More about me
How do you Partner with people to 'clear the path ahead'?
Getting to know the individuals I partner with and learning about their goals is an important step for developing a plan that can achieve those goals. I help the individuals I partner with to identify the services or supports that are available to them. Having the resources they need for their care and support will ensure reaching those goals.
What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
I enjoy being an IRIS Consultant because it allows me to build relationships with the individuals I partner with and getting to know their families. I like working independently, scheduling and making home visits, and using my problem-solving skills. It is rewarding when I can help individuals reach their goals and live a fulfilling life.
What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
Brain surgery left my grandson with cognitive and physical disabilities at the age of ten. After surgery a two-line catheter was implanted in his chest for 13 months. I was the designated family member who performed the daily flushing until the catheter was surgically removed. My grandson is an adult now, and I continue to be involved in his life. Having a family member with cognitive and physical disabilities prepared me to be an IRIS Consultant.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Family and friends are important to me. I like to visit or invite them to my home. I enjoy parties and celebrating special occasions and holidays. I also enjoy reading, gardening, watching Jeopardy and NOVA on public television (PBS). When I am stressed out, I knit, crochet, or do needlepoint which helps me relax. I am an animal lover; unfortunately, I am highly allergic to cat dander.