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TN CEC Executive Board


President: Cindy Lang

Cindy Lang, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Special Education at Carson-Newman University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in behavior management and strategies for mild and moderate disabilities. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.



President-Elect:  Amy Callender

Amy Locke Callender, PhD, serves as a lecturer in the special education program at Tennessee Tech University. With 20 years of service working with children and adults who are differently abled and their families she continues to research and explore multifaceted ways to better serve this population.  She serves as a faculty advisor for the TN Tech’s SCEC organization. 



Immediate Past President: Joan Grim

Joan Grim is a Senior Lecturer in the Special Education Program at the University of Tennessee. Her professional interests include preparation of pre-service special educators to teach preschool and school age children with comprehensive disabilities. She serves as the faculty advisor for UTK Student Council for Exceptional Children.


Treasurer: Tanya Collins 



Secretary: Alexandra Da Fonte

Dr. Alexandra Da Fonte is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. Her primary interests are in the areas of teacher training, bridging research-to-practice, and on training pre-service special education teachers to work with students with significant communication needs. Additionally, Dr. Da Fonte currently serves as faculty advisor for VU SCEC.


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CAN Coordinator: Luann Ley Davis

Dr. Luann Ley Davis is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Memphis. She has worked in the special education field for nearly 20 years. Her research includes peer-mediated instruction, general curriculum access, and technology for students with exceptionalities. She teaches courses in systematic instruction, direct instruction, behavior management, and general curriculum access/adapted curriculum. Luann has served as the CAN Coordinator for Colorado, and North Carolina prior to joining the TN Exec Committee. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


Membership Committee Chair: updated information coming soon



Communications Chair:  Cate Smith

Cate Smith, Ph.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Special Education Program at the University of Tennessee. Her research interests include using assistive technology to support learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities and post-secondary education for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 


Past Presidents:

2018 and 2019 Joan Grim, University of Tennessee 2016 and 2017 Alexandra Da Fonte, Vanderbilt University 2015 Clinton Smith, University of Tennessee at Martin 2014 Kim Moffett, Lee University 2013 Julie Crowe, Metro Nashville Schools 2012 Clinton Smith, Shelby County Schools 2011 Pamela Hudson, Hamilton County Schools 2010 Cel Franklin, Metro Nashville Schools

Last Updated:  9 March, 2021

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