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Jessica Cermak, Managing Director of Mental Health
Get to know our Leadership Team
Director of Community Living
Larissa has been a part of Reach for Resources since July 2009. She started as a Community Living Specialist after earning her master’s degree in ethnic studies from Minnesota State University-Mankato. While in college, she developed a passion working with those with disabilities while volunteering for Special Olympics. Through her time at Reach for Resources, she has become the director of the Community Living Department, where she oversees our In-Home Services and Employment Support Services. Larissa is involved in the Association of Residential Resources in Minnesota’s Service Innovation Committee, is on the Association of People Supporting Employment Board of Directors, and has been ACRE Certified in Employment Services for People with Disabilities.
Kate has been with Reach since August 2014. Prior to coming to Reach, she was the Executive Director at Rein in Sarcoma. Kate also worked for Hammer for 22 years, another provider that supports individuals with disabilities. The most recent position held by Kate at Hammer was the Director of Advocacy & Volunteer Resources, which allowed her to lead advocacy, recreation, and volunteer programs.
In 2018, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits honored Kate with its Transformational Leader Award, after she was secretly nominated by a group of Reach staff members.
Kate obtained her MBA from Bethel University in 2014and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota.
Managing Director of Mental Health
Jessica started at Reach in 2008. She has experience working with adults with disabilities and mental illness. Jessica directs the Adult Rehabilitation Mental Health Services (ARMHS) program as the ARMHS Treatment Director and is also the Assistant Director of Mental Health Services, providing program management and support to our other programs
Assistant Director of Community Living
Cassie joined Reach in September 2012 as a Community Living Specialist. In early 2014, she accepted the role of Designated Coordinator, and in early 2020, was promoted to the Assistant Director of Community Living position, which she holds today. Cassie graduated from Metropolitan State University in 2014 with a degree in human services.
She lives in Spring Park with her husband, son, two dogs, and a cat. Cassie enjoys being outdoors—walking, camping, and boating as Minnesota weather permits. On relaxing days, she likes to catch up on her favorite TV shows, read, and cook.
Since October 2015, Roseann has served as the office manager for Reach. She grew up in Waverly, MN, with 12 siblings. Roseann chose to pursue a career in finance, because she enjoys working with numbers. She went to Rasmussen Business College after graduating from Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School. Before coming to Reach, she had over 15 years of experience in the finance field, and appreciates the variety involved in her current position at Reach.
Roseann is married and has two boys. They enjoy going to antique tractor shows, and the boys partake in the tractor pulls. Some of her hobbies include gardening, putting together puzzles, and working on sewing projects.
Director of Adaptive Recreation & Inclusion
Emily has been working with Reach since October 2015. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Professional Psychology with her Master of Arts degree in counseling and is currently pursuing her license in therapeutic recreation. Emily has been supporting individuals with disabilities since 2006 in various capacities, including as the Community Life Coordinator at Hammer Residences, where she planned and facilitated recreation and wellness activities for all individuals and staff. Before coming to Reach, she also practiced family therapy and play therapy with St. David’s Center’s Autism Day Treatment Program.
Emily has a passion for recreation and outdoor adventure and spends her free time planning and participating in fun activities with her family and friends. She loves being outside, traveling, running, playing games, and eating good food.
Jason has enjoyed his time at Reach since starting in March 2016. As the Development Officer, he looks forward to seeing everyone at our events, and he loves promoting Reach to others in the community. At the office, his door is always open (but the room will probably be full of donated stuff and maybe an odd animal or two).
Jason currently lives in Big Lake, is married, and has a step-daughter. They have a cat, two dogs, and three fish tanks with Glo Fish and Angel Fish. He has been a mentor to a fine young man for nearly a decade. Jason enjoys the outdoors and loves hunting, fishing, baseball, and golf. One of his favorite activities is taking the kids out on the boat and doing some tubing and water-skiing.