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Our Team

Robin Atwood

Executive Director

Robin has been CMRA's Executive Director since 1999. During that time the program has grown from employing 150 people to more than 400 Tennesseans with disabilities across the state. Robin leads a staff of four employees.

Amanda Dean

Finance Director

Amanda joined CMRA in 2011, and handles accounts receivables and incoming purchase orders for certified products.  She also works with subcontracting partner agencies and State customers on contracts, budget workups, certification proposals, and reviews internal and external reporting for accuracy.

Tara Lawson

Contracts Coordinator

Tara joined CMRA in 2012, and is responsible for internal operations.  She collects and reports on CMRA program data, reviews certification paperwork and contracts for accuracy, and manages the CMRA website.  Tara also handles issues related to the historic building that houses our office, and maintains CMRA's internal database.

Reggie Parkerson

TDOT Contracts Manager

Reggie joined CMRA in 2019, and manages CMRA's contract with TDOT rest areas and regional buildings. Reggie works closely with TDOT to ensure contract compliance, budget guidelines, and contract proposals. Reggie conducts rest area and buildings inspections, and manages customer service  for TDOT contracts.

John Bissell

Business Development Director

John joined CMRA in 2021, and manages the development of certified contracts between the State and non-profit agencies employing people with disabilities.  John works closely with agencies to ensure contract compliance in the production of products, delivery of services, budget guidelines, and contract proposals and with product manufacturers and service providers to identify mutually beneficial opportunities for the State of Tennessee and employees with disabilities. 

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