Shauna Cropsey: Community Engagement Services Manager
Originally from Apple Valley, Minnesota, Shauna graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in Sociology/Anthropology. After college, she spent a year abroad teaching English to young children in South Korea. In 2011, Shauna joined CIP as a Community Support Specialist and was then promoted to the position of Assistant Manager for Day Services. Shortly after this promotion, Shauna was given the opportunity to step into the Manager role for CIP’s Day Services, a position that has been a natural fit for her! Shauna loves spending time with the people we support and greatly values all the things she has learned in her varied roles at CIP. When Shauna has some downtime, she loves singing karaoke at the local Nora-Bong, drinking coffee, and traveling, (she’s already got 47 states and 27 countries under her belt!)
Andraya Reichel: Program Manager, Supported Employment Services
Andraya came to CIP looking for an internship to finish out her undergrad. She graduated in December 2013 with a Human Services degree from Metropolitan State University. Growing up in Oakdale, Minnesota, her passion started young. For many years she volunteered through Special Olympics as a coach and unified partner for swimming, bocce, track, and bowling. Andraya joined CIP to continue helping people live their greatest lives as an Employment Consultant and was promoted to Supported Employment Manager in May 2016. Andraya’s other passion is getting outdoors and enjoying the Minnesota summers, (camping, hiking, fishing, and campfires!
Meg Lee: Program Manager, Supported Employment Services
Meg became connected to CIP by hiring a supported individual. Hired on as an Employment Consultant in June of 2014, she moved into an Assistant Manager role in 2016 and currently co-manages with Andraya as Program Manager. Meg volunteers her time regularly to the Red Cross and is a certified CPR and first aid instructor. Meg is currently a student at Metropolitan State Universtiy and will be graduating with a degree in Human Services. Meg enjoys spending time with her lovely partner along with their dogs, cat, and turtle. She is always working on art projects, gardening and is an avid runner.
Chris Yard: Assistant Manager, Community Engagement Services
Chris has a Political Science degree from the University of Minnesota Morris. After college, he has worked on local state and federal political campaigns. Additionally, he has mentored and taught young people in Minneapolis, Winona, Brooklyn Center, and Morris Minnesota. In his spare time, he is an avid reader and history enthusiast.
Christina Nason Frerichs: Administrative Coordinator, Supported Employment Services
Christina has over 10 years of experience supporting individuals in residential settings. She is passionate about person-centered thinking, something she learned at an early age from her mom, who also worked in the non-profit field. Christina was born in Alaska but grew up in Iowa, where she attended the University of Iowa. A proud member of the Cloud Appreciation Society, and something of an amateur astronomer, she enjoys marveling at the wonders of the sky. In her free time, Christina also enjoys learning new things, reading medical and political histories, and spending time with her sister and niece.
Reynold Burrowes: Administrative Assistant, Community Engagement Services
Rey is originally from the island of Barbados. He traded the sun, sand, and beaches for the snow, lakes and summer roadwork that Minnesota is famous for. He has worked for Community Involvement Programs for the past year and a half at our Administration location prior to joining the ECS team. He is a state certified EMT and looks forward to attending Nursing school. In his spare time, Rey enjoys films, museums, volunteering with the MN Literacy Council and Goodwill Easter Seals FATHER Project program.
Erik Larson: Employment Consultant
Originally from South Eastern Minnesota, Erik graduated from Winona
State University in 2012 with a Bachelors in Communication Studies.
Before becoming an Employment Consultant at CIP Erik was a Community
Support Specialist for CIP’s DTH program. In college, Erik was involved with the Winona State Theatre Department starring in multiple shows throughout his 4 years there. Erik was also involved in WSU’s
Improv Comedy Group performing weekly throughout Minnesota. In his free time, Erik enjoys cooking, hunting and fishing, and singing and playing music around the Twin Cities and throughout the state.
Molly Palm: Employment Consultant
I graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a bachelors in Community Health Education. I love working directly with people and helping in any way possible. Smiling is my favorite, in school, my nickname was Jolly Molly. In my free time, I enjoy working out, going up north, kayaking and creating new gluten and dairy free recipes. One thing I want to do in my lifetime is winning a gluten-free baking contest and become the next Marjorie Johnson.
Eric Spencer: Employment Consultant
Eric Spencer comes to CIP with a background in education having worked with Intermediate District 287 for nearly 10 years in various programs within their special education department. He also works part-time with Hammer Residences supporting individuals in one of their apartment programs to live their best lives possible. His interests include music, having grown up singing in the Metropolitan Boys Choir and touring not only domestically but also internationally; theater and animals. He enjoys staying close with family and friends. He appreciates the time to get-away for the weekends visiting his twin sister out of state, or traveling down to Wabasha to spend time relaxing on the farm of his best friend’s family.
Catie Boardman: Employment Consultant
Catie joined CIP as an Employment Consultant in her final semester at the U of M, working towards a degree in Family Social Sciences. Originally from New York City, Catie moved to St. Paul in 1992 and considers herself fluent in both Minnesota Nice and New York Brusque. Catie is passionate about biking, cooking, baking, and knitting, and enjoys sharing these talents with others whenever possible. She also enjoys opening her home to others, traveling, and Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Jordynne Rogers: Employment Consultant
I came to CIP from Hammer Residences where I worked for over a year supporting individuals in one of their apartment programs. That was my first experience in this field but it was clear from the first day that what I wanted to focus my career on helping people. I like to spend my free time with my favorite people and animals. I enjoy exploring nature and Netflix in equal measure.
Jason Willey: Employment Consultant
My Name is Jason Willey. I have been working in the Healthcare field since I was 20 yrs old, so that’s 18 yrs of experience helping others live the lives they want to live. I have a long list of experience this includes providing direct care, running an Adult Foster Care program and other aspects within this field. I have loved this type of work since day one and could not imagine doing anything else. In my free time, I love to spend time with my son, he is 9yrs old and my JOY in life. I enjoy catching up with family and friends, it’s one of my favorite pastimes. I like being active going to concerts and comedy shows, music is a big part of me so getting out to shows is a must for me. I also love to Bbq and Smoke meats. I volunteer as much as I can, it connects me to my community and those around me I wouldn’t otherwise know.
Abbey Frawley: Employment Consultant
Abbey was born and bred in Minneapolis. She graduated from Winona State University with a degree in Public Health. As much as she loved living in the quaint river town of Winona, she wanted to return to her roots in the Twin Cities. Before working with CIP Abbey has had experience working in the Minneapolis School District with elementary kids in before and afterschool programming. Outside of CIP, she enjoys traveling, hiking, doing crafts, solving puzzles, and watching a variety of sitcoms. She also enjoys searching for new music in her downtime.
Ciara Blatz: Employment Consultant
Ciara graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2016 with a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Deaf Studies. She enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds. During college, she worked as a PCA, at a daycare, and at a group home. In her free time, Ciara enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and being outside – hiking, biking, and camping.
Dawn Walters: Employment Consultant
Dawn has lived in Minnesota most of her life. Her background was restaurant catering sales and became a PCA for her own son Erik with CIP in 2009. In 2017 Dawn joined Community Engagement Services as a Community Support Specialist and now is with Supported Employment Services as an Employment Consultant.
She has 2 dogs and 4 cats at home and loves to landscape her yard, paint furniture, go golfing and junking. She spends her weekends in Richmond Minnesota at her RV and enjoys her boat and golf cart on beautiful days.
Erik Helgren: Coordinator
Erik originates from Cannon Falls, MN, but now lives closer to the Twin Cities in Farmington. Erik got his BS in Corrections at Minnesota State University in Mankato but has also put his back into it as a landscaper. Despite the fact that he liked sculpting the great outdoors, he came to CIP because he wanted to work with and learn about people and have fun at his job. The thing he enjoys most about his job is getting to know the people he works with and enjoying all the different personalities they bring to the table. When he’s not out walking around Lake Nokomis on a nice day with the people he supports, raising his beautiful daughter, playing cards, grilling, going to the beach and taking care of his yard.
Mary Ann Weld: Lead Coordinator
Mary Ann Weld grew up in Moorhead, MN. After completing graduate studies in Community Counseling from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA she returned to MN. She loves working with all people and has experience ranging from work in a homeless shelter to being a PCA in individual homes. She enjoys baking (especially chocolate desserts), reading, and riding her bike(very casually), as well as spending time with her husband and family members.
Mike Dembovsky: Community Support Specialist
Mike is a licensed CNA and an enthusiastic people person. He spent 8 years in the armed services and also had a career as an airplane mechanic. When he is not tinkering with mechanical items, Mike enjoys outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, camping and exploring.
Caroline Sheffield: Community Support Specialist
Sheff (she/her/hers) grew up in Seattle, WA and moved out to Minnesota in 2013 to study Sociology/Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies at Carleton College. She started as a Community Support Specialist with CIP in September 2017 and is excited to get to know people’s personalities and goals at CIP, as well as learn how we can push ourselves to create more inclusive environments in our daily lives. When Sheff is not laughing with folks at CIP, she enjoys being up on her feet, playing soccer, running around the lakes, and hiking with friends, family, and her dog/brother, Luke. She is also passionate about pancakes and community organizing and hopes to find a way to combine those two loves later in life. Sheff is grateful to have the opportunity to work at CIP and learn how we can expand our ways of living and interacting with the people around us.