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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 Professional Studies - Bachelor of Science No

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 the best way to partner with others is to create a professional relationship based on trust and openness. I view my role as being the passenger while you’re in the driver seat, where you decide what services and goals are important to you.

What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
My favorite thing about being a TMG IRIS Consultant is being able to be a part of a person's team where they get to choose what services are important to them. I love seeing how individuals become empowered when they are able to make their own decisions about reaching their goals.

What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
Working for an independent living center gave me experience in understanding what self-determination and self-advocacy looks like for individuals who may have barriers in living the life they want to lead. I've also worked and developed relationships with local agencies and employees from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Social Security Administration, and the local Income Maintenance agency. I’m happy to share my knowledge of these resources with you.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
My free time is taken up by homework for obtaining my degree in Professional Studies at Viterbo University. However, when I'm not doing homework I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, playing video games, practicing yoga, and hanging out with my awesome dog, Boz.

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