Mike and Rosie.

Our DSP this week is Mike. He celebrated his five-year work anniversary at this year’s Employee Recognition event and has worked in healthcare for almost three decades. Mike works at our France home, and this week will be attending the annual Dog Sledding trip off the Gunflint Trail. Along with two people who live at France, and another staff, as well as other homes in attendance—they will likely have many adventures to share in next weeks blog.

Mike at a game with the crew.

Mike is a dedicated helper who somehow always has the energy for adventures. Brenda Carillo, Program Manager, says, “Mike is always open to staying behind and taking people out and about. He is the one that mainly takes them to sporting events when we have tickets.” She is impressed by his go with the flow attitude, and adds, “He takes them anywhere and everywhere. Even if it comes up at the last minute, he is up for it. He is an ‘oh yeah, no problem’ kind of guy.” Brenda is appreciative that Mike is always thinking of the people he supports and calls him an all-around awesome guy.

Mike and his beautiful wife, Kaytee.

Mike is often out with other houses as well. His wife works at 3801, and together they will take people camping, to corn mazes and holiday light displays. You name it, they are game for a get together. And because it’s a family affair, his mother-in-law also works at Living Well as Program Manager at Central. How lucky are we to have so many incredibly caring and dedicated people on staff? But don’t just take it from us. Back in 1995 when the Boundary Waters had an epic fire, Mike was given a plaque for helping to save a classmate. They were on their senior trip, and Mike, always a caregiver at heart, helped his friend to the water where they swam to safety.

Mike, we wish you and the crew at France many more fun nights out and appointments made interesting because of your enthusiasm. Thank you for making a career out of caring. We appreciate you.





Number of years/months with Living Well:  5 years 5 months

Hobbies/Interests: Camping, karaoke, spending time with family, and culinary arts,

Job Experience/History: I have worked in healthcare for 29 years, over five with Living Well.

Favorite part of the job: The smiles I put on clients faces!

What is your motivation for coming to work: Even the little things I do can help put a smile on someone’s face. (Last year he dressed up as Santa, and he always take extra care to get people out having fun, the things he does are big and small, and always appreciated).

What made you apply: The fact that I can make a difference in someone’s life helps make my life better.

What makes you stay: The difference I make in people’s life on a day-to-day basis.

What would you tell people interested in joining the team: Healthcare is a difficult job but if you have a passion and the love in your heart go for it. The difference you make in someone’s life is all that matters.

When not at work what do you like to do for fun: I like to sing Karaoke and have a couple drinks. I love to spend time at my camper with my wife and my in-laws. I like to travel when I can afford it. And I really love Halloween and have been a haunt actor for 19 years. (For those of you who are curious, a haunt actor dresses up for haunted houses and hayrides during Halloween).




Want to nominate a DSP? Please email jessica.maurer@livingwell.org to nominate a Living Well DSP. Special thanks to Miles and Cheri Cohen for their support of DSP of Week. Want to join them in underwriting our DSP Shoutout Program? Please contact Devan Heinsen for sponsorship opportunities.