The staff at the DRC is available to:
Dr. Rusty Dubberly Director(904) email@example.com
Dr. Dubberly has worked with people with disabilities since 1999. He began his career as a special education teacher with Nassau County Schools. He transitioned to Duval County Public Schools in 2003 and served in an instructional and supervisory position for middle and high school students with significant disabilities. His research focus has been on self-determination for people with disabilities and creating a positive transition to adult life for young people with disabilities.
Dr. Dubberly attended the University of North Florida to complete a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in disability services. Dr. Dubberly also graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a doctorate of special education in 2008 and in 2012 completed a second master’s degree in education leadership. Dr. Dubberly believes strongly in the empowerment of people with disabilities to live the fullest and most enriching life possible.
“There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.” Elbert Green Hubbard
Debra LenahenAssistant DirectorUniversity Interpreter & Coordinator(904) firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to her duties as the Assistant Director of the DRC, Debra is also the University Sign Language Interpreter for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Debra has received a B.A. in Elementary Education as well as a Masters of Education with her concentration in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College. Debra taught for over 13 years in state schools
for the Deaf and is currently one of the University’s nationally certified sign
After teaching at the Maryland School for the Deaf and the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, Debra joined the DRC team in 1996. When she is not in classes with Deaf students,
she teaches sign language for the College of Education and Human Services as well along with providing interpreting services to the community.
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.” Erma Bombeck
Le’Shawn M. SpruiellOffice Manager(904) email@example.com
Spruiell is the Office Manager in the Disability Resource Center. She has been
with UNF since March 2004. So far she has served on the Martin Luther King Jr.
Scholarship Committee with the Intercultural Center for PEACE, volunteered with
the Professional Development/Excellence Awards ceremony, as well as the Annual
Giving Campaign. She is also a member of the African-American Faculty and Staff
Le’Shawn is very passionate about helping others, and often finds it rewarding
to volunteer; not only at UNF but in her community as well. She has volunteered
at Second Harvest Food Bank, as a secretary for the community in which she
lives, and for the JT Townsend Foundation, which has a mission to better the
lives of children and adults with disabilities on the First Coast.
Le’Shawn has been married for 25 years, and her husband has served 20 years in
the U.S. Navy. She has three children, (2 sons, ages 20 and 15, and 1 daughter,
age 17). In her spare time she enjoys traveling, singing, reading, line
dancing, shopping, surfing the web, and enjoy going to theme parks! She
definitely has a youthful spirit!
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Edward I. Zirkle
Edward Zirkle is the new addition to the Disability Resource Center Staff. He is a recent graduate from UNF with a Bachelor’s in Political Science. He left the military in 2008 after serving almost 17 years in the Navy and Army. His deployments include Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, and various other regions round the world. In his off time he enjoys riding his motorcycle, playing golf, and watching football. “I have served with some of the finest men and women ever to put on a uniform. My heroes are the ones who didn’t come home while defending our way of life. I am a survivor and will not let their sacrifices go in vain. I will live my life to the fullest for those who did not!”
Andrew W. Sullivan III
Andrew has spent many
years in the field of Post-Secondary Disability Services. Working as an
educational aide at the University of North Florida’s Disability Resource
Center as both an undergraduate and graduate student he obtained a B.A. in
Political Science and an M.A. in Public Administration from UNF. Concurrently,
he pursued and obtained his certification in Assistive Technology Applications from
California State University, Northridge.
This program required him to complete over 100
hours of combined online and in person instruction in the field. As Assistive
Technologist and Program Assistant at the UNF DRC Andrew has and continues to
work closely with UNF’s students, staff and faculty to provide high quality
service provision in the area of Assistive Technology for all registered
students at the UNF DRC.
Tara Rowe, M.Ed.
Thrive Program Coordinator
Tara Rowe has worked with UNF since 2009 and has co-founded the
THRIVE (Transition to Healthy Resources, Independent living, Viable careers,
and Education) program, which is a unique program only found at the University
of North Florida. Tara spent several years living and teaching overseas in
countries such as: Indonesia, Thailand, East Timor, Thailand, Laos, Australia,
Fiji, New Zealand, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Tara’s career in exceptional
student education stared while overseas and has continued here at UNF.
Tara has attended the University of North Florida to
complete a bachelor’s degree in exceptional student education and a master’s
degree in disability services with a concentration in applied behavior
analysis. Tara is currently working on completing her doctorate in educational
leadership here at UNF. Tara is a strong believer in advocating for students with
exceptionalities and centers her research on self-determination for all
“In order to truly
learn something, you must teach it to someone else.” – Dr. Stephen Covey
Holly is a recent graduate of UNF’s Clinical Mental Health
Counseling program and has served as the DRC’s Testing Coordinator since
October 2015. In addition to her
interests in counseling and psychology, Holly enjoys reading, travel and art
“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on
the road.” Jack Kerouac
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