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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Rise Team Member Spotlight: Amanda LaPlante

As a mental health practitioner and housing support specialist with Rise, Amanda LaPlante works in the ARMHS (Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services) and Rapid Rehousing programs to assist people with their housing challenges. Through her support, people can get back to living a functional life, find stable housing, and become

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Rise Team Member Spotlight: Patty Thurk

For Patty Thurk, preparation is everything.
As an employment consultant at Rise New Richmond, Patty’s primary goal is to find employment opportunities for people. Accomplishing that goal calls for Patty to take on a wide variety of tasks—ranging from employment coaching to networking with local business leaders to find new

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Rise Team Member Spotlight: Jebb Anderson

Jebb Anderson’s official title at Rise is an employment specialist, but the vast scope of his role makes it challenging to summarize all that he does in a single job title. Jebb has many skills in his tool belt and plenty of passion for the Rise mission, which allows him

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Rise Team Member Spotlight: Habie Jalloh

As a direct support professional at Rise’s Adult Day Program in Fridley, Habie Jalloh arrives to work each and every day with a wide smile on her face with the goal of always going the extra mile. Talk to anyone that interreacts with Habie at Rise, and you hear the

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Team Member Spotlight: Antiwnette Holliday

Currently the program supervisor at Rise’s Coon Rapids site, Antiwnette Holliday is proof that great things come to people who work hard and bring passion to their work.
Antiwnette joined the Rise organization five years ago as a temp, and her talent and potential were quickly recognized and rewarded with

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Rise Team Member Spotlight: Paul Kuhlmann

Paul Kuhlman is a housing support specialist with Rise’s Employment Innovations and Rapid Rehousing programs serving people in Central Minnesota. In this role, Paul serves as a vital advocate for people who have mental health issues by assisting them find affordable housing. He then helps them make a smooth transition

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Rise Team Member Spotlight: Santos Flores

Santos Flores brings a tremendous amount of professionalism, positivity, and passion to his work with him each and every day at the Rise Spring Lake Park production facility where he works as a warehouse supervisor. When you talk to Santos, it’s easy to be impressed by his infectious positive attitude

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Rise Team Member Spotlight: Amanda Jarnagin

When you cross Amanda Jarnagin’s path, expect to be greeted with an enormous smile that matches her heart. She loves to start her day with a good laugh before rolling up her sleeves to begin her work.
Amanda is a direct support professional in a program that works with Deaf

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Rise Team Member Spotlight: Dave Kassing

Hoping to find a meaningful way to fill up his wide-open schedule after he retired, Dave Kassing decided to take a friend’s advice and check out a part-time van driver position at Rise. A driver himself, Dave’s friend knew Rise was looking for reliable substitute drivers to take people to

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Rise Team Member Spotlight: Sue Featherly

Albert Einstein once said, “Only a life lived in the service of others is worth living.” By that notion, Sue Featherly lives a very special life, as she spends a tremendous amount of time improving the lives of others.
As a follow-up specialist at Rise, Sue provides long-term support to

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Rise Team Member Spotlight: Maurice Linston

Passion is a driving force in Maurice Linston’s life. From his family upbringing, playing football, and serving in the U.S. Army Reserve, he learned to channel his passions into his daily. As a direct support professional at Rise, Maurice carries out his enthusiastic outlook on life into his important work

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Rise Team Member Spotlight: Milcart Robert-Clerge

Have you ever met one of those people who seem to radiate light throughout a room? No matter how many people are there, when that person enters, each pair of eyes draws toward that person and everyone immediately has a calming sense of joy. Milcart Robert-Clerge is one of those

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