Education: BA in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University; MS in Mental Health Counseling from Vanderbilt University
James is a passionate leader and advocate who values collaboration and empowering others to their
fullest potential. Through time and experience, he learned that his disability provided him the
ability to serve and engage in so many opportunities that he would have never imagined! He
entered college after fourteen years out of high school. He has served as an intern at the
Tennessee Rehabilitation Center; at the center, he worked with the blind, clients with traumatic
brain injuries, and individuals with other disabilities. James started his own practice,
Alliance Counseling, and now volunteers at The Refuge Center, a nonprofit counseling center.
James is quite active in many organizations, initiatives, and collaborations, including: The
Nashville Mayoral Council for People with Disabilities, American Foundation for the Blind,
Vision Aware, National Federation of the Blind, National Alliance of Mental Health and many
others. He also founded the Kustom Cane Initiative, which customizes canes for the blind and
donates canes to blind people around the world who can't afford them.
James feels that with the proper tools, education, and supports, all individuals can live the
life that they were created for. In order to unwind from his busy schedule and initiatives,
James enjoys time with his family, music, sports, and cooking.