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Team Member Spotlight: Janine O’Connell

Team Member Spotlight: Janine O’Connell

After 25 years of working at Rise Anoka, Janine O’Connell has honed an impressive depth of skills. In fact, one might say that the direct support professional (DSP) lead has mastered the art of adaptability; a useful talent for someone who often serves in a float capacity. Janine’s primary responsibilities

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Rise Team Member Spotlight: LoWu Xiang

Rise Team Member Spotlight: LoWu Xiang

With a passion for assisting people to become self-sufficient, LoWu Xiang is an MFIP case manager at Rise’s South Minneapolis location. For more than three years, LoWu has supported people, primarily refugees and immigrants new to this country, with their employment goals through orientation, career planning, job search, identifying other

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Rise Team Member Spotlight: Christel Pederson

Rise Team Member Spotlight: Christel Pederson

Christel Pederson has had a strong desire to serve people and her community since childhood. In her role as a vocational evaluator at Rise, Christel does both as she assists individuals determine what kind of career path they might successfully take.
With a degree in community social services, this Minnesota

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Rise Team Member Spotlight: Katie Whiteford

Rise Team Member Spotlight: Katie Whiteford

Dedicated, calm and caring are a few words that describe Rise Direct Support  Professional Katie Whiteford — traits that the 18-year veteran has regularly applied to support an average of four to five people in the Data Ability program. Katie has had the unique privilege of working with the same

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Rise Team Member Spotlight: John Watters

Rise Team Member Spotlight: John Watters

With an intuitive knack for understanding others, John Watters has built his 19-year career with Rise around seeing people for who they really are. As a program supervisor at Rise New Richmond, John leads a team of thirteen people, including nine direct support professionals and four drivers. 
John’s primary responsibilities

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Rise Team Member Spotlight: Tim Lynch

Rise Team Member Spotlight: Tim Lynch

At Rise, one of the crucial parts of our day-to-day functions is transporting more than 1,000 people from home to their work locations safely and without fail. For more than ten years, Tim Lynch has been on our team of professional drivers who collectively drive more than 2.5 million miles

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Rise Team Member Spotlight: Tate Wegleitner

Rise Team Member Spotlight: Tate Wegleitner

At Rise, employment consultants have a big job. They work to familiarize themselves with people’s skills and connect them with employers so they can thrive in meaningful work. Tate Wegleitner is one of those consultants, acting as both a recruiter and as a resource for people with questions about the

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Rise Team Member Spotlight: Lorrie Castillo

Rise Team Member Spotlight: Lorrie Castillo

Supporting others is at the very heart of who Lorrie Castillo is — and that’s why she loves her work as a direct support professional (DSP) at Rise. In this position, Lorrie works to help ensure that people served at Rise Cottage Grove have the services they need to achieve

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Rise Team Member Spotlight: Becca Benke

Rise Team Member Spotlight: Becca Benke

As the lone Rise team member working in the Moorhead area, Becca Benke has her hands full. She works with Rise’s Minnesota Employment Center (MEC) as an occupational communication specialist to support people who are Deaf, Deafblind, and hard of hearing overcome employment barriers. Additionally, she provides job coaching and

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Rise Team Member Spotlight: Ross Wangensteen

Rise Team Member Spotlight: Ross Wangensteen

When you talk to Ross Wangensteen about his job, the abundance of passion he has for his work comes across immediately. Ross is an employment consultant for Rise, serving on the community support and deployment team. His primary objective is to assist people in finding employment, though there’s a wide

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