Meet the Staff

Mental Health First Aid Coordinator

Dianna Bailey-Miller

Mental Health First Aid Coordinator

Dianna Bailey-Miller is the Mental Health First Aid Coordinator for The West Virginia Autism Training Center’s Project AWARE Program. Dianna is a certified Instructor of Youth MHFA and Adult MHFA, with special designations in Rural Communities, Veteran and Higher Education. Dianna oversees Mental Health First Aid courses in WV and provides support and oversight to over 70 instructors throughout WV. She obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Fairmont State and served as an advocate for youth and families. She has worked with children and families in a variety of systems within WV over the past 14 years.

Early Childhood Behavior Support Specialist Coordinator

Amy Carlson

Early Childhood Behavior Support Specialist Coordinator

Amy Carlson, Ed.D. CCC-SLP, graduated with her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degrees in Communication Disorders from Marshall University. She worked for twelve years as a speech-language pathologist in clinical, home health, and educational settings serving patients of all ages. She graduated with her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in teaching and higher education leadership from Marshall University. She works in collaboration with the West Virginia Autism Training Center and the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Special Education as the Early Childhood Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (ECPBIS) Coordinator for the state of West Virginia.

Behavior Support Specialist

Erin Day

Behavior Support Specialist

Erin Day is a Behavior Support Specialist for the West Virginia Behavior/Mental Health Technical Assistance Center. The TA Center is a collaboration between the WV Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and the Autism Training Center at Marshall University. She earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Early Education from West Virginia University. Prior to working for the TA Center she taught in Harrison County Schools for ten years. Erin currently works with 19 counties in the northern region of the state to offer behavior and mental health supports and interventions to ensure success for the students of West Virginia.

Behavior Support Specialist

Jen Everhart

Behavior Support Specialist

Jen Everhart is a Behavior Support Specialist for the West Virginia Autism Training Center’s Behavior/Mental Health Technical Assistance Center at Marshall University. She holds a Master of Arts in Education/Special Education. Jen has 9 years of teaching experience, with 7 years in special education. Jen serves 14 counties of the mountain region as part of a team of behavioral professionals that provide behavior and mental health intervention and supports throughout the state of West Virginia.

Early Childhood Behavior Support Specialist

Jess George

Early Childhood Behavior Support Specialist

Jess George resides in Huntington, WV, where she earned a BA and MA in education from Marshall University. She holds certifications in English language arts, special education, administration, and earned National Board certification in 2015. In 2017, Jess became a certified YMHFA Instructor, a credential she used as the Special Education Director at RESA 2 and as an Academic Specialist in Cabell County. As an Early Childhood Behavior Support Specialist at the WVATC, she works with educators and administrators in the southern half of WV to ensure positive outcomes for our youngest learners.

Behavior Support Specialist

Tiffany Hendershot

Behavior Support Specialist

Tiffany Hendershot is a Behavior Support Specialist for the West Virginia Autism Training Center’s Behavior/Mental Health Technical Assistance Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Masters of Social Work degree, both from West Virginia University. She worked as a social worker in West Virginia schools for 5 years and received her independent clinical license in 2017. She is also a Behavior Health Officer in the West Virginia Army National Guard. Tiffany will be serving counties in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

Behavior Support Specialist

Teryl Jones

Behavior Support Specialist

Teryl Jones is a Behavior Support Specialist for the West Virginia Autism Training Center’s Behavior/Mental Health Technical Assistance Center at Marshall University. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling and Religious Studies. Teryl serves 14 counties of West Virginia’s southern district as part of a team of behavioral professionals established to implement a system-wide delivery of behavior and mental health intervention and supports throughout the state of West Virginia. Teryl has 14+ years’ experience working with people with disabilities in the field of rehabilitation counseling both as a Transition School Counselor and as a supervisor, as well as 4 years as a Mental Health Therapist.

Director of Technical Assistance

Amy Kelly

Director of Technical Assistance

Amy Kelly, WV ATC’s Director of Technical Assistance, received her Masters of Arts in Preschool Special Needs from Marshall University. She worked in the private and public educational setting for 13 years prior to her employment with the center in 2015. She leads the center’s technical assistance efforts, including School-Wide and Early Childhood Positive Behavior Support programs, Project AWARE, and the regional Behavior and Mental Heath Technical Assistance centers.

Early Childhood Behavior Support Specialist

Sara Smouse

Early Childhood Behavior Support Specialist

Sara Smouse is an Early Childhood Behavior Support Specialist for the WV Autism Training Center’s Behavior/Mental Health Technical Assistance Center. She graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development and Family Studies and a Master of Arts in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education. She was a Pre-K teacher in Hardy County for ten years and earned National Board Teaching Certification in 2017. Sara will be serving counties in the northern half of West Virginia.

Program Evaluator

Anna Shreve

Program Evaluator

Anna Shreve is the Program Evaluator for the WV Autism Training Center’s Behavior/Mental Health Technical Assistance Center. She graduated from West Virginia University in 2019 with her BA in Multidisciplinary Studies and her M.A. in Elementary Education with a specialization in grades 5-9 mathematics. After graduation she served as an educator with AmeriCorps before starting her doctoral degree in Leadership at Marshall University where she served as a graduate assistant. Anna loves working with data and using it to continuously strive for improvement and she is excited to bring this passion to the WVATC.

Administrative Assistant

Carrie Underwood

Administrative Assistant

Carrie Underwood is the Administrative Assistant for Project AWARE and has worked at the West Virginia Autism Training Center since 2015. She hold a bachelor’s degree from Marshall University and also has a background in marketing and design.

PBIS Coordinator

Alicia Ziman

PBIS Coordinator

Alicia Ziman is the School-Wide PBIS Coordinator for the WV Behavior/Mental Health Technical Assistance Center. Alicia holds a BA degree in Multidisciplinary Studies and a Master’s (+30) degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education from West Virginia University. As the PBIS Coordinator, she works with the four regional School-Wide Behavior Support Specialists to develop and provide the most up-to-date technical assistance that can meet the varied needs of educators across the state of West Virginia. Prior to working for Marshall, Alicia served as a Pre-K teacher in Harrison County, WV for 12 years.

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