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  Consultant Name Karen Schmidt
  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 10/20/2014 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
Augsburg College Bachelor of Arts - Youth and Family Ministry Yes 12/1/2002
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary Master of Arts - Religion Yes 5/1/2006
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary Master of Sacred Theology No

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 for Cognitive Concepts, Inc., a behavioral support service provider, as a supervisor and human resources specialist. My work with this agency included behavioral training, understanding all aspects of managing a business and significant experience in human resources. During my undergraduate studies I worked as a camp counselor at Lutherdale Bible Camp where I developed and coordinated the program for people with disabilities including persons with developmental and cognitive disabilities.

County/Region I'm familiar with

Outagamie

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'?
The two most important aspects of my role as a TMG IRIS Consultant are to listen and offer resources. It is my goal to listen to you and assist you in developing goals that help you to live your life the way you choose. The resources to achieve and maintain these goals can vary from information about the IRIS waiver to specific providers of services in the area to working together to brainstorm creative strategies and solutions to concerns. Choosing a self-directed program does not mean you are in this alone. It is my role as an IRIS consultant to listen to you and work side-by-side to help you to reach your goals.

What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
As a child, I was taught that every problem has a solution, if you think creatively. I thoroughly enjoy partnering with people to find those solutions. I feel privileged to be a part of your life as you talk with me about your goals and progress towards those goals and barriers that are getting in the way of reaching your goals. When a problem comes up, I enjoy working together to come up with creative solutions to help you to determine how you want to live your life and achieve the life you want to live.

What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
My working experience prior to joining TMG ranges from running a week long summer camp program for adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities to working for a behavioral support service provider that specialized in assisting people cope with serious or dangerous behaviors. These experiences have prepared me to understand the systems and programs available to individuals in IRIS and they have taught me that every individual has their own strengths and challenges. My personal experience with assisting the coordination of services for my own grandparents gave me perspective from a program participant's point of view and reminded me of the importance of having a place of your own, as they were able to remain in their home instead of an alternative setting. Finally, part of my past experience includes working in human resources and management. This has given me the ability to assist others in paperwork, hiring, training and what it means to be an employer. I have also worked as a Job Developer and understand the process for employment seekers with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
The majority of my free time is spent devoting time to family, friends and football. I am blessed to have a large extended family and group of friends that is dedicated to laughter, love and generosity. I am an avid Packer and UW Badger fan and enjoy playing fantasy football during the fall and winter months. I enjoy reading books including the classics and fantasy/sci-fi. Lastly, I am extremely passionate about music. I sang in choir throughout high school, college and grad school, enjoy going to see local and nationally known bands, and try to sing karaoke at least once a week.

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