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

Holly Sunderman, Amanda Jensen-Stahl, and Cole Sorensen | The Plan-to-Find Transition

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Meet Holly, Amanda, and Cole:

Holly Sunderman, a white woman with long black hair and a red shirt.  Amanda Jensen-Stahl, a white woman with chin-length hair and glasses  Cole Sorensen, a light skinned person with short dark hair and tinted glasses

Holly is dedicated to the work of improving lives of individuals with disabilities through more seamless programing throughout the State of Minnesota. Her current position is the statewide E1MN Coordinator for the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), or more specifically Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS). Her current role includes supporting the work of E1MN, which is Minnesota’s State agency partnership to advance Employment First outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her kids which can include anything sports related, but especially hockey, as well as reading, fishing, and anything outdoors.

Amanda currently works for the State of Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development’s (DEED) Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) as the Director of Strategic Initiatives where she oversees Business Engagement, Small Business Services, Assistive Technology services, E1MN: Interagency Efforts, Customized Employment, Social Security/Ticket to Work, and VRS’s $13 million Disability Innovation Fund (DIF) grant. She holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a BA in English from Hamline University.

Cole works as the E1MN Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). In this role, he coordinates the work of the state-level E1MN planning team to create a more seamless and timely employment support system and advance Employment First outcomes for people with disabilities. He holds a degree in Special Education from the University of Minnesota. Cole is passionate about ensuring that all people with disabilities have the opportunity to access competitive integrated employment and are supported in living their best lives.

Sarah Johnson | The Arc of Minnesota’s Microgrant Program

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Meet Sarah Johnson:

Sarah Johnson, a light skinned woman with long brown hair wearing a purple jacket.

Sarah Johnson (she/her) has been working with The Arc Minnesota’s Microgrant Team since August of last year. After a recent move from Omaha, Nebraska, where she was a bike shop owner and co-founder of a transportation equity non-profit, she’s now settling right in to her new hometown of St. Paul. Sarah has a heart for justice and loves meeting new people, so working with The Arc Minnesota’s community of change-makers is a great fit. Outside of work, you’ll find Sarah exploring her new neighborhood by e-bike, speaking out about issues involving inequity, or interviewing guests on her podcast, Car Free Midwest.

Ray McCoy | Employer Reasonable Accommodation Fund

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More details to come