As the Community Coordinator for dRC, I have the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with many community service providers, businesses, organizations and individuals to promote positive awareness towards people with disabilities, serve on councils and committees that provide technical support in the areas of transportation, employment, community inclusion and organize projects such as the BE a Friend Festival (BFF) and our Live Out Loud (LOL) Academy for youth. Working in the disability field for over 25 years, I have watched our community grow and develop regarding equal access towards independence and equality for all people, I am proud to be a part of an agency that empowers not only individuals to live a life of independence, but also plays a major part in creating a community of inclusion and acceptance.
As 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.
I joined the disABILITY Resource Center in October of 2017 as Information and Referral Coordinator.
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 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.