The MS BuDS project began in 2014, the result of a collaboration and partnership between the City of Jackson, Families as Allies and Mississippi Families For Kids. Each of these organizations has contributed staff to the partnership.

LAURA SMITH/Project Director 
Laura is a masters level social worker who did her internship with Families as Allies in 2007 and then was hired to work on policy and system of care issues and did so through most of 2010.  She returned to Families as Allies in 2012 to oversee a planning project to expand services and supports in the state to better serve young children with social and emotional challenges. That planning project resulted in the MS BuDS project.  

SHELDON SMITH/Lead Family Contact
Sheldon has worked at Families as Allies since January 2016. He has worked in the disability field in several settings and is a disabled combat veteran. 

FREDNIKI WHITE/BuDS Clinical Director
Fredniki serves as the Family Services Director for Mississippi Families For Kids.

NADEANE SANDER/Clinical Team Member
Nadeane serves as the Director of Outreach for Mississippi Families For Kids.

SHANA HARPER/BuDS Social Worker
Shana is employed as a social worker with the City of Jackson. 

DR. RODNEY WASHINGTON/BuDS Evaluator
Dr. Washington is an Associate Professor at Jackson State University in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education.