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Eby Browning

Ibtissam "Eby" Browning

Employment Specialist

Eby Browning is the Employment Specialist for IDEAL. Her role includes planning and teaching for IDEAL first and second year employment and social skills classes. She partners with Lipscomb University departments to secure and supervise on-campus internships for first year students. 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

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

Data Specialist

Dr. Halle King is the Data Specialist for IDEAL. Her role includes 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.

Rachelle Mills

Rachelle Mills

Program Manager for Job Development

Rachelle Mills is the Job Developer for IDEAL. Her role includes securing and supervising off-campus internships for second year students at local organizations and businesses. She also works with students to find post-graduate employment. Rachelle graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with a Bachelors of Science in Social Work and holds a Masters degree in Social Work: Evidence Based Practice from University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She served as a graduate assistant at Vanderbilt Next Steps, apprentice at Vanderbilt Consortium Leadership Education in Neuro-Disabilities, and as a YoungLife Capernaum Leader.

Misty Vetter Parsley

Misty Vetter Parsley

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Misty Parsley is the Principal Investigator and Faculty Advisor for IDEAL. Her role includes overseeing the TPSID grant, working with the coordinating center, and generally providing support and oversight to the staff. Dr. Parsley has a bachelor and master degree in Speech Language Pathology and a doctorate degree in Special Education Administration. She previously served 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. Dr. Parsley is an associate professor and the Director of Special Education Programs in the College of Education where she teaches in the graduate and undergraduate special education programs. She started IDEAL in January 2014. She has presented nationally and internationally on topics in postsecondary education and serves on the inaugural executive board of the Southeast Postsecondary Education Alliance (SEPSEA).

Andrea Pewitt

Andrea Pewitt

Program Director

Dr. Andrea Pewitt is the Program Director for IDEAL. Her role includes daily oversight of the program and management of the staff. Dr. Pewitt received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Special Education and her Education Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision. Her doctorate degree is in Learning Organizations and Strategic Change. Dr. Pewitt was a classroom teacher for 12 years, receiving multiple honors and awards before accepting a position at the district office as the Supervisor of Special Education in which she served 6 years. She also serves on the inaugural executive board of the SEPSEA.

Sarah Roe-Hall

Sarah Roe-Hall

Community Specialist

Sarah Roe-Hall is the Community Specialist 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 Divinity. 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.

Laura Roberts

Laura Roberts

Assistant Program Director

Laura Roberts 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. Laura graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a Bachelors of Science in Education and holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Bethel University. She has also completed her endorsement classes for Special Education. She served in public education for 6 years as a high school math teacher, softball coach, 504 and S-Team coordinator, and a Common Core Coach for the Tennessee Department of Education.