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.