Dedicated to serving people with disabilities and other barriers to employment and community inclusion, ProAct provides a wide range of client services that enhance employment skills and self-sufficiency capabilities. At the same time, ProAct offers employers from the Twin Cities area, western Wisconsin and southern Minnesota with quality workplace employees and assembly, packaging and light manufacturing products and services.
ProAct, Inc., with more than 45 years of service, is the modern day result of the joining of two highly regarded organizations serving people with disabilities, Owobopte, Inc. and Interstate Rehabilitation Center (IRC).
Owobopte was founded as a small organization providing training and work opportunities for people at what was then the Hastings State Hospital and grew into a sizeable Day Training and Habilitation center in Eagan. Interstate Rehabilitation Center, located in Red Wing, straddled the Mississippi River and served individuals in both Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
The 2002 merger of these two groups serving people with disabilities created a strong and vital organization, well equipped to serve people and businesses.
Some seven years later, responding to requests from parents of adults with disabilities in St. Croix County, Wisconsin, ProAct began a new operation in that area in 2009. It soon established a fourth location in the city of Hudson, Wis. to serve individuals with both community-based day programming, job preparation and placement services.
Then, in 2018, a new chapter began as ProAct began managing services for New Options in Scott County, a Day Training and Habilitation provider with a 50-year history. New Options was the last county-run program of its kind in Minnesota.
ProAct's Board of Directors
James Louwagie, Chair, Merchants Bank, N.A. – Lakeville, Minn.
Teri McCloughan, Past Chair, Stapleton & McCloughan, PLLC – St. Paul, Minn.
Arleen Sullivan, Vice Chair, Anchor Bank – St. Paul, Minn.
Charles DeNet, Treasurer, DeNet Kenefick & Associates, P.A. – St. Paul, Minn.
Paul Kramp, Alliance Bank – Red Wing, Minn.
Mary Ellen Leary, The MEL Group, “People Solutions”- Eagan, Minn.
Marty Stapleton, Stapleton & McCloughan – St. Paul, Minn.
Dr. John Christiansen, Intermediate School District 917 – Rosemount, Minn.
Brian Knapp, 3M Fall Protection – Red Wing, Minn.
Pat Jones, Superior Home Care – Lakeville, Minn.
Steven Ditschler, Ex-Officio, ProAct, Inc. – Eagan, Minn.
PROACT LEADERSHIP TEAM
The leadership team guiding ProAct is experienced and dedicated to the highest level of performance in serving individuals. All are pleased to be leading a talented and committed staff.
Steven Ditschler, President and Chief Executive Officer
Kim Feller, Vice President of Programs & Services
Sally Ogren, Director of Programs & Services, Red Wing/Zumbrota
Jo Ann Peine, Human Resources Manager and Corporate Compliance Officer
Aimee Sandy, Controller