DASAM Staff

Clinical Supervisor

Leo Yates Jr., LCPC

(Voice) 443-462-3417

Leo has been in the counseling field for several years. He holds a Master of Divinity and a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling. He specializes in dual-diagnosis treatment and is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and the Gorski-Cenaps treatment model. He has also has experience in incorporating spirituality into addiction recovery. With his parents being deaf, his first language is American Sign Language. Leo served in pastoral ministry before entering the counseling field.

Clinical Staff

Lauren Joeckel, LCPC

(VP) 443-965-9172

Lauren holds an undergraduate degree in ASL interpreting and a Master of Arts degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling with an area of specialty in Marriage and Family Therapy. She holds professional licensure as a mental health clinician and a certified chemical dependency counselor in Maryland, providing co-occurring psychotherapy to clients who are deaf. She is experienced in trauma-informed care and trained in crisis intervention and stress management for first responders as well as the public. She believes in the power of humor and service work to bring individuals and their community together to promote healing. She enjoys physical fitness and the great outdoors but is most passionate about the Orioles.

David Cruzan, LGPC

(VP) 443-965-9172

David is a licensed graduate professional counselor with a master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. After 16 years of federal service, David began a second career as a counselor. David is deaf and bilingual in English and American Sign Language (ASL). He utilizes a narrative therapeutic style that focuses on healing the five life tasks — spirituality, self-direction, friendships, love, and work. Furthermore, David is continually expanding his professional knowledge by working with individuals struggling with chemical and behavioral addictions. He is passionate about empowering individuals to gain a better understanding of self, establish healthier boundaries, and expand their spheres of support.

Staff Interpreters

Michael Kafes

(Voice) 443-462-3413

Michael has been in the field of sign language interpreting for the past 15  years and has worked within the deaf community for more than 20 years. He graduated in 1998 from Catonsville Community College, the state's only interpreter training program, with a degree in Sign Language Interpretation. In 2003, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Deaf Studies from Towson University. Michael has been with DASAM since its beginning in November 2000. Before that, he was staff interpreter at the Family Service Foundation for two years. Michael often functions as an advocate for clients and staff regarding accessibility issues on and off the University of Maryland campus.

‌Rochelle Wright

(Voice) 443-462-3412

Rochelle Wright is the staff interpreter for DASAM. Rochelle is a graduate of Towson University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Deaf Studies. She is a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults). Rochelle has been using sign language all of her life and has been professionally interpreting since 1991. Rochelle started working for DASAM in January 2001. She interprets for psychiatric appointments, meetings with the methadone clinic as needed, client crisis and group counseling sessions that are mixed with deaf and hearing individuals.