About Us

Ascend is Building Full Lives!

Ascend Services, Inc., is a private, not-for-profit [501(c)(3)] charitable organization. We develop our support services to inspire and empower individuals to ascend towards their personal and vocational goals by connecting them to resources within our community. It is our goal to create fuller, more vibrant lives for the people with whom we work through the promotion of independence, learning and community integration based on the Building Full Lives Model.

Building Full Lives is a service model that focuses on building a full schedule of life activities for each individual based on their choices. The focus is to create a pathway to employment and community involvement by learning, exploring and connecting people to their community through learning experiences, contributing and volunteering.


Deanna Genske
Executive Director
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Dale Cayemberg
Operations Director
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Aundre Owens
Recruiting & Resource Coordinator
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Marissa Fitzgerald
Building Full Lives Navigator
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Kim Rooney
Board President
UnitedOne Credit Union

Michele Ziarnik
Vice President

Chad Naidl
Clifton Larsen Allen

Sandra Hardrath

Stephen Dudek
Board Member
Access Investment Advisors

Laura Fielding
Board Member
UnitedOne Credit Union

Sara Greenwood
Board Member
Mishicot School District

Halvor Halvorsen
Board Member
City Of Manitowoc

Keith Lyons
Board Member
Manitowoc Public Utilities

Alison Petri
Board Member
Steimle Birschbach, LLC

Stacey McDonell
Board Member
Business Owner

David Wage
Board Member