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, Director of Inclusive Employment

Alex Oladoyin

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!

Email me: alexandra@empowerinclusion.org

Inclusive Employment Manager

Paul Rapp

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 supports through employment exploration, job placement, and job coaching.

Email me: paul@empowerinclusion.org

Operations Manager

Carey Larson

Originally trained as a Biomedical Engineer, 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 for her English bulldog Daisy. 

Email me: carey@empowerinclusion.org

Job Exploration Counselor and Job Coach

Alexa Hieb

Hello! My name is Alexa Hieb and I am so excited to join the Empower Inclusion team, as a job coach! I graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato in spring of 2020, with a Bachelors 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. 

Email me: alexa@empowerinclusion.org

Job Exploration Counselor and Job Coach

Maggie Degner

Hi everyone! My name is Maggie Degner and I am a job coach. I recently graduated with my Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato. I was born and raised in Minneapolis, and I am excited to be living in the Cities again. In the fall I will be starting graduate school for clinical mental health counseling. I am passionate about good food (mostly desserts), trail running, my border collie, and, mostly, helping people gain confidence in themselves and in their abilities. I can’t wait to work with you!

Email me: maggie@empowerinclusion.org

Job Coach

Helen Frieman

Helen is a junior Neuroscience major at Macalester College and is excited to be joining the Empower Inclusion team. She is fluent in Spanish and knows that communication and collaboration take many forms. Helen is experienced in working with individuals of all ages and is looking forward to translating that experience to working with clients and employers. She knows that she has just as much to gain from this work as she has to offer and is excited to learn and grow through working with Empower Inclusion. 

Email me: helen@empowerinclusion.org

Program Design and Research Coordinator

Dina Drubach

Dina comes experienced with her Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy. She has a wide spectrum of medical background from all facets of physical therapy. Her passion is neurorehabilitation with adults and she has worked in a myriad of arenas from education to research, inpatient to home care. More recently, she has discovered the innovation of reframing the potential of adults with disabilities into new career choices within a community. Her interests allow her to include her background from Mayo Clinic Rochester in a way to design and develop new paths for adults with disabilities to be matched with an employer who is opened to learn and add a unique difference to make their business even better!

Email me: dina@empowerinclusion.org

Job Exploration Counselor and Job Coach

Kayla Taylor

Hello! My Name is Kayla Taylor and I am a job exploration counselor and job coach. I graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelors in Child Development and Family Studies and a Minor in Gender Women Studies. Most of my experience is with the younger demographics, but I am very excited to work with individuals of all ages! During my free time you can find me outdoors, whether that’s spending the day on the lake or skiing down a mountain. I also recently just took up painting and drawing, which has been very fun and challenging.  I am so excited to be a part of this incredible team and program.  

Email me: kayla@empowerinclusion.org

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