New Faces at DRT
Our team is growing with new staff and interns!
Leslie Beach | Disability Rights Intake Advocate
Leslie Beach obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from Lipscomb University. After graduation, she worked in special education and therapy with children with Autism. After working for a few years, she decided to go back for her Master of Social Work degree through The University of Tennessee's Nashville satellite campus. She completed her graduate internship with the Davidson County Juvenile Public Defender's Office. After graduate school, she worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters supporting mentoring relationships. For fun, she enjoys hiking with her husband, crafting, and spending time with her adorable niece and nephew! Leslie is thrilled to now be part of the DRT family!
Bri Holcomb | Legal Intern
Bri Holcombe is a current second-year student at Belmont University College of Law. She graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas where she discovered a passion advocating. Bri loves everything Texas, especially Mexican food, her family, and two dogs, Gizmo and Bella. After graduation, Bri plans to pursue a career in criminal law, advocating for human trafficking victims, or family law, as a guardian ad litem.
Mary Kristin McKenney | Intern
Mary Kristin McKenney is a senior Social Work major at Belmont University who began interning with Disability Rights of Tennessee in January. Originally from North Carolina, Mary Kristin came to Nashville to attend Belmont University where she declared the social work major the spring semester of freshman year. During her time at Belmont she has studied social policy, systemic injustice, and various areas of social work practice. From these academic studies and field experience through internship and job opportunities, Mary Kristin was inspired to further her education and pursue graduate school. In May of 2018, she will attend Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond to being her Masters of Social Work. Through her education and field experience, she hopes to work alongside survivors of trauma in legal and policy based advocacy.
In addition to her time spent at school and her internship, Mary Kristin loves to explore the city of Nashville and its many restaurants with her dog and fellow social work friends. As the weather grows warmer, her favorite activities are spent outside, hiking while listening to a comedy podcast, relaxing at centennial park, exploring different areas of downtown, and chasing after her favorite food trucks. After four years of wonderful adventures in Nashville, Mary Kristin has grown to call the city home. She continues to grow more and more thankful for the incredible people she has met throughout her time here as a social work student, intern, and member of the community and hopes for a chance to return to one day in the future.