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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. She serves as a member of the PEDS team, LEND faculty, and leads the research efforts of the program. Dr. Westbrook disseminates the program’s activities in national conferences and publications. Dr. Westbrook is an adjunct professor at The University of Southern Mississippi, College of Education and Psychology. 

 Nicole BricenoNicole Briceno, M.S.
Coordinator, Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center
Nicole coordinates the special needs credential and develops curriculum used in 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 Studies. 
 Kristie BowlinKristie 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 trainings in the state.
 Shelley Ezelle

Shelley Ezelle , M.S.
Screening Specialist
Shelley is the Screening Specialist for MECIC coordinating screening days throughout the state. She coordinates and 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 is an Inclusion Classroom Profile Assessor for MECIC. 

 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 trainings in the state and mentors Delta State University’s NAEYC accredited program. Mrs. Farris leads Special Needs Credentials in the delta region and assists teachers and families in locating resources in her community. 

Jessica FielderJessica Fielder, B.S.
Family Navigator
Jessica 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. Ms. Fielder leads screening days and assists families in the Jackson area and northern region of the state in making referrals. 
 Angel GreerAngel 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 childcare is utilized in technical assistance. Ms. Greer leads Special   Needs Credentials in the southern region and quality trainings in the state.
Michaela Harper

Michaela Harper , B.S.
MECIC Graduate Student
Michaela is the MECIC Graduate Student and program liaison for The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Child Development. She is currently pursuing her degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. Ms. Harper assists teachers at the USM CCD in their inclusion efforts. 

 Dr. Leslie LaVergneLeslie LaVergne , Ph.D.
Coordinator and Family Navigator
Leslie is the Coordinator of the Pediatric Evaluation and Diagnostic Services Team and the Inclusion Classroom Profile Assessor. She is Mississippi’s Ambassador to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Program. Dr. LaVergne provides training to families, early childhood educators and other professionals in regards to developmental monitoring and the importance of early identification of developmental delays. 
 Julianna LiebJulianna Lieb, M.S.
Early Intervention Training and TA Specialist
Julianna is the Early Intervention Training and TA Specialist in the Southern region of Mississippi. Her experience in teaching children with disabiltities within the school system is utilized in technical assistance. Ms. Lieb leads Special Needs Credentials in the southern region and quality trainings in the state.
 Alice McGowanAlice McGowan, Ed.D.
Early Intervention Training and TA Specialist
Alice is the Early Intervention Training and TA Specialist in the Jackson region of Mississippi. Her experience in directing two high quality university lab programs is utilized in technical assistance. Dr. McGowan leads the preschool Special Needs Credential in the Jackson region and quality trainings in the state. 
 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. She has extensive experience in coordinating conferences and trainings in the state. Ms. McKeehan works with the publishing and technology coordinators at the Institute for Disability Studies. 
 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.