Team

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The Autism Center of North Mississippi has a highly qualified team of trained professionals who work directly with the children, the parents, the school districts, the community and manage day-to-day operations.


Melinda Tidwell

Executive Director



Melinda Tidwell, joined the Autism Center of North Mississippi in January of 2021, after 29 years of working with the United Way of Northeast Mississippi. She has had extensive experience with Fundraising, Volunteer Training and Support, Strategic Planning, Special Events, and Relationship Building. Ms. Tidwell has been involved in many community and civic groups including The Tupelo Rotary Club, Early Childhood Coalition, CDF Board of Directors, and the 2015 All American City Team. She currently resides in the Brewer Community with her husband, Cliff, and enjoys spending time with her grandson, Parker.

Contact Ms. Tidwell via e-mail at melinda@autismcenternms.com


Sharon Boudreaux

Director of Education Outreach



Sharon D. Boudreaux, M.A.T., BCBA, LBA, helped to found the Autism Center of North Mississippi, has previously served as the Executive Director from 2009-2013, and is currently a consultant for ACNM. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching in the field of special education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis with a focus on educating children with Autism and other forms of developmental delay. Sharon has been trained in Discrete Trial Training, the TEACCH model, Natural Environment Teaching, and Verbal Behavior. Sharon is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Additionally, Sharon has completed an intensive 2-week training at Carbone Clinic to gain further expertise in teaching and promoting verbal behavior. Sharon has experience working in and consulting with school systems, providing home-based therapy, and providing A.B.A. instruction in the clinical setting. Sharon has worked at the pre-school, elementary, and middle school levels providing academic instruction, community-based instruction and life skills training. Sharon created an early intervention program based upon the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis and TEACCH. Sharon has presented research findings and topics at the Council for Exceptional Children’s Annual Conference at the state and national level. Within the school system, her class was recognized as a model for structured teaching, behavior modification, and use of technology in the classroom. Sharon continues assisting families by providing training, establishing a community support group, developing summer social skills programs, and within the clinic, one-on-one instructional and behavioral interventions. She is committed to providing effective instruction and behavioral supports that will increase the individual’s quality of life. Sharon conducts professional development trainings Contact Sharon via e-mail sharon@autismcenternms.com


Samantha Kelly

Office Manager



Samantha Kelly is the Office Manager and Billing Specialist at the Autism Center of North Mississippi. Since starting at ACNM in 2017, she has been an advocate for all our families by working with insurance companies and connecting families with available resources in their community. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Wayne, and daughter, Aubree. For more information about services provided or insurance questions contact Samantha via email at samantha@autismcenternms.com.

 


Kathy Petty

Director of Finance



Kathy Petty is the Director of Finance at the Autism Center of North Mississippi. She is from Southaven, MS and graduated from Rhodes College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business. She has over 25 years experience in manufacturing and corporate accounting. Kathy loves spending time with her children and grand-children, watching sports, and traveling as often as possible. Kathy joined the ACNM team in March 2021.

Contact Kathy via e-mail at kathy@autismcenternms.com


Matt Williams, ED, LPC, NCC, RBT- Bio coming soon! Contact Matt via e-mail at matt@autismcenternms.com



Behavior Analysts

Jessyi Bryant Reed, M.A., BCBA, LBA, has a Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Mississippi. Jessyi’s training and work experiences include working as a student researcher at the North MS Regional Center (NMRC), as an assistant teacher for students with Down Syndrome, and as a peer tutor for students with developmental disabilities. At the Autism Center of North Mississippi, Jessyi has received training in Verbal Behavior, Discrete Trial, and Natural Environment Teaching. She provides training for Registered Behavior Technicians, parent training, one-on-one instruction, behavioral interventions and support, program development, and school consultation. Contact Jessyi via e-mail at jessyi@autismcenternms.com


Haley Wood, M.A., BCBA, LBA, has a Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Mississippi. Haley has experience in the clinical setting providing ABA services to children with Autism and other developmental delays. Haley has received training in Verbal Behavior at the Carbone Clinic in New York. At the Autism Center of North Mississippi, Haley has received training in Discrete Trial and Natural Environment Teaching. She provides training for Registered Behavior Technicians, parent training, one-on-one instruction, behavioral interventions and support, program development, and school consultation. Contact Haley via e-mail at haley@autismcenternms.com



Behavior Specialists

Lindsey Davis, B.S., RBT, graduated from Mississippi State University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  At the Autism Center of NM, Lindsey received training in Verbal Behavior, Discrete Trial, and Natural Environmental Teaching.  She became a Registered Behavior Technician in 2017.  Lindsey provides one-on-one instruction and implements behavioral interventions and supports.   Contact Lindsey via email at lindsey@autismcenternms.com.


Morgan Kent, BSW., RBT, graduated from University of Mississippi in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.  At the Autism Center of North Mississippi, Morgan received training in Verbal Behavior, Discrete Trial, and Natural Environmental Teaching.  She became a Registered Behavioral Technician in 2017.  Morgan provides one-on-one instruction and implements behavioral interventions and supports.  Contact Morgan via email at morgan@autismcenternms.com



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