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Lindsay Estes, Case Manager at Rise Coon Rapids, December 2020

Lindsay Estes, Case Manager at Rise Coon Rapids, December 2020

After having first worked in group homes for five years, Lindsay Estes started at Rise in September 2018 as a float DSP and was promoted to case manager six months later.
During these tumultuous times of the pandemic, Lindsay’s co-workers and those served at Rise Coon Rapids have especially appreciated

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Polly Young, Production Project Supervisor, December 2020

Polly Young, Production Project Supervisor, December 2020

Polly Young has worked at Rise for 17 years and in that time has provided her co—workers and Rise business associates with stellar customer service.
Her co-workers say that “Polly goes the extra mile for customers;, she is extremely organized, often putting together charts and spreadsheets that are invaluable. Polly

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CBTE Support Specialist Amanda Biorn, November 2020

CBTE Support Specialist Amanda Biorn, November 2020

Amanda assists her CBTE co-workers in many ways, including filing, scheduling WIOA meetings for people served, and helping provide remote services for people currently being served at home.
Amanda excels with organizational skills and is thorough and efficient, making certain all required paperwork and documentation are in people’s files so

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Employment Consultant Kimberly Wolf, October 2020

Employment Consultant Kimberly Wolf, October 2020

Since Kimberly started with Rise as an employment consultant with SES-Hennepin just over a year ago, she has always gone out of her way to learn and engage with not only her people served, but also her coworkers.
She took the initiative to set up a monthly Motivational Interviewing (MI)

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Employment Consultant Lisa Carlson, September 2020

Employment Consultant Lisa Carlson, September 2020

Having worked with people who have disabilities in schools and group homes since she was a junior in high school, Employment Consultant Lisa Carlson came to Rise in 2014, and is an integral part of the Anoka County mental health employment team, ‘The A Team, as members refer to it!

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Dino Sassan, Employment Consultant, July 2020

Dino Sassan, Employment Consultant, July 2020

Dino Sassan spent 25 years in the corporate and consulting world in the human resources field before coming to work as a DSP at Rise Coon Rapids, and now working as an employment consultant working with people who have mental health issues for the past year.
He says, “I was

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Michelle Thompson, Placement Specialist, August 2020

Michelle Thompson, Placement Specialist, August 2020

Placement Specialist Michelle Thompson has worked at Rise Lindstrom almost five years and her co-workers say she is an outstanding team player who is detailed, dedicated, and has an AMAZING work ethic. Michelle is enthusiastic and positive and taps into a multitude of community and employment resources to network for

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Jeanine Nordine, Direct Support Professional, Rise Stillwater, June 2020

Jeanine Nordine, Direct Support Professional, Rise Stillwater, June 2020

DSP Jeanine Nordine has worked out of Rise Stillwater for the past eleven years and is known by her team mates for her dedication, will power, accountability, determination, integrity, compassion, and being person-centered driven.
Jeanine spent the COVID-19 furlough time assisting Industrial Services at Rise Spring Lake Park. When Rise

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Nathan Rouse, Employment Consultant, April 2020

Nathan Rouse, Employment Consultant, April 2020

Employment Consultant Nathan Rouse works with people who have multiple barriers to employment and who have little success in the past, getting them excited to restart their job search. Nathan brings his energy and spirit to all aspects of his position and treats everyone with the kindness and respect they

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Becca Hinckley, Occupational Communication Specialist, March 2020

Becca Hinckley, Occupational Communication Specialist, March 2020

Becca Hinckley is an occupational communication specialist (OCS) with Rise’s MEC program in Moorhead and works with people who are Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing. Her nominator says she has “consistently shown flexibility and creativity in her work. She is highly adaptable to changing situations and resourceful in finding

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