More about me
How do you Partner with people to 'clear the path ahead'?
The first step is learn about each person and their goals. From there, we will work together to identify available resources and develop a plan they are comfortable with. I will help to maximize their IRIS budget in order to maintain the services and support that are most important to them so they can reach their goals and live the life they dream of.
What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
I am passionate about not allowing labels to define the life we get to experience. Every person has gifts and talents to share, but they may not always know how they can contribute to the community in a meaningful way. I love being in a position that allows me to help people expand their horizons and discover opportunities that allow them to live as they want.
What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
My first experience was as a martial arts instructor volunteering to teach a weekly recreation class at a day center in Mobile, Alabama. When the moves were difficult for those with physical limitations, we figured out adaptations. For those who had trouble memorizing the movements, we made form adjustments. When the deaf students had difficulty understanding during class, we worked with them to create ASL signs for the movements and instruction commands. This experience taught me that nothing is impossible with a team ready to work together and be creative. That volunteer position quickly led to a career that I love and I can't imagine doing anything else.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy being active with my family, reading, and doing anything artistic. I am also very active in Girl Scouts as a troop leader, volunteer trainer, day camp volunteer, and archery instructor.