RCS Empowers, Inc.

About Us

Our Story

A History Dedicated to Empowering Individuals

RCS provides an array of services to children and adults with disabilities including Birth to Three, Day Services, After Hours Special Events, and Employment Services which can include job exploration, preparation, placement, and job coaching.

Hundreds of local businesses have hired employees through RCS. These employees are filling needs and create a positive impact on their companies.

RCS Packaging, Assembly and Fulfillment services are highly regarded for our responsiveness, flexibility and quick turnaround. We are a cost-effective solution to outsourcing. We guarantee quality results.

Our Team

The People Behind RCS

Martha VandeLeest


Monica Senkbeil

Senior Vice President – HR & Administration

Nathaniel VandeLeest

Director of Business Services & Human Resources

Andrew Bubb

IT Manager

Josh Senkbeil

Human Resources & Operations Manager

David Gass

Board Chairman

Rohde Dales LLP
Managing Partner

Jim Van Alstine

RCS Empowers Vice Chairman & Board Treasurer

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Chief Financial Officer

Jon Rost

Past Chairman

Innovation Applied LLC

Rick Carr

Board Secretary

PW Stoelting LLC
Vice President
of Sales and Marketing

Aaron Brault

Sheboygan County
Director of Planning and Conservation

Amber D'Angelo

HTT, Inc.
Human Resources Manager

Beth Borgen

Lakeland University

Blake Hendry

Georgia Pacific LLC Environmental Health
and Safety Manager

Dave Kettler

PW Stoelting LLC
Retired, Director
of Human Resources

Dawn Wittig, MSN

Tender Hearts Senior Care

Doug Pelletiere

Sargento Foods, Inc. Executive Vice President – Human Resources

James Potter

Rockline Industries, Inc.

Ken King

Family Services & Consumer Credit Counseling
Retired, Executive Director

Khou Vue, SHRM-CP

Kohler Company
HR Manager – KBNA

Lindsay Harrison-Eirich

Engaged Marketing Co.

Michael Failey

UnitedOne Credit Union
Chief Marketing Officer

Patrick Ortlieb

Kailani Blue Properties

Tim Kaker

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County
Retired, Executive Director

Tom Holtan

Town of Sheboygan
Director of Public Works/Engineer

Gerry Loth

Board President

H.C. Denison Co.
Retired, Registered Representative

Martha VandeLeest

Board Secretary/ Treasurer
RCS Empowers, Inc.
President – CEO

Ann Doro

U.S. Bank 
Wealth Management Associate

Don Hammond

Merit Financial Advisors
Senior Vice President/Managing Partner 

Steve Harrison

Old Wisconsin Sausage Company
Retired Vice President – General Manager

Mike Molepske

Bank First National

Tom Schueller

Community Bank & Trust
Retired President

Andrew Wilson

U.S. Bank
Vice President – Senior Portfolio Manager

A Look At The Past

RCS Timeline & History

Founded in 1955 when a group of concerned citizens identified a need in Sheboygan County to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities. Fast forward to modern day, the mission of the organization remains true to its foundation: RCS empowers individuals with disabilities and special needs so they may work, live, and function with dignity and respect.


A group of concerned citizens established classes for young adults with disabilities.


Lincoln Avenue home purchased and “Opportunity Center” provides academic, vocational and recreational activities.


Charles A. Kiley appointed Executive Director.


 The Opportunity Center purchases the former Hayssen Manufacturing plant at 1305 St. Clair Avenue and changes its name to The Rehabilitation Center of Sheboygan, Inc.


Frances Reiss Hall on Huron Avenue opens as a foster care home for adults with mental illness.


Ron Van Rooyen promoted to Executive Director.


Early Intervention Program (EIP) begins providing services to children from birth to three years of age.


 Ella Klemme Hall, a community based residential facility, was constructed at N. 13th Street and Geele Avenue through a bequest from Ella Klemme. It replaced the Frances Reiss Hall.


929 Niagara Avenue apartments constructed for people with chronic mental illness through funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.


First RCS Play,“Something Special”, is performed for staff and participants.


RCS purchases Larson Plywood at N. 15th Street and Geele Avenue and production expands to the new North Plant facility.


RCS purchases Mid-Co Packaging Co. establishing RCS Packaging


Community employment services began through a matching grant from Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.


RCS Packaging celebrated achieving over $1 million in sales.


Land is purchased on N. 38th Street to construct new Ella Klemme Home for 4 individuals.


First Employment Services Employer Recognition Luncheon held to honor area employers who support the employment of individuals with disabilities.


Agency changes name from Rehabilitation Center of Sheboygan, Inc. to RCS Empowers, Inc.



RCS purchases Plastics Engineering Plant at 1607 Geele Avenue to be able to merge to a one campus location.


Packaging operation moves into new facility on Geele Avenue after Phase I renovation project. 


Administrative, Employment Services and Day Services move to new facility on Geele Avenue after Phase II renovation completed.


Individual Placement & Support (IPS) program developed for individuals with serious mental health needs using an outcomes focused approach.


Calumet Square property purchased for additional RCS expansion opportunities.


Martha VandeLeest named President of RCS Empowers.


Construction begins for RCS Trailside Park to enhance outdoor environment for individuals with disabilities.


"Shine On", an annual RCS community supported fundraising event, began to provide community awareness and showcase RCS services.


RCS creates new Front Atrium resulting in added welcoming social spaces for everyone.


Team RCS wins the Movers & Shakers Champion and People’s Choice Awards


 RCS develops virtual programming called “RCS Connects” to service individuals with disabilities who cannot attend in person.


RCS installed 75” screen televisions and web cameras to provide needed technology as part of rebuilding programs after COVID-19.


RCS hosted their annual art show in person for the first time in two years!  RCS participants created over 850 pieces of artwork to display and community members purchased several hundred of them! All proceeds from the sales were given directly to the original creator of the sold piece. 


RCS updated its computer lab. Participants had an amazing week learning how to safely use technology!

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