Connie Casha, Interim Director



K. Brady

K. BradyI moved around a lot as a military child and decided to put my roots down in here Middle TN for college. I graduated from MTSU in 2016 with a bachelors of science in Child Development and Family Studies, with a minor in Psychology.  I worked closely with children for over 5 years through nannying from 2013-2018. I started working at MTSU with this program as an EI in May of 2018 and have loved every second of it.

Lacey Curtis

Lacey CurtisMy name is Lacey Curtis and I was born and raised in Smyrna, TN. I currently live in Rockvale, TN with my husband, Jeremy, and our daughter, Kamdyn, and our son, Kase. I graduated from MTSU with my bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies in 2008. While in college, I worked as a preschool teacher and then once I graduated I was an Assistant Director of a large preschool for three years. In 2011 I took a position with the state as a caseworker helping low income families in need of assistance. I did this until 2014 when I transferred departments and took a position as a Program Evaluator in Child Care Licensing. In March of 2017 we had our son, Kase, 2 months early at a tiny 2 pounds 5 ounces. It was during his NICU stay and immediately after that I learned more about TEIS and early intervention and knew this is what I was meant to do. In August of 2017 I began working with MTSU HCBEI as an Early Interventionist. I have loved every minute of working with the most amazing families and guiding them down the path of helping their children reach their full potential through their everyday routines.

Tracey DeLong

Tracey DeLongI am married with 2 teenage girls.  I am originally from Ohio but have lived in the Nashville area for over 20 years.  I have a Master’s degree in Child Development & Family Studies, from MTSU.  Prior to joining MTSU HCBEI, I was a Pre-School Teacher for 3 and 4-year old children.  I also spent time as a substitute teacher and volunteered at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, at my church in the Children’s Ministry Department, and with tutoring children at our local elementary school.   I also retired from the Air National Guard as a Chaplain Assistant.  I have a heart for serving children with developmental delays or disabilities and I have a deep respect for their caregivers.  Both of my daughters required several surgeries and hospitalizations at a very young age.  You can reach me at

Brooke Hickman

Brooke HickmanMy name is Brooke Hickman and I was born and raised here in Middle Tennessee.  I’ve lived in this area my entire life and I love it here. Five years ago, my family and I moved to the small town of Chapel Hill and we love living out in the country! I’ve been married to my husband (Russell) for twelve years and we have a six year old daughter (Amelia Rose), 2 dogs, 2 cats and 10 chickens.

I attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville from 1998-2004 where I earned my Undergraduate Degree in Early Childhood/Special Education and my Master’s Degree in Teacher Education.  I taught preschool special education at Poplar Grove School in Franklin for 8 years and I fell in love with the children. Early childhood is dear to my heart and I am a believer that setting a strong foundation between the ages of birth-5 years will set a child in the right direction so they can achieve their highest potential. I worked as an Early Interventionist with First Steps in Nashville for two years and I knew it was the perfect fit for my skill set. Working alongside families and therapists creates an inclusive setting for children to thrive and I knew immediately that being an EI is my calling.  I’m excited and grateful to be working as an EI with the HCBEI program and I look forward to meeting you and helping your child achieve his/her greatest potential.

Lisa Ketner

Lisa KetnerI am married with 3 children and 6 grandchildren. After teaching with Rutherford County schools for 30 years I retired. I taught kindergarten at Rockvale Elementary and Christiana Elementary, as well as second grade at Barfield Elementary. I taught four years at MTSU as an adjunct. I began with MTSU HCBEI in April 2018 and absolutely love it. I have a bachelors in early childhood education from MTSU and a masters in K-5 reading and math from Walden University.

Brittany Landy

Brittany LandyMy name is Brittany Landy and I am a Developmental Therapist at MTSU with the HCBEI Program. My husband and I have 3 children and currently live in Murfreesboro, TN. I graduated from Piedmont College in Ga with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have had the opportunity to follow my passion for the past 8 years as an Early Interventionist in GA and TN, and I have enjoyed every minute! 

Katie Scott

Katie ScottI'm a native Tennessean, born and raised in McMinnville, now living in Murfreesboro. I'm a graduate of MTSU, where I received my Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Services. I also graduated from Capella University with a Masters degree in Developmental Psychology. I have also interned for Special Kids. 

My Early Intervention journey began with MTSU in February of 2016. I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to live my dream and work for such a great program with such a knowledgeable, and caring, team to support the families in Rutherford County! You can reach me at 

Rebecca Shults

Rebecca ShultsI have worked with young children and their families for many years. I have been employed with MTSU as an Early Interventionist and in  Developmental Therapy since 2007. Prior to joining  MTSU Home and Community Based Early Intervention in 2010, I was with ACE Learning Center at MTSU.  I am also a graduate  of Middle Tennessee State University. 

My greatest challenge and “hands on” experience was in 2006 when my grandson was born with multiple medical challenges at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and was there for the first 8 months, returning often over the past 12 years.   This personal experience allowed me to see the need and hear the concerns of families with special needs children. 

What a joy to work with young children and families in their homes, child care facilities, and community settings through Home Based Early Intervention and  help them to meet their goals and developmental milestones through daily routine strategies.

Tammy Simmons

​​Tammy SimmonsI completed my undergraduate degree at Western Kentucky University with a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Development.  I completed my masters degree at Trevecca Nazarene University in Instructional Effectiveness.  I taught kindergarten for six years at a public school in TN.  I have taught in many different daycares and preschools.​ I have worked for TIPS and TEIS.  I have worked for the MTSU Home and Community Based Program since it began eight years ago.  I absolutely love my position as a developmental therapist and cherish the many relationships I have built with families over the years.

Diane Sirko

Diane SirkoI’m a graduate from MTSU with a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education. I taught 3rd grade at Edmondson Elementary in Williamson County, before having four children of my own. I have taught in preschools, day cares, the YMCA and worked for the Brentwood Library. I have worked as an Early Interventionist in Developmental Therapy for the past three years with the MTSU HCBEI program.  I enjoy meeting families at home, working in daycare centers or working with children in a variety of settings in the community. It is a privilege working alongside families to guide, coach and help implement meaningful strategies to meet the individualized needs of their children. You can reach me at

Gretchen Solomon

Gretchen SolomonI was born and raised in Tennessee, and have lived in the Rutherford County area for 25 years. I graduated from MTSU with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I am a wife and the mother of 9 children. I was first introduced to the HCBEI when our twins were recipients of this program. After watching the positive impact it had on their progress and development, I fell in love with HCBEI. I knew wanted to be a part of helping other families reach their goals as well. When the opportunity presented itself, I left my kindergarten classroom and began my career as an Early interventionist. It has been a blessing to be able to teach and serve many children and their families.

Savannah Terrell

Savannah TerrellMy name is Savannah Terrell, and I am a recent graduate of MTSU. I received my Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, and a minor in Health and Human Performance. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with individuals of all ages, but I especially have a passion for serving little ones and their families. My experience working in multiple settings with individuals with special needs strengthened my interest in assisting children reach developmental milestones. Upon researching early intervention and now working in this field, I feel more and more every day that this career was created uniquely for me. I am beyond grateful for the daily opportunity to support and coach families in reaching their goals. Feel free to contact me at​

Hannah Vantrease

Hannah VantreaseHannah Vantrease has been with the MTSU HCBEI program for more than 6 years. She has experience with families ranging from children’s ministry, special education to early intervention. In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband and son, going to shows and sports!

Misty Waddell

Misty WaddellI am an East Tennessee native but have spent the last 23 years living in Murfreesboro. I received my BS in Elementary Education and my Master’s Degree in ESL from MTSU. I have spent the last 12 years teaching in an elementary school classroom. I am the proud “cat mama” to a very spoiled cat named Cali and my greatest joy is being “Aunt Misty” to my nephew and two nieces! In my free time, I enjoy hiking and traveling the world! I am so excited to be part of the MTSU HCBEI program and begin this next chapter in my life!

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