More about me
How do you Partner with people to 'clear the path ahead'?
In my years as a social worker, I have seen many barriers that have created obstacles in the paths of individuals seeking services and supports. I often fall back on the saying “Never say never” because I firmly believe that there is almost always some way to clear the path ahead. When a path is not first obvious, that is the time for the two of us to work harder and smarter and find a way to go under, over or around whatever obstacle might be blocking the path to you reaching your goals.
What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
I remember when self-directed supports first took root in Wisconsin, and specifically with local service providers in the La Crosse area. It was a new concept that I loved, because it allowed for individuals to have increased control, more flexibility and greater creativity in their services and in their lives. The IRIS program has expanded that concept to encompass an individual's complete service system, which is a wonderful choice that wasn't always available. I’m proud to be a part of that and to able to help people live the lives they chose.
What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
Several years ago, I provided case management to a woman with Cerebral Palsy, and the insight I obtained and awareness I learned because of her was incomparable. When others looked at this wonderful woman, they only saw the disability and not the amazing, intelligent person that she is. She taught me so much about self-determination, about how to be empathetic in an empowering way, and about the strength and determination of one woman. I also was shown the limitations of past services and I want to work to continue to broaden creative options for the people I partner with.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
When I’m not working, I greatly enjoy spending time at home with my family. I am a bit of a homebody and enjoy relaxing and having low-key time. When I do venture out, I love going to movies and dining out. Also, on occasional weekends, I try to visit my adult daughters in Duluth, MN, which allows me to have a bit of a break from the usual routine