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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 10 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 oldest son, now 8, was diagnosed at the age of two. Babs lives in Gallatin with her husband, two sons. and dogs  Stella, & Dixie.

Carolyn Shindler – Director of Information & Referral
Carolyn is originally from Philadelphia but has lived all over the country. In her words, she had “a few lives” before coming to Autism Tennessee in 1998, including various jobs in the country music radio industry and owning her own record promotions business. Carolyn and her husband, Bruce, live in Kingston Springs with their son, Josh, 27, who has an autism spectrum disorder and is currently looking for work. The family also includes two dogs and two cats. In 2018, Carolyn is celebrating her 20-year anniversary with Autism Tennessee!

Lisa Cloud – Director of Membership and Development
Lisa graduated from Purdue University with a BA in Elementary Education. She spent seven years teaching in inner-city Memphis & Nashville before staying home with her two children. Through the years, she has spent her time advocating for children and animals. She volunteered for four years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate working with abused and neglected children and nine years as an aid in Williamson County Schools working with children with disabilities. In addition, she leads Program Advancement for Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue. Lisa lives in Brentwood with her husband and two children as well as 4 dogs, 1 cat, and a revolving door of foster dogs as they wait for their forever homes.   

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. 

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.

Dave Griffin – Teen Transition 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 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 Vanderbilt University. In addition to his work with Autism Tennessee, he is on the Board of Director for Empower TN, works as a Project Specialist and Job Club Coordinator at The Arc TN, a substitute teacher for Metro Nashville Public Schools, as well as additional employment with Vol State Community College and Pizza Hut. 

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

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