• Staff members of the Lee University Counseling Center have experiences working within different areas of counseling. The staff is here to help. You can communicate non-emergency information with any member of the Counseling Center staff, please contact us either in-person or by phone 423-614-8415.

    Dr. David Quagliana, Ph.D

    Director/Clinical Coordinator
    Assistant Professor

    Licensed Psychologist

    Dr. David Quagliana is a Licensed Psychologist (Ph.D. in clinical psychology) and serves as the Director and Clinical Coordinator for the Lee University Counseling Center (LUCC). In addition to administration responsibilities for LUCC, Dr. Quagliana provides direct psychotherapy services, offers outreach and consultation across campus, teaches university courses, and serves on committees and in various other ways across campus. His areas of clinical expertise and interest include integration of faith and psychology, sexual and complex trauma, eating disorders, gender and sexual identity, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. His approach to psychotherapy is primarily based in psychodynamic modalities; also drawing upon Rogerian, existential, and other treatment approaches. Dr. Quagliana is also trained in EMDR, a particular trauma treatment approach. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), and Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS).

    Dr. Quagliana is also a faculty member at Lee, teaching in the Behavior and Social Sciences department at Lee University (primarily for the graduate counseling programs). He primarily offers courses for the graduate counseling programs (including Lee-affiliated programs in Germany and Ecuador), but has also participated in undergraduate teaching for Summer Honors, Abnormal Psychology, General Studies (GNST), psychology department research labs, leading cross-cultural trips to Europe, and guest-lectures in multiple academic departments' courses.

    Outside of work, Dr. Quagliana enjoys photography, scuba diving, hiking, playing the French horn, and finding new ethnic foods to try when dining out with his wife (Dr. Heather Quagliana, Associate Professor of Psychology faculty at Lee) and children.

    Lesa McCant, MBA
    Lesa McCant

    Senior Secretary to the Director/Office Manager

    Lesa McCant received her Master of Business Administration in July 2019 and her undergrad in Business Administration in May 2016, both from Lee University. Lesa has worked extensively in the administrative realm of both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

    Ms. McCant is typically the first point of contact for the Lee University Counseling Center, compassionately welcoming students under varying levels of distress.

    Personally, Ms. McCant rejuvenates by digging in her garden, reading a good book, riding a mountain bike, or hiking a trail with her husband and their four-legged Rhodesian Ridgeback-Shepherd, Kona.

    Steve Knapp, M.S. LPC - MHSP

    Assistant Director/Training Coordinator
    Licensed Professional Counselor

    Steve Knapp received his Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Lee University and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Wright State University.

    Steve interned at the LUCC while a graduate student in 2011 while completing his degree. After graduation, he obtained employment at Youth Villages in Chattanooga working in their Transitional Living program and worked through this program for over three years. Steve is a Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Designation in the state of Tennessee. He works primarily utilizing cognitive and interpersonal techniques and also enjoys doing group work.

    When not at work, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife, family, friends and church community along with being an avid sports fan.

    Lena Barber, M.S. LPC - MHSP

    Staff Counselor
    Part-Time Faculty
    Licensed Professional Counselor

    Ms. Barber has served the university in various capacities through her work in the President’s office and as a faculty assistant and part-time faculty member in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences. She has been a liaison to the graduate program in professional counseling and is also heavily involved with a variety of community outreach activities such as Habitat for Humanity.

    Ms. Barber received her Master of Science degree in counseling psychology from Lee University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, mental health service provider in the state of Tennessee and holds membership in several professional organizations including the American Counseling Association and the American Association of Christian Counselors. Ms. Barber works primarily from a cognitive-behavioral approach in therapy, drawing also from a Christian, humanistic perspective.

    Jonathan Dukes, M.S. LPC - MHSP

    Staff Counselor
    Licensed Professional Counselor 

    Jonathan Dukes received his Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Lee University and his Bachelor of Arts in English from Georgia Southern University.

    During his degree program, Jonathan served as an intern at the LUCC. He worked as a part-time staff member during the Spring 2013 semester before being hired as a full-time counselor in August 2013. Jonathan is a Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider designation in the state of Tennessee and a member of the American Counseling Association.

    Jonathan works primarily from an interpersonal and relational style, incorporating aspects of psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral, and narrative theories into his individual and group therapy.

    Meredith Denning, M.A.

    Staff Counselor

    Meredith completed her graduate work at Richmont Graduate University with a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and certificates in both Marriage & Family Therapy and Christian Sex Therapy. She did her undergraduate work at Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Child Development and Family Studies. Meredith completed her intern clinical requirements at Lee University Counseling Center and was hired as a full-time staff counselor in May 2019. 

    A main focus of treatment with Meredith is relationships. There are a variety of relationships that an individual can have and Meredith addresses each of them: relationship with the presenting problem, relationship with other people, the therapeutic relationship, and the relationship with the self. Additionally, everyone experiences a level of pain and Meredith wants to explore what that relationship looks like and how it can possibly change.  

    In her spare time, Meredith enjoys hanging out with her golden retriever, Riggins. That may be on a hike, in a swimming hole or watching a movie on the couch. 


    Cory Rodgers, M.A.

    Staff Counselor

    Cory graduated from Lee University in 2013 with her BA in Psychology. From there, she received her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, GA in 2017. In addition, Cory completed a Graduate Certificate in Christian Sex Therapy. In her professional career, she has taken steps to receive additional trainings specific to Trauma, Sex Therapy and EMDR Therapy.

    Cory has worked in residential settings which allowed her to work extensively with families, teens, and adolescents as they navigate trauma, addiction, depression and a variety of other mental health issues. She has also worked in private practice settings with couples and individuals. Cory primarily practices from a systemic orientation which creates space for someone to be seen holistically.