Breaking Ground 110 - Get to Know the Council

Introduction by Lauren Pearcy, Council Executive Director

Dear Readers,

I am especially excited about this issue of Breaking Ground because we’re doing something we have never done before: profiling our staff. This was an idea from our longtime leader, Wanda Willis, before she retired. Many of our staff were hired by Wanda and worked together for more than a decade. Wanda mentored each of us “newer” staff before she left, and I can say genuinely that our team feels like a family. You, our Council network, are part of this extended family. We hope the profiles help you get to know us a little bit better.

Every article on the following pages has a special place in my heart, as usual. Each article began with a conversation between us and a reader like you. Please keep sharing your stories with us. We hope you enjoy reading these as much as we enjoyed putting together this edition of Breaking Ground.

- Lauren Pearcy

Executive Director, TN Council on Developmental Disabilities