More about me
How do you Partner with people to 'clear the path ahead'?
There can be a lot of information coming your way when you are looking at long-term care options. As a starting point, I want to get to know you, what you do on a daily basis, who are your supports, and what is important in your everyday life. Maybe there is something that you love to do, but feel are unable to do at this time. Let's talk about how that could be different, what you need support with in order to make that change successful, and how the IRIS waiver or other community programs/supports can benefit you. As your Consultant, I will partner with you to understand the waiver and keep your plan participant focused. I will review information regularly and be available to meet with you face to face or on the phone to answer any questions you may have.
What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
I enjoy diversity. I love meeting people for the first time and hearing their stories about their lives, interests, goals, and families. I am dedicated to the process of partnering with others to help them brainstorm and utilize their support system to achieve positive outcomes in their lives. There is solace in knowing you are not alone and there are people that WANT to partner with you and provide that support.
What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
I have supported a family member who was an early participant in the IRIS program. My role as a caregiver and natural support gave me a greater understanding of the struggles a person with a disability faces on a daily basis and how the Participant and entire family system. I understand the passion, patience and commitment needed to maintain safety and provide quality care to those who need our support. There was peace of mind and hope knowing there was support through the IRIS program. Prior to becoming a consultant, I worked in Human Services and Treatment and Rehabilitation. That background includes working with persons with disabilities, families, substance abuse, mental health, and children. I have been networking throughout my years in human services and case management to build strong relationships with providers while gaining knowledge of programs and resources. I have worked with diverse and multi-cultural populations throughout the greater Southwest Wisconsin.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I spend a lot of time with my family outdoors, doing crafts, watching movies, and going to local events. Most recently we have been attending several Wisconsin Badger games and really enjoy it. I enjoy cooking, gardening, garage sales, and going to the movies.