SERVING CHILDREN WITH
SPECIAL NEEDS & THEIR FAMILIES
Since 1950
physician referral

Leadership Team


john farrimond
president and ceo

John proudly joined the Institute as President & CEO in January 2013. Previously, he served as a vice president at The Help Group, a Los Angeles based nonprofit serving children, adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, and emotional problems. In this role, he is particularly proud of his efforts related to the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism & Related Disorders and the California Senate Select Committee on Autism and its regional task forces.In his formative years, his father was the director of special education and his mother was a speech pathologist. These early influences ultimately led him to a career dedicated to helping children – particularly children with special needs and their families.He earned his BFA from Missouri State University and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Jeaninne Houck
Vice President, Finance and Administration

Jeaninne manages all fiscal and accounting functions for the Institute. She began her career as an accountant with Hamilton County Government, and in 1998 she became the finance director for the Hamilton County Community Services Agency, serving on committees for the Department of Children's Services and working with grantors and private foundations in children's programs.

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gAYLE cOLEMAN 
director, early learning center


Gayle serves as director of the Early Learning Center and provides early intervention coordination at both Early Learning Center campuses. Gayle has more than 20 years of experience in early childhood development, early intervention and special education.Before joining the Institute, she served for 18 years as director of children's services at Signal Centers. She is past president of the Southeast Tennessee Interagency Council, served on the policy council for the Chattanooga Head Start/Early Head Start program from 2007 to 2010 and was a member of the Hamilton County Schools pre-K council. Gayle currently is on the Project Ready for School advisory committee and the Invest in Children and Youth/Ready by 21 Early Childhood committee.She received her degree in special education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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REGINA GARGUS, MD, FAAP 

DIRECTOR, SISKIN CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENTAL PEDIATRICS

An accomplished triple board certified developmental and behavioral pediatrician, Regina is the medical director of the Siskin Center for Developmental Pediatrics. She most recently served as the medical director at the Dennis Developmental Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia-Virginia Commonwealth University, where she also completed her pediatric residency and a neonatology fellowship. She completed a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Fellowship at Brown University School of Medicine in June 2005. She is a certified physician executive by the American College of Physician Executives, with a master of science in administrative medicine from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

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Linda mcreynolds
director, development and communications

Linda manages the development and communications department of Siskin Children’s Institute. This department is responsible the annual fund, special event fundraisers, community relations and grant –related support. She comes to the Institute with over 40 years experience in community work in the field of early childhood education, community and fund development. She is active in the Association of Fundraising Executives, Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute, Downtown Chamber of Commerce, Chattanooga Civitans, The Chattanooga Area Association for the Education of Young Children, Tennessee Association for the Education of Young Children and the National Association of Young Children. She is a graduate of the University of TN at Chattanooga.

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Brandon Rodgers, PH.D.
Director, Behavioral health services

A Chattanooga native, Dr. Rodgers received his Ph.D. in human development with a specialty in marriage and family therapy from Virginia Tech. He is a licensed marital and family therapist by the Tennessee State Board of Professional Counselors, Marital and Family Therapists and Clinical Pastoral Therapists. In addition to being a certified psychological assistant by the Tennessee State Board of Examiners in Psychology, he is a nationally certified school psychologist. He has presented at numerous conferences and workshops around the country, including the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Annual Conference. Dr. Rodgers currently provides a range of individual, family, and group behavioral health services at the Center for Developmental Pediatrics. He has previously taught courses at Virginia Tech, Appalachian State University, and Western Carolina University and is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee - College of Medicine.

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Amy Jenkins 

Director, Home & Community-based early intervention

Amy Jenkins has a Master’s Degree in Education and began working with children and their families in 1992. She is the director of the Home &Community-Based Early Intervention Program at Siskin Children’s Institute. She supervises the home visitors who serve more than 250 families at any one time, in the 10 counties of the Southeast District of Tennessee. Amy is a certified Routines-Based Interview trainer (2010), certified Routines-Based Home Visiting Trainer, has coordinated and presented during the Routines-Based Interview Certification Institute since 2012, as well as the newly added Routines-Based Home Visiting Training Institute (2015). She has presented at numerous conferences across Tennessee in Routines-Based Early Intervention and other Early Childhood and Early Intervention Topics. Each holiday season, Amy leads Lexi’s Legacy, a program designed to help needy families with gifts at Christmas. She was selected by Governor Haslam to sit on the State Interagency Coordinating Council for Tennessee, in which she is Vice President, and is currently a member of several professional organizations and boards. Amy is the Vice President for the Southeast Tennessee Interagency Council and a committee member of the Ready By 21 Initiative. She also serves as director of Early Intervention Behavior Specialist Program for Siskin. She has presented at numerous conferences across Tennessee and the country in Routines-Based Early Intervention and other early childhood and early intervention topics, and is currently providing training and technical assistance to Tennessee and other states on evidence-based best practices. Amy grew up in Chattanooga and lives there with her husband and teenage daughter.