Lunch & Learns

MN APSE Monthly Job Developer Connection

Join Minnesota APSE for our monthly Lunch & Learn! Every month, we are joined by guests who will lead a conversation on topics relevant to Minnesota APSE members and colleagues in the field. Our goal in hosting virtual discussions each month is to provide tips and tricks that will advance Employment First priorities and grow your employment resources.

This is a great opportunity for professional development at no cost to you or your staff. Managers – send your staff and our subject matter experts will provide the training!

Lunch & Learns are free to attend and occur on the third Thursday of every month from 12 to 1 p.m. 

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Upcoming Lunch & Learns

Larissa Beck | What’s Happening with Subminimum Wage?

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Meet Larissa Beck:

Larissa Beck is the Director of Community Living at Reach for Resources.  She has been a part of Reach and Disability Services for the past 13 years.  She cares about helping people to reach their goals.  Larissa is passionate about helping people to be able to grow in their independence in many ways.  Larissa enjoys music and having full concerts in her car with her two kids. Larissa serves on the Minnesota APSE Board and the National APSE Board.

Kristy Howe | Service Sequencing – Explore, Plan, Find, Keep

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Meet Kristy Howe:


Photo of Kristy HoweKristy Howe is the Employment Services Department Manager for Dungarvin MN and has worked in disability services for over 12 years. She has been a member of MN APSE for 6 year and is currently the MN APSE Secretary and co-Chair of the Training and Conference Committee. Kristy has a passion for social justice and focuses specifically on access to competitive, integrated employment and diversity, equity, and inclusion within the work world.

Kristy Howe and Jessica Dudas | An Introduction to EDS-Plan Phase

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Meet Kristy Howe and Jessica Dudas:


Photo of Kristy Howe

Photo of Jessica Dudas, a white woman with brown hair wearing a blue and white patterned shirt.

Kristy and Jessica bring with them over 20 years of combined experience in disability services with an emphasis on employment. Both Kristy and Jessica are active members of the Minnesota APSE Board.


Marcy LaCroix | Disability Benefits 101 and Benefits Estimator Sessions

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Meet Marcy LaCroix:


A photo of Marcy LaCroix, a woman with long brown hair who is wearing glasses and a blue shirt with the Disability Hub MN logo on it.

Marcy is a senior staff member with the Disability Hub and serves as a Community Capacity Builder. She brings with her over 30 years of experience in disability services – from entertainment and enjoyment, to work and home life. Marcy is passionate in the area of person-centered practices as a trainer, presenter, and ambassador. She is also a Community Partner Work Incentives Coordinator (CPWIC), having completed training on the impact of Social Security and other benefits through the Virginia Commonwealth University.