More about me
How do you Partner with people to 'clear the path ahead'?
I encourage and advocate for the individuals that I partner with. I motivate people to be self-directed and empower them to live their best lives. I assist individuals I partner with to troubleshoot and overcome any barriers to living their best life.
What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
My favorite thing about being an IRIS Consultant is meeting and getting to know so many people and families in my community. I cherish the relationships that are formed in my work.
What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
I feel that my experience at the Lake Superior Community Health Center in Douglas County as an Eligibility Specialist/Health Advocate has prepared me for being an IRIS consultant. I worked with hundreds of people on their paths to understanding and navigating our healthcare system. Prior to working at the health center I worked with individuals with disabilities to find work around the community. I served in the United States Coast Guard for 5 years before I went back to college to obtain my Social Work degree. The USCG taught me many things, but most importantly in my time serving in the USCG it instilled integrity, honesty, and devotion to my work.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time, I like to make sure that my 10-year-old 90lb human boy, my 8-year-old 80lb canine, and 1-year-old 6lb feline are happy and well taken care of. Additionally, I enjoy kayaking down the Brule river, attending music concerts, reading, traveling and being a lifelong learner.