More about me
How do you Partner with people to 'clear the path ahead'?
I collaborate with individuals in the community and get to know them as a person. From there, I identify the levels of support they are looking for at home as well as in the community. Together, we will Identify key goals, potential obstacles, create plans to put goals in motion as a partnership. It is my job to empower the participant to make their own choices to “clear the path ahead.”
What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
My favorite thing about being a TMG IRIS Consultant is the journey. I like the initial meeting because it is a chance to get to know the person, lay a foundation for a good partnership, and discuss goals and strategies to empower the person. I also enjoy seeing the reactions of the individuals I partner with as they succeed with their goals. This is a reminder to the person, the people that support them and myself that anything is possible with the right plans in place and a positive outlook.
What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
My education and experience working with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities has taught me how to create meaningful partnerships with people, and discover what needs and goals they would like to accomplish. It has also taught me how to take a partner’s ideas and creatively make them into plans, and then carry out these plans to increase empowerment and independence at home and in the community.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy going to parks near my home and traveling to new places and checking out other national parks. I strive to go on one special trip a year. I also like spending time with my family and friends as much as possible. When I have free time, I like to make arts and crafts, in particular I enjoy making soy wax candles.