OUR TEAM

Recovree represents a team of people who have firsthand experience with substance use disorder and are committed to helping people find recovery and thrive. View current employment opportunities here.

 
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MELISSA KJOLSING LYNCH, CEO

Melissa has extensive experience working with startups. In her most recent role, she was the managing director of MN Cup, the largest statewide startup competition in the country. She has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Melissa is a certified peer recovery specialist.

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LUKE KJOLSING, CHIEF RECOVERY OFFICER

Luke is a U.S. Air Force veteran who studied at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State University, Mankato. Luke finds energy and joy in helping people with their recovery journey because he personally understands the challenges of addiction. He is a certified peer recovery specialist and manages a sober house in St. Paul. He is also active in the local recovery community including Young Adults in Recovery.

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JEFF LARSON, VP OF STRATEGY AND EMERGING MARKETS

Jeff is a consultant and counselor in the addiction field. He has served in numerous roles in residential and outpatient treatment programs throughout his career including Executive Director of Health and Human Services for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. He was trained as a counselor at Hazelden Foundation and received his Master’s Degree in Human Development from St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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JENNA PEDERSON, TECHNOLOGY CONSULTANT

Jenna is a business owner, community builder, and technical entrepreneur with a passion for community and equity-building. She helps entrepreneurs make their product ideas a reality—from starting with an idea and seeing the big picture, to aligning the technical strategy with the business strategy and positioning it for growth. Jenna is a proud co-founder of Hack The Gap, led the Twin Cities Geekettes, and currently serves on the Minnestar Board of Directors.

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ANNE WESTMAN, VP OF MARKETING

After graduating from the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota, Anne worked as a microbiologist at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Always interested in business, she decided to change her career trajectory and jumped into a startup. In her most recent role, she was the Executive Director of Sigma Beauty, an international e-commerce business.