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  Consultant Name Samantha Herken
  Company Name TMG
  Phone Number 844-864-8987
  E-Mail IRISinfo@tmgwisconsin.com

Work History (starting with most recent)

Name of Agency Date of Employment Job Title
TMG 11/12/18 IRIS Consultant

Care Responsibilities

Your TMG IRIS consultant is your partner as you create a plan that meets your needs and stays within your IRIS budget. Your TMG IRIS consultant can connect you to resources in your area, and will be a great source of information for any questions you have about the IRIS program. In a self-directed program like IRIS, you decide who provides your support and services and when they happen. You may have natural support from people in your life, or you may choose to purchase the support you need from an agency or someone that you hire directly. Your TMG IRIS consultant will be there to talk through these decisions with you, and will help you put a plan in place that reflects your choices.

Educational Background

Name of Institution Major/Degree Degree Obtained Date Obtained
University of Wisconsin–Platteville Psychology 12-2014

Credentials

Name of Certification / Accreditation Certifying Agency Date Certification was Obtained

Specialties (e.g., working with autism, the elderly, employment for people with disabilities or youth in transition, mental health, experience with assisted technology)

County/Region I'm familiar with

Kenosha, Racine

Languages or Communication Skills

English

I'm comfortable with pets in the home

Yes

More about me

How do you Partner with people to 'clear the path ahead'?
No obstacle is too big or too challenging. I partner with people by using the resources in our community to help individuals achieve their goals relating to employment, health, safety, housing, community, transportation, and long-term relationships. Together, we can make obstacles achievable goals.

What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
I find my work rewarding because I get to partner with individuals to create plans that will help them live a fulfilling life. I strongly believe in helping individuals live self-determined lives and look forward to helping more families achieve this goal.

What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
Throughout college, I worked as a lead caregiver at a group home for adults with developmental disabilities. I loved helping the residents learn new skills, practice their active daily living, and most of all gain independence in their lives and community. For the past three years, I worked for a non-profit agency in Chicago, supervising several case managers and approximately 25 group homes for adults with developmental disabilities.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time, I love to paint acrylic or watercolor paintings. I enjoy being outdoors, camping, and kayaking with my husband and dog.

WI DHS/DLTC/F-01486 (04/2015)