More about me
How do you Partner with people to 'clear the path ahead'?
I help people clear the path ahead by partnering with them to identify their goals and helping them as they plan to achieve those goals within the parameters of their budget allocation estimate and with attention to the wise use of public dollars.
What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
My favorite part of being an IRIS Consultant is meeting new people and then fostering and maintaining a working relationship with them. Beyond that, I look forward to the ongoing quarterly home visits and conversations with each individual(s) in IRIS. I am honored to say that the person in IRIS often looks forward to those home visits as much as I do. My favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant is my interpersonal interactions with the people in IRIS, particularly those conversations of a face-to-face nature.
What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
I served five years in a county human services department as both an Economic Support/Income maintenance case manager as well as a Social Worker. After that I served nearly 25 years in workforce development. Personal and life experiences from my formative years as part of a family of eight helped spawn my interest in the human services field and I am proud to have worked in that realm for nearly four decades.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
If the snow isn't too deep and the temperature is between 15 degrees and 94 degrees I would rather be outdoors. I enjoy vegetable gardening, forest management and firewood harvesting (to heat our home), fishing, edible mushroom hunting & gathering, bicycling, bird and deer hunting, wild game cookery, attending shows, plays and concerts, journaling, conversation, good comedy, attending baseball games (both amateur and professional), sports officiating (basketball and baseball), following news and current events, hiking, bird-watching, reading, listening to music, and so on.