Leadership Academy for Excellence in Disability Services Class Graduates

Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 2:14pm

On May 11, 2017, the inaugural class of the Leadership Academy for Excellence in Disability Services graduated from this new and innovative program. The Academy was created by the Council on Developmental Disabilities in partnership with the TN Department of Human Resources (who also organized and conducted the Academy). The curriculum and leadership competencies were developed by leadership from all participating agencies (the Council, Dept. of Human Resources, Bureau of TennCare, Dept. of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, Dept. of Education, Dept. of Health, Department of Human Services & Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Department of Veterans Services, and the Commission on Aging & Disability).

This Leadership Academy aims to:

  1. Embed key values like self-determination, a lifespan perspective, the importance of home- and community-based supports, community integration and person-centered practices across the disability service system
  2. Create a shared set of values and goals for State agencies that directly impact the lives of people with disabilities in TN
  3. Create an aligned customer-focused approach for agencies serving Tennesseans with disabilities
  4. Develop a pool of leaders who are mentored, trained and prepared to move into future leadership positions within the Tennessee disability service system

Ultimately, we believe this ongoing training program will provide numerous long-term benefits to Tennesseans with disabilities and their families by improving their experiences with all state services.  

Congratulations to the 2017 graduates and a huge thank you to all of the agencies whose partnership made this program possible! 

2017 Graduates of 1st  TN Leadership Academy for Excellence in Disability Services

  • Anna Lea Cothron - Aging Commission Liaison, Commission on Aging and Disability
  • Lacey Russell - QA and Outreach Coordinator, Commission on Aging and Disability
  • Ondria Stevenson -  Program  Consultant, Commission on Aging and Disability
  • Jerre Maynor - Director of Student Readiness, Dept. of Education
  • Brinn Obermiller - Family Engagement and School Improvement Coordinator, Dept. of Education
  • Gary Smith - IDEA 619 Preschool Coordinator, Dept. of Education
  • Allison Boyd - Director of Accreditation, Dept of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Franklin Dunbar - Director of Middle TN Homes, Dept of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Lisa Guy - Director of West TN Homes, Dept of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Kelly Hyde - Operations Director, Dept of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Margi E. Story - Developmental Services Regional Program Administrator, Dept of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Melissa Fletcher - TennCare Eligibility Director, Bureau of TennCare
  • William Hines - Director of LTSS Policy, Contracts and Compliance, Bureau of TennCare
  • Katie Moss - Attorney, Office of General Counsel, Bureau of TennCare
  • Kelly Newton - LTSS Appeals Manager, Bureau of TennCare
  • Caitlin Wright - Director of Person-Centered Practices, Bureau of TennCare
  • Monica Brown - Social Counselor Supervisor, Dept. of Health
  • Jean Doster - Director of Traumatic Brain Injury Program, Dept. of Health
  • Kim Shaw - Director of Children's Special Services, Dept. of Health
  • Ruth Brock - Program Supervisor for Supported Employment Program, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Dept. of Human Services
  • Renee Bouchillon - APS Program Director, Dept. of Human Services
  • Dan Eason - Field Supervisor, Dept. of Human Services
  • Diane Hague - Field Supervisor, Dept. of Human Services
  • Kim Joseph - Regional Director for Policy & Procedure, Dept. of Human Services
  • Kim Lilley - TN Technology Access Program Executive Director, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Dept. of Human Services
  • Jennifer B. Mitchell - Human Services Program Supervisor, Dept. of Human Services
  • Tiffany Ramsey - Regional Supervisor, Dept. of Human Services
  • Sandra Ray - Elizabethton Training Manager, Dept. of Human Services
  • Michael J. Rogers, Jr. - Attorney III, Dept. of Veteran's Services

Check out this great video message from Governor Haslam and many of the participating agencies' Commissioners, Executive Directors or leaders discussing why this Academy is so important. Thanks to our partners at the Dept. of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for making this video possible!

If you are interested in participating in a future class of the Leadership Academy for Excellence in Disability Services, let the leadership of your agency know - each State agency has its own process for selecting its candidates and can provide more information about how you might apply. Plans for coordinating the second year of the Academy are now underway!