Presidents Welcome 2017

Hello -


I am very excited to serve as your President for 2017! I have an

amazing board with me this year and am looking forward to the adventure.

I wanted to introduce myself and give you some background on me. I am

currently a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the State VRS. I

attended SCSU for my Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling – Go Huskies!

Prior to that I worked in the mental health field in both Connecticut

and California doing case management and job placement. I have a husband

and two adorable children who I am completely in awe of. I live in

Hinckley and work out of the Cambridge office. I have a transition

caseload and love talking to younger people about their plans for the

future- it keeps me excited about my job!


Thank you for the support I have received for my Presidency. I am

excited to continue moving forward with the goals begun last year

including helping to move Minnesota Rehabilitation Association to an

even more efficient place. We will continue to implement the updated

position descriptions and by-laws. I am also excited to help grow our

membership. This year, I am hoping to help students make progress down

their career paths by connecting them with our more experienced members

and other professionals. Networking is, of course, the best way to meet

your career goals! I am looking forward to working with both returning

and new board members this year. See you in Wilmar in April!


Kathleen Hartl


About MRA

As the part of the nation's most established and respected membership association for rehabilitation professionals, we welcome you to the Website of the Minnesota Rehabilitation Association (MRA).  MRA members work to eliminate barriers and increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  We provide our members opportunities for advocacy and increased awareness of issues through professional development and access to current research topics. Together, we work towards a society where there are no barriers, environmental or attitudinal, to full employment and participation in life. We invite you to join our growing community by becoming a member today!

Mission Statement

Advancing the lives of people living with disabilities through:

  • Professional Development
  • Empowering the community through training and education
  • Networking and collaboration with public and private sectors
  • Active engagement with issues surrounding disability at local state and federal levels