• IRIS Consultant Biography

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  Consultant Name Teresa Howell-Smith
  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 2/5/2018 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
Spelman College Bachler’s of Arts – Political Science Yes 5/1/2
Yale University Divinity School Masters of Religion/Divinity Yes 5/1/2004

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)

Prior to coming to TMG, I worked for a Wisconsin nonprofit where I worked with older adults for six years, and most recently I worked at a Milwaukee agency working with people with disabilities and people who were homeless and have mental health issues. I have extensive experience in helping people find proper housing, resources for seniors, transportation, personal care workers, and assistance for dealing with substance abuse, and behavioral health.

County/Region I'm familiar with

Milwaukee

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'?
I partner with people to clear the path ahead by being a good listener, a team player and by being willing to go the extra mile for them.

What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
My favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant is being able to combine my 10 years of experience in the nonprofit world here in the metro Milwaukee area.

What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
My experience working with both older adults, people with disabilities, and people with mental health issues has prepared me to become an IRIS Consultant. I understand how to access housing (senior or family housing), assistance for behavioral health, and helping people find the appropriate aging resources and rehab centers if needed.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy practicing my piano, going to the theater and watching a good movie on Netflix.

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