Dr. Gerald Nebeker
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 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 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 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 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.