Katie Ellis (Event Coordinator) and her husband Justin have three beautiful children – Noah, Lily, and Silas. Katie is a registered nurse with a heart and passion for children with special needs. She is also the Mom of a child with special needs. She is very creative and innovative, sparking and implementing new ideas, activities, and ways to reach out and forge relationships with our community. Her goal in life is to make everyone feel valued and special, maximizing their potential, and trying to provide the tools needed to make that happen.

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 at the Blount Memorial Hospital Cancer Center and the Knox Free Clinic. She lives in Maryville with her Mother 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 (Director of Programs) has a teaching degree in Deaf Education and a Master’s degree/certification in Speech Language Pathology. She previously taught at the Tennessee School for the Deaf, was an adjunct professor at UT, and has been an Early Interventionist with TEIS since 2002. She has served with FOT since 2009. She and her husband have two daughters and three grandchildren.

Teresa McMahan (Grant Writer) 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:

Martha Emrey (Librarian) is honored to be back working as part-time librarian and is excited to share our collection with you all.  She is a happily-retired, former teacher and librarian who worked in four states and in multiple settings, including residential and public schools.  She was raised in upstate New York, but, has called Knoxville home for over half of her life.  Martha invites you to look at our online catalog (see the Resource Library link to the left) to find books and videos for children, parents, and professionals.

Copyright 2011 - Friends of Tennessee's Babies with Special Needs
Website powered by WordPress and Vlan wordpress theme designed by &