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 as the Executive Director. Prior to coming to Reach, she was the Executive Director at Rein in Sarcoma, an organization that supports individuals with sarcoma cancer by raising awareness, providing education, and raising funds. 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 2018 Transformational Leader Award, after she was secretly nominated by a group of Reach staff members, with input from the Board of Directors chairperson.
Kate obtained her MBA from Bethel University in 2014 and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota. Kate lives in Buffalo, MN, with her family and enjoys gardening, reading, watching movies, traveling, swimming, and hanging out with family and friends.
Assistant Director of Waiver Case Management
Kinsey started at Reach as a Waiver Case Manager in 2017. She has since held the role of Team Lead and currently is the Assistant Director of Waiver Case Management. Prior to coming to Reach she received her bachelors of science in psychology from Freed-Hardeman University in Tennessee and worked as a targeted case manager in relocation services for several years. Kinsey has a passion for supporting others—both the individuals she works with and other members of her team. She enjoys summer, the desert, running, and anything outdoors.
Assistant Director of Mental Health Services & ARMHS Treatment Director
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 Adaptive Recreation & Inclusion
Jesse began at Reach in July 2016. She graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato, studying recreation parks and leisure services with an emphasis in therapeutic, resources management and leisure planning and management. Jesse spent four summers at Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt, WI, working with children and adults with disabilities. She also did an internship with the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Colorado. Jesse is a registered therapeutic recreational specialist and worked in both our Independent Living Department and Adaptive Recreation & Inclusion Department before accepting this current role in 2019.
Jesse spends as much time as possible with her family in Wisconsin. She also enjoys traveling, being outdoors, snowboarding, skiing, camping, and participating in any sports.
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, 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.
Director of Mental Health Services
Lisa is the Director of the Mental Health Department. As the supervisor of the Mental Health Department, Lisa oversees the Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Management Program, the Family and Parenting Development Program, the ARMHS program, and the counseling program. She enjoys providing clinical supervision and support to department employees.
Director of Waiver Case Management
Chelsea has worked at Reach for Resources since August, 2017, after completing her master’s degree in social work. Chelsea also has a bachelor’s degree in social work, and is currently licensed as a licensed graduate social worker, working towards being a licensed independent clinical social worker.
Chelsea has worked in many different environments, primarily supporting individuals with mental health diagnoses and/or intellectual disability diagnoses. The main job duties as a supervisor of DD Waiver Case Management at Reach—and Chelsea’s passion and skill set—involve being person-centered, person-driven, solution-oriented, and strengths-based in all language, actions, and support plans.
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.
Community Living Staff
Larissa Beck, Director of Community Living
Cassie Keller, Assistant Director of Community Living
Laura Balakrishnan, Housing Support Coordinator
Hailey Haen, Department Lead, Community Living Specialist
Marcus Skallman, Department Lead, Employment Specialist
Alex Varner, Department Lead, Community Living Specialist
Jennifer Bigelow, Community Living Specialist
Naomi Christian, Employment Specialist
Katelyn Castle, Community Living Specialist
Miles Davis, Community Living Specialist
Sagal Elmi, Employment Specialist
Carolyn Fenne, Employment Specialist
Grace Hamilton, Community Living Specialist
Kris Hamilton, Community Living Specialist
Erin Konkel, Community Living Specialist
Kyle Luu, Personal Support Staff
Hanh McCormack, Personal Support Staff
Nick McKissack, Community Living Specialist
Aly Noel, Community Living Specialist
Margaret Nyoike, Community Living Specialist
Taylor Perrine, Community Living Specialist
Jared Poe, Community Living Specialist
Kaiti Reid, Community Living Specialist
Judy Sadoff, Personal Support Staff
Jake Sinnwell, Employment Specialist
Liz Skweres, Community Living Specialist
LaKeysha Stewart, Employment Specialist
Thuy Tran, Community Living Specialist
Lennecia Wilson, Community Living Specialist
Waiver Case Management Staff
Chelsea Sherman, Director of Waiver Case Management
Kinsey Brown, Assistant Director of Case Manager
Sarah Martin, Lead Case Manager
Ikran Yasin, Lead Case Manager
Maria Bernu, Case Manager
Hodan Dualle, Case Manager
Yasmine Hund, Case Manager
Kyle Hurt, Case Manager
David Schwartz, Case Manager
Mental Health Staff
Lisa Rivers, MA, LP, Director of Mental Health Services
Jessica Cermak, Assistant Director of Mental Health
Megan Dix, Parenting Skills Educator
Lindsay Frank, ARMHS Mental Health Practitioner
April Harshman, Children’s Mental Health Case Manager
Lisa Nemitz, Parenting Skills Educator
Krista Pinewski, Children’s Mental Health Case Manager
Kelsey Price, Parenting Skills Educator
Angela Schroetter, Mental Health Practitioner
Kendra Simon, Parenting Skills Educator
Adaptive Recreation & Inclusion Staff
Emily Orr, Director of Adaptive Recreation & Inclusion
Jesse Hartrick, Assistant Director of Adaptive Recreation & Inclusion
Kaiti Reid, Adaptive Recreation & Inclusion Program Assistant
Lisa Boss, Adaptive Recreation Specialist
Tori Carter, Adaptive Recreation Specialist
Katelyn Castle, Adaptive Recreation Specialist
Julia Christianson, Adaptive Recreation Specialist
Maddie Devich, Adaptive Recreation Specialist
Morgan Fischer, Adaptive Recreation Specialist
Hailey Haen, Adaptive Recreation Specialist
Claire Hanrahan, Adaptive Recreation Specialist
Laura Harter, Adaptive Recreation Specialist
Brittany Jarzemski, Adaptive Recreation Specialist
Ella Kile, Adaptive Recreation Specialist
Angela Kowalski, Adaptive Recreation Specialist
Karen Krussow, Adaptive Recreation Specialist
Peggy Martin, Adaptive Recreation Specialist
Sarah McGoldrick, Adaptive Recreation Specialist
Morgan McKindles, Adaptive Recreation Specialist
Abby McLain, Adaptive Recreation Specialist
Conner Sager, Adaptive Recreation Specialist
Liz Skweres, Adaptive Recreation Specialist
Vince St. Martin, Adaptive Recreation Specialist
Amber Trapp, Adaptive Recreation Specialist
Michel Tume, Adaptive Recreation Specialist
Annie Washburn, Adaptive Recreation Specialist
Emily Wright, Adaptive Recreation Specialist