Consultant Name: Joannah Szymczak
Company Name: Progressive Community Services, Inc.
Phone Number: 608-630-0742
Job Title: IRIS Consultant
Care Responsibilities: As an IRIS Consultant, my goal is to support and empower individuals as they develop personal and meaningful service plans and make their life goals reality.
Name of Institution: University of Wisconsin – Madison
Major/Degree: Sociology/ Bachelor of Arts
Name of Certification/Accreditation: Long Term Care Functional Screener
Certifying Agency: DHS
Date Certification was Obtained: 5/2019
While in college, I picked up a part time job working at a group home for adults with developmental disabilities. I quickly realized that I loved my job and the people I supported. I had found my place. With the exception of a recent career break to stay at home with my children, I never left the field. I have nearly 20 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities, with approximately 12 years experience providing case management, service facilitation or program coordination. I have worked with people (both adults and children) with developmental disabilities, autism and severe and persistent mental illness. I have worked direct care positions, supervisory positions and administrative positions. I have supported people in their homes, in the community, and in mental health centers. I strive to be compassionate, patient, honest and enthusiastic in my partnerships with clients.
County/Region I’m familiar with
Dane, Racine and Kenosha
Languages or Communication Skills
English and some very basic ASL.
I’m comfortable with pets in the home
More about me
I am a Wisconsin native who has traveled around and lived in a few different places, but I always find my way back to Wisconsin. With a family of my own now, we have set roots in Madison. I love any combination of time spent with my family and friends, books, gardening, art making, sunshine, music, yoga, trees and water (especially Lake Michigan). I believe everyone has their own unique story to tell, and am ready to listen.