• IRIS Consultant Biography

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  Consultant Name Theresa Sommerfeldt
  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 10/9/2017 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–Stevens Point Bachelor of Science – Sociology Yes 5/1/2006

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 working at TMG, I spent 10 years working in the human services field. I have had the opportunity to work with individuals of all ages and all walks of life. Each person had their own story and background with specific needs and goals, and it was my job to assist them in becoming familiar with programs and resources available to help them meet their goals. Along with this, I have extensive knowledge of public assistance programs, including an awareness of the programs available, eligibility requirements and the complex policies they come with.

County/Region I'm familiar with

Winnebago

Languages or Communication Skills

English

I'm comfortable with pets in the home

No

More about me

How do you Partner with people to 'clear the path ahead'?
After identifying your specific goals, we will discuss the different ways you can achieve them. What works for one individual may not work for another. By maintaining a positive mindset and focusing on positive results, we will overcome barriers and find the path that best suits you.

What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
Being an IRIS Consultant gives me the opportunity to get to know someone on an individual level. It’s fulfilling to have that partnership where both of us are working towards a common goal and can see positive results. There's nothing greater than seeing people reach their goals with their own strength and own ideas. When people realize their potential, there's no limit to what they can overcome. It's inspiring to see firsthand!

What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
I know how empowering it can be to overcome obstacles because I’ve personally had to overcome my own challenges. I want to see others have that same sense of empowerment in overcoming their obstacles and reaching their specific goals. In taking the time to get to know people on an individual level, I have found each person is truly unique with their own strengths and their own story. All it takes is someone to believe in them and support them as they walk towards meeting their goals.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my spare time, I love spending time with my family. I also enjoy being active, whether it's going to see new scenery or getting out for a walk. When I just need to be still I pick up a non-fiction book and try to learn something new.

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