More about me
How do you Partner with people to 'clear the path ahead'?
In order to clear the path ahead for a participant in the IRIS program, I want to listen to your needs and desires. What is working in your life and what would you like to work on or improve? I will work with you to provide you with resources that I have, and will continue to look for more to fill your needs. I will be available to meet with you and make changes to your plan as needed. You will be respected for who you are and for what is important to YOU!
What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
My favorite part of being a TMG IRIS Consultant is bringing my experiences with resources and problem solving to you. As a parent of a young adult with autism and mitochondrial disease, I have had to navigate many needs and find resources to assist my son and our family. I have always been involved in many community groups and school programs, where I have learned about available resources. In addition, I have extensive experience in finding and keeping employment for persons with disabilities. It is an exciting new time in Wisconsin, and work first is important to people of all abilities. I want to help the people I partner with find a meaningful life.
What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
I received great experience working with ProjectSEARCH at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. While there, I worked with adults with various needs on job coaching and then job development in the community after ProjectSEARCH's nine-month program was complete. There are many different needs and wants for every person. Being able to recognize the needs and provide workable strategies to the person and the employer is a learned skill that I enjoy doing.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time I like to read, hike, spend time with good friends and cook. On my vacation time, I like to travel with my son to places where I can learn about cultures and history.