Board

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion.

We look forward to working with you.

Executive Board


Stephanie Kruger, President

My name is Stephanie Kruger. I have been the owner/director of Pearl Consulting since 2013, providing placement services and counseling to individuals in Southeast Minnesota.  I have worked in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation for more than a decade and hold a Master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from UW Stout. I’ve served on the MRA board as a District Representative and as the President of the Job Placement Division of MRA.  Currently I am serving as JPD Vice President. 

Laura Vitzthum, Past-President


My name is Laura Vitzthum. I have been working as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the State of Minnesota since October of 2012. I obtained my Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Mankato State University. I began serving on the MRA board as a student representative and have volunteered on the MRA board in some capacity since September of 2011.

Amber McCort, Next-President


My name is Amber McCort and I am a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in the St. Paul office. I have been a VRS counselor for almost 5 years now. As a VRS counselor I focus on working with students and providing Pre-ETS services as well as working with adults. I recently began focusing on learning to work with individuals with criminal backgrounds. I am currently the Secretary and past-president of the MRA Transition Specialties Division (TSD). I was a part of the creation of the MRA TSD in 2018 when Pre-ETS and Students services became a major focus for the Rehabilitation Community. I have been an active member of MRA since graduate school in 2015.

Micah Olson, Vice President & District D Representative



My name is Micah Olson. I am currently a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the State of Minnesota in the Apple Valley Office. I am a Transition Counselor working with Eastview and Rosemount High Schools and the Transition School for these Districts. I have been a Counselor for over seven years with the State and before this I was a Vocational Evaluator with Avivo (Then it was known as Resource). I have served on the MRA Board as a District Representative for more than 3 years and am now proud to also be serving as Vice President.


Alex Breiland, Secretary

I have been working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for State of Minnesota’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services since January 2017. I am a graduate of the Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling program at St. Cloud State University. I am a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). My area of focus include working with transition age youth with disabilities and youth who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. I have previously served the MRA board as a student representative, program co-chair, and vice president & vice president of MRA’s Transition Specialties Division.

Cristy Thomas, Treasurer


I hold a degree in Human Services and have been working with individuals with disabilities and partnering with businesses for over 15 years.  I am currently employed with Productive Alternatives as a Placement Specialist, the MRA Job Placement and Development Division (JPD) President and a MN JPD Placement 101 Trainer throughout the State. In addition, and have been serving the MRA Board in the Treasurer role since 2020.


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