Elizabeth W. Cotellese, LMSW
Director of Baby University

Elizabeth W. Cotellese, LMSW

(423) 805-6015
Elizabeth Cotellese is the Director of Baby University at Signal Centers. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Auburn University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Alabama. Elizabeth began her career with the Relative Caregiver Program serving relatives raising children where she acted as case manager, support group coordinator, and director. Elizabeth has also worked as the Housing Coordinator at the Southeast Tennessee Development District and as a discharge planning for Erlanger Hospital. Elizabeth is also an adjunct instructor for The University of Tennessee School of Social Work Distance Education program, teaching “Psychological Development and Mental Health in Later Life” each Spring.

Joyce Jackson
Deputy Director

Joyce Jackson

Joyce Jackson is the Deputy Director of Baby University at Signal Centers. Joyce holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Georgia College and State University in her hometown of Milledgeville, Ga. Joyce began her career as a house parent working with clients with developmental disabilities while in graduate school. She later was employed at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville where she held various positions in the developmental disabilities program to include Behavior Specialist, Unit Team Leader and Nursing Home Administrator for an ICR/MR nursing home. Joyce also worked several years in community based behavioral health services as Service Center Director, DD Division Director and Executive Director. She has also worked in juvenile justice as a Center Director. Prior to coming to Baby U, Joyce worked in workforce services with MAXIMUS as the Sr. Project Manager for nine years.

LaSha’ Rockymore, BSW
Outreach Coordinator

LaSha’ Rockymore, BSW

(423) 582-7903
LaSha’ is a 1st generation college student with her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). Today, LaSha’ is passionate about building communities and families and promoting inclusion for greater results. She started as a specialist at the birth of the organization in 2015, and now serves as the Outreach Coordinator of Baby U. In 2012, LaSha’ began building her nonprofit, S.W.A.G.G Management, to connect her living purpose of social development with her passion for arts. LaSha’ has been involved in several community organizations/projects such as, 423 Day, Lincoln Park Family Festival, Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association, Chattanooga’s Mayors Council for Women, Head Start Program, Good Neighbors, Community Advisory Board (CAB), social media and marketing, and more. In addition to great community work, LaSha’ is also the proud mother of two handsome boys, Tydus & Tynzel.

Brandon Cooper, BIS: HHP/ECHS
Fatherhood Specialist

Brandon Cooper, BIS: HHP/ECHS

(423) 443-5119
Brandon Jermal Cooper is the Baby University Fatherhood Specialist at Signal Centers. Brandon works directly with the Baby U fathers, providing intensive case management and coaching around the importance of fatherhood involvement throughout early childhood development. Brandon also facilitates the 24/7 Dad curriculum as well as the new Key Behaviors curriculum with fathers. Brandon was born in Memphis and has lived in Knoxville and now Chattanooga. He credits his grandfather for instilling in him the commitment to “study, to show myself approved” in every industry, which has also helped him through the tougher times in life. Brandon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Studies, with a concentration in Health and Human Performance and in Early Childhood Development from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Brandon has also studied Business Administration and has a background in local mentoring programs including Boys to Men. Brandon has a beautiful wife and daughter whom he adores and shares that he is excited to learn and grow from Baby U dads, as he walks with them to implement the Baby U fatherhood initiative.

Layly Ramirez, BS
Baby U Specialist

Layly Ramirez, BS

(423) 394-7808
Layly Ramirez is a graduate of Southern Adventist University with a Bachelors of Science in Clinical Psychology. She has a drive and passion to fulfill serving and supporting others. Layly has been with Signal Centers since June of 2016. From Assistant Teacher to Lead Teacher she is now with Baby University as a Bilingual Case Manager. She helps her clients, who include children, adults and families by providing intensive case management, mentoring and support.

Natalia Alva, BSW
Baby U Specialist

Natalia Alva, BSW

(423) 661-6811
Natalia Alva is a bi-lingual specialist at Baby University. She graduated from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor’s in Social Work. She has a passion for empowering others and advocating for diversity and human rights. Natalia prides herself in her ability to empathize with others and believes in taking a strength-based approach when assisting her clients. She has a background of working with different populations such as, homeless, domestic violence victims, children and families. In her spare time, she enjoys lounging around with her dog and is always looking to learn more about music, people, animals and nature.

Mallory Iles, MSW

Mallory Iles, MSW

My name is Mallory Iles. I was born in West Point, Mississippi but have lived in Tennessee most of my life. I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with my Bachelors in Political Science and my Masters in Social Work. I have worked at many amazing non-profit and for profit organizations including the Martha O’Bryan Center, South Central Relative Caregiver Program, Bradford Health Services and the AIM Center, Inc. I love working with people, and I have a precious place in my heart reserved for mothers and their children since I myself have become a single mother. It has been my greatest honor working in this field to “fill the gap” in our social system and provide support for those of our community who need it most. I love reading, outdoor adventures, time with my son, fellowship with family and friends, and learning new things.

Ashley Pujol

Ashley Pujol

Ashley Hartz is a Bi-Lingual Case Manager for Baby U. Ashley has a Bachelor of Science from St. Lawrence University in Upstate New York where she double majored in Psychology and Hispanic Studies and minored in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She then moved to Castellon de la Plana, Spain where she studied her Masters in Family Intervention and Mediation at the Universitat Jaume before moving back to the USA to work in family counseling. Ashley also works in equine therapy and training horses and riders. She is a mother to one son as well as many horses, cats, and dogs.

Armando Quintero

Armando Quintero

Armando Quintero came to the United States from Colombia in 1998. He has a degree in Bank Administration. Before he came to Baby U, Armando was the owner/operator of a Fire and Water damage restoration company. He was happy being his own boss. Now, he makes sure much needed items are delivered to our families. On any given day, Armando's van is filled with diapers, pull-ups, and anything else that needs delivering. In 2001, he became a married man, and in 2017 a US citizen. Armando enjoys life on his farm with 2 dogs, 3 cats and 4 horses.

Patricia Chastain, B.A.
Baby U Specialist

Patricia Chastain, B.A.

(423) 280-4796
Patricia Chastain has been working for Baby University as a Bilingual Baby U Specialists for two years. She was born in the United States but lived in Barcelona and Buenos Aires for most of her early life where she earned her degree from Manuel Belgrano in Early Childhood Education. Before Baby University, Patricia worked for the State of Georgia for twelve years. In her free time, she loves crafting and spending time with her two sons as well as her dog, Paco, and her pig, Lola.

Jennifer Richards, BS
Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Richards, BS

(423) 443-6058
Jennifer Richards is the Administrative Assistant at Baby University. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in public administration/Non-Profit Management from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Jennifer began as a phlebotomist and later becoming Quality Assurance Assistant at Blood Assurance. Her interest in the non-profit sector began there.