Laura Dunson, M.A.

Executive Director

Mrs. Dunson has her Master’s in Counseling from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She worked at The Birmingham News for close to 30 years, most of those serving as benefits manager in Human Resources. She worked for EAS / ADAC as grant writer and as development manager prior to being named as executive director.  

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Mark A. Phillips,ED.S.,LPC-S,EAS-C

Clinical Director

Mark holds a B.A. in History, a Masters of Arts in History, a Masters of Arts in Agency Counseling, and an Education Specialist in Agency Counseling, all earned at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, the International Honor Society of Counseling. He has been a licensed professional counselor in the state of Alabama since 2005, and a supervising licensed professional counselor since 2015.  He has been trained and certified in couples work including the PREPARE/ENRICH relationship assessment and the PREP (Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program) approach.  His counseling experience includes, but is not limited to, individual therapy (stress, depression, sexual abuse, grief, etc.), couples therapy, and critical incident debriefing.  He has experience in conducting workshops that include, but not limited to, temperament (using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), stress management, conflict resolution, and communication.  He consults for supervision and administrative aspects of EAS. He has been with EAS since 2002. As the Clinical Director, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of case consultation, and supervision of the counseling staff, ALCs, and interns.  

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Amy M. Stocks, ASBA

Operations Manager

Ms. Dunn graduated from Herzing University with an Associate in Business Management and Accounting. She is a Certified Case Manager and has worked with State, County, and Local Probation Offices coordinating admissions, discharges, and progress reporting for probationers in residential and outpatient treatment programs since 2003. Ms. Dunn received training from the Alabama Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division’s ASAIS billing system in order to bill for contracted funds. She provides contract and grant research assistance and reporting, monitoring of program budgets and expenditures, and is proficient in the use of Peachtree Accounting.  

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William R. Kellum, M.A.


Bob earned his Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He was a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society. Bob has extensive experience counseling individuals for depression, stress, addictions and grief, as well as family counseling. He has worked for EAS / ADAC Community Counseling since 2005. He also works for the Jefferson County Housing Authority as an Occupancy Specialist for Section 8 housing.

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Brian Lucas,MSCE,LPC


Brian has over twenty years of experience in providing mental health care. He has worked in a variety of community mental health settings providing outpatient, residential, and partial-hospitalization services. His primary area of focus has been working with individuals diagnosed with a serious mental illness. He completes mental health and substance abuse assessments. He offersindividual as well as group counseling services in order to assist our clients with meeting their unique goals.  Brian graduated from the University of Mississippi where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. He trained at the University of West Alabama where he received a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. He is a certified by the Alabama State Department of Mental Health as a case manager and as a case management supervisor. He recently passed the National Counselor Examinationfor Licensure and Certification and is currently an Associate Licensed Counselor under the supervision of Venita Gowdy, LPC-S.

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Michael T. Ciucevich, Ph.D


Dr. Ciucevich holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling from the University of Georgia. Dr. Ciucevich has twelve years of experience working and counseling federal probationers with mental health issues and providing anger management counseling. He served as a Board Member on the Alabama Volunteers in Corrections Board (AVIC).  He has taught counseling classes at UAB for 23 years in the following areas: Individual and Group counseling, Group dynamics, human relations skills training groups, life-span human development, child development, alcoholism and drug addiction, supervised counseling practicum students and interns, descriptive statistics. His counseling specialties include; adult individuals and couples, life adjustments, conflict resolution, depression, grief and loss issues, Veterans’ issues, post traumatic stress disorder, stress, couples in recovery, alcoholism and drug addiction, workplace conflicts and generalized anxiety.  

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Paulette Rowe, Ph.D.


Dr. Rowe earned her Doctorate degree in Counseling Studies from Amridge University in Montgomery, Alabama. Dr. Rowe has demonstrated a solid background in special project development, coordination, assessing and analyzing needs, as well as developing activities targeted toward specific groups. She has many years of experience working with individuals, families and groups to address and treat mental and emotional disorders. Her ability to use therapeutic techniques to address a wide range of issues including depression, addiction and substance abuse, suicidal impulses, stress management, low self esteem, and eating disorders.  She also works with children and adolescents.

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Cecelia A. Watts, M.A.LPC,NCC


Ms.Watts has her Master’s in Counseling from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She holds certifications as a Grief Recovery Specialist, Hypnotherapist, and Certificate of Specialized Training in Critical Incident Stress Management. Ms. Watts has many years of experience counseling federal inmates and working with substance abuse issues and mental health issues in group and individual sessions.     

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Deborah Harris, M.A., LPC, LMFT


Deborah Harris is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and a member of Chi Sigma Iota the International Honor Society of Counseling. She is also certified as a facilitator for Prepare/Enrich a comprehensive pre-marital and marriage enrichment program. She completed her Master’s Degree in Agency and Marriage and Family counseling at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. With over twenty years of experience, she has seen clients dealing with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, grief, loss, stress and sexual abuse.  She specializes in couples, marriage and family therapy with emphasis in communication skills, conflict resolution and anger awareness. Her experience includes being the on-site Family Therapist for the Jefferson County Family Court for ten years and a provider for the Department of Human Resources.  She also served as a contractual counselor for a local school system by working directly with school counselors targeting At-Risk youth. She is a compassionate, client-centered counselor integrating Systems theory, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused and biblical approaches to therapy. She maintains a private practice in the Birmingham area.


Mark Banaszek


Mark is an Associate Licensed Counselor who enjoys working with children, adults, and families. Mark received his B.S. and M.A. degrees in Psychology and Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Mark has experience treating a variety of diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and anger issues. Mark is particularly passionate about helping children and families with issues of self-esteem, divorce and remarriage, behavioral modification,and parenting skills. 

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Mrs. Murray has over 17 years’ experience treating adults and couples for a wide variety of problems and disorders. She earned her BS degree from the University of Alabama with a Finance Major followed by a Master’s in Business Administration and equivalency in Accounting from UAB. After a number of years in the banking industry, she chose to pursue counseling, earning a Masters in Counseling from UAB. Mrs. Murray specializes in treating complex trauma and obtained a Trauma Certification from the Justice Research Institute in 2016.  She is EMDR Level 1 and 2 certified.  Currently, Mrs. Murray is pursuing a Yoga Teacher certification to be completed October 2018. Mrs. Murray has post-graduate training in:Complex Trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), I and II, Dissociation and EMDR, Yoga and Mindfulness Therapy, The Body and EMDR, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, Mindfulness-based Therapies, Solution-focused Therapy, Memory Consolidation, FLASH Technique and EMDR.  Mrs. Murray treats: Complex Trauma, Childhood Sexual and Physical Abuse, Adult Trauma, PTSD, Mood Disorders such as Depression, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Stress, Relationship and communication problems and Low Self-esteem.