CRP Advisory Committee

The Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP) Advisory Committee provides strategic advice and consultation to DEED's Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) program on topics and issues that affect vocational rehabilitation and community rehabilitation services to Minnesotans with disabilities.


The CRP Advisory Committee fosters the development of a mission-driven strategic framework of understanding between DEED/VRS and CRPs that is grounded in an ongoing exchange of information, transparency in mutual planning and decision-making and thoughtful consideration of different points of view in our efforts to provide services. This will enable DEED/VRS and CRP staff to continue to build trust as we better understand the challenges we face.

Specifically, the CRP Advisory Committee:

  • Represents the perspectives and interests of CRPs in advancing rehabilitation and employment issues
  • Provides strategic level advice and consultation to DEED/VRS on matters affecting CRPs
  • Identifies key topics and issues affecting CRPs and DEED/VRS
  • Considers input from subject matter experts in issues affecting economic development, state demographics / population trends, and promising practices
  • Engages in active reflection, spirited discussion and strategic dialogue on critical topics affecting CRP and DEED/VRS services to persons with disabilities in Minnesota

Committee Members

Lena Balk
Minnesota Resource Center

Wendy DeVore
Career Ventures, Inc.

Kelly Dilger
Options, Inc.

Lisa Guetzkow
Goodwill Easter Seals

Jeremy Gurney
Opportunity Services

Josh Howie
Trillium Works! Inc.

Lisa Parteh
Functional Industries

Andrea Pearson
Opportunity Partners

Julie Peterschick
Productive Alternatives, Inc.

Robert Reedy
RISE, Incorporated

Lynn Vincent
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

VRS Project Sponsor

Kim Peck, Director
1st National Bank Building
332 Minnesota St Ste E200
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651.259.7345

VRS Project Managers

Chris McVey, Director of Strategic Initiatives
1st National Bank Building
332 Minnesota St Ste E200
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651.259.7357

Jan Thompson, VRS Field Director
1st National Bank Building
332 Minnesota St Ste E200
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651.259.7372

VRS CRP Advisory Committee Members 

Jay Hancock
Regional Manager-South/Central
Faribault VRS
Faribo Town Square
201 Lyndale Avenue S.
Suite 51
Faribault, MN 55021

Roland Root
Regional Manager – North
Hibbing VRS
3920 13th Ave E
Hibbing, MN 55746

Dee Torgerson
Regional Manager – Metro
332 Minnesota St Ste E200
St Paul, MN 55101

Lori Thorpe
Cambridge VRS
140 Buchanan St Ste 152
Cambridge, MN 55008


Holly Johnson
Lanterna Consulting, Inc.
185 Wedgewood Dr
Mahtomedi, MN 55115
Phone: 651.253.3220