Advisory Committee


Partner Representation


Adults with Deaf-Blindness

Andre Jarreau, Deaf Blind Community of Mississippi
Austin Nix
Danay Trest, USH Syndrome Coalition Board Member
Aubre Watts


Pete Formica
Brandi Gooden
Angie and Chris Nix
Jayna Stogner
Cindy Williamson
Valerie Yerks

Arc of Mississippi, Inc.

Lisa Burck
Matt Nalker

Association for Providing Supports to Employment (APSE)

Jennifer Fulcher

Brandi’s Hope
(Private Home & Community Based  Waiver Services)

Danny Cowart

Low Vision, Etc.

John & Kathy Foster

Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities

Charles Hughes

Mississippi Council for the Blind

Ralph Smitherman

Mississippi Department of Education (MDE)
Part B Lead

Gretchen Cagle, Office of Special Education
Deborah Cothern, Harrison County School District
Sandra Edwards, MS School for the Deaf
Gussie Farris
Jo Ann Malone, MS School for the Blind
Allison Moffett, MS School for the Blind
Christie Rowcliff, MS School for the Blind/MS School for the Deaf
Lynn Slay, Madison County School District
Denee Smith, MS School for the Blind
Eddie Spann
Wendy Troutman, Lauderdale County School District
Jocelyn Whipps, Hinds County School District

Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH)
Part C Lead

Stacy Callender
Beryl Polk

Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH)
-ID/DD Division (Home & Community Based Waiver)
-Bureau of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Matt Armstrong
Ashley Lacoste 

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services  (MDRS)


Chris M. Howard
Rosie Gibson, Addie McBryde Center for the Blind
Dorothy Young, Office of Services for the Blind

MS Parent Training & Information Center (MSPTI)

Pam Dollar

-The University of Southern Mississippi



-Mississippi State University



-Hinds Community College

Dean, Curriculum, Instruction & Special Ed
Dr. Rebekah E. Young, PhD, MPH, CHES, Institute for Disability Studies
Dr. Christina Perigoe, Early Oral Intervention


Janie Cirlot-New, T.K. Martin Center for Assistive Tech.
B.J. LeJune, Low Vision Research Center


Sandra Hester, Interpreter Training Program

National Federation of the Blind (MS Chapter) / 
Americans with Disabilities Act

Sam Gleese