NC START

Easterseals UCP NC Central START Team

Program Director, Jillaine, MSW, LCSW, MTS
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Jillaine earned a Master’s of Theological Studies from Duke Divinity School and a Master’s of Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill.

“One of the things I love most about START is the positive psychology approach-seeing the individuals and the teams for their strengths and then using these to build capacity, knowledge, and collaboration.”

Clinical Team Lead, Shannon

shannonShannon earned a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Master’s in Special Education and Elementary Education from Mercy College.

“The systemic work we do at START is highly motivating for me.  Building capacity and focusing on system strengths as well as an individual’s strengths is the most rewarding component of START.”


Clinical Director, Maggie, LCAT,RDT

maggieMaggie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Acting with a minor in family studies and human development from the University of Arizona.  She also earned a Master’s in Drama Therapy from New York University.

“I love working for START as it provides the opportunity to embody hope and positivity for the individuals and teams we serve. I strive to bring that feeling of cohesion and strength as a system to everyone I work with and love seeing the teamwork in action.”

Assistant Director, Laurel, MS

laurelLaurel earned a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from UNC-Wilmington and a Master’s in Psychology and Rehabilitation Counseling from UNC-Chapel Hill.

“I love when individuals, families, and caretakers allow me to be a part of their system and lives.” 

Registered Nurse Consultant, Cathy

cathyCathy earned a Bachelor’s of Nursing from UNC-Greensboro and a Master’s of Education from Western Carolina University.

“One of the things I like most about START is the work that is done with health care providers in many community settings to improve health outcomes for the people we support.”


Clinical Coordinator, Rémy, MS, CRC, LPC-A

remyRémy earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from UNC-Greensboro and a Master’s in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from UNC-Chapel Hill.

“Something I love about START is being able to apply a positive psychology, strength based approach to empower individuals and provide hope to families.”

Clinical Coordinator, Katie, MA

KatieKatie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Furman University.

“I enjoy helping people recognize the gifts and worth of people with disabilities.”


Krystal, MS;  Clinical Coordinator
kyrstalKrystal earned  a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a Master’s in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from UNC-Chapel Hill.

“I really enjoy our internal team approach at START to help support one another as we support systems in the community.” 

Shelle, BA, QP; Clinical Team Lead

SHELLEShelle earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in child development and family relations from East Carolina University.

“I love the positive support approach that instills integrity, fosters respect, and empowers the individuals we support and the people in their lives to thrive in their communities.” 

Brittney, MSW, QP; Clinical Team Lead

BRITTANYBrittney earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill.

“I value the opportunity to empower and advocate for the people that we serve and their families.” 

Nicole, Clinical Coordinator

nicoleNicole earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work from UNC-Greensboro and a Joint Master’s of Social Work from North Carolina A&T University and UNC-Greensboro.

Vanessa, Clinical Coordinator

NC START VANESSAVanessa earned a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from Peace College.

“I enjoy being able to go into homes to support and empower systems, building on the strengths of individuals to enhance their quality of life.”

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