Administrative Staff
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Karen Stokes
Executive Director
Karen graduated from Auburn University with a B. S. degree in Family and Child Services. After many years of serving individuals with developmental disabilities and their families at several nonprofit organizations, she joined The Arc of Shelby County as Executive Director in 2002.  Contact Karen at kstokes@thearcofshelby.org.







Angie Clark
Office Manager

Angie has been with The Arc of Shelby since December of 2002.  She enjoys working at The Arc and counts it as a blessing to work with such a great staff of professionals.  Angie brings with her 15 years of Account Payabale and Human Resource experience.  When not at the office she enjoys spending time with her family.  Her favorite quote is "Nobody can be uncheered with a baloon." - Winnie the Pooh. Contact Angie at aclark@thearcofshelby.org.




Cindy Massey
Chief Financial Officer
Cindy graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a B.S. degree in Accounting.  She has 31 years of experience in Accounting including 11 years working with nonprofits.  Cindy enjoys gardening and traveling.  She has one daughter and a granddaughter and resides in Riverside.  Contact Cindy at cmassey@thearcofshelby.org. 







Jennifer Ellison
Director of Development
Jennifer joined The Arc of Shelby County in September of 2016. She has 20 years of experience in Development, having worked both in non-profit and higher education, and is passionate about serving individuals with disabilities. Her previous work experience includes serving as the Chief Development Officer for United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham and Development Director at Kid One Transport. She has a BA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Contact Jennifer at jellison@thearcofshelby.org







Debra Partain
Administrative Assistant

Debra started work with The Arc in February of 2007. She grew up on several farms in Ohio and Kentucky and moved to Alabama in 1984. Prior to coming to work with The Arc, Debra was an office manager or a State Farm agent for 10 years and then worked with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama for 10 years as a customer service rep and senior analyst. Debra lives in Chilton County with her husband and several pets. She enjoys camping/traveling, reading and most things outdoors. Contac Debra at debra@thearcofshelby.org.





Vicki Jefferson
Administrative Assistant

Vicki began work at The Arc of Shelby County in November of 2014. She worked at Southern Research Institute for 14 years, beginning as a receptionist and working her way up to Quality Assurance. Most recently, Vicki worked for Samford University as an Accounts Payable clerk. Vicki and her husband, Roger, reside in Calera. They have one daughter, Angela, who works for Honda. Vicki enjoys playing the piano, quilting, crocheting and cross-stitching. Contact Vicki at vjefferson@thearcofshelby.org

 

Early Intervention Staff



Jeannine Lyons
Director of Children Services
Jeannine has worked as a service coordinator in Alabama’s Early Intervention System for the last 14 years. She received her degree from Louisiana Tech University in Child Life/ Family Studies. Jeannine joined The Arc of Shelby Co. in 2002; before joining the team she worked as a District Early Intervention Coordinator for Jefferson / Shelby Co. She was chosen and served as a Service Coordinator Mentor through the Alabama’s Early Intervention Mentor Program. Jeannine also received the “Dream Team” Award from the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services. Jeannine enjoys living in Shelby Co. with her two children. Jeannine is very thankful for the opportunity to serve so many wonderful families! Contact Jeannine at jlyons@thearcofshelby.org
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Elizabeth Boone Ward
Special Instructor, BS-FCS


Elizabeth began working for AEIS, after receiving a bachelor's degree from the University of Montevallo in Family and Child Studies.  She has been working with children for a little over 10 years, and became a certified special instructor in 2011.  Elizabeth joined The Arc team in 2012 as a special instructor and coordinator of "Tales for Tots." She is proud to partner with other early intervention specialists to serve children and families in Shelby County. Contact Elizabeth at eward@thearcofshelby.org.





Cathy Burke, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Cathy is a master's level speech/language pathologist with over 25 years of experience providing early intervention services to infants, toddlers and their families.  Throughout her career she has also worked with individuals with developmental disabilities in a variety of settings, including early intervention programs, preschools, public schools, and university programs.  Cathy is certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and is licensed by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Early intervention, augmentative communication, family advocacy and support, and outreach education/training are special interest areas for her.  Contact Cathy at cburke@thearcofshelby.org.





Sandee Coker
Occupational Therapist
Contact Sandee at sandee@thearcofshelby.org.





Gina Davies, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Gina has worked for The Arc of Shelby County since 2006.  She received her Masters of Science degree from the University of Montevallo in 1987.  Gina is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensed by the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.  Gina resides in North Shelby County with her husband and daughter.  Contact Gina at gdavis@thearcofshelby.org.
  








Jordan McManaway, BS, HDFS
Special Instructor

Jordan graduated from Aubun University with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies. Before joining The Arc of Shelby, Jordan taught at an inclusive preschool for almost two years. she is excited to get to serve families in Shelby County. Contact Jordan at jmcmanaway@thearcofshelby.org.


 

 

 

 

 





Lyndsey Patton
Service Coordinator

Lyndsey graduated from Auburn University in 2014 with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies.  Before joining The Arc of Shelby in September 2015, Lyndsey taught preschool for over a year.  She is very excited to serve the families in Shelby County.   Contact Lyndsey at ldean@thearcofshelby.org.









Cheyenne Slovensky
Special Instructor

Cheyenne graduated from the University of Bloomsburg in 2014 with a B.S. in Elementary Education/Special Education.  Before joining The Arc of Shelby in September 2015, She worked as a preschool teacher in a 2 year old class. She is excited to have the chance to serve the families of Shelby County.  Contact Cheyenne at cslovensky@thearcofshelby.org. 








 Martha Castaneda Elkins
Translator
Martha has worked as an interpreter and a translator for Shelby County Schools since 2006. She joined The Arc’s team in 2009 to help better serve our Hispanic population. Marta has been translating for over 20 years and is excited to help those in need.  Contact Martha at melkins@thearcofshelby.org.









Jenny Terrell, BSW
Service Coordinator
Jenny received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from The University of Montevallo in 2006. She received her Alabama state license to practice Social Work in 2007. Jenny worked with families and children in Shelby County for 2 years before joining The Arc of Shelby County in 2009.  Contact Jenny at jterrell@thearcofshelby.org.







Michele C. Kilgore, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Michele has been a licensed speech-language pathologist since 1992, and has been serving families at the Arc of Shelby County since moving to Alabama in 2000. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from James Madison University in Virginia. She is married and has two boys and lives in Hoover. She is grateful for the opportunity to be part of the team at the Arc, and strongly believes in the “team” approach for serving children and their families.  Contact Michele at mkilgore@thearcofshelby.org.






Brooke LeGrand
Occupational Therapist
Brooke joined the Shelby County Early Intervention team in May 2006 and has a total of 10 years Early Intervention/Pediatric experience. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation and Special Education from Auburn University and a Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is registered and licensed by the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy and National Board of Occupational Therapy. Brooke and her husband are also the parents of 2 active boys!
  Contact Brooke at blegrand@thearcofshelby.org.






Melissa Ogle
Physical Therapist
Melissa joined the Shelby County Early Intervention team in February 2014 and has a total of over 11 years of Early Intervention/Pediatric experience.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Montevallo and a Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Melissa and her husband Phillip have a son and daughter that attend school  at Oak Mountain.  Contact Melissa at mogle@thearcofshelby.org. 







Karly Green
Service Coordinator/Special Instructor

Karly graduated from the University of Alabama in 2010 with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies.  She joined the Arc of Shelby County as a Service Coordinator/Special Instructor in September of 2013. She is excited and thankful to have the opportunity to serve the families of Shelby County. In her free time, she enjoys being with family and friends and her dog, Benny.  Contact Karly at kgreen@thearcofshelby.org.








Julie Gray
Service Coordinator
Julie received her bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University in 2006. She has been a Service Coordinator with The Arc of Shelby County since September 2008. She previously was a case worker working with families and children for two years before coming to The Arc of Shelby County. Contact Julie at jslanovits@thearcofshelby.org








Kayla Tamburelli, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Kayla graduated from the University of Alabama in 2014  earning a Master's of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  Kayla holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and license to practice Speech-Language Pathology from the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.  Before joining The ARc of Shelby County, she worked as a Speech Therapist for the Tuscaloosa City Schools.  Kayla enjoys working with children and their families and is grateful to be part of the team at The Arc. Contact Kayla at ktamburelli@thearcofshelby.org.







Dabney Sliwowski
Service Coordinator
Dabney Sliwowski received her bachelor's degree from the University of Montevallo in Human Development and Family Studies. She lives in Shelby County with her husband and their very active son. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time outdoors. Contact Dabney at dsliwowski@thearcofshelby.org.

 




Jenni Butts
Speech-Language Pathologist
Jenni Butts received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2000 from the University of Alabama.  She has over 10 years of experience working in the field of early intervention.  She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed by the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech  Pathology and Audiology.  She resides in North Shelby County with her husband, son and daughter.  Contact Jenni at jbutts@thearcofshelby.org. 




 

Community Living Staff




Arricka Gilliard, BSW
Director of Community Services
Arricka is a graduate of Troy State University with a dual degree in Social Work and Psychology. She spent 11 years in South Carolina serving as a Service Coordinator with Anderson County Special Needs and Disabilities Board. As a service coordinator, she worked diligently with families to identify, access, and implement services to make their lives better. Arricka is very excited to work just as hard with you and your family.
  Contact Arricka at agilliard@thearcofshelby.org. 





Jennifer Reynolds
Personal Care Assistant 


 

 Employment Staff


Heather Bell-Lawing, CESP
Director of Employment Services
Heather graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in Child & Family Development. She began working at The Arc of Shelby County in 2009 as an Employment Specialist. She enjoys working with adults with disabilities and their families. Helping individuals reach their goals and live a successful life in the community is top priority. She also enjoys spending time with family, vacations, and reading.  Contact Heather at heather@thearcofshelby.org.








Michele Conrad
Employment Specialist
Michele has a passion for helping others live life to their fullest potential.  She is receiving her Bachelor's degree as a dual major in Elementary Education and Special Education from Grand Canyon University.  Three years ago, she started working as an Employment Specialist and realized that her life would never be the same.  For the first time, she knew that she would enjoy coming to work every single day and that she was exactly where she needed to be.  She looks forward to being a part of The Arc of Shelby County team and working with participants and the community to understand that we all play an important part in this world.  In her spare time, she and her husband enjoy hiking, traveling, spending time with friends and family and being crazy Disney fans.  Michele's favorite quote is, "There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world; Those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed." Contact Michele at mconrad@thearcofshelby.org






Heather Jones
Employment Specialist
Heather is a graduate of Samford University. She has a passion for helping others and is excited to join The Arc of Shelby County in making a difference in people's lives. Heather enjoys spending time with family and friends. Contact Heather at hjones@thearcofshelby.org.
  




Jaime Lowery
Employment Specialist
Jaime is married and has three children, ages 15, 10 and 3 years old.  Previously, Jaime worked for The Arc of Walker County.  The Arc of Shelby has a special place in her heart.  Jaime's 3 year old daughter was a participant in our Early Intervention program.  Jaime feels she has been a part of The Arc's family for a while.  Her interests and hobbies include spending quality time with her family and friends and volunteering at her community church and schools.  Contact Jaime at jlowery@thearcofshelby.org.







Fran Marks
Employment Specialist

Fran joined The Arc of Shelby County in January, 2015 as a Job Coach.  She is a graduate of Mississippi State University.  Fran is grateful for the opportunity to help empower others to be the best they can be.  She enjoys spending time with family and volunteering in the community.  Contact Fran at fmarks@thearcofshelby.org.








Jennifer Thomas
Transition Specialist Trainer
Jennifer graduated in 2010 from the University of Montevallo with a Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  Upon graduation, Jennifer began working for The Arc as an Employment Specialist. From 2014-2016 she worked in Community Living. She has now rejoined Employment Services as a Transition Specialist Trainer. She is The Arc's Smart Work Ethics Trainer and provides pre-employment transition services. In her spare time, Jennifer and her husband Justin love spending time with their son, Tucker.  Contact Jennifer at jthomas@thearcofshelby.org.







Tonya Travis
Skills Training Instructor

Helping participants reach their full potential is Tonya Travis' passion. She received her BS from The University of Southern Mississippi in Communication and Markting. Then began her journey after her son, Sam, was born and diagnosed with Autism. That journey led her to seek Sped. Certification in Arizona and California. "I watnt to make the world a better place for Sam, and others also affected by a disability." Contact Tonya at ttravis@thearcofshelby.org.









Skills Training Instructor
Nikki Watts

Nikki grew up in Shelby County and is a graduate of The University of Alabama (BA) and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (MS). She is a certified mental health counselor who joined The Arc of Shelby and Project SEARCH in January of 2017 as a Skills Training Instructor. Nikki loves helping others find their sense of passion and belonging. She and her husband have one hilarious little boy and they spend most of their non-working time chasing him around. Contact Nikki at nwatts@thearcofshelby.org.