More about me
How do you Partner with people to 'clear the path ahead'?
I partner with people within the community to clear the path ahead by showing them that there are ways to achieve any goal that they have set forth. In today's society, there is a belief that there are too many barriers to complete a goal or someone may think they would not be able to be successful. My job is to be a partner to show them that the path can be cleared by education of what’s available, collaboration, determination, and a helping hand.
What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
My favorite thing about being an IRIS Consultant is the ability to work with a variety of people. Every day is a new day, that is something that I look forward to. I get the privilege to work with students that are preparing for adulthood, adults that are looking to create a better way of life or working with a family to create a care team approach for a loved one. The title of an IRIS Consultant allows me to use every resource that I have available and to utilize creative and unique paths for each individual. Every person is unique in this world, their care plan or goals should be just as unique as they are.
What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
My previous career experience has prepared me to be an IRIS Consultant by allowing me to working within multiple areas of a person's life. I have been able to assist individuals and families that are experiencing housing emergencies and are in need of rental assistance or other assistance available within the county. I have also been privileged to work with those that have served our country; these men and women that have served sometimes have a unique set of needs but they also have a unique set of resources that are available to them. I believe that my work experience prior to TMG has allowed me to create more accurate and holistic plans for the individuals I partner with in the IRIS Program. I am able to identify needs that may be hidden and then we are able ensure that the whole person is being addressed vs just focusing on one or two specialized needs.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy volunteering and scrapbooking. I have a four-year-old Newfoundland; her name is Twinkie. I had her trained as a therapy dog and she now volunteers at the local elementary schools, hospitals, and airport. It is also a little therapy for me at home! I also enjoy scrapbooking. It is nice to look back at the memories and see something that you personally created! Otherwise, I do also enjoy good quality family time with my husband and my daughter. Family is a gift, so I like to spend any time that I can with them.