April Meredith has been the Independent Living and Advocacy Specialist for Empower TN since July 2016. Previously, she served over two years as an executive board and advisory committee member with People First of TN through the Our Community Standing Strong grant. Early in her career, April lived and worked in Japan for nearly a decade, including three years as an Assistant Language Teacher in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and two years as a Prefectural (State) Advisor, where she taught English and culture, promoted internationalization at the grassroots level, and solidified her passion for advocacy and peer mentoring. April holds a Bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University, is a 2014 alumni of the TN Rehabilitation Center in Smyrna, and is a 2015 Partners in Policy Making graduate. She strongly values diversity, is an accomplished writer/poet, and considers it a great honor to be part of this amazing nonprofit organization. April aims to break down barriers and build bridges with and for people with disabilities so that we may all live as independently as we choose.