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TCAD Speakers Bureau

The Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability's Speakers Bureau is made up of TCAD staff with years—in some cases, decades—of experience in aging, health care, Medicare, and law. Our speakers put their experience to work for the agency daily, doing the jobs for which they were hired. Outside the office, they can also help educate you, your coworkers, your staff, or your community about aging issues, some of which are unique to our state and others with a broader audience. It's another way in which TCAD is working to make Tennessee a great home for people of all ages and all abilities.


Lacey Aviles

Lacey is the Nutrition Director for the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability, having  moved into that role in February 2017 following a few years as Program Development and Outreach Coordinator for TN SHIP. She has over fifteen years of experience working with Medicare and private health insurance and has been counseling seniors and people with disabilities on their Medicare benefits and options since 2006, when Part D was first introduced. Her presentations frequently focus on educating clients about their preventive health benefits, the steps to take when considering retirement, and finding the right Medicare plan.

Lacey's speaking topics include:

  • The ABCs of Medicare
  • Brain Health
  • Employer Health Care Coverage and Medicare
  • Food Insecurity Among Older Adults in Tennessee
  • Protecting Yourself Against Medicare Fraud and Abuse
  • SNAP for Older Adults: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program 

To request a presentation from Lacey, call 615-253-4161 or email lacey.aviles@tn.gov.


Shannon Jones

Shannon has worked in health care for 28 years, primarily with a focus on aging. For the past thirteen years, Shannon has been the Director of Tennessee's State Health Insurance Assistance Program (TN SHIP), housed within the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability. She is now the Aging Program Administrator- Human Resources/ Quality Assurance. Shannon’s introduction to aging issues was through a church mission program called “Girls in Action,” for which each month the girls visited with residents of a local nursing home. It was this experience that led Shannon to work in various capacities with older adults.

Prior to coming to work for the Commission, Shannon was the Health Educator and became the Director of Human Resources at Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Care Center in Nashville. She left that position to become the administrator of a long-term care facility in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Shannon has a Bachelor of Science in public health with a concentration in community health, as well as a Master of Public Health with a concentration in health administration, both from the University of TN, Knoxville.

Shannon's speaking topics include:

  • The ABCs of Medicare
  • Building Partnerships to Expand Services
  • Employer Health Care Coverage and Medicare
  • Protecting Yourself Against Medicare Fraud and Abuse
  • Aging Topics
  • Special Requests

To request a presentation from Shannon, call 615-741-7703 or email shannon.jones@tn.gov.


Emily Long Gateley

Emily has served as the Research and Policy Analyst for the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability since 2016. Prior to TCAD, she worked in clinical and translational research at the Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging. During that period as a research analyst, she also served as coauthor on seven publications focused on quality indicators in long-term care.

Emily began her career while still in college, working with older adults as a certified nursing assistant in a local long-term care facility. It was this experience that lead to a passion to improve the lives of older Tennesseans. After completing her undergraduate degrees in biology and psychology at the University of Tennessee, Emily went on to Emory University to study public health with a concentration in epidemiology.

Emily's speaking topics include:

  • Tennessee’s Aging Population : A Brief Overview of Demographics, Trends, and Implications for the Future
  • Demographic Profile of Tennessee’s Older Adults
  • What is “Ageism”? Why Does it Matter?
  • Talking with Your Doctor: Taking an Active Role in Your Health Care

To request a presentation from Emily, call 615-741-1428 or email emily.long.gateley@tn.gov.


Ryan Ramsey

Since mid-2017, Ryan has served as Program Development and Quality Assurance Coordinator for the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (TN SHIP) housed within the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability. He is responsible for developing and expanding programs, monitoring SHIP performance and offering assistance to ensure progress towards goals, and media and community outreach.

Prior to work for the Commission, Ryan was the TN SHIP Volunteer Program Coordinator for the First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability. While in this role, he was responsible for one-on-one counseling, financial assistance applications, presentations, health fairs, and volunteer coordination.

Ryan has a Bachelor of Science in public health with a concentration in administration from East Tennessee State University.
Ryan's speaking topics include:

  • The ABCs of Medicare
  • Financial Assistance Programs with Medicare
  • Protecting Yourself Against Medicare Fraud and Abuse

To request a presentation from Ryan, call 615-399-4262 or email ryan.ramsey@tn.gov.


Sidney Schuttrow

Sidney has eight years of volunteer management experience and service and has presented at local and statewide conferences on volunteer management. As the Director of Volunteer Services for TCAD, she is responsible for recruiting and retaining volunteers for the seven core programs administered by the agency across the state. These programs include the Tennessee State Health Insurance Assistance Program (TN SHIP), Staying Active and Independent for Life (SAIL), Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Public Guardianship, Nutrition Services, Senior Centers, and Volunteer Transportation. 

Sidney is also the manager of the new Falls Prevention grant that focuses on expanding the SAIL program across Tennessee. SAIL is an evidence-based strength, balance and fitness program for adults 65 and older.

Sidney's speaking topics include:

  • The Basics of Volunteer Management 
  • Falls Prevention
  • Intergenerational Volunteer Management
  • Volunteering for the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability

To request a presentation from Sidney, call 615-741-1585 or email sidney.schuttrow@tn.gov


Ondria Stevenson

Ondria works as a program consultant for the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability. Prior to TCAD, she worked with the Tennessee Department of Health.

Ondria began her career working with older adults in the dietary department in a long-term care facility. She went on to graduate with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in dietetics. Following her undergraduate work, Ondria graduated with a master’s degree focusing on community health and health services management.

After graduation, Ondria worked as a senior center director overseeing five congregate meal sites, home-delivered meals, and Information and Assistance (I&A) staff. Ondria’s next role with seniors was to work in a wellness office in a large assisted living facility.   

Ondria's speaking topics include:

  • Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability Programs and Services
  • Healthy Eating as You Age

To request a presentation from Ondria, call 615-253-4549 or email ondria.m.stevenson@tn.gov