The Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities at UNC
The Carolina Institute includes:

Faculty and Staff

NC-LEND Administrative Leadership:
Jackson Roush, PhD, Director – NC-LEND
Rob Christian, MD, Associate Director – NC-LEND
Jean Mankowski, PhD, Training Director – NC-LEND
Rebecca Pretzel, PhD, Associate Director – UCEDD
Gabriel Dichter, PhD, UNC IDDRC Liaison

NC-LEND Discipline Coordinators:
Jennifer D’Auria, PhD, RN – Nursing
*Robert B. Christian, MD – Medicine/Pediatrics and Child Psychiatry
Margaret DeRamus, MS – Speech-Language Pathology
Michelle Franklin, MSN – Nursing
Kristen Hassmiller Lich, PhD – Health Administration
Steve Hooper, PhD – Neuropsychology
McCafferty Kenmon – Self-Advocacy
Emily Kertcher, PhD – Occupational Therapy
Kelly Kimple, MD – Medicine/Pediatrics
Jeffry Low, MBA – Health Administration
*Jean Mankowski, PhD – Psychology
Dana McCarty, DPT – Physical Therapy
Michael Milano, DMD – Pediatric Dentistry
Sherry Mergner, MSW, LCSW – Social Work
Ann Palmer – Family
Megan Mann Pollard, MS, CGC – Genetic Counseling
Cindy Powell, MD – Genetics
*Rebecca Pretzel, PhD – Psychology
Debbie Reinhartsen, PhD – Speech-Language Pathology
*Jackson Roush, PhD – Pediatric Audiology
Janice Sommers, MPH – Nutrition
Donna Yerby, MEd – Special Education
Deborah Zuver, MA – Advocacy
*Also serves as administrative leader of NC-LEND

NC-LEND Administrative Staff
Lorraine Graham, Training Coordinator
Janice Jarrell, Program Administrator
Laura Martin, Data Manager
Tom Struchen, Operations Manager
Jeff Low, MBA, Deputy Director


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