Next up in our Meet the COG series is Patti Clements!
Patti is the Associate Director for the COG and she was interviewed by Nicole Powell.
What are some of the small things that make your day better?
When I get random pictures of my kids throughout the day. I have a girl and 2 boys. Hearing a good song on the radio. Driving in the sun (since I drive so much). A random thank you from someone that I work with or a random phone call or text from a friend. I have a group of friends that will just call out of the blue or send text (usually ones that I can’t open if someone else can see my phone).
What are some of the events in your life that made you who you are?
There are so many, they all contributed to who I am. I believe being raised by a single mom, watching her go to school and work and raise my sister and me. She instilled in me a sense of community and advocacy. I believe that pushed me to where I went to college what I chose as a career and how I now raise my kids.
What do people think is weird about you?
I am a big fan of the University of Michigan (we won’t hold that against her). I alway
s have a plan you do A, B, and C…this is what my friends say about me. Having 3 kids, though, I do a lot of things spur of the moment.
What’s the best thing about you?
At work I would say that it is the ability to see the big picture and see how things fit together and be able to break it down and pin point things.
At home and life, I work hard play hard. I love my family and push my kids to be great. I try to instill in them that life is not just about them, that there is more to it, and want them toexperience it.
This was your first job in the field of Developmental Disabilities. What made you want to work at the COG?
This is my first job working strictly with people with Developmental Disabilities. At my prior job I was a Human Service Policy Person that worked for the director of ODJFS, so I was working on policy that dealt with people with developmental Disabilities.
It is actually a fluke that I saw the position posted. Before I applied, I asked a lot of people about the Clearwater Council of Governments and liked what I heard about them. Since I was already working with policies in DODD I thought it would be good to work at the regional level to see if I could help in making more change.
I find it very interesting when sitting on committees or going to meetings with people that have been in the field for a number of years and hearing of the history of the field and where we are today. I am amazed at that and think that when these people retire that we are going to miss that and new people will not hear that information that I think is very fascinating and important.