Who We Are

Leadership

Erin Richardson

Executive Director
erin@specialeducationadvocacycenter.org

erinErin Richardson is a parent of three children, including a 15-year-old son with autism and a chromosomal abnormality. She is a graduate of American University (1988) and The University of Florida College of Law (1992). Formerly a practicing attorney, Erin’s journey with her son has taken her down a different path, and since the mid-2000s she has provided education advocacy services to families of children with disabilities. Erin served as the Director of Legal Advocacy at The Arc Davidson County from 2007 to 2009, volunteered for Mental Disabilities Rights International from 2009 to 2010, and currently serves on both the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Special Education and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Community Advisory Council. Erin is our lead advocate and manages all aspects of SEAC’s Advocacy program.

Staff

Andrea Gemignani

Director of Grants and Advocacy
Andrea Gemignani is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the University of Virginia School of Law.  She spent twelve years as a practicing attorney in Northern Virginia in the area of education law. In this role, she developed and revised school board policies and procedures for identifying and serving students with disabilities, provided advice and training to school staff on the requirements of the IDEA and ADA, and participated in special education mediations, complaint investigation,s and hearings.  After moving to Nashville with her husband and three children and experiencing the eligibility and IEP process first hand in a Tennessee public school, Andrea has committed herself to helping other families navigate this process.

Tiffany Speshock

Advocate
tiffany@specialeducationadvocacycenter.org

Tiffany Speshock is the mother of two children, including an 8-year-old son with autism and ADHD. She graduated from Vanderbilt’s Volunteer Advocacy Project in 2013 and founded the Parenting the Unique Child Support Group in 2014.  Having personally experienced the challenges of educating a child who learns differently, she has the ability to understand and connect with parents who share a similar journey.  She passionately believes every child can advance academically, emotionally, and socially, if given the proper support.

 

Kim Kredich

Advocate
kim@specialeducationadvocacycenter.org

Kim is the mother of three teenage sons, one of whom was diagnosed with autism at age 2 and-a-half years old in 2001 while living in Richmond, Virginia.  Kim has advocated for over 100 students in East Tennessee since her family moved to Knoxville in 2005, working with families to successfully gain rightful, supported inclusion in the general education environment.  With degrees in Music from Duke University and New England Conservatory, Kim created the eXceptional Orchestra (XO) inclusive children’s arts program as her 2003-2004 Partners in Policymaking advocacy program project.  She continued the XO in Knoxville from 2008-2010, partnering with the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, Oak Ridge Symphony, Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble, and U.T. Early Learning Center in three original projects that showcased the inclusive power of the arts as a vehicle through which children of all abilities can learn together.  Kim is an active member of COPAA (Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates) and is thrilled to join SEAC in its expansion to the East Tennessee area.

 

Board

Our Board of Directors is comprised primarily of parents of current and former public school students. If you would like to reach the Board directly, you can send an email to seactn@gmail.com.

Members

Jim McNamara, Chair
Assistant Public Defender, Metropolitan Nashville & Davidson County

Holly Ruskin, Treasurer
Special Education Attorney and Parent

Belinda Pandey
Community Volunteer and Parent

Wendy Tucker
Parent