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TMI Welcomes Manager with More than 19 Years of Experience Serving Individuals with I/DD


Tara with her son

Tara Ramirez recently joined the Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) El Centro office and is already making an impact in the lives of our clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). As an Employment Solutions Division Manager, Tara is overseeing services offered for our clients both at their employment or volunteer sites, as well as remotely. The pandemic has presented many challenges, but our amazing employees have stepped up to ensure that our services continue to the best of our ability. With Tara on board, we are confident that our clients will continue to succeed!


Tara Ramirez

“Knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of the clients that we serve is what I love most about working at TMI,” said Tara. “I feel very proud of the work that we are doing to empower our clients.”


Tara, who was drawn to TMI by the impact that we are making in the community, hopes to use her experience to create additional opportunities for TMI clients to showcase their individual abilities.


“Tara is a true example of hard work and dedication,” said TMI Associate Executive Director Jessie Campbell. “Her amazing workplace attitude helps her connect with clients and staff. She came into her position hitting the ground running with instant success.”

Tara and her husband

In her free time, Tara enjoys spending time with her husband, their two children and three doggies. They love the beach, watching football, enjoying a good movie or having family game night. Tara greatly admires her husband Jose, who encourages her every day to be the best version of herself. She lives by the motto: “She believed that she could, so she did.” - R.S. Grey.


And we believe in you, Tara! TMI is thankful to have you on board assisting us with transforming lives. Welcome to the TMI family, Tara!


The TMI employment programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Imperial County include: Community Integration Services (CIS) / Integrated Work and Tailored Day Services (TDS). Our innovative programs seek to assist our clients with finding employment if they desire and/or help them integrate into the community by volunteering at local businesses. We assist our clients with being contributing members of society. Programs are funded by San Diego Regional Center.

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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