CHTOP Management Team
At CHTOP, we value people and are thankful for such a dedicated, hard working and experienced leadership team. Our team is based in Durham, NC. Our management team of CHTOP includes:
Growing up in Bennettsville, SC, Mr. Terry David was raised in a large, loving family. He is the 17th of 18 children (yes, that’s not a typo) and he has a twin sister – she’s #16. After graduating high school, he joined the United States Air Force where he served as an Intelligence Specialist. Upon leaving the armed forces, he attended North Carolina Central University where he received both his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and Master of Social Work.
Prior to joining CHTOP, Mr. David served as Head Start Director at Operation Breakthrough in Durham, NC and also with Monticello Area Communication Action Agency in Charlottesville, Virginia. When he joined CHTOP in 2014, he served as the Director of the Head Start and Early Head Programs. In 2018 he was named both Head Start Director and Executive Director of the organization.
In addition to his duties at CHTOP, Mr. David currently serves as the President of the North Carolina Head Start Association, Board Member for Region IV Head Start Association and was recently appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to serve on the Early Education Council for the State of North Carolina. Mr. David is passionate about providing high quality early childhood programming that will enhance the quality of life for children and families.
Lara Kehle is the director of KidSCope with specialized staff providing social-emotional health services for young children, consultation in child care classrooms, parent education, inclusive child care, and resources for families and providers of young children. Lara also heads the Chatham Action on Resilience Initiative.
She has over twenty years of experience working with children in classroom settings as a school psychologist, board certified assistant behavior analyst, mental health consultant, parent educator and Pyramid Model coach. She has worked with Head Start and Early Head Start programs providing mental health consultation for classrooms, staff, and individual children specifically around social and emotional skill development.
Lara provides training on Community Resiliency Model, Nurturing the Brain, Conscious Discipline, Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children, the effect of stress and trauma on early brain development, and many other areas.
Valerie Spiva Collins
Dr. Valerie Spiva Collins is the Director of the FRIENDS National Center for Community Based Child Abuse Prevention, a program of CHTOP, Inc. Valerie joined FRIENDS in January 2010 as the Training and Technical Assistance Supervisor working with the T/TA team in developing and providing on-site and distance services to CBCAP State Lead Agencies and others interested in child abuse prevention. Immediately prior to joining FRIENDS, Valerie was the Branch Head for Injury and Violence Prevention with the NC Division of Public Health. She has worked for 35 years with children, youth, and families.
Dr. Spiva Collins has a Bachelor's Degree in Art and a Master's in Health Science Education, both from James Madison University, and a Doctorate in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University's School of Allied Health and Nursing.
Ms. Kagan is Program Director for the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. The Resource Center houses the Lifespan Respite Technical Assistance Center funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living and the National Respite Coalition, ARCH’s policy division. She has served on numerous national advisory boards, including her most recent role on the National Advisory Council to the Family Support Research & Training Center and her current role on the Duke-UCLA National Child Traumatic Stress Network Advisory Committee. She also recently served as co-chair of the Respite Impact Council for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s Hidden Heroes Military Caregiver Campaign and now serves on the National Advisory Committee to the Campaign. Ms. Kagan represents ARCH on several prominent national and international coalitions, including the core Advisory group to the bicameral ACT Family Caregiver Congressional Caucus, the National Alliance for Caregiving’s Advocacy Collaborative, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Caregiver Workgroup, the National Child Abuse Prevention Partners of the U.S. Children’s Bureau, the National Child Abuse Coalition, and the International Short Break Association, of which ARCH is a founding member. She is also co-chair of the Autism, Developmental Disabilities and Family Support Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, and facilitator of the national Lifespan Respite Task Force.
Prior to this, Ms. Kagan served as deputy staff director and as professional staff for ten years to the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families in the U.S. House of Representatives. She also worked as a policy consultant to national disability, aging, child health and child abuse prevention organizations for more than 15 years. Ms. Kagan received her masters in public health in maternal and child health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her bachelor's degree from Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.
Daniel Kutner has been Director of Finance for Chapel Hill Training-Outreach Project, Inc. since February 2007. He has 14 years of prior non-for profit financial experience working in agencies, which have been in Burlington, Vermont. He has extensive experience with both State and Federal grants, and over six years’ experience working in the for-profit field with a Bio-Tech corporation in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Daniel Kutner has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Bentley College in Waltham, MA
Sarah graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and from college, she worked in the mortgage industry for 10 years as an accountant. After that, she decided to stay at home and raise her children for the next 8 years. In 2005, Sarah decided she was ready to get back into the workforce and we are fortunate that she found a home at CHTOP and as acted as the HR Director and CACFP Administrator.
Martha Elizabeth Irene Durhal, M.Ed. has worked in Head Start programs for over 29 years as a Head Start Director, Manager, Teacher, Assistant and Head Start Cook. She has worked and provided consulting services with programs in cities and rural areas across the United States. She has been a reviewer for DANYA, who oversee the monitoring reviews for Head Start Programs which is a requirement from the Office of Head Start. She was selected from a pool of hundreds of applicants as one of the first of Forty (40) individuals that were chosen across the United States to be an Implementation Planner, for Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships.
She believes that Head Start provides children and families the opportunity to achieve goals and objectives that enables parents and children to reach their full potential through a comprehensive school readiness program that has been around for over fifty years.
Deric holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work as well as a BS in Education from The Citadel. He began his career engaged with families and children in Therapeutic Foster Care in 1993 where he gained broad experience working with foster care and adoptions, family systems, and persons in their environment. Upon graduating with his Master’s Degree in 2004, he began working with biological families in Multisystem Therapy to broaden the foundation of working with multiple systems effecting families before being trained and working in Young Child Mental Health. Deric’s work has also included working with parenting issues, marital problems, and adults in individual therapy.
Deric specializes in the treatment of children ages 2-18 with social-emotional difficulties related trauma, adoption, foster care, placement, autistic spectrum disorders, attachment disruptions and substance abuse using a variety of therapeutic methods. He has over 15 years’ experience working with children and their families in the office, home, school, and community settings. He is trained in Play Therapy, Floor-Time, Multisystem Therapy (MST), and Trauma Focused Therapy. Deric works in Private Practice in the Triangle area and serves as part time faculty in the School of Social Work at North Carolina State University teaching direct practice courses.
Deric also works effectively in couples/marriage counseling, stress, anxiety, sadness, depression, & anger, intimacy, communication, & conflict management, life direction, spirituality and meaning.
Joy Abernathy has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for 19 years total in which 17 of those years have been with Head Start/Early Head Start. Her experiences include being a former Head Start Parent, Head Start Teacher/Bus Driver, Family Service Worker, Nutrition Manager, Family and Community Partnership Manager/ERSEA and Health Assistant. Ms. Abernathy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services at Gardner Webb University and is planning to begin her Master’s program at UNC-Chapel Hill in the Summer of 2020.
Currently she serves as a Board Member for Region IV Head Start Association and a current member/presenter of the North Carolina Head Start Association. She is a true advocate for the Head Start/Early Head Start program as she identifies as being “Head Start raised” and she feels that every child and family deserves an equal opportunity and access to high quality early education to prepare them for school and life.
Cheryl has worked with CHTOP for eight years, first as Executive Assistant with Orange County Head Start-Early Head Start and later with Mr. David when he became Executive Director of CHTOP.
Prior to CHTOP Cheryl worked for a New York City property management company in various roles including Field Supervisor, Assistant General Manager, and Executive Assistant to the President, Vice-President and other executives. The company managed a range of properties funded and supervised by City, State, Federal and private entities with varying compliance mandates.
Cheryl Walfall-Flagg has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY), with a minor in Journalism.