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Alesia Garthwait, Training Coordinator

Alesia has dedicated her continuing education to support individuals in living a purposeful and meaningful life. She has worked in the mental health field since 2009 and will continue to bring her education and experiences to my community. 

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County
  • Milwaukee
Team
  • Support Team
Accepting New Participants
  • No

Amanda Flater, IRIS Consultant

Amanda has experience working with individuals who have intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. Amanda is passionate about self-determination and autonomy of all people.

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County
  • Chippewa
  • Dunn
  • Eau Claire
  • Pierce
  • St. Croix
  • Taylor
Team
  • Consultants
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  • No

Angie Lider, Iris Consultant

Angie has spent the last 20 years working with children and adults with a variety of abilities. She brings both professional and personal experience as a mother of a child with disabilities to her position with Connections as an IRIS consultant.

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County
  • Brown
  • Calumet
  • Door
  • Kewaunee
  • Marinette
  • Menominee
  • Oconto
  • Outagamie
  • Shawano
  • Waupaca
Team
  • Consultants
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  • No

Anne Fischer, IRIS Consultant Team Manager NE Region

Anne is a problem solver. For the past 12 years, Anne has been helping residents of Shawano County who are elderly or disabled untangle an array of complicated benefits while advocating on her clients’ behalf.

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County
  • Brown
  • Calumet
  • Door
  • Kewaunee
  • Marinette
  • Menominee
  • Oconto
  • Outagamie
  • Shawano
  • Waupaca
Team
  • Leaders
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  • No

AnnMarie Willborn, IRIS Consultant

AnnMarie is a compassionate and caring individual who had an epiphany several years ago, after the death of her parents, to change her career and dedicate herself to making a difference in the lives of others.

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County
  • Columbia
  • Dodge
  • Fond du Lac
  • Green Lake
  • Jefferson
  • Manitowoc
  • Marquette
  • Waushara
  • Winnebago
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • Yes

Armintta Franklin, IRIS Consultant

Armintta Franklin is a life-long resident of Racine. She has six years of experience working with adults and families.

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County
  • Kenosha
  • Racine
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • No

Artearia Barnes, IRIS Consultant

Artearia has 10 years of experience working in the Social Services Field and working with a diverse group of individuals. Artearia shared area of interest has been mental health counseling and working with adolescents in that field.

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County
  • Milwaukee
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • Yes

Beth Zopfi-Selig, Outreach Coordinator

Beth Zopfi-Selig has been an IRIS Consultant since 2011. She is thrilled to be working at Connections where our mission to “help people improve the quality of their lives” isn’t a marketing slogan but a real commitment.

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County
  • Milwaukee
Team
  • ALL
  • Consultants
  • Leaders
Accepting New Participants
  • No

Birgit Olson, Long Term Care Functional Screener

Prior to joining Connections, I was employed by a number of great organizations and gained experience working with families of young children, with elders, people with disabilities, and those who were homeless.

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County
  • Milwaukee
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • Yes

Bradley Lawrence, IRIS Consultant

Brad has more than 10 years of experience helping people with disabilities find employment. He also worked with youth in transition.

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County
  • Marathon
  • Portage
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • Yes

Brian Polk, IRIS Consultant

Brian Polk is excited to work with the Connections team because he’s a passionate and steadfast advocate for self-empowerment and is committed to assisting others to achieve their goals.

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County
  • Kenosha
  • Racine
Team
  • Consultants
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  • No

Carla Schultz, IRIS Consultant

Carla began her career in social services over 29 years ago. She has a desire to help people maintain their quality of living in the most independent setting possible. Empowering people to not just survive, but to live their life to the fullest.

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County
  • Milwaukee
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • No

Carol Smith, Long-Term Care Functional Screener

Carol Smith has dedicated her entire career to human services helping older adults and individuals with disabilities live independent, safe, and fulfilling lives. She is a people person who enjoys getting to know her participants and their supports.

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County
  • Columbia
  • Dane
  • Dodge
  • Fond du Lac
  • Green Lake
  • Jefferson
  • Manitowoc
  • Marquette
  • Waushara
  • Winnebago
Team
  • Consultants
  • Support Team
Accepting New Participants
  • Yes

Carri Bruss Benzow, Iris Consultant

Carri is a strong advocate for a person’s right to self –determination. She has over a decade of professional experience working primarily in community based organizations that fostered and supported her passion.

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County
  • Brown
  • Calumet
  • Door
  • Kewaunee
  • Marinette
  • Menominee
  • Oconto
  • Outagamie
  • Shawano
  • Waupaca
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • Yes

Colleen Peterson, Long-Term Care Functional Screener

Colleen was born and raised in Racine and has recently returned to the area after spending the last 30 years in Madison, WI. She has over 25 years of experience working with adults with developmental disabilities.

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County
  • Kenosha
  • Racine
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  • Consultants
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  • No

Coua Thao, IRIS Consultant

Nyob Zoo! (Hello!) Coua Thao, a Hmong native to Appleton, WI, was the first in her family to attend college. She received her Technical Diploma in Office Assistant from Fox Valley Technical College in 2006 and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Services Leadership from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2013.

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County
  • Brown
  • Calumet
  • Door
  • Kewaunee
  • Marinette
  • Menominee
  • Oconto
  • Outagamie
  • Shawano
  • Waupaca
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • Yes

Delora Bolden, Enrollment Specialist

Delora Bolden serves as Connections’ referral specialist serving IRIS participants from our Milwaukee headquarters.

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County
  • ALL
Team
  • Support Team
Accepting New Participants
  • No

Ebony Evans, Referral Specialist

When you call Connections, you may speak with Ebony Evans who serves as one of our referral specialists. She offers exceptional customer service with a smile for all who call Connections to begin their relationship with us or to answer ongoing questions.

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County
  • ALL
Team
  • Support Team
Accepting New Participants
  • No

Elizabeth (Beth) Mueller, IRIS Consultant

Beth Mueller is a Wisconsin native, Calumet and Manitowoc counties, with over 11 years of service with diverse client groups throughout the state. She is a current resident of Dane County with extensive knowledge of the area and the resources available.

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County
  • Dane
  • Rock
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • Yes

Emily Heisler, Iris Consultant

Emily joins the Connections team bringing her experience serving adults throughout the Southeastern Wisconsin area. She is extremely passionate about serving the aging and disabled population as an advocate to ensure individuals receive the services that they need as well as desire.

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County
  • Milwaukee
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • Yes

Erika Chavez, IRIS Consultant

Erika has been working in the social services field for over 15 years. She provided a broad range of supports to individuals including; resources and supports in the community, Mental Health, AODA, disability, and the homeless population. Erika received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a concentration in Mental Health. She's happy to be a part of the Connections team.

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County
  • Milwaukee
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  • Consultants
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  • Yes

Gina Ramazini, IRIS Consultant

Gina Ramazini serves as a Connections team manager after working with IRIS individuals as a consultant since 2009.

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County
  • Kenosha
  • Milwaukee
  • Racine
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  • Consultants

Heidi Heuring, IRIS Consultant Team Manager Northeast Region

Heidi Heuring’s desire to work with older adults started in high school when she worked part-time as a nursing assistant at a local nursing home in Dodgeville, Wisconsin.

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County
  • Brown
  • Calumet
  • Door
  • Kewaunee
  • Marinette
  • Menominee
  • Oconto
  • Outagamie
  • Shawano
  • Waupaca
Team
  • Leaders
Accepting New Participants
  • No

Irina Arndt, IRIS Consultant

Irina Arndt has dedicated her entire career to human services, helping people with various life challenges lead fulfilling and rewarding lives.

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County
  • Milwaukee
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • No

Jacinta Shaw-Webb, Continuous Quality Improvement Manager

Jacinta is passionate about helping people connect to the resources and services they need. She works hard to find solutions when necessary and is very resourceful.

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County
  • ALL
Team
  • Support Team
Accepting New Participants
  • No

Jacqueline Gonzales, IRIS Consultant

Jacqueline has worked for LSS for four years. Prior to that, she changed her career from working as a Physician’s Assistant to working within the community.

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County
  • Milwaukee
  • Waukesha
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • Yes

Jane Ruh, IRIS Consultant

Jane Ruh is very excited to bring her direct experience and dedication to serving IRIS participants to her position as an IRIS consultant for Connections. She brings more than 20 years of work and personal experience to this position.

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County
  • Kenosha
  • Racine
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • No

Jennifer Foran, IRIS Consultant

I have a background as an IC for over 4.5 years and come with wide array of knowledge and experience. I have also worked in direct care for most of my adult life with over 12 years of experience helping support individuals with Developmental Disabilities, as well as frail elders.

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County
  • Columbia
  • Dodge
  • Fond du Lac
  • Green Lake
  • Jefferson
  • Manitowoc
  • Marquette
  • Waushara
  • Winnebago
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • No

Jennifer Schapals, IRIS Consultant

I am a big believer that there is a huge difference between existing and living. I want to help the participants of IRIS make and reach their goals, to achieve the best life they can imagine

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County
  • Kenosha
  • Racine
Team
  • Consultants

Jodi Schneeweis, IRIS Consultant

Jodi enjoys working with frail older adults, individuals who are developmentally and physically disabled, youth in transition, and those experiencing mental health issues.

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County
  • Columbia
  • Dodge
  • Fond du Lac
  • Green Lake
  • Jefferson
  • Manitowoc
  • Marquette
  • Waushara
  • Winnebago
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • No

John Fredenburgh, IRIS Consultant

John comes to Connections with a variety of experience in human services including: working with differently abled youth in career services, working as a guardian providing individuals with disabilities of all ages with assistance in advocacy, health care decisions, support and case coordination, and working in direct services for individuals living in adult family homes and other residential facilities.

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County
  • Brown
  • Calumet
  • Door
  • Kewaunee
  • Marinette
  • Menominee
  • Oconto
  • Outagamie
  • Shawano
  • Waupaca
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • Yes

Kelly Guy, Long-Term Care Functional Screener

Kelly has experience working with at-risk youth, clients with physical and mental disabilities as well as those with employment barriers and transition students.

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County
  • Brown
  • Calumet
  • Door
  • Kewaunee
  • Marinette
  • Menominee
  • Oconto
  • Outagamie
  • Shawano
  • Waupaca
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • No

Kerry Walker, IRIS Consultant

Kerry brings more than 20 years of work, and personal experience as a mother of a child with disabilities, to her position as an IRIS consultant for Connections.

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County
  • Brown
  • Calumet
  • Door
  • Kewaunee
  • Marinette
  • Menominee
  • Oconto
  • Outagamie
  • Shawano
  • Waupaca
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • No

Kevin Fech, IRIS Consultant Team Manager, Milwaukee Region

Kevin Fech serves as a Connections team manager after working with IRIS individuals as a consultant since 2010.

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County
  • Dane
  • Milwaukee
Team
  • Leaders

Kong Mong Yang, IRIS Consultant

“Nyob Zoo, kuv lub npe yog Koob Hmoov Yaj, kuv txiv lub npe yog Txooj Zed Yaj, kuv niam lub npe yog Nrhus Lauj. Hello, my name is Kong Mong Yang, my dad’s name is Txooj Zeb Yaj and my mom’s name is Trou Lor.”

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County
  • Marathon
Team
  • Consultants

Larissa Mendoza, Iris Consultant

Larissa has a strong passion and dedication to serving individuals dealing with different challenges in their lives.

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County
  • Milwaukee
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • No

Lauren Ambriz, IRIS Consultant

I have a degree in Social Work and experience supporting people of all ages and abilities to find employment and other support services through the W2 program.

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County
  • Dane
  • Rock
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • Yes

Lindsey Morgan, IRIS Consultant

My experience in direct care, case management and provider relations has prepared me for this diverse role.

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County
  • Dane
  • Rock
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • Yes

Lori Sandine, IRIS Consultant

Lori has found great reward in working with youth who have a variety of special needs and teaming with families to support them. She has extensive experience working with families who have a child or children with autism.

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County
  • Milwaukee
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • No

Lu Ann Desotelle, IRIS Consultant Team Manager, Northeast Region

Lu Ann Desotelle brings 30 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities to her role as a Connections IRIS consultant team manager.

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County
  • Brown
  • Calumet
  • Door
  • Kewaunee
  • Marinette
  • Menominee
  • Oconto
  • Outagamie
  • Shawano
  • Waupaca
Team
  • Leaders

Marisol Brost, IRIS Consultant

Marisol has experience working with both children and adults. She has a master's degree in Social Work specializing in children and families.

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County
  • Columbia
  • Dodge
  • Fond du Lac
  • Green Lake
  • Jefferson
  • Manitowoc
  • Marquette
  • Waushara
  • Winnebago
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • No

Mary Adney, IRIS Consultant

Mary has experience working with a variety of individuals who have different challenges; developmental disabilities, autism, behavioral issues, elderly, and individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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County
  • Rock
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • Yes

Mary Goodwin, Iris Consultant

Mary has 5 years of experience working in the community as a Case Manager and Advocate.

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County
  • Milwaukee
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • Yes

Matthew Staab, IRIS Consultant

I have a diverse education and vocational background. I last graduated with a masters in Social Work. I’ve also studied gender, communication, sociology, mediation, and more. My work history has included vocational service for adults who have disabilities, respite care, automotive service, sales of all kinds, massage therapy, and more.

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County
  • Milwaukee
Team
  • Consultants

Pam Walters, IRIS Consultant

I have 6 years of experience being an IRIS Consultant and many more years of assisting frail elders, people with physical and/or developmental disabilities, and mental health concerns.

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County
  • Brown
  • Calumet
  • Door
  • Kewaunee
  • Marinette
  • Menominee
  • Oconto
  • Outagamie
  • Shawano
  • Waupaca
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • Yes

Raven Major, IRIS Consultant

Raven has experience assisting individuals with employment, elders and youth with disabilities and disadvantages.

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County
  • Milwaukee
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • Yes

Raymond Mooney, IRIS Consultant

Raymond has years of experience working with the VA. He also has an intimate knowledge of mental health conditions, treatments and challenges associated with managing them in order to live a fulfilling successful life.

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County
  • Kenosha
  • Racine
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • Yes

Robert Brookshire, IRIS Consultant

Robert Brookshire is an enthusiastic and energetic IRIS Consultant who is very excited to be part of the Connections team.

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County
  • Kenosha
  • Milwaukee
  • Racine
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • No

Sara Rismeyer, IRIS Consultant

Sara has over six years of experience working with physically and developmentally disabled individual through her experience as a benefits specialist with the Aging and Disability Resource Center.

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County
  • Brown
  • Calumet
  • Door
  • Kewaunee
  • Marinette
  • Menominee
  • Oconto
  • Outagamie
  • Shawano
  • Waupaca
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • Yes

Stephanie Kovatovich, IRIS Consultant Team Manager, Long Term Care Functional Screener

Stephanie Kovatovich has spent her career working with individuals with developmental disabilities and the frail elderly.

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County
  • ALL
Team
  • Leaders

Sufian Assad, IRIS Consultant

As a consultant I worked with participants to get them enrolled into the IRIS program, assisted them with all their paper work such as initial application, PHW applications, PPT applications, maintained monthly, quarterly and yearly contacts with participants and documented all these contacts in WISITS.

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County
  • Milwaukee
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • Yes

Tara M. Treglowne, Vice President

Tara M. Treglowne currently serves as the director of Connections. Working closely with people and helping to change lives fuels her passion and motivation for leading the Connections team.

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County
  • ALL
Team
  • Leaders
Accepting New Participants
  • No

Taylor Hermeier, IRIS Consultant

I was previously employed as a supervisor of a Day Service program where I was able expand my knowledge of working with individuals of varying abilities.

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County
  • Milwaukee
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • Yes

Tiffany Kneeland, Long-Term Care Functional Screener

Tiffany Kneeland has devoted her 20-year career to helping people with disabilities and older adults live their best lives possible.

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County
  • ALL
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • No

Tiffany McBeath, IRIS Consultant

I have experience working with children with special needs, individuals with mental health disorders, and the elderly.

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County
  • Milwaukee
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • No

Vicki Linton, IRIS Consultant Team Manager, Milwaukee and Regions 5,9

Vicki is grateful and feels privileged to work with people in the IRIS program and feels her life experiences have prepared her to be successful in my career in IRIS.

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County
  • Columbia
  • Dodge
  • Fond du Lac
  • Green Lake
  • Jefferson
  • Manitowoc
  • Marquette
  • Milwaukee
  • Waukesha
  • Waushara
  • Winnebago
Team
  • Leaders
Accepting New Participants
  • No

Vince Maro, Trainer/ Support

Vince Maro provides support to the Connections team regarding a variety of challenging issues for participants including positive behavior support, relocation planning and county long-term care relationships.

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County
  • ALL
Team
  • Support Team
Accepting New Participants
  • No

Wendy Kube, IRIS Consultant

Wendy Kube has spent her 30-year career serving as a social worker assisting older adults and people with dementia or disabilities to connect with community resources to help them live fulfilling lives.

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County
  • Milwaukee
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • No

Yesenia Espinoza, IRIS Consultant

“My great passion is bringing healing to people who have gone through stressful experiences.”

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County
  • Milwaukee
Team
  • Consultants
Accepting New Participants
  • Yes

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