Story #17 – Sue Featherly

Sue Featherly

You might say Sue Featherly drives success. And not just because her work takes her out of the office and into our communities. As a follow-up specialist in our Community Supported Employment program, Featherly is known for stopping by area businesses for updates on workers Rise employment teams placed as independent employees. “They are hired…

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Story #16 – John Watters

John Watters

John Watters leads the team at Rise New Richmond, where over the past 21 years he’s developed an intuitive knack for understanding the needs of our team members and the people we serve in Wisconsin. “I really enjoy working with individuals who want to have a productive day. They love being here and get satisfaction…

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Story #14 – Vince Mans

Vince Mans

Vince Mans is one of most recognized faces at Rise’s Northeast Minneapolis office. As an administrative specialist, he is often the first person visitors and people Rise serves see or speak with. “I love the variety in my work. I do a lot of different things. Every day is different,” he says. His daily work…

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Payroll Specialist Kari Plautz a September, 2021 Champion of the Month

Kari Plautz Sept 2021 Champion

Kari Plautz joined Rise as a Payroll Specialist in July of 2017. Previously, she had worked as an HR and Payroll Manager for a construction company, but wanted to look for something in a different industry where she could make a difference in someone’s life or even just brighten their day. Plautz was familiar with…

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Rise Employment Consultant Amber Barnes named Champion of the Month for September, 2021

Amber Barnes September 2021 Champion

Amber Barnes currently works as an Employment Consultant with Rise. She previously spent 12 years working in job placement services and also has experience as a service coordinator in a supported employment program and worked part time in residential, foster care, and group homes. Amber came to Rise five years ago after she was recruited…

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Rise congratulates August Champion of the Month, Lynda Meland

Lynda Meland

Lynda Meland is an administrative specialist at Rise’s Lindstrom location, a position she has held for two years. Her coworkers are grateful to work with someone as helpful and kind as Lynda. “She tackles every task that is given or asked of her. She is willing to provide a helping hand when time doesn’t allow,…

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Rosenberg named August Rise Champion of the Month

Mara Rosenberg

Since joining Rise over 3 years ago, Occupational Communication Specialist Mara Rosenberg has always been a champion for the people she serves, and anyone with a disability or barrier to success. “Mara deserves this award not only because she is a top-notch employee, but because she is also a fierce advocate. She is never afraid…

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Meet February 2021 Rise Champion of the Month, Samuel Koheneh

Samuel Koheneh named FEb. 2020 champion of the month!

Our second Champion of the Month for February 2021 was Samuel Koheneh, who has worked for Rise for two years as a production team lead. In that time, Samuel has shown incredible dedication in all the work that he does. His coworkers noted that he always shows up to work with a positive attitude. They…

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Walcheski chosen as Feb. 2021 Rise Champion of the Month!

Amy Walcheski named Feb. 2020 Champion!

Amy Walcheski has worked for Rise as a Housing Support Specialist for the last 3 years. During that time, her coworkers attest that she has always gone above and beyond to find resources for those in need. They say that she “shows an incredible amount of resourcefulness and resiliency in providing housing supports to persons…

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Coon Rapids Case Manager Danyelle Forbragd named July Rise Champion of the Month

Rise July Champion of the month

Danyelle Forbragd, a Case Manager at Rise’s Coon Rapids site, has been with Rise for 4 years. After working for years in retail, Forbragd wanted to do more and was recommended to Rise by a friend. The idea of helping others daily was attractive to her and so she decided to go for it! Her…

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Rise Case Manager Sean Hamilton named a June Champion of the Month

Rise June Champion of the Month, Sean Hamilton

Sean Hamilton has been a Case Manager with Rise since 2019. Before that, he was an employment consultant with ESR. After ESR joined Rise in a merger, Hamilton joined the team at Rise, and he plans to stay for as long as he can. “Working for Rise has allowed me to work with some of…

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Rise names Tricia Otto a June Champion of the Month

Tricia Otto, Rise June Champion of the Month

Since coming to Rise two years ago as an Employment Consultant, Tricia Otto has impressed her coworkers with her dedication and commitment to the people she serves. “Tricia always respects those around her and is a great advocate for her clients. She goes out of her way and takes the extra time to find the…

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