Meet the Team

Amanda Dunlap

Amanda Dunlap, Program Director

I earned my B.S. Degree in Communication Disorders from Murray State University. After working as a licensed Speech/Language Pathologist Assistant for two years, I entered graduate school at the University of Kentucky. I received my M.Ed. +30 in Early Childhood Special Education, with certification in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education. I taught preschool in a blended preschool program for over six years before coming to MTSU to work with the Home & Community-Based Early Intervention Program. I feel blessed to work with such a wonderful group of early interventionists! You can reach me at

Cara DeLap

Cara DeLap, Early Interventionist

I have a B.S. in Rehabilitation with a major in Orientation and Mobility and a minor in Rehabilitation from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. After graduation I was employed with the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist. I became an Early Interventionist with the TIPS program that later merged with TEIS. In October 2010 I joined the MTSU Early Intervention Program and love it! You can reach me at

Tracey Delong

Tracey DeLong, Early Interventionist

I am originally from central OH, but I have lived in Mid-TN for over 20 years.  I earned a Bachelor of Business Admin and a Masters of Science in Child Development & Family Studies from MTSU.  I completed my thesis at Vanderbilt studying the need for Child Life Intervention Programs in Adult Critical Care Hospital Units.  Prior to joining the MTSU HCBEI Program, I was a classroom teacher for 3 and 4 year olds and I was a substitute teacher for elementary-aged children.  While raising my children, I volunteered in children’s ministry, tutored children in the elementary school, and volunteered at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.  I retired from the TN Air National Guard where I was a Chaplain Assistant.  You can contact me at

Amanda Fulton

Amanda Fulton, Early Interventionist

I completed my Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Mississippi State University in May 2015. I am currently working on my Masters in Child and Family Studies from University of Southern Mississippi. I have always had a passion for working with children and their families. As for my experience I have completed many lab hours in the Child Development Center at Mississippi State, completed volunteer hours at Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson, MS, and completed a clinical class at a local pediatric clinic is Mississippi. My journey with Early Intervention began at MTSU’s Home and Community Based Early Intervention Program where I completed my internship. As of May 2015, I joined the team and am very thankful to continue working with such a wonderful group of people and program. You many contact me at!

Mandy Fowler

Ashleigh Gipson, Early Interventionist

I earned my Bachelors of Science degree in Child Development and Family Studies in August of 2013 from Middle Tennessee State University. Immediately following graduation, I began working as an infant teacher in a child care center in Nashville. That experience opened my eyes to the need for early intervention, and the important role that early intervention plays in the lives of children and families. After a year working as an infant teacher, an amazing opportunity opened for me with MTSU’s Home and Community-Based Early Intervention Program. I began working as a Developmental Therapist in December 2014, and I am so excited to be a part of this amazing program! You can reach me at

Amy Hirt

Amy Hirt, Early Interventionist

I graduated from UTK with a BS Education degree in 1990 with certification in both Special Education and Elementary Education. I taught Special Education for 3 years and then moved to an elementary school to start an inclusion program. I enjoyed this program for 3 years until I decided to stay home when I started my family. As my children were born and attending preschool programs, I taught in the preschool setting for 5 years until I had the opportunity to work for TIPS school with their Early Intervention Program. TIPS merged with TEIS and for several years Tennessee home based early intervention services were part of the TEIS program. This same program is now under MTSU as their HCBEI program. I have been part of Tennessee’s Early Intervention Program for 8 years. You can reach me at

Regina Moffett

Regina Moffett, Early Interventionist

I have joyfully worked with children and families for many years! It has definitely been a rewarding experience in many ways! I received my Bachelor’s degree in Child Development/Family Studies and a Master’s degree in Early Intervention from the University of Southern MS (USM). I completed an internship at The Children’s Hospital in Macon, GA where I provided emotional support, coping, and distraction to children in the hospital setting.

I have worked with children in many different settings. I have served as a Special Education Teacher’s Supervisor providing services within an inclusive preschool setting. I also have experience with providing individualized intervention for families of children with special needs/developmental delays in a natural environment (home, preschool, daycares, parks, etc.). I have developed policies and procedures for an early intervention program (Part C) based on rules and regulations of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). It is an honor for me to serve as an Early Interventionist with the Home and Community Based Program with MTSU! I have a genuine passion to support and provide ways to build on opportunities to enhance the lives of families of children with special needs. Please contact me with questions or for additional information at

Kathryn Scott

Katie Scott, Early Interventionist

I was born and raised in McMinnville TN until I moved to Murfreesboro to attend college. I completed my Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development and Family Studies from Middle Tennessee State University in August 2014. I am currently working on my Masters in Developmental Psychology online at Cappella University. I have always enjoyed working with children and their families since growing up in a large family.  My passion really took off when I interned with Special Kids in the summer of 2014. Throughout college I worked as a Preschool teacher and once I graduated with my bachelors I became a Site Director with the YMCA after school program. I became employed for MTSU’s Home and Community Based Early Intervention Program in February of 2016. It is such an amazing opportunity for me to be a support and resource for families and their children as they navigate the struggles that can occur during the early years. I am very blessed to be working with such a great team and a wonderful program. You many contact me at

Rebecca Shults

Rebecca Shults, Early Interventionist

I am a native Texan, but have lived in Murfreesboro for many years. I have been employed with MTSU as an Early Interventionist with MTSU Home & Community Based Early Intervention program since October of 2010. Prior to joining MTSU HCBEI I worked with Project Help at MTSU approximately three years as an Early Intervention Teacher. I am a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. I have worked with young children and their families for the past several years. This has been a wonderful time, full of opportunities and rewarding experiences in helping children & families meet their goals and developmental milestones. My greatest challenge and experience came in 2006 when my grandson was born with multiple medical challenges and was at Vanderbilt for 8 months. This gave me a great deal of hands on experience on a daily basis, and allowed me to see the need and hear the concerns of families with special needs babies. I love working with these young children and their families through Home Based Early Intervention. You can reach me at

Tammy Simmons

Tammy Simmons, Early Interventionist

I completed my undergraduate degree at Western Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development. I completed my master's degree at Trevecca Nazarene University with a master's degree of education in instructional effectiveness. I taught kindergarten in a public school for six years. I have taught in many different daycares, preschools, and pre-kindergarten classes with children with special needs as well as typically developing children. I have worked for TIPS/TEIS and now MTSU for a total combined years of eight years. You can reach me at

Diane Sirko

Diane Sirko, Early Interventionist

I started my college education at Ohio State University and finished up at MTSU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.  I have lived in Franklin for over 20 years, and am originally from Cleveland, Ohio. I have enjoyed working with children and families. Before having four children of my own, I taught third grade at Edmondson Elementary in the Williamson County School District. I have worked at the Brentwood Library, at the Franklin YMCA and taught preschool for several years. I love being involved with such a wonderful team and working with the MTSU Home and Community-Based Early Intervention Program. You can reach me at

Hannah Harrison

Hannah Vantrease, Early Interventionist

I am a native Texan who moved to Tennessee about 5 years ago after graduating college with a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Living from Stephen F. Austin State University! My minor concentration in college was in early childhood intervention, which sparked much interest in the different special needs of children. I have worked with children in all stages of life for over 10 years in all different capacities ranging from daycares/pre-schools, to children’s ministry work and as an educational assistant for student support services in the school system. In the school system I was able to gain much experience working with children who had various types of disabilities and delays. I am very excited to have joined MTSU’s Early Intervention program in August 2012! You can reach me at

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