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Josie SawyerJosie Sawyer, MSW, LCSW | Executive and Clinical Director | 919.677.1400, ext. 158

BS, Furman University
Graduate work, UNC-Chapel Hill

Josie Sawyer, Lucy Daniels Center’s Executive and Clinical Director, joined the organization in 2015 as as a clinician with the Farley-Manning Family Guidance Service (FGS). Ms. Sawyer became Lucy Daniels Center’s second Executive & Clinical Director in 2019, continuing the organization’s legacy of therapeutic education with onsite wrap-around clinical services that are grounded in psychoanalytic clinical approaches.

A graduate of Furman University, Ms. Sawyer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has her Masters in Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill. In addition to her years of service as a mental health clinician at Lucy Daniels Center, Ms. Sawyer dedicated her efforts to serving impoverished and marginalized children and families by providing in-home mental health services to families in need. Ms. Sawyer holds a certification in parent-child interaction therapy (a two-year post-grad rostering program), and her areas of special interest and expertise are childhood trauma and PTSD/anxiety disorders; childhood feeding issues; attachment difficulties; and adoption. More recently, she has furthered her psychoanalytic training as a matriculated student with the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. Ms. Sawyer also received an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Duke University in 2019.

Don RosenblittDonald Rosenblitt, M.D., FABP | Director of Medical Services | 919.677.1400 x 129

BA, Princeton University
MD, Child and Adult Psychiatric Residency, Duke University School of Medicine
Graduate/former director, UNC-Duke Psychoanalytic Education Program

Dr. Rosenblitt is a child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and the founding Clinical and Executive Director of the Lucy Daniels Center. In August 2019, Dr. Rosenblitt retired from his position of 27 years as Executive and Clinical Director and transitioned into his new role as Director of Medical Services, where he will continue his vital life’s work of serving children and families through in-depth evaluation and treatment and leading Lucy Daniel’s Center Psychiatric services.

Don 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 Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas, the Board of Directors of the John Rex Endowment, and the Wake County Young Child Mental Health Initiative.

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

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

Dr. Mugno worked at LCD 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.

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

BA, Art History/German, U of Maryland
MA, Early Childhood/Elementary Education, New York University

Ms. Reid has been teaching and working with children since 2000. She joined the Lucy Daniels School in 2005 and has taught in the therapeutic preschool, kindergarten, and first grade classrooms. Her areas of interest and expertise include therapeutic teaching and using a psychodynamic understanding of development to help children reach their highest potential as learners and members of a group.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKelly Bruscia | Office Manager | 919.677.1400 x 131

BA, English, U of North Florida

Ms. Bruscia joined the Lucy Daniels Center in 2014 bringing with her a wealth of administrative and early childhood education  experience. Prior to her career at the Lucy Daniels Center, she worked at the YMCA and Montessori School.

marilyn-staff-photo-9-of-1Marilyn Farrell | Program Consultant | 919.677.1400 x 106

BS, Early Childhood Education, Mt. Olive College
AS, Art with a focus in Photography, Colorado Institute of Art

Ms. Farrell was a therapeutic teacher in the preschool classroom at the Lucy Daniels School from 1997 – 2003. She returned to the Lucy Daniels School in 2011 and became a Certified Psychoanalytic Educator in 2014. She recently became a Program Consultant for the Lucy Daniels Center, assisting staff in 41 Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms in three counties, helping them better support the social and emotional development of the children in their care.

Seinna Means | Administrator, Family Guidance Service (FGS) | 919.677.1400 x 147

Ms. Means joined the Lucy Daniels Center staff in 2007 as the Family Guidance Service Administrator. She brings more than 16 years of healthcare and administrative management experience to her role.


Erin Webb | Family Guidance Service Administrative Assistant | 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 Lucy Daniels Center grow and enjoy each success that comes.


Clinical Staff/Family Guidance Service (FGS)

Allison BallewAllison Ballew, Ph.D. | Mental Health Clinician | 919.677.1400 x 139

Ph.D., University of Tennessee

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 more than 10 years of experience working with children and their families, including seven here at the Lucy Daniels Center.

Sam FlescherSamuel Flescher, LCSW | Mental Health Clinician / 919-677-1400 x 160

BA, Hampshire College
MSW, Smith College

Mr. Flescher is a therapist with Family Guidance Service (FGS). He joined the LDC in 2015 and enjoys working with all kinds of children.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATeresa Greco, LCSW | Mental Health Clinician | 919.677.1400 x 154

Ms. Greco has been a psychotherapist with the Lucy Daniels Center for nine years.  She is a graduate of Smith College and has been a child and family therapist in multiple settings for 14 years.  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.


Margaux Loree, MSW, LCSWA | Mental Health Clinician | 919.677.1400

BA, Elon University
MSW, North Carolina State University

Ms. Loree joined the Lucy Daniels Center in 2017 as a graduate student intern and joined the Family Guidance Services team in September 2018. She has several years experience working in therapeutic foster care and is a qualified professional in case management. Her areas of interest include early childhood development and mental health, childhood trauma, attachment difficulties, and challenges with anxiety and depression.

Sara Louca McLaughlinSara Mclaughlin Louca, Psy.D. | Mental Health Clinician | 919.677.1400 x 152

BA, Psychology and English/Theater, Bowdoin College
Psy.D., Antioch College

Dr. Louca joined LDC as a clinical psychologist with Family Guidance Service (FGS) in 2012. Her areas of special interest/expertise include loss, grief and trauma.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAshley McCormick, LCSW | Mental Health Clinician | 919.677.1400 x 145

MSW, UNC-Chapel Hill

Ms. McCormick has been working with Lucy Daniels Center as a clinician in the Family Guidance Service for the past 10 years.  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.

Danielle Maurer, LCSW | Mental Health Clinician | 919.677.1400 x 144

BA, UNC-Wilmington
MSW, Smith College

Ms. Maurer joined LDC in January 2018, coming from Lahey Behavioral Services in Salem, MA where she was an outpatient/outreach clinician. Her areas of expertise are in play therapy, family therapy and parent therapy, along with grief/loss, childhood anxiety and depression and attachment-related challenges.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJamie Miller, Psy.D. | Mental Health Clinician | 919.677.1400 x 144

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

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.

Emily OdjaghianEmily Odjaghian, PsyD | Mental Health Clinician |  919-677-1400 x157

BA, University of California, Davis
PsyD, Argosy University

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.

Clinical Staff/SecurePath

Shoshana Funk, LCSW | Mental Health Clinician, SecurePath | 919.636.8875

BA, Hampshire College
MSW, Smith College School for Social Work

Ms. Funk is a therapist in the SecurePath program. She has been at LDC since January 2015. Her areas of interest and expertise are providing psychodynamic psychotherapy to adults and adolescents; facilitating play therapy with children; and providing home- and community-based clinical and case management services to underserved populations.

cesiahCesiah Hernandez, Psy.D. | Mental Health Clinician, SecurePath | 919.740.9316

Ms. Hernandez holds a doctorate degree in General Practice Psychology and has extensive experience in working with multicultural children whom suffer from behavioral and emotional problems, mental retardation, as well as children whom fall in the autistic spectrum. She has a wealth of clinical experience leading  therapy groups with clients at risk of hospitalization, and has conducted individual, couple and family therapy.


sarahSarah Stevens, LCSW | Mental Health Clinician | 919.622.4340

BA, Guilford College
MCSW, UNC-Chapel Hill

Ms. Stevens joined the Lucy Daniels Center staff as a SecurePath therapist in August 2004. She earned a bachelors degree from Guilford College and a masters degree in clinical social work at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is bilingual in Spanish and works intensively in the Latino community of Wake County. Her areas of interest include young child trauma, behavioral and emotional concerns, and developmental disabilities.

Sara Rubin, LMSW, LCSWA | Mental Health Clinician, SecurePath | 919.452.6822

BSW, Warren Wilson College
MSW, Columbia University

Ms. Rubin joined Lucy Daniels Center as a SecurePath Therapist in February of 2019. Prior to joining the SecurePath team, Ms. Rubin worked intensively with homeless and formerly homeless adults as a Social Worker with the Center for Urban Community Services in New York City. Although her work was extremely rewarding, Ms. Rubin saw first hand the lasting effects in adults when attachment, safety, security and other basic needs have not been met in childhood. Ms. Rubin became committed to childhood early intervention and attachment therapy and is extremely passionate and dedicated to the children she serves through her work at Lucy Daniels Center.

Stephany Nohemi Mejia, LCSWA | Mental Health Clinician, SecurePath | 919.623.2305

BA, North Carolina State University
MSW, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Ms. Mejia joined Lucy Daniels Center as a SecurePath Therapist in 2019. Stephany is passionate about children’s mental health, trauma treatment and somatic work to address trauma symptoms. She is also interested in continued work with marginalized populations in the mental health field. Stephany completed a specialization year internship at El Futuro, A community mental health agency in Durham, North Carolina serving Latinx families, and individuals. At El Futuro, she provided individual psychotherapy using evidence-based practices while applying a culturally relevant, and sensitive lens as a bilingual and bicultural practitioner. Stephany co-facilitated Trauma Center, Trauma Sensitive Yoga groups on a weekly basis in Spanish and used standardized measures to monitor clients stress, anxiety and depression scores.

In 2018, Stephany collaborated with eight Juntos students, the Juntos Coordinator and Professor Dr. Crystal Chen from North Carolina State University to publish a book titled “The Roots of Our people: From One World to Another; Juntos!”

Staff/Outreach Programs and Services

Stephanie Pavlis, MS | Project Coordinator | 336.430.8665

BA, Wake Forest University
MS, , University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Ms. Pavlis joined Lucy Daniels Center in 2018 to coordinate the implementation of the Circle of Security Parenting™ program in pilot locations in Early Head Start centers. Ms. Pavlis brings expertise in project management and is committed to supporting programs that promote secure attachment and healthy family relationships.Center.

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.

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