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.
Our Core Values
Innovation and Quality
In the fall of 2002, Donald and Leanne Negley began to develop and shape what would become the foundation of what we know today as Rural Living Environments. They decided to focus on the needs of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities by providing innovative residential services.
Today, Rural Living Environments, Inc., serves people in many different areas of support: Supported Living Services (group homes), In-home Family Support, Independent Living Skills, Supported Employment Services, Special Transportation Services and, in late 2016, they added Crisis/Respite Services.
Serving people from around the State of Minnesota.
We would like to take a moment to recognize our Direct Support Professionals who every day provide the care to the individuals 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.
Would you like to join our team? Click here to apply for employment with Rural Living Environments and its subsidiaries.
Crisis / Respite
Aaron Kaercher has been with RLE since 2016 and served first as a DSP, then moved into the position of DM for the new Crisis/Respite program, providing oversight for the residential site and working to develop an outreach program. He brings valuable experience from his days as Area Supervisor for Mental Health, Mental Health Practitioner, and Day Training Specialist, serving for more than 10 years with Gerard of Minnesota. In addition, he worked as contract Mental Health Practitioner for more than four years with adolescents in the area of Day Training for Freeborn County before moving to the Northland.
Mr. Kaercher is a very talented musician and very much enjoys his music. So do we! It is just one of the many gifts that he can bring when serving our clients.
Don Negley has been the CEO / CFO since the company’s inception. He continues to focus on the company’s possible avenues of expansion, streamlining operations through technological tools and overall business efficiencies. He has worked in a wide variety of capacities with different companies and in varying industries, including a number of manufacturing startup companies with a primary career focus of directing sales and marketing of new and developing products. In 2012 Mr. Negley was presented with the University of Minnesota Duluth Center for Economic Development’s Labo Entrepreneurial Spirit Award for his efforts in business development.
Shelley Sundberg has been with Rural Living Environments since September 2010 and serves as the company’s Financial Administrator. Her expertise is in a wide variety of areas, including accounts payable, billing, cash flow management, and insurance oversight, and many other tasks that keep the company functioning and organized. Shelley has served previously as claims processor Blue Cross / Blue Shield, office administrator for a legal and insurance firm, and customer service rep for a lending institution financial administrator.
Sandy Jaeger has been with the company since the summer of 2016 and serves as one of the company’s Financial Administrators. We were fortunate to attract Sandy back to work after a brief retirement as the Director of Claims and Customer Service processing for Blue Cross / Blue Shield in the Aurora and Virginia offices. Sandy has served in many varied capacities and complements her counterpart (Shelley Sundberg). RLE is very, very fortunate to have these two talented people in the financial department.
Megan Luukkonen, Program Director
Shelley Curtiss, Office Administrator