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  Consultant Name Heather Zielinski
  Company Name TMG
  Phone Number 262-287-2544
  E-Mail HZielinski@tmgwisconsin.com

Work History (starting with most recent)

Name of Agency Date of Employment Job Title
TMG 3/23/2015 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 Phoenix Bachelor of Science - Health Care Administration Yes 6/1/2012

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)

Prior to coming to TMG, I worked as a Dementia Care Specialist through the Aging and Disability Resource Center. While working in this position, I received training and education on mental health and memory disorders from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

County/Region I'm familiar with

Racine, Walworth

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 means assisting you with your life goals, while assisting you with setting up services and supports to help you achieve those goals. First, I will assist you with identifying your needs and goals. Assist you with understanding the resources specific to those needs and go forward with you to make a plan. As and IC I will assist you with understanding how to maintain your IRIS budget to ensure that it is being utilized to the fullest.

What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
​As a TMG IRIS Consultant, I enjoy seeing the people I partner with in the IRIS Program meet their goals and maintain those goals. I enjoying learning about each person and listening to their stories. I enjoy being a part of the planning process and watching each person thrive.

What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
​While my formal education has helped me greatly, my life experience is what has shaped me. As a teenager I took care of my Grandfather who struggled with a memory impairment. It helped me to understand firsthand how to take care of a loved one with dignity and respect. Also my paid care giving experience in the hospital setting and long-term care setting has helped me understand how to ask the right question, be an advocate for my patients, and to assist families to be advocates for themselves and loved ones. As a Dementia Care Specialist, I learned how to assist Caregivers with understanding the disease processes and resources available for them. While learning to take care of themselves as well to maintain a healthy balance of care giving and personal well-being.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
​In my free time, I spend most of my hours with my two children. Our family is very involved with our church family. I keep busing by volunteering in Children's Ministry, worship team, and leading a Family Life group. I also love to read novels and enjoy dinning out.

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