Meet the DSAMT Leadership & Staff

Board of Directors

DSAMT is guided by a 15-member volunteer Board of Directors, representing a broad range of experience and knowledge. Our advisory committees comprise parents and professionals who provide valuable input to the organization.

Will Vaughn, President
Faithe Logan, Vice President
Amy Fuqua, Treasurer
Anne-Marie Clark, Secretary
Felipe Garcia
Craig Maynard
Lisa Peek
Travis Pelfrey
Rebecca Tinsley
Gina Wilson
Courtney Wright
Jim Anisi

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Staff

Alecia Talbott
Executive Director

Alecia became the executive director of DSAMT in 2012, after spending several years as an active member and volunteer in our organization and in the disability community. She received her BA & MA from Western Kentucky University, taught at Nashville State and Volunteer State Community Colleges, directed marketing at Passport Health Communications, Inc. and was a freelance marketing professional before joining DSAMT.

Ms. Talbott is a strong advocate for inclusion and acceptance for those with Down syndrome and other disabilities in the community and schools, having completed the Vanderbilt Volunteer Advocacy Program, Wrightslaw training and other advocacy trainings. Her passion lies in helping those with Down syndrome show the world that those with “something extra” bring extraordinary gifts to our communities that should be recognized and valued.

She also serves on the Disability Coalition for Education, Vanderbilt's Disability Pathfinder Advisory Committee, and the Tennessee Disability Coalition Board of Directors. In 2011 she was named Best Buddies TN Champion of the Year and in 2016 received the Nashville Business Journal’s Woman of the Year Award.  She is also an NDSS DS-Ambassador.

alecia@somethingextra.org

Tanya Chavez
Program Director

Tanya was previously the Program Coordinator for the Down Syndrome Multi-specialty Clinic at the Monroe Carrell Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt for 5 years, before joining DSAMT as its progam director in 2017. She is a member of the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group, The Vanderbilt Down Syndrome Journal Club, and has acted as a liaison to the Down Syndrome Family Advisory Council. She has a MA in professional Counseling and interned as a Domestic Violence Counselor for adults and children.


Mrs. Chavez's passion and dedication for individuals with Down syndrome and disAbilities goes far beyond her professional career.  She has 16 years volunteer experience with children and young adults with disAbilities through the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Alliance for Recreational Empowerment.   She was a member of DSAMT’s Board of Directors for 5 years.

Tanya@somethingextra.org

Lisa Haskell
Event & Volunteer Manager

Lisa began volunteering with DSAMT in 2012 and won DSAMT Educator of the Year award in 2013 before becoming the program and volunteer manager in 2014. She received her BA in comprehensive special education from Cumberland University and state licensure of highly qualified regular education k-6 as well as special education k-12 in 2010.

Before joining DSAMT, Ms. Haskell taught at Mt. Juliet Middle School from 2010-2014 where she started the first middle school chapter of Best Buddies in the state of Tn and was recognized as one of the most outstanding chapters at the Best Buddies International Conference in 2012.  She always went above and beyond for her students; she fundraised and built the first sensory room for Wilson County Schools at Mt. Juliet Middle and West Wilson Middle School. 

lisa@somethingextra.org