More about me
How do you Partner with people to 'clear the path ahead'?
I like to listen to people, first, to hear what is important in their lives. I enjoy providing enough support and information to individuals to allow them to feel comfortable in imagining and trying things outside of their comfort zone. I am a connector. I help people to meet and gain the support of others who have experience in what the individual I am working with would like to do. I believe that we learn from our mistakes, and the winners in life are those who stand up one time more than they have fallen down.
What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
I enjoy working with people to accomplish goals and learn new skills. I like to encourage individuals to try new things to find what they truly enjoy. I love the moment when someone I am working with finally understands how a program rule works and can explain it back to me. I love hearing about new accomplishments of the people I work with. I enjoy the feeling when someone thanks me for taking the time to be there for them and to be willing to explain concepts several different ways until a person can understand a new concept without judging them.
What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
I have worked in customer service (as a waitress), in a Community Living Facility as a Direct Service Worker, Company Trainer, Case Manager, Program Administrator, and Regional Director. I spent 10 years working for a rehabilitation agency as a Training Specialist (Job Coach), Community Integration Supervisor, and Assistant Manager of Community Employment. I am a member of disability related groups such as Milwaukee area Developmental Disability Services Association (MADDSA) and Milwaukee Area Transition Advisory Board (MCTAB) and regularly attend community learning/networking events on various disability/mental health related topics. I am a Board Member for Senior Adult Support Services, LLC. and am a volunteer guardian for an individual with Down's Syndrome. I am also a graduate (1998) of Future Milwaukee, a year-long Leadership Development course.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy vegetable and flower gardening, kayaking, fishing, replicating restaurant recipes, cake decorating, and volunteering at various community functions. I like spending time with my teenage son and daughter, as well as with my husband and furry kids. I enjoy teaching others new skills, and love learning new skills/ideas from others as well. My guilty pleasure is learning about survival/disaster preparedness skills by reading books and attending classes. I want to put those skills to use some day by volunteering with the Red Cross assisting with disaster relief.