About RISE

RISE is an innovative human services network originally established in 1987 for the purpose of moving individuals living in institutions into family settings. Since that time, services have grown to support children, adults, and families with a variety of needs across multiple states.

RISE provides services for people with disabilities including residential settings, day programs, employment assistance, managed care, and home and community based services. RISE also provides services for children and families through foster care and professional parenting, adoption, kinship care, after school and summer programs, behavior supports, and mental health services. In addition, RISE provides Early Intervention services which includes Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy and Developmental Specialists.

RISE also enjoys professional affiliations with a fiscal intermediary, management software firm, a real estate and property management organization, and a specialized shared services group.

 

Our board of directors

A strong caring team

Dr. Gerald Nebeker

Board Member & President Since 1987

Dr. Gerald Nebeker

Board Member & President Since 1987

A foremost social enterprise entrepreneur, Dr. Gerald Nebeker founded RISE in 1987, Acumen in 1995 and Orange Socks in 2016, all with the purpose of supporting and advocating for people with disabilities. With a Ph.D. in Human Services, Management of Nonprofit Organizations, Dr. Nebeker has served on multiple local and national nonprofit boards, including RISE, since 2010. As his most important accomplishments, he has been married to his wonderful wife, Laurel, for more than 32 years and has eight terrific children, the youngest of whom has Down Syndrome.

Linnea Lyding

Board Member Since 2007

Linnea Lyding

Board Member Since 2007

Linnea Lyding has been a teacher in the Phoenix area for over 18 years and has a background in Special Education. Early in her life Linnea became an advocate to help people with disabilities have lives that they can enjoy. She has a Doctorate in Education and is an assistant professor in the Education Department at Arizona Christian University. She enjoys working with aspiring teachers to prepare them to understand and meet the needs of the diverse student population they will be teaching.

Paul Dicosmo

Board Member Since 2013

Paul Dicosmo

Board Member Since 2013

Paul DiCosmo is one of the newest members to the RISE Board of Directors. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at The StateServ Companies, the largest Hospice focused Durable Medical Equipment (DME) provider in the United States. For nearly a decade, the Tempe based firm has been a provider of DME, DME software and DME benefit management services to hospice. Mr. DiCosmo earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Lynn Bowers

Board Member Since 2013

Lynn Bowers

Board Member Since 2013

Lynn Bowers worked in the banking industry for 30 years, including branch management, customer banking relationships, commercial lending and commercial loan audit. For the last 10 years of her career, as a department manager, she and her team assisted over 250 nonprofit organizations with loans, tax exempt bonds and cash management. Based on her knowledge of nonprofits and their banking requirements, she has been a speaker, participant and consultant for many nonprofit events and seminars. After leaving banking she was the Managing Director of an arts organization for 3 years, managing the staff and working closely with board members, donors, corporate sponsors and audiences. She is now retired and continues working with nonprofit organizations on a volunteer basis.

Clint Peterson

Chairman Since 2004

Clint Peterson

Chairman Since 2004

Clint Peterson works as a Certified Public Accountant with Hawkins Cloward and Simister in Utah County, Utah. He graduated with Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Brigham Young University. He came to RISE after learning about the company’s mission statement and its dedication to individuals with disabilities.

Our Executive Leaders

A strong caring team

J Auer

CEO

J Auer

CEO

Dr. Gerald Nebeker

Founder & President

Dr. Gerald Nebeker

Founder & President Since 1987

Billy Malkovich

COO

Billy Malkovich

COO Since 2016

Archie Fitzgerald

CFO

Archie Fitzgerald

CFO

Matt Dee

CTO

Matt Dee

CTO Since 2011

Mindi Mitchell

VP of Operations

Mindi Mitchell

VP of Operations Since 1999

Sally Matthews

VP of Human Resources

Sally Matthews

VP of Human Resources Since 2016

Kirsten Walker

VP of Organization Learning and Development

Kirsten Walker

VP of Organization Learning and Development Since 1996

Donate to RISE

RISE Services is a registered nonprofit (501c3) organization and donations are 100% tax deductible. Your donation will go directly to helping us fulfill our mission!