Staff & Contact Information

Disability Resources for Students
110 Wilder Tower
Memphis, TN 38152-3520
Phone: 901-678-2880 V/TTY
FAX: 901-678-3070

Tara BuchannanTara Buchannan

Tara Buchannan has been advocating for students with disabilities in higher education for the past 19 years. She previously served as the Director of the Disability Resource Center at Western Illinois University (WIU). During her tenure as director, she founded University Partnerships for Accessible Solutions, which was featured in the second edition of Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice. Prior to her employment at WIU, she worked as a learning specialist for Student Disability Services at the University of Iowa for 5 years. Her professional interests include the application of the social justice model of disability and Universal Design in higher education. She received her bachelor's degree in kinesiology and her master's degree in rehabilitation administration and services from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Jennifer MurchisonJennifer Murchison
Assistant Director

I have been the Assistant Director for Disability Resources for Students at the University of Memphis since Fall 2006. Prior to my time at Memphis, I served for 5 years as the Senior Staff Assistant at Student Disability Services at the University of Mississippi. I assist students in one-on-one academic coaching meetings, helping them make strong transitions from high school or community college to a large research university.

I love learning, whether self-guided or from others, and I love being a part of others' learning as well. Seeing students realize something about themselves they didn't know before, or just sharing tidbits of information we find fascinating. I love it! My favorite bit of trivia? The mystery of the Mystery Dum-Dum flavor. Fascinating.

In my spare time, I volunteer as the Narrative Shorts Programmer for the Oxford Film Festival in my hometown of Oxford, MS. I also screen documentary shorts for consideration of Indie Memphis Film Festival and am proud to wear the moniker of #OldMovieWeirdo with fellow classic movie fans I've met online and in-person.

Amanda RodinoAmanda Rodino
Assistant Director

Amanda Rodino is the Assistant Director for Access Services and Adaptive Technology at Disability Resources for Students. She earned a Bachelor's degree in History and Political Science from Tulane University and Master's degree in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University. Amanda has worked in higher education since 2002 in various roles within residence life, leadership development, organization advising, and currently disability services. At DRS, Amanda coordinates accommodations for students with sensory and mobility impairments as well as traumatic brain injuries. She also oversees the testing, notetaking, and adaptive technology needs for all students registered with the office.

Verties Sails IIIVerties Sails III
Disability Services Coordinator

Verties has worked with students with disabilities since 2003. He first as Coordinator of Student Disability Services at Southwest Tennessee Community College for 8 years. Since January of 2018, he has served as Coordinator of Disability Resources for Students at the University of Memphis, where he primarily serves students with AD/HD, Learning Disabilities, and temporary disabilities.


Dannise Hobson ScottDannise Hobson-Scott
Program Coordinator

Dannise Hobson-Scott is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She is currently studying English as a Second Language (ESL). Prior to working in Disability Resources for Students, she served in the Ned R. McWherter Library in Acquisitions, Information Services, and student employee management. In DRS, Dannise collaborates with students with disabilities to provide appropriate accommodations and oversees testing services. She provides customer service, support to DRS Staff, leadership to student employees, and performs various administrative departmental services.

Hannah Free
Access Coordinator

Hannah Free is an Access Coordinator for Disability Resources for Students. She works with individuals with sensory related disabilities. In order to provide accommodations for students, Hannah works with Assistive Technology (AT), braille materials, and editing and enlarging materials. She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Memphis in 2017 and her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2020. 

Graduate Assistants

Morgan Bullard, Note Taking Support Graduate Assistant, drsnotetakers@memphis.edu
Salman Ibrahim, Text Conversion & Accessible Technology Graduate Assistant, drsbooks@memphis.edu
Ainslie Smith, Admin BW, Alternative Testing Services, Graduate Assistant, drstests@memphis.edu
Brittany Young, Alternative Testing Services Graduate Assistant, drstests@memphis.edu
Sara Leach,
Alternative Testing Services, Graduate Assistant, drstests@memphis.edu
Kelli Wierzbicki, Academic Coaching Graduate Assistant, knwrzbck@memphis.edu
Elizabeth Rose
, Social Work Intern, erose1@memphis.edu
Tamara Brantley,
CWSP, Social Work Intern, tlbrntly@memphis.edu