Our Staff

Beth Cruz, Esq.
Education Attorney

Phone: (615)880-3710 | Email: BethCruz@jisnashville.gov

Beth is the team leader for Education Rights Project and provides legal representation to families in school meetings and discipline appeals. Beth is also engaged in state and local policy work to improve educational outcomes for Nashville’s students with disabilities.



Lydia Burris, LAPSW
Social Worker

Phone: (615)862-8996 | Email:

Lydia provides educational advocacy to parents of students with disabilities in meetings and links families to appropriate resources to address the families’ needs. Lydia also coordinates any program case referrals.



Alejandra Yanez Martinez
Legal Assistant

Phone: (615)862-4381 | Email:

Alejandra Yanez Martinez was born and raised in Monterrey City, in the State of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She moved to Nashville in 2016 and worked in the private sector holding roles as a Human Resources Representative & Executive Assistant. She also worked teaching English as a second language in Mexico for over four years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Universidad Alfonso Reyes. She loves cooking, couponing and spending time outdoors with her husband and “Khaski” her Siberian Husky dog.