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Institute for Disability Studies

IDS Staff

Rebekah E. Young, PhD, MPH, CHES

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

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

Devin Bellman

Devin Bellman, BS

Volunteer Service and Community Outreach Coordinator

Emphasis Area

Wellness

Long Beach

Email
devin.bellmanFREEMississippi

Kristie C. Bowlin, MS

Kristie C. Bowlin, MS

Early Childhood Inclusion and Early Intervention Specialist

Emphasis Area

Early Childhood Inclusion and Education

Interest Area: Inclusive Best Practices

Tupelo

Email
Kristie.BowlinFREEMississippi

Nicole Briceno, MS

Nicole Briceno, MS

 Coordinator, MECIC

Emphasis Area

Early Childhood Inclusion and Education

Interest Area: Early Intervention, Early Childhood Inclusion, Higher Education

Hattiesburg

Email
nicole.bricenoFREEMississippi

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

Shelley  Ezelle, MS

Shelley Ezelle, MS

Lead Screening Specialist

Emphasis Area

Early Childhood Inclusion and Education

Jackson

Email
shelley.ezelleFREEMississippi

Stephanie  Farris M.Ed

Stephanie Farris M.Ed

Early Intervention Training and Technical Assistance Specialist

Emphasis Area

Early Childhood Inclusion and Education

Interest Area: Early Intervention

Delta

Email
stephanie.farrisFREEMississippi

Jessica L. Fielder, M.ED

Jessica L. Fielder, M.ED

Early Intervention Training and TA Specialist

Emphasis Area

Early Childhood Inclusion and Education

Interest Area: Early Intervention

Jackson

Email
Jessica.L.FielderFREEMississippi

Shelby Gann

Shelby Gann, MS

Early Intervention Training and Technical Assistance Specialist 

Emphasis Area

Early Childhood Inclusion and Education

Northeast MS

Email
shelby.gannFREEMississippi

Angel  Greer, MS

Angel Greer, MS

Early Intervention TA and Training Specialist

Emphasis Area

Early Childhood Inclusion and Education

Hattiesburg

Email
angela.greerFREEMississippi

Chandra  Harper

Chandra Harper

Early Childhood Inclusion and Education

Emphasis Area

Early Childhood Inclusion and Education

Hattiesburg

Email
chandra.harperFREEMississippi

Michaela  Harper, MS

Michaela Harper, MS

Behavior Specialist and Early Intervention Training Specialist

Emphasis Area

Early Childhood Inclusion and Education

Interest Area: Special Needs Credentials, Technical Assistance, Trainings, Screenings, PEDS member

Hattiesburg

Email
michaela.harperFREEMississippi

Leslie  LaVergne, PhD,

Leslie LaVergne, PhD

Director, Wellness Programs

Emphasis Area

Wellness

Interest Area: Families of Individuals with Disabilities

Hattiesburg

Email
leslie.lavergneFREEMississippi

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

Julianna Lieb, MS

Julianna Lieb, MS

Early Intervention Specialist

Emphasis Area

Early Childhood Inclusion and Education

Interest Area:  Early Childhood Inclusion and Education

Hattiesburg

Email
Julianna.LiebFREEMississippi

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

Alice  McGowan, Ed.D

Alice McGowan, Ed.D

Early Intervention TA and Training Specialist

Emphasis Area

Early Childhood Inclusion and Education

Interest Area: Early Childhood Inclusion and Intervention

Jackson

Email
alice.mcgowanFREEMississippi

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

Julie  Norman, BS, CFLE

Julie Norman, BS, CFLE

Lead Family Navigator

Emphasis Area

Early Childhood Inclusion and Education

Interest Area: Family Navigation

Hattiesburg

Email
julie.normanFREEMississippi

Danielle Parks

Danielle Parks, LMSW

Transition Specialist

Emphasis Area

Transition to Adulthood

Interest Area: Person-Centered Planning, Postsecondary, Employment

Hattiesburg

Email
alyssa.parksFREEMississippi

Elisabeth Pell

Elisabeth Pell, MS

Early Intervention Training and Technical Assistance Specialist 

Emphasis Area

Early Childhood Inclusion and Education

Southwest MS

Email
elisabeth.pellFREEMississippi

Robert Pitre

Robert Pitre

Community Support Specialist 

Emphasis Area

Wounded Warrior

Long Beach

Email
robert.pitreFREEMississippi

Cassandra Powell

Cassandra Powell

Office Manager

Hattiesburg

Email
cassandra.powellFREEMississippi

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

Laura White Smith

Laura White Smith, LMSW

Parent Counselor

Emphasis Area

Early Childhood Inclusion and Education

Interest Area: 0-5 Mental Health

Jackson

Email
laura.w.smithFREEMississippi

Robert  Sullivan, BS

Robert Sullivan, BS

Wheelchair Sports

Emphasis Area

Wellness

Interest Area: Wheelchair Sports and Recreation

Hattiesburg

Email
RRobbiesull@aol.com

Billy Tala, BS

Billy Tala, BS

Business & Finance Manager

Emphasis Area

Support Staff

Hattiesburg

Email
william.talaFREEMississippi

Laura Clements Thomas

Laura Clements Thomas

Transition Specialist 

Emphasis Area

Transition to Adulthood

Long Beach

Email
laura.clementsFREEMississippi

Alicia Westbrook, Ph.D.

Alicia Westbrook, Ph.D.

Director, Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center

Emphasis Area

Early Childhood Inclusion and Education

Interest Area: Early Childhood Inclusion and Education

Hattiesburg

Email
alicia.westbrookFREEMississippi

 

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

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

Gulf Park Campus

Email: idsFREEMississippi

Phone: 228.214.3400

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Institute for Disability Studies
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211

IHL Building

Email: idsFREEMississippi

Phone: 601.432.6876

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