About

Katherine Moore, Interim Director

Katherine Moore, Interim DirectorI have been with the disABILITY Resource Center for 18 years through which I have had the privilege to work with dynamic staff, enthusiastic clients, and sincere collaborating service providers. Serving in various roles at dRC I’ve been able to bring positive education and awareness regarding inclusion and equal opportunities toward the disability community and empower people with disabilities to take control of their own lives. This is a passion of mine that continues to grow throughout my life. Having the opportunity to play a part in the growth of our community, state and nation concerning disability rights is a role I will never take for granted. Outside of work I enjoy my time experiencing life with my children, grandchildren, friends, and taking long walks with my guide dog Duke.

Anne Ray Henson

IMG_0280As an Independent Living assistant I may be the first point of contact to dRC clients and callers. I enjoy providing assistance for dRC staff with administrative duties, co-facilitating LOL Academy and providing peer support for clients. I am a graduate of Pellissippi State Community College where I majored in Web Design, putting my talents to use by fashioning and keeping current dRC’s website and Facebook page. I like playing basketball, am a huge Lady Vols fan and am a proud recipient of the 2017 Spirit of ADA Luminosity Award.

Mary Lu Shipstad – Independent Living Peer Support/Information and Referral Specialist

IMG_0291I joined the disABILITY Resource Center in October of 2017 as Independent Living Peer Support/Information and Referral Specialist.

I assist individuals in locating  community resources and serve as a first point of contact between the dRC and the community.

I grew up as a competitive skater in Colorado, and I spent 12 years touring with "Disney on Ice."

In 2013 I had a car accident and suffered a spinal cord injury.
I do not let my disability stop me from being a vibrant member of the community.

Joe Ellison, Volunteer

joe-drcJoe Ellison is our reliable and loyal volunteer here at disABILITY Resource Center in Knoxville. He comes in ready to work on every Tuesday. If you need Joe for any other day of the week, he is already saying yes before you can ask him. Joe not only answers our phones when he is here, he is calling to remind people of coming events. No matter what you ask of Joe, he is willing to do it for you. If you need a document typed, he has got it. How great it is to have a volunteer like Joe Ellison. We appreciate his willingness to do what it takes to help. Joe is an excellent example of how a volunteer should be.

DeAndra Daniel, Employment Community First (ECF) Program Director

deandra-drcI am the Employment Community First (ECF) Program Director of disABILITY Resource Center. I work with the Direct Service Providers (DSPs) and administrative staff to ensure quality and consistent service to the people we serve. I was born and raised in Sidney, OH and moved to Knoxville to further my career. I worked as a DSP for 4 years, receiving various trainings and making several accomplishments related to the position. I began working for dRC in March 2017 as a DSP until I was promoted to DSP Manager in July 2017. I have since advanced to the position of ECF Program Director. I work diligently to promote community inclusion and independent living. dRC is dedicated to helping the members of our community live independent, meaningful lives. Tennessee is the first state to facilitate the ECF Program. We are all still learning and progressing as we go. I have great hopes to see dRC exceed the expectations of the ECF Program!

Brooke Smelcer, Financial Manager

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Tiffany Mynatt, Supported Employment Program Manager

Tiffany.MynattHi! I’m Tiffany Mynatt and I’m the Supported Employment Program Manager at dRC. My passion is helping those who are looking to be part of the work force find employment that they will enjoy. Everyone has talents and skills I believe should be used and displayed in the job force.

I went to UT Knoxville to pursue interior design, but soon realized I wanted to be in the education field. I received my Bachelor’s in Human Ecology and have been enjoying working in the human services field since. I have had the opportunity to be a childcare administrator, kindergarten teacher, music, movement and art facilitator and to assist those with disabilities.

East Tennessee is my home and while I have loved living in Nashville, Atlanta and Richmond, the mountains have always called me back. I have two fabulous black cats who I adore and two nieces and a nephew who are the lights of my life. For fun, I hike, letterbox, LAUGH hard, go mini-golfing and SING! Singing is my greatest passion!

I look forward to growing my relationships here at dRC and the surrounding community and am glad you will be part of that!

Kearstin Holsopple, ECF Program Manager

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