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Rod Carlson, Interim CEO & President

Rod Carlson Named Interim CEO & President of Living Well Disability Services

The Board of Directors has appointed Rod Carlson to serve as Interim President and CEO following President and CEO Julie Manworren’s resignation. The Board has begun the search process for the next President and CEO of the organization. Carlson began serving as Interim President and CEO on January 16, 2020.

Board Chair, Melissa Bayne said, “During Rod’s 34 years with Living Well Disability Services, he has demonstrated a deep understanding of the organization and a passion and commitment for the people it supports. We are confident Rod will ensure Living Well continues to provide exceptional services during this leadership transition.” For more info please see the Interim CEO Press Release.

What is Living Well Disability Services?A group of women celebrate their crafts on a patio with green.

Founded as Dakota’s Children in 1972 Living Well Disability Services™ delivers exceptional services that transform the lives of people impacted by intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities.

Our services are available regardless of where individuals live — in their own home, their family’s home or in one of our 33 homes located across 10 counties in 20 cities. Innovations in service, accessibility, wellness, and technology help people grow based on what is most important to them and live with independence and dignity. All services we offer are person-centered and developed to support each individual’s unique needs, hopes and interests.

Mission, Vision and Values

OUR MISSION: Living Well Disability Services provides exceptional services that transform the lives of people impacted by disabilities.

OUR VISION: A day when all people impacted by disabilities live well.

OUR VALUES: Advocacy, Community, Leadership, Respect, Wellness — Our values shape our decisions and guide our actions.


TShirts of different types on an orange backgoundhe 2020 Store Items are Available Now

We’ve got a great selection of men’s and women’s (and kid’s!) clothing of all styles and sizes. Please feel free to show your LWDS support and wear some cool clothes at the same time. Click on the picture to be taken to the site. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kate Eifrig at Kate.eifrig@livingwell.org. They will be delivered to your home with a flat $5 shipping fee) Happy hunting!

10% of every purchase is donated to Living Well.

(Please note: The orders are processed every other Friday. They arrive at the buyer’s address approximately 4 weeks after the processing date.

Living Well Disability Services Increases Wages Above Industry Standards

Despite staffing challenges in the field, local non-profit makes investment in employees

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz spent a day in the life of a Personal Care Assistant, November 22nd to bring attention to the overwhelming shortage of direct care workers and resulting crisis in Minnesota. While clearly the rewards of working as a Direct Support Professional aren’t always monetary, like any other employee, Direct Support Professionals must pay their bills.

The increase to Living Well Disability Services staff was instated in October.  Despite an inadequate State reimbursement rate, the board of directors and leadership of Living Well Disability Services recently increased its hourly rate of pay for new hires from $12 to $13.25/hour and raised the hourly rate of pay for tenured Direct Support Professionals.
Click here to view the entire press release.

Our Office Location

Living Well Disability Services
1168 Northland Drive, Mendota Heights, MN 55120
p 651.688.8808 | f  1-651.560.3888

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