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Welcome to Tom Gillespie, Incoming President and CEO

Thomas Gillespie

Tom Gillespie, Incoming President and CEO

Please join us in welcoming Tom Gillespie, the incoming President and CEO of Living Well Disability Services. He will begin his role mid-February. Rod Carlson, who has been acting Interim President and CEO as well as Chief Operating Officer for the past year will continue as Chief Operating Officer.

We are incredibly grateful for the hard work and leadership that Rod has provided over the past year. He has led Living Well Disability Services with tremendous vision and dedication during these especially difficult times.

Tom has more than 15 years of senior management experience working across the spectrum of roles in this industry including executive leadership, operations management, and group home management. This includes over a decade of strategic leadership at Minnesota disability service providers, most recently as Executive Director, Duluth Regional Care Center (DRCC), Duluth, MN. Prior to that Tom served as Chief Program Officer of Hammer Residences in Wayzata, MN. Hammer Residences provides services for more than 1,900 people impacted by disabilities with 550 staff in locations across the Twin Cities metro area of Minnesota.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Living Well Disability Services team,” Tom shared. “It is a true honor to join an organization that serves and employs such great people. Living Well has built its strong reputation by nurturing relationships and living our mission every day. I look forward to reinforcing these foundations while we look to the opportunities and challenges ahead. Despite the uncertainty that surrounds us these days, Living Well has stayed true to its mission and commitment to exceptional services. It is an honor to join such a great organization and I cannot wait to get to work.”

See full press release.

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

Rod Carlson, Interim President & CEO

Rod Carlson, Interim President & CEO

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 exceptional services are available to people in their own home or in one of the 34 homes we operate throughout and around the metro. Our care involves person-centered service, wellness programming, and assistive technology to empower people to live with independence, choice, and dignity.

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.

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Shop to Give Back at Our Living Well Store

You can order great gear and help people with disabilities at the same time! For every item you purchase, 10% comes right back to Living Well Disability Services.
Shirts of different types on an orange backgoundWe’ve got a great selection of clothing for men, women and children in all styles and sizes. Please feel free to show your Living Well support and wear some cool clothes at the same time. Click right here to see all the great options. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Betsy King at Betsy.King@livingwell.org. Your order will be delivered to your home with a flat $5 shipping fee. Happy hunting!

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

Donna Sanderson wins
2019 ARRM Cares Award

From ARRM‘s website: “2019 ARRM Cares Winner Donna Sanderson has worked for Living Well Disability Services for 41 years! Her years of experience have allowed her to develop great relationships with those she supports and their families. Donna’s dedication to the field is truly inspiring.


Watch her story in this video and see how
she makes a difference every single day
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Each year ARRM honors the best DSPs in Minnesota, providing direct care to people with disabilities living and working in their communities. These caregivers show outstanding compassion, person-centeredness, and professionalism.”

2019 ARRM Cares Winner Donna Sanderson has worked for Living Well Disability Services for 41 years! Her years of experience have allowed her to develop great relationships with those she supports and their families. Donna’s dedication to the field is truly inspiring.”

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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