Penny graduated from Nettleton High School and attending Itawamba Community College. She has been a Therapy Tech for 18 years and for the last 12 she has been in the Occupational Therapy Department at RRC.
Her greatest achievements in life are being a wife, mom, and grandmother.
A graduate of Thrasher High School and Mississippi State University with a degree in Social Work. Robby began his career as a social worker at the Department of Human Services in Prentiss County. From there Robby gained experience in the non-profit world at the Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts of America and United Way. Robby was hired as Director of RRC in 2014.
Robby first visited RRC has as social worker when bringing children for appointments. While working for United Way he formed even a closer relationship with the Rehab Center and with the former long time Director Mrs. Kay Mathews.
Robby speaks regularly about how blessed he is to be working at such an amazing organization.
Wanda is a lifelong resident of Tupelo, graduate of Tupelo High School and a graduate of Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in counseling.
Wanda provides play activities for birth to three years old to develop age appropriate skills. Wanda currently works in the Early Intervention Department as a Special Instructor. She has devoted many years of service to families and the community through the Regional Rehab Center.
Peggy graduated from Hickory Flat High School. She has been employed at RRC for RRC has a Physical Therapy Tech. She began her time at RRC in Aquatic Therapy but now spends the majority of her time in the Physical Therapy Department.
Penny has a Bachelor in Education from Blue Mountain College. She earned M Ed. In dyslexia therapy in 2012 along with her certification as a Certified Academic Language Therapist(CALT). She is a member of ALTA and IDA. Penny retired from public education after 26 years and joined the RRC team in June of 2017.
Anna Claire is a graduate of Tupelo High School. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Educational Psychology from Mississippi State University in 2010. She earned her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Tennessee State University in 2013. Anna Claire recently moved back to Tupelo from Nashville, where she worked as a speech-language pathologist in a public school district for 4 years. During her time there, she provided services to children from age 3 to 11. Anna Claire also evaluated and provided treatment to adults with swallowing, communication and/or congestive deficits, while working PRN at a skilled nursing facility in the greater Nashville area. She is a member of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in Tennessee and Mississippi. Anna Claire is excited to be back in Tupelo working at RRC.
Patricia graduated from Nettleton High School and then attended Itawamba Community College. She has worked as a therapy tech, secretary, and office manager for several different Rehab therapy companies. She first started working at RRC in 2000 as a medical records clerk but left briefly in 2002 to help out a friend start a therapy company. In 2005 she returned to RRC and is currently the Office manager.
Patricia has stated there is no other place she would rather work. The people that she works with and the people that she sees on a regular basis at RRC have become her family and friends. Patricia goes on to say that when you can come to work and see people that are struggling to walk or talk their first day but by the time they are discharged from therapy you watch them walk out the door unassisted is an amazing experience that she is happy to play a role in. “What greater joy can you have then helping someone less fortunate than yourself.”
Patricia is married with 2 children and 2 grandchildren.
Tina is a Speech-Language-Pathologist who specializes in language based learning disorders, including dyslexia. Tina has worked at RRC since 1993. Before coming to RRC she worked in the public schools for 6 ½ years. She has her Bachelor of Science degree in Communicative Disorders from the Mississippi University for Women and a Master’s of Science degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Mississippi. Yearly she attends many conferences related to literacy, language, and attention deficit disorder as well as other related issues. All these conferences are sponsored by the American Speech and Hearing Association and the International Dyslexia Association. Tina is a member of both organizations.
Tina did a summer semester of student practicum at RRC while obtaining her Master’s degree. She enjoyed the clients, staff, and atmosphere and felt like she could pursue her area of professional interests for all children, simply based on need by working at RRC.
Ms. Kay obtained her BS degree in Speech Pathology in 1961 and her Master’s in Speech Pathology in 1967, both from the University for Women.
In 1965 she began working at RRC as a Speech-Language Pathologist and left in 1971 to help her husband in family businesses and raise a family. In 1993 Ms. Kay returned to RRC and was a Speech-Language Pathologist till 1998. From 1998 to 2002 she was the Director of Clinical Services and therapist. In 2002 Ms. Kay became the Executive Director of RRC and stayed in that role until she “retired” in 2014.
Ms. Kay as everyone knows her by has been associated with RRC for many years and has made it her lifelong cause. She has mentored and been a part of countless individuals lives and is now the #1 volunteer for RRC. Since retiring she still maintains an office at RRC and volunteers to see several clients. She also has been the Red Rasberry Humanitarian Award Dinner Chairman and helps with all the fundraisers.
Kari is a 1996 graduate of Saltillo High School. In 1999 she earned an Associates of Applied Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant Technology from Itawamba Community College. She is the granddaughter of the late Robert and Nita Butler, co-founders of the Regional Rehab Center, and has been involved with the Center from a young age. In April 2003 she joined the staff at RRC as a full time Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. She considers her coworkers as family, and feels elated to be part of the organization that was so very dear to her grandparents.
Hannah graduated in 1997 from Aberdeen High School. She went on to Itawamba Community College, where she was accepted into the Physical Therapy Assistant Program. She graduated in 1999, with an Associate of Applied Science from ICC. In 2008, she was given the opportunity to join the RRC team working as an Aquatic Therapist in the newly renovated Aquatic Physical Therapy pool room.
Kamme began working as a new graduate in June 1992. During her first 5 years she worked with clients from infants to older adults. During her time at RRC she has assisted individuals facing articulation delays, language disorders, myofunctional disorders, stuttering, hearing impairments, autism, cleft palate, Down Syndrome and more. She has also worked with adults with the affects from a stroke, larynectomy, hearing impairment, vocule nodules, and dialect reduction.
Early in Kamme’s RRC career she took another job but continued her work with RRC. She has stated that is was not a difficult decision to return back to RRC full time when RRC started the Early Intervention Program. Kamme has been in the Early Intervention program at RRC since 1999 and has worked with hundreds and children and families since that time.