Tori Peterson
Vice President of Programs

Keith Willard
Division Manager (Bemidji & Buhl)

Lane Young
Vice President of Business Development & Operations

Helen DeVore-Hill
Employment Specialist (Roseau)

Allison Behm
Program Supervisor (Thief River Falls)

Lorraine Rossman
Human Resources Generalist

new faces

Mari Chambers
Vice President of Finance

Steve Hanke
Sales Representative

Jessica Wade
Program Specialist (Bemidji)

Rio Davis
Accounts Receivable


Mike White
Division Manager (Buhl)

Nancy Lapos
Division Manager (Baudette)

Patty Christensen
Office Support Generalist

Sandee Sanden
Administrative Assistant

Andy Selvo
Board Member

Dan Bruley
Board Member


June Schelde
President & CEO

Lane Young
VP of Business Development & Operations

Nancy Cota
VP of Human Resources

Mari Chambers
Chief Financial Officer

Tori Peterson
VP of Programs


Jorge Prince

Shawn Newland
Vice Chair

Andy Selvo
Board Member

Julie Bartkowski
Board Member

Dan Bruley
Board Member

Greg Kestly
Board Member

Ryan Zemek
Board Member

a brief history

Operations start in Virginia for Community Work and Development Center (CWDC) with additional facilities to open in Hibbing (1969) and Grand Rapids (1970)

Workshop opens in Thief River Falls under the name of Northwest Area Sheltered Workshop (NWASW)

Name changes from NWASW to Occupational Development Center, Inc. (ODC); an independent workshop opens in Bemidji under North Country Industries (NCI); a workshop opens in Crookston

NCI and ODC merge

Roseau facility opens; Bemidji opens satellite office in Park Rapids

ODC opens community based employment center in International Falls

CWDC consolidates with ODC, adding their three Iron Range divisions to the organization

Custom Wood Products, Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of ODC, is incorporated and opens in Newfolden

Crookston opens satellite office in East Grand Forks; Roseau opens satellite office in Baudette

Marshall County DAC in Warren merges with ODC

ODC Board of Directors forms focus committee to explore restructuring programs toward offering integrated community employment; ground broken for new Thief River Falls production facility for Custom Wood Products; therapy garden is created at Thief River Falls location

Custom Wood Products and Thief River Falls crate production join to form Custom Products (a division of ODC)

Construction begins on new production site in Buhl, which will combine Hibbing and Virginia production under one roof; ODC purchases North Pack in Pillager, a crate-building company

Becomes first in nation to be accredited in the category of Affirmative Business Enterprise for the Custom Products division

Pillager operations (Electrolux) relocate to Buhl facility

ODC Box Factory relocates from Hibbing to Grand Rapids

Kaleidoscope, an ODC consumer-run business, opens in Baudette; a plasma cutter is purchased for the Bemidji division to expand metal tray operations

A capital expenditure plan is approved to add powder coating services to Bemidji division, a cold storage building in Buhl, and robotic welders for use at multiple production sites

Metal crating revenue increases in excess of 30%; six additional robotic welders put into operation at Custom Products; space rented in Bemidji to support second metal crating operation; all locations receive three-year CARF accreditation

Planning begins in anticipation of how the Olmstead Plan will affect ODC’s operations; proactive measures taken in preparation for legislated minimum wage increases; awaiting EE ruling from DEED and impact on ODC

All locations receive three-year CARF accreditation

Powder Coating by ODC becomes for-profit subsidiary operating under the name Production Coating Specialties

All locations receive three-year CARF accreditation

Occupational Development Center
1520 Highway 32 South
Thief River Falls, MN 56701