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LoWu Xiang, MFIP Case Manager, June 2019

LoWu Xiang, MFIP Case Manager, June 2019

The team at Rise’s South Minneapolis office appreciates the fine work, dependability, and professionalism that Case Manager LoWu Xiang brings to the table each and every day. Serving people receiving MFIP can be challenging because of the diversity of cultures of people served, the multitude of government relations, and the

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Savannah Kirby, Direct Support Professional, May 2019

Savannah Kirby, Direct Support Professional, May 2019

Savannah Kirby has been a direct support professional at Rise Stillwater for about eleven months. Marketing Representative Nancy Hoff notes that Savannah helped Rise get a new community work site at Pentair off the ground.
“Savannah stepped up to the plate and pulled a great team together. Savannah and her

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De Smith, Direct Support Professional, April 2019

De Smith, Direct Support Professional, April 2019

Delinda (De) Smith has been a DSP with Rise for five years, her first four years at Rise Coon Rapids before moving to Spring Lake Park working with people who have brain injuries.
De’s team members say that she is always positive and kind. De manages the work flow and

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Don Grans, Maintenance Specialist, March 2019

Don Grans, Maintenance Specialist, March 2019

Don has worked at Rise Spring Lake Park for a little more than six months on the maintenance team out of Rise Spring Lake Park and has already made a positive impact on so many people, both team members and the people we serve.
Always smiling and willing to help

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Casey Strack, Quality Assurance Specialist, February 2019

Casey Strack, Quality Assurance Specialist, February 2019

Casey Strack, who subsequently was Rise’s 2019 Champion of the Year, started working for Rise as a direct support professional at Rise Coon Rapids in April 2012 and was promoted to program supervisor before moving over to Rise Spring Lake Park to take on a new position as Quality Assurance

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Kelly Baufield, Case Manager, January 2019

Kelly Baufield, Case Manager, January 2019

Kelly first came to Rise in August 2017 as a case aide and was recently promoted to case manager at Rise Coon Rapids. Her team members describe her as a great advocate for people served, helping to ensure they are all working to their highest potential.
A real go-getter, Kelly

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Laura Chambers, Accounts Payable Specialist, December 2018

Laura Chambers, Accounts Payable Specialist, December 2018

Laura Chambers has worked for Rise for three years and CFO Tom Haglund says that in that time, “Laura has scrutinized expenses and saved the organization thousands of dollars by securing better deals.  She also keeps the bills and payments organized and maintains excellent vendor relationships.  Laura is professional and

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Ashley Klingbeil, Employment Consultant, October 2018

Ashley Klingbeil, Employment Consultant, October 2018

Employment Consultant Ashley Klingbeil says she is “humbled and grateful” to be recognized by her co-workers. She is the first person from our ESR team mates to receive this award. Ashley has been working in the human services field for ten years, including positions serving senior citizens, children, and now

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Antiwnette Holliday, Program Supervisor, August 2018

Antiwnette Holliday, Program Supervisor, August 2018

Fellow team mates at Rise Coon Rapids had many great things to say about Antiwnette Holliday, who was newly promoted to program supervisor at Rise Coon Rapids. They appreciate many things about her, including that after a thorough analysis, Antiwnette revamped the clerical team which helped people be more confident

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Sue Featherly, DTH Follow-Up Specialist, July 2018

Sue Featherly, DTH Follow-Up Specialist, July 2018

Sue Featherly’s team mates were verbose in their respect and admiration for her as she nears her 30th anniversary at Rise. Two of her nominators said: “Sue treats the people she serves with respect, kindness, and
understanding of each individuals special and unique needs. She improves their lives by finding

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