Alyssa Danielle Parks, LMSW, currently serves as a Transition Specialist at the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Danielle received her bachelor’s and master's degrees in Social Work from The University of Southern Mississippi, where she was inducted into the Social Work Honor Society Phi Alpha. During her time at IDS, Danielle has served as the first two-year LEND trainee; served as a trainer for the Transition of Teens to Adult Life Program; served as Mentor to the STEP UP to Leadership Council; provided technical assistance for university students with disabilities through the Higher Education for All pilot program; and was chosen as a 2018 AUCD Emerging Leader. In addition, as a LEND Alumni, she now serves as a Mississippi LEND Junior Faculty Advisor. Danielle has enjoyed her opportunity to assist young adults with disabilities reach their employment and postsecondary education dreams.