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New TMI Administrative Assistant Stays Positive During Pandemic


With TMI since January 2020, Dulcelina Wold is an Administrative Assistant with the TMI San Diego office. When she first started she would have never have guessed that just two months later we would be in the midst of a pandemic. Dulcelina had to quickly shift gears and begin working from home. She continues to be a valuable asset to the TMI staff who are supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities during this challenging time.

Q&A With Dulcelina


Q. What interested you about working at TMI?

A. Not only the TMI mission and core values, but I love the fact that TMI is an organization that supports, enables, and advances people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Q. What is your experience that helps you in your position?

A. I genuinely enjoy helping others and making people happy. When you are the face of the company, it is important to always be kind and polite.

Q. What are your hopes for the future of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

A. Equality. That all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are treated equally for their strengths and abilities, and not by their disability.

Q. How does working at TMI make you feel?

A. I’m very fortunate to work at TMI. It gives me great pleasure to know that I work for a nonprofit that not only gives back, but is making a true change in the disability community. I’m very happy to be a part of that.

Q. What is your favorite part about working at TMI?

A. Everyone is always so friendly and welcoming at TMI. Also, there is a never a shortage of chocolate or yummy snacks!

Q. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

A. Being with friends and family, baking "funfetti" cupcakes, and picnics at the beach with my husband.


Q. Who do you admire and why?

A. I admire my husband Matthew. He has taught me to always see the best in people no matter what. He has the biggest heart, keeps me positive, and makes me a better person each day.

Q. Words to live by?

A. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Q. Final thoughts?

A. I believe that what makes you different is what makes you beautiful.

We couldn't agree more, Dulcelina! Thank you for sharing and we hope to see your smiling face soon!


Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) has been transforming the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1981 and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing since 2000. In 2020, we launched Disabled Veteran Employment Services. TMI strives to help our clients to realize their hopes and dreams by providing Employment Solutions, Community Living and Family Support Services throughout San Diego, Riverside and Imperial Counties. To stay connected with us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Together we can share acceptance and awareness, ultimately contributing to further inclusion.

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TMI HAS BEEN TRANSFORMING THE LIVES OF CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES SINCE 1981 AND THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING SINCE 2000. TMI RECEIVES FUNDING FROM DDS. SHOULD YOU WISH TO REPORT ANY CONCERNS, PLEASE CONTACT DDS AT (916) 654-1690 OR VIA THE DDS WEBSITE

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