It’s What We Do.
Whether it is the work of one or the work of many, CCRI strives to truly make a difference in the lives of those we support. Our team members are passionate about fulfilling our mission of enhancing and enriching the lives and learning of people with disabilities. Our amazing team provides the spark that drives new ideas. They provide the caring behind our services and are the face of what CCRI means to our families and the people we support.
CCRI has been proudly providing support services since 1977, supports more than 450 people and employs more than 500 dedicated team members.
What Guides Us
At CCRI, our guiding principles shape the way we provide services and form the basis for program policy and practice.
Our team moves toward our mission by following a shared set of values.
Our mission: To enhance and enrich the lives and learning of people with disabilities.
- We believe it is our responsibility to provide services as unique as each person we support, by leading with integrity and promoting creativity to meet diverse needs.
- We believe in advocating for the people we support so they have the opportunity to be fully engaged in our community and live life to the fullest.
- We believe in collaboration where out-of-the-box thinking, creative problem solving, and innovation is encouraged.
- We believe in providing training that allows our team to support the people we serve in the best possible ways.
- We believe in developing leadership skills across the organization.
- We believe that providing high-quality services begins with employing high-quality team members.
- We believe the key to retaining an excellent team is our commitment to offering competitive wages and benefits.
- We believe effective supervision and ongoing education are essential to developing competent team members.
- We believe in flexibility and adaptability, resolving problems constructively, and acting in the best interest of the people we serve at all times.
- We believe a positive work environment where there is trust, cooperation, accountability,
and equity directly impacts our success.
- We believe in treating everyone with respect.
- We believe it is important for each team member to accept responsibility for their actions
and the decisions they make.
- We believe in setting and maintaining healthy boundaries while at work.
- We believe in empowering our team to make the best decisions with the information
- We believe providing and accepting feedback builds trust and mutual respect.
- We believe that being professional and having fun is imperative for a good work environment.
Meet Our Team
With more than 500 members, our staff is what makes CCRI truly special. Each one brings to their job a unique set of knowledge and skills. One thing that sets CCRI apart from other nonprofit organizations is the dedication of our core management team: the average tenure of our core management team is an impressive 15+ years. Collectively, this group is responsible for ensuring those we are privileged to serve continue to get the incredible services we pride ourselves on.
But our team’s dedication doesn’t stop with the core management group. Many other team members have also been with CCRI 10 years or more. Our long-term team allows us to provide incredible services to those we support. Every one of our team members, regardless of position title or job description, is committed to the mission and vision of the organization. Our team works to provide each client using CCRI services with personal, top-notch care.
Supported Living Services Assistant Director
Supported Living Services Assistant Director
Supported Living Services Director
Information Technology Director
Options Assistant Director
Human Resources Director
Heather Rye has worked in the Human Resources profession for more than 12 years. Currently, she is the Vice President of Human Resources at Gate City Bank. A native of Edgeley, ND, Heather graduated from Edgeley High School, then attended University of North Dakota where she earned her degree in Business Administration and University of Mary where she earned her Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Healthcare Management. Heather currently lives in Moorhead with her husband and two children.
Marit is the Senior Vice President, Wealth Region Manager for Bremer Bank and has been with Bremer for 21 years. Bremer is a privately-held, $12 billion regional financial services company jointly owned by the Otto Bremer Trust and Bremer employees.
Marit leads the Private Bankers, Wealth Advisors and Associates for the State of North Dakota. Marit and her team execute Bremer’s strategic plan which involves working with business owners/executives and their families as well as nonprofit organization and municipalities.
Her team specializes in complex financial situations for high net worth individuals and their families. Marit began her banking career with Bremer in 1999 and has held the following roles within the organization: Vice President Branch Manager, Assistant Vice President/Business Banker, Mortgage Lender, Personal Banking Specialist and Financial Services Assistant. She is a wife, mom, college basketball fan, wine taster, cycler, runner and enjoys traveling with her husband and family.
Erin D. Larsgaard is an attorney at Wold Johnson, P.C. in downtown Fargo. Erin graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal from Minnesota State University—Moorhead. After a year as a paralegal at Wold Johnson, P.C., Erin attended law school at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she graduated summa cum laude with her Juris Doctor. Erin’s practice is focused on estate planning and probate; she also works in real estate, business formation, and contract review. She is currently licensed in Minnesota, North Dakota, and the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota. When she is not at work, Erin enjoys spending time with her family and working on her house in Horace with her husband, Matthew Larsgaard.
Troy is the proud owner and CEO of The Urban Rooster Handyman Services (est. 2019) home maintenance business. Prior to that, he worked for 13 years in the field of special education with Moorhead Public Schools helping students with their education, improving self-advocacy, and transitioning into adult life. Before that, he had a long career in law enforcement. Troy and his wife Jane have two children, Sam and Jacob, and make their home in Fargo. Troy looks forward to continue serving those in need at CCRI and in our community.
Kim is a Moorhead native and graduate of Concordia College. She is a registered dietitian who recently retired from Lakes and Prairies Head Start where she was the Nutrition Manager. Kim and her husband have two adult children. Their son has had services from CCRI for many years and now lives in one of the CCRI homes. In retirement, she and her husband are enjoying working on house and cabin projects and having the time to exercise, read and volunteer.
Bethany is dedicated to helping individuals and organizations thrive. She earned her degree from the University of Texas at Austin where she was a research fellow and Salutatorian. Bethany has published two articles in the American Journal of Public Health and spent the beginning of her career in social work research and nonprofit development. She joined the Dale Carnegie team in 2016 and is now the CEO and Majority Owner. She leads the team, strategy, and direction for the business in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Bethany is a Dale Carnegie Certified Trainer specializing in strategic customized in-house training solutions with a client base represented heavily in manufacturing, distribution, engineering, construction, government, and agriculture.
Bethany is passionate about giving back and serves as the past Board Chair for Creative Care for Reaching Independence (CCRI) and is on the board of directors for The Great North Pole. She is a past participant of the United Way’s 35 Under 35 Program and The Chamber’s Leadership Program. Bethany was selected as one of Prairie Business Magazine’s Top 25 Women in Business for 2020. She has been globally recognized annually, receiving awards by Dale Carnegie and Associates for her achievements in the industry and the market penetration and training quality within the territory.
Tyler Fischbach serves as the Vice President of Communications for the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce. Tyler holds a BS in Graphic Communications from Minnesota State University Moorhead, is a graduate of the FMWF Chamber’s 2017-18 Leadership program and is in the process of obtaining his IOM certification through the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organizational Management. He is passionate about being actively involved in and committed to the great community he has enjoyed since 2010.
Clare Garberg graduated from St Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1975 and spent 38 years in Pediatrics at St Luke’s/Meritcare/Sanford Children’s. While working there, Clare and her husband Bryan took home two infants with extensive medical needs as foster children. One of them is Lizzie, who is now 30 years old and living her best life in the care of the SLS department at CCRI. Clare also spent four years working in memory care and she spent the final two years of her 45½-year nursing career on the CCRI nursing team. Clare and Bryan have six children ages 21–43 and six grandchildren. They are loving lake life in their home on Upper Cormorant with their two beagles, puggle, and foster dogs (they have adopted out 30 foster dogs!)
Taya is the Microsoft TechSpark Manager for North Dakota. Her primary focus is to build out Microsoft Philanthropies’ initiative, TechSpark, which is a civic program aimed at fostering greater economic opportunity and job creation through partnerships with rural and smaller metropolitan communities across the US and to expand the great synergies between the company and community. Before her role at Microsoft she was the Resource Development Manager for the United Way of Cass-Clay and in various roles at North Dakota State College of Science for more than seven years. She serves on several local and state boards including the Fargo Downtown Community Partnership board, the State Workforce Development Council for ND and TechND to name a few. Taya grew up on a farm outside of Kindred, North Dakota. She attended North Dakota State University and graduated with a BS in Psychology and an MS in Mental Health Counseling. She currently lives in West Fargo.
Shawn Peterson is the CEO of Liberty Business Systems. He comes with extensive experience in the technology services industry as an executive. He realizes that great people in the right seats are the most important ingredient to business success. Because of this, Shawn joined the John Maxwell Team in 2017 to work on his leadership skills and prides himself as a leader. When Shawn isn’t working on growing organizations, he enjoys spending time with his family. Other hobbies include traveling, running, boating, and yoga. Shawn is originally from South Dakota, where he graduated from the University of South Dakota.
James grew up in Fargo, graduating from Shanley High School in 1968. He attended NDSU and earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering before getting his M.D. from UND. He trained in Otolaryngology at the Medical College of Wisconsin before enjoying his medical practice at Fargo Clinic/St. Lukes/MeritCare/Sanford Health, retiring in 2015. Jim is married and has two adult children and two grandsons. He enjoys family (all things grandchildren), photography, music (piano and guitar), astronomy, golf, UND hockey and reading. Jim served on the Sanford Foundation Board 2007–2013, has been a CCRI volunteer since 2016 and a Meals on Wheels volunteer since 2017.
Diane is from Moorhead where she graduated from MSUM with a Bachelor of Social Work degree in 1985. She has been a paraprofessional in the Moorhead School District since 2005. Diane and her husband Wayne have three sons, Dan has been with CCRI for approximately 25 years, Erik is married and farms with Wayne, Erik has a son (born in 2021), Wayne and Diane’s first grandchild, and Adam attends NDSU. Wayne and Diane served as chairpersons for the FM area Up With Down Syndrome Support Group for many years. They are now serving as chairpersons for Moorhead Special Olympics. In her spare time, Diane likes to hike/walk her dog, garden, play with and snuggle her grandson, do puzzles, and drink coffee.