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  Consultant Name Karen Berg
  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 5/9/2012 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 - Madison Bachelor's Degree - Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education Yes 12/1/1989

Credentials

Name of Certification / Accreditation Certifying Agency Date Certification was Obtained
Social Worker State of Wisconsin 1/1/1993

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 20 years as an upper level Supervisor and as a direct support manager to people with Autism, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, Prader Willi, Down syndrome, mental illnesses, high medical needs and dual diagnosis. Therefore, I have extensive experience with those living with developmental disabilities.

County/Region I'm familiar with

Milwaukee, Waukesha

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'?
My style of partnering with people would be considered flexible and laid-back. I believe getting to know a person and building a trusting & knowledgeable rapport is the best way to partner. I believe mutual respect is key and I enjoy getting to know each personsÆ special talents by listening and learning about individual life experiences. I don't admit to knowing everything, but will look into things/questions and follow-up as necessary.

What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
I enjoy many things about being an IRIS Consultant. One of my favorite things is meeting and getting to know new and different people. I enjoy learning and conversing about family, current events, special talents and other interests. I enjoy having the ability to be flexible and meet individual needs. I have been able to connect with some very smart and interesting people within IRIS/TMG and I always find that energizing.

What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
Many of my life experiences have prepared me to be an IRIS Consultant. I am a very open and non-judgmental individual that has worked with people of differing abilities, styles, histories and backgrounds for over 30 years. I always try to remember to treat people with respect, the way I wish to be treated by others. If you put yourself in the shoes of the people you work with, you can provide more sensitive, quality support. I know a great deal about the service delivery systems within the Milwaukee and Waukesha areas and how to advocate for others. I am a strong advocate that is driven to help everyone be treated fairly and with dignity.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I am game for just about anything during my free time. I really love being with my family and I enjoy watching my family have fun and enjoy life. I enjoy festivals, concerts, crafts, sporting events, parks and like to relax with a good book or program on TV. I just enjoy being happy, organized and positive.

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