Kelly grew up in Plymouth, and went to college at the University of Minnesota-Duluth for a Sociology and Communications Degree. She worked as a Program Manager at a residential provider for 11 years before coming to Community Involvement Programs as the Associate Director of Employment Services. In Kelly’s free time, she enjoys being with her family (outnumbered with husband and 2 boys), traveling, being active, and getting together with friends.
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 down time, 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 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, bocci, 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!
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.
Brian is a Minnesota transplant who grew up in Amherst, Ohio and attended Wheaton College. He loves riding around on his bike taking in the sights.
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 Easterseals FATHER Project program.
Alyson lives in Maple Grove. She graduated from University of Wisconsin Stout with a degree in communications. She has always wanted to work in the non-profit field, and she is thrilled to be a part of the employment team at CIP. Alyson trains and competes in Olympic weightlifting. Her favorite activity is hanging out at the gym and training. She also enjoys cooking, outdoor activities, being active, and taking naps. Alyson has a calico cat named Zoey.
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.
I graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a bachelors in Community Health Education. I love working directly with people and helping in anyway 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 win a gluten free baking contest and become the next Marjorie Johnson.
Jake Elzy: Employment Consultant
Jake graduated from the UWRF in 2015 majoring in sociology and minoring in criminal justice. Shortly after college and with joining the work force. He was a probation officer for adults in the field in Balsam Lake, WI overseeing the minimum case load. Helping and guiding individuals on the right path, and helping them reconnect with their community in a positive manner. Then before coming to CIP Jake was a probation officer at a max secure juvenile facility in Lino Lakes, MN helping with programing, case management and case planning. Helping troubled youth of all kinds be inspired to become successful and contributing adults in their community and schools. Being very passionate and motivated to help others Jake felt being part of the CIP program and what it stands for just makes sense!! Looking forward to new adventures and opportunities that come with the challenge of this career path!!
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.
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.
Lydia Olson: Community Support Specialist
Lydia grew up in Plymouth, MN but spent several years living in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. In 2014, she finished her degree in Women’s Studies at Portland State University. While in Portland, she worked at a coffee shop and enjoyed soaking in Oregon’s pervasive coffee culture. Lydia enjoys hiking and gardening in her spare time and loves spending time reading a good book with her two cats.
Ra has been with Employment and Community Supports for almost 3 years. This has been a good fit as this loving, caring mother of three enjoys “looking out for the needs of others”. She can usually be found leading a group at yoga or in the kitchen preparing a meal with the individuals we support. When not at CIP Ra enjoys staying current with the latest fashion trends.
Will is of Ghanaian heritage and grew up in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul. He has been with Community Involvement Programs almost two years and enjoys leading activities at the Martin Luther King recreation center and Meal on Wheels with the individuals we support. A talented musician, when not at work Will can be found playing guitar, trumpet, drums, piano or singing with his church choir.
Ramel is a proud father to seven children and enjoys coaching basketball.