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Council Members

group photo of about 30 adults with and without disabilities in matching navy blue shirts posing for a group photo

The Council on Developmental Disabilities is made up of Governor-appointed private citizens who either have a disability or are family members of a person with a disability.  Council members represent the cultural and geographic diversity of Tennessee.  The Council also has representatives of State agencies that are connected with disability policy and services in the state.

  • Tecia Puckett Pryor, Council Chair - Smithville
  • Ryan Durham, Vice Chair - Lawrenceburg
  • Lisa Johnson, Evaluation Committee Chair - Greeneville
  • Lesley Guilaran, Public Policy Committee Chair - Jackson
  • Alicia Hall, Audit Committee Chair - Cordova
  • Alison Bynum - Smyrna
  • Shontie Brown - Memphis
  • Jody Cheek - Johnson City
  • Roddey Coe - Ooltewah
  • Jennifer Coleman - Paris
  • Sarah Cripps - Smithville
  • Chrissy Hood - Pulaski
  • Clancey Hopper - Lebanon
  • Edward Mitchell - Jackson
  • Brigham Scallion - Bells
  • Brent Wiles - Nashville
  • Martez Williams - Nashville

Commissioners/Representatives of State Government Departments and Agencies and their designees in parentheses

University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Elise McMillan, J.D., Co-Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Bruce Keisling, Ph.D., Executive Director, UT Health Science Center for Developmental Disabilities

Protection and Advocacy Agency

Lisa Primm, Executive Director, Disability Rights Tennessee