Allie Rice

Director of Employment Services

Allie Rice joined DCS in November 2017. Allie graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in professional and technical communications from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in May 2002. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya from 2006 to 2008, she focused on improving the quality of education and resources for underprivileged deaf children, young adults, and parents. Prior to and after her volunteer service overseas, she worked with Anthropologie, a high volume clothing store, as a sales specialist and department manager. Previously, Allie served as the Director of Youth Programs at the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) for eight years. As a staunch deaf advocacy educator, Allie is very involved with deaf and hard of hearing youth all over the nation and various countries such as Japan, India, Kenya, and the Philippines. A Los Angeles, California native, she has always been fascinated by unique places, different cultures, and foreign sign languages. In addition, she is fluent in Kenyan Sign Language (KSL) and enjoys reading, writing short stories, cooking, going to a local farmers’ market, and traveling.


Bobby Crocker

Lead Employment Advisor

Bobby Crocker joined DCS in 2006 as Employment Advisor at the North County Coastal Career Center in Oceanside. Bobby also provides Deaf Interpreter services for the employment services department, as needed. In May 2017, Bobby was promoted to Lead Employment Advisor.

Bobby also works as a freelance Deaf Interpreter for several local agencies and has been doing so since 1995. Since 1992 he has volunteered as a Support Services Provider for Deaf/Blind individuals. In addition, Bobby has also worked as an ASL instructor/tutor for Spanish speaking families under the San Diego County Social Work Department since 2007.

Bobby has a strong interest in languages and is fluent in; American Sign Language (ASL), Spanish Sign Language (Lengua de Signos Española), International Sign Language and Tactical Sign Language.
Bobby is a native Virginian; the youngest of 7 children and the only Deaf member of his family. He is married to a wonderful Deaf husband from Spain and together, they adopted a beautiful Cornish Rex cat named Niña.

Bobby is an alumnus of New River Community College in Dublin, VA and Gallaudet University. He enjoys traveling around the world with his husband and their cat. Bobby loves to volunteer for many Deaf Community events in San Diego.


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.


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.


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.

Willow Wright

Employment Advisor/Interpreter

Willow Wright graduated from Palomar Community College with an AA in Liberal Arts and American Sign Language Interpreting. She then transferred to California State University San Marcos where she graduated with a BA in Human Development, emphasis in Counseling. She volunteered at DCS for two years, during which time she was also in the Interpreting Internship Program before becoming a full-time DCS employee in November 2011.

Willow moved from the Information & Referral Specialist to the Behavioral Health Department in 2013 as a Case Manager/Outreach Specialist, providing support and resources to Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. In October 2017, Willow transferred departments to begin her position as the Employment Advisor/Interpreter at the North Coastal Career Center in the DCS Employment Services. She is also a freelance interpreter and a painting instructor during after work hours.

In her spare time, she enjoys art, travel, hanging with friends and family, as well as home/garden improvement projects.