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Lance's experiences as a technician, analyst, consultant, entrepreneur, marketing manager, information technologist, public speaker, writer, and life-long learner provide valuable knowledge, insight, leadership, and stakeholder-universe perspective. Although his experiences as a previous nursing home resident, current home health care consumer, plus advocate throughout the disability and aging communities offer critical understanding of key health care industry topics, his broad knowledge, skills, interests, technology, networks, and other resources allow him to be adept within nearly any industry and organization -- for-profit or non-profit.
Lance offers clients unique enhancement opportunities by specializing in the following areas:
Lance completed the University of Saint Thomas Opus College of Business MBA program during the Summer of 2009. Although he has completed the MBA program, he continues his lifelong learning, training, and professional development by taking additional courses offered through St. Thomas and other providers. He has studied topics ranging from strategic planning, marketing, project management, economics, corporate governance, industry analysis, management principles, finance, operations, decision science, quality management, and accounting. Although his primary MBA focus was health care management, his broad knowledge, skills, abilities, technology, networks, resources, and interests allow him to be adept within nearly any industry and organization -- for-profit or non-profit.
Besides his work with PRECISA, Inc., he serves on the Board of Directors for the Direct Support Professional Association of Minnesota (DSPAM), has served as the vice-chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (MCIL), plus has been a member of various advisory committees with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. In addition, he has frequently written for Access Press, Minnesota's Disability Community Newspaper.
Lance was born in the small community referred to as Crosby-Ironton, which is located in rural Minnesota’s Crow Wing County. At the age of eighteen months, he was diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy similar to Juvenile Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Intermediate Spinal Muscular Atrophy. After finishing high school near the top of his class, he transferred to the actuarial studies program within the University of Saint Thomas mathematics department where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
During the next 15 years, he worked as an actuarial technician for employee benefits consulting firms, a programmer analyst for a large insurance company, independent website developer for various organizations, technology instructor and mathematics tutor for his hometown rural school district, and then an independent technology and operations consultant serving small businesses. During those years, he volunteered time, energy, and skills by serving as a Muscular Dystrophy Association Greater Twin Cities Area Executive Committee president, Muscular Dystrophy Association National Task Force on Public Awareness member, and Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare Family Resource Center assistant.
During his free time, Lance enjoys sharing experiences with family, friends, and community while listening to live local music (e.g. acoustic pop, R&B, jazz); leisurely reading, people-watching, or interacting with others at local, often independent, coffee shops; browsing around art, history, and science museums; visiting smaller theater venues; participating in various community events; and watching movies. Particularly during warmer weather, he loves strolling around the Minneapolis riverfront (e.g. the Stone Arch Bridge to catch the sunset, St. Anthony Main for the people, dining, and music).
Lance's vision is that each individual will be biologically and emotionally healthy, have access to required resources, and possess the desire and ability to efficiently utilize those resources in order to successfully pursue her or his personal "American Dream" -- life, liberty, and equality throughout the journey to achieve and maintain self-actualization.
Lance is dedicated to steadily working to provide service and quality to immediate family, extended family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and community. He uses them as motivators and guide for his choices, habits, and lifestyle. In addition, he admires and strives to promote the following qualities:
Lance's primary mantras are as follows:
What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community... and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
George Bernard Shaw, Irish Playwright (Energize)
Assisting others gain and retain access to resources, including the knowledge and skill to efficiently utilize them, as well as biological and emotional health in order to empower them toward successfully pursuing their individual “American Dreams”. During my efforts, I will demonstrate honesty, fairness, integrity, humility, patience, service, quality, excellence, accommodation, potential, growth, encouragement, empowerment, trustworthiness, and dignity.
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