• IRIS Consultant Biography

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  Consultant Name Erica Moutsopoulos
  Company Name TMG
  Phone Number 844-864-8987
  E-Mail IRISinfo@tmgwisconsin.com

Work History (starting with most recent)

Name of Agency Date of Employment Job Title
TMG 11-5-2018 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 about the IRIS program. In a self-directed program like IRIS, you decide who provides your support and services and when they happen. You may have natural support from people in your life, or you may choose to purchase the support you need from an agency or someone that you hire directly. Your TMG IRIS consultant will be there to talk through these decisions with you, and will help you put a plan in place that reflects your choices.

Educational Background

Name of Institution Major/Degree Degree Obtained Date Obtained
Viterbo University Bachelor's of Science - Professional Studies Yes August 2019

Credentials

Name of Certification / Accreditation Certifying Agency Date Certification was Obtained
Certified Peer Specialist UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education 3-2013

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

Prior to coming to TMG, I worked for an independent living center in Western Wisconsin for five years. My experience at my previous job helped me become well-versed in self-advocacy, benefits, and peer support. I became one of the center's Work Incentives Benefits Specialists, and helped individuals with different state/federal benefits understand how working may affect their benefits.

County/Region I'm familiar with

La Crosse, Monroe, Vernon

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'?
I believe it is important to build a relationship with someone I partner with. It can be overwhelming to have an IRIS Consultant come into the home and go through ALL the paperwork. I try to take the initial and orientation meetings at the individual's pace. There is a lot of information.

What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
My favorite things about being an IRIS Consultant are being able to partner with individuals and see how the IRIS program helps individuals be more independent and grow.

What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
Prior to joining TMG, I worked at an independent living center in Western Wisconsin as a Work Incentives Benefits Specialist, where I helped individuals with different state/federal benefits understand how working may affect their benefits. This experience has giving me a good understanding of how to help people of all abilities live self-directed lives and has given me a good knowledge of available resources within the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Social Security Administration, and the local Income Maintenance agency.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
My free time consists of spending time with friends and family, playing video games, facilitating an arthritis support group, practicing yoga, drawing zentangles - a form of meditative doodling, and hanging out with my awesome dog, Boz.

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