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Becca Benke-Hinckley, Occupational Communication Specialist, March 2020

Becca Benke-Hinckley, Occupational Communication Specialist, March 2020

Becca Benke-Hinckley is an occupational communication specialist (OCS) with Rise’s MEC program in Moorhead and works with people who are Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing. Her nominator says she has “consistently shown flexibility and creativity in her work. She is highly adaptable to changing situations and resourceful in finding

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Katie Chambers, Case Manager, March 2020

Katie Chambers, Case Manager, March 2020

Case Manager Katie Chambers is “a consummate professional and makes every effort to ensure that people served at Rise Coon Rapids and their teams feel heard and respected.
Katie is always willing to help with any needs that arise. She is a team player and a wonderful co-worker.”
Katie has

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Jennifer Niepoth, Employment Consultant, February 2020

Jennifer Niepoth, Employment Consultant, February 2020

With a background in corporate career coaching and development, Jennifer Niepoth has a knack for assisting others with navigating and advancing their careers. Working as an employment consultant at Rise since April 2018, she supports 20 people with disabilities achieve their career goals.
Her Rise team members appreciate her upbeat

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Laura Burke, Employment Consultant, February 2020

Laura Burke, Employment Consultant, February 2020

Laura Burke’s co-workers say that “she doesn’t just help people find jobs, but long-term success!”
It was also noted that, “Laura is inspiring to work alongside! She is talented, compassionate, and effective. Laura seamlessly integrates Person Centered Thinking and motivational interviewing techniques into her work, to the benefit of her

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Darla Olson, Direct Support Professional, January 2020

Darla Olson, Direct Support Professional, January 2020

Darla Olson was recognized by her co-workers for being flexible and willing to go beyond her job responsibilities to ensure people are served well.
“With Darla’s great mindset, she is clever with coming up with ideas on how to build production fixtures so that people can do a job in

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Tina String, Employment Consultant, December 2019

Tina String, Employment Consultant, December 2019

Employment Consultant Tina Stringer is a valued member of the Rise Lindstrom team. Her co-workers say she is an innovative and creative problem-solver as well as a tireless, trusted advocate for the people they serve.
Tina has assisted several people find and keep suitable employment in the ten months she

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Jennifer Wiza, Employment Consultant, November 2019

Jennifer Wiza, Employment Consultant, November 2019

Considered an integral member and true asset of the team, her co-workers say Employment Consultant Jen Wiza has “brought new energy” to the Hennepin Health grant that she works on. She consistently goes above and beyond to support the people on her caseload to meet their needs. Their team outcomes

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Jennifer Sawyer, Occupation Communication Specialist, October 2019

Jennifer Sawyer, Occupation Communication Specialist, October 2019

As an occupational communication specialist with the DTH Sensory Support team at Rise Spring Lake Park, Jennifer is noted by her colleagues for giving everyone her 100 percent undivided attention and making things happen.
Jennifer came to work at Rise in May 2018. For the past few months, she has

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Samantha Marks, Development Manager, August 2019

Samantha Marks, Development Manager, August 2019

Development Manager Samantha Marks is “the perfect combination of hard-working and innovative,” says Noel McCormick, vice president of Advancement. “She’ll always get the job done and she’ll come up with new and creative ideas along the way. Samantha absolutely embodies Rise’s standards of excellence. She is not afraid to learn

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Linda Villagomez, Lead DSP, July 2019

Linda Villagomez, Lead DSP, July 2019

Team members from Rise Coon Rapids agree – their location is a “better place with Linda Villagomez on the team!” Noted for going above and beyond her job description, Linda has the “steady hand in overseeing the Coon Rapids work floor that makes everyone’s job much easier.”
To ensure Rise workers

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