Tammy Day joined Vanderbilt Kennedy Center in April, 2009 as the founding director of Next Steps at Vanderbilt. Tammy began her career over 25 years ago as a special education teacher. While in undergraduate school she became interested in high school to postsecondary transition programming for her students. This interest inspired her to pursue certification as a Work-Based Learning facilitator, and the completion of a master’s degree from Peabody College at Vanderbilt in 2000 with a focus on transition services. While working for Rutherford County Schools as a special education teacher and then the high school liaison and transition specialist, Tammy further developed transition services planning by designing numerous parent information events, transition in-service opportunities for teachers, and dual enrollment opportunities for students with disabilities at the Murfreesboro Tennessee Technology Center. Tammy states that she is thrilled to be in her current position, and honored to be helping to advance the opportunities for youth with disabilities in our state and region. “However, the biggest excitement comes when seeing the transformational learning that is occurring on the whole Vanderbilt University campus,” reports Tammy.
Tammy Day, Program Director
Kelly Wendel has been with the Kennedy Center since 2004. Prior to joining Next Steps, Kelly worked as an educational consultant with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD). As a consultant, she provided educational and behavioral training for teachers, administrators, and parents throughout the state of Tennessee and served as Director of TRIAD Social Skills Camp. As program coordinator for Next Steps at Vanderbilt, Kelly manages and coordinates the peer mentors, drafts the individualized schedules for each student and helps identify Vanderbilt courses that match the student's interest. Kelly provides educational and behavioral support to the students in the program and co-teaches a Career Technology class to better prepare students for employment.
Kelly is originally from Chicago and received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Wake Forest University and earned a Master’s degree in Special Education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.
Kelly Wendel, Program Coordinator
As the job developer for Next Steps at Vanderbilt, Lindsay Bowles provides systematic career planning and training and develops competitive employment opportunities for the Next Steps at Vanderbilt students. Bowles provides one-on-one job coaching/supports to the students and follow-along support to graduates at work or on the job hunt. She maintains career training and employment records for all Next Steps students and supports work study students and/or peer mentors who serve as peer job coaches for the students. Coordinating and hosting monthly career exploration luncheons and facilitating Career Tech weekly classes are also a part of her role. Bowles also works with the faculty and staff at the Tennessee Technology Center to foster inclusive opportunities for Next Steps students at TTC.
Bowles is no stranger to Vanderbilt. She graduated with a Master of Community Development degree from Vanderbilt in 2012. After graduating, she stayed on to work in the Vanderbilt Center for Nashville Studies and as a case-based learning program coordinator for the Medical School.