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STEP Board of Directors and Staff Gather for Planning Time

Members of the STEP staff and Board of Directors gathered in November at Caryonah Hunting Lodge in Crossville, TN for its annual Professional Development and Planning Retreat. 

“We are fortunate to have a board of directors whose diversity of experience and strength of leadership will continue to shape the future of STEP” says Karen Harrison, Executive Director.   "STEP’s mission is to ensure a brighter future for children and youth in Tennessee, with an emphasis on those with disabilities, special health care needs, and mental health issues."

"Our STEP staff strives to empower families so that they can become the best advocate for their child or teen and be an effective partner with school staff in planning the appropriate educational programs for their children and youth with disabilities."

STEP Board of Directors pictured:  Front row (left to right) Sadiatou Jallow, Scott Finney, Barbara Wagner, and Karen Harrison.  Back row (left to right) Joanne Cunningham, Terry Long, Carol Lewis, Gayle Feltner, Susan Speraw, Tom Beeson, Linda Taylor, and Larry Mangrum.

STEP Staff pictured.  Front row (left to right) Martha Lopez, Joey Ellis, Dorca Rose, Patricia Valladares, Gina Lynette, and Beth Smith.  Back row (left to right) Deborah Yates-McBride, Donna Jennings, Karen Harrison, Viviana Aureille, Lisa Gosnell, and Shuntea Price.

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