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Helen Dainty

Project Director

Helen Dainty, Ph.D.


Dr. Helen Dainty is an Associate Professor at TTU in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She has been in the area of special education for over 30 years, where she has taught in institutional and public school settings. Dr. Dainty has taught all aspects of special education from preschool through adult programs. Her main interests are behaviors and dyslexia. She currently teaches courses for pre-service teachers majoring in special education and the inclusion course that all other education majors must take as a required course. Dr. Dainty also teaches in-service and pre-service teachers at the graduate level. She is the principal investigator for the PBS&I, BASE-TN, and Special Education Institute grants awarded through the TN State Department of College and Career Readiness.

Amy Gwilt

Senior Coordinator

Amy Gwilt


Amy has received much training while with PBS&I. Here are three examples,just to name a few. She is a trained SWIS (School Wide Information System) facilitator. Amy has also received two weeks of hands-on, in-depth TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children) training. She has received "Why Try" facilitator training, as well. These trainings enable her to work with many schools and with many children in the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.

Richard Bumbalough

Project Coordinator

Richard Bumbalough, Ph.D. (ABD)


Richard has served as Project Coordinator since 2005. He is currently finishing his research for his dissertation titled "The Efficacy of an In-service Training Module on Paraprofessional Knowledge of Positive Behavior Supports". He has provided services to many of the 21 counties in the Upper Cumberland Region. Services that Richard provides include: facilitation of school-wide positive behavior support programs (SWPBS), facilitation of Comprehensive Integrated 3-Tiered models of Intervention (CI3T), In-service teacher, pre-service teacher, and paraprofessional trainings on positive behavior supports, School-wide Information Systems software facilitation (SWIS), Skillstreaming services for targeted groups of students, Check-in/Check-out (CICO) facilitation, Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication related handicapped CHildren (TEACCH) services, Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA), behavior support planning (BSP), and in-service training on a variety of topics. He has also taught several courses at TTU relating to positive behavior supports for teachers.

krystal kennedy

Project Coordinator

Krystal Kennedy, M.A.


Krystal is a former special educator who has taught students with learning disabilities and challenging behaviors in Tennessee schools prior to joining the PBS&I team. During her teaching career, Krystal worked with students of all ages in inclusive and resource settings and incorporated the principles of applied behavior analysis into the classroom. Her past work in the practice of inclusion and special education has allowed Krystal to understand the teacher's perspective when consulting through the PBS&I project.

Krystal is a TTU graduate with a B.S. and a M.A. in Special Education. She completed postgraduate coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Her primary research interests lie in the areas of positive behavior support, classroom behavior management, and inclusion practices.

Allison Vice

Project Coordinator

Allison Vice


Allison received her bachelor’s in Special Education from TN Tech. University. She is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis/ Autism at Sage College. She has worked in a special needs behavior classroom at Algood Elementary in Putnam County. She is thankful to have had that experience so she can pass along what she has learned to other teachers. Allison has been involved in the special needs community for many years due to the fact that her sister has autism. She decided she wanted to work with children with special needs when she attended a social skills summer camp for children with autism when she was in middle school. Ever since then, her focus has been trying to help improve the quality of life for any student she comes into contact with. Allison loves working for the PBSI project by helping schools look at behavior in a different way and supporting teachers in their classrooms. She hopes to continue in this journey for many years while learning as much as she can so that she can pass the knowledge on to others.

Denette Way

Project Secretary

Denette Way