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  Consultant Name Mary Zielke
  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 8/22/2016 12:00:00 AM 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
District One Technical Institute Associate Degree - Marketing Yes 5/1/1985 12:00:00 AM
University of Wisconsin - Stout Bachelor of Arts - Marketing Education/Business Administration Yes 8/1/1987 12:00:00 AM


Name of Certification / Accreditation Certifying Agency Date Certification was Obtained
Clients Rights/Proactive Approach NWCDD Capacity Team 7/1/1999 12:00:00 AM
The Long Term Support Core Course State of Wisconsin - Department of Health and Family Services 6/1/2001 12:00:00 AM
APSE Association of People Supporting Employment First 10/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
Cultural Awareness with Native Americans New Horizons North - Comprehensive Community Support 6/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

Specialties (e.g., working with autism, the elderly, employment for people with disabilities or youth in transition, mental health, experience with assisted technology)

Before coming to TMG, I worked with several service agencies located in Ashland, Wisconsin over a span of 16 years. My experience includes advocating, job developing, coaching, skill training, mentoring, daily living skills and income tracking with a diverse population of people with disabilities including adults with: autism, developmental disabilities, visual implairments and, long term mental health diagnoses. I worked closely with DVR as an Employment Specialist, encouraging people to find work in the community and also to include Comprehensive Community Support and Individual Placement and Support for AODA, PTSD and persons with mental health diagnoses.

County/Region I'm familiar with

Ashland, Bayfield, Iron, Price

Languages or Communication Skills


I'm comfortable with pets in the home


More about me

How do you Partner with people to 'clear the path ahead'?
I have a positive attitude and treat all individuals with respect. I am a good listener and keep communication open and honest. I create a partnerships that include equality for all involved and a comfort level that opens up better communication. Once the needs are met, then the goals can be accomplished.

What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
I have been advocating for person centered care most of my career. Being an IRIS consultant will give me the opportunity to continue with self-directed care and focus on abilities, not disabilities. Helping and watching people achieve their hopes and dreams gives me an awesome feeling of accomplishment and makes it all so worthwhile to see inclusion, not seclusion.

What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
I was the first to get a college degree in my family. My major was in business and marketing education, but then I acquired a job working with individuals with developmental disabilities and truly enjoyed the rewards of seeing them in the community working, shopping and, living in places of their own choosing. These experiences have taught me to have patience, be a good listener, and, most of all, to enjoy every day.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy gardening, especially flowers. I have loved to take pictures since I was 8 years old. I totally enjoy the great outdoors, especially fall. I have two dogs and two cats whom are very affectionate and fun. Staying active is important to me, so my bucket list is long. I also love spending time with family and friends.

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