Breaking Ground 94 - 2018-19 Partners in Policymaking Class

The Council is proud to announce the selected individuals who will be participating in the 2018-19 Partners in Policymaking™ Leadership Institute Class. Partners is a free leadership and advocacy training program for adults with disabilities and family members of people with disabilities. Attendees are trained by local and national experts in a wide range of disability-related topics, including building inclusive communities and classrooms, competitive and supported employment, supported and independent living, the state and federal legislative processes, assistive technology and much more. An annual Partners Reunion Conference brings together Partners from the current class and graduates who have participated in the program since 1993.

The 2018-19 program began the weekend of September 7 & 8, 2018 and will continue through graduation on April 13, 2019. The Council endeavors with each new class to create a superior learning environment that has geographically-, culturally- and ethnically-diverse participants, with as equal a mix as possible of adults with disabilities and family members.

The 2018-19 Partners Class is:

  • Henry Adams, Brentwood
  • Patrick Adams, Madison
  • Alison Bynum, Smyrna
  • Natalie Campbell, Knoxville
  • Jackie Cullom, Nashville
  • Jessica Gant, Jackson
  • Annette Graves, Jackson
  • Stephanie Jackson, Nashville
  • Lacey Lyons, Whites Creek
  • Justin McBride, Memphis
  • Rosaline Mills, Nashville
  • Gabriela Mjekiqi, Knoxville
  • Donna Nasso, Germantown
  • Allen Nesmith, Chattanooga
  • Brittany Norrod, Maryville
  • Cindy Norrod, Maryville
  • Natalie Nunley, Tracy City
  • Stephanie Phillips, Jackson
  • Patricia Powell, Antioch
  • Bonnie Radtke, Munford
  • Yesenia Ramos, Clarksville
  • Joshua Riley, Brentwood
  • Ernie Roark, Oak Ridge
  • Jason Rogers, Chattanooga
  • Becky Scott, Murfreesboro
  • Birtha Street, Nashville
  • Karen Vest, Tullahoma

For more information about the Partners training, or for an application for the 2019-20 Class, click here or contact Partners Director Ned Andrew Solomon at 615.532.6556 or