Cary, NC—The Board of Directors of Lucy Daniels Center announces the hiring of a new director of development and communications.

Clarenda Stanley, CFRE, comes to the Lucy Daniels Center with more than 10 years of fundraising and marketing experience in the non-profit and educational arenas. Most recently, she served as a major gifts officer for North Carolina Central University (NCCU), where she was responsible for the planning, implementation, and monitoring of the major gifts and planned giving components of the comprehensive fundraising program for the university. Prior to her work at NCCU, she served as director of corporate and foundation relations for Saint Augustine’s College, where she developed and implemented the College’s first formal corporate and foundation relations program. She also has extensive experience with special events.

In addition to her fundraising skills, Stanley brings a mental health background and enthusiasm for the Center’s mission of serving the social and emotional needs of children. She received a BSBA in marketing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a Master of Education with a concentration in psychology and counseling from Troy University. Stanley has also earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation, the only internationally recognized baseline professional credential for philanthropic fundraising executives.

She serves on the board of the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Triangle Chapter and the executive committee of the Friends of African and African American Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

“I have always had a strong passion for providing all children with an equal chance to succeed in life and believe that emotional health is critical to this success,” Stanley said. “I am thrilled to be working with such a dedicated and talented staff to further the mission of the Center.”

Stanley replaces outgoing director of development and communications Joyce Watkins King, CFRE, who in 2007 established the Center’s fundraising and communications programs, including initiatives such as Lucy’s Book Club, the Center’s signature community outreach program, and two annual fundraising events, Bookmarked!and Expressions

“The entire Lucy Daniels Center community is excited about our future prospects under the leadership of Ms. Stanley,” said Donald Rosenblitt, M.D., the Center’s executive and clinical director. “We know that she has the talent and background to build upon the accomplishments of Ms. King and to support the Center in its continued efforts to grow in service to the children and their families.”

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Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Lucy Daniels Center, formerly the Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood, is a nationally recognized model for childhood mental health education and services. The Center is the largest and most comprehensive non-profit focused on providing mental health services to young children and their families in the Triangle and is conveniently located at 9003 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513. For more information, visit     

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