More about me
How do you Partner with people to 'clear the path ahead'?
I will work with individuals in the IRIS Program to identify and meet their needs so that they can live their best possible life in the community of their choice. We will do so by working with the individualís natural and community supports as well as IRIS funded supports. I am interested in the outcomes the person wants to achieve whether it is IRIS related or not. If it is important to the person participating in IRIS, then it is important to me.
What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
I enjoy all aspects of being a consultant, even the paperwork; however, the best part is meeting so many diverse people. I embrace diversity and like learning about different cultural practices with the people I serve. I also find it rewarding when you meet a goal you have that we have partnered together to achieve.
What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
Besides the work experience I noted above, I have a spouse with a disability and also a disabled friend so I really get how chronic health issues can affect one's every day functioning and quality of life. I know what it is like to have to rely on programs like food share and area food pantries in order to make it through the month or to find that there is more month than money to take care of the monthly bills.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I am family-oriented although I am an empty nester now. I enjoy reading, movies, music (rock, alternative rock, new age, classical, some jazz, big band, and Christmas songs). I also enjoy flower gardening and home decor, so I also watch HGTV and DIY networks frequently for ideas and knowledge. I like hanging out with friends and enjoy going to the Bristol Renaissance Faire in the summer. My spouse and I enjoy going out to eat, when the budget allows, and we still go to music concerts every once in awhile.