Our Buhl division is excited to welcome a new team member and celebrate a recently promoted employee who has had a longtime association with the organization.
Danielle (Danie) Jenson recently started a new position at ODC as an Employment Specialist. In this role, she will work with community businesses to secure employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities and other vocational needs. Maintaining these relationships and becoming a visible face in the community will be her main focus.
The experience that Danie brings to ODC includes many years in customer service along with her involvement in Special Olympics Minnesota. She also has ACRE certification in customized employment, which means she is already prepared to assist clients with job exploration and match them with the ideal employer.
Danie is a proud grandma, mom, and wife. She lives in Chisholm with her husband and enjoys camping, spending time with loved ones, and spoiling her grandchildren.
“Danie brings a lot of experience and new ideas to our team,” said Angela (Angie) Koski, Program Specialist at ODC Buhl. “I am excited to have her working with us and look forward to seeing our team advance with her knowledge.”
Angie herself is no stranger to ODC, having recently rejoined the organization after some time away. With over 25 years of experience working with individuals with varying disabilities, she was previously employed with ODC for over six years, starting out as a job coach before becoming an Employment Specialist after a few months. She returned as a Lead Employment Specialist in February and was quickly promoted to Program Specialist this spring.
A commitment to providing opportunities for growth and advancement for employees is a key component of the culture at ODC, and something that Angie has made the most of in her time with the organization. She credits her psychology degree along with customized employment training as qualifications for her ability to create strong connections with clients, team members, and community partners.
In her new role, Angie will continue doing what she loves to do: building community relationships to better serve clients in Buhl, Hibbing, Virginia, and surrounding areas. She will facilitate and guide the program services offered and work together with her team to improve and implement new initiatives.
“I am so happy to be back,” she said. “I’ve been working hard with our clients, business partners, vocational rehab, case managers, and our great team here in Buhl to enhance our program and position our organization and clients for success.”
Employment services that ODC offers to Iron Range communities are beneficial to local business because they serve an often overlooked population of individuals who are more than capable and willing to work. Partnering with local business benefits ODC clients as they receive support and training to discover their strengths and find jobs that match their interests.
The Buhl division is unique to the organization, as it also operates a plant that produces wood products for the upper Midwest region and beyond. In addition, Buhl also provides custom cardboard boxes and pallets for businesses across the Iron Range, along with custom cut lumber services. Diversifying services, both in production and programs, creates a sustainable model for the organization as it adapts for future needs.
Located at 100 Industrial Park Road South in Buhl, ODC specializes in offering employment training and support for populations of individuals with diverse disabilities and vocational needs. Working in partnership with community businesses, ODC helps provide options for inclusive and sustainable employment that result in greater independence.