Meet Our Staff

The Lucy Daniels School (LDS) is staffed by compassionate and nurturing teachers with extensive backgrounds in early childhood, child development, and other specialties. Our therapeutic teaching team collaborates closely with our on-site clinical staff.

 Deborah Mugno, Ed.D. | Director of Education and Operations | 919.677.1400 x 130

Dr. Mugno worked at LDC from 1996 to 2003 and again from 2010 to the present time. Her areas of special interest and expertise include working with children on the autism spectrum and research on therapeutic dialogue in the classroom.


BS, Special Education, University of Maryland
MS, Education/Reading Disabilities, Johns Hopkins University
Ed.D., Special Education/Leadership, Johns Hopkins University

Jennifer ReidJennifer Reid | Director of the Early School  | 919.677.1400 x 143

Ms. Reid began teaching in 2001 and has worked at the Lucy Daniels School since 2005. Her areas of expertise include early intervention and supporting the social and emotional development of children in classroom settings. She is especially interested in helping teachers develop ways to work with children for whom there are social, emotional, or behavioral issues that interfere with their ability to be independent, competent students.

BA, University of Maryland
MA, Early Childhood/Elementary Education, New York University

 Stephen Crook | Early School Teacher | 919.677.1400

Mr. Crook joined the Early School in 2014. He has a background in social work, childhood mental health, and preschool education, and is particularly interested in the emotional development of children and how it impacts academic success.


BS, Cornell University
MA, Developmental Psychology, Cornell University

HagaJennifer Haga | Assistant Teacher | 919-677-1400

Ms. Haga joined LDS in 1999. She has over 25 years of teaching experience, many of which were spent working with children with special needs. She finds great personal reward in helping families overcome obstacles and guiding children to reach their fullest potential.


HallTiffany Hall Elementary School Teacher | 919.677.1400 x 112

Ms. Hall is the third- and fourth-grade teacher at LDS. Prior to joining LDS as a preschool teacher in 2010, she taught preschool and kindergarten in the public school system. Areas of special interest include early childhood, reading and literacy development, and making modifications in the classroom to support each child’s development as an active and independent learner.

BA, Elementary Education, Maryville College
MA, Early Childhood/Special Education, Kansas State

Susan JohnaSusan Johns | Kindergarten Teacher | 919.677.1400

Ms. Johns joins the Lucy Daniels School this year as a Kindergarten teacher. She holds a Birth to Kindergarten license and is a certified N.C. Early Childhood Educator. She has been a preschool teacher and early education professional in California, New York, and North Carolina since 2010. She is passionate about playful learning experiences and exploring and sharing diverse children’s literature.

BA, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Yale University
M.Ed., Child Studies, Vanderbilt University

Kathy KellyKathy Kelly | Assistant Teacher | 919.677.1400 x 108

Ms. Kelly joined LDS in 2006, working with all age levels in the Early School classrooms. She is currently a teacher assistant in the elementary classrooms. During her time with LDS, she earned her early childhood teaching credentials. Prior to joining LDS, Ms. Kelly worked extensively in the business community and provided many years volunteering in Wake County Public School System classrooms. She is passionate about working to help children succeed and make lasting changes.

Certification in Early Childhood Teaching, State of NC

 Jennifer Murphy | Early School Teacher | 919.677.1400 x 137

Ms. Murphy has taught at LDS since 2007. She is a Certified Psychoanalytic Educator and certified N.C. Early Childhood educator. She is interested in early childhood intervention, helping children develop self-awareness, and educating parents in the areas of child development and psychology.

BS, Social Work, Frostburg State University

Dana SampsonDana Sampson | Elementary School Teacher | 919.677.1400
Ms. Sampson joins the Lucy Daniels School for the 2017-2018 school year as a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher. Prior to teaching at the Lucy Daniels School, Ms. Sampson taught 5th grade in Cary for three years. Most recently, she worked as a teacher in a program for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders. Ms. Sampson is passionate about addressing emotional, social, and mental health needs in the classroom and making learning accessible to all students.

 BA, Elementary Education and Spanish, Muhlenberg College

Laurel VincentyLaurel Vincenty | Assistant Teacher | 919.677.1400  x 112

Before joining LDS in 2017, Ms. Vincenty was an assistant teacher on an exceptional children team at a pre-K–8 Montessori school.  She views each child as having unbounded potential. She is passionate about guiding children to develop resilience so they can successfully navigate their social and academic challenges.

BS, Mass Communication (Print & Broadcast Journalism), Towson University

VuonoRenada Vuono | Elementary School Teacher | 919.677.1400 x 135

Ms. Vuono joined LDS in the fall of 2015. She holds a NY State K-6 Teaching License and a K-6 Special Education License. She has spent time researching learning disabilities, focusing specifically on processing disorders, and enjoys creating hands-on and creative ways for children to learn.

BA, Child Development, Meredith College
MA, General Education and Special Education, Wagner College

Erin WebbErin Webb | Assistant  Teacher | 919.677.1400

Ms. Webb comes to the Lucy Daniels School with several years of experience in the areas of Early Education, Special Education and Early Intervention. Ms. Webb has worked successfully with children and families coping with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, and other childhood disorders. Her career has been dedicated to helping to support children and families create positive outcomes, as a teacher and early intervention specialist.  She looks forward to helping the children and families of LDS grow and enjoy each success that comes.

WhiteFletcher White | Early School Teacher | 919.677.1400 x 138

Ms. White has been a teacher in the Early School since 2010. She became a Certified Psychoanalytic Educator in October 2014. Throughout her time at the Center, Ms. White has taught preschool, kindergarten, first grade, and the elementary school art class. Her areas of interest include autism spectrum disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and selective mutism.

BA, Psychology/Family Studies, Arizona State University

Clinical Staff/Therapists

Don RosenblittDonald Rosenblitt, M.D. | Executive and Clinical Director | 919.677.1400 x 129 

Dr. Rosenblitt is a child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and the founding and current clinical and executive director of the Lucy Daniels Center. He has published, taught, and led workshops on subjects ranging from “Trauma in Early Childhood” and “Aggression in Early Childhood” to “Preparing the Young Child Socially and Emotionally for Elementary School” and “Treatment of Young Children with ADHD.” He has served on numerous local, state and national boards including the NC Psychoanalytic Society, the Center for Emotional and Social Education at Columbia University, and the Young Child Mental Health Initiative in Raleigh.

BA, Princeton University
MD, Duke University School of Medicine
Graduate/former director, UNC-Duke Psychoanalytic Education Program

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJohn Tisdale, D.Min. | Associate Executive and Clinical Director | 919.677.1400 x 136

Dr. Tisdale joined the Lucy Daniels Center in 2013. A licensed professional counselor, he is an advanced candidate in child and adult psychoanalysis. His expertise includes presenting locally on many topics of interest related to child development and parenting.

BA, High Point University
M.Div., Duke University
D.Min., The Graduate Theological Foundation

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAllison Ballew, Ph.D. Mental Health Clinician, Family Guidance Service (FGS) | 919.677.1400 x 139

Dr. Ballew’s doctoral studies emphasized clinical psychology and child and adolescent development. She completed an internship at Vanderbilt University Hospital’s division of child and adolescent psychiatry and had a post-doctoral training in community mental health. She has been working with children and their families sine 2000 and has been at the Lucy Daniels Center since 2007. She enjoys conducting evaluations and providing play and insight-oriented psychotherapy to families from diverse backgrounds and with a variety of experiences and needs.

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology/Child and Adolescent Development, University of Tennessee

David_FullerDavid Fuller, M.D. Parent Therapist

Dr. Fuller is a child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, serving as a parent therapist and a member of the therapeutic team. He completed his training in adult and child psychiatry at Duke University and in adult and child psychoanalysis at the Duke-UNC Psychoanalytic Education Program.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATeresa Greco, LCSW Mental Health Clinician, Family Guidance Service (FGS) | 919.677.1400 x 154 

Ms. Greco has been a psychotherapist since 2001 and has worked at the Lucy Daniels Center since 2005. Her areas of interest include, but are not limited to, family and parent therapy, childhood anxiety disorders, grief and loss, adoption, and assisting families in coping with developmental disabilities.

BA, Psychology, West Virginia Wesleyan College
MSW, Clinical Social Work, Smith College

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAshley McCormick, LCSW Mental Health Clinician, Family Guidance Service (FGS) | 919.677.1400 x 145

Ms. McCormick has been working with Lucy Daniels Center as a clinician in the Family Guidance Service since 2004. Before joining Lucy Daniels Center, she worked with youth involved in the juvenile justice system, with children/teens and parents in an outpatient therapy clinic, and with adults in an inpatient unit. She has trained with the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas for a number of courses.

MSW, Clinical Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJamie Miller, Psy.D. Mental Health Clinician, Family Guidance Service (FGS) | 919.677.1400 x 144

Dr. Miller joined the Lucy Daniels Center team in 2007. Her areas of expertise and interest include working with families, children with anxiety, learning issues, ADHD, behavior issues, and emotional reactivity.

BS, Drexel University
MS, Villanova University
Psy.D., Miami Institute of Psychology

Dr. Emily OdjaghianEmily Odjaghian, Psy.D. | Mental Health Clinician, Family Guidance Service (FGS) | 919-677-1400

Dr. Odjaghian joined the Lucy Daniels Center in 2016 after having spent the last six years working with children and families in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a certification in clinical hypnotherapy and pays special consideration to the body’s expression of emotion. Her areas of interest and expertise include trauma, adoption, blended families, multicultural issues, attachment, and grief/bereavement.

BA, University of California, Davis
PsyD, Argosy University

DaphneDaphne Rosenblitt, M.D. Parent Therapist

Dr. Rosenblitt received her training in adult and child psychiatry at Duke University and her analytic training through the Duke-UNC Psychoanalytic Education Program (now Psychoanalytic Institute of the Carolinas), where she is currently on the faculty.  Dr. Rosenblitt has a private practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Durham.


josie photoJosie Sawyer, MSW, LCSW | Mental Health Clinician, Family Guidance Service (FGS) | 919.677.1400, ext. 158

Ms. Sawyer joined LDC in 2015. She holds a certification in parent-child interaction therapy (a two-year post-grad rostering program), and her areas of special interest and expertise include childhood trauma and PTSD/anxiety disorders, childhood feeding issues, attachment difficulties, and adoption.

BS, Furman University
Graduate work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill