Raynell earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology at Southeastern Louisiana University and proceeded to earn her Master’s in Social Work at Tulane University. Raynell is a Licensed Master Social Worker with the Georgia Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists. Raynell is a Research Coordinator II at the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) where she supports a research study evaluating the implementation of Learn the Signs. Act Early. and Talk With Me Baby in Home Visiting settings and assessing the impact these programs have on parent-child interactions and parent knowledge of child development.
Raynell serves as the Social Worker on the Adult Disability Medical Healthcare (ADMH) interdisciplinary team, in partnership with the CLD, providing comprehensive, person-centered healthcare and social service supports for teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Raynell is a Certified Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) Instructor providing evidence-based social skills intervention for youth and young adults with social challenges. She is a 2019-2020 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Fellow and participated in the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) Leadership Academy as an emerging leader in the disability network. She has vast experience and knowledge of early childhood programs and has advocated on the state and local level for high quality, accessible child care services. Raynell’s work focuses on strengthening and increasing the capacity of underserved communities and supporting the inclusion of individuals with disabilities and their families in all aspects of life.