An Oregon Medicaid Agency Supporting Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


Direct Support Professional


Hello! My name is Ariane, pronounced like Maryanne. I’m a mom of three amazing and unique kids, ages ranging from early teens to early 20s. I have learned a lot about advocating for their educational needs along with their physical, medical, and social/emotional wellness over the years.

I majored in Sociology in the 90s and volunteered and worked part-time in direct care at an after-school program with kids and teens with varied I/DD challenges. Last year I started volunteering at a suicide prevention agency as a phone crisis worker. That opportunity provided so much useful and insightful training and experience, including using active listening skills to carefully assess and support individuals, including those experiencing developmental challenges.

I’ve always been an empathetic and patient person, who appreciates and embraces other people’s perspectives. I feel strongly that we all deserve to live fulfilling lives and I am motivated to support individuals with their own goals and needs. I enjoy getting to know people either one-on-one or in small groups. I’m a low-key type of person that enjoys fitness classes, reading, listening to music, watching movies, and having fun with my family. I like being out in nature to walk, hike or just get some fresh air. Though I’m not especially creative, I’m more than happy to try new things and delve into crafts, baking and cooking based on an individual’s interests or goals. I’m currently available Thursdays and Fridays and most weekends.

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