La’Wanda Jenkins serves as Staff Development Coordinator and Community Liaison at Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute. La’Wanda earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Alabama Birmingham in 2016. Early in her career, she provided various nursing services to those with significant intellectual and physical disabilities. La’Wanda also earned credentialing as a Clinical Specialist in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, is currently a Board member for the Nursing Advisory Board at Austin Peay University, and is a Handle With Care trainer. La’Wanda is a renaissance woman, with her involvement in various veterans organization, the Epilepsy Foundation, various PTOs, and being a basketball coach for more than one special needs team. She was named one of Nashville’s 100 Leading Women by NashvilleBusiness.Net in 2018. La’Wanda is also the parent of a son with IDD and epilepsy.