Where it all began…
As a special education teacher in the Jacksonville, Florida public school system, Amy Buggle chaired a committee to find services for children with handicaps. She found that day care was simply not available for children with moderate to severe handicaps. With the help of the Murray Hill United Methodist Church, she left her secure teaching position and founded DLC Nurse & Learn, offering special education services, physical therapy and extended day care for children of all abilities.
As more needs were identified as not being met in the community, Amy added more services. Children with medically complex situations were not allowed in the existing special needs programs, so DLC hired a registered nurse and medical assistants. Those children who were previously denied could now attend school and socialize with other children. This allowed the parents of these children who were forced to stay at home, some on welfare, the opportunity to attend high school, college or to work while their child was in a safe and productive environment.
Since 1989, the center has served students with special needs, from birth to 22 years of age. Children from birth to 6 years may attend a full day preschool program and students’ ages 3-21 may also attend before/after school for educational activities, therapy and medical care. Any child with a disability or medical problem, which prevents them from attending regular day care or other developmental preschools, is eligible for service. The children have a variety of disabilities including cerebral palsy, microcephaly, anencephaly, Down Syndrome, Arthrogriposis, tuberous sclerosis, Taisacs disease, tracheostomy, gastronomy tube, seizure disorders, open kidneys, etc.
DLC now provides full-time nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and vision therapy. DLC has a volunteer program serving troubled youth, which allows them to fulfill community service hours and learn valuable lessons working one-on-one with disabled children. Many other youth also volunteer after school, on holidays and during the summer.
In 2019, DLC celebrated 30 years of Miracles and Hope for serving the Jacksonville community and continuing to help special needs families. Mrs. Buggle retired in December 2019 to spend more time with her mom, husband, grandchildren, family and friends. Amy passed the reigns to Heather Corey, who officially took over January 2020.
Board of Directors
President, City & Police Federal Credit Union
Vice President, Retired Civil Services
Treasurer, Retired Civil Service
Secretary, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Florida Network Realty
- Evelyn Box Retired Teacher
- Chris Gabbard University of North Florida
- Rev. Haley Eccles Campus to City Wesley Foundation
- Rev. Silas M’Mworia Murray Hill United Methodist Church
- Aaron Noles Prudential
- Debbie Ocana George R Hentschel CPA, P.A.
- Eileen Phelps Retired Nurse
- Thomas Woodard Retired Technology Services
Heather Corey, Chief Executive OfficerChief Executive Officer, BA in Business Administration; nearly 20 years in nonprofit industry, over 15 in Senior Management, Certified Fund Raising Expert Certification (CFRE). Employed at DLC since February 2019.
Carol Reaves, Director of Therapy & Occupational TherapistLicensed Occupational Therapist with a BS Degree in Education from Florida A & M University; Masters in Occupational Therapy from Texas Women’s University; Worked with disabled children since 1984; Employed with DLC Nurse & Learn since 2000.
April Saltford, Administrative DirectorAdministrative Director; Certified in Billing and Coding from the University of North Florida; and Certified in Microsoft Word and Excel from FSCJ. AA degree in Accounting through University of Phoenix. Employed with DLC since 2003.
Annalaura Scott, CNA, Program DirectorProgram Director, CDA in Early Childhood; has worked with disabled children and employed with DLC since 2011. Has kept current Florida Child Care Director’s License as well as a Florida Certified Nursing Assistant License.
Sue Molina, RN, Director of NursingRegistered Nurse, BS Degree in Nursing from the Chamberlain College of Nursing for over 8 years; Employed with DLC Nurse & Learn since 2019.
Julie Roziers, Program Director Therapy & CareProgram Director at DLC Therapy and Care. BA Degree from University of Florida/University of North Florida, Certified in Early Childhood, Intellectual Disabilities, and Specific Learning Disabilities, Has taught for 36 years, with 34 years at Mt. Herman E.S.C. Employed at DLC since 2017.
Ashley Dallis, Assistant Program DirectorAssistant Program Director with a Master’s in Psychology from the University of Phoenix and a BA in Psychology from University of North Florida; obtained Childcare Management Director’s Credentials in 2018. Employed with DCL since 2005.
Karen Leslie, Program Manager Therapy & CareAssistant Program Director at DLC Therapy and Care, Associate of Arts, Paraprofessional at Pinedale Elementary School since 1999. Employed with DLC since 2003.
Elizabeth Goodrich, CNA, Operations ManagerOperations Manager, Associates Degree from FSCJ, Child Development Associate Credentials and Director’s Credentials. Employed with DLC since 2013.
Debbie Kozloski, Physical Therapy AssistantLicensed Physical Therapist Assistant, AS in Physical Therapy from St. Petersburg Junior College. Employed with DLC since 2007. Has worked in the Physical Therapy field for 40+ years.
Mary Trotter, Educational SpecialistLEducational Specialist with a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor's degree in Special Education, specializing in ages birth to eight; Employed with DLC Nurse & Learn since 2019.