Team Member Spotlight on Roz Miller
Known to most as “Roz,” Rosalind Miller has been a dedicated direct support professional (DSP) at Rise for more than 17 years.
“There is no other field that I’d rather work in,” says Roz. “It’s an honor to work with this community of people.”
Roz first worked as a direct
Team Member Spotlight: Sean Hamilton
Sean Hamilton has had a heart for supporting people with disabilities most of his life.
Inspired by his parents, who have been direct support professionals (DSP) for more than 20 years, Sean began working as a DSP in a residential setting in 2011 and accepted a DSP job with Rise
Team Member Spotlight: Shannon Widstrom
When Shannon Widstrom thinks of values that have shaped her career, authenticity is the first to come to mind. She strives to bring her true self to all aspects of her work and life and wants others to feel comfortable doing the same. Building relationships and a career around this
Team Member Spotlight: Dan Lindstrom
Dan Lindstrom began working for Rise in 1991 in what he thought would be a temporary opportunity while he was in between jobs. Twenty-eight years later, he is still supporting adults with disabilities as a direct support professional at Rise Cottage Grove. That’s a long “temp” job!
“It’s rewarding working
Team Member Spotlight: Sarah Kohl-Leaf
After working in the disability services field for a collective 18 years, Sarah Kohl-Leaf is still as passionate as ever to support people as they accomplish their life goals.
Sarah began her career working part-time in a residential home and later worked for ESR, Inc. (now Rise) as a direct
Team Member Spotlight: Kris Oberg
With an innate ability to meet people where they are and have fun along the way, Kris Oberg has been building a career supporting people at Rise for the past 25 years. He has progressed through his career, transitioning from one position to another, each with added skills and responsibilities.
Team Member Spotlight: Vince Mans
Always a people person, Vince Mans finds joy supporting team members as well as adults with disabilities in his administrative specialist role. A 20-year veteran, he began working for Rise in 1999 and has been at the Northeast Minneapolis location the entire time.
Before moving into his current job two-and-a-half
Team Member Spotlight: Michelle Thompson
An energetic and active person, Michelle Thompson assists an average of 20 people who have mental health and cognitive barriers to obtain and maintain competitive employment.
In her role as an employment consultant at the Rise Lindstrom location, Michelle uses a strengths-based approach to support people in finding a
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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