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 (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.
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.