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Team Member Spotlight: Ben Streitz

Team Member Spotlight: Ben Streitz

Ben Streitz has a passion for assisting people achieve their employment goals. As an employment consultant at Rise, Ben gets to tap into that passion every single day. Ben’s job calls for him to create, nurture, and manage relationships with business owners and hiring managers in his community. He then

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Bev Wolters thrives on the variety of volunteering projects

Bev Wolters thrives on the variety of volunteering projects

“I think variety is the spice of life for volunteering,” said Bev Wolters. “I really enjoy doing so many different kinds of things with different people and at different locations.”
Bev discovered a list of volunteer opportunities with Rise online in October 2016 and met with Volunteer Coordinator Zoe Leonard-Monrad

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Mary Anderson culminates 40-plus career

Mary Anderson culminates 40-plus career

For the past 40-plus years, Mary Anderson has devoted her professional career supporting people with disabilities. In her many different positions in Minnesota organizations, she has developed exemplary program services, advocated for systems change, served on local and statewide organizational boards and committees, and mentored many men and women.
In

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Team Member Spotlight: Kevin Gagner

Team Member Spotlight: Kevin Gagner

We’d Like You to Meet Kevin Gagner!
Kevin Gagner is a lifelong learner, which makes him an awesome application administrator at Rise. Kevin’s job requires him to carry out a great number of tasks covering a broad range of subject areas, so there are always new things for him to

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Team Member Spotlight: Juleen Lee

Team Member Spotlight: Juleen Lee

Juleen aims to always go above and beyond in her role as a direct support professional (DSP) / case manager at Rise, and it shows. Her commitment to her exceptional work ethic reveals itself time and time again through the steady stream of compliments she receives and through the success

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Team Member Spotlight: Sarah Gustafson

Team Member Spotlight: Sarah Gustafson

When there is passion in what you do, you can do anything. Sarah Gustafson is an employment consultant with Rise and proves this every day. She demonstrates her passion in her work by assisting people with intellectual and development disabilities achieve their goals through her special brand of warmth and

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New Rise Board members bring expertise, enthusiasm

New Rise Board members bring expertise, enthusiasm

Rise is pleased to welcome three new community volunteers to its Board of Directors to serve three-year terms.
Patrick (Pat) Deeg of Deephaven said he was interested in serving Rise “because of the wide range of services and programs it offers people with disabilities or other life challenges. With such

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Volunteer Kay Rosenthal assists people explore their creative sides

Volunteer Kay Rosenthal assists people explore their creative sides

It all started with a “guest” presentation that she made with her friend and veteran Rise volunteer, Mary Jellison, to a group served in Rise’s Adult Day Program (ADP) back in April 2017. Kay Rosenthal demonstrated spinning natural fibers on her spinning wheel and they were an enthusiastic audience. Just

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Melinda Dannley retires from 40-year career

Melinda Dannley retires from 40-year career

Culminating 40-plus years of working with people who have disabilities, Melinda Dannley retires from Rise on June 1, as the director of Rise’s Community Integration and Life Enrichment programs.
“I’ve had a wonderful career,” Melinda said. “I have enjoyed building relationships with the people we serve, their families and supporters,

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