Leadership Team - Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Sarah Bell - Regional Director of Operations
Bell holds a MSW from the University of Kentucky and is a Certified Social Worker. Her undergraduate degree is in Anthropology & Sociology from Transylvania University. Bell has held a variety of positions during her 12 years in social work, ranging from case manager to program director for Supports for Community Living waiver services. As the sibling of an individual with an intellectual disability, Sarah has a passion for seeing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve their dreams.

Della Tuttle - Chief Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Officer
Tuttle has spent her professional career working in human services. For 24 years, she has applied her talents in a variety of settings including; community behavioral health, juvenile justice, children’s services and intellectual and developmental disabilities services. Tuttle holds a B.A. in Counseling and Rehabilitation and a M.A. in Counseling from Marshall University. Tuttle is passionate about advocating for individuals with disabilities and is committed to ensuring the provision of quality services. Dedicated to mentoring and fostering the values of service and leadership within Bluegrass as well as her community, she believes when working together – extraordinary things can be achieved.

Melissa Willoughby - Director of Quality Improvement
Willoughby earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She has been on staff with New Vista for 12 years. During that time, she began her career as a case manager before being promoted to case management supervisor. Following her time as a case management supervisor, she served the organization as a service area manager before assuming her current role. Willoughby participates in advocacy events for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the community to raise awareness of client needs and concerns.

Tanya Begley, Program Director

For more than 20 years, Tanya Begley has dedicated her career to the human services field including; children’s services, medical records, and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). She has performed in various roles including direct support, administration, case management and program director within in the public school system, community mental health, intermediate care facility for individuals with IDD facility and Supports for Community Living Waiver providers. Begley holds a BA in Healthcare Administration and a MBA from Midway College. She is passionate about promoting independence and inclusion for individuals with disabilities.