Contact Us

Mailing Address:

University of Memphis
Office of CEED
410 Manning Hall
Memphis, TN 38152

Phone: 901.678.3589
Fax: 901.678.1665

Our Team

Loretta Rudd, PhD

Dr. Loretta Rudd

Project Director, Clinical Associate Professor, and Program Coordinator for Child Development and Family Studies

Dr. Rudd has a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on Human Development, a Master's and Bachelor's in Communication Disorders, and a Master's in Educational Administration. She has been the PI on 4 funded childcare training projects at 3 universities including a US DHHS grant for her dissertation study on the effects of training child caregivers. Dr. Rudd teaches undergraduate courses in child development, specializing in social, emotional, and language development.



Sonja Randall, MALS

Sonja RandallCEED Project Manager, LENA Coordinator, IMH Specialist, Professor 

Sonja has a Bachelor of Business Administration concentrating in Organizational Management, a Graduate Certificate in Grant Writing and Management, and a Master's in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Urban Revitalization: Community and Personal Development. She is a managing and teaching professional with over 25 years of experience including business development, staff cultivation, marketing, and training in early childhood growth and development. She is an organizer of community training and provides technical assistance and support through detailed recruitment guided by specific State Rules and Regulations and the Code of Ethics. Sonja is a TN Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Initiative Facilitator, Ages & Stages (ASQ 3 & ASQ SE) Developmental Screening Trainer, Center for Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (CSEFEL) Facilitator, Play safe, Be Safe Fire Prevention Trainer, Nurturing Parenting (NP) and Program for Infant and Toddler Care (PITC) Trainer and a Youth Mental Health First Aid Responder.  She is a professor teaching undergraduate courses in child development and ethics. 

Sandy Guntharp, MS

Sandy GuntharpClinical Assistant Faculty in Child Development and Family Studies

Sandy has a Master's and Bachelor's degree in Psychology and is working on a Doctorate in Special Education. She worked in mental health with children and their families for over 15 years and most recently worked at the University of Memphis for over ten years with child care providers as they pursued NAEYC accreditation. Currently, she is a clinical assistant professor teaching undergraduate courses in child development and supervising student interns.

Debra Bartelli, DrPH

Debra BartelliProject Evaluator, Research Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Environmental Health

Dr. Bartelli has a Master's and Doctoral degree in Public Health from Columbia University. Before her current position as a research associate professor in the UofM's School of Public Health, she spent more than 15 years conducting program evaluations for local, state, and national organizations and agencies. She has taught community research evaluation at the undergraduate and graduate levels and for the past year, Dr. Bartelli has provided evaluation assistance to three of the currently funded iIMPACT projects.





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Asia Fleming, BS

LENA START Coordinator

Asia Fleming has earned a Bachelor's of Science in Healthcare Administration. She is currently studying to earn her Master's degree in Management and Leadership. Mrs. Fleming has worked at LeBonheur Children's hospital for 8 years serving as an Administrative Assistant, Data Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator, and now a Project Specialist. She has created innovative ways to better serve families across Shelby County with LeBonheur's Healthy Families Home visiting program as well as their LENA Home Program, of which she is also the coordinator at LeBonheur.


Kristin Soto, BPS

LENA START Coordinator


Kristin Soto is a graduate of the University of Memphis, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Child Development and Family Studies. She is the START Coordinator with the Coordinated Effort to Enhance Development (C.E.E.D) research grant located in the College of Professional and Liberal Studies at The University of Memphis. Kristin has six years of experience in a medical setting and two children of her own.