Spectrum of Social Work Practice”

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We have a good line-up of speakers and topics this years.  We are putting the finishing touches on the agenda, but have good presentations for the keynote speakers which will be listed below soon.  We will have breakout sessions for those that participate in-person, virtual participants will not have the option to select those breakouts and the video feed will remain in the main auditorium during those sessions.  We will have a coffee bar in the morning and soda bar in the afternoon.  Vendors will be present and there will be a wrap-up and prize raffle drawings at the end similar to prior years.

Full agenda and conference details posted now.  Please join us, email us for any questions,

Keynote Speakers

Keri Jones-Fonnesbeck, LCSW

Presentation Title: “Beyond Self Care: Reinforcing Resilience”

Keri Jones-Fonnesbeck is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has dedicated her career to creating trauma-informed, equitable systems for individuals, families and communities. She has worked with cancer survivors, youth from war-torn areas around the world, child and adult victims and survivors of domestic violence, and within hospital social work. Keri has spent over 20 years with the YWCA, both locally and nationally, in deep focus on the mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. She now serves as the Vice President of Member Services for YWCA USA, supporting a team that offers technical assistance to almost 200 organizations across the US. Additionally, she works with organizations in implementation of trauma-informed principles and is most proud of her work in supporting systems that promote resilience for staff and clients alike. Keri has served on the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission; she was honored in 2014 as a “Rising Star: 40 under 40” by Utah Business Magazine, and in 2016, she was given the “ACE: Advocacy, Collaboration and Education” award from the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition. She lives, loves, and plays in Utah with her husband, Mitch, and two children, Hollis and Grace.


Olivia Jaramillo, Director of Public Outreach & Training, Equality Utah

Presentation Title: “Forward Together: Understanding the Differences that Unite Us.”

Olivia is a Social Psychology Researcher and Strategic Leadership Consultant. She is currently Director for Public Outreach and Training at Equality Utah. She was born and raised in Mexico. She’s a retired United States Air Force Veteran, where she served on tours to Iraq, Europe, and humanitarian missions into Africa. In 2016 she was one of the first individuals nationwide to legally change her name and gender marker while still serving on Active Duty. She has worked in furthering DEI and Common Ground Initiatives for several companies and organizations including Goldman Sachs, Recursion, VIVINT, Qualtrics, Dominion Energy, Zions Bank, and Adobe. She is a Commissioner on the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission, a member of the YWCA’s Public Policy Committee, and was a political candidate in 2020. She was awarded the 2023 Utah’s 40 over 40 women making an impact award, and currently lives in Salt Lake City with her son Oliver.



Elizabeth Corn, LCSW

Presentation Title: Upholding Social Work Ethics: Advocacy, Inclusivity, and Competent Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Communities

Elizabeth Garrity Corn is a licensed clinical social worker with experience in both hospital Behavioral Health Units and private practice. She earned her BSW from Weber State University and her Master of Social Work with a focus on LGBTQ+ studies from Louisiana State University. Elizabeth is known for her dedication to empowering individuals and creating inclusive environments. She is a member of WPATH, LGBTQ Therapists Guild of Utah, and has achieved her Transgender Treatment Certification from the State of Utah. 

Before her current role, Elizabeth was an entrepreneur, training facilitator, life coach, and public speaker. She has worked with non-profits, executives, and private citizens across various sectors. Her work exemplifies a deep-rooted commitment to fostering change, building connections, and delivering tangible results.

Elizabeth is a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and mental health awareness. She describes herself as feisty, compassionate, bold, gentle, and a touch irreverent. In her personal time, she enjoys reading, writing, crocheting, fishing, and attempting to be a good sport during board games with family and friends.  Originally from Alaska, she has been a Utah resident since 1996.


Matthew Quackenbush, LCSW

Presentation Title: “Beyond the Trauma: Unraveling PTSD and Promoting Change in the First Responder Community”

Matt has been a leading advocate for mental health for nearly two decades. With over 500 hours of public speaking, he is known for his captivating presence and thought-provoking ideas. Currently, Matt is on a national speaking tour with Deer Hollow Recovery and 1st Watch Wellness, educating First Responders, Veterans, and their families about stress, trauma, and PTSD. His training program highlights the latest best practices for addressing mental health issues in these communities.
As the host of the critically acclaimed Finding Strength Podcast, Matt delves into mental health, resilience, and personal growth, providing valuable insights to thousands of listeners. He is also a Certified Mind-Body Bridging Therapist, specializing in evidence-based trauma treatments such as EMDR, IFS, CPT, Psychodrama, and mindfulness techniques.

Matt’s dedication and expertise have earned him respect within the mental health community. He was recently honored with the “Outstanding Leadership Award” at the Health 2.0 International Healthcare Conference for his innovative work. His dynamic speaking style and commitment to promoting healing and resilience continue to inspire and empower many.


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We will have two breakout sessions and a total of 5 options at each.  We will repeat most of the presentations to give attendees the option to see a few preferred presentations of their choosing.  The second session will have one additional presenter instead of one offered in the first session.  The breakout session rooms will be downstairs from the main auditorium.  See below for the session details.


Date: Thursday, August 15th, 2024

Time: 7:15 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: Utah Cultural Celebration Center

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The conference will be held at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City, UT.  Breakfast and Lunch will be served for in-person participants.


Our Coffee Bar in the morning will be sponsored by Memorial Mortuaries and coffee is from Canyons Coffee

The Soda Bar in the afternoon is sponsored by Serenity Funeral Home and will be Thirst Drinks



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