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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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Paul Herfindahl, Activity Specialist, June 2018

Paul Herfindahl, Activity Specialist, June 2018

Paul Herfindahl is an activity specialist with Rise’s Adult Day Program at the Northtown YMCA in Coon Rapids. Word from the team at the Y is that Paul is an overall outstanding co-worker. Nominators say that Paul, who started at Rise in 1994, is dedicated to those whom he supports.

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Amanda Kendall, Employment Consultant, May 2018

Amanda Kendall, Employment Consultant, May 2018

Rise co-workers who nominated Amanda say she always goes above and beyond her job as an employment consultant with Rise Lindstrom. Amanda, who joined Rise in January 2017, is noted for keeping communication positive, going the distance for the people we serve, and gladly assisting her team mates.
“I truly

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Juleen Lee, Direct Support Professional Sub, April 2018

Juleen Lee, Direct Support Professional Sub, April 2018

Juleen Lee, a DSP sub/float at Rise Coon Rapids, was nominated by several Rise co-workers who consistently noted that Juleen is hard-working, has a positive attitude, and can handle any and all work responsibilities as she covers for other Rise DSPs at DTH community work sites. People we serve enjoy

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Kevin Gagner, IT Application Administrator, March 2018

Kevin Gagner, IT Application Administrator, March 2018

IT Application Adminstrator Kevin Gagner’s nominators noted that in his work with Care Director, Kevin is a problem-solver and responds to his co-workers’ concerns and needs with professional patience, expertise, and speed!
Originally referred to Rise by Noel McCormick in January 2016, Kevin says that he likes being a part

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