Meet our STOMP staff:
Yasmeen Butler, Program Director
Yasmeen is a mom to three overzealous and competitive boys. She grew up as an “Army Brat” and is the wife of a retired, disabled combat veteran. Yasmeen considers herself a lifelong learner and is always eager to gain new opportunities and experiences. She received her B.A. from the University of Washington in 2003 and earned a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) in 2020. She spent some time as a Social Worker for DSHS in Washington and a Program Coordinator for the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. Yasmeen has co-facilitated parent support groups on various disabilities and participated in parent-teacher association meetings advocating for more visibility and support for children with disabilities. As the Program Director of Specialized Training of Military Support (STOMP), she appreciates the opportunity to create a space of learning and advocacy for our military families. Yasmeen understands the sacrifices of our military and considers it an honor to serve them.
Dorothy “Dee” Bosworth, STOMP Instructor
Dee is a military spouse and mother of a child with exceptional needs. Married for twelve years to an Active-Duty Sailor, Dee has been a Navy Command Ombudsman for six years, cumulatively. As an American Military Families Autism Support Community Leader and Florida Partners in Policymaking graduate, Dee is active in state and local programs for persons with disabilities. Driven by the experiences of military families like her own, Dee is passionate about empowering military parents to advocate for a better world for our loved ones with exceptional needs. Dee is a mom, teacher, and telehealth therapy facilitator for their twice-exceptional child. Between STOMP events, Dee supports individuals with disabilities as Helpline Coordinator for Washington State’s parent and information center, PAVE.
Nicole Bougie, STOMP Instructor
Nicole Bougie is the mother of two teenage girls and the wife of a career Navy Submariner. Their youngest child, now 16 years old, has had several very complex medical conditions since birth and is on the Autism Spectrum. Nicole is passionate about working with other families with special needs children with an emphasis on helping military families. She worked with Family Connection of South Carolina and served as a member of the Medical University of South Carolina parent advisory council. In 2018, Nicole joined PAVE of Washington with the Specialized Training for Military Parents (STOMP) program as a parent instructor. As a STOMP parent instructor, she has traveled to bases in the United States and overseas, training military parents of special needs children and professionals. In addition to working as a STOMP parent instructor, Nicole is currently employed by Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (North Carolina Parent Training and Information Center). She is the military outreach parent educator providing education and information for professionals and the military parents of special needs children in North Carolina. In her free time, Nicole enjoys crafting, traveling, and spending time at the beach.
Keishawna Smith, STOMP Instructor
Keishawna A. Smith is a proud graduate of Thee Jackson State University, the mother of two children with special healthcare needs, and is also the wife to a retired, disabled combat veteran. Her children both live with Sickle Cell Disease, type SS. She became involved with the Mississippi Parent Training and Information Center (MS PTI) as the Executive Assistant to the Director. She added on the responsibility and position of Parent Educator/Advocate, where she educated parents about their rights and responsibilities under IDEA/ADA. She has also been the Parent Coordinator for the Mississippi Family 2 Family Health and Information Center, helping families navigate health care systems and advocating for children with special health care needs across the state. She has worked with and served various agencies and organizations throughout Mississippi. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation and is a consultant with Community Links coordinating for The Respite Connect (TRC) Program. A major goal for Keishawna is to help parents/caregivers become better advocates for their children and have a seat at the table when it comes to their child(ren)’s health, education, and overall well-being.