Staff



Janet Caldwell-Swann (Book keeper) has degrees in deaf education and special education. She has worked with families and children with special needs since 1981. Since retiring, she has done contract work in early intervention and has gotten involved as a volunteer in her community. She resides in Maryville with her husband and their dog.
Shirley Genander (Office Manager) has worked as a Front Desk Office Assistant for 40 years.  She moved to Tennessee in 2013 after working for the County of Volusia, FL for 16 years.  She volunteers once a week at the Blount Memorial Hospital Cancer Center front desk and once a month at the Knox Free Clinic. She lives in Maryville with her Mother, Brother, Sister-in-Law and three dogs.  She feels she was blessed the day she found out about the position with FOT and enjoys interacting with the Early Interventionists, Service Coordinators, and families.
Robin Hamrick (Special Events Coordinator) is an Early Intervention Teacher with TEIS .  She has a teaching degree in Deaf Education and a Master’s degree/certification in Speech Language Pathology.  She taught for several years at the Tennessee School for the Deaf.  She and her husband live in Knoxville.  She considers it an honor and a privilege to work for such an organization as FOT Babies and the opportunity to help serve such wonderful families.
Teresa McMahan (Director of Programs) worked in the field of Early Intervention for 26 years. She has worked at the Tennessee School for the Deaf, Tennessee Infant Parent Services, and the Tennessee Early Intervention System. She is the Past President of the American Association of Home-based Early Interventionists. She is married with two children and four grandchildren.

We also contract with the following individual to enhance services provided to families:

Sam Carter (Librarian) is currently the librarian at the Tennessee School for the Deaf and manages the Friends of Tennessee Babies with Special Needs Lending Library. He holds degrees in History and Library and Information Studies. Sam loves working with FOT’s dedicated staff and encourages requests and input from the families it serves.


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