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Institute for Disability Studies

IDS Staff

Dr. Rebekah Young

Rebekah E. Young, PhD, MPH, CHES

Executive Director

Interest Area: Public Health, Postsecondary Education

Hattiesburg

Email
rebekah.youngFREEMississippi

Jerry R. Alliston, PhD, MSW

Jerry R. Alliston, PhD, MSW

Associate Director

Interest Area: Employment, Postsecondary Education, Leadership, Advocacy, Community Living, Person-Centered Planning Practices, Independent Living Skill Development, Mentoring and Service/Volunteerism

Hattiesburg

Email
jerry.allistonFREEMississippi

Dr. Leslie LaVergne

Leslie LaVergne, PhD

Assistant Director

Interest Area: Families of Individuals with Disabilities

Hattiesburg

Email
leslie.lavergneFREEMississippi

Rich Baker, MS

Rich Baker, MS

Technology Coordinator

Interest Area: Assistive Technology

Hattiesburg

Email
rich.bakerFREEMississippi

DeMetra  Bates-Smith P.h.D., MSW

DeMetra Bates-Smith P.h.D., MSW

Housing Coordinator

Emphasis Area

Housing

Interest Area: Homelessness and Housing

Hattiesburg

Email
demetra.batesFREEMississippi

Taylor Carley

Taylor Carley

Self-Advocacy Coordinator

Emphasis Area

Transition to Adulthood

Hattiesburg

Email
robert.carleyFREEMississippi

Tracy Coleman

Tracy Coleman

Housing Specialist

Emphasis Area

Housing

Hattiesburg

Email
tracy.colemanFREEMississippi

Tyler Johnson

Bryant Tyler Johnson, MPH

Community Wellness Specialist

Emphasis Area

Wellness

Interest Area: Community Health & Wellness, Recreation, Assistive Technology

Long Beach

Email
bryant.johnsonFREEMississippi

Muriel Kelso

Muriel Kelso, BSW

Case Management Specialist

Emphasis Area

Housing

Interest Area: Project Restore

Jackson

Email
muriel.kelsoFREEMississippi

Joseph King

Joseph King, LMSW

ToTAL Program Transition Specialist

Emphasis Area

Transition

Hattiesburg

Email
joseph.a.kingFREEMississippi

Dan  Lewis

Dan Lewis

Technology Assistant

Emphasis Area

Support Staff

Interest Area: Technology

Hattiesburg

Email
danblewis429@yahoo.com

Dawn Lewis

Dawn Lewis

Parent Support Specialist

Emphasis Area

Transition to Adulthood

Hattiesburg

Email
dawnmlewis96@yahoo.com

Aerika Lott

Aerika Lott

Case Management Specialist

Emphasis Area

Housing

Interest Area: Project Restore

Jackson

Email
Aerika.LottFREEMississippi

Jasmine McCray

Jasmine McCray, BSW

Case Management Specialist 

Emphasis Area

Housing

Interest Area: Project Recovery and Project Restore 

Hattiesburg

Email
jasmine.mccrayFREEMississippi

Scott N. Mullins, LMSW

Scott N. Mullins, LMSW

Transition Specialist

Emphasis Area

Transition to Adulthood 

Interest Area: Employment, National Service/Volunteerism, Person Centered Planning, Sexuality & Relationships, Special Olympic College

Hattiesburg

Email
scott.mullinsFREEMississippi

Danielle Parks

Danielle Parks, LMSW

Transition Specialist

Emphasis Area

Transition to Adulthood

Interest Area: Person-Centered Planning, Postsecondary, Employment

Hattiesburg

Email
alyssa.parksFREEMississippi

Michett Ramos

Michett Ramos

Family Support Specialist 

Emphasis Area

Wellness

Long Beach

Email
michett.ramosFREEMississippi

Beth Robertson

Beth Robertson

Transition Specialist

Emphasis Area

Transition to Adulthood

Long Beach

Email
beth.robertsonFREEMississippi

Bruce R. Smith, MA

Bruce R. Smith, MA

Executive Administrator and Data Coordinator

Emphasis Area

Support Staff

Interest Area: Administration, Budget, Data

Jackson

Email
bruce.smithFREEMississippi

Robbie Sullivan

Robert Sullivan, BS

Wheelchair Sports

Emphasis Area

Wellness

Interest Area: Wheelchair Sports and Recreation

Hattiesburg

Email
RRobbiesull@aol.com

Laura Clements Thomas

Laura Clements Thomas

Transition Specialist 

Emphasis Area

Transition to Adulthood

Long Beach

Email
laura.clementsFREEMississippi

 

Contact Us

Institute for Disability Studies
118 College Drive #5163
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Hattiesburg Campus
Bond Hall 4th Floor

Email: idsFREEMississippi

Phone: 601.266.5163
or 800.671.0051

If you are hearing impaired, please use 711 for the free TTY-Based Telecommunications Relay Service.

Institute for Disability Studies
730 East Beach Blvd
Long Beach, MS 39560

Gulf Park Campus

Email: idsFREEMississippi

Phone: 228.214.3400

If you are hearing impaired, please use 711 for the free TTY-Based Telecommunications Relay Service.

Institute for Disability Studies
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211

IHL Building

Email: idsFREEMississippi

Phone: 601.432.6876

If you are hearing impaired, please use 711 for the free TTY-Based Telecommunications Relay Service.


 

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