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.
Doris Clements, BS, CAC-AD, ACRPS, CCDC
On-Site Addictions Counselor
Doris has worked in the field of Addictions among the Deaf Community since 1991. She was in the first graduation class of the Interpreter Training Program at CCC in 1990.
Doris earned her Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies from Graceland College in Iowa in 1998. She holds certifications of Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist and CCDC, and has her state CAC-AD license. Doris has been with the DASAM program since it began in 2000. She Also holds certifications in Domestic Violence abuser intervention
Laura Dreany-Pyles, MSW, CAC-AD.
On-Site Addictions Counselor
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.
Leo Yates Jr., MA.
On-Site/Mobile Addictions Counselor
Leo has worked in the Deaf community for over twenty years. He has an array of experience that includes case management, sign language interpreting, past experience working with immigrant services, is a certified grief counselor, a domestic violence specialist able to provide services for abuser intervention, presents in the community on special topics related to recovery, and spiritual care related to recovery. Leo has been with DASAM since 2010. In 2001, Leo graduated with a bachelor’s degree and also graduated with a master’s degree in 2007.
Michael Kafes, NAD III
Michael has been in the field of Sign Language Interpreting for the past twelve 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. 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-Barfield is the Staff Interpreter for Deaf Addiction Services At Maryland (DASAM). 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. Rochelle is currently attending Towson University, in the Deaf Studies program.