Columbia, Tenn. — A program advisory board of 13 community leaders has been established to support the activities and expansion of the Regional Intervention Program (RIP) in Maury County. RIP helps the families of children struggling with behavioral disorders and is administered by Centerstone, Tennessee’s leading provider of behavioral health services.
The board includes:
- Bobbie Baggett, a retired director for kindergarten and church day schools
- Shirley Casselberry, an early childhood educator for 17.5 years
- Renèe Click, a senior program director for the YMCA and parent of a RIP “graduate”
- Brenda Dawson, the Early Childhood Network Coordinator for Centerstone
- Lori Egly, a former elementary school teacher
- Terri Gang, parent of a RIP “graduate”
- Donita Gray, a music teacher
- Terri Jones, a small business owner and parent of a RIP “graduate”
- Tiffany Landon, a pediatrician
- Carla Rogers, a legal assistant and mother of a RIP “graduate”
- Tracy Stovall, a former RIP program coordinator
- Lisa Vernon, a coordinator and clinical supervisor for Centerstone’s school-based therapy and case management program
- Tanya Wagner, a CPA and mother of two RIP “graduates”
RIP teaches families a new way of living, showing them how to promote positive, developmentally appropriate behavior in their children and minimize non-compliant, negative behavior.
“The advisory support provided by these devoted parents and professionals will significantly enhance the services RIP offers to families of preschool age children throughout the Columbia area,” said Renee Leach, RIP coordinator. “The board members provide valuable advice, guidance and support for RIP. They also raise funds and help maintain program visibility within the community and appropriate governmental organizations.”
The board has begun reaching out to the community. The members helped to prepare for the Jailbreak Triathlon, a large-scale event that drew athletes from across the state. It was held October 11, 2003, and RIP received a portion of the proceeds. They have also been involved in a regional fundraising campaign for Centerstone, contacting local citizens about RIP and encouraging their support.