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Speaker Biographies


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Lisa Terry Infant Mental Health Mentor-Research/Faculty, IMH-E®, is a professional development consultant at the Partnership for People with Disabilities, Department of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University. Lisa provides support for the design and implementation of professional development activities for early interventionists in Virginia. She has worked in EI for over 15 years in various roles as an educator, service coordinator, and clinical supervisor. Lisa hosts the podcast, Meaningful Moments-Connecting Infant Mental Health to Early Intervention. Lisa is a certified trainer in the Growing Brain, a ZERO TO THREE curriculum. She maintains endorsement as an IMH Mentor-Research/Faculty. Lisa is the co-facilitator for DEC's Infant Mental Health Community of Practice and aRPy Ambassador. Lisa remains dedicated to promoting and supporting the emotional well-being of all families.

Taylin Sellers  is a 17 year old rising Junior at Harrisonburg High School.  Taylin is the first fully blind student in recent memory to graduate with a standard diploma from her school, and certainly the first blind student with additional disabilities to be fully integrated in the general education curriculum.  Because of this, Taylin has become a master at self-determination, advocating for herself both in and out of the classroom, and using assistive technology in creative ways to make the curriculum work for her.  In her spare time, Taylin enjoys singing in the choir, traveling with her family, participating in many programs with the Dept. of the Blind and Visually Impaired, and raising foster kittens with the local SPCA.  She is also an I'm Determined Youth Leader.

Beth Sellers   is the Assistant Director of Educational Programming for TechVision.  Beth provides education and assistive technology services to students who are blind or have low vision throughout the U. S.  She is also the parent of three children with disabilities, ages 9-17.  Beth serves on the State Rehabilitation Center for the Dept. of the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Executive Board of her local CIL (Vailley Associates for Independent Living), and volunteers at several local organizations including a nonprofit thrift shop and the local SPCA where she fosters neonate kittens.  When she is not working, volunteering, or acting as a taxi driver for her children, Beth likes to travel and listen to audio books.  

Nikida Cromartie-James currently holds the position as an Outreach and Inclusion Specialist for Virginia Down Syndrome Association. Daily she is deemed with the task of supporting our youngest children ages 0 through 6 years old and the important adults in their lives who teach, support, and give them love in the greater Richmond area. The goal of her work is to facilitate and increase the inclusion of these young children who might be experiencing behavioral concerns, developmental delays, or any type of disability by providing coaching and technical assistance support to childcare centers, in-home daycare providers, and early childhood home visitors. Nikida brings her experience and expertise from her social work background, which she has over 20 years of experience in the field and received her master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Nikida on a personal level, loves spending time with family, vacationing, online shopping, and maintaining a healthy and spiritual lifestyle. She and her husband are the proud parents of their three children.

​Sensei Carla Dannouf is a 4th Degree Black Belt and the Director of Student Affairs for the International Silkisondan Karate Association. Her wealth of experience in education and her degree in psychology make her an invaluable resource for instructors, students and parents. Sensei Dannouf has been training in martial arts for over 20 years. She has been a black belt since 1993. Carla teaches the children’s and women’s classes. Carla has been a competitive fighter and Kata enthusiast since the late 80’s. It is clear to anyone watching her classes that she enjoys teaching and has a great time with her students.

Brittany Watson is a native of Hampton, Virginia, Brittany is the Founder of Bloom, Baby! Birthing Services. As a perinatal support provider, she channels her passion for assisting pregnant and postpartum birthing individuals and children aged 0-5 along with their families through the pregnancy, labor, and childbirth periods. With a background spanning public health, birth work, and now social work, Brittany has gained insights into the pivotal role of support, care, and access in shaping family outcomes. A two-time graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, she believes that birth work is truly a labor of love.

Telisha Woodfin is a Richmond, Virginia native, and the Founder of LIVLoved Postpartum Support, which provides postpartum doula services, coaching, and infant massage education to families with children from birth to age 5. A two-time graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Telisha is dedicated to fostering strong familial bonds through a holistic approach.

Certified as a Growing Brain Curriculum trainer (ZERO TO THREE curriculum), Infant Massage Educator, and Postpartum Doula, Telisha also has extensive training in Trauma-Informed Care, Practice-Based Coaching, and Perinatal Mental Health. With over 20 years of experience in early intervention, mental health, and developmental disabilities, she brings deep insight and understanding to each family's parenting journey.

LIVLoved embodies Telisha’s mission to ensure families feel seen, heard, and supported, encapsulated in her mantra: give love, receive love, live loved.

 

Ashley Africa-Osborne started as a Tech for Independent Living Program Coordinator at The
Arc of Northern Virginia in March 2022 and now serves as the Community
Outreach and Client Engagement Specialist. Ashley's role involves developing,
training, and assisting individuals in utilizing Arc2Independence to promote
independence among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Additionally, she facilitates webinars and events, conducts outreach within
the community, and establishes collaborative partnerships with other
organizations. She has spent the past eleven years working with people with
disabilities and has loved making a difference in their lives. Ashley earned a
Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Special Education from
Radford University. Additionally, she holds a Master’s degree in Applied
Behavior Analysis with a concentration in Autism from Ball State University.

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