More about me
How do you Partner with people to 'clear the path ahead'?
To me, partnering with people to clear the path ahead is not doing for someone but doing with someone. I want the people I work with to learn and to be their best self-advocate; to live a self-determined life and choose for themselves. I help to partner with people by being able to answer questions about the waiver, by being a sounding board, and by supporting people to make decisions about their lives and the long-term supports they need.
What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
I enjoy working with people. I feel that a good relationship is crucial to partnering with someone and that a good relationship can weather many changes. As an IRIS Consultant, I feel pride seeing the people I work with get a job, overcome a health obstacle, or build new connections in their community. This is what I enjoy most about my job as I get to see a person's progress, and not just where they have been.
What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
I grew up in a family where both my father and brother had a disability. This helped me to see the importance that supports can have on one's lives; including but not limited to family, friends, long-term supports, the community, employment, and many more. It has also taught me that each person's needs are different and the importance of having an individualized plan. No two people are the same and no two plans should be either.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy volunteering at my sons' school, watching movies, playing games, but most of all spending time with my family.