Announcing our 2021-2022 Emerging Leaders Interns!

October 15, 2021

We are excited to announce the AUCD Emerging Leaders Interns for the 2021-2022 training year! These trainees will serve as visible ambassadors to the broader AUCD network, interacting with AUCD staff at all levels and the AUCD Board of Directors' Emerging Leaders Representative.

AUCD Emerging Leaders Interns, Training and Outreach

Ellie Potts

Ellie, a Caucasian woman with short dark brown hair is smiling at the camera. She is wearing a striped shirt and using a standing wheelchairEllie is a first-year PhD student in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Georgia. She is a student in the Graduate Disability Studies Certificate program and a UCEDD trainee at the University of Georgia. She is a graduate of the Master's in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling at Georgia State University and a former Georgia LEND fellow. Ellie's passion is improving access and opportunities for people with disabilities in the fields of education, counseling, and transition services. As someone with a disability, Ellie is driven by her personal experiences to help make the world a more equitable place.





Tatiana Perilla

Tatiana Perilla graduated from Utah State University with her Master of Social Work and is a trainee in the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program.

Her professional interests include work around the intersection of disabilities, domestic violence, and mental health with a focus on multicultural populations. Tatiana is a project coordinator at Utah's UCEDD, the Institute for Disability Research, Policy, & Practice, and is enthusiastic about being an AUCD Emerging Leader Intern. Outside of work, Tatiana likes to do sudoku and go on hikes with her daughter- who does more napping than hiking.



AUCD LEND Audiology Intern, Technical Assistance and Engagement

Meredith Braza

woman with strawberry blonde hair wearing a blue blouse smiles at the camera while she stands in front of a white brick wallMeredith Braza is the AUCD LEND Audiology, Technical Assistance, and Engagement Intern for 2021-2022. She is a fourth-year Doctor of Audiology student at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and a current Pediatric Audiology Extern at Boston Children's Hospital. As a graduate student, Meredith has participated in the LEND program at both UNC and Boston Children's Hospital, experiences which have been the highlight of her graduate career. Her interests revolve around audiologic assessment of children who are deaf/hard of hearing with neurodevelopmental disabilities as well as the integration of pediatric audiology services in the interdisciplinary team and greater public health initiatives. Meredith could not be more excited for all that is to come with AUCD this upcoming year!


AUCD is committed to providing leadership opportunities to help trainees advance their marketable skills, all while empowering the Emerging Leaders Community to make a positive impact on the local, state, and national level. 

Additional information on AUCD's Emerging Leaders Internship can be found here. If you have any questions about this internship or AUCD trainee leadership opportunities, please contact Maureen Johnson at [email protected].