Alecia became the executive director of DSAMT in 2012, after spending several years as an active member and volunteer in our organization and in the disability community. She received her BA & MA from Western Kentucky University, taught at Nashville State and Volunteer State Community Colleges, directed marketing at Passport Health Communications, Inc. and was a freelance marketing professional before joining DSAMT.
Ms. Talbott is a strong advocate for inclusion and acceptance for those with Down syndrome and other disabilities in the community and schools. Her passion lies in helping those with Down syndrome show the world that those with “something extra” bring extraordinary gifts to our communities, which should be recognized and valued.
During her 10+ year tenure at DSAMT she has served on the Disability Coalition for Education, Vanderbilt's Disability Pathfinder Advisory Committee, the Tennessee Disability Coalition Board of Directors, Davidson County Mayor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities, the Wilson County Family Support Advisory Board and currently is on the Board at the Tennessee Disability Coalition and Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action. She was named Best Buddies TN Champion of the Year in 2011 and in 2016 received the Nashville Business Journal’s Woman of the Year Award
. Under her leadership, DSAMT received the National Down Syndrome Congress Affiliate of the Year Award in 2020 and the Arc of TN Agency of Distinction Award in 2023. She is an active National Down Syndrome Advocacy Coalition Member