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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
lrudd@memphis.edu

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.randall@memphis.edu

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
sgunthrp@memphis.edu

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
dbrtelli@memphis.edu

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.

 

 


 AlexZander Price, BPS

Alexzander PriceLENA Home Coordinator
asprice1@memphis.edu


Alexzander has a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree with a concentration in Child Development and Family Studies. She also has an Associate Degree in Psychology. Alexzander worked as an ACE student researcher and a project assistant. Alexzander is a Memphian and continues to share her expertise with the community as the LENA Home Coordinator and an Early Interventionist through the UofM's Coordinated Effort to Enhance Development (CEED). She is certified in Autism through the University of Memphis and in Special Education Advocacy.  She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Social Work.  

 


Ashley Foster, BPS

LENA Grow Coordinator 
mfoster3@memphis.edu

Ashley Foster has a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree concentrating in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of Memphis. She began her professional career in her family childcare home program over ten years ago. Joining the CEED team in 2019, she works as the LENA GROW Coordinator, building brains through early talk in childcare centers throughout the city of Memphis.


Pha'Meshia Calico, BPS

LENA Start Coordinator
plcalico@memphis.edu

Pha'Meshia Calico has a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree concentrating in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of Memphis. In 2007 she began working with children professionally. Joining the CEED team in 2019 as the LENA START Coordinator to help build parents' skills in interactive talk with their young children. She facilitates programs in Shelby County Schools with adolescent parents and various community sites. She is a Youth Mental Health First-Aid Responder and is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Social Work. 


Sara Lovel, MS

sara's u of m headshot

LENA Data Coordinator
slovel@memphis.edu

Sara Lovel is a graduate of the University of Memphis, where she earned dual Bachelor's degrees in German and Teaching English as a Second and Foreign Language (TEFL/ESL). She is also a recent graduate of The University of Memphis where she earned her Master’s of Science in Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in Student Personnel in May 2021. She is the Data 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. Sara has over 13 years of experience working with children and is passionate about helping families.


Andrea Smith, BPS

LENA Grow Coordinator