Lou Ann Tanner-Jones has worked in mental health since 1980. She began her career in a private school and has worked in a residential facility, a hospital, a private clinic, in nearly all Columbia public schools, and has taught at the university level. She has worked with infants to elders, and with individuals with the most profound disabilities to those who are highly gifted. She has been a direct care worker, a behavior specialist, a
psychological examiner, a school psychologist, and has held several administrative positions in different organizations. She has a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Mizzou and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. With 35 years of work behind me, I retired from the Columbia MO Public Schools where I was the Director of Special Services and Section 504 Coordinator. She is currently the Co-Director of the Boone County Schools Mental Health Coalition and an Assistant Clinical Professor.