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Outreach Specialist

Sue Ownby works as an Outreach Specialist for the Statewide Family Support Network. Before that role she was the East Tennessee representative of the Tennessee Parents Information Resource Center (TPRIC) for Tennessee Voices for Children. Prior to working for TVC, Sue served both as a teacher and a Principal of Middle and High School which served youth in state custody. Beginning her career as a special education teacher, Sue’s experiences with youth includes working with youth with learning, physical, and behavioral challenges. Managing to combine her love of the outdoors with experiential education, Sue utilized her experience with special needs populations by serving as the Program Director for a wilderness program with youth facing issues including metal health concerns, developmental delays, and poverty. During this time, she took on a variety of administrative responsibilities such as being the primary support person for Grant Writing and Outcome information, as well as staff recruitment and training. As the Program Director, Sue also reached out to the local college and developed an Internship position focused on encouraging group problem solving and team work through a Low Ropes program. As the Director of various Residential Camps, she continued many of the Administrative and Public Relations responsibilities along with program development, implementation and evaluation. As the Educational Director, and later the Youth Director of an After School program, Sue continued to develop these skills while working with At Risk Youth in one of the largest Housing Developments in the Nashville area.  When not working, she enjoys the outdoors, specifically camping, boating, and spending time with her family.