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SPADD's Annual Conference

SPADD’s Annual Conference is a two-day event featuring dynamic sessions designed to educate and inspire Georgia’s professionals in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Join us April 27-28, 2020 at the beautiful Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens for vital, interactive discussions on best practice and policy initiatives, plus plenty of networking opportunities. Our theme this year is Our Potential, Our Power, so our presentations and conversations will revolve around the benefits of leadership development and advocacy organization to impact more meaningful lives for people with I/DD.


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Inspiring the I/DD field with compelling presentations.

Zachary Brewster

Keynote Speaker

Joseph M. Macbeth

NADSP CEO, Featured Speaker

John Raffaele

Educator & Trainer, Featured Speaker

Dana Scott

Nurse Executive

Jonathan Martin

Employment Legal Expert

Marko Horn

Educator and Business Consultant

Jonathan Krispin

Educator, Speaker, and Consultant

Ryan Whitmire

CEO, DDM of Georgia
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Judy Fitzgerald

Commissioner, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD)

Ronald Wakefield

Director, DBHDD's Division of Developmental Disabilities


Time Session Speakers Venue
9 am Registration
10 am Welcome & Annual General Membership Meeting
10:30 am Keynote Address Zachary Brewster
12:15 pm Lunch & Learn Session
12:15 pm Lunch & Learn Session
1:30 pm General Session (Title TBA) Joseph M. Macbeth John Raffaele
3:15 pm State of the State for Individuals With IDD with Commissioner Judy Fitzgerald
4:15 pm Dialogue With Division Leadership, with Ron Wakefield (IDD Division Director), Lori Campbell, Dana Scott, Amy Riedesel, and Ashleigh Henneberger
5:30 pm Cocktail Reception Networking Event
Time Session Speakers Venue
7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Breakout Session (Title TBA) Jonathan Martin
8:30 am Breakout Session (Title TBA) Joseph M. Macbeth John Raffaele
10 am Breakout Session (Title TBA) Zachary Brewster
10 am Breakout Session (Title TBA) Ryan Whitmire
11:20 am Breakout Session (Title TBA) Marko Horn Jonathan Krispin
11:20 am Breakout Session (Title TBA) Dana Scott
12:30 pm Luncheon & Annual Awards Ceremony Donnie Winokur


Member Ticket


Breakfast & Lunch

Dyanmic Speakers

Informational Sessions

Networking Cocktail Event

Exhibitor Hall

Non-Member Ticket


Breakfast & Lunch

Dyanmic Speakers

Informational Sessions

Networking Cocktail Event

Exhibitor Hall



Breakfast & Lunch

Dyanmic Speakers

Informational Sessions

Networking Cocktail Event

Exhibitor Hall


What happens when you attend a SPADD Conference?

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First thing Monday, stop by the registration desk and let us know you've arrived. Then, get settled and get ready to explore!

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The conference sessions are designed to inform and inspire you so that your work with I/DD realizes its true potential.

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You'll have plenty of opportunity to make and strengthen professional connections, including a cocktail meet-and-greet.

The Lodge & Spa at Callaway Gardens

Enjoy modern guest rooms in a peaceful woodland setting in Pine Mountain, GA


Unwind in one of 150 modern guest rooms and suites featuring balconies with lovely lake, woodland, and garden views. Feel right at home with airy, upscale furnishings, as well as first-class service and amenities. After a stroll in the Gardens, relax on your ultra-comfortable bed in the AAA Four Diamond award winning accommodations. Or experience a luxurious treatment onsite at The Spa at Callaway.

Tucked away in the courtyard, you’ll find a swimming pool with a cabana-style bar, a hot tub, and peaceful sitting areas for relaxing with friends and family. Just beyond, Robin Lake Beach offers the perfect spot for a day in the sand, a nighttime stroll, or a morning jog, with the sounds of nature surrounding you. As an overnight guest, you’ll also enjoy free daily admission to the Gardens throughout your stay.

Click the orange Hotel Registration button above or below this section to reserve your guest room!

Getting There

Callaway Resort & Gardens is located in Pine Mountain, Georgia, 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and 30 minutes north of Columbus.

We suggest using Google Maps to reach the Lodge & Spa at 4500 Southern Pine Dr, Pine Mountain, GA 31822. To reach the Lodge & Spa, in Pine Mountain turn left at the large Callaway Gardens sign, take next left at stop sign onto Southern Pine Dr., travel through one stop sign, and take the next left at Lodge & Spa sign and proceed to valet.

Callaway Resort & Gardens is spread out across 2,500 beautiful acres, and for first-time guests it can sometimes be confusing to know exactly where to go. If your GPS device isn’t cooperating or if you would like to speak to someone, please don’t hesitate to call: 844-512-3826

Local Area

Callaway Resort & Gardens is a truly unique destination that families, couples, and friends have enjoyed together for decades. It all started in 1952 with a family and their desire to share their special retreat with the public. It was just too beautiful for only one family to enjoy.

The Callaways, their generous spirit, and their love of nature have come together in this spectacular 2,500-acre attraction, which keeps visitors coming back year after year.