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Babs Tierno, M.Ed. –  Executive Director
Babs has Bachelor degrees in Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Interdisciplinary Legal Studies from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her Master’s degree in Education from Middle Tennessee State University. Babs has 14 years of non-profit experience. Previously, she worked for the Tennessee Justice Center, a non-profit that advocates for Tennessee families to get needed healthcare. Prior to this, she was the Program Director for Williamson County CASA which advocates for abused and neglected children. Babs experience with autism is personal. Her sons, now 9 and 4, were diagnosed at the age of two. Babs lives in Gallatin with her husband, two sons. and dogs  Stella, & Dixie.

Omegbhai Uriri – Director of Outreach & Education

Omegbhai Uriri (Egbhai)  is originally from Nigeria. She is a graduate of the University of Benin, Nigeria and Tulane University School of Public Health. She was employed by the TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation for 6 years before leaving in 2008 to better meet the needs of her family. She is a graduate of the Vanderbilt University LEND Program and is a volunteer parent advocate for families who have children with exceptional educational needs. She has served as a County Contact for Autism Tennessee.  She lives in Antioch with her husband and 4 children; her youngest daughter is on the autism spectrum.

Jessica Moore – HELPLine Advocate
Jessica grew up in Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in Human Ecology - Interior Merchandising.  She spent 5 years working as an Interior and Project Designer helping clients design and remodel kitchens and baths before deciding to stay home when she and her husband’s first son was born.  She is a graduate of The Sleep Lady’s Gentle Sleep Coaching program and has helped many children develop healthy sleep habits. Jessica now lives in Hendersonville with her husband, two sons (one of whom is on the spectrum) and dog Lyric.

Sheila Shapley – Office Manager


Sheila grew up in Jacksonville, FL. She received her B.A. in Leadership & Ethics and Bible from Southern Methodist College. She lived in South Carolina for 30 years prior to moving to Tennessee in 2007. She and her husband Dan have been married for over 40 years. They have four grown and married children and nine grandchildren- 7 boys and 2 girls. One of her grandsons is on the spectrum.

Dave Griffin – Teen & Adult Project Coordinator

Dave is a certified teacher, coach, and referee. He holds multiple positions within the community in education and disability advocacy. He thrives in learning environments and excels in his position as THRIVE Teen Transition Coordinator. He is a self-advocate and a sought after public speaker in the autism community for sharing his story. Dave received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, Masters Degree from Peabody at Vanderbilt University. In addition to his work with Autism Tennessee, he is on the Board of Directors for Empower TN, works as a Project Specialist at The Arc TN, a substitute teacher for Metro Nashville Public Schools, as well as additional employment with Nashville State Community College and Pizza Hut. Dave is also a participant in Spectrum Pathways at Vanderbilt.  

(615) 385-2077 ext 1
955 Woodland St
Nashvillle, TN 37206

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