MEET THE CREW
Learn a little about our awesome Special Kids team.
Staff A-L | Staff M-Z
Chris leads Special Kids with a heart to serve Jesus Christ. He loves seeing Jesus touch people through our ministry and provide healing and restoration to children and families. Since 2000, Chris has helped the Special Kids family stay focused on our mission and passion to serve. With his own family, Chris enjoys running, cooking, and quality time eating meals together.
family resources coordinator
Sydne' enjoys spending time with her family and God. You can often find her out shopping or exploring the latest fashion blog. At Special Kids, Sydne' loves working in a Christian environment. Her favorite part of her work is knowing that at the end of the day, she was a blessing to someone.
SARAH ANDERSON-DANIELS, MS, OTR/L
Sarah enjoys the welcoming atmosphere at Special Kids! She loves how committed the community is to helping children explore, develop, and create. When Sarah is away from work, she's off exploring Nashville's local restaurants and food trucks and taking photographs along the way. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing board games, and roasting S'mores over the fire or in a toaster oven.
JORDAN austell, CTRS
Jordan loves seeing the energy that comes from the kids! They inspire her everyday to try to match their stamina and are the ones that give her the energy she needs to keep up. When Jordan isn't playing with the kids, she can be found enjoying some bigger towns- listening to music in Nashville or visiting family in Chicago.
becky batchelor, ctrs
Becky and her husband love to run. (Becky's even placed in the Special Kids Race!) She can often be found camping, kayaking, and hiking around Tennessee. When Becky isn't outdoors, she's helping the kids grow and learn. Her favorite part is watching the children find a sense of self and see their personalities come out.
christy bell, cpa
Christy works to keep the financial operations running smoothly. She's great with numbers and especially loves getting to work with the other staff. When Christy isn't crunching numbers, she's staying busy watching her children play ball and enjoying family time when her whole crew is all together.
susan bidwell, rn
Susan is a long-time Special Kids staff, starting in 2001. Over the years, Susan has enjoyed caring for the kiddos and families and working in a Christian environment. When Susan isn't caring for the kids, she can be found on the lake, taking cruises with her family, or visiting her grown kids on Rocky Top.
tori bivens, ctrs
lead recreational therapist
If Tori's ever missing, the first place to check is in the ball pit! Tori loves getting to play with the kids and especially seeing them learn the bible stories she teaches every afternoon. When Tori isn't playing at work, she can be found playing after work with go-carts, laser tag, or going to ballgames. Tori also enjoys staying active with her family by traveling and going to concerts together.
aimee bolinger, mpt
Aimee loves getting to touch lives at Special Kids and helping to try and make them better. Her favorite part of her job is bringing brightness to the moment and letting God use her. Aimee’s other passion is her family who are often found enjoying water sports, camping, riding bikes, and participating in church activities.
LAUREN BROWN, MBA
Content Marketing Specialist
Lauren loves writing and planning for Special Kids marketing opportunities and being able to share accomplishments of the kids and overall ministry with the community. She also enjoys interviewing families and staff and taking photographs. When Lauren isn’t at Special Kids, she can be found singing or playing the piano, keeping up with her young son, and spending time with family and friends.
Alisson Burrows, BS, SLPA
Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Alisson’s favorite part of her job is the relationships she gets to build each day with the kids, their families, and her co-workers. Alisson loves being around people and talking in her spare time. She also enjoys reading, especially her favorite, Harry Potter!
Sarah rocks at writing grants! And for good reason- she enjoys connecting the needs at Special Kids with how foundations desire to invest. Her favorite part of her role is working with staff to bridge new program ideas with the funds they need. When Sarah isn't writing, she can be found running her crew around, digging in the dirt (gardening), and exercising for fun.
casey champion, RN
Casey loves how the kids make her smile every day. Her favorite part of her job is building relationships with and loving on the kids. When Casey isn't with the kids, you can find her hiking and kayaking with her husband, playing with her dogs, and spending time with family and friends.
SHANE CHITWOOD, RN
Shane loves getting to be with the kids during bible study. She has a passion for helping them study God's word and worship. Shane especially enjoys playing with the kids and seeing them smile and have fun. When Shane isn't with the kids, she can be found going to car shows, camping, and golfing with her husband and sons.
Human Resources Specialist
Sharon’s favorite part of her job is getting to know all the employees and being able to serve them. She likes to read, garden, travel, and spend time with my family and friends when she’s away from Special Kids.
Rob enjoys getting to know and interact with patients and their families at Special Kids. In his spare time, he plays and watches all sports and can be found outdoors.
KaSteesha is an Administrative Assistant in the Therapy Center. For fun, KaSteesha likes to read, write, bowl, do awesome things with her family, go to museums, parks, theatres, and organize and coordinate things! The favorite part of her job is learning all the names and faces and simply sharing a book with a child, playing in the waiting room on the new cool wall board toys (we’ve learned the names of the sea animals and machines!!!), or just to help a parent out.
leigha cuellar, pt, dpt
Leigha enjoys helping the kids work towards their goals while reminding each one that they are special and loved. When Leigha isn't celebrating each child's progress and achievements, you can find her spending time with her husband hiking, riding bikes, and finding new places to visit. She loves doing anything outdoors and especially traveling.
kerry cunningham, RN
Kerry loves caring for the kids. One of her favorite parts is getting to bring her 2-year-old with her to work to be a peer model. When Kerry is away from the Special Kids kids, she can be found playing with her own kids and enjoying family time together walking the dogs and going to parks.
Investor Relations Officer
Noel is often found outdoors- horseback riding, hiking, and playing with her three children (actually, two real children and one rather large dog). When Noel and her husband aren't chasing the kids, she can be found developing relationships with the staff, kids, and investors. She loves getting to help others fulfill their goals and can't believe she gets paid to do what she loves so much.
alicia donaldson, rn
Alicia loves caring for the kids and forming relationships with the families and her co-workers. She enjoys getting to bring her children to work as peer models and having them near. When Alicia isn't caring for Special Kids' kiddos, she's with her family outside camping, fishing, and listening to her young son strum the guitar and sing blue grass.
Barbara is the baby whisperer. She enjoys holding and loving on the babies in our nursing and TEAMM programs. Her favorite part is seeing what God is doing in them and watching miracles every day. When Barbara isn't rocking the babies, she can be found hiking with her husband and watching her nieces and nephews grow and become established.
kristin fenner, M.A., CF-SLP
speech language pathologist
Kristin loves smiling at the funny things kids say every day! Her favorite part of her work is celebrating with the kids and families during the little moments of progress or the big successes. Outside of Special Kids, Kristin enjoys being outside hiking and biking. You can often find her with a good book or on an adventure traveling.
Director of Development
Stephanie leads the development team at Special Kids with a heart that is set on our mission to serve Jesus Christ by caring for His children. Her favorite part of her work is connecting people with their vision- be that helping staff start a program, showing investors how they can leave a legacy, or coaching friends on how to fundraise. Stephanie can often be found horseback riding, hiking, swimming, reading, or just enjoying the great outdoors with her very active family who love to join her on her adventures.
lindsAy franklin, RN
Lindsay loves being surround by such joyful children. Her favorite part of her work is watching them accomplish (with such great attitudes) goals that most of us take for granted. She sees that everything is such a Big accomplishment for the children, and she wants to be more like them. When Lindsay isn't caring for the kids, she enjoys crafting by making wreaths and ornaments and anything outside. Lindsay especially loves playing with her daughter on the porch swing or exploring the outdoors with her.
Bonnie Fulks, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Bonnie loves helping children learn to communicate while building relationships with them and their families. The favorite part of her job is seeing children make progress and being so proud of themselves when they reach a goal! In her spare time, she enjoys going on long walks, cooking new recipes, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her fiancé and their families and friends.
Stephanie Gannar, LPN
director of nursing
Stephanie makes Special Kids the most loving and fun place around for the kids. She's an all-around super star taking care of everything from dirty diapers to being a support to the staff. When Stephanie leaves her scrubs behind, she can be found hiking and camping with her husband or reading and exercising for fun. Her favorite part of Special Kids is being able to serve Jesus Christ openly at work.
INSURANCE/ BILLING ASSISTANT
Shannon serves Special Kids through working with insurance companies and helping families any way she can. She loves knowing that everyone she works with has a big heart and true passion for serving others, especially the children. In her free time, Shannon enjoys spending time with her children, discovering new hiking trails (especially the ones with waterfalls), and playing/ teaching guitar.
Sandy’s favorite part of her work is getting to reassure families that it will be ok and that we will work with them for billing. She loves seeing the relief in their faces and the stress that drops away when they learn we are here to help. When Sandy isn’t helping answer billing questions, she can be found spending time with her family and traveling to add another half marathon under her belt.
robin hutchinson, pta
physical therapy assistant
Robin enjoys the outdoors and especially riding along with her husband on their tractor. Robin and her husband love to read, hike, and walk the Greenway with their dog. At Special Kids, Robin enjoys building relationships with the kids and their families. She loves how fun the kids are and loves having fun with them in therapy.
TESSA IRWIN, PT, DPT
lead physical therapist
Tessa keeps everything moving and fun in physical therapy department. She loves building relationships with the patients and their families, which makes it such a joy to witness the kids' progress and celebrate with them. She sees her patients as some of her favorite people in the world who teach her something new every day. When Tessa isn't helping the kids, she can be found reading, hiking, camping, taking road trips, and spending time with her family and friends.
Ashante is the smiling face that greets our families at the Nursing Center. Her favorite part of her job is building relationships with families and playing with the children. when Ashante is away from her desk, she enjoys being an active member in her church, traveling, shopping, and going to the movies.
kayla johnson, cota/l
certified occupational therapy assistant
Kayla loves watching the kids try new things. She loves to see them grow and accomplish new goals. When Kayla is away from the kids, she is spending time with her husband and dog as they take long walks and watch movies together. Kayla also enjoys reading and traveling and chance she can.
allie jovanovich, ms, otr/l
Allie loves helping children feel validated and supported in all their accomplishments, no matter the size. To her, the look on their faces is priceless. When Allie isn't playing all day and making fun crafts at work, she can be found with her husband outside sitting around the fire or hiking with their dogs. Allie also loves game nights and some old-time movies, especially those with Doris Day.
ELIZABETH KING, BS, SLPA
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ASSISTANT
Elizabeth is a nurturer at heart. She enjoys connecting with children and their families at Special Kids. Her favorite part of her job is witnessing the moment when a child understands a concept for the first time. Elizabeth loves being outside, walking in the park with her husband, and spending quality time with family and friends. She can often be found running, crafting, and curling up with good books.
FAMILY RESOURCES COORDINATOR
Connor helps families at Special Kids with starting services and with connecting them to resources in the community. His enjoys getting to help and working with the families. In his free time, Connor likes to watch and play sports and to spend time eating out with friends.
Toni is a people person! Toni's favorite part of her job is meeting new people and getting to know their stories. She loves connecting volunteers with opportunities to serve and meet the needs at Special Kids.
Lori lee, cota/l
certified occupational therapy assistant
Lori loves building relationships with her kiddos and parents. She especially loves those little moments when she realizes she has the best career! When Lori isn't helping kids reach their goals, she can be found staying active through working out, hiking, and riding horses. Lori also enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.
Kathleen is a world traveler. This adventurer has surfed, kayaked, zip-lined, and jumped out of a plane. These days, Kathleen can be found using her passion for food to prepare delicious and healthy meals for the kids. She has even created a vegetable, herb, and sensory garden to help the kids learn to interact with their food. Kathleen's goal is to get get as much nutrients into the kids while they're in our doors!
Lucy Long, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Lucy loves seeing when kids do something for the first time, especially if the parents are there to witness it! For fun, Lucy enjoys crafting and being active outdoors. She can be found kayaking, hiking, camping, or fishing on a nice day.
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