More about me
How do you Partner with people to 'clear the path ahead'?
By listening to the individuals I partner with I am able to build relationships in which I feel genuinely invested in their success. Over the past 3 1/2 years as an IRIS Consultant and the years I have spent as the parent and advocate of a child with Developmental Disabilities, I have gained knowledge of the resources available to folks in this area to assist them in living their best life within their Community. I collaborate with colleagues and agencies in the Eau Claire area to continually gain this knowledge that I share with those I partner with. I know firsthand how important you or your loved one is to our Community and I look forward to helping others live a self-directed and self-determined life.
What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
What I like best about what I do is getting to know the people I partner with and their families. We all have a story and we all have a gift to share so when I get to talk with individuals about their goals and aspirations, assist them in achieving these goals, and offer resources along the way, that is what makes this job so special.
What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
I may be one of a small group of Consultants who didn't come to this job with work experience in this field. But, what I did come to this job with was the connection I have as a parent of a child with disabilities. I have always been, and always will be my sons biggest advocate. I spent years attending his IEP's, working with his educators, working with DVR, watching him succeed and feeling every one of his failures. What I've gained along the way is a gift of listening, understanding and compassion for those I partner with.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Spending time with family is my favorite thing to do in my free time. I also like to read, travel and take my dog on walks.