Meet Our Team

Adult Day Services Team

Courtney Chandler

Courtney Chandler

Courtney’s childhood dream job had her working as one of the glamourous ladies on the Price is Right, while moonlighting as an art teacher on the side. Her siblings can attest to the numerous times they spent in her “classroom” working on art projects or learning how to show off a refrigerator. Add in her many years studying dance and performing as a member of two ballet companies as well as her experiences in Girl Scouts and church youth group that offered the opportunity to work / interact with individuals with disabilities and you probably still have no idea how came to work at Signal Centers.
While her career path has changed a bit since her original plan as an 8 year old her interest in working with individuals with disabilities in some type of a creative aspect has not. Courtney began her career with Signal Centers as an Assessment & Evaluation Specialist in the agency’s Families First Program. Her work within the agency allowed her the opportunity to work with a variety of individuals seeking job skills training, educational services and employment placement. As well as the chance to hold a number of different job titles including Program Manager of Hamilton County until that programs ended in mid 2007.
In 2007, she became the Director of Adult Services and currently oversees the Adult Day Program It is within this program that all of her previous life and work experiences suddenly make sense by providing a vibrant and creative outlet for our participants and their families within our Adult Center walls. An added bonus - she can still use those skills as a pretend showcase model when the participants choose the Price is Right as an activity WIN/ WIN
Fun facts –
• she holds a BS in Exceptional Learning & BA in Art Education
• she loves both vinyl records and shoes equally (much to her wallet’s dismay)
• she still gets teary when talking about the Chicago Cubs World Series win #goCUBSgo
• she takes her Halloween costume game very very seriously

Simone Davis
Assistant Director of Adult Services

Simone Davis

During high school I served as a peer tutor to young adults with a variety of disabilities and knew then that I had found my niche in life. Peer tutoring turned my life towards a direction I wasn’t originally heading towards, but I haven’t regretted turning back. I went on to complete my Bachelor of Science in Psychology at UTC and began working at Signal Centers shortly after. I was drawn in by the organization’s inclusive culture and commitment to our mission of strengthening the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. I was even more ecstatic in discovering the magic that happens within the adult day program. Serving as assistant director allows me to assist in planning and maintaining a creative and exciting life enrichment program designed to enhance the quality of life and independence for each participant we serve. Additionally, igniting the fire inside of me to obtain my master’s in human services, focusing on organizational leadership. I enjoy using my life to bring joy to others, helping them to better themselves; and allowing me to learn and grow in the process. Every day is a new, exciting day in our center, and I wake up every morning excited to tackle whatever adventure awaits me within these purple walls.

Joyce Gaines

Joyce Gaines

I retired from my 30-year career at Blue Cross Blue Shield, but I wanted to stay busy. A friend suggested I look for a part-time position and that’s how I found Signal Centers. I was surprised to learn that our Signal Centers building was at one-time the Sunnyside Elementary School. My son went there and I still live right down the block. I’ve now been with Signal for 10 years and I love it!
Each day I look forward to laughing and talking with our participants. I’m involved with everything from running the front desk to helping serve lunch and to just be there for our participants, so every day is a great day at Adult Day Services.

De’Nesha Jamerson

De’Nesha Jamerson

De’Nesha is the Life Enrichment Specialist in the Adult Day Program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She first came to the adult center in 2016 when she volunteered as a social work student and then as an intern in 2018-2019. She was amazed by the talent and fun energy the participants displayed. It was then that she found her passion for working with adults with a disability. She continues to work diligently to coordinate and lead fun activities and create support plans. She utilizes her skills of empowerment and strength-based perspective to provide quality services to the participants. De’Nesha goes into work every day, looking forward to the opportunity to make a difference and engage with a talented group of individuals. Her hobbies include organizing, jamming out to Taylor Swift, and being a Mario Kart expert.

Bob Hudson

Bob Hudson

I started at Signal Centers in 2017 in our Assistive Technology program as a job coach and soon transferred to Adult Services as a program assistant. Before coming to Signal Centers I was a teacher with Chattanooga City Schools and later Hamilton County Schools where I retired from after 21 years. My last 8 years of teaching were at Hixson High in a CDC classroom setting as well as Dawn School supporting students with significant social, emotional and behavioral disabilities. I have a BS in Psychology from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and have been married for 25 years, I’ve jokingly told my wife we have two more to go and then we can renegotiate 😊