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Tammy Simmons

Tammy Simmons

Executive Director
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Tammy Simmons, M.S., CCC-SLP, executive director of ACCESS, is responsible for all aspects of administration, including budgeting, fundraising and board development.

Simmons began her career working as a speech-language pathologist at Easter Seals Arkansas. She worked at the Pulaski County Tri-District Early Childhood Program and was in private practice before co-founding ACCESS in 1994. A graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, she has a bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders, with minors in music and psychology, and a master’s degree in communicative disorders.

At ACCESS, Simmons specializes in technology, curriculum development and grant writing. She is certified in The DuBard Association Method®.

Simmons is a former Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 honoree and UALR College of Professional Studies 2010 Alumna of the Year. She is a member of The International Dyslexia Association. She is a frequent guest speaker and has served as a presenter at universities, at state conferences (Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Special Show), at a National Reading Panel conference and at The Division for Early Childhood Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs & Their Families.

Simmons presented Expanding Educational Outcomes at the 61st Annual Southern Early Childhood Association Conference. She co-authored “Tools for Literacy and Communication: A Collection of Stories” (1994).

  • Presenter, Advancing Knowledge, Enhancing Opportunities, International Division of Early Childhood Conference (2006)
  • Keynote speaker, Tools for Literacy and Communication, 13th Annual DuBard Symposium, Dyslexia and Related Disorders (2009)
  • Presenter, Language Is the Key to Academic Success, ArkSHA 2009 Convention, Caring for Communication
  • Presenter, Organization: Getting Ready to Learn, Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children 2009 Annual Conference,Embracing Student Success (2009)
  • Presenter, Expand Educational Outcomes: Using Multi-sensory Tools Combined With Technology, Arkansas Education Alliance Annual Conference (2010)
  • Presenter, Getting Organized, Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas Annual Conference (2010)
Monika Garner-Smith, M.E.d.,

Monika Garner-Smith, M.E.d.,

Director of Early Childhood Education
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Monika Garner-Smith, M.Ed., early childhood program director at ACCESS, is responsible for all aspects of the early childhood curriculum and managing the ACCESS Early Childhood Program team.

Garner-Smith began her career as a special educator at Easter Seals Arkansas, working there for eight years before co-founding ACCESS Preschool in 1995. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, she has a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in early childhood special education. She is certified in The DuBard Association Method®, as well as early childhood education (birth to Grade 3), elementary education (Grades K-6) and special education (Grades K-12).

Garner-Smith is a member of the Arkansas Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children, Division of Early Childhood. She has served as a guest speaker at the annual national Division for Early Childhood conference; at the Arkansas Department of Education Special Show biennial conference; and at several parent and professional training workshops.

Garner-Smith’s speaking engagements include:

  • Presenter, Advancing Knowledge, Enhancing Opportunities, International Division of Early Childhood Conference (2006)
  • Presenter, Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum, Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children 2009 Annual Conference, Embracing Student Success
  • Presenter, Beyond Books: Incorporating Literature Across the Curriculum, Central Arkansas Catholic Teachers Development Day (2009)
Cheri Stevenson, M.S., CCC-SLP

Cheri Stevenson, M.S., CCC-SLP

Director of Academy and Adult Services
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Cheri Stevenson, M.S., CCC-SLP, director of Academy and Adult Services at ACCESS, is responsible for day-to-day management of the organization.

Prior to joining ACCESS in 1998, Stevenson administered speech-language evaluations and diagnostics for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in the Department of Pediatrics at the Dennis Developmental Center. Before that, she provided early intervention therapy and diagnostics for the birth-to-2 program at Easter Seals Arkansas. A graduate of UAMS and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, she has a master’s degree in communication disorders. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ouachita Baptist University.

At ACCESS, Stevenson specializes in diagnostics for children ages 3 to 12 and serves as the lead speech-language pathologist on the AERC staff when diagnosing autism spectrum disorders. She is certified in the Neo-Natal Oral-Motor Assessment Scale®, The DuBard Association Method® and Interactive Metronome.

Stevenson is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association, where she serves as the representative for the Therapy Advisory Council for Medicaid and QSource.

Kellie Wilhite

Kellie Wilhite

Director of Development
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Kellie Wilhite, ACCESS director of development, joined the organization in December 2010. She is responsible for all aspects of development, including fundraising, grantwriting and special event management.

Prior to joining ACCESS, Wilhite was the executive director of Little Rock’s City Parks Conservancy, where she was responsible for grantwriting, board development, marketing, fundraising and volunteer management. She was director of annual giving and special events at Episcopal Collegiate School Foundation in Little Rock for more than three years. She is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University.

Wilhite served as a committee member for the Women’s Foundation 2010 Designing Women event and is an advisory member for the City Parks Conservancy.

Board of Directors

Walter M. Ebel, III

Chairman

Shay Sebree

President

Lynn O'Connor

Vice President

Jackson Farrow, Jr.

Treasurer

Amy Baden

Secretary

Heather Allmendinger

Shelly Baldwin, MD

Fred Davis

W. Scott Davis

Marci Hall

Jane Hartz

Beth Johnson

Steve Jonsson

Harold Joyner

Kurt Knickrehm

Mark Langston

Olivia Ramsey

Becky Scott

Philip Tappan

Katherine Ann Trotter

Staff

 


Jenny Adams

Project SEARCH® Coordinator
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Jenny Adams, Project SEARCH® Arkansas director, joined ACCESS in July 2007. Adams is responsible leading the expansion of Project SEARCH throughout the state of Arkansas. She has a master’s degree in special education from Vanderbilt University.

Stephanie Allbritton

Teacher
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Stephanie Allbritton is a teacher at the Early Childhood campus who started working with Access in April 2017.

Eve Angel

Administrative Assistant
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Eve Angel is an Administrative Assistant who joined the Access team in October 2017.  Her primary responsibilities include assisting Melissa Thomas in assigned tasks.

Jim Ashley

Accountant
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Jim Ashley is the Accountant for Access Schools.  He started working with us in October of 2018.

Lorie Baker

Due Process Coordinator
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Lorie Baker, M.A., CCC-SLP, Due Process Coordinator, joined ACCESS in 2008. She is responsible for handling paperwork and observing compliance requirements related to Developmental Day Treatment Clinic Services regulations overseen by the Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas Department of Human Services. Prior to joining ACCESS, Baker worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist for the Osceola School District. She has over 18 years of experience diagnosing and treating children with developmental delays and disabilities. Baker is a graduate from the University of Arkansas with a master’s degree in speech-language pathology and received a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from the University of Mississippi. Baker is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

 

 

Shirley Beard

Project Search Skills Trainer
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Shirley Beard is a Skills Trainer for Project Search.  She started working with Access in June 2017.

Renee Beasley

Academy Teacher Assistant
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Renee Beasley, ACCESS Academy Intermediate School 2 Teacher Assistant, joined ACCESS in July 2014. She is responsible for assisting the classroom teacher with instruction and activities. Beasley has eight years’ experience teaching 2-year-olds and was a supervisor at Chenal Valley Church Dayschool for three years. She also served as a para-professional for Shelby County Schools in Memphis. Beasley has an associate’s degree in social work. 

Haley Beaver

Supportive Living Companion
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Haley Beaver is a Supportive Living Companion who started working for the Waiver program at Access in July 2016.

Her work experience includes working for Mooyah’s, Safety Before Skill Swim School, and being a swim coach.

She graduated from Maumelle High School.

Daisy Bell

Teacher Assistant
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Daisy Bell is a Teacher Assistant for the Early Childhood campus.  She joined our team in July 2018.

Blake Bennett

Medical Assistant
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Blake Bennett is a Medical Assistant at the Academy campus.  He became a part of our team in May 2018.

Olivia Bennett

Academy Teacher Assistant
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Olivia Bennett, ACCESS Academy Teacher Assistant, joined ACCESS in June 2014. She is responsible for assisting the Intermediate School 1 classroom teacher. Prior to joining ACCESS, Bennett worked as a teacher assistant at Miss Selma’s School, as a daycare worker at the Little Rock Athletic Club and as a childcare helper at The Bible Church of Little Rock.

Renee Bennett

Physical Therapist
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Renee Bennett, Physical Therapist, has worked at ACCESS for the past 12 years. She is primarily responsible for yearly physical therapy evaluations for ACCESS students, as well as outpatient evaluations. Prior to joining ACCESS, Bennett worked at Arkansas Children’s Hospital where she specialized in bracing, especially working with paraplegics and children with spina bifida. Bennett graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. Bennett is certified in The DuBard Association Method®.

 

 

Ashley Benson

Accounts Receivable Supervisor
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Ashley Benson is the Accounts Receivable Supervisor for Access.  She came to work with us in October 2016.

Her previous work experience includes being an office manager at Methodist Family Health and a Claims Analyst at HP.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Philander Smith College with an emphasis in Organizational Management.  At Philander, she graduated Cum Laude with distinction in field.

Matthew Biedron

Academy Teacher
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Matthew Biedron is a Teacher for Access who teaches at the Academy campus.  He joined our team June 2018.

Rachel Biedron

Speech-Language Pathologist
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Rachel Biedron is a Speech-Language Pathologist who started working with Access June 2011.

Her previous employers include the University of Arkansas Poultry Science Department in Fayetteville, AR and Leawood Pool.

She has a Bachelors in Communication Disorders.

Kasie Birdwell

Speech - Language Pathologist
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Kasie Birdwell, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, joined ACCESS in November 2014. She is responsible for serving in the infant and toddler classrooms. Before joining ACCESS, Birdwell worked at KidSource for ten years as an early intervention speech pathologist. Birdwell has a bachelor of science from Harding University and a masters of science from UAMS specializing in early intervention. Birdwell specializes in Beckman and TalkTools techniques.

 

 

Brenda Blankenship

Special Projects Coordinator
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Brenda Blankenship is the Special Projects Coordinator for Access.  She joined our team in May 2012.

 

Hailee Bradley

Supported Employment Job Coach
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Hailee Bradley is a Supported Employment Job Coach who started working with Access January 2017.  Her notable previous work experience includes being a Daycare Worker for Family Church Daycare and working for the Waiver program for Easter Seals.

Her educational background includes having a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Speech.

Shelby Bradley

Supportive Living Companion
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Shelby Bradley is a Supportive Living Companion in the Waiver program at Access.  She became a part of our team in April 2018.

Meggie Bretz

Occupational Therapist
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Meggie Bretz, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, has worked for the organization since 2011. She is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating occupational therapy treatment plans for ACCESS students and clients. Bretz graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a master’s degree in occupational therapy. 

LaShun Burton

Database Administrator
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LaShun Burton is the Database Administrator for Access and has been with Access since June 2017.  Her primary responsibilities include managing several databases and maintaining the upkeep of information.

Her notable previous work experience includes Teach for America where she taught 4th grade reading at KIPP in New Orleans.  She also previously worked for Access as an Administrative Assistant.

Her educational background includes previously being enrolled at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Wilson Brewer

Hydroponic Assistant
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Wilson Brewer is the Hydroponic Assistant at the Academy campus in our Horticulture department.  He started working with Access in January of 2018.

Jackie Brown

Teacher Assistant
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Jackie Brown is a Teacher Assistant who has been working with Access since August 2012.

Erica Brown

Supportive Living Companion
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Erica Brown is a Supportive Living Companion who started working for our Waiver program in August 2018.

Shanta Brumfield

Executive Assistant
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Shanta Brumfield started working for Access in August 2018 as an Executive Assistant.

Lydia Bush

Teacher Assistant
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Lydia Bush is a Teacher Assistant who started working for our Academy campus in August 2018.

Christina Butler

Project Search Skills Trainer
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Christina Butler is a Skills Trainer with our Project Search program.  She started working with Access in August of 2018.

Sherice Butler

Project Search Instructor/Coordinator
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Sherice Butler is an Instructor/Coordinator for our Project Search program.  She has been working with Access since July of 2018.

Shalene Caple

Executive Assistant
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Shalene Caple, Executive Assistant, joined ACCESS in 1998. She assists the executive director, board of directors, marketing manager and development team members, as well as manages the ACCESS database, handles all organization information technology needs and assists families with applications for special needs funding programs.

Jo Carson

Administrative and Communications Manager
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Jo Carson, Administrative and Communications Manager, joined ACCESS in August 2015. Carson received her bachelor’s in speech communication from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is currently working on a master’s in applied communications at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Carson is certified in crisis communication.

Kerry Carson

Buildings and Grounds
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Kerry Carson is part of our Buildings and Grounds staff.  He has been with Access since March 2017.

Suzanne Carter

Early Childhood Teacher
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Suzanne Carter, B.S.E., Early Childhood 2 Teacher, joined ACCESS in September 2006 and is responsible for implementing the classroom curriculum and working with families to make sure students are meeting their goals and objectives. As the ACCESS birth-to-3 coordinator, she oversees the infant, toddler and 2-year-old classrooms, writing plans for individual children, providing observation and monitoring and assisting with teacher training. Carter worked in the Dallas public school system with 3 to 5 year olds with special needs and worked in a supervisory model with children ages 0 to 5 prior to joining ACCESS.

Minja Cartwright

Teacher Assistant
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Minja Cartwright is a Teacher Assistant at our Early Childhood campus.  She became a part of our team in April 2018.

Hannah Castle

Supportive Living Companion
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Hannah Castle is a Supportive Living Companion with our Waiver program.  She has been working with Access since August of 2018.

Caroline Chang

Occupational Therapist
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Caroline Chang, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, joined ACCESS in September 2013. She is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating occupational therapy treatment plans for ACCESS students and clients. Chang graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a master’s degree in occupational therapy. 

Kaylah Charles

Teacher Assistant
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Kaylah Charles is a Teacher Assistant at our Early Childhood campus.  She has been working with Access since November of 2017.

Stephanie Chester

Speech - Language Pathologist
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Stephanie Chester, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist for the 3-year-old and PreK classrooms, joined ACCESS in June 2007. She is responsible for monitoring and treating children within the classroom setting and one-on-one. She has a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. 

LaShun Clements

Supportive Living Companion
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LaShun Clements is a Supportive Living Companion with our Waiver program.  She started working with Access in August of 2018.

Barbara Cooper

Administrative Assistant
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Barbara Cooper is an administrative assistant. She started working with Access in July 2016.  Her primary responsibilities include providing administrative support.  Cooper was an Administrative Assistant at Arkansas Children’s Hospital for 18 years.  She attended Harding University and studied Office Administration.

Chelsea Cooper

Academic Therapist
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Chelsea Cooper is an Academic Therapist with Access.  She joined our team in May 2012.

Her notable work experience is being a Special Education Teacher for Westside Elementary School.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Education and, also, has a State of Arkansas Teaching License in Childhood Education p-4, ECE, and Special Education.

Ricky Cooper

Therapy Coordinator
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Ricky Cooper, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, has worked for the organization since 1998. He is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating occupational therapy treatment plans for ACCESS students and clients. As the ACCESS therapy coordinator, Cooper is responsible for creating and updating treatment schedules for more than 20 therapists and working with the director of operations to maintain therapy-related paperwork. Cooper graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy. Prior to joining ACCESS, he provided occupational therapy to nursing home clients and to Little Rock School District students.

 

Rachel Cowan

Speech-Language Pathologist
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Rachel Cowan is a Speech-Language Pathologist at our Early Childhood campus.  She became a part of our team in April 2018.

Tasha Cozens

Speech - Language Pathologist
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Tasha Cozens, M.S. CCC-SLP, Academy Speech Pathologist, joined ACCESS in August 2010. She is responsible for providing speech and language therapy as well as serving as the pragmatics group leader. Cozens graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with her bachelors and masters in speech-language pathology.

Melanie Cummings

Early Childhood Teacher Assistant
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Melanie Cummings is an Early Childhood Teacher Assistant who started working for Access in February 2011.

Her notable work experience includes being a corporate trainer for Dillards, Inc.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Stephanie Davidson

Speech Therapist
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Stephanie Davidson is a Speech Therapist who started with Access June 2017.  Her primary responsibilities include providing speech therapy services on the Early Childhood campus.

Her educational background includes having a Masters from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a Bachelors from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Tayla Dedrick

Supportive Living Companion
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Tayla Dedrick is a Supportive Living Companion for the Waiver program at Access.  She became a part of our team in June 2018.

Heidi Densmore

Job Coach
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Heidi Densmore has been a Job Coach with Access since October 2016.  Her primary responsibilities include coaching adults for successful and meaningful employment.

Her notable previous work experience includes being a youth mentor for TEEG (CT), a ABA service provider-ASN&PBS, and a youth director for St. James Catholic Church.

Ms. Densmore’s educational background includes having a Masters in Human Services specializing in Marriage and Family Cognate and having a certification in Mediation.

Her honors include graduating Cum Laude.

Joanne de Prez

Teacher Assistant
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Joanne de Prez is a Teacher Assistant at the Early Childhood campus.  She became a part of our team in May 2018.

Kimberly DeRamus

Teacher Assistant
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Kimberly DeRamus is a Teacher Assistant at the Early Childhood campus.  She became a part of our team in May 2018.

Pamela Diemer

Early Childhood Teacher
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Pamela Diemer, Infant and Toddler Classroom Teacher, joined ACCESS in June 2013. She is responsible for providing care and a multi-sensory curriculum to infants who are typically developing as well as those with developmental delays and disabilities. Diemer has bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and deaf education, with a minor in speech-language pathology, from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Prior to her current role at ACCESS, she taught for the Lonoke Public School District, the Arkansas School for the Deaf and North Little Rock’s Arkansas Pediatric Facility.

 

Amanda Driedric

Academic Therapist - AERC
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Amanda Driedric, Academic Therapist/Speech-Language Pathologist at the Evaluation and Resource Center, joined ACCESS in May 2011. Driedric is responsible for providing specialized tutoring services to students from ACCESS and the Central Arkansas community who have learning differences. Her therapy sessions focus on remediation of reading, spelling, comprehension, written expression, and/or executive functioning and study skills. 

Driedric graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in speech-language pathology. Driedric specializes in dyslexia, dysgraphia, and executive functioning disorders  She is certified in The DuBard Association Method®, Lindamood Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing®, and CogMed Working Memory Training. 

Shalisa Dumas

Caseworker
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Shalisa Dumas is our Caseworker for Waiver Services.  She started working with Access March 2017.

Jamie Easley

Instructor/Coordinator Project Search
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Jamie Easley is the Instructor/Coordinator for Project Search.  She became a member of Access staff June 2017.

Her previous work experience includes being a Life Skills Implementer for Easter Seals, a Self-
Contained Teacher for Nettleton Public Schools, a Special Education Designee for Westside Consolidated Schools, a Kid Spot Summer Care Instructor, and a Special Education Resource Teacher for Brookland Public Schools.

Her educational background includes certification in Family Consumer Science Education and Instructional Specialist Special Education (P-4).

Her honors and achievements include winning the Westside Top Warrior Award and being a coordinator for the Special Needs Ministry at Central Baptist Church.

Janice Edmonson

Technology Resource Coordinator - AERC
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Janice Edmonson, M.S., CCC-SLP, Technology and Resource Center Coordinator for the Evaluation and Resource Center, has worked at ACCESS since 1999. She is responsible for recommending compensatory technology to students with learning disabilities, consulting with the evaluation and resource center team regarding recommendations and programming for students, training students and parents on technology implementation, and providing professional development on educational technology resources. She also coordinates the Academic Therapy program.

Edmonson began her career as a speech-language pathologist at ACCESS. She graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1999 with a master’s degree in communicative disorders. She received a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology, with a minor in psychology, from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She was a graduate intern at ACCESS for two years, working in the preschool and in the academy during its inaugural year. Edmonson specializes in educational technology, remediation of reading and written expression difficulties, and curriculum development. She is certified in The DuBard Association Method® and is knowledgeable about numerous software applications beneficial to students with learning disabilities. She collaborates with ACCESS teachers, helping them implement technology in their classrooms. She also implements compensatory tools for ACCESS students on an as-needed basis.

 

Dr. Sabine Falls

Psychologist and AERC Director
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Dr. Sabine Falls, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, joined ACCESS in 2006. She is responsible for all psychological and psycho-educational evaluations at the Evaluation and Resource Center.

At ACCESS, Dr. Falls applies her broad experience in pediatric psychology, performing comprehensive assessments and diagnosing disabilities such as Attention Deficit Disorder, specific learning disorders (dyslexia, mathematic disorder, disorder of written expression) and autism spectrum disorders. She is also experienced in diagnosing and treating children who are suspected of having or have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression and who have problems related to difficult life events. In addition to evaluations, Dr. Falls provides cognitive-behavioral therapy, client-centered therapy, parent trainings, and family therapy.

Angelita Fluker

Teacher Assistant
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Angelita Fluker is a Teacher Assistant for the Early Childhood campus who started working for Access September 2017.

Her previous work experience includes being a Rivendell Mental Health Associate for one year and being a UAMS Kids First Child Care Tech for four years.

Her educational background includes attending McClellan High School and Pulaski Technical College.

Judy Forrest

Preschool Teacher Assistant Floater
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Judy Forrest, Early Childhood Teacher Assistant, joined ACCESS in November 2013. She is responsible for assisting the Early Childhood teachers. Forrest has an associate’s degree in early childhood education and has more than 22 years’ experience in preschool and special education. She has worked as a job coach for the Mansfield School District (Mansfield, TX) for two years, served as director over five locations for the Children’s Academy and Mansfield Montessori School for 13 years, was a PreK and Kindergarten teacher for Pulaski County School District for two years and was director of Little Rock’s Darnall School for two years.

Tori Fortner

Early Childhood Teacher
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Tori Fortner, Preschool Teacher, joined ACCESS in January 2014. She oversees growth and development for children ages 1 to 2.5 in the ACCESS toddler classroom through instruction, planning and implementing curricula. Prior to working at ACCESS, Fortner was a teacher for Chenal Valley Church Dayschool for four years and was a case manager for Second Chance Ranch for two years.

Mary Kate Fortson

Speech Language Pathologist
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Mary Kate Fortson is a Speech Language Pathologist who started with Access in May 2016.

Her primary responsibilities include Early Childhood Speech Therapy.

Her notable work experience includes receiving an Access Student Internship.

She has a Masters degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a Bachelors from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Her achievements include being a Summa Cum Laude graduate.

Brittany Franklin

Preschool Teacher
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Brittany Franklin, B.S.E., PreK 3 and Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, joined ACCESS in August 2006. She oversees growth and development for children with language delays and disabilities, through developing Individual Program Plans (IPP’s) for students that qualify for DDTCS. Prior to working at ACCESS, Franklin worked with PreK students at Ranch Kids in Little Rock. Franklin received her bachelor’s in early childhood education & psychology at University of Arkansas at Little Rock and her master’s in early childhood special education at Arkansas State University 

Rachel Gaikema

Early Childhood Floater
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Rachel Gaikema is a Floater at the Early Childhood campus who started working for Access in October 2017.

Her previous work experience includes being an In-Home Child Care Provider for Integrity, Inc.

Her educational background includes having an English degree from John Brown University.

Katie Gould

Teacher Assistant
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Katie Gould is a Teacher Assistant for the Academy campus.  She became a part of our team in May 2018.

Daisha Graves

Waiver Job Coach
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Daisha Graves is a Job Coach for the Waiver program who started working for Access September 2017.

Her previous work experience includes being a Supportive Living Companion for Easter Seals.

Leland Green

Project Search Job Coach
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Leland Green is a Project Search Job Coach who has been working with Access since June 2016.

His primary responsibilities include providing training and support for interns to ensure success during the job site rotations and/or a competitive job.

Mr. Green’s notable work experience includes working for MRDC Variations as the European Coordinator Officer with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency in the United Kingdom.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication Design at Ravensbou College of Design and Communication in England.

His achievements include having a Diploma of Arts and Design (Distinction).

George Griffin

Grounds Assistant
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George Griffin is a Grounds Assistant in our Horticulture program.  He has been a part of our team since March 2018.

Elizabeth Griffin

Speech Pathologist
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Elizabeth Griffin, a Speech Pathologist, started working with Access in January 2017.  Her notable previous work experience includes being a Speech Pathologist at United Cerebral Palsy.

Her educational background includes receiving a masters degree from the University of Central Arkansas.

Beau Hammons

Greenhouse Assistant
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Beau Hammons is the Greenhouse Assistant for Access.  He became a part of our team August 2017.

Jenna Harris

Physical Therapist
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Jenna Harris, Physical Therapist, joined ACCESS in December 2015. Harris received her doctor of physical therapy from the University of Alabama – Birmingham and a master’s degree in movement science from Texas Christian University.

Hayley Helsham

Supportive Living Companion
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Hayley Helsham is a Supportive Living Companion who is a part of the Waiver program at Access.  She became a part of our team in May 2018.

Susan Hill

Speech Language Pathologist
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Susan Hill, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist,  joined ACCESS in August 2009. She is responsible for providing speech therapy for intermediate classrooms and outpatients. Prior to joining ACCESS, Hill was a speech therapist for the Lonoke School District for five years. She received her undergraduate degree from Ouachita Baptist University and her master’s from Baylor University. Hill specializes in school age language therapy and pragmatics. 

 

 

 

Carly Hood

Physical Therapist
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Carly Hood is a Physical Therapist who started with Access in November 2016.

Her previous work experience includes being a Physical Therapist for Pediatrics Plus.

She has a Bachelors in Health Science specializing in Physical Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas.

Rebecca Hudson

Teacher Assistant
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Rebecca Hudson is a Teacher Assistant for the Early Childhood campus.  She started working with Access in July 2017.

Her notable previous work experience includes being a Lead Teacher Assistant for Easter Seals of Arkansas.

Her educational background and specialties include obtaining 70 credit hours from the University of Arkansas.

Kelli Joiner

CHMS Coordinator
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Kelli Joiner is the CHMS Coordinator for Access.  She started working with us June of 2015.

Her previous work experience includes being a Clinical Services Specialist for GROW Learning Centre.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Sociology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Masters in Special Education.

Jordan Justice

Teacher Assistant
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Jordan Justice is a Teacher Assistant at the Early Childhood campus.  She started working with Access August 2017.

Her notable previous work experience includes working for Cedar Heights Daycare as a teacher of children who were two years old.

She attended St. Joseph High School.

Amy Kelton

Teacher
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Amy Kelton is a teacher who started working for Access in July 2017.  Her primary responsibility is to teach K-1 students.

Kelton’s previous experience includes being a teacher for Pre-K, Kindergarten, and fifth grade for the North Little Rock School District and, also, a Kindergarten teacher in Texas.  Kelton has a background in Literacy Model Classroom, Technology Model Classroom, and Education Technology Endorsement.  Amy Kelton is an ESL Academy Graduate.

Frankie Kemp

Supportive Employment Skills Trainer
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Frankie Kemp is a Supportive Employment Skills Trainer in the Project Search program at Access.  She has been a part of our team since April 2018.

Kylie Koeneke

Occupational Therapist
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Kylie Koeneke is an Occupational Therapist who started with Access in January of 2016.

Koeneke has a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.

Pheliece Lanes

Waiver Director
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Pheliece Lanes is the Waiver Director for Access Schools.  She started working with us August 2017.

Her previous work experience includes being the Waiver Director for the northeast region of UCP, the Waiver Supervisor for UPC, and being a Services and Program Licensure Specialist.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Social and Health Services and she worked with disabled people for over 35 years.

Lindsey Lauritzen

Project Search Job Coach
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Lindsey Lauritzen is a Job Coach who started working with Access in June 2016.

Her previous work experience includes being the Head Horse Program Leader for Camp Greentop at the League for People with Disabilities.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hendrix College.

Juanita Leach

Supportive Living Companion
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Juanita Leach is a Supportive Living Companion who has worked with Access since January 2017.

Christi Leavitt

Supportive Living Companion
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Christi Leavitt is a Supportive Living Companion who started working with Access in July 2016.  Her primary responsibilities includes assisting children with disabilities.

Her previous work history includes working as a Substitute Paraprofessional and Special Education Teacher at Maumelle Middle School for two years.

Leavitt has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with experience in rehabilitative services.

Emily Leger

Teacher Assistant
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Emily Leger is a Teacher Assistant at the Academy campus.  She became a part of our team in May 2018.

Krysten Levin

Marketing and Special Events Manager
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Krysten Levin has been with the Development department at Access since April 2016.  Her primary responsibilities include the management of marketing, public relations and special events, as well as other ongoing tasks.

In her previous employment, she served as the Senior Marketing Manager for Comdata Corporation, the Marketing Manager for Magazines.com, and an Associate Brand Manager for Georgia-Pacific Corporation.

She has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Memphis and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing Management from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

DaMarkus Lipscomb

Teacher Assistant
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DaMarkus Lipscomb is a Teacher Assistant who has worked with Access since October 2016.  His primary responsibilities include assisting with Access Life.

His notable previous work experience includes being an Activity Assistant at Dunbar Community Center.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Philander Smith College.

Mr. Lipscomb’s achievements include playing four years of college basketball at Philander Smith College and did a Pro Tour in Germany.

Melissa Lister

Preschool Teacher Assistant
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Melissa ListerEarly Childhood Teacher Assistant, joined ACCESS June 2015. She is responsible for aiding the teacher with groups and classroom care, facilitate playtime, and interact with the students. Prior to joining ACCESS, Lister was a preschool teacher with Cedar Heights Daycare for four years. She is certified in First Aid/CPR.

Mahdale Marlin

Teacher Assistant
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Mahdale Marlin is a Teacher Assistant for the Early Childhood campus.  Her primary responsibilities include helping the lead teacher.  Her notable previous work experience includes being a Pre-K teacher for Cedar Heights Christian Daycare.

Her educational background includes graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a specialization in Early Childhood.

Mary Masching

Teacher
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Mary Masching is a Teacher at the Early Childhood campus.  She started working for Access August 2017.

Her previous work experience includes being a First Grade Teacher at Chicot Primary School and being a Fourth Grade Teacher at Woodruff ECC.

She has a Masters in Early Childhood Development from UCA and a Bachelor of Spanish from the University of Arkansas.

Amber McCall

Speech Language Pathologist
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Amber McCall-Tharp is a Speech-Language Pathologist.  She became a member of the Access team July 2015.

Her previous work experience includes being a Speech Therapist for OnSite Therapies.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  She also has a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Nathan McClain

Teacher Assistant
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Nathan McClain is a part-time Teacher Assistant for Academy.

His notable work experience includes working for Project Search and being an Assistant to the Athletic Trainer at Catholic High School.

He was awarded the Rector’s Award. He also participated in the Special Olympics.  He went to the national games in 2014 and the world games in 2015.  He was a member of the U. S. Athlete Input Council for the Special Olympics.

Rachelle McConnell

Preschool Teacher Assistant
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Rachelle McConnell, Early Childhood Teacher Assistant, joined ACCESS March 2012. Prior to joining ACCESS, McConnell was a homemaker for 20 years and educated her two children from their PreK to junior high years. She has a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies, and she is a certified wildlife rehabilitator. 

Sara "Kristen" McGregor

Teacher Assistant
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Sara “Kristen” McGregor is a Teacher Assistant for the Early Childhood Campus.  She started working for Access November 2017.

Her previous work experience includes being a Lead Early Childhood Development Technician for Ascent Children’s Health Services and a Teacher for Bingham Road Child Development Center.

She has a Bachelors of Science in Communication Disorders.

Mary Stuart McRae

Academy Teacher
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Mary Stuart McRae, Intermediate Classroom Teacher, joined ACCESS August 2010. She is responsible for instructing students ages 9 to 12 who have learning and developmental disabilities, including instruction in The DuBard Association Method®. McRae has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Arkansas. Prior to joining ACCESS, she taught second grade for five years at the Anthony School in Little Rock.

 

Liane Meadors

Physical Therapist
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Liane Meadors is a Physical Therapist with Access.  She has been a member of our team since May 2016.

Her previous work experience includes being a Physical Therapist with Easter Seals and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas and also holds an Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy License.

Emily Meyer

Speech-Language Pathologist
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Emily Meyer is a Speech-Language Pathologist who started working with Access July 2017.

Her previous work experience includes being a Speech Therapist for Bryant Public Schools in the year 2016-2017.

She has a Bachelor of Arts from Harding University and a Master of Science  from the University of Central Arkansas.  She is an NSSHLA member who was a recipient as an undergraduate.

Kelli Miller

Occupational Therapist
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Kelli Miller is an Occupational Therapist who started with Access September of 2014.

Her previous work experience includes being an ACTS Jr. Parent Coordinator at Community Connections, a Graduate Assistant for Veronica Rowe at the University of Central Arkansas, and a Teacher for Center of Early Learning.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Arkansas and a Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas.

Ms. Miller is a member of Pi Theta Epilson Honor Society, a member of Students of Occupational Therapy Organization, and a member of American Occupational Therapy Association.

Sabrina Mills

Supportive Living Companion
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Sabrina Mills is a Supportive Living Companion who started working for the Waiver program at Access October 2017.

Her previous work experience includes being a Paraprofessional Teacher for the Little Rock School District and being a supervisor for the City of Little Rock.

Her educational background is in Education and Psych.

Dia Mobbs

Administrative Assistant
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Dia Mobbs is an Administrative Assistant with Access who started July 2016.  Her primary responsibilities include, processing enrollment packets, tracking employee files, updating the company website, and database management.

Her notable previous experience includes being a caseworker for Arkansas Department of Human Services and being a photographer for Lifetouch Photography.

Her educational background includes having a Master of Art in Communications specializing in New Media and Marketing and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development, Rural Sociology, and Family Sciences specializing in Child Development.

Alyssa Mooningham

Job Coach
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Alyssa Mooningham is a Job Coach with Project Search who started working with Access May 2016.

Her work history includes being a Campaign Manager for Morph Management Group, Inc., being a Rapid Responder for the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health, and a staff member for Buffalo Wild Wings.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hendrix College.  She also studied abroad at the Hendrix College in London, England.

Andrew Moore

Project Search Skills Trainer
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Andrew Moore is a Skills Trainer for the Project Search program who started with Access September 2017.

His previous work experience includes being an HR Business Partner for Windstream Communications.

His educational background includes having a degree from John Brown University.

Duane Moore

Maintenance Technician
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Duane Moore is a Maintenance Technician who started with Access in October 2016.  His primary responsibilities include maintaining the buildings and grounds at both Breckenridge and Mississippi campuses.

His previous work experience includes being a Quality Control Auditor/Inspector/Technician for various factories.

His educational background includes learning Drafting/Machine Shop.

His honors and achievements include being a previously certified Mechanical Inspector through The American Society of Quality.

Hannah Moore

Occupational Therapist
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Hannah Moore is an Occupational Therapist with Access.  She became a part of Access June 2017.

She has a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from UTHSC and a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Mississippi State University.

She is a founding board member of the first student ran pro-bono OT clinic in the country and she has been published in OT Practice Magazine.

McKenzie Moriconi

Academy Teacher Assistant
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McKenzie Moriconi, Academy Teacher Assistant, joined ACCESS February 2016. Her primary responsibilities include providing support to the classroom teacher.  Prior to working at ACCESS, Moriconi worked in retail. She earned her high school diploma from Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock, AR.

Grace Mosely

Project Search Instructor/Coordinator
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Grace Mosely is an Instructor/Coordinator for Project Search.  She started working with Access in June 2017.

Taylor Musgrove

Academy Teacher Assistant
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Taylor Musgrove, Lower School Teacher Assistant, joined ACCESS August 2013. She is responsible for assisting the classroom teacher. Musgrove has a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Central Arkansas. She is fluent in American Sign Language.

 

 

Caleb Nealy

Project Search Skills Trainer
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Caleb Nealy is a Skills Trainer for the Project Search program who started working for Access July 2017.

Michaela Nelson

Teacher Assistant
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Michaela Nelson is a Teacher Assistant who started with Access in July 2016.

Her previous work experience includes being a PT Recreation Programmer at Little Rock Parks & Recreation Therapeutic Recreation.  She has worked as part of the Supportive Living Staff in Civilian Services & Friendship Community Care and was a substitute teacher for Bryant High School.

Tingley has a Bachelor degree in Health Education & Promotion from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

Kimberly Newton

Psychological Examiner, AERC
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Kimberly Newton, Director of AERC, joined ACCESS July 2015. Newton worked as a psychological examiner for Ascent Children’s Health Services for 12 years before joining the ACCESS team. She has a master’s degree in counseling. 

Kimberly Nix

Project Search Skills Trainer
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Kimberly Nix is a Skills Trainer with the Project Search program.  She became a part of our team August 2017.

Her preious wok experience includes being an Administrative assistant at SAU Tech.

She has an Associate in General Studies.

Kati Nixon

Preschool Teacher Assistant
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Kati Nixon, ACCESS Teacher Assistant, joined ACCESS February 2015. She is responsible for assisting the early childhood classroom teachers. Nixon has seven years experience working in preschool programs, having worked at The Learning Center, Helping Hand Children’s Center and The Academy at Riverdale.

Derrick Parker

Cleaning Crew
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Derrick Parker is a member of the Cleaning Crew who joined Access in October 2016.

His primary responsibilities include maintaining a clean environment for students and staff.

His prior work experience includes working for UAMS as a Server and as a Baker.

Mr. Parker’s educational background includes a high school diploma and going to secondary school where he learned how to cook, bake, and help others.

His honors and achievements include being a high school graduate, ACT I-seven month trade, being an Access Life graduate, and Project Search 1st class graduate.

Theresa "Reese" Partin

Occupational Therapist
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Theresa “Reese” Partin, Occupational Therapist. Joined Access in April of 2016 with a Masters in Science. Prior to joining Acces Theresa was an OT at St. Vincent Rehab Sherwood, AR.

Alicia Pattillo

Speech Language Pathologist
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Alicia Pattillo, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, joined ACCESS February 2011. She is responsible for teaching speech, language, and social skills in a variety of settings. Prior to joining ACCESS, she treated students at The Academy at Riverdale. Pattillo earned her bachelor’s and master’s at Baylor University. 

 

Lauren Puckett

Preschool Teacher Assistant
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Lauren Puckett-Bell is a Teacher Assistant with Access.  She has been a member of our team since July 2015.

Her education includes being a two year college graduate from Pulaski Technical College.

Her previous work experience includes being a Teacher Assistant at Easter Seals and an Apprenticed Optician with JC Penny Optical.

Ashley Pultro

Speech Pathologist
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Ashley Pultro is a Speech Pathologist who started working for Access in September 2017.

Ashley is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas and is PECS trained.

Molly Ramsey

Speech Language Pathologist
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Molly Ramsey is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has work with Access since July 2013.

Her previous work experience includes being a Speech-Language Pathologist for Clearly Speaking, LLC. and being a Graduate Assistant at the University of Central Arkansas.

Ms. Ramsey has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Family and Consumer Sciences from Harding University and a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Central Arkansas.

Maurice Randall

Buildings and Grounds
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Maurice Randall works in Buildings and Grounds.  He started working with Access January 2017.  His notable previous work experience includes being a cabinet maker for twenty-five years.

Andrew Rice

Teacher Assistant
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Andrew Rice is a Teacher Assistant who has been working with Access since August 2016.  His primary responsibilities include assisting the Lead Teacher.  His previous work experience includes working for various restaurants in the area.

Rice is a graduate of Central High School.  Rice also attended the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.  His achievements include being a member of the Percussion Ensemble at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock for five years.

Beth Rice

Admissions Coordinator
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Beth Rice M.A., admissions coordinator, joined ACCESS January 2001. She is responsible for processing admissions for all ACCESS programs. Prior to her role as admissions coordinator, Rice was the ACCESS development director for six years. She also served as the special events coordinator for Easter Seals for four years. Rice, a graduate of the University of Arkansas, has a master’s degree in speech pathology and worked for the Little Rock School District for four years. She is a certified volunteer manager and has served on numerous boards, including the Junior League of Little Rock, Riverfest and the Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church.

Candice Richardson

Teacher
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Candice Richardson is a Teacher for the Early Childhood campus.  She started working for Access in July 2017.

Her previous work experience includes being a Pre-K Teacher for LRSD and a Kindergarten and 1st grade Teacher for BPSD.

She has a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and a Masters of Education in Reading.  She is Magna Cum Laude and she has been awarded Teacher of the Year at Salem Elementary.

Erin Riley

Project SEARCH, Job Development Manager
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Erin Riley, Job Development Manager, joined ACCESS September 2015. Prior to joining ACCESS, Riley was the Employee Relations Coordinator at the Capital Hotel. She attended the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville and studied hospitality.

Claire Rinke

Preschool Aftercare Worker
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Claire Rinke, Preschool Aftercare Worker, joined ACCESS August 2015. Prior to joining ACCESS, Rinke was a child care/teacher’s assistant at Pathfinders for 4 years. Rinke is an ACCESS Graduate!

Maria Rios-Ibar

Teacher
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Maria Rios-Ibar is a teacher at the Academy campus who started January 2018.

Brooklynn Roark

Supportive Living Companion
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Brooklynn Roark is a Supportive Living Companion with Access.  She started working with Access in October 2016.

Her previous work experience includes working for St. Vincent Hospital, being a Lifeguard, and caring for special needs children.

Ms. Roark’s educational background is comprised of being CNA certified, lifeguard trained, and being a CPR instructor.

Jeannie Roberts

Registered Nurse/Administration
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Jeannie Roberts is a Registered Nurse and also works in the front office of Access.  She has been a member of our team since July 2017.

She worked twenty-two years with Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Accent, and Rivendale.

She graduate from Baptist School of Nursing in 1993, Pulaski Tech in 2015, and BSN in June 2017.

She graduated with honors.

Lori Roberts

Early Childhood Teacher
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Lori Roberts is an Early Childhood Teacher who was hired in July 2016.  Her primary responsibilities include teaching two year old children.

Her previous work experience includes working as a Paraprofessional in a Self-contained classroom at Jefferson Elementary School in the Little Rock School District.  She has been a floater and substitute for Access and has been a Substitute Teacher for the Little Rock School District.  Her work experience also includes being a teacher for Head Start who taught children who were four years old.

George Robertson

Academy Teacher
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George Robertson, ACCESS Upper School 1 classroom teacher, joined the organization in August 2010. He is responsible for instructing students ages 13 and older who have learning and developmental disabilities. Robertson has a bachelor’s degree in secondary English and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla. During his 20-plus years in education, he has taught in both the United States and Europe. 

Sarah Rolfes

Physical Therapist
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Sarah Rolfes, Physical Therapist, joined ACCESS January 2016. Her primary responsibilities include providing physical therapy treatment and drafting evaluations. Prior to joining ACCESS, Rolfes was a physical therapist at KIDSource Therapy Inc. She received her bachelor’s in kinesiology from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville and doctor of physical therapy from the University of Central Arkansas.

Caroline Rosel

Occupational Therapist
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Caroline Rosel is an Occupational Therapist who started working with Access in June 2016.

Her notable work experience includes being an Occupational Therapist for Progressive Therapy and Pediatrics Plus.

She has a Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Central Arkansas and  Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas.

Matthew Ross

Groundskeeper
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Matthew Ross is a Groundskeeper at the Academy campus.  He has worked with Access since April 2017.

Krysta Rupp

Occupational Therapist
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Krysta Rupp is an Occupational Therapist who has worked with Access since April 2004.

Her previous work experience includes being a member of the Playcare Team for Conway Regional Health and Fitness Center, a Writing Tutor for the University of Central Arkansas Writing Center, a Campus Service Officer for the University of Central Arkansas Police Department, and a Life Skills Trainer for the Conway Human Development Center.

Ms. Rupp has a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas.

Katina Sanders

Preschool Teacher Assistant
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Katina SandersPreK 3 Teacher Assistant, joined ACCESS in November 2012. She is responsible for supporting the PreK 3 classroom teacher. Prior to working at ACCESS, Sanders worked for five years as a teaching assistant at ARchild Preschool. She is trained in paraprofessional and early childhood education. 

 

Lauren Satterfield

Occupational Therapist
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Lauren Satterfield is an Occupational Therapist at our Early Childhood campus.  She became a part of our team in April 2018.

Sally Schanandore

Speech Therapist
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Sally Schanandore is a Speech Therapist who joined Access in August 2016.

Her previous work experience includes working as a Speech Therapist for Pediatrics Plus and for Conway Regional Rehabilitation Hospital.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, both from the University of Central Arkansas.

Rebekah Seljan

Project Search Program Coordinator
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Rebekah Seljan is a Program Coordinator for the Project Search program.  She started working for Access in April 2017.

Her previous work experience includes being an intern Job Coach for Project Search, a Practicum student for ARS in Benton, a Job Coach for Friendship Community Care, and part of the Waiver staff at Friendship Community Care.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and a Masters of Art with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling.

She was a member of Phi Kappi Phi Honor Society

Tracey Shell

Occupational Therapist
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Tracey Shell, Occupational Therapist, joined ACCESS in December 2010. She is responsible for occupational therapy evaluations, treatments, and parent consultations. Shell, holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Central Arkansas.

Karen Shepherd

Art and Ceramics Teacher
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Karen Shepherd, Art and Ceramics Teacher, joined ACCESS in April 2007. She is responsible for teaching the elements of art and principles of design to Academy students in weekly classes. Prior to her career at ACCESS, Shepherd was an assistant producer for a radio and television production company before taking design and color composition classes at The New School in New York City. Shepherd is a graduate of the University of New Orleans. 

Carissa Sherman

Project Search Skills Trainer
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Carissa Sherman is a Project Search Skills Trainer who started working with Access June 2017.

Her previous work experience includes being a Special Education Paraprofessional for Nettleton Public School.

Norma Simmons

Horticulture Instructor
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Norma Simmons, horticulture and gardening instructor, joined ACCESS in August 2007. She is responsible for teaching the Upper School students horticulture classes and job training related to plant care and landscaping. She also teaches gardening and plant science to Academy students, including weekly lessons and activities based on plant life cycles.

 

 

Scott Simmons

Buildings and Grounds Manager
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Scott Simmons is the Groundskeeper at Access.  He has been a part of our team since April 2011.

Caitlynn Simpson

Teacher Assistant
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Caitlynn Simpson is a Teacher Assistant at the Early Childhood campus who started working with Access August 2017.

Her previous work experience includes being a Life Skills Technician for AR Pediatrics Facility.

Her educational background includes being an Access Schools graduate.

Caitlynn’s honors and achievements include being a UAMS Project Search Graduate.

Alexandria (Allie)Smith

Physical Therapist
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Alexandria (Allie) Smith is a Physical Therapist who started working with Access September 2017.

Her educational background includes having a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Alexis Smith

Aftercare Worker
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Alexis Smith is an Aftercare Worker at the Early Childhood campus.  She became a part of our team in April 2018.

Carrie Smith

Preschool Teacher Assistant
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Carrie Smith, PreK 3 Classroom Teacher Assistant, joined ACCESS in May 2006. Her responsibilities include supporting the PreK3 classroom teacher. She is certified as a teaching assistant paraprofessional by the State of Arkansas.

Heather Smith

Occupational Therapist
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Heather Smith, M.S., OTR/L, ACCESS occupational therapist, has worked for the organization since September 2002. She is responsible for evaluating, developing and implementing occupational therapy treatment plans for ACCESS students and clients. Smith graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a master’s degree in occupational therapy and a bachelor’s degree in health science.

 

Sarah Smith

Project Search Job Coach
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Sarah Smith, Project SEARCH Job Coach, joined ACCESS August 2015. She is responsible for teaching young adults with disabilities the essential skills and functions to obtain competitive employment.  Prior to joining ACCESS, Kirk worked the Pulaski Academy Summer Camp and Butterflies and Frogs Daycare as a teacher. She has a bachelor’s in science in childhood education, and a minor in human development with a concentration in special education.

Tammie Smith

Supportive Living Companion
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Tammie Smith is a Supportive Living Companion in our Waiver program.  She became a part of our team in May 2018.

Jessica Steelman

Teacher Assistant
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Jessica Steelman is a Teacher Assistant with Access at the Early Childhood campus.  She became a part of our team August 2017.

Her previous work experience includes being a teacher at Pleasant Valley Day School.

Her educational background includes having a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies from Harding University.

Kayla Stout

Academic Therapist
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Kayla Stout is an Academic Therapist who started working with Access in January 2017.  Her primary responsibility is to provide reading intervention to children.

Her previous work experience includes being a teacher for Easter Seals.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Education and certification in Special Education.

Becky Terbrack

Developmental Evaluator
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Becky Terbrach is the Developmental Evaluator with Access.  She has been a part of the Access team since April 2000.

Elizabeth Thomas

Teacher
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Elizabeth Thomas is a Teacher at the Early Childhood campus who joined the Access team in August 2016.

Her previous work experience includes working as a Teacher Assistant for Easter Seals.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Education and Special Education Endorsement.

Laura Thomas

Physical Therapy Assistant
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Laura Thomas, Physical Therapist Assistant, joined ACCESS in April 2009. She is responsible for administering physical therapy to students and clients to address gross motor skill development. Prior to joining ACCESS, Thomas worked as a physical therapist for 12 years at Conway Therapy Services, where she treated outpatient clients in pediatric therapy, women’s health therapy, orthopedic and neurological therapies, hippotherapy and aquatic therapy, among other areas. She has an associate’s degree in applied science from the University of Central Arkansas. 

Melissa Thomas

Supervising Therapy Coordinator
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Melissa Thomas, Director of Clinical Operations, joined ACCESS in March 2014. She is responsible for oversight of clinical programs including the therapy department, Child Health Management Services preschool program, AERC, and waiver. Thomas has over 20 years of experience as a clinical director. She is a licensed speech-language pathologist, who specializes in early childhood services and Child Health Management Services (CHMS) programs.

Beverly Ann Thornburg

Supportive Living Companion
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Beverly Ann Thornburg, Supportive Living Companion, joined ACCESS in February 2016. She is responsible for assisting adults with disabilities to work on their goals.

Megan Tidwell

ACCESS Life Teacher Assistant
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Megan Tidwell, ACCESS Life Teacher Assistant, joined ACCESS in April 2012. She is responsible for assisting the ACCESS Life teacher with classroom duties. Prior to joining ACCESS, Tidwell worked for Little Rock’s Integrity Inc, a rehabilitation services center, for five years, serving for more than two of those years as a lead teacher at the center’s preschool. She is certified in CPR and first aid treatment.

 

Kosika Umonah

Supportive Living Companion
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Kosika Umonah is a Supportive Living Companion in the Waiver program at Access.  She became a part of our team in May 2018.

Lindy Vint

Speech Language Pathologist
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Lindy Vint, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, and Early Childhood Speech Therapy Supervisor, joined ACCESS in March 2003. Her primary responsibilities include providing speech, articulation, language, pragmatic, oral motor, and feeding therapies. In addition, she also supervises the early childhood speech therapy team, along with working closely with the classroom teacher. Vint received her bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Central Arkansas in speech-language pathology.  She is certified in the DuBard Association Method®

Marsha Waddill

Academy Teacher
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Marsha Waddill is an Academy Teacher who has been a part of the Access team since July 2014.

Her previous work experience includes being a Co-Teacher, Resource Teacher, Speech Therapist, and Preschool Special Education Teacher for Shelby County School District.  She was also a Teacher/Counselor for Youth Villages.

Ms. Waddill has a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Master of Education in Special Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Brandon Walker

ACS Job Coach
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Brandon Walker is a Job Coach through the Waiver program who started working for Access September 2017.

His primary responsibilities include doing job site assessments, job retraining, and job maintenance visits.

Brandon’s previous work experience includes being an Employment Coordinator for Laradon Hall and Direct Support for Bethesdon Lutheran.

His educational background includes having been a psychology major.

Erin Walker

Academy Teacher
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Erin Walker is an Academy Teacher who started with Access in August 2016.

Her previous work experience includes being a Residential Manager at Laradon for two years.  She possesses a Bachelor degree in Art Education from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.

Lydia Waller

Medical Staff, School Nurse
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Lydia Waller is the Registered Nurse with Access.  She has been a part of our team since December 2013.

Her previous work experience includes being a Registered Nurse with Baptist Health, High Point Regional Hospital, Davie County Health Department, and Kimberly Agency.  She has also participated in Private Duty Nursing and was a missionary in Mozambique, Africa for three years.  She is certified to be a Childbirth Instructor, a CPR/First Aid Instructor, and a Technician in the Child Passenger Safety Training Program.

Ms. Waller holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Central Arkansas.

Emily Ward

Project SEARCH Job Coach
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Emily Ward, ACH Project SEARCH® job coach, joined ACCESS in June 2015. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hendrix College. As an ACH Project SEARCH® job coach, Ward provides training and support for young adults with disabilities during their internship rotations, designing job accommodations and modifications. 

Camisha Washington

Finance Assistant
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Camisha Washington is the Finance Assistant for Access.  She became a part of our team in January 2018.

Christine Williams

Academic Therapist, AERC
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Christy Williams is an Academic Therapist with Access.  She has been a member of our team since February 2014.

Her previous work experience includes being an ALC Facilitator and English Teacher for Pulaski County Special School District, overseeing Data Management and Testing for The Gadberry Group, and being a Sales Advocate for Acxiom Corporation.

Ms. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Spanish from the University of Central Arkansas.  She also attained an Arkansas and a Texas Teaching Certificate in Secondary English.

Beverly Willits

Supportive Living Companion
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Beverly Willitts is a Supportive Living Companion through the waiver program.  She has been with the organization since July 2016.

Stephanie Wise

Occupational Therapist
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Stephanie Wise is an Occupational Therapist who started working with Access in August 2016.

Ms. Wise has a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Jordan Woods

ACH Project Search Skills Trainer
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Jordan Woods is an ACH Project Search Skills Trainer through the Waiver program who started working for Access August 2017.

Her primary responsibilities include mentoring and working with interns in the Project Search internship program.

Her previous work experience includes being an intern at Pediatrics Plus and a Front Desk Manager at 365 Fitness.

Jordan has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a minor in Family and Consumer Science.

Stefanie Worlow

Teacher Assistant
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Stefanie Worlow is a Teacher Assistant at our Early Childhood campus.  She joined our team in April 2018.

Laura Wyerick

Annual Programs Coordinator
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Laura Wyerick, M.Ed., Annal Programs Coordinator, joined ACCESS in March 2013. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and child development from Texas Christian University and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Texas at Austin. In her role, she assists the director of development with volunteer management, donor relations, and program support. Collins is a member of Project SEARCH Arkansas Business Advisory Council.

Matt Zachary

ACCESS Life Instructor
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Matt Zachary, ACCESS Life instructor, joined the organization in June 2013. He is responsible for providing a vocational training and life skills curriculum for young adults with developmental disabilities.

Prior to his current role at ACCESS, Zachary worked for White County Group Homes in Searcy, Ark., where he served a house manager. He served as a mental health paraprofessional at Families, Inc. Counseling Services for three years and is currently working part-time as a residential treatment counselor for Little Rock’s Youth Home, Inc. psychiatric treatment center for adolescents. A graduate of Harding University, Zachary has a master’s degree in professional counseling. He has volunteered as a Special Olympics and track coach.

 

Rachel Zachary

Supportive Living Companion
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Rachel Zachary is a Supportive Living Companion through the Waiver program who started working with Access September 2017.

Her previous work experience includes being a supervisor at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, an Early Childhood Development Specialist at Kids First, and an Assistant House Manager at White County Group Home.

Her educational background includes having a Bachelor in Communication Science and Disorders.

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