More about me
How do you Partner with people to 'clear the path ahead'?
Partnering means learning about the individual and his or her goals, then working with him or her to create an action plan to achieve those goals. First, I help identify strengths and abilities along with the supports and services currently available. This helps to increase the individual's purchasing power with the IRIS budget and keep the resources needed to get the care and support necessary to achieve goals.
What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
I enjoy seeing the progress the people I partner with make towards living as independently as possible, while getting the help they need to do so. I find it satisfying to watch the confidence levels people grow as they combine their best efforts with the support they need from others. Helping people get the most out of life is rewarding and fulfilling. Nothing puts a bigger smile on my face than seeing people I partner with achieve something they have worked toward for a long time.
What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
My education in psychology, sociology and emergency medicine has given me a great foundation. More important, however, has been my experience as a Guardian ad Litem, as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician, and, for over 4 1/2 years, as an IRIS Consultant. This experience has given me the skills to ask questions and to be actively listen as people answer those questions. Experience has also enabled me to quickly establish the kind of relationships with others that allow them to be comfortable enough to trust me to partner with them on their needs and their concerns.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I find that spending time with my wife, my children and grandchildren to be more rewarding than anything else. I also enjoy road trips, the great outdoors, fishing, and collecting antiques and Native American jewelry. To relax before bedtime, you will find me reading books about history and Native American culture while nibbling on European chocolates.