Linda Bishop Judeich is the Executive Director. Prior to that she served as Director of Services at TAC. Mrs. Judeich has over 38 years of experience working with people with disabilities. Her work has focused on assistive technology (AT) for more than the last 20 years. She has numerous presentations at local, national, and international technology and disability conferences to her credit. Her teaching experience includes public school classrooms, undergraduate and graduate level AT and special education courses at several universities, as well as many AT workshops for consumers, parents, disability professionals, employers, and teacher training personnel. She also served as project coordinator for several AT research projects at Vanderbilt University. She has a Master’s degree in Special Education plus over 90 Post Master’s graduate hours with an emphasis on technology.
Evan Espey has been with the Center since 2009. He was the Center’s first Americorps/VISTA. In February of 2010 Evan became the Center’s full-time Outreach Coordinator, and Director of Outreach and Development since August of 2014. Evan has been involved with the Disability Community since birth due to the fact that he was born with Spina Bifida. He is responsible for managing the adapted toy, and equipment loan program, as well as disseminating information to the public regarding the Center, and coordinating special events for the Center. He received his Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies from Volunteer State Community College in 2006, and his Bachelor of Integrated Studies in Human Services, with a concentration in Public Administration from Murray State University in 2008.
Lynn Magner became the Service Coordinator at TAC in 2000, and has been the Center contact person for countless families and individuals since that time. She began working in the disability community 30+ years ago when her son Steven was born with Down Syndrome. One of Lynn’s passions is advocating for client’s assistive technology needs. Another is coaching bocce with Rutherford County Special Olympics. Lynn lives in Murfreesboro with her husband Scott and children Scott Jr. and Steven. Her daughter, Lauren also resides in Murfreesboro.
Jeremy St. Pierre has lived in Middle Tennessee since birth. While in college for computer programming, he began work for Special Friends Camp run thru Tennessee Baptist Adult Homes(TBAH). Upon completion of his work for TBAH, he set out to become a special education teacher.
In the spring of 2013 he obtained his B.S. degree in Special Education with a minor in business administration and computer science. Upon graduation he worked as a special education teacher for Rutherford County Schools up until the fall of 2016. Since he began working in the field of special education, his ultimate goal was to work with assistive technology. He will complete his masters in special education and receive his professional certification in assistive technology in December 2017 from Bowling Green State University.
One of his biggest passions is advocating for individuals with disabilities.
Mike came to TAC in July of 2016 from the Idaho Assistive Technology Project, University of Idaho, where he spent 10 years as an AT consultant and device library coordinator. He is a veteran evaluator and implementor for augmentative and alternative communication technology, home access modifications, job-site modifications, and mobile technology for cognition and learning disabilities. Because Idaho is a rural state, he has worked as a generalist without specializing in any single disability.
Prior to this, Mike spent 25 years as a physical therapist in a wide variety of settings including the Veteran’s Administration (prosthetics team), acute/medical, psychiatric inpatients, outpatient clinics, power wheelchair evaluations, spinal injuries, industrial rehab and worksite modification, work hardening, and as a hand therapist. He owned a separate seminar business and gave workshops for body workers on the treatment of chronic pain, and was the green room “Physio” for the Alberta Ballet during their annual run of the Nutcracker in Spokane.
Mike has been a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) with the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) since 2006.