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Director of Employment Services


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Heather Doty

Employment Advisor/Interpreter

Heather Doty is a native of San Diego, California. She attended both Palomar College and San Diego Mesa College for her ASL and interpreting education. After graduating from the Interpreter Training Program at San Diego Mesa College in 2012, she received her B.A. degree from National University, concentrating in Human Behavior and Communication. Heather has worked as a freelance community interpreter, as a Support Service Provider with the Helen Keller National Center, San Diego, and as an assistant with the youth program at Braille Institute of America, La Jolla. She enjoys cooking and baking, gardening, and hopes to one day have a couple of backyard chickens.


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Naomi Valenzuela

Job Development Specialist

Naomi Valenzuela is from Berkeley, California, where she first studied ASL at Vista College. She then studied Fine Art in NY and earned a BA in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley and an AA degree in ASL and Deaf studies from Vista College. She worked for two Deaf community agencies, (DCARA in Oakland and GLAD in L..A.), and then taught scuba diving for 8 years at various places around the world. In 2012, she began working at DCS/Job Services Program, where she enjoys researching job opportunities with and for Deaf and hard-of-hearing job seekers. Her hobbies include scuba diving, singing in choruses, yoga, travel, and foreign languages.


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Bobby Crocker

Employment Advisor

Bobby Crocker joined DCS in 2006 as an Employment Advisor for DCS’ Employment Services Department at the America’s Job Center of California. His office is at North County Coastal Career Center in Oceanside, CA. Bobby provides Career Center Orientations, Employment Workshops and Job Clubs in ASL. He works with clients one-on-one at the Resource Computer Lab, showing them how to use computers. Now a freelance Deaf Interpreter (DI), he plans to take the National Interpreter Certification test to become a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI).

A native Virginian, he is the youngest of 7 children and the only Deaf member of his family. He majored in Communication Studies at Gallaudet University.

Bobby enjoys traveling in Europe and North America with his partner. He likes to volunteer for many Deaf community events.


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Anthony Ehlers

Employment Advisor/Interpreter

Anthony is originally from the Chicago area, where he completed a bachelor of science degree in Health and Human Sciences with an emphasis in Deaf Rehabilitation Services at Northern Illinois University. After college he worked with Northwestern Illinois Association, a deaf education program. When he first moved to San Diego in 2012, Anthony worked with The Arc of San Diego in a variety of supervisory roles. Anthony first started working with DCS as a volunteer in 2012 for special events. In August, 2015 he began working with the Employment Services Department at DCS as an Employment Advisor/Interpreter. He enjoys volunteering with a variety of nonprofit organizations in the San Diego community. His experience as a hiring manager provides DCS job seekers with great skills to prepare for the interview process.


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Joe Keller

Job Development Specialist

Joe Keller comes to DCS after working for GLAD/EDD as a Job Placement Coordinator for over 7 years. Previously, he worked for 9 years overseeing finances in the physical rehabilitation field as well as at Goodwill Industries of Long Beach as a Computer Teaching Assistant. Joe enjoys empowering his clients to believe they can achieve their dream job, he also enjoys reaching out to the hearing community to teach them that Deaf are ABLE! Joe grew up as the youngest of three boys in Long Beach, Orange County and has lived in North San Diego County for 20 years. In his free time, Joe plays softball year-round and enjoys camping, kayaking, hiking and spending time watching his children play sports. He and his wife have four children, aged 8 to 20. His oldest daughter attends Gallaudet University.