Co-Founder, Executive Director of Programs & Services, President of the Board
Alison holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology, master’s degree in Education Policy and is currently a candidate for a second master’s degree in Education with certification as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI). Alison has worked in the consulting, marketing, program management, and event planning fields. She has a young son who is completely blind and who serves as her inspiration for ensuring the best outcomes for other children and families like her own through the formation of BEST.
Co-Founder, Executive Director of Finance & Administration, Treasurer of the Board
Stacy holds a liberal arts degree from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Accountancy degree from Belmont’s Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business and certification and experience in non-profit accounting. She has held positions as an NIH post-award grant accountant and as a restricted funds accountant handling sensitive donor information and reports. Stacy has a young son with a visual-impairment and is passionate about bringing much needed services and support to families across Tennessee.
Creative Director, Secretary of the Board
Sarah is a book cover designer and owner of Wolfe Brothers, in Nashville, TN. While she started her career in the visual arts, her vision really shifted when her third son was born completely blind. Since then she decided to continue her education at University of Kentucky, taking part in their masters classes for teachers of the visually impaired. Her experience advocating for her own son, in both the medical field and education system, really inspired her to help other families navigating a new diagnosis of visual impairment.
Chairman of the Board
Sandra received her BS in Physical Therapy from the University of New England. She has worked in a variety of settings including the NICU, Special Care Unit, inpatient, outpatient pediatric clinics, home care, school systems, aquatic therapy and hippo-therapy. Sandra has expertise in home modifications for accessibility and has been on the Board of Directors for Tucker's House where she is now the Director of Needs Assessment. Sandra is also an adjunct faculty member at Belmont University in the Doctorate Physical Therapy program.
Rebecca is an experienced parent advocate, teacher, and development director dedicated to improving services and educational outcomes for children with disabilities. She has served as a presenter at conferences including the American Conference for Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment and the Early Connections Conference at the Perkins School for the Blind. As the founder of Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) Indiana, Rebecca helped create a system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers who are blind and successfully lobbied for state funding. The VIPS program serves as an inspirational model for BEST.
Anita is currently a Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (CTVI) and a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) with youth and adults who are blind and visually impaired. Anita previously worked for the Tennessee Infant-Parent Services (TIPS) and with the Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS) with families with children ages birth to 3 years old who were blind/visually impaired including alongside other disabilities. She graduated from the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry now known as Saulus University.