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Laura Dreany-Pyles recently joined DASAM again as the Program Manager in February 2018. She holds professional licensure as a licensed clinical social worker and certified alcohol and drug counselor in Maryland, providing co-occurring psychotherapy to clients who are deaf. She has worked at a variety of behavioral health settings over the last 27 years. She is deaf and fluent in American Sign Language.
In her spare time, Laura loves to garden and do crafts. She also enjoys teaching the up and coming generation of deaf social workers at Gallaudet University.
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 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.