TN Regional Employment Consultants

Three Regional Employment Consultants provide training and technical assistance for Tennessee community rehabilitation service providers. These community rehabilitation agencies are contracted to provide supported employment and job placement services through the TN DHS Division of Rehabilitation Services. While providing these services, our Employment Consultants work closely with the state agency to coordinate activities and training.

Overall Program Objectives:

  1. Provide professional development for community rehabilitation providers through training to develop skills and competencies in the delivery of Employment Services.
  2. Provide training for Tennessee Vocational Rehabilitation (TN VR)  staff working with community service providers.
  3. Provide professional development for community rehabilitation providers through ongoing consultation and subject matter expertise.
  4. Provide consultation and subject matter expertise on employment services to TN VR staff.

Schedule of TN VR Employment Training Opportunities

The TIE that Binds – monthly newsletter for for Tennessee community rehabilitation service providers.


For more information, please contact:

Business Coordinators

Johnson City – VR Region
Teresa Smith

103 East Walnut Street
Johnson City, TN 37604
Tel: 423-434-6989
E-mail: teresas@utk.edu

Nasville – VR Region
Tammy LaPoint-O’Brien, M.Ed.

1000 2nd Avenue N.
Nashville, TN 37243
Tel: 615-741-0327
E-mail: tslo@utk.edu

Training Coordinators

Mike Sass
East TN Team Leader
520 W. Summit Hill Drive
Suite 301
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 865-594-6756

Catherine Orem
Middle Tennessee
1000 2nd Avenue N.
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: 615-741-0133
E-mail: morem@utk.edu

Tashara Tolbert
West Tennessee
40 S. Main Street
10th Floor, Suite 1000
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: 901-543-9076
E-mail: ttolbert@utk.edu

Knoxville Main Office
Stephanie Connell Cowherd, Associate Director
The University of Tennessee
Center for Literacy, Education & Employment
600 Henley Street, Suite 312
Knoxville, TN 37996-4135
Phone: 865-974-4135
E-mail: scowherd@utk.edu


These services funded by the Tennessee Department of Human Services-Division of Rehabilitation Services.