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  Consultant Name Hannah Cooney
  Company Name TMG
  Phone Number 715-869-2022
  E-Mail HECooney@tmgwisconsin.com

Work History (starting with most recent)

Name of Agency Date of Employment Job Title
TMG 8/25/2014 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
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Bachelor's - Social Work and Sociology Yes 2/1/2012

Credentials

Name of Certification / Accreditation Certifying Agency Date Certification was Obtained
Certified Social Worker Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services 7/1/2013

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 previous work experience as a social worker at a nursing home and as a caregiver at residential group home. Therefore, I have had extensive experience in working with older adults and people with various, physical and mental conditions.

County/Region I'm familiar with

Marathon, Portage

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 partner with people by hearing what their goals are and helping them identify how to reach them. By partnering with them I am able to provide them with resources they need to achieve their goals. I assist them in becoming familiar with self-direction by providing them with the steps to take. I encourage the person to take control and learn to navigate the system but help them 'clear the path' as they run into obstacles along their way.

What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
​My favorite thing about being an IRIS Consultant is the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people. Each person is very unique and I like to learn about the individual and what their specific needs, struggles, strengths and goals are. I enjoy that each person and their journey is so different and I am always learning something new about people or how to do things.

What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
My previous experience as a caregiver in a residential group home allowed me the opportunity to have a better understanding of what a day is like for a person with a disability. It helped me prepare for my job as a consultant because I learned to be creative to get things to work for the unique needs of each individual. In my work as a nursing home social worker I did discharge planning and this allowed me to familiarize myself with different types of services and equipment available in the community.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my spare time I like to spend time in Wausau visiting with my family. I also enjoy cooking and trying new recipes. I also knit but this is a hobby I reserve for the colder months and I mainly knit scarves and blankets. In the warmer weather I like to spend as much time outside as possible, I enjoy gardening, camping and kayaking.

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