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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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Rise Team Member Spotlight: Christel Pederson

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

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

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

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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