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Ibtissam "Eby" Browning

Ibtissam "Eby" Browning

Assistant Director of Academics

Eby Browning is the Assistant Director for Academics for IDEAL. Her role includes recruiting, training and supporting faculty partners, overseeing the class registration process, modifying university class curriculum, documenting student academic progress, and planning and teaching specialized IDEAL courses. Eby received her undergraduate degree from Belmont University and her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Lipscomb University. Before coming to IDEAL, Eby taught in the Williamson County School District for 5 years as a Special Education teacher in both elementary and transition classrooms.

Lexie Burch

Lexie Burch

Residential Coordinator

Lexie Burch is the Residential Coordinator for IDEAL. Her role includes overseeing dorm life and off-campus living for students in the IDEAL program. She coordinates students’ evening schedules and events and serves as the supervisor for the IDEAL Resident Assistants. She works closely with the Residence Life staff to ensure that students in the IDEAL program are fully integrated into dorm and campus life. Lexie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Lipscomb University in 2019. Throughout her undergraduate years, she volunteered with IDEAL and served as the IDEAL Resident Assistant for female students living on campus in 2018-2019. Lexie is currently pursuing her Master degree in Conflict Management at Lipscomb University.

Halle King

Halle King

Assistant Director of Student Support

Dr. Halle King is the Assistant Director of Student Support for IDEAL. Her role includes coordinating and overseeing support for students, collecting and monitoring program and student data for program evaluation and enhancement, working with students on individualized goals and action plans, and co-leading the cooking lab and social skills classes. Dr. King graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and from Belmont University with a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. During her time at Belmont, she completed a rotation with the Center for Community Partnerships in Fort Collins, CO working with young adults with ID. She supported students in the ProjectSEARCH program, community based employment, and the IPSE program at Colorado State University. Dr. King completed her capstone for her doctorate exploring the history, best practices, and occupational therapy’s role in IPSE programs.

Misty Vetter Parsley

Misty Vetter Parsley

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Parsley has a bachelor and a master degrees in Speech Language Pathology and a doctorate degree in Special Education Administration. She has dedicated her career to students with disabilities, previously serving as an autism consultant and special education coordinator in public schools. She also worked for 4 years in the Vanderbilt TRIAD program providing state-wide consultation to schools and providing support to families and students with autism through social skills programs and home consultations. She has presented both locally and nationally on autism and postsecondary topics. Misty is an associate professor and the Director of Special Education Programs at Lipscomb University where she teaches in the graduate and undergraduate special education programs. Misty’s passion is including people with disabilities in all aspects of the community and ensuring that they have the same opportunities to participate as do all other individuals. She started the IDEAL program, Igniting the Dream of Education and Access at Lipscomb, in January 2014 for students with disabilities who would not otherwise be able to attend college. The students are able to participate in the social and academic aspects of college while learning employment and daily living skills necessary to function independently. She was the Principal Investigator of the TPSID grant through the US Department of Education from 2015-2020. Misty has served on numerous nonprofit boards including Autism TN, Disability Rights TN, Genesis School, and the Southeastern Postsecondary Education Alliance.

Andrea Pewitt

Andrea Pewitt

Program Director

Andrea Pewitt joined the College of Education faculty as the Program Director for the IDEAL program during the summer of 2017 after working for 18 years in a local school district as a classroom teacher and the Supervisor of Special Education services. She received her Doctorate in Education from Lipscomb University in 2018 and holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Arts, and an Education Specialist degree from Austin Peay State University. She has presented to teachers and administrators of all grade levels in the K-12 arena, postsecondary staff and administration, community partners and at state and regional conferences on a variety of topics including college preparation for students with disabilities. Andrea has a strong belief that all students can learn when given the right environment.

Taylor Wigginton

Taylor Wigginton

Program Manager for Employment

Taylor has spent her entire life at Lipscomb: growing up at the Academy as well as living on campus for 16 years with her family, as her mom was the Residence Hall Director for Fanning Hall. She graduated from Lipscomb University in 2018 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Disability Studies. During her time at the University she volunteered with IDEAL and served as the female RA for the residential students. After graduating she spent 3 years working at Friends Life Community serving in several roles supporting both The Friends and their families. Taylor is excited to return back to her Lipscomb home and join the IDEAL team.

Sarah Roe-Hall

Sarah Roe-Hall

Program Manager for Community Relations

Sarah Roe-Hall is the Program Manager for Community Relations for IDEAL. Her role includes training and scheduling peer mentor volunteers each semester. Sarah also oversees IDEAL student schedules, mentors, Circle of Support (COS) Leaders, and plans and coordinates IDEAL events, including IDEAL Summer Academy and service projects. Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts in Ministry, and is currently working towards her Master of Education. Sarah merged her ministry education with the social services field, working with the Department of Labor as a case manager with the WIOA Youth program for 2 years. Sarah assisted young people with employment and education including students with disabilities. Sarah has enjoyed utilizing her ministry training and experience in social services to support the IDEAL students and peer mentors.