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Team Member Spotlight on Roz Miller

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

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Team Member Spotlight: Sean Hamilton

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

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Team Member Spotlight: Shannon Widstrom

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

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Team Member Spotlight: Dan Lindstrom

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

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Team Member Spotlight: Sarah Kohl-Leaf

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

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Team Member Spotlight: Kris Oberg

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.

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Team Member Spotlight: Vince Mans

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

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Team Member Spotlight: Michelle Thompson

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

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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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Team Member Spotlight: LoWu Xiang

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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