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  Consultant Name Debbie Woods-Cornelius
  Company Name TMG
  Phone Number 262-822-7754
  E-Mail DWoods-Cornelius@tmgwisconsin.com

Work History (starting with most recent)

Name of Agency Date of Employment Job Title
TMG 10/7/2013 IRIS Consultant

Care Responsibilities

Your TMG IRIS consultant is your partner as you create a plan that meets your needs and stays within your IRIS budget. Your TMG IRIS consultant can connect you to resources in your area, and will be a great source of information for any questions you have

Educational Background

Name of Institution Major/Degree Degree Obtained Date Obtained
Gateway Technical College Associate Degree - Human Services Yes 1/1/1986
Upper Iowa University Bachelor of Science - Human Services Yes 6/1/2008

Credentials

Name of Certification / Accreditation Certifying Agency Date Certification was Obtained

Specialties (e.g., working with autism, the elderly, employment for people with disabilities or youth in transition, mental health, experience with assisted technology)

I have over 25 years of experience in the human services field including working with young adults, older adults, and individuals with physical and mental disabilities. My past experience includes work as a Community Support Specialist, Job Corps Admissions Counselor, Employment Support Specialist, Ongoing Social Worker and Wisconsin Works Case Manager. I have worked throughout Wisconsin and Illinois connecting individuals to community support services and resources, providing case management, and education and workforce development services to achieve independence and sustainability.

County/Region I'm familiar with

Milwaukee, Racine

Languages or Communication Skills

English

I'm comfortable with pets in the home

Yes

More about me

How do you Partner with people to 'clear the path ahead'?
Partnering to me means creating a meaningful and comfortable relationship to have an open and honest conversation with the person and their goals and what it will take to achieve them. We will identify the best supports and services that IRIS funds can be used for to help reach goals with the desired outcomes.

What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
I'm a strong proponent of the IRIS program and self-direction. I believe an individual should have the right to choose their services and providers so that they can be comfortable and have quality of life. My biggest joy is seeing individuals participating in the IRIS program achieving their goals and living comfortable in their homes and community, and stating, IRIS makes it possible.

What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
In addition to my education and work experience, I have a family member who has a development disability and who has never been in a facility. She has always been cared for by family members in her home and has lived past her life expectancy. This has been attributed to the care and love she has received by family and the people who know her best. This has allowed me to better understand the importance of self-direction and how important it is to be able to live in one's own home and community.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy reading, listening to jazz, gospel, classical, and R & B music, and going to live theater and jazz shows. My favorite past time is spending time with family, traveling, philanthropy, and charity work.

WI DHS/DLTC/F-01486 (04/2015)