Stigler, OK, Haskell County: Kiamichi Smart Start
Jay Falkner, M. Ed
Jay Falkner serves as the chief financial officer for the Pervasive Parenting Center. He was recently named President of Carl Albert State College, the local two-year college, and is a life-long resident of the area.
Sherry Dotts, MS
Sherry Dotts is the co-owner of D&D Counseling in Poteau. She receieved her Associate's Degree from Carl Albert State College; Her Bachelor's in Psychology from Northeastern State University; and her Master's in Science from NSU as well. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC supervisor, registered play therapist supervisor, a member of Psi Chi Honor Society, TF-CBT Training, Theraplay Training, AutPlay Certification, and EMDR.
Amber is the mother of three children, two on the autism spectrum, and works in public education as a paraprofessional in the special edcuation setting.
Kodey Toney, M.Ed. (Executive Director)
Kodey Toney is the director of the Pervasive Parenting Center, but most importantly he is a father and husband. He and his wife Jennifer have two sons, Konner and Kruz. Kodey has an Associate’s Degree in Broadcast/Journalism from Carl Albert State College; a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Rogers State University, and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from East Central University. He has 12 hours of training in special education law through Wrightslaw, is a 2013 graduate of the Partners in Policymaking program through the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council, a member of the local NAMI chapter, the author of a weekly column titled “Pervasive Parenting” that runs in several publications and online websites, is a first-generation Sibshop facilitator, and is employed by the Oklahoma Family Network as the eastern Oklahoma regional support navigator. Konner’s diagnosis of autism at the age of three sparked him to do many of the things he has to help bring awareness to the rural area of eastern Oklahoma.
Jennifer Toney, M. Ed. (Associate Director)
Jennifer Toney received her Associates Degree in Elementary Education from Carl Albert State College in 2000, and a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Northeastern State University in 2002. She has received two Masters Degrees from East Central University, Educational Technology in 2007, and School Counseling in 2013. She is currently pursuing a School Psychology certification from East Central University, and hopes to be finished in 2015. Jennifer has been a teacher at Panama school for 12 years, and she was named District Teacher of the Year in 2008. She has taught various subjects at both the middle school and elementary levels, and currently she teaches special education and serves as a Director of Special Education. She has received specialized training in the following areas: Autism, Wrightslaw (special education law), Comprehensive Literacy, Literacy First, LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling), KESAM (K-8 Scholars Appreciating Mathematics, OKTLE (Oklahoma Teacher & Leader Effectiveness). She is co-director of the Pervasive Parenting Sibshop and a first-generation facilitator for the program. Jennifer lives in Panama with her husband, Kodey, and two sons, Konner and Kruz. She has always had a passion for volunteerism and helping those in need in her community. In 2008, she started the Panama Parent Teacher Organization, which sponsors food drives for the community, scholarships for graduating seniors, grants for teachers, and many other projects that are beneficial to the community and Panama School. She is a member of the Panama Businesses & Associates, and has served as assistant director for the Miss Panama Pageant for 4 years. Jennifer’s son, Konner, was diagnosed with Autism in 2008, and since that time she has devoted much of her life to helping children with disabilities by becoming a special educator and an advocate.
Tamra Brown, PT, DPT
Brown was raised in Panama, Ok, and studied her undergrad at St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, OK where she received a Bachelors of Science. She continued her education at Langston University in Langston, OK and earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She currently works as a pediatric physical therapist in Ft. Smith, Arkansas at UAMS Kids First as well as a general population Physical Therapist in Van Buren at Tamra's Physical Therapy.
She currently lives in Van Buren with my husband, J.B. and 2 sons- Jalen who is 4 and Jarren who is 3.
Heather Loyd, APRN
Heather Loyd is a Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master of Nursing Science from Gonzaga University in 2012. Since that time she has been employed in Sallisaw at a community health center where she primarily works in pediatrics. Prior to her current role, she had eight years of nursing experience, mainly with women’s health and pediatrics. Heather is a native of LeFlore County, is employeed in Sequoyah County through the Cherokee Nation, and currently lives in Pocola with her husband and twin boys. Heather was personally impacted with autism, when her son Maverick was diagnosed in 2011.
Wilburton, OK, Latimer County: Oklahoma Health Care Authority
Amanda Shackelford is the Coordinator of Children’s Services in five counties in Eastern Oklahoma (Sequoyah, Adair, Cherokee, Wagoner, and Muskogee) for CREOKS, a non-profit behavioral health agency. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Social Work, both from the University of Oklahoma. Previous professional experience also includes nine years with Oklahoma’s Early Intervention Program, SoonerStart.