StaffThe Emory Valley Center Staff
Jennifer has been employed with Emory Valley Center since 2001. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. Prior to coming to Emory Valley Center Jennifer was a Direct Support Professional, Vocational Rehabilitation Case Manager, Independent Support Coordinator and held various management positions in the retail industry. Jennifer has held several different positions at Emory Valley Center including Professional Services Director, Residential Services Director and is currently the President. As President, Jennifer maintains a high quality person centered program in accordance with the mission, vision, values and standards of the Emory Valley Center. She ensures compliance with requirements of all funding sources and local, state, and federal laws and regulations as it pertains to Company operations. She provides leadership that fosters effective teamwork, positive staff morale and excellent customer service. Jennifer directly supervises the Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Human Resources, Vice President of Community Engagement, Quality Assurance Director, Early Intervention Director, Center Based Preschool Director and Assistant to the President.
Vice President of Operations
Crystal worked for Emory Valley Center for 6 years in the late 90’s and early 2000’s and has been back at the Center since 2004. Crystal graduated from Tusculum College with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management with a concentration in Human Resources. Crystal has held many positions while at Emory Valley Center including; Direct Support Professional, Personal Assistant, Day Services Assistant, Day Case Manager, Case Manager, Program Manager, HCBS Case Manager, Incident Management Coordinator, Quality Assurance Director, and is currently the Vice President of Operations. As the Vice President of Operations, Crystal oversees the Directors in the various locations, as well as all programs and development associated within. She ensures that all contract compliance and matters of licensure and quality assurance are met as required by local government ordinances, federal standards and state practices. She oversees all area programs to ensure person centered design inclusive programs and self-determination for people with disabilities while ensuring quality services are provided according to state contracts and the Council on Quality Leadership standards.
Vice President of Human Resources
Jenny has been with Emory Valley since May of 2012 when she began with EVC as a Human Resource Specialist. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and International Business from the University of Tennessee. Having worked in government and private for-profit enterprises, Jenny found her passion working at EVC supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She was promoted to HR Manager in 2013, HR Director in 2014 and VP of Human Resources in 2016. Jenny is very hands-on and involved in staff training and development, policy and procedure development and implementation; but her favorite part of working at EVC is helping to create a positive and professional culture for the staff and persons supported by the Company.
Vice President of Finance
Bob has been employed with Emory Valley Center since 2008. Bob has his Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting, his Masters of Business and is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to coming to Emory Valley Center, Bob worked 30 years with the U.S. Postal Service in various levels of management including Executive in the Southeastern Area. As the Vice President Finance, Bob oversees the financial department including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Service Recipient and HUD clerks as well as the Maintenance and Transportation and IT departments.
Vice President of Community Engagement
Janet has been employed with Emory Valley Center since 2014 and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Advertising from The University of Florida. Janet has more than 30 years experience in a variety of print, broadcast and media relations management positions in addition to teaching, marketing, community relations, nonprofit fundraising and event planning. As the Vice President of Community Engagement, Janet is responsible for creating, implementing and coordinating all Emory Valley Center (EVC) communications, development, fundraising, and public relations activities. In addition, she is in charge of identifying and engaging private and public stakeholders and funding sources from individuals, foundations and corporations, as well as local, county, state, and federal initiatives.
Residential Services Director
Layla was employed with Emory Valley Center for 7 years in the 2000’s, she returned to work as the Residential Services Director in 2014. Layla has her Bachelors of Science in Psychology. Prior to coming to Emory Valley Center, Layla worked as a Direct Support Professional. Layla has held many roles while at Emory Valley Center including Case Manager, Program Supervisor, Professional Services Director and Assistant Residential Services Director. As the Residential Services Director, she oversees all aspects of the Residential Department including supervising over 160 staff and supporting over 90 people.
Workforce Development Director
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Conya has been employed with Emory Valley Center since 2015. Conya has her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from East Tennessee State University. Conya has also met the professional standards in career development facilitation by becoming a certified Global Career Development Facilitator. Conya has spent her professional career working with individuals who have disabilities, the unemployed, and individuals who are displaced including at risk youth, by providing the tools/training necessary to successfully enter or re-enter the workforce. Prior to joining the Emory Valley Center Team, Conya worked as a Workforce Development Specialist and also worked as a Career Center Specialist, Unemployment Interviewer II, and Disability Navigator. Conya has spent her professional career working with individuals with disabilities, coordinating with local area employers, developing partnerships with community agencies and educating the public on employing people who have disabilities. As the Workforce Development Director, Conya oversees the daily operations of the Supported Employment department. She spearheads the recruitment and retention of people with disabilities assisting them in gaining successful employment within their own communities.
Quality Assurance Director
Kristen has been employed with Emory Valley Center since 2013. Kristen is a Licensed Practical Nurse and also holds an Associate’s Degree. Kristen started her career in the field of disabilities in 2000 as a Direct Support Professional working for an agency in Iowa. During her tenure there she was a Site Coordinator, Program Manager, and Quality Improvement Manager. She worked in many areas including; small waiver homes, group homes, hourly services, children’s services, day services, and employment services. While at Emory Valley Center, Kristen worked as a Case Manager and then was promoted to her current position of Quality Assurance Director. As the Quality Assurance Director, Kristen is responsible for looking at all programs and evaluating them for compliance utilizing various measures. She is also responsible for Incident Management and Investigations.
Early Learning Center Director
Terry has been employed with Emory Valley Center since 2012. Terry has her BS in Interdisciplinary Studies and holds an Early Childhood Program Administrator Credential from Tennessee State University. Terry started as the Program Coordinator with the Early Learning Center and was promoted to Program Director. As the Early Learning Center Director, Terry is responsible for ensuring that the Early Learning Center provides an inclusive and high quality learning environment characterized by family-centered services; Training and supervising the Early Learning Center staff; supporting the staff in the implementation and maintenance of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation standards, Department of Human Services (DHS) licensing regulations and the Tennessee Stars Licensing System and the Center for the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning practices.
Craig has been employed with Emory Valley Center since 2008. Craig has a Bachelor’s Degree in both Business and Accounting. Craig worked 5 years as direct support staff for children up to 18 yrs. old in a residential setting as well as in their homes. He worked 10 years in the Finance Industry in roles ranging from collections to Branch Manager. In Craig’s current position as Controller, he manages the daily operation of the Finance department including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Finance and HUD clerks as well as the Maintenance, Transportation and IT departments.
Early Intervention Director
Anna has been employed with Emory Valley Center since 2010. She started as an assistant director for the home and community-based early intervention program. Anna holds a BA in Early Childhood Development, and has worked in the field of Early Childhood for the past 15 years. Her experience includes working with children and families in a domestic violence shelter, assisting as an Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist for children with autism, working with Head Start and Early Head Start programs as both an education coordinator, as well as a disabilities coordinator; supervising over 35 classroom and home-based teachers, and consultant work as a behavior coach for teachers working with children two to five years of age in childcare centers, in North Carolina. Currently, Anna is the Director of the Early Intervention program where she supervises 37 Early Interventionists, 3 Interpreters, and ensures quality, in-home services for over 470 children and families. In addition, Anna recently became certified as a Routines Based Interviewer, and is participating in pilot projects related to the Routines-Based Interview. Anna is also on a planning committee with the state to plan annual conferences for the Early Interventionists working throughout the state of Tennessee.
Life Enrichment Director
Tonya began her career at Emory Valley Center in 2014 as a Residential Manager. Tonya changed roles in March to the Life Enrichment Director. Tonya has many years of experience supporting people with disabilities. Tonya previously worked for an agency in Indiana for 23 years. She held many position’s while in Indiana including; Direct Support Professional, Group Home Manager, OBRA Trainer and Job Coach. As Life Enrichment Director, Tonya strives for quality person centered programs in accordance with the mission, vision, values and standards of the Emory Valley Center. She oversees the four classroom Managers , as well as all programs for the classrooms.
Special Services Director
Regina has been employed with Emory Valley Center since 2010. Regina has an Associates of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Roane State Community College and Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration with Concentration in Youth Offender Rehabilitation, Sociology and Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. As the Special Services Director Regina is responsible for the case management for all adults receiving day and personal assistance services, supervision of Personal Assistants and oversees the Family Support Program.
Advantage Center Director
Annette was employed with Emory Valley Center for 7 years in the 1990’s and 11 years in the 2000’s, and returned to work as the Advantage Center Director in 2014. During the time Annette was not working at the Center, she was an Independent Support Coordinator and Service Coordinator. Annette has held many roles while at Emory Valley Center including Route Driver, Instructor’s Assistant, Instructor, Maintenance Assistant, Case Manager, Team Leader, Program Manager, Residential Coordinator, Staff Scheduler and Agency Investigator. As the Advantage Center Director, Annette is responsible for the overall operation of the Morgan county site which includes Day, Residential and Personal Assistance services.