DRC Staff

The staff at the DRC is available to:

  • Assist students through the admissions and enrollment processes
  • Provide support during a student’s academic career at UNF
  • Share resources available in the UNF and the Northeast Florida community

Meet the Staff:

Dr. Rusty Dubberly 
(904) 620-5407


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 Lenahen
Assistant Director
University Interpreter & Coordinator
(904) 620-1865


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 received her Master of Education with her concentration in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College. 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. In addition to her University work, Debra provides interpreting services in 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. Spruiell
Office Manager
(904) 620-2906


Le’Shawn has been a part of the DRC team since 2004. “I have always had a great passion for helping people.” A native of East St. Louis, IL, she attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.   


“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”