Our Core Values
To support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with love and understanding, embracing and honoring their differences and assisting them to be active, contributing citizens so that others may benefit from their gifts and abilities.
Innovation and Quality
Rural Living Environments was founded in 2002 by Don and Leanne Negley of Babbitt, Minnesota, out of their commitment to providing positive person-centered residential services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a rural setting.
We would like to take a moment to recognize our Direct Support Professionals who every day provide the care to the consumers we support. Without their dedication and continuing efforts, there would be no company. They are the reason we continue to grow and have the high degree of respect within our industry.
Don Negley, Co-owner and CEO, is a former Mayor and City Council Member of Babbitt, Minnesota. Don is a successful entrepreneur who is actively involved in the community. He has been appointed or elected to numerous boards in the area, co-chaired the Community Readiness for Precious Mineral Mining, volunteered his services for local sports, and is currently a member or serving on the boards for local recreation. Prior to starting Rural Living Environments, Don worked in product development, marketing and sales for various existing and start-up entities.
Leanne’s years of service have earned her a reputation for creating highly effective programs to address behavioral challenges. As a strong advocate for persons with disabilities, Leanne is Secretary of the Iron Range Chapter of The Arc Minnesota and has been instrumental in promoting the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals. She also served on the Minnesota Department of Human Services Rule 40 Revisions Committee. As a previous Board member for Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry, Leanne has collaborated on behalf of RLE to offer a Summer Camp experience for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Corey Musel, Designated Manager, has been with RLE since 2009. He serves as manager ensuring program compliance with regard to RLE’s clients. He ensures that RLE implements corrective action following review of incident and emergency reports, has a current understanding of the licensing requirements, and is responsible for evaluation of satisfaction of clients served by the RLE program. He also ensures staff competency requirements are met along with staff orientation and training.
Michael Maxson, Designated Manager, first joined the RLE team in 2007 as a Direct Support Professional and returned as our newest Designated Manager in March 2016. He brings with him over 15 years experience in human services, including eight years with Minnesota State-Operated Community Services. Michael’s passion for the individuals he serves earned him the 2012 NADSP/DSPAM Direct Support Professional of the Year. Michael oversees three of our AFC sites, and feels privileged to work for a company that truly embodies a person-centered approach to individual supports.
Shelley Sundberg, Financial Administrator, has been with RLE since September 2010. She maintains all of the company financial records, reporting on accounts payable and receivable. She is responsible for the day-to-day business and reports consolidation from all parts of the company, working closely with all financial systems within the company.
Barb Dimich, Human Resources, joined RLE in May 2015. She serves as the administrator responsible for all HR-related duties, maintaining human resource records, benefits administration, employee relations, training, recruitment / employment, affirmative action, employment law compliances, and payroll.