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By exploring four perspectives from members of the Minnesota Hoarding Task Force, attendees will learn about the public health and environmental implications to hoarding, how one professional organizer assists clients with managing their hoard, and the experience of a family member of someone who hoards. The panelists believe in a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach that satisfies housing codes for safety of individuals and the public while maintaining a respectful relationship with the resident. Drawing on expertise from several disciplines and agencies makes navigating the complexity of hoarding situations more manageable, and partnering with the resident reduces trauma related to imposed clean-outs and often encourages code compliance.

Joe Jurusik, Hennepin County

Mr. Jurusik earned his Bachelor of Art Degree in Natural Sciences, and is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Sanitarian.  As an Environmentalist, Joseph has 24 years of experience in the programs of food, pool, lodging inspections, beach water sampling, lead risk assessment, radon education, restaurant plan review and public health nuisance investigations.   Mr. Jurusik is now a Supervisor and is currently licensed as a Lead Risk Assessor as well as Radon Measurement and Mitigation Specialist, Certified Pool Operator, and EPA Healthy Homes Specialist.

Brittani Schmidt, Scott County

Brittani Schmidt is a Public Health Nurse for Scott County, with a Master of Public Health-Epidemiology degree and a Master of Nursing degree. She gained most of her experience with hoarding while working for City of Minneapolis, where she researched best practices and implemented a new approach for housing inspectors. Though her current job duties mainly involve family home visiting with new moms and their babies, she continues to work toward sustainable and effective approaches for individuals who hoard in Scott County.

Louise Kurzeka, Everything’s Together

For 25 years Louise Kurzeka has been working with people to improve their productivity, use of space and quality of life as a professional organizer. Louise holds a BES degree from St. Cloud State University and has done graduate study at St Mary’s University of Minnesota. She is a Golden Circle member of the National Assn of Professional Organizers and the current Chapter President of NAPO-Minnesota. Louise holds CD and ADD Specialist designations from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization and was their first Teleclass Director.

Dale Fine, iHeartMEDIA

Dale Fine is a Western Great Lakes Region Account Executive for iHeartMEDIA in Minneapolis working with clients who market products and services using iHeartMEDIA assets. He received his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees at St Cloud State University in Mass Communications and Speech Communications. Dale found it important to learn as much as possible about hoarding and the issues surrounding this subject as he has a family member living in a difficult and challenging situation. Return to Conference Schedule