MECIC Who are we - What we do

 

Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center

 

Dr. Alicia Westbrook 

Alicia Westbrook, Ph.D.

Director, Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center

Alicia directs the MECIC by ensuring the vision of the program and securing state and federal funding. Dr. Westbrook serves as a member of the PEDS team and leads the research efforts of the program. She serves as the Inclusion Classroom Profile Assessor for MECIC. Dr. Westbrook disseminates the program’s activities in national conferences and publications. Dr. Westbrook is an Adjunct Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi, Department of Child and Family Sciences and School of Education.

 Nicole Briceno

Nicole Briceno, M.S.

Coordinator, Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center

Nicole coordinates the Special Needs Credentials and develops curriculum used in quality training, expanded training, and technical assistance. She mentors MECIC staff to promote best practices and disseminates the program’s activities in state and national conferences. Mrs. Briceno is an Adjunct Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi, Department of Child and Family Sciences.

 Kristie Bowlin

Kristie Bowlin, M.S.

Early Intervention Training and TA Specialist

Kristie is the Early Intervention Training and TA Specialist in the North-east region of Mississippi. She leads Special Needs Credentials in the North-east and assists teachers and families in locating resources in her community. Mrs. Bowlin publishes the MECIC online newsletter and leads quality and expanded trainings in the state.

Dr. Audra Classen

Audra Classen, Ph.D.

ICP and Research Specialist

Audra is an Assistant Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi, School of Education. Dr. Classen has seven years of early childhood special education preschool teaching experience. Her expertise lies in supporting the academic and behavioral development of young children from birth to age eight. Dr. Classen serves as a research specialist for MECIC and conducts the Inclusion Classroom Profile. 

 Shelley Ezelle

Shelley Ezelle , M.S.

Screening Specialist

Shelley is the Screening Specialist for MECIC coordinating screening days throughout the state. She leads a professional development program for center directors to learn how to establish an ongoing-screening program in the early childhood environment. Ms. Ezelle assists families in the Jackson area and Northern region of the state in making referrals. Shelley serves as the Inclusion Classroom Profile Assessor for MECIC and leads quality and expanded trainings with an emphasis on developmental monitoring.

 Stephanie Farris

Stephanie Farris, M.S.

Early Intervention Training and TA Specialist

Stephanie is the Early Intervention Training and TA Specialist in the Delta region of Mississippi. She leads quality and expanded trainings in the state and mentors NAEYC accredited programs at Delta State University and Head Start programs in the Delta. Mrs. Farris leads Special Needs Credentials and assists teachers and families in locating resources in her community.

 Angel Greer

Angel Greer, M.S.

Early Intervention Training and TA Specialist

Angel is the Early Intervention Training and TA Specialist in the Southern region of Mississippi. Her experience in promoting high quality early childhood inclusion is utilized in technical assistance. Ms. Greer conducts Special Needs Credentials in the southern region and leads quality and expanded trainings in the state.

Michaela Harper

Michaela Harper, M.S.

Early Intervention Training and Behavior Specialist

Michaela is a behavioral analyst with specialized training in functional behavioral assessments and intervention. At MECIC, she leads quality and expanded trainings with an emphasis on behavior intervention state-wide and Special Needs Credentials in the southern region. In addition, Ms. Harper serves as a member of the PEDS team and is the behavior liaison for the MECIC team.

 Jessica Fielder

Jessica Hulbert , B.S.

Family Navigator and Training Specialist

Jessica is a Family Navigator and Training Specialist for MECIC developing programming for families at-risk. She leads Special Needs Credentials in the Jackson region and conducts quality and expanded trainings in the state. Mrs. Hulbert leads screening days and assists families in the Jackson area and northern region of the state in making referrals. 

 Julianna Lieb

Julianna Lieb, M.S.

Early Intervention Training and TA Specialist

Julianna is the Early Intervention Training and TA Specialist in the Southern region of Mississippi. Ms. Lieb leads Special Needs Credentials in the southern region and quality and expanded trainings in the state. Julianna mentors NAEYC accredited programs at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Child Development in Hattiesburg and Pass Christian.

 Alice McGowan

Alice McGowan, Ed.D.

Early Intervention Training and TA Specialist

Alice is the Early Intervention Training and TA Specialist in central Mississippi. She leads quality and expanded trainings. Dr. McGowan leads a professional development program that supports directors of inclusive early learning centers. She provides technical assistance to centers in the Jackson area.

 Becky McKeehanBecky McKeehan, B.S.

Administrative Assistant

Becky is the Administrative Assistant of the MECIC, overseeing the day to day operations of the program including the center’s toll-free number. Becky assists MECIC staff with registration for trainings and disseminating materials.

 
 Julie NormanJulie Norman , B.S., CFLE

Family Navigator

Julie is a Family Navigator for MECIC developing programming for families at-risk. She leads a professional development program for center directors to learn how to establish an ongoing-screening program in the early childhood environment. Mrs. Norman leads screening days and assists families in the Southern region of the state in making referrals. She coordinates a family support group and leads quality trainings with an emphasis on developmental monitoring.

 Rebekah Rayburn
Rebekah Rayburn, M.S., LP

Family Navigator and PEDS Coordinator  

Rebekah is a Licensed Professional Counselor who coordinates the PEDS (Pediatric Evaluation and Developmental Services) team. She is a family navigator for MECIC developing programming, making referrals, and supporting families and children. Ms. Rayburn leads quality trainings, conducts developmental and autism screenings, and is the mental health liaison for MECIC.