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Our Team

At Empower, we have a strong team of professionals who make workplace inclusion a priority. Take a look at each bio to learn more!

Owner and Director of Inclusive Employment

Alex

Alex is passionate about eliminating the employment disparity between people with and without disabilities by helping her clients find customized jobs in their interest areas. She also believes employer training and workplace consultation are essential parts of developing an inclusive work environment. Alex loves when she can go back to visit her clients at work and see them working successfully as part of a team!

Director of Operations

Carey

Originally trained as a Biomedical Engineer in Mexico, Carey has professional experience in business, medical devices, and customer care. With a switch to Empower Inclusion, she seeks to transition to a career that centers on helping people in another way. Specifically, Carey focuses on the strategic and administrative facets of Empower Inclusion, striving to provide clients with a comprehensive, professional experience. In her free time, Carey enjoys hiking, doing yoga, and shopping.

Staff Supervisor /Job Exploration Counselor

Alexa

Hello! My name is Alexa and I am so excited to join the Empower Inclusion team, as a job coach! I graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato in the spring of 2020, with a bachelor’s in Sociology and a minor in human resource management.

In my free time, I enjoy dancing, being outdoors, and spending time with my friends and family. I have experience working with individuals with disabilities and would love to have a long-term career in this field. With my love for working with people from all backgrounds, I am looking forward to gaining additional experience working with clients to help each and every one of them achieve personal satisfaction and success. 

Job Exploration Counselor and Job coach

Paul

Paul is a licensed educator with professional experience in providing individualized skill development for learners of all ages. He specializes in providing inclusive and individualized support through employment exploration, job placement, and job coaching.

Job Exploration Counselor and Office Assistant

Paola

Hello everyone, my name is Paola, I am so excited to be part of the Empower Inclusion team. I graduated from Aviation School in 2007 as a Flight Attendant. I was born in Bogota, Colombia, but now I am living in Minnesota. I speak Spanish.

I enjoy being outdoors and taking walks with my husband and my dog. I am so happy to join this team and looking forward to gaining additional experience and helping people to be successful and confident.

Job Exploration Counselor and Job coach

Elsa

Hey! My name is Elsa and I’m so excited to be part of the Empower Inclusion team. I graduated from Luther College in 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication Studies and a minor in Music. I’m passionate about self-expression and creating more inclusive workplaces.

Outside of work, I enjoy playing the viola and mandolin, having picnics with my friends, and going on walks with my pet bunny, Muffin. I’m also interested in digital art, design, and technology.

Employer Relations Specialist

Valeria

Hi! I’m Valeria. I’m excited to join the Empower Inclusion team as an Employer Relations Specialist/ Job exploration Counselor & Job coach. I am from Cali, Colombia, and living in Minnesota. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali. I speak Spanish.

In my free time, I like to do yoga, brunch with my friends, go to the movies, cook, and watch all kinds of films and documentaries about human and behavioral sciences. I can’t wait to grow in my career and help clients reach their personal and work goals with satisfaction and success                              

Job Exploration Counselor and Job coach

Sandra

Hello! My name is Sandra. I’m so happy to be part of the Empower Inclusion team. I was born and raised in Mexico. I studied English Teaching in my home country and graduated in 2019.

In my free time, I like to keep my mind and body busy, so I take kickboxing and strength classes. I enjoy going for walks and spending time with my husband, friends, and family. I’m a true believer that empathy and kindness will make this world better. So, I really enjoy giving to others and putting myself in other people’s shoes.

Pre-Employment Transition Service Specialist

Shelby

Hello, my name is Shelby and I am honored to join the Empower Inclusion team as a Pre-Employment Transition Service Specialist. I graduated from Winona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education along with two years of experience teaching at an international school in Minneapolis. I care deeply about creating safe and inclusive spaces where all people are seen, heard, and valued. 

Outside of work, I enjoy playing soccer, taking language classes, drinking bubble tea, biking around the lakes, traveling the world, and creating playlists. In this new role, I am excited to come alongside others in discovering their gifts and talents, interests and passions, and growth and employment opportunities.

Job Exploration Counselor and Job coach

Taylor

Hi, my name is Taylor! I was born and raised in Michigan, and made the move to Minnesota in 2022. I graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Communications.

My ultimate career goal is to make a positive difference in my community, which is why I’m so excited to be part of the Empower Inclusion team! My work experience is in the State/Federal Government and the Non-Profit sector, which has allowed me to work with people from all different backgrounds. I’m eager to use my skillset to support individuals through job coaching, placement, and exploration.

Interested in joining our team? Visit our employment page to learn more.

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