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 University 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.
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 for 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.
Jaimie Johnson: Employment Consultant
My name is Jaimie L Johnson. For 20 years, I was a union stage manager for regional theatres
across the county. I am fluent in American Sign Language. Recently, I have worked in an AFC,
group home with deaf individuals. My husband, stepchild, and I live with our dog, Henson; an
85 lb Husky, German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Great Dane and a cat named Munkie.
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.