Elise McMillan, J.D.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
PMB 40
230 Appleton Place
Nashville, TN 37203
 
Phone: 615-343-2540
Email: elise.mcmillan@vanderbilt.edu
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Last Updated: April 26, 2010

Elise McMillan
 

Leadership: UCEDD Director
Primary Activity Coordinators: Technical Assistance
Community Support
 
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
 
Service: As the Center's Director of Community Outreach, McMillan has over 10 years' experience in developing person- and family-centered supports and advocacy programs. She holds leadership roles in numerous national, state, and community disabilities organizations, including The Arc of the U.S., Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities and Partners in Policy Making, Disability Law and Advocacy Center of Tennessee, Governor's Advisory Council on Special Education for People with Disabilities, and the Tennessee Disability Coalition. As Co- Director of the Center's UCEDD, provides oversight of daily operations and assists area coordinators and directors of core functions in planning and implementation. She is responsible for personnel, budget oversight, and representing the UCEDD at the local, state,and national level. She is responsible for oversight of the Education and Early Intervention Area, Individual and Family Supports Area, Adult Pilot Programs Area, and leads the Policy and Systems Change Support Team.

Vita/Bio

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

NAME

McMillan, Elise D.

POSITION TITLE

Co-Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy University Center

eRA COMMONS USER NAME for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

EDUCATION/TRAINING (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, and include postdoctoral training.)

INSTITUTION AND LOCATION DEGREE

(if applicable) YEAR(s) FIELD OF STUDY

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas BA 1974 Communications

Nashville School of Law, Nashville, TN JD 1983 Law

A. Positions and Honors

Positions and Employment

1978-1995 Associate Editor & General Counsel, Reporter, Assistant City Editor, Managing Editor, Nashville

Banner, Nashville, Tennessee

1985 Admitted to Tennessee Bar

1995-2003 Director of Development, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville,

Tennessee

1995-2005 Senior Lecturer, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

2003-2005 Director of Community Outreach, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville,

Tennessee

2005-present Senior Associate, VUMC Department of Psyhchiatry

2005-2007 Associate Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental

Disabilities

2007-present Co-Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

1990-1995 Chair, Freedom of Information Committee, Tennessee Press Association

1991-1993 Secretary, Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee

1993-1996 Governor's Advisory Council on Special Education for People with Disabilities, Tennessee

1993-1997 Mayor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities, Nashville, Tennessee

1994-1995 Board of Directors, Tennessee Press Association

1995-present Program Committee, Leadership Nashville, Tennessee

1995-2000 Board of Directors, The Arc of Davidson County, Nashville, TN

1995-2001 Board of Directors, Special Olympics of Tennessee

1995-1996 Partners in Policy Making, Tennessee Developmental Disabilities Council

1995-present Board of Directors, The Arc of Tennessee

1995-present Board of Directors, Tennessee Disability Coalition

1996-1998 President, The Arc of Davidson County, Nashville, TN

1996-2002 Vice President, Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee

1998-1999 Member, Title 33 Mental Health and Mental Retardation Tennessee Law Revision Commission

1999-2001 President, The Arc of Tennessee

2001-present Mayor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities, Nashville, Tennessee

2001-present Founding Committee, Explorers Unlimited Camp

2001-present Advisory Committee, Sibshop Program

2002-present Medical Advisory Committee, VCH Down Syndrome Clinic

2002-present Advisory Committee, VU LEND Grant, MIND Program

2002-2004 Tennessee State Health Planning and Advisory Board

2002-present Faculty Adviser, Vanderbilt University Best Buddies Chapter, Nashville, TN

2003-2005 The Arc U.S. Foundation Board of Directors

2005-present The Arc U.S. Board of Directors

2005 Planning Committee, Autism Society of America 2005 Convention, Nashville, TN

2005 Invited Panelist, Leadership in Research, Alliance for Full Participation

2005-present Board Member, Disability Law and Advocacy Center of Tennessee

2005-present Member, Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities

2006-2007 Tennessee Division of Mental Retardation Services Task Force on Unfunded Needs of

Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Other than Mental Retardation

Honors

1997 John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development Director's Award

1997 AAUAP Leadership in Advocacy Award

2002 The Arc of Tennessee President's Award

2002 Vanderbilt University Opportunity Development Center Award to Explorers Unlimited for

Outstanding Contribution in Promoting Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

2004 Recognition Award from the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee

2004 Vanderbilt University Affirmative Action and Diversity Initiatives Award

2004-2007 Best Buddies Chapter, Outstanding Collegiate Chapter

B. Peer-Reviewed Publications (In chronological order)

McMillan, E.D. (2005). College is an option. Breaking Ground, 24, 9.

McMillan, E.D. (2005). A Parent's Perspective. Mental Retardation, 43, 351-353.

C. Grant Support

Ongoing Grant Support

McMillan (Project Director) 09/01/1997- present

Britt Henderson and Henderson Family Endowment

Britt Henderson Training Series for Special and General Educators

90DD0595- Dykens (PI) 09/01/2005-08/31/2010

Administration on Developmental Disabilities

University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities

This project will enable the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability (UCEDD)

research dissemination objectives to those living in high-poverty, rural communities of Tennessee and

neighboring MidSouth states.

Role: Co-Director

McMillan (Project Director)

Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities 07/01/2003-present (annual application)

Tennessee Disability Pathfinder [Information and Referral}

Completed Grant Support

McMillan (Project Director) 1995-2005

Metro Nashville Arts Commission

Vanderbilt Kennedy Arts Initiative

McMillan (PI) 10/01/2004-03/31/2006

Administration on Developmental Disabilities

Family Support 360 Planning Grant for One-Stop Centers

McMillan (Project Director) 07/01/2003-06/30/2005

Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities

Breaking Ground Newsletter (6 issues/year)

McMillan (Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Project Manager) 06/01/2004-12/31/200512

Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities Subcontract on Tennessee Family Support Outreach

Project, Administration on Developmental Disabilities

Subproject: Project Conexion for Hispanic disability information, referral, and family support