Deaf Addiction Services at Maryland
DASAM Staff Information Page
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Laurie Corcoran, MA, LCADC
Laurie founded the DASAM program at University of Maryland in October 2000. Laurie has a MA degree in Psychology and is a licensed clinical therapist. She is licensed by the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. Laurie has been a Board Member of Maryland School for the Deaf since 2001. She was a former Board Member of Maryland Association of the Deaf. She previously served on Governor O’Malley’s Transition Team for Disabilties and is currently a member of the Maryland Mental Health Transformation Grant. Laurie is on the Mental Health Advisory Committee for the Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Rachel Schulbaum, MA, NCC
On-Site Addictions Counselor
Rachel Schulbaum received her Master's in Mental Health Counseling from Gallaudet University in 2014. Prior to Gallaudet, Rachel attended Rochester Institute of Technology and completed her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology. Rachel is a nationally certified counselor (NCC) and will be receiving her Licensed Graduated Professional Counselor (LPGC) in a few months. Rachel interned at the Mental Health Center at Gallaudet University then did her second internship here at DASAM. Rachel provides individual and group therapy. For her long-term goal, Rachel eventually would like to specialize in working with the Domestic Violence population.
Laura Dreany-Pyles, MSW, CAC-AD.
On-Site / Mobile Addictions Counselor, HIV/AIDS Project Coordinator, DV/AIP Specialist
Laura has been an addictions counselor within the deaf community since 1990. Agencies that she has worked at are Family Service Foundation, Deaf-REACH in Washington, D.C. and she joined the DASAM team in 2003. She holds the state CAC-AD license, and holds certifications in Domestic Violence Abuser Intervention.
Karen Doan, MA., LGPC
On-Site Addictions Counselor
Karen is a licensed clinical therapist under the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. She received her Master’s Degree from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC and fluent in American Sign Language (ASL).
Karen joined the DASAM team in May 2012 as an Intern, and then became staff after graduating. She is involved with the substance abuse/addiction program as well as the Deaf HIV/AIDS Project. Karen provides individual counseling, group counseling for Substance abuse and Mental Health. Karen also acquired her National Certification for HIV screening in 2013 and can screen Deaf or Hard of Hearing Individual in the state of Maryland, with our without being involved with the program.
Michael Kafes, NAD III
Michael has been in the field of Sign Language Interpreting for the past fifteen years and has worked within the Deaf community for over twenty 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 B.S. in Deaf Studies from Towson University. Michael has been with DASAM since its beginning in November 2000. Prior to that, he was Staff Interpreter at Family Service Foundation for two years.
Michael not only serves to coordinate interpreting needs for DASAM patients and staff, but also functions as an advocate for patients and staff regarding accessibility issues both on and off the University of Maryland campus.
Rochelle Wright, BS
Rochelle Wright is the Staff Interpreter for Deaf Addiction Services At Maryland (DASAM). Rochelle is a graduate of Towson University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Deaf Studies. She is a CODA (Child Of Deaf Adults). Rochelle has been using sign language all of her life, but 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.