I am very committed to the Independent Living Philosophy and practice. My responsibilities include administering our Centers for Independent Living: the disABILITY Resource Centers in Knoxville, TN. and Hazard, KY., CareWorks, our personal attendant program, and our Employment Services. I enjoy meeting every person who comes to dRC and watching their progress. I am especially proud of our Spirit of ADA Celebration, our Live Out Loud Academy and our Be a Friend Festival. In addition, I represent the agency at the local, state and national level. At the federal level, I am a peer reviewer for compliance reviews of other centers and grant applications for the Independent Living Administration of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Just for fun, I love completing the yearly federal report. After work, I enjoy camping with my husband and 2 dogs, and visiting my sons and their spouses.
Since November 2016, I have served as the Assistant Director of dRC where my duties include acting as the fiscal manager and supervising the CareWorks program. I am a mother of 3 children with disabilities and for over 4 years have volunteered as a Girl Scout leader where I have assisted with the Miss Wheelchair TN Pageant. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. I worked as an infant/toddler teacher for the Knoxville-Knox County Head Start program for 13 years, then became the bookkeeper for Lumen Control lighting company for 5 years.
I am the Community Specialist for the disABILITY Resource Center in Hazard, KY. I attended Lindsey Wilson College where I earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Human Services & Counseling. Aside from work and school, my biggest inspiration is my daughter Jody, the light of my life.
As an Employment Specialist, I assist clients receiving services from Blount County (TN) Vocational Rehabilitation in finding long-term employment. I get to know my clients and find out about their interests and talents to better assist them in finding employment that is going to be fulfilling and rewarding to them. I have a passion for helping people with disabilities achieving their goals and succeeding.
I started working as the Office Manager at the disABILITY Resource Center in October of 2017. I am also a back-up DSP when needed.
I am very happy to be a part of an agency that encourages individuals to live a life of independence. I truly enjoy meeting all of the people that come to dRC and watching them achieve the goals they have set for themselves.
As the mother of two wonderful children and an aunt to several nieces, I spend most of my down time with them. I moved to Knoxville from Kentucky to be closer to my family after my youngest child went away to college.
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.
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.
As an employment specialist, I get the opportunity to help the clients find employment that best suits their personalities and skill sets.
My goal is to help assist the clients find jobs that they can be proud of, and love to do. As a fellow person with a disability, it is my hope to make a difference within my community, and encourage people that anything is possible.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Florida in Sociology and a minor in criminal justice.
I am the dRC mascot because I am their favorite canine inspirational success story. After being adopted by my Mom, who is the Executive Director at dRC, I came to work with her every Friday. I would go in to each staff’s office to offer my support and give them relaxation time to pet me and love on me. It was hard work, but I knew they needed my support. One day while I was playing in my back yard with my brother, Ruckus, we got a little tangled up and I suffered a spinal cord injury. My Dad, Jerry, rushed me to the ER where doctor’s treated me and gave my parents little hope for my recovery. But, my wonderful parents never gave up on me. They made sure I took all of my medications, took me to all of my therapy sessions, searched out specialists to provide me with the latest and greatest treatments, and motivated me to keep trying every day. As I grew a little stronger and began to walk, even though I still had difficulty standing and couldn’t walk far, Mom started taking me to work again with her. Sometimes more than once a week. She knew the importance of my life remaining as it was before my accident, It was my turn to receive encouragement, motivation and peer support from everyone at dRC. As I received love and encouragement from my parents and the dRC staff and members, I became stronger. Now I am back to my usual energetic, active and sassy self; extending my wisdom, motivation and peer support once again to everyone at dRC. It’s a good thing, because the staff and members of dRC could not accomplish all that they do without me!