Board of Directors

Dr. Bill Allen

Bill is a Behavioral Psychologist at Cherokee Health Services and Parent-Child Services Group of Knoxville. He is a developmental expert with extensive training in diagnosis and treatment of autism. He also trains local educators and school psychologists. He is a member of Tennessee’s Autism Summit team and has presented on a variety of topics at many autism conferences and teacher in-service training sessions. Dr. Allen is a guitar collector who loves music of all genres.

Laura Comas


Laura is Co-Owner of Knoxville Academy of Music, providing a variety of private music lessons to hundreds of local students. A member of the Crochet Guild of America, she is a Master Crocheter with over 40 years experience. She is an 8-year Army Veteran who served during Desert Storm and has a degree in Psychology from Austin Peay State University.

Veronica Cordell


Veronica is the parent of two teenagers with autism spectrum disorders and has a B.A. in English and M.A. in Educational Leadership from Austin Peay State University. In addition to her fourteen years as a public school teacher in Tennessee, she also has experience in educational psychology, discreet trials, early intervention, social stories, TEACCH methods, sensory integration techniques, and PECS. She holds teacher licensure in English, Spanish, and Psychology and has received training through Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's Volunteer Advocacy Project.

Susan Holton


Susan has a BS from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and an MA from UTK. With over 30 years of experience in the field of speech/language pathology, she has worked with infants, children of all ages, and young adults. Susan has worked in both clinical and educational settings and has a special interest in social skills curriculum and using video technology to improve peer interaction.

Alanna Rosen

Alanna is a fine arts and special education teacher with twelve years professional experience teaching diverse aspects of art, architecture and art history to multi-level students of various abilities. She has a BA in Architectural History/Art History from Syracuse University, a BS in Art Education from UTK, and MS in Special Education from UT-Chattanooga. She is the Arts Academy Coordinator for the Knoxville Museum of Art and serves on the Board of Directors for VSA - Tennessee.

Lisa Ross

Lisa is a school psychologist with a great deal of experience working with students with autism spectrum disorders. She earned a Bachelor’s at University of FL and Educational Specialist degree at University of South Florida. She has also led social support groups for adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and is an Adjunct Professor in UT's College of Education. Lisa has a special interest in transition planning for the ASD population, dance, and a great love of animals.