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Task Force


Task Force

Expanding Employment Opportunities for Tennesseans with Disabilities


2018 Employment First Strategic Plan



Memorandum of Understanding



  • Jordan Allen, Deputy Commissioner, DIDD
  • Cherrell Campbell-Street, Assistant Commissioner, DRS-DHS

Task Force Leadership Team

  • Wanda Willis, Executive Director, Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities
  • Elise McMillan, Co-Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Task Force Members

  • Barbara DeBerry, Director of Provider Supports & Services, DIDD
  • Carrie Hobbs-Guiden, Executive Director,The Arc TN
  • Stephanie Connell Cowherd, Associate Director, UT-CLEE
  • Doria Panvini, Parent Advocate
  • William McMillan, Self Advocate
  • Michelle Morse Jernigan, Deputy of LTSS, Bureau of TennCare
  • Lauren Pearcy, IDD Director, Bureau of TennCare
  • Dwayne Webb, Director of Day & Employment, St. John's Community Services
  • Donna Goodaker, Executive Director, Progress Inc.
  • Robert Nicholas, Coordinator for Project SEARCH Knoxville
  • Lynnette Henderson, Associate Director of Community Services, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
  • Erik Carter, Associate Professor, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
  • Tom Cheetham MD, Deputy Commissioner of Health Services, DIDD
  • Briana Moore, WIOA Youth Program Manager, Department of Labor and Workforce Development 
  • Sarah Harvey, Pre-Employment Transition Service Director, Vocational Rehabilitation/DRS
  • Alison Gauld, Behavior & Low Incidence Disabilities Coordinator, Department of Education
  • Blake Shearer, High School Intervention & Transition Coordinator, Department of Education
  • Jeff Fladen ,Executive Director for NAMI
  • Roger Stewart, Deputy Director for NAMI
  • Katie Lee, Director of Wellness & Employment, Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
  • Angela Webster, Public Policy Advisor, Disability Rights Tennessee