Rise President Lynn Noren recently received the 2019 Tip of the Spear Award from the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation (also known as MOHR) for her service at the Rise headquarters in Spring Lake Park and across Minnesota.
The statewide honor recognizes individuals who have made an impact and inspire others to take action benefiting individuals with disabilities. The award was presented at the MOHR Summer Conference in St. Cloud.
“In the past 40-plus years, Lynn Noren has worked tirelessly to strengthen services and supports for people with disabilities throughout the state of Minnesota and beyond,” said MOHR President Julie Johnson.
“I can’t imagine a better thing to do than to work in an organization where you can have an impact on people every single day,” said Noren, who credited her team of leaders and staff at Rise. The large, north metro-based provider serves about 4,000 individuals with disabilities.
Noren joined Rise in 1979 as a college intern in the nonprofit’s work activity program, and became president in 2013. Noren has served on MOHR’s board of directors and on the boards of preceding organizations. She’s also shared her expertise on the board of the Family Life Mental Health Center in Coon Rapids, and is a 34-year surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.