Operations Specialist (Ext. 230)

Operations Specialist is responsible for providing administrative support to the Partnership along with assisting the finance department and purchasing.


Mary Jane for web1
MaryJane Dunn

Contracts and Accounting Coordinator (Ext. 220)

Mary Jane is responsible for reviewing and executing all contracts for the Partnership, and assists the Finance Director in a variety of accounting functions. Mary Jane has a bachelor’s degree from Salem College and received her accounting education from NC State University. Prior to joining the Partnership, Mary Jane held a variety of accounting positions including public, corporate, governmental and nonprofit.

Brittany Gregory

Director of Programs (Ext. 224)

Brittany provides leadership to programming staff and is responsible for the delivery and overall success of each program. She also works collaboratively with community partners to foster relationships and align efforts to ensure Durham’s children enter school ready to succeed. Prior to this position, Brittany worked in elementary education for four years. She was an elementary school teacher for Wake County Public Schools, as well as an elementary success coach in Durham. Brittany has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Linguistics and Communications from UNC-Greensboro and has a master’s degree in Public Administration from NC State University.

Danielle Johnson

Executive Director  (Ext. 234)

Danielle is the Executive Director for Durham’s Partnership for Children. Prior to this role, she served as the Director of Early
Childhood Systems and NC Pre-K Manager for the Partnership. She brings 20 years of experience in early childhood development, Early Head Start/Head Start, and nonprofit management to the Durham community. Danielle received her Master’s in Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and her Master’s in Public Health from Hunter College, City University of New York. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Courtney Kelly

Family Engagement Specialist (Ext. 215)

Courtney is the Family Engagement Specialist and is responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing family engagement activities at participating childcare programs in close collaboration with teachers and directors. Prior to this position, Courtney worked in human services for 4 years. She was a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at NCDHHS, as well as a Social Worker at Durham County DSS. Courtney has a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science with a minor in Sports Science from North Carolina State University and has a Master’s in Human Services Counseling with a concentration in Health and Wellness from Liberty University.

Alee Lacalamito

Program Coordinator (Ext. 229)

Alee is a program coordinator for the DELTA collaborative in addition to a Smart Start portfolio. Her responsibilities are focused around data collection and evaluation of The Partnership’s supported programs. Alee’s previous work includes providing individualized Behavior Therapy to children with developmental disabilities, primarily those with Autism and supervising early intervention programs in Virginia and Colorado. Alee received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from James Madison University and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus.

Deidre Morgan

Program Coordinator  (Ext. 227)

Deidre is the Program Coordinator of Durham’s Early Head Start. Prior to joining the Partnership, Deidre served as an Early Intervention Service Coordinator in Raleigh, as well as taught in Head Start as a Lead Teacher of an inclusion classroom. She has worked with Early Childhood Education and Early Intervention for seven years. Deidre has a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Relations from North Carolina Central University. She also has a Masters in Psychology with a focus in Child and Adolescent Development.

Melissa Radice Peguero

Pre-K Program Specialist (Ext. 219)

Melissa is responsible for the administration and data input of the NC Pre-K program. While she is involved in the NC Pre-K application process and screenings of children, Melissa also makes sure that all data is current for state funders. Prior to joining the Partnership, she worked as a teacher in a Durham Early Head Start classroom. Melissa received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a minor in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. She also has an associate’s degree in Infant and Toddler Care from Stanly Community College.

Sandra staff pic WEB
Sandra Roberts

Finance Director (Ext. 223)

At the Partnership, Sandra manages the fiscal operations, which includes allocations to funded partners and NC Pre-Kindergarten sites, state contracts and other accounting processes. Sandra possesses more than 20 years experience in all aspects of accounting and fiscal management in the public sector. She worked for another partnership in North Carolina and was former CFO of a nonprofit in the Los Angeles area with a mission to end homelessness. Sandra earned a bachelors degree in Business Administration/Accounting from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Taylor Rothenberg

Pre-K Quality Specialist (Ext. 226)

Taylor is the Pre-K Quality Specialist at the Partnership. Her responsibilities focus on working primarily with the NC Pre-K and Durham Pre-K programs to ensure that they provide high-quality education to eligible four year old children in Durham County. Prior to this position, Taylor worked as a teacher in a preschool setting for four years in Wake County. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in International Business and in Spanish from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and her Master’s in the Art of Teaching with a focus on Special Education from North Carolina State University.

JamekaWells WEB
Jameka Wells

Program Coordinator  (Ext. 214)

Jameka is a Program Coordinator with a focus in NC Pre-K. She is involved in the screening of parents and children and handling NC Pre-K scholarship information. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Spanish education.

Katie Starr

Program Coordinator (Ext. 225)

Katie Starr is Program Coordinator of Community Initiatives. She is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and implementing cohesive strategies for community initiatives that align with DPFC’s mission. Katie attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. After graduation, Katie was selected to be part of the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship, a leadership development program that trains and inspires fellows in the movement to end hunger and poverty in the United States. She comes to us with advocacy, research, and direct service work experience focused on improving health, educational, and socio-economic outcomes for children.

Kayla Godbee

Community Awareness Coordinator (Ext. 221)

Kayla is the Community Awareness Coordinator for Durham’s Partnership for Children. Prior to this position Kayla served as Community Engagement Specialist for North Carolina Guardian ad Litem. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Kayla received her Bachelor’s degree in Community Governance and Advocacy from Michigan State University’s College of Education.