NCLII’s Advisory Board meets bi-annually and provides ongoing guidance and feedback on the progress of the project to meet goals. Additionally, Advisory Board members have committed to providing opportunities and mentorship for NCLII scholars to both enhance their understanding of disability and provide them with experiences beyond the university setting. This dynamic team of members ensures that NCLII maintains a focus on preparing leaders who understand how to translate research to practice and are able to work collaboratively with a diverse group of partners.
Education and Previous Experience:
- Special Education High School Liaison/Compliance Specialist, Rutherford County Schools
- Statewide Work-Based Learning Trainer for Tennessee State Department of Education
- Special Education Teacher, grades 7-12, Rutherford County Schools
- B.S. Education, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, endorsed in the area of special education
- M.Ed., Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, emphasis in secondary severe disabilities and transition
TAMMY DAYProgram Director, Next Steps at Vanderbilt
Dr. Eber is a former board member of the Illinois Federation of Families (IFF), and she is a current board member of the national Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (FFCCMH). She provides training and consultation to school districts and mental health agencies across the United States, Canada, and Australia and has numerous publications on school-based wraparound and positive behavior interventions and supports.
LUCILLE EBERDirector, Midwest PBIS Network
Ms. Jennings has more than 15 years experience working with schools, parents, and communities in school improvement and other initiatives benefiting children and families. Ms. Jennings chaired Governor’s Family Involvement Committee in New Jersey and participates on the NJ Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, NJ Teacher Quality Enhancement Consortium Advisory Board, the National Center on Special Education Monitoring & Accountability Advisory Board, the NJ Association of Partners in Education Board, the NJ State Improvement Grant Management Team, the Child Behavioral Health/Children’s System of Care Implementation Advisory Committee, the Board of the NJ Parents’ Caucus, and the Improving Minority Achievement Network Initiative. She is the founder of Concerned African-American Parents and has served as a School Board member. Jennings directs SPAN’s START (Statewide Technical Assistance Resources Team), funded by the NJ Department of Education in part through NJ’s State Improvement which provides technical assistance and support to parents in local communities to develop and/or strengthen parent support groups.
In addition to organizing people and projects, her professional background also includes economic development, real estate finance and construction. A graduate of Northwestern University, Ms. Jennings is completing further graduate study as the Kellogg Foundation NonProfit Management Opportunity Fellow of the Seton Hall University Center for Public Service Masters in Public Administration program.
DEBRA JENNINGSExecutive Co-director, Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
DEBBIE MCADAMSExecutive Director of Exceptional Education, Metro Nashville Public Schools
Dr. Purcell has had a variety of experiences throughout her 43 years in public education including experience as a general education teacher at both high school and middle school level, teacher of students with emotional and behavioral disorders, coordinator at a regional educational service center, and assistant superintendent for pupil services for 18 years in a local district with 27,000 students. She earned her Ed.D. in Administration from the University of Georgia in 1992.
LUANN PURCELLExecutive Director, Council of Administrators of Special Education
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