Ruth Desjarlais

Program Administrator

Program Administrator
Ruth DesJarlaisRuth is a Program Administrator for Meridian Services, overseeing the Bayport, Calhoun, Northwood, Riverside, Timber Crest, and Woodridge programs.

Ruth attended Pillsbury College in Owatonna, Minnesota, where her studies focused on Graphic Design.

Ruth began working in social services while attending college in Owatonna. She realized her passion for working with those in need during that time. Ruth worked at Our Homes South, Incorporated, working overnights with an adult with Downs syndrome. After moving back to Minneapolis, Ruth sought a job at Meridian Services where she was hired as a full-time direct care staff person at Bassett Creek SLS. She was promoted to Program Manager of Bassett Creek in June 2008, was promoted to Floating Program Manager in April 2013, and was promoted to Floating Program Director in December 2013.

Ruth currently resides in Blaine with her best friend. She enjoys reading, going to movies, playing and listening to music, and spending time with her family and friends. Ruth also enjoys traveling to seek new adventures.

Personal Statement
Ruth is thankful for the opportunities given to her by Meridian Services. She believes that is important to help adults with disabilities to maintain their independence. Ruth enjoys her role as a Floating Program Director, being able to serve a variety of consumers and getting to know some amazing staff along the way. She strives to ensure that her consumers receive the highest quality of care that each deserves.

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