When Rosebrough accepted the executive direction position in 2019, there were questions about the stability of the agency, then she led the agency through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Smith said Abilities First, which is nearly 64 years old, will continue to provide quality services to children and families across the region. He will serve in the lead role in the interim while plans are being made to move the agency forward.
She was responsible for leading the agency’s Pediatric Therapies and Early Childhood Learning Center (inclusive childcare program), developed the Autism Learning Center in 2009 and took on the role of executive director of the agency in July 2019.
Under her leadership, the Autism Learning Center grew from eight students to 30 in grades pre-kindergarten through second, said Bettie Rountree, children’s program coordinator.
“That was her baby,” Rountree said.
Rosebrough, a native of New Zealand, trained and worked as a New Zealand Registered PT (Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Physical Therapist) for almost 10 years, before leaving New Zealand in 1989 to pursue working in disability programs for a non-governmental agency and in developing countries until 1996.
She is survived by her husband, Ed.
Arrangements are incomplete at Anderson Funeral Home in Franklin.